Published On: Mon, Dec 20th, 2010

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

India’s first eco-sensitive zone on a major river
The Union government has decided to declare the natural course of the Ganga in 135 km stretch from Gaumukh to Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand as India’s first “eco-sensitive” zone on a major river. This means that part of the river cannot be disturbed for any projects.

UNDP Human Development Report
India is ranked 119 out of 169 countries on the Human Development Index (HDI) of the UNDP’s 2010 Human Development Report.

The 16th United Nations Climate Change Conference took place in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29, 2010. India was among the 190 UN members who took part in the 12-day event.

World mayors sign climate change pact
Mayors from around the world have signed a voluntary pact in Mexico City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The pact was signed at a meeting meant as a precursor to the UN-sponsored talks in Cancun.

Paris-based  BNP Paribas has become the world’s biggest bank, with assets rising 34 per cent in last three years, reaching $3.23 trillion.

Poultry giant Venky’s has become the first Indian company to own an English Premier League (EPL) club. It has taken over Blackburn Rovers for $36.8 million.

The Bimal Jalan committee was set-up to review the ownership and working of capital markets infrastructure institutions (MIIs). One major recommendation of the report is that only banks, insurance companies and domestic financial institutes with a net worth of Rs 1,000 crore be roped in as anchor investors.

National Legal Services Day is observed on November 9.

The G-20 Summit meeting was held in Seoul, South Korea.

Sachin Tendulkar has been named as the official ambassador of Cricket World Cup, 2011.

India was ranked 119 in terms of human development, according to UNDP’s Human Development Report 2010.

National Cancer Awareness day is observed on November 7.

World Diabetes Day is observed on November 14.

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