November, 2012

India’s GDP growth slipped to 5.3% in the second quarter

Figures released by the Central Government reveal that India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth slipped to 5.3% in the second quarter (July-Sept.) of 2012-13, from 6.7% logged during the same quarter in 2011-12.

Former PM passes away

Former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral passes away at the age of 92.

Zoho Corp. introduces monitoring system for ATMs

More over, security guards. ATMs will soon come equipped with a monitoring system that will save energy, allow for greater operational efficiency and deal with theft effectively “The software can also do preventive maintenance by warming the operator if the battery is low or damaged. It can also save power by shutting off the air-conditioner and lighting systems during non-peak hours remotely”.

Ennore Port to raise 1,000 crore for funding ongoing projects

Ennore Port Ltd. (EPL) will come out with a 10-year tax-free bond to raise about   1000 crore to meet its major ongoing projects. It will be issued in the third week of January 2012. EPL’s chairman S. Velumani said the amount raised would be used to fund the ongoing capital dredging work of    400 crore, rail and road connectivity of   150 crore, setting up third coal berth for TNEB at   150 crore and for acquiring 750 acres from the Salt Department costing   300 crore.

Massive black hole in galaxy NGC 1277

Astronomers working for an international team claim that they have found the most massive black hole ever known. Discovered in a small galaxy about 250 km light years from Earth, it has a mass equivalent to 17 billion Suns. The super massive black hole is located inside the galaxy NGC 1277 in the constellation Perseus.

New Zealand-Sri Lanka levels in test series

New Zealand beat hosts Sri Lanka by 167 runs in the second and final Test in Colombo, levelling the series 1-1.

Ricky Ponting – second highest scorer in tests

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, the second highest scorer in Tests after Sachin Tendulkar, calls time on his international Test career.

Votes for join Palestine as non-member in BRICS

The United Nations General Assembly votes to make Palestine a non-member observer state. Among the UN members, 138 states, including the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) vote in favour of the motion, while nine countries, including the US and Israel, vote against it. As many as 41 nations abstain from voting.

Lok Sabha approves Prevention of Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2011

The Lok Sabha approves the Prevention of Money Laundering (Amendment) Bill, 2011. The Bill expands the definition of offences related to money laundering, seeking to include activities such as cheating, concealment, acquisition and use of proceeds of crime as criminal activities.

Towards a green 50th year

In another step towards turning green, the Ambattur industrial estate has come forward to treat effluent discharged by a section of its units. The industrial estate, which boosts of being a forerunner among industrial estates in implementing given initiatives, already has two sewage – treatment plants. The facilities, with a combined capacity to a treat five million litres a day, are functioning in the estate’s south and north phases.

New foodgrain market begin in January

The design of the new wholesale foodgrain market at Koyambedu will be similar to that of the existing fruit and vegetable market. The new market structure will have ground plus one floor with chiselled dressed granite cladding, a sloped roof and decorative tiles. The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority cleared the finalisation of the market at a cost of    69.17 crore with similar design. The contractor will begin the construction work by Jan. 1. The market will start functioning by June 2014. As the new structure is located close to the upcoming metro station in Koyambedu, residents and small businesses will be able to purchase products such as cereals, pulses and speices at an affordable cost. However, the project covering 364 shops measuring 280 sq. ft., 92 shops measuring 740 sq.ft. and 36 shops measuring 1,200 sq.ft. will not be enough to meet the demand.

Pakistan successful test-fired missile Hatf V

Pakistan announces the successful test-launch of the medium-range ballistic missile, Hatf V (Ghauri) which can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads to a distance of 1,300 km.

INA care on newborn children

The Switzerland-based International Neonatology Associatiion (INA) – a prestigious global organisation representing medical experts specialising in the care of newborn children – nominates Jaipur (Rajasthan) – based paediatrician Dr. Ashok Gupta as its new executive director.

State to lake over Gulf of Mannar trust

The state govt. has decided to takeover the Gulf of Mannar Biophase Reserve Trust (GOMBRT) with effect from Jan. 1, as it will fund its activities totally. An order to this effect was issued 10 days ago. Launched in 2002, the GOMBRT was set up to support livelihood of about three lakh members of the fishing community living in 248 coastal villages in the Gulf of Mannar region. It was formed with financial assistance from the United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment Facility. A predominantly coral reef ecosystem, the Gulf of Mannar Reserve comprises 21 islands located along the Rameswaram – Tuticorin.

Sri Lanka’s first satellite launched into space

Sri Lanka’s first satellite is launched into space from western China by a state-run Chinese firm. Supreme-SAT, a private company which has an agreement with the Chinese government-run Great Wall Industry Corporation, carries out the launch.

Heritage hospital to get 85 lakh makeover

The Chennai Corporation will soon initiate conservation worker yet another heritage structure. Work to conserve the 24 hour emergency obstetrics and gynaecology centre on Kariappa street at Perumalpet is expected to commence by June next year. Civic body sources said that the maternity centre would be shifted to another G+1 structure that is being constructed at a cost of   1.22 crore. The new building coming up adjacent to the heritage structure would have an operation theatre, rooms for doctors, nursing stations, wards and would house 30 beds.

Australia win four nation Super 9 hockey tournament

Hosts Australia beat England in the final to emerge winners at the four-nation Super 9 hockey tournament in Perth.

Eurozone Finance Ministers and IMF clinch an agreement

Eurozone Finance Ministers and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) clinch an agreement on reducing Greece’s debt. This breakthrough will help release the urgently needed funds to keep the troubled Greek economy afloat.

UN climate talks in Doha

Around 200 countries come together for the annual UN climate talks in Doha, Qatar. On the starting day, the US resists pledging deeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 despite calls by poor nations.

ONGC Videsh Ltd. inks 8.40% PI in the NCSPSA

ONGC Videsh Ltd. announces that it has finalised agreements for the acquisition of 8.40 percent participating interest (PI) in the North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement (NCSPSA), which includes the Kashagan field in Kazakhstan, the world’s largest current development project.

India-China signed trade and development

The second India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue is held in New Delhi. The two sides set a bilateral trade target of $100 billion upgrading the present quantum of $74 billion, and formulate an economic strategy for increasing trade and ensuring development and growth amid global economic showdown. As many as 11 MoUs worth $5 billion (  27,865 crore) are also signed.

West Indies wins test series against Bangladesh

West Indies beat hosts Bangladesh by 10 wickets in the second and final Test in Khulna, taking the series 2-0.

German racer Sebastian Vettle – triple world champion

Reigning world champion german racer Sebastian Vettel of Team Red Bull becomes the youngest-ever triple world champion. He wins the distinction by finishing sixth at the Brazilian Grand Prix Formula One Championship in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The race is won by Britain’s Jenson Button of McLaren.

New head for ACC and RAW

The Prime Minister-headed Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) clears  the names of Syed Asif Ibrahim and Mr. Alok Joshi as the heads of the Intelligence Bureau and the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW), respectively.

Aam Aadmi Party convener

Anti-corruption campaigner Mr. Arvind Kejriwal is elected as the national convener of his newly formed Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Miss Earth 2012

At the 12th annual Miss Earth 2012 pageant held in Manila, Philippines, Miss Czech Republic Tereza Fajksova is crowned Miss Earth 2012. Miss Philippines Stephany Stefanowitz bags the Miss Earth-Air title, Miss Venezuela Osmariel Villalobos the Miss Earth-Water title and Miss Brazil Camila Brant takes the Miss Earth-Fire title. India’s Prachi Mishra shares the Miss Friendship award with two others.

Athletes of the Year Bolt and Felix

Jamaica’s superstar runner Usain Bolt and American sprinter Allyson Felix are named the International Amateur Athletics Federation’s Athletes of the Year. Bolt won three Gold medals at the London Olympics in the 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay. Felix also won three Gold medals in the women’s 200m, and both the women’s relay races.

President Ernest Bai Koroma gets a second successive

Sierra Leone’s incumbent President Mr. Ernest Bai Koroma gets a second successive mandate, sweeping to victory with 58 percent of the vote.

Direct cash transfer of subsidies through the Aadhaar card

Union Finance Minister Mr. P. Chidambaram announces that the direct cash transfer of subsidies through the Aadhaar card, a scheme that is being widely hailed as a potential “game changer” in Indian politics, will be rolled out in 51 districts across 15 States from January 1, 2013.

Borlaug Award 2012

The Borlaug Award for 2012 goes to K.V. Prabhu and Ashok Kumar Singh, scientists at the Indian Agriculture Research Institute, for their contribution to food security through R&D on Basmati rice.

ISRO – test fired AAD missile

In a show of its increasing strength in the area of missile technology, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) shoots down an electronically simulated “enemy” missile. In another test held simultaneously, an actual attacker missile is downed with a real interceptor. The electronically simulated missile, coming in from 1,500 km, is electronically hit at an altitude of 120 km. In the other test, an Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile, fired from the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur off the Odisha coast, hits and destroys a modified Prithvi attacker missile which has a range of 600-1,000 km.

Sanitation Complexes soon

With 73 per cent of the rural households resorting to open defecation as per the census 2011, the govt. has sanctioned    35 crore for the construction of integrated sanitation complexes for men in 770 village panchayats. Each village panchayat will have two complexes costing   4 lakh this financial year. Each will have six toilets (India styles), one western closet for senior citizens and the differently abled, one baby-frinedly toilet, bathing space and a small water tank.

City to get over 350 new parking lots

Motorists in the city have reason to celebrate as Chennai Corporation will soon setup 361 parking lots on roads. The Traffic Police has handed over the list of such spots to the civic body after identifying congected streches in 11 zones of the city. Corporation Commissioner D. Karthikeyan said he has asked the zonal officials to use the list of 361 such spots to increase the number of parking lots in their zones. There are already 145 parking lots managed by TEXCO (Tamilnadu Ex-servicemen’s Corporation Ltd.) in Chennai Corporation limits. The total number of parking lots in the city will cross 500 after the Chennai Corporation completes the demarcation work on the parking lots.

Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace

Former Brazilian President Mr. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development at a function in New Delhi.

Michael Clarke first-ever-cricketer to notch up 4 double centuries in a calendar year

Australia’s captain Michael Clarke becomes the first-ever cricketer to notch up four double centuries within a calendar year. He achieves this glorious feat scoring a double hundred in the second Test against South Africa in Adelaide.

CCEA approve the sale of 9.5% govt stake in NTPC

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approves the sale of 9.5% government stake in National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

348 drugs under price control

The Central Government clears the National Pharmaceutical Price policy that will bring 348 drugs under price control, leading to reduction in prices.

Tony Hall is appointed DG of BBC

Mr. Tony Hall is appointed Director-General of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). He takes the place of Mr. George Entwistle who was forced to quit after just 54 days in office in the wake of a story that wrongly implicated a senior politician in a child abuse scandal.

New Director of CBI

Senior IPS officer Mr. Ranjit Sinha is appointed the new Director of CBI.

Commonwealth meet

Chennai, playing host to the Commonwealth chess championship for the first time, will see 435 players from 16 nations in action at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium from Nov. 22 to Dec. 1. Soviet born Sergei Tuiakov, presently living in Groningen in the Netherlands is the top seed. He and second seed Grandmaster Ahmed Adly to Egypt are eligible for prizes but not the commonwealth titles as Holland & Egypt do not fall under the commonwealth category.

Tourists back on Prowl at Mudumalai Tiger Reserve

The Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) was thrown open to tourists. The ad hoc committee, constituted on the recommendations of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in accordance with a recent directive of the Supreme Court, had reviewed the situation at the reserve at a meeting held in Udhagamandalam a few days ago. The reopening was announced through a press statement issued by chief wildlife warden Bhagwan Singh through the Information and Public Relations Office.

New ‘Nanontech’ chip

Scientists at the University of California, USA, say that they have designed a new “nanotech” chip which can sniff out traces of molecules from explosives. The device is portable, accurate and highly sensitive, and could become as commonplace as smoke detectors in public places in near future. The new device uses microfluidic nanotechnology to mimic the biological mechanism which is behind scent receptors of dogs.

Israel and Hamas agree

Israel and Hamas agree on a truce to end a week of violence in and around the Gaza Strip that killed more that 150 people.

Ajmal Amir Kasab hanged

Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole surviving perpetrator of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, is hanged at Pune’s Yerawada Central Jail.

33 librarians honoured

As many as 33 librarians were presented the Dr. S.R. Aranganathan Awards for their contribution to public libraries across the state, at a function organised in Chennai. Minister for school education, sports & youth welfare, law, courts and prisons N.R. Sivapathi gave away the awards. Additionally, a total of 12 libraries among district, circle and branch libraries were awarded shields in recognition of their good work.

7th East Asia Summit

The 7th East Asia Summit is held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Apart from the 10-member ASEAN, eight different countries – Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Russia and US – also register their participation.

22 items for border trade with Myanmar

India notifies 22 additional items including agricultural tools, bicycles, coal and garments in the list of items for border trade with Myanmar.

Obama visits Myanmar

US President Mr. Barack Obama makes an epoch-making Myanmar visit. The visit, the first to Myanmar by a US President, marks the beginning of a significant chapter in the impoverished nation’s relations with the West. He meets with democracy icon Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi and President Mr. Thein Sein.

10th ASEAN-India summit

The 10th ASEAN-India Summit is held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh holds discussions with ASEAN heads of state on identifying the future course of action on the ASEAN-India relations.

CBI Director be appointed

In a significant development, a Parliamentary Select Committee, besides recommending de-linking of Lokayuktas from the central Lokpal Bill, suggests that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director be appointed for a fixed tenure by a collegium comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha and the Chief Justice of India.

Effective promotion of products made by women SHGs

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announces the formation of a ‘State supply and Marketing Society’ for effective promotion of products made by women Self-Help Groups (SHGs) at the state, national and international levels.

Davis Cup Tennis

Czech Republic win the Davis Cup tennis  crown, beating Spain 3-2 in the final in Prague, Czech Republic.1

ASEAN summit

The 21st Summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. At the summit, ASEAN leaders discuss the progress of the implementation of ASEAN Charter and road map for an ASEAN community. The Phnom Penh Statement on the Adoption of ASEAN Human Rights Declaration is signed.

The world’s largest economy

The US lifts its long-standing import ban on Myanmar. The world’s largest economy will now open up to products from the impoverished Asian country with the exception of gems, a sector seen as a major driver of corruption and violence.

Bal Thackeray passes away

Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray passes away at the age of 86, thus signalling the end of an era in Maharashtra politics.

Moortidevi Award

The Moortidevi Award for 2010 is presented to eminent Urdu scholar Mr. Gopi Chand Narang for his outstanding work in Urdu, Chazal our Hindustani Zeban wa Tehzeeb.

Off-spinner Ashwin reach 50th Test Wicket

Off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin becomes the fastest Indian bowler to reach the milestone of 50 Test wickets (in his 9th Test). He reaches this landmark with the scalp of England’s Nick Compton in the first Test in Ahmedabad.

C.M. demand removal of objectionable contents far textbook

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has appealed to Prime Minister to take steps for removing contants in a class IX book of CBSE which hurt the sentiments of the Nadar Community. Some portions of the Social Studies book published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training had many derogatory statements referring to the Nadar Community. Contrary to the information given in the text, the Nadars were original inhabitants of Kanyakumari district and did not belong to a lower caste.

3 sworn in permanent Judges

The Additional Judges of the Madras High Court were sworn in permanent Judges. Justices R. Mala, Aruna Jagadeesan and G.M. Akbar Ali were sworn in Permanent Judges. With the inclusion of the three, the number of permanent judges in the High Court has increased to 42. At present the High Court has 50 judges, against the sanctioned strength of 60.

Solar plants may not face power evacuation problem

Solar power plants to be promoted under the Tamil Nadu Govt’s policy on solar energy, may not face the problem of evacuation some windmills face solar power is more dispersed than wind power and the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation and Transmission Corporation have about 1,350 substations across the state, say power managers. This assumes relevance as 1,500 MW of the targeted 3,000 MW for the next three years is to be generated through utility scale projects.

Kamarasu Sahitya Akademi member

R. Kamarasu, Asst. Professor, Dept. of Literature, Tamil University, Chennai has been appointed Central General Council member of the Sahitya Akademi for five years from 2013. “This is the first time that on the recommendation of Tamil University, a member has been appointed on behalf of the Universities in Tamil Nadu by the Sahitya Akademi”, stated M. Thirumalai, Vice Chancellor.

2,500 houses in 14 districts for refuges

Two thousand and five hundred houses in 14 districts will be constructed to house Sri Lankan Tamil reguees, now living in 21 camps. At a rate of   one lakh per house, a total of    25 crore has been sanctioned. A direction to this effect was issued by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, according to an official release. The proposed houses will come up in Coimbatore, Dindigul, Kanniyakumari, Karur, Krishnagiri, Namakkal, Madurai, Pudukkottai, Salem, Tiruvallur, Sivagangai, Tirunelveli, Tiruvannamalai and Villupuram.

Tradeable development rights for private participants of PPP projects

Tradeable development rights on land or property may be offered to private sector participants of public private partnership (PPP) projects. This forms part of various incentiveness to be given by the govt. to concessionaires, according to Tamil Nadu Infrastructure Development Rules notified in the gazette last week. Exemption from payment or deferred payment of any tax/fees or refund or loan in lieu of payment of cesses, royalties, seigniorage or other statutory levies is another incentive that the govt. is to provide.

Streelight maintenance to be privatised soon

The Chennai Corporation will kick-start a programme to improve street-lighting in the city through privatisation of maintenance operations. The temporary arrangement will be in place till January, after which newly-recruited permanent employees are expected to shoulder the responsibility. The civic body will call for short term tenders next week to rope in private contractors for repair and maintenance of the streetlights.

World’s fastest supercomputer

A Cray supercomputer at the US Government’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory is named the world’s fastest. It overtakes an IBM supercomputer at another American research centre. Titan, a Cray XK7 system installed at Oak Ridge, can achieve 17.59 petaflops (quadrillions of calculations per second). The system is used for studies in energy, climate change, efficient engines, materials and other advanced scientific research. Titan knocks the IBM Sequoia at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California, to second place. Sequoia, which was declared the world’s fastest system in June 2012, could manage only 16.32 petaflops in the contest.

China New President elected Xi Jinping is Genera

Mr. Xi Jinping, 59 is pronounced the General Secretary of the Communist Parry of China (CPC) and the head of the party’s Central Military Commission, marking the end of a once-in-a-decade leadership transition process. He is now slated to succeed Mr. Hu Jintao as China’s President in March 2013.

New Vice-President of China

The Communist Party of China (CPC) selects a new Central Committee, marking the end of President Mr. Hu Jintao’s 10-year term as General Secretary. Vice-President Mr. Xi Jinping – Mr. Hu’s anointed successor – and Vice-Premier Mr. Li Keqiang – who is tipped to succeed Premier Mr. Wen Jiabao – are named among the 205 full members.

Transparency Report on Google users

“Transparency Report” published by Internet search giant Google reveals that the Indian government came up with the second largest demand for user information – next only to the United States government – during the first six months of 2012.

Pakistan-Afghanistan talks on peace

Pakistan agrees to the Afghan government and High Peace Council’s request for release of a large number of Taliban detanus to facilitate the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. The two sides also agree to work together with the other international partners for the purpose.

WPI based inflation eased a bit in Oct. 2012

Figures show that the annual rate of WPI (wholesale price index) – based inflation eased a bit to 7.45 percent in October 2012 from 7.81 percent in the previous month.

MKU bets on solar power

In the wake of severe power crises, Madurai Kamaraj University is all set to join the solar bandwagan soon. Having completed a comprehensive review of power requirements on its campus, the university is betting on solar powar. A proposal has been prepared under the ‘green campus’ initiative and submitted to the appropriate authorities, including Finance Committee, for find support. While drastic steps are to be taken to tackle power crisis, a major plan is to top solar energy.

238 Petrol vehicles

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa launched 238 petrol vehicles to monitor highways in the state and for petrolling purposes in Chennai at a cost of     24.91 crore. Of the vehicles, 69 each would be used in National and State highways and 100 to be used in the city.

Stranded ship tugged away

After being the star attraction for beach crowds at Nochikuppam over the last 11 days, the stranded vessel, MT Pratibha Cauvery, was tugged away amid applouse and cheers from a large gathering of onlookers. Though tow vessel Malaviya 21 arrived on Nov. 5 to salvage the vessel after it ran a ground under the fury of Cyclone Nilam two weeks ago, tugging operations could commence only on Nov. 8. The ship was successfully salvaged by the private firm on its seventh attempt and hauled away. Representatives of the salvage team said de-ballesting nearly 7,000 tonnes of water helped turn the vessel. The vessel would be taken to the outer anchorage of the Chennai Port Trust and kept there for the next few days.

Novak Djokovic wins ATP Tour Finals

Novak Djokovic of Serbia wins the singles title at the ATP Tour Finals in London, England, beating Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the final.

Japan’s economy shrank

New data reveals that Japan’s economy shrank by 0.9 percent during the July-September 2012 period, raising fears that the country could slip into recession due to the financial turmoil in Europe, a strong yen and a woresening diplomatic row with China.

PM holds talks with visiting Afghan President

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh holds talks with visiting Afghan President Mr. Hamid Karzai in New Delhi. The two sides discuss the need for a strategic economic partnership between them, Mr. Karzai urges Dr. Singh to drive more Indian investments into Afghanistan.

India’s exports fall in October

Latest reports show that India’s exports recorded a 1.63 percent fall at $23.2 billion in October 2012, while imports surged by 7.37 percent to $44.2 billion, leaving a trade gap of a record $21 billion.

State subsidy for Chennai open hiked

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has hiked the state subsidy to Chennai open 2013 to    2 crore, Chennai Open an important ATP world tour tournament in South Asia was being held on the SDAT grounds in Nungambakkam and the state govt. has been providing a subsidy of  1 crore for the event from 2005, from the time of her previous govt. She also sanctioned   25 crore to improve sports infrastructure and to promote young talent in the hinterland. Under this scheme, the 12,524 village panchayats in the state would be sanctioned 20,000 each to organise competitions. She had sanctioned   1 crore to organise badminton, table tennis, swimming and tennis tournament for the Chief Minister’s cup at the district and state level. The winners will take home 1 lakh, the runner-ups 75,000 and the third prize will carry a cash award of    25,000 each.

IIT-M to strengthen international ties soon

Vary soon, IIT-Madras might start offering joint collaborative degrees with reputed educational institutions abroad, including universities in Berkelay, Purdue, California, Chicago and Maryland. More students, from under-graduate, post-graduate and research streams, will get to go abroad from next year, as per a new road map devised by the institute to improve its international relations. The institute, which was globally ranked 69th among technical institutes, plans to surge ahead to a position atleast among the first 30 in the next few years. “We are focussing on improving our international relations -including the exchange of teachers and students”.

School girls invented power from Urine

Four teenage schoolgirls in Nigeria announce that they have invented a generator that can make power from urine. It has the ability to convert one litre of urine into six hours of electricity. Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which breaks the urea into nitrogen, water and hydrogen. The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder. The gas cylinder pushes the hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas. This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator, and it produces electricity.

Obama’s final tally goes upto 332 votes

US President Mr. Barack Obama is declared to have won the remaining 29 electoral votes in the state of Florida, the result of which was held back at the time of initial counting. With this, Mr. Obama’s final tally goes upto 332 votes against his challenger Mr. Romney’s final count of 206.

Syrian–Qatar sign unity deal

Syrian opposition groups meeting in Qatar sign a unity deal, agreeing to form a national coalition to fight the regime of President Mr. Bashar al-Assad.

Low-cost tablet Aakash is launched

The advanced version of the low-cost tablet Aakash is launched in New Delhi by Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee. It has a processor running at 1 GHz, a 7-inch capacitative touch screen and a battery working for three hours of normal operations.

Court directs IOC to supply three cylinders to joint family

Quashing an order of the Indian Oil Corporation, the Madras High Court directed the state-owned company to continue to supply three LPG gas cylinders to a joint family consisting of 13 members. By an order dated Jan. 13 this year, the IOC stated that the joint family could not have more than one connection.

250 MW NLC Unit will go on stream this month

Trial run of the 250-MW unit of the Thermal Power Station II expansion of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation is on and it will be formally commissioned this month. Once the unit goes on stream, the total power generating capacity of the NLC will go up to 2,990 MW. It stated that the Tuticorin power project too was under implementation.

Pakistan launches Waseela-e-Taleem Programme

The Pakistan government launches the Waseela-e-Taleem programme to educate three million children, especially girls, from the poorest of poor families.

Indian exports to China witnessed trade imbalance $23 billion

Newly released trade figures reveal that a steep decline in Indian exports to China widened the trade imbalance between the two countries to $23 billion during the first ten months (January-October) of 2012.

64 lakh saplings across state

Forest Department authorities have completed the planting of 64 lakh saplings across the state, months ahead of the scheduled time. The planting was part of C.M’s birthday programme, which began in February this year. Completion of the project, at a cost of   29.4 crore, is scheduled for March 2013. The planting work began in the first week of March. After that sepling could not be planted in the next few months as dry weather prevailed. The work resumed once this was over. Chief Minister herself selected 27 species for the programme. Among the species chosen were Neem, Iluppai, Mandharai, Atthi, Punnai, Manjal, Konnai, Magizham, Maramalli, Alangara Konnai, Puliamaram, Baadam and sila vaagai.

121 more bridges across state

Chief Minister ordered the construction of 121 more bridges at a cost of    235 crore in 27 districts across the state to improve road infrastructures. She had already sanctioned    2,264 crore for road infrastructure development under the integrated scheme. As bridges across rivers and water bodies are crucial links in the road infrastructure to streamline traffic and facilitate growth in hinterland.

Bishop of Durham is appointed the Archbishop of Canterbury

Justin Welby, the Bishop of Durham, is appointed the Archbishop of Canterbury to lead the 77 million Anglicans the world over.

Multi-role stealth frigate INS Tarkash

The Indian Navy inducts the Russia-built multi-role stealth frigate INS Tarkash.

TNPSC to plug loopholes by conducting paperless exam

As part of its ongoing effort to make the conduct of Examination foil-safe, the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission will conduct the first paperless examination on December 9. Biometric system to ascertain the identity of candidates will also be introduced in the recruitment being held to fill vacancies in different departments. Explaining the new system, TNPSC chairman R. Nataraj said that the question paper would be loaded an have before commencement of the examination. Examiners could download it by entering ‘password’. “Each candidate will be allotted a computer and the question paper will appear on the screen. Candidate need not be computer literate to take the exam though they will have to get familier with the use of the mouse”.

14th Asian Youth weightlifting championship

Indian lifters win two Gold and a Bronze medal at the 14th Asian Youth (boys and girls) weightlifting championship in Yangon, Myanmar.

Vietnam chosen to host the 2019 Asian Games

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is chosen to host the 2019 Asian Games.

Earthquake in Guatemala

An earthquake of 7.4 magnitude kills a large number of people in Guatemala, besides leaving properties worth billions damaged.

India and Britain Foreign Ministers talk

At the Foreign Ministerial talks held in New Delhi, India and Britain decide to step up cooperation in cyber security. External Affairs Minister Mr. Salman Khrushid and his British counterpart Mr. William Hague also discuss various other issues such as cooperation in nuclear energy, defence and counter-terrorism.

Centre approval disinvestment of 10% in HAL

The Centre approves a proposal for disinvestment of 10 percent of its equity in Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (HAL)

RBI limits loan exposure

In order to enhance the risk management ability of the banking system, the RBI prescribes tolerance limits for loan exposure to deal with mismatches between assets and liabilities. The central bank mandates that long-term resources should not fall below 70 percent of long-term assets, and long and medium term resources together should not fall below 80 percent of the long and medium-term assets.

Ramanujam appointed DGP

The State Govt. appointed K. Ramanujam, a 1978-batch officer of the Indian Police Service, the Director-General of Police. Barely days ahead of his retirement from service, the appointment of Mr. Ramanujam to the top post assumes significance in the backdrop of rumours that he may became the first DGP in the state to get the benefit of the Supreme Court ruling in Prakash Singh case on police reforms. This implice that he might hold office for two years, police sources said.

Livestock distribution scheme breeds success

With State Animal Husbandry authorities having completed the free distribution of about 8.5 lakh goats/sheep as part of their flagship scheme, the population of their offspring is expected to touch one – lakh mark soon. At present, around 80,000 kids/lambs have born. As on March 31, the figure was a mere 9,341. As of now, nearly 30,000 animals are pregnant, according to an official. The increase of nearly 70,000 in a matter of seven months has been attributed to two factors.