The Indian government on 13 May 2010 decided to set up a new defense technology commission with the Defence Minister, A.K. Antony as its Chairman to boost the defense research in the country. This is an initiative to ensure effective participation of the private sector in Defense technology.
A Committee headed by Dr. Amit Mitra, Secretary General FICCI was constituted on 12 May 2010 by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. The committee is expected to review existing Television Rating Point (TRP) system in India and suggest measures to bring in place an effective mechanism for a transparent TRP system. TRPs in India impact the programming content of TV channels.
The Indian government decided to set up a Pharmacopoeia Commission at a cost of Rs. 14.08 crore on 13 May 2010. The objective is to develop indigenous medicines for raising the country's share in the $62-billion global herbal drug market.
The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan in its semi-annual report released on 10 August 2010 mentioned that number of civilians killed in Afghan conflict increased to 31% in the first six months of 2010. The deaths were the result of insurgents fighting the government and the U.S.-led coalition.
Indian Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Kapil Sibal on 13 may 2010 was chosen for the Stephen P. Duggan Award for Mutual Understanding by the New York based Institute of International Education (IIE).
Vinay Deolalikar, an Indian scientist working at HP Labs in California, recently proposed a solution to the problem which is being referred by mathematicians as ‘Is P=NP?,'. He provided the solution in a paper published online.
Shanti Teresa Lakra was given the National Florence Nightingale Award, 2010 by the Vice president of India on 12 May 2010 for her service to India’s tribal community. In 2001 Lakra was posted to a sub-centre in Dugong Creek which is an island in Little Andaman.
Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra on 10 August 2010 was appointed as UNICEF National Ambassador for promoting child rights and adolescence. Before her actors like Amitabh Bachchan and Sharmila Tagore had supported UNICEF's work in India and abroad.
Major Mitali Madhumita of the Indian Army's Education Corps became the first woman officer to be awarded the gallantry medal for her brave action overseas. Madhumita was leading the army’s English Language Training Team in Kabul when the suicide bombers struck guest house Noor.
Union Environment Minister of India Jairam Ramesh was selected on 9 August 2010 as one of the 21 members of the high-level panel on global sustainability set up by United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon. The panel was set up with the objective to formulating a new vision for sustainable growth and prosperity, along with the mechanisms for achieving it.
In a study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases Journal on 11 August 2010, a team of researchers reported a new gene or superbug called New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase, or NDM-1. According to the researchers the superbug makes bacteria resistant to all antibiotics including the most powerful carbapenms.
The Assam Forest Department on 11 August 2010 introduced a state-of-the-art video-conferencing facility to help cut down travel cost, improve use of executive time and speed up decision making. The facility was launched by Assam Environment and Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain.