Weekly News Wrap

Service Animals for Disabled persons:
  • According to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill,2011,persons with disablilties can use service animals on roads,building, transport systems etc.
  • Service animal training facilities will be opened for the training of animals.The bill will also replace the existing practice of plenary guardianship with limited guardianship.
  • A limited guardianship is a system of joint decision-making, which operates on mutual understanding and trust between the guardian and the person with disability.
  • But in plenary guardianship the guardian takes all the decisions on the presumption that a disabled person is incapable to taking a decision.
World Bank credits $1billion for National Rural Livelihood Mission.
  • World Bank as approved $1billion for central government ptogramme -National Rural Livelihood Mission-  that seeks to improve the livelihood prospects of our rural economy
  • The World Bank intends to support specific additional investments in 12 States, which have a high number of poor people. Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have the highest number of absolute poor and account for almost 85 per cent of India's rural poor.
Coal miners should share 26% profit with locals.
  • The Group of Minister (GoM) has recommended that coal miners should share 26% profit with locals and there should be 100% royalty sharing with locals for non-coal miners.The Mines & Minerals Development and Regulation (MMDR) Bill will be taken up by cabinet in three weeks
Dayanidhi Maran resigns from Union Cabinet
  • Union Minister of Textiles Dayanidhi Maran resigned from Union Cabinet following allegations that he arm-twisted Aircel owner C Sivasankarn to sell his 74 per cent stake to Maxis group of Malaysia.
Japan finds rare earth elements in seabed
  • Japanese researchers have discovered an estimated 100 billion tons of rare earth minerals in the Pacific Ocean floor. These minerals are a vital component of many hi-tech devices, including hybrid cars, flat-screen TVs, iPods, superconductors, lasers, missiles, night-vision goggles, and wind turbines.

Cloud seeding research programme by IITM
  • Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) is conducting cloud seeding research programme for the rain shadow regions in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. To conduct the experiment, aircraft, fitted with specialized instruments, will be hired from South Africa and Israel, and have an operational base in Hyderabad.The aim of the project is to help the rural farmers who are vulnerable to drought.
A new nation is born 
  • Republic of South Sudan joined the community of nations.
  • In last January eight million people of South Sudan voted in an historic referendum to separate from the rest of Sudan.As a new nation South Sudan will rank near the bottom of all recognized human development indices.
  • It has the world's highest maternal mortality rate.