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The Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill was tabled in Parliament on September 7, 2011. Following are the important points mentioned in the Bill.
Return of unutilised land: If the land acquired is not used by industry for over ten years, it will have to be returned to the owner. If the land is not used for the stated purpose it will be returned to the state government land authority and not the owner
What if acquired land is sold by the acquirer: Every transfer of land would mean payment of 20 per cent of the appreciated land value to the original owner.
Fauja Singh completed the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 16, 2011, becoming the first 100-year old person to complete the race. His timing was eight hours, 25 minutes and 16 seconds, and he came ahead of five other competitors, obviously younger to him. He had done the same course in 2003 in just five hours and forty minutes, but he was only 92 years old then.
The Prime Minister paid a State Visit to Bangladesh on 6-7 September 2011 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. He was accompanied by the Chief Ministers of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura. The Prime Minister held extensive discussions with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh and also called on the President of that country. The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, the Leader of Opposition and the President of the Jatiya Party also called on the PM.
India and Bangladesh have succeeded in securing and demarcating their land borders. The two Prime Ministers presided over the signing of a new land border agreement on September 6, 2011. Under the agreement, Bangladeshi enclaves will become Indian territory and Indian enclaves will become part of Bangladesh. India has 111 enclaves, spread over 17,158 acres, in Bangladesh, with an estimated 150,000 residents; Bangladesh has 51 enclaves, covering 7,110 acres inside India, with a population of about 50,000. This brings an end to a dispute since 1974 when the two governments had arrived at shared maps of 4,096 km — but disputed enclaves left 6.5 km unresolved. Historically, the enclaves are the result of a series of chess games between two kings, the Rajas of Cooch Behar and Rangpur, in the eighteenth century where villages were simply gambled away. After Independence, boundaries were drawn but the fate of these enclaves was never sorted out.
Agreement on sharing river-waters:
The two countries are keen to arrive at fair and equitable arrangements for sharing of common rivers. But water being a sensitive issue in both countries, the two governments resolved to work towards arriving at solutions that are acceptable to all concerned. Bangladesh was disappointed over New Delhi’s failure to deliver on a promised agreement on sharing the waters of the Teesta river — a critical issue for Sheikh Hasina, who has come under intense domestic pressure for making better relations with India a keystone of her government. New Delhi had agreed to a deal, which would have given Bangladesh 48 per cent of the Teesta waters, setting a precedent that would have helped resolve pending disputes over 53 other rivers, including the Feni. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, however, rejected the deal, and cancelled her plans to travel with Dr. Singh to Bangladesh, saying the agreement would hurt interests of farmers in the State.
Monsoon session of parliament concludes.
US team of Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock defeated Gisela Dulko and Eduardo Schwank of Argentina in the final, 7–6, 4–6, [10–8] to win the Mixed Doubles tile at the U.S. Open on September 9, 2011.
5 October – World Teachers’ Day
28 September – World Rabies Day
25 September – World Heart Day
The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) has initiated work on multi-hazard vulnerability mapping of the country’s entire coastline to help authorities take up precautionary measures in the event of natural disasters. Once over with the multi-hazard vulnerability mapping, INCOIS will prepare ‘3D GIS’ maps to identify the most vulnerable sectors along the coast, INCOIS Director Satheesh C. Shenoi said on September 7, 2011. After mapping of the coastline INCOIS will identify the most vulnerable areas from the hazard point of view to set up the ‘3D GIS’ maps for those selected areas. The estimated time frame of the project is three years. In the event of tsunami and other natural calamities, the multi-hazard vulnerability mapping and ‘3D GIS’ maps will enable decision makers including Disaster Management authorities to give accurate information on the areas (prone to submerge) to plan on the precautionary measures including buildings evacuation.
Terror struck the Capital again on September 7, 2011 when a high-intensity blast outside the Delhi High Court claimed 11 lives and injured 76 people. The probe is being handled by a 20-member National Investigation Agency (NIA) team. s targeted when a low-intensity bomb went off in the parking lot. No one was injured in that explosion. The preliminary probe indicated the possible use of nitrate-based explosives laced with PETN (pentaerythritol trinitrate). The probe is now being handled by a 20-member National Investigation Agency (NIA) team. The Home Minister, P. Chidambaram, said the blast was of “high intensity” and called it a “terrorist act”. He said intelligence pertaining to threats from certain groups was shared with the Delhi Police in July. Some media houses claimed to have received a mail purportedly written by Bangladesh-based terror outfit Harkat-ul-Jehadi Islami (HuJI) claiming responsibility. Sharad Chandra Sinha on February 10, 2010 was appointed the second Director General of the National Investigation Agency (NIA). He succeeds the first Director General of the agency, Radha Vinod Raju, who retired on January 31.
The Lok Sabha on September 6, 2011 adopted a motion for extending the term of the ‘Joint Parliamentary Committee on 2G spectrum scam’ up to the last date of budget session in 2012. P.C. Chacko, who heads the JPC, moved the motion in the Lower House for extension of the term of the committee. The JPC was required to submit its report by the last date of the ongoing monsoon session which ended on September 8. The JPC, consisting of 20 members from Lok Sabha and 10 from Rajya Sabha, was constituted on March 4 to look into the entire gamut of policy prescriptions in the telecom sector from 1998 to 2009.
No Indian University finds place in the top 200 global list this year. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay — the only Indian varsity that found itself in the Top 200 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings in 2010 at the number 187 spot — dropped 38 places to 225 in 2011. The rankings by QS, a leading networking organisation in higher education, are based on employer reputation, academic reputation and research quality. University of Cambridge and Harvard University retained their number one and two positions respectively. In the Asia list, Japan was the best-represented nation, with five of the top 10 and 57 of the top 200 universities, ahead of China (40) and South Korea (35), Taiwan (16), India (11), Thailand (9), Indonesia (8), Malaysia (7) and Hong Kong (7).
Film director Jagmohan Mundhra passed away at the age of 62 on September 4, 2011. Mundhra was best known for his film ‘Kamla’ starring Shabana Azmi and Deepti Naval. During the last decade, he made women-oriented films like ‘Bawandar’ with Nandita Das and the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan-starrer ‘Provoked’. His last release was Govinda-starrer ‘Naughty@forty’. Mundhra also wanted to make a biopic on Sonia Gandhi.