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Happenings-2006

International affairs:

  1. India and Ireland sign 3 agreements between PM Manmohan Singh and Bertie Ahern
  2. "Delhi Declaration" signed between Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud and Dr. Manmohan Singh
  3. India and France sign 9 agreements upon French President Jacques Chirac's visit. Issues declaration on development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.
  4. March 2 declaration on Indo-US nuclear deal George Bush-Manmohan Singh talks.
  5. India and Australia sign six agreements on Prime Minister John Howard's visit.
  6. India and Chile enter preferential Trade Agreement. The Indian and Chinese Defence Ministries sign the first ever MoU on military ties.
  7. India and China inaugurate trade through Nathula pass linking Tibet and Sikkim.
  8. India and Germany launch major science and technology initiatives.
  9. Visit of Chinese president Hu Jintao to India, joint declaration promoting trade issued.
  10. New Delhi and Manila sign defence accord.
  11. India and South Korea agree to conclude economic agreement by 200
  12. India and Myanmar sign MoU on alternative route through Mizoram for proposed oil pipeline.
  13. 7 agreements signed with Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov.
  14. India and Japan agree upon bilateral peace partnership.
  15. India and Brazil speaks of strategic partnership.
  16. India and Pakistan agree to form an Anti-Terrorism Mechanism.
  17. India and South Africa sign 25-point joint Tshwane Declaration promoting strategic partnership.
  18. US President George Bush signs the Henry J. Hyde United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act, 200

Happenings at the UN:

  1. India elected to newly created Human Rights Council of the UN
  2. India signs the Convention for Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism at the UN headquarters.
  3. The UN General Assembly adopts the United Nations Global Counter Terrorism Strategy.
  4. South Korean Foreign Minister is nominated the new Secretary General. Shashi Tharoor of India lost the race for the coveted post.
  5. UN imposes financial and military sanctions on North Korea for conducting nuclear test.
  6. The UN Security Council imposes sanctions on Iran.

Meets:

  1. 22nd Asian Parliamentarian's Meet on Population and Development- New Delhi
  2. Asian Mayors' Conference in Dehra Dun
  3. G8 summit in St.Petersburg- Focus on "Global Energy Security"
  4. 16th International AIDS conference-Toronto
  5. 14th NAM summit, Cuba

Indian Polity:

  1. India specific Special Economic Zone Act
  2. Contempt of Courts (Amendment) bill passed
  3. National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (Amendment) Bill
  4. Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Amendment Bill 2006 -Office of Profit bill
  5. Actuaries Bill, 2005 passed
  6. Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill
  7. Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2006
  8. Bill to rename Pondicherry to Puducherry
  9. Bill to rename Uttaranchal to Uttarakhand
  10. Bill to accord central university status to Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad
  11. Quota Bill- 27 % reservations for OBC in Central higher educational institutions
  12. Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill, 2006
  13. Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2006

Defence:

  1. Indian Navy's first UAV squadron commissioned at Kochi
  2. IAF decommissions MIG-25
  3. Agni III launch from Wheeler Island off the Orissa coast fails
  4. Vice-Admiral Sureesh Mehta appointed next chief of Naval Staff
  5. Vice-Admiral Rustom Faramroze Contractor appointed as Director General of Coast Guard

Miscellaneous:

  1. Indian Iron and Steel Company merge with SAIL
  2. BARC Golden Jubilee celebration at Kalpakkam
  3. N. Gopalaswami appointed new Chief Election Commissioner
  4. GSLV-FO2 launch from Sriharikota fails
  5. 39th Jnanpith Award- Vinda Karandikar
  6. LIC completes 50 years
  7. Pluto looses it planetary status at assembly in International Astronomical Union in Prague.
  8. Arvind Kejriwal is winner of 2006 Ramon Magsaysay award
  9. Commonwealth suspends Fiji
  10. Anousheh Ansari- first woman space tourist
  11. SAFTA becomes operational
  12. Margaret Chan- new WHO Director General

Sports:

  1. French Open- Justine Henin Hardine (Women's), Rafel Nadal (Men's)
  2. Wimbledon Singles, US Open, tennis Masters Cup- Roger Federer
  3. World Cup Hockey- Germany
  4. Unified world Chess Championship- Vlaimir Kramnik
  5. Casio World Open, Nippon Series JT Cup (Golf)- Jeev Milkhs Singh
  6. Asian Hopman Cup- Sania Mirza
  7. Davis Cup- both singles and doubles titles go to Russia
  8. FIFA footballer of the year- Fabio Cannavaro
  9. FIFA women's player of the year- Marta, Brazil
  10. Durand Cup- Dempo (Goa)
  11. India International Badminton championship- Saina Nehwal
  12. Champions Trophy, Hockey- Netherlands
  13. Rajiv Gandhi Khal Ratna Award- Pankaj Advani
  14. India finishes 8th in Doha Asian Games

-Somyajit sarkar

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