• Chetan Anand makes history: It was a memorable day for Indian badminton as Chetan
Anand became the first Indian to win the men’s singles title in a Grand Prix event and the
pair of V. Diju and Jwala Gutta claimed the honours in the mixed doubles event in the
Bitburger Open in Germany
Books & Author
• An Introduction to Cultural Studies: Pramod K. Nayar
• Panchayati Raj and Financial Resources: S. Chandra Sekar
• Social Justice and the Politics of Reservation in India: The Post Mandal Phase; V.
• Footprints of Development and Change: N. Jayaram, R. S. Deshpande
• Women’s Studies in India- A Reader: Mary E. John
• India’s Turn-Understanding the Economic Transformation: Arvind Subramanian
• India’s Nuclear Technology Dilemma-Projects and Realities: G. Reddy
• Infrastructure Development and the Indian Economy: L. N. Dash
• Politics and Policies – A Marxist Perspective: Prakash Karat
• First-ever Everest skydive successful: Three adventurers skydived from above the
world’s tallest peak, Mount Everest, Wendy Smith (New Zealand), Neil Jones (Canada) and
Holly Budge (Britain) dived from 29,500 ft.–2,500 ft higher than the 27,000ft-tall Mount
Everest — and landed at 12,350 ft in Shyangoche, the highest Drop Zone in the world, at
the first Everest Skydive 2008. This is the first time skydiving has been organised in the
Himalayan country, which has eight out of the world’s 10 tallest mountains.
• Nepal endoreses new child as goddess: Nepal's Maoist president has endorsed the choice
of a three-year-old girl to be worshipped as a goddess, upholding an age-old tradition
despite his government's atheist stance. The selection of the child goddess, or Royal
Kumari, had for centuries required the approval of Nepal's kings, but the abolition of the
monarchy earlier this year brought about a shift of protocol. Three-year-old Matine Shakya
was chosen to replace the current Royal Kumari, 12-year-old Kumari Preeti Shakya
because the older girl is close to puberty, after which she will be considered ritually
• Teachers to be rated: If all goes as planned, postgraduate students of Delhi University
(DU) will have the opportunity to evaluate their teachers’ performance at the end of the
current academic year. The recent recommendation of a similar nature made in the report
submitted by the University Grants Commission Pay Review Committee comes as a shot in
arm for the varsity, which had already passed the proposal in its Academic Council (AC)
meeting. But DU hasn’t yet taken a call on whether it will implement the Pay Review
Committee’s suggestion to use this while deciding on faculty promotion.
• Purulia arms case: The extradition of one of the key accused in the Purulia arms drop
case, Kim Davy, from Denmark seems close as the government has, in principle, agreed on
giving "sovereign assurance" to the Danish authorities on their conditions and bringing
about some changes in the existing extradition law. The conditions Denmark has set
include waiving off of the death penalty if Davy is convicted here by court for his alleged
involvement in the dropping of a huge cache of arms and ammunition from an aircraft in
West Bengal in 1995. The matter is likely to come up before the Union Cabinet. If the
Cabinet approves the mandatory clause of extending "sovereign assurance", it will be the
second instance of the government giving such a promise to facilitate extradition. India
had given a similar assurance to Portugal in 2003 for the extradition of 1993 Mumbai
serial blast case accused Abu Salem and his former companion Monica Bedi.
• Mammals face extinction: A comprehensive survey of mammals included in the annual
report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which covers more
than 44,000 animal and plant species, shows that a quarter of the planet's 5,487 known
mammals are clearly at the risk of disappearing forever. But the actual situation may be
even grimmer because researchers have been unable to classify the threat level for another
836 mammals due to lack of data.
• Dubai to get a 1km- high tower: Even before formal inauguration of the world’s tallest
building Burj Dubai, the city called the jewel of the emirates is all set to break its own
record, by building a tower with a dizzying height of more than one kilometer.
• China is world’s No. 1 executioner: The world is moving closer to the final abolition of
the death penalty, according to the latest figures published to coincide with World Day
against the Death Penalty today. Five nations were responsible for almost all the state
executions carried out in the past year. A total of 137 countries have abolished the death
penalty in law or practice, while 60 countries retain its use, usually for people convicted of
murder. At least 1,252 known executions in 24 countries during 2007. Of all the
executions in 2007, 88% took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the US.
"Asia leads the way globally as the continent that carries out the most executions."
• Power in Rajasthan: A new integrated computer system has been introduced in
Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam for reduction of energy losses and ensuring better
power supply to the consumers. The new system, being undertaken with the support of
the World Bank under its institutional strengthening scheme.
• Warm time for the Penguins: Sea ice cover 40% less area than it did 26 years ago,
leaving the Emperor and Adelie penguin little space to breed. The Antarctic warming five
times faster than the average rate of global warming.
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