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NPCIL Sets A Record In Production

Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) produced a 32,455 million units of power in the financial year 2011-12, marking an increase of 23% from 26,473 million units generated in 2010-11. Its 19 operating reactors, with a total installed capacity of 4,680MW generated the 32,455 million units.


World’s First Women Paramilitary Band

The World’s first all women paramilitary pipe band on 9 April 2012, marched to its maiden tune after it got its ceremonial colours under the CRPF at an event, during the Valour Day celebrations in New Delhi. Minister Of State for Home Jitendra Singh presented the ceremonial “  pipe mace ” to the band commander, called Major of pipes’, sub inspector Darshana Kumari. In 1986  the first women CRPF battalion was established.


New Naval UAV Squadorn Inducted

The Eastern Naval Command gt a fill up with the commissioning of a new naval air squadorn an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Squadorn at INS Parundu, the naval air station at Ramnathapuram in Tamil Nadu. It is the third of its kind in the Indian Navy and the first on the Eastern Coast. INAS344 was commissioned on 11 April 2012 by Flag Officer Commanding in-chief of Eastern Naval Command Vice Admiral Anil Chopra. The aircraft with long endurance and stealth capabilities are suited for search and detection.


Efftronics Instruments Get RDSO Nod

A city based Efftronics Systems Pvt Ltd has  developed the country’s first ever solid state block instrument that is a micro computer supported electronic equipment approved for the use in railway signalling. The Lucknow based Research Designs & Standards Organisaton of the Indian Railways ( RDSO) approved the product. It helps in running more number of trains on the same track, it gives stress-free operational environment with smooth push buttons.


Union Cabinet Approved Extension of Funding For Swavalamban Scheme

The Union Cabinet  on 12 April 2012 approved the extension of funding support for implementing the Swavalamban scheme under the new pension system (NSP) from three years to five years for all subscribers enrolled during 2010-11,2011-12 and 2012-13. The cabinet  decide to provide an additional funding support of Rs. 2065crore to the scheme till 2016-17. The cabinet decision will benefit 70 lakh workers in the unorganized sector.


Union Cabinet Approved A Proposal To Set Up SPV For GSTN

The Union Cabinet on 12 April 2012 approved a proposal to set up a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for Goods and Service Tax Network (GSTN) to help facilitate the smooth introduction of the New Indirect Tax regime. GSTN SPV is to be incorporated as section 25 not for profit private limited company in which strategic control would be held by the centre. It will provide IT infrastructure& services to various Stakeholders including the centre & states.


Union Cabinet Approved,  Amendment In the Registration of Births & Deaths Act, 1969

The Union Cabinet on 12 April 2012 gave its approval to the introduction of a bill seeking amendment in the Registration of Births & Deaths Act 1969 to include registration of marriages as well, so that the existing administrative mechanism of marriage in accordance with the specified  procedures and be able to maintain necessary records and statistics for registration of marriages also. The proposal Bill is set to benefit the women from unnecessary harassment in matrimonial & maintenance cases. It also seeks to provide evidentiary value in the matters of custody of children.


World’s Most Influential Mamata Banerjee On Time List

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the world released on 18 April 2012.


270 Million Indians Are Illiterate

According to the report by the International Youth Foundation (IYF), there are an estimated 270 million Indians aged 15 and older who are illiterate, while young women aged 15 to 24 are twice as likely as young men their age to be illiterate. people remain illiterate in India despite the country making major progress in cutting down  illiterate , by opening  number of schools.


Asia’s First & Largest Solar Power Park In India, Dedicated

A 600MW solar power park, and the Asia’s first & largest was dedicated to the nation by the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on 19 April 2012. The park is situated in the state’s Patan district has a power generation capacity of 600MW, covering 3,000 acres of the waste land bordering of the Rann of Kutch and generating two- third  of India’s total 900Mw of solar power production .


TRAI Made Mandatory for Second Billing Option To Customers

The Indian Telecoms Regulatory TRAI issued a directive to all mobile phone operators in India on 20 April 2012 making it mandatory for the operators to offer a per second billing option to customers. The new directive allowed telecoms carriers to charge premium services that mostly include phone calls and text messages sent to participate in TV  and Radio programmes.


Union Government decided on 1 million cap on ECB For Aviation Sector

The Union Government on 20 April 2012 permitted companies engaged in the aviation sector to raise working capital resourcesa through the External Commercial  Borrowings (ECBs) route to the tune of  $ 1 million. The limit for individual airline companies was set at $ 300 million. This llimit can be availed themselves of either in a lumpsum or in tranches, depending on the utilisation of the limit during the one year, when the facility is available. So far airlines were allowed to raise foreign capital only for import of capital equipment such as aircraft.


India Second Most Economically Confident Country

Indian’s continue to be among the world’s most confident people about their economy on account of moderating inflationary presence and the easing of tight money policy stance of the  Reserve Bank, Said a report. According to global research firm Ipsos India had emerged as the second most ergonomically confident nation for the second consecutive time with 75% and Saudi Arabia with 89% stood top most and China with 71% in third most . India has overtaken Japan to become the second largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity and is heading for accelerated growth.


Rajya sabha Passed The Right Of Children To Free & Compulsory Education Bill 2010

The Rajya Sabha , the upper house of Indian parliament on 24 April 2012, passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education ( Amendment) bill 2010. The amendment seeks to provide the right to receive home-based education to children with severe disabilities. The amended bill gives school management committees and advisory role in minority schools, both aided and unaided , and keeps madrases and vedic schools and other institutions providing primarily religious instructions out of the perview of the Act.


India Accounted For 47% of Measles Deaths in 2010

As per a recent World Health Organisation ( WHO) study, published in the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, on 23 April 2012 India accounted for about 47% of Measles deaths in 2010, while Africa recorded 36% of deaths due to the same disease. The study revealed that the death rates from measles went down by 74% between 2000 & 2010, but it missed the WHO target of 90%. Africa & India two key regions of the World where a large number of cases  related to measles came into light significantly under performed which led the WHO to miss its target.


Sachin Tendulkar, nominated to Rajya Sabha

Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar, who celebrated his 39th birthday recently will enter the Rajya Sabha along with Bollywood actress Rekha and industrialist Anu Aga. The nomination of the three personalities was approved on 25 April 2012by the president Pratibha Patil under the article 80 of the constitution.


Information & Broadcasting Ministry Notified Cable Television Networks Rules, 2012

The information and Broadcasting  ( I&B) ministry of India on 28 April 2012 notified the much awaited cable television networks rules, 2012 which paves the way for digitalisation of all the sectors. The I& B ministry had set  30 June 2012 as the date for digitalisation of the cable sector in the four metros and these cables rules would provide the framework on which the digitalised cable network would provide services. As per the new rules, cable operators and multi sector operators will now have to ensure that they have the capability to carry minimum numbers of channels as specified by the Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India. (TRAI)


Health Of Urban Poor Worse Than Rural Poor, Parliamentary Panel

Health indication of the urban poor are worse than their rural counterparts, a parliamentary panel has said slamming the Government failure to launch a key programme for the health of nine crore people who live in slums in big towns and cities with an increasing number of urban poor and few Government policies for them, the report has slammed the ministry of Health & family welfare for not launching the much talked about National Urban Health Mission (NUHM).

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