Archive for April, 2013

  The Ministry of Enviroment & Forests has taken several steps for augmentation of water supply for protection of birds in the Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan. The details are as follow:-

(i)     A project costing Rs.65.00 crore has been undertaken for supply of water to Keoladeo National Park from Goverdhan drain by laying of pipelines from Santruk village to Keoladeo National Park for a distance of about 17.1 km and water resource augmentation within the National Park area. The work of laying of pipeline has been completed and test of water flowing into the Park has been done during September 2012.

(ii)   About 216 million cubic feet (mcft) and 234 mcft of water was made available from the traditional source, i.e., Panchana Dam during the year 2010-11 and 2012-13 respectively. The State Board for Wildlife has recommended that the water supply from the Panchana dam be made available every year on sustained basis.


An Agreement (DTAA) and Protocol Signed Between India and Malta  for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion With Respect to Taxes on Income

The Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) and the Protocol between the Republic of India and Malta for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income is in force since 8th February, 1995. Both India and Malta have renegotiated the Agreement to bring in line with international standards, change in domestic laws and changed economic scenario.

India and Malta had signed the new DTAA at Valetta, Malta. The Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) was between  India and Malta. Once the DTAA enters into force, it will stimulate the flow of capital, technology and personnel between both the countries and will further strengthen the economic relationship. It also provides tax stability and reduces any obstacles in providing mutual cooperation between India and Malta.

  1. The H1-B Visa is a Non-immigrant Visa in the United States under the Immigration & Nationality Act, section 101(a)(15)(H). It allows US employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. If a foreign worker in H1-B status quits or is dismissed from the sponsoring employer, the worker must either apply for and be granted a change of status to another non-immigrant status, find another employer (subject to application for adjustment of status and/or change of visa), or leave the US.
  2. H-4 Visa is a Visa issued by the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the H1-B Visa holders. H-4 Visa holders can hold a driver’s license, open bank accounts and get an individual Taxpayer Identification Number for US Tax purposes.

An Indian scientist and his Taiwanese colleague have discovered a blue super-giant star located in the constellation Virgo, far beyond our Milky Way Galaxy. Over 55 million years ago, the star emerged in an extremely wild environment, surrounded by intensely hot plasma (a million degrees centigrade) and amidst raging cyclone winds blowing at four million kilometres per hour. Research using the Subaru Telescope, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), and the Canada-France-Hawaii-Telescope (CFHT) revealed unprecedented views of the star formation process in this intergalactic context and showed the promise of future investigations of a possibly new mode of star formation, unlike that within our Milky Way.About one thousand galaxies reside in a cluster filled with million-degree hot plasma and dark matter. The Virgo cluster, the nearest cluster of galaxies located about 55 million light years from Earth in the constellation Virgo, is an ideal laboratory to study the fate of gas stripped from the main body of galaxies falling into the intra-cluster medium. The astronomer duo Dr Ananda Hota from UM-DAE Centre for Excellence in the Basic Sciences, India, and Dr Youichi Ohyama from Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica or ASIAA, Taiwan focused on the trail of IC 3418 to explore a potentially new mode of star formation. Hota has been collecting data from multiple telescopes since 2006 to understand this galaxy, which he first spotted in the GALEX data during his research.

Prativadi Bhayankara Srinivas (Sep 22, 1930 – Apr 14, 2013) born to the couple Phanindra Swamy and Sesha Giriamma, in Kakinada, East Godavari District was a veteran playback singer. He had sung in Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and Tulu films. He had headed many music related organizations such as being the president of Iyal Isai Nataka Mandram. He expired on April 14th 2013, Tamil New year day. His last song was in Tamil film ‘Ayirathil Oruvan’ in 2010.