1. AUSTRALIA will give more than $300 million in assistance to Afghanistan to help sustain and support the nation’s security forces after Australian troops withdraw from the country. Australia will contribute $100 million a year to the Afghan National Security Forces from 2015.
2. Aziz Qureshi was sworn in as the fifth Governor of Uttarakhand by Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice Barin Ghosh at a simple ceremony in Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday. The ceremony was conducted by Chief Secretary Alok Jain.
3. Kaiga atomic power plant‘s two units have been selected for ‘Power Line Awards 2012‘ under the “best performing Nuclear power station” category.
4. Tokyo Electric Power Co posted an annual loss of almost $10 billion as compensation claims for the Fukushima nuclear disaster brought it to the brink of bankruptcy and fuel costs soared after idling all its atomic plants. Govt agreed to pay $12 billion to prevent from bankruptcy.
5. To meet the drinking water needs of people in Naxal-affected areas, the Government is planning to set up 10,000 solar based water systems in 78 districts which have been hit by Left Wing Extremism.
6. Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi won the Asian continental chess championship despite losing to AR Saleh Salem of UAE in the final round that concluded. Negi finished the tournament on 7 points and was tied for first place along with Yu Yangyi of China. Eaplier in leagues Negi has beaten Yangyi, so emerged as winner.
7. Commerce Secretary Rahul Khullar has been appointed as the new chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) for a three-year term.
8. Amrapali Jewels, worn by Hollywood actresses like Megan Fox and Halle Berry, has been short-listed for Andrea Palladio International Jewellery Awards (APIJA), which honours the best in jewellery business across the world.