March, 2011

CURRENT EVENTS – 2011 ( MARCH 31)(3)

1. 2001-World Population Prospects (mid year estimates) 1998

2. 2011-World Population Prospects 2008 revision UN Rates have been worked out for India based on the provisional Census 2011 and those of Indonesia and Brazil on 2010 round of Census.

India among its neighbours 2001-2011 (sex ratio)

Countries                            2001                            2011

India                                    933                                940
China                                  944                                926
Pakistan                             938                                943
Bangladesh                       958                                978
Sri Lanka                          1010                              1034
Nepal                                1005                              1014
Afghanistan                        930                                931
Bhutan                                 919                                897
Myanmar                           1011                              1048

Literacy rate in India : 1951-2011
Census Persons Males Females
Year (%) (%) (%)
1951 18.33 27.16 8.86
1961 28.3 40.4 15.35
1971 34.45 45.96 21.97
1981 43.57 56.38 29.76
1991 52.21 64.13 39.29
2001 64.83 75.26 53.67
2011 74.04 82.14 65.46

DISTRIBUTION OF POPULATIONs, SEX RATIO, DENSITY AND DECADAL GROWTH RATE OF POPULATION : 2011
State/UT Code India/State/Union Territory # Total Population Persons Males Females Sex ratio (females per 1000 males) Density (per sq.km) Decadal growth rate
INDIA 1,21,01,93,422 62,37,24,248 58,64,69,174 940 382 17.64
1 Jammu & Kashmir 1,25,48,926 66,65,561 58,83,365 883 124 23.71
2 Himachal Pradesh 68,56,509 34,73,892 33,82,617 974 123 12.81
3 Punjab 2,77,04,236 1,46,34,819 1,30,69,417 893 550 13.73
4 Chandigarh # 10,54,686 5,80,282 4,74,404 818 9,252 17.1
5 Uttarakhand 1,01,16,752 51,54,178 49,62,574 963 189 19.17
6 Haryana 2,53,53,081 1,35,05,130 1,18,47,951 877 573 19.9
7 NCT of Delhi # 1,67,53,235 89,76,410 77,76,825 866 11,297 20.96
8 Rajasthan 6,86,21,012 3,56,20,086 3,30,00,926 926 201 21.44
9 Uttar Pradesh 19,95,81,477 10,45,96,415 9,49,85,062 908 828 20.09
10 Bihar 10,38,04,637 5,41,85,347 4,96,19,290 916 1,102 25.07
11 Sikkim 6,07,688 3,21,661 2,86,027 889 86 12.36
12 Arunachal Pradesh 13,82,611 7,20,232 6,62,379 920 17 25.92
13 Nagaland 19,80,602 10,25,707 9,54,895 931 119 –0.47
14 Manipur 27,21,756 13,69,764 13,51,992 987 122 18.65
15 Mizoram 10,91,014 5,52,339 5,38,675 975 52 22.78
16 Tripura 36,71,032 18,71,867 17,99,165 961 350 14.75
17 Meghalaya 29,64,007 14,92,668 14,71,339 986 132 27.82
18 Assam 3,11,69,272 1,59,54,927 1,52,14,345 954 397 16.93
19 West Bengal 9,13,47,736 4,69,27,389 4,44,20,347 947 1,029 13.93
20 Jharkhand 3,29,66,238 1,69,31,688 1,60,34,550 947 414 22.34
21 Odisha 4,19,47,358 2,12,01,678 2,07,45,680 978 269 13.97
22 Chhattisgarh 2,55,40,196 1,28,27,915 1,27,12,281 991 189 22.59
23 Madhya Pradesh 7,25,97,565 3,76,12,920 3,49,84,645 930 236 20.3
24 Gujarat 6,03,83,628 3,14,82,282 2,89,01,346 918 308 19.17
25 Daman & Diu # 2,42,911 1,50,100 92,811 618 2,169 53.54
26 Dadra & Nagar Haveli # 3,42,853 1,93,178 1,49,675 775 698 55.5
27 Maharashtra 11,23,72,972 5,83,61,397 5,40,11,575 925 365 15.99
28 Andhra Pradesh 8,46,65,533 4,25,09,881 4,21,55,652 992 308 11.1
29 Karnataka 6,11,30,704 3,10,57,742 3,00,72,962 968 319 15.67
30 Goa 14,57,723 7,40,711 7,17,012 968 394 8.17
31 Lakshadweep # 64,429 33,106 31,323 946 2,013 6.23
32 Kerala 3,33,87,677 1,60,21,290 1,73,66,387 1,084 859 4.86
33 Tamil Nadu 7,21,38,958 3,61,58,871 3,59,80,087 995 555 15.6
34 Puducherry # 12,44,464 6,10,485 6,33,979 1,038 2,598 27.72
35 Andaman & Nicobar Islands # 3,79,944 2,02,330 1,77,614 878 46 6.68

CURRENT EVENTS – 2011 ( MARCH 31)(2)

TAMIL NADU POPULATION:
Gopalakrishnan, Population Census Director published the 2011 Tamil Nadu Population Chennai Corporation. Tamil Nadu Population 7,21,38,958 (Male – 3,59,80,087,  Female – 3,59,80,087). Tamil Nadu is in 6th place in India Population. 1991-2001 Population increase has 11.70 per cent in 2001-2011 increased to 15.60%. Population Density is 555, it is in 12th place in India, Sex Ratio 995, India ratio Tamil Nadu in 3rd place in India Literary rate – 80.33% India LIterature Tami Nadu 16th place in Male, 15th place in Female.
Population in Tamil Nadu District :
Chennai – Total–43,43,645, M-22,19,539, F-21,24,106 ;
Thiruvallur – T-27,54,756, M&13,97,407, F-13,57,349 ;
Kancheepuram – T-28,77,468, M-14,57,242, F-14,20,226 ;
Vellore – T-34,77,317, M-17,41,083, F-17,36,234 ;
Tiruvannamalai – T-21,86,125, M-10,95,859, F-10,90,266 ;
Villupuram – T-29,60,373, M-14,92,442, F-14,67,931 ;
Cuddalorwe – T-22,85,395, M-11,50,908, F-11,34,487 ;
Perambalur – T-4,93,646, M-2,46,141, F-2,47,505 ;
Ariyalur – T-6,95,524, M-3,46,763, F-3,48,761 ;
Trichy – T-24,18,366, M-12,08,534, T-12,09,832 ;
Thanjavur – T-22,16,138, M-10,96,638, F-11,19,500 ;
Thiruvarur – T-11,69,474, M-5,80,784, F-5,88,690 ;
Nagapattinam – T-14,88,839, M-7,39,074, F-7,49,765 & Pudukottai – T-14,59,601, M-7,24,300, F-7,35,301 ;
Sivagangai – T-11,55,356, M-5,66,947, F-5,88,409 ;
Ramanathapuram – T-11,87,604, M-5,83,376, F-6,04,228 ;
Karur – T-9,35,686, M-4,65,538, F-4,70,148;
Dindigul – T-19,23,014, M-9,68,137, F-9,54,877;
Madurai – T-25,78,201, M-13,03,363, F-12,74,838;
Theni – T-10,93,950, M-5,52,986, F-5,40,964 ;
Virudhunagar – T-17,51,301, M-8,70,376, F-8,80,925 ;
Thoothukudi – T-15,72,273, M-7,66,823, F-8,05,450 ;
Tirunelveli – T-27,23,988, M-13,33,939, F-13,90,049 ;
Kanniyakumari – T-16,76,034, M-8,32,269, F-8,43,765 ;
Erode – T-25,81,500, M-13,09,278, F-12,72,222 ;
Tiruppur – T-3,44,543, M-1,79,930, F-1,64,613 ;
Coimbatore – T-42,71,856, M-21,76,031, F-20,95,825 ;
The Nilgiris – T&7,62,141, M-3,78,351, T-3,83,790 ;
Salem – T-30,16,346, M-15,63,633, F-14,52,713 ;
Namakkal – T-14,93,462, M-7,59,551, F-7,33,911 ;
Dharmapuri – T-28,56,300, M-14,73,597, F-13,82,703 ;
Krishnagiri – T-64,587, M-32,492, F-32,095.

Ranking of States and Union Territories by density: 2001 and 2011
Rank in 2011 States/ Union Territory # Density (per sq.km.) Rank in 2001
2011 2001 2001
INDIA 382 325
1 NCT of Delhi # 11,297 9,340 1
2 Chandigarh # 9,252 7,900 2
3 Puducherry # 2,598 2,034 3
4 Daman & Diu # 2,169 1,413 5
5 Lakshadweep # 2,013 1,895 4
6 Bihar 1,102 881 7
7 West Bengal 1,029 903 6
8 Kerala 859 819 8
9 Uttar Pradesh 828 690 9
10 Dadra & Nagar Haveli # 698 449 13
11 Haryana 573 478 12
12 Tamil Nadu 555 480 11
13 Punjab 550 484 10
14 Jharkhand 414 338 16
15 Assam 397 340 15
16 Goa 394 364 14
17 Maharashtra 365 315 17
18 Tripura 350 305 18
19 Karnataka 319 276 20
20 Andhra Pradesh 308 277 19
21 Gujarat 308 258 21
22 Odisha 269 236 22
23 Madhya Pradesh 236 196 23
24 Rajasthan 201 165 24
25 Uttarakhand 189 159 25
26 Chhattisgarh 189 154 26
27 Meghalaya 132 103 29
28 Jammu & Kashmir 124 100 31
29 Himachal Pradesh 123 109 28
30 Manipur 122 103 30
31 Nagaland 119 120 27
32 Sikkim 86 76 32
33 Mizoram 52 42 34
34 Andaman & Nicobar Islands # 46 43 33
35 Arunachal Pradesh 17 13 35

Note : While working out the density figures for Jammu & Kashmir for 2001 and 2011 censuses, the entire area and population of those portions of Jammu & Kashmir which are under illegal occupation of Pakistan and China have not been taken into account.

Sex ratio of total population – 2001-2011
State/UT Code India/States/Union Territory Sex ratio (females per 1000 males) (Total Population)
2001 2011
INDIA 933 940
1 Jammu & Kashmir 892 883
2 Himachal Pradesh 968 974
3 Punjab 876 893
4 Punjab 777 818
5 Uttarakhand 962 963
6 Haryana 861 877
7 NCT of Delhi # 821 866
8 Rajasthan 921 926
9 Uttar Pradesh 898 908
10 Bihar 919 916
11 Sikkim 875 889
12 Arunachal Pradesh 893 920
13 Nagaland 900 931
14 Manipur 974 987
15 Mizoram 935 975
16 Tripura 948 961
17 Meghalaya 972 986
18 Assam 935 954
19 West Bengal 934 947
20 Jharkhand 941 947
21 Odisha 972 978
22 Chhattisgarh 989 991
23 Madhya Pradesh 919 930
24 Gujarat 920 918
25 Daman & Diu # 710 618
26 Dadra & Nagar Haveli # 812 775
27 Maharashtra 922 925
28 Andhra Pradesh 978 992
29 Karnataka 965 968
30 Goa 961 968
31 Lakshadweep # 948 946
32 Kerala 1058 1084
33 Tamil Nadu 987 995
34 Puducherry # 1001 1038
35 Andaman & Nicobar Islands # 846 878

Ranking of States and Union Territories by literacy rate: 2011
Rank India/States/Union Territory # Literary Male Female Literary Rank
2011 Rate-2011 Lit. 2011 Lit. 2011 Rate-2001 2001
INDIA 74.04 82.14 65.46 64.83
1 Kerala 93.91 96.02 91.98 90.86 1
2 Lakshadweep # 92.28 96.11 88.25 86.66 3
3 Mizoram 91.58 93.72 89.4 88.8 2
4 Tripura 87.75 92.18 83.15 73.19 13
5 Goa 87.4 92.81 81.84 82.01 4
6 Daman & Diu # 87.07 91.48 79.59 78.18 9
7 Puducherry # 86.55 92.12 81.22 81.24 8
8 Chandigarh # 86.43 90.54 81.38 81.94 5
9 NCT of Delhi # 86.34 91.03 80.93 81.67 6
10 Andaman &  Nicobar Islands # 86.27 90.11 81.84 81.3 7
11 Himachal Pradesh 83.78 90.83 76.6 76.48 11
12 Maharashtra 82.91 89.82 75.48 76.88 10
13 Sikkim 82.2 87.29 76.43 68.81 17
14 Tamil Nadu 80.33 86.81 73.86 73.45 12
15 Nagaland 80.11 83.29 76.69 66.59 20
16 Manipur 79.85 86.49 73.17 69.93 22
17 Uttarakhand 79.63 88.33 70.7 71.62 14
18 Gujarat 79.31 87.23 70.73 69.14 16
19 Dadra &  Nagar Haveli # 77.65 86.46 65.93 57.63 30
20 West Bengal 77.08 82.67 71.16 68.64 18
21 Punjab 76.68 81.48 71.34 69.65 15
22 Haryana 76.64 85.38 66.77 67.91 19
23 Andhra Pradesh 75.6 75.56 59.74 66.64 21
24 Meghalaya 75.48 77.17 73.78 62.56 27
25 Odisha 73.45 82.4 64.36 63.08 26
26 Assam 73.18 78.81 67.27 63.25 25
27 Chhattisgarh 71.04 81.45 60.59 64.66 23
28 Madhya Pradesh 70.63 80.53 60.02 63.74 24
29 Uttar Pradesh 69.72 79.24 59.26 56.27 31
30 Jammu & Kashmir 68.74 78.26 58.01 55.52 32
31 Karnataka 67.66 82.85 68.13 60.47 28
32 Jharkhand 67.63 78.45 56.21 53.56 34
33 Rajasthan 67.06 80.51 52.66 60.41 29
34 Arunachal Pradesh 66.95 73.69 59.57 54.34 33
35 Bihar 63.82 73.39 53.33 47 35

CURRENT EVENTS – 2011 ( MARCH 31)

31 : The provisional data of Census 2011 is released. As per the data, India’s population has jumped to 1.21 billion, an increase of more than 181 million during 2001-11. Of the total population, the number of males stands at 623.7 million and of females at 586.5 million. The percentage growth in 2010-11 was 18.12%. The sex ratio stands at 940, up from 933 in 2001.

NRI-deposits increased in India
A report released by the Centre reveals that India’s external debt, including commercial borrowings and non-resident Indian (NRI) deposits, went up by 13.9 percent to $297.5 billion by the end of December 2010 from $261.2 billion as of March-end that year.

USA wins shooting world cup
John McGrath of USA wins the men’s skeet event at the shooting World Cup in Sydney, Australia.

M.S. Subbulakshmi Award
Carnatic vocalist Ms. Nisha P. Rajagopal is chosen as the first recipient of The Hindu Saregama M.S. Subbulakshmi Award.

Chinese Govt. views on security
The Chinese government says that it views the security situation in the Asia-Pacific  as “volatile”, a pointing to the US “reinforcing” regional military alliances and rising suspicions among China’s neighbours.

India-Russia can learn from each other
31 : There is an amazing potential for India and Russia to learn from each other, Sergey V. Soloviev, Deputy Consul General of the Russian Federation (South India) said. He was speaking at the inauguration of the Indo-Russian Art Academy, which will serve as a forum for students and artists to intract with their counterparts in Russia. As Russia has been going through a phase of turmoil over the past two decades, the lessons that India’s rich cultural past offered were very valuable, be added.

CENSUS 2011 
The Provisional data of the Census 2011 that was made public on March 31, 2011 stated that India’s population has touched a new figure 1.21 billion with a rise of over 181 million from the last decade (1991-2001). Now, India’s popultion has touched the combined population of the well-known countries like the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Japan that is 1,214.3 million. It  is the 15th Census of India since 1872 and has presented many significant facts some of which are encouraging while some discouraging as well. The most significant encouraging trend that it has shown is, however, that after a lapse of 9 decades, the past decade (2001-2011) witnessed the addition of smaller population than the decade that had just preceded, i.e., 1991-2001. During the present decade (2001-2011) literacy growth for males stood at 108 million while for females it was slightly up at 110 million. The increasing child sex ratio that came as a shocker in the latest Census figures shows 914 girls, and this is the lowest ever since Independence, slipping from 927 in 2001. The Census figures indicate an increase in sex ratio in 29 States and Union Territories, with women outnumbering men in Kerala. There were 1,084 women against 1,000 men in Kerala, followed by Puducherry where the figure was 1038. Daman and Diu has a sex ratio of 618, next only to Dadra and Nagar Haveli at 775. One very encouraging fact that the Census 2011 has presented is, however, this that India’s literacy rate has touched 74%, according to the provisional results of the 2011 Census, up from 65% in 2001 and just 52% in 1991.
Gender Composition : Census 2001 – Sex Ratio : 933 (Males 532.2 mn – 51.74%; Females 496.5 mn – 48.26%). Census 2011 – Sex Ratio : 940 (Males 623.7 mn – 51.54%) ;  Females 586.5 mn (48.46%).

No. of districts at the 2001 and 2011 Censuses
2001 2011
INDIA 593 640
1 Jammu & Kashmir 14 22
2 Himachal Pradesh 12 12
3 Punjab 17 20
4 Chandigarh # 1 1
5 Uttarakhand 13 13
6 Haryana 19 21
7 NCT of Delhi # 9 9
8 Rajasthan 32 33
9 Uttar Pradesh 70 71
10 Bihar 37 38
11 Sikkim 4 4
12 Arunachal Pradesh 13 16
13 Nagaland 8 11
14 Manipur 9 9
15 Mizoram 8 8
16 Tripura 4 4
17 Meghalaya 7 7
18 Assam 23 27
19 West Bengal 18 19
20 Jharkhand 18 24
21 Odisha 30 30
22 Chhattisgarh 16 18
23 Madhya Pradesh 45 50
24 Gujarat 25 26
25 Daman & Diu # 2 2
26 Dadra & Nagar Haveli # 1 1
27 Maharashtra 35 35
28 Andhra Pradesh 23 23
29 Karnataka 27 30
30 Goa 2 2
31 Lakshadweep # 1 1
32 Kerala 14 14
33 Tamil Nadu 30 32
34 Puducherry # 4 4
35 Andaman & Nicobar Islands # 2 3

POPULATION OF SELECTED COUNTRIES

Sl. No Reference Country Population date Decadal (In millions) change (in %)
1 China 01.11.2010 1,341.00 5.43
2 India 01.03 2011 1,210.20 17.64
3 U.S.A 01.04.2010 308.7 7.26
4 Indonesia 31.05.2010 237.6 15.05
5 Brazil 01.08.2010 190.7 9.39
6 Pakistan 01.07.2010 184.8 24.78
7 Bangladesh 01.07.2010 164.4 16.76
8 Nigeria 01.07.2010 158.3 26.84
9 Russian Fed. 01.07.2010 140.4 -4.29
10 Japan 01.10.2010 128.1 1.1
Other Countries 01.07.2010 2844.7 15.43
World 01.07.2010 6908.7 12.97

India : DENSITY OF POPULATION AND Sex ratio
(1901–2011)
Census Year Density (per sq. km.) Sex ratio (Females per 1,000 males)
1901 77 972
1911 82 964
1921 81 955
1931 90 950
1941 103 945
1951 117 946
1961 142 941
1971 177 930
1981 216 934
1991 267 927
2001 325 933
2011 382 940

Ranking of States and Union Territories by population : 2001 and 2011
Rank in 2011 India/State/Union Territory #  Population 2011 Percent to total Population of India Rank in
2011 2001 2001
INDIA 1,21,01,93,422 100 100
1 Uttar Pradesh 19,95,81,477 16.49 16.16 1
2 Maharashtra 11,23,72,972 9.29 9.42 2
3 Bihar 10,38,04,637 8.58 8.07 3
4 West Bengal 9,13,47,736 7.55 7.79 4
5 Andhra Pradesh 8,46,65,533 7 7.41 5
6 Madhya Pradesh 7,25,97,565 6 5.87 7
7 Tamil Nadu 7,21,38,958 5.96 6.07 6
8 Rajasthan 6,86,21,012 5.67 5.49 8
9 Karnataka 6,11,30,704 5.05 5.14 9
10 Gujarat 6,03,83,628 4.99 4.93 10
11 Odisha 4,19,47,358 3.47 3.58 11
12 Kerala 3,33,87,677 2.76 3.1 12
13 Jharkhand 3,29,66,238 2.72 2.62 13
14 Assam 3,11,69,272 2.58 2.59 14
15 Punjab 2,77,04,236 2.29 2.37 15
16 Chhattisgarh 2,55,40,196 2.11 2.03 17
17 Haryana 2,53,53,081 2.09 2.06 16
18 NCT of Delhi # 1,67,53,235 1.38 1.35 18
19 Jammu & Kashmir 1,25,48,926 1.04 0.99 19
20 Uttarakhand 1,01,16,752 0.84 0.83 20
21 Himachal pradesh 68,56,509 0.57 0.59 21
22 Tripura 36,71,032 0.3 0.31 22
23 Meghalaya 29,64,007 0.24 0.23 23
24 Manipur 27,21,756 0.22 0.22 24
25 Nagaland 19,80,602 0.16 0.19 25
26 Goa 14,57,723 0.12 0.13 26
27 Arunachal pradesh 13,82,611 0.11 0.11 27
28 Puducherry # 12,44,464 0.1 0.09 28
29 Mizoram 10,91,014 0.09 0.09 30
30 Chandigarh # 10,54,686 0.09 0.09 29
31 Sikkim 6,07,688 0.05 0.05 31
32 Andaman &  Nicobar Islands # 3,79,944 0.03 0.03 32
33 Dadra & Nagar Haveli # 3,42,853 0.03 0.02 33
34 Daman & Diu # 2,42,911 0.02 0.02 34
35 Lakshadweep # 64,429 0.01 0.01 35

POPULATION, PERCENTAGE DECADAL GROWTH 1991-2001 AND 2001-2011
State/UT Code India/State/Union Territory # Total Population Percentage of decadal growth
2001 2011 1991-2001 2001-2011
INDIA 1,02,87,37,436 1,21,01,93,422 21.54 17.64
1 Jammu & Kashmir 1,01,43,700 1,25,48,926 29.43 23.71
2 Himachal Pradesh 60,77,900 68,56,509 17.54 12.81
3 Punjab 2,43,58,999 2,77,04,236 20.1 13.73
4 Chandigarh # 9,00,635 10,54,686 40.28 17.1
5 Uttarakhand 84,89,349 1,01,16,752 20.41 19.17
6 Haryana 2,11,44,564 2,53,53,081 28.43 19.9
7 NCT of Delhi # 1,38,50,507 1,67,53,235 47.02 20.96
8 Rajasthan 5,65,07,188 6,86,21,012 28.41 21.44
9 Uttar Pradesh 16,61,97,921 19,95,81,477 25.85 20.09
10 Bihar 8,29,98,509 10,38,04,637 28.62 25.07
11 Sikkim 5,40,851 6,07,688 33.06 12.36
12 Arunachal Pradesh 10,97,968 13,82,611 27 25.92
13 Nagaland 19,90,036 19,80,602 64.53 –0.47
14 Manipur 22,93,896 27,21,756 24.86 18.65
15 Mizoram 8,88,573 10,91,014 28.82 22.78
16 Tripura 31,99,203 36,71,032 16.03 14.75
17 Meghalaya 23,18,822 29,64,007 30.65 27.82
18 Assam 2,66,55,528 3,11,69,272 18.92 16.93
19 West Bengal 8,01,76,197 9,13,47,736 17.77 13.93
20 Jharkhand 2,69,45,829 3,29,66,238 23.36 22.34
21 Odisha 3,68,04,660 4,19,47,358 16.25 13.97
22 Chhattisgarh 2,08,33,803 2,55,40,196 18.27 22.59
23 Madhya Pradesh 6,03,48,023 7,25,97,565 24.26 20.3
24 Gujarat 5,06,71,017 6,03,83,628 22.66 19.17
25 Daman & Diu # 1,58,204 2,42,911 55.73 53.54
26 Dadra & Nagar Haveli # 2,20,490 3,42,853 59.22 55.5
27 Maharashtra 9,68,78,627 11,23,72,972 22.73 15.99
28 Andhra Pradesh 7,62,10,007 8,46,65,533 14.59 11.1
29 Karnataka 5,28,50,562 6,11,30,704 17.51 15.67
30 Goa 13,47,668 14,57,723 15.21 8.17
31 Lakshadweep # 60,650 64,429 17.3 6.23
32 Kerala 3,18,41,374 3,33,87,677 9.43 4.86
33 Tamil Nadu 6,24,05,679 7,21,38,958 11.72 15.6
34 Puducherry # 9,74,345 12,44,464 20.62 27.72
35 Andaman & Nicobar Islands # 3,56,152 3,79,944 26.9 6.68

Leyland, Nissan unveil LCV DOST

The first product of the joint venture between Ashok Leyland of the Hinduja Group and Nissan Motor company of Japan will be a 1.25 tonne LCV (Light Commercial Vehicles) named DOST. It will bear the Ashok Leyland badge and will be produced at its facility in Hosur. The LCV, unveiled is expected to hit the markets in the second quarter of 2011-12. Powered by a specially developed 55 hp high-torque, 3 cylinder and turbo – charged common rail diesel engine, DOST will be available in 3 versions. The vehicle will be available in both BS-III and BS-IV versions.

CII to submit white paper on Planning coastal infrastructure

30 : The CII Institute of Logistics with submit a white paper on planning coastal infrastructure in a manner that strikes a balance between expansion and ecology protection. It will be prepared after a series of consultations with stakeholders  in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi over the year under a joint initiative with the British Deputy High Commission, IIT-Madras and the Institute of Financial Management and Research.

New President of Myanmar

Military rule ends in Myanmar, as the nation’s military junta hands power over to a nominally civilian government after almost half-a-century of rule. The junta is disbanded and a new president is appointed.

Dr. Manmohan Singh and Mr. Yousaf Raza Gilani meet at Mohali

30 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Mr. Yousaf Raza Gilani meet at Mohali, the venue of the ICC World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan. The two Prime Ministers hold a “wide-ranging conversation” and decide to take forward the recently-started dialogue process to achieve “more permanent normalisation of relations in an uninterrupted manner”.

Tiger population has doubled

The tiger populations in the state has more than doubled in the past four years in the Western and Eastern Ghats. The tiger census data released by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests stated that the big cat populations in the state, which was declared as 76 during the 2006 census, had touched 163. In Anamalai and Parambikulam Tiger Reserves, the authorities counted the presence 34 tigers. Similarly, in the Kalakkad, Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve and its adjoining Periyar Tiger Reserve, the authorities recorded 38 tigers.

Hindi Prachar Sabha’s services landed

For thousands of students who gathered at the Hindi Prachar Sabha, it was time to celebrate. The students, who had cleared different levels of Hindi examinations offered by the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha were there to participate in the 74th convocation of the institution.

CBSE appeal to schools

Schools should not limit students’ options after class X by either insisting that all of them take the school based examination or urging students who take the Board examination to leave the school, according to Vineet Joshi, Chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).