DAILY GK UPDATE: 11th SEPTEMBER 2012

1.Americans mark the 11th anniversary of the attacks on 11th September, 2001 
Americans mark the 11th anniversary of the attacks on 11th September, 2001 
today with relatively low key ceremonies that reflect a gradual dampening of passions around the emotional day.
2.India extends $10m development aid to Palestine; three pacts inked.
India today extended development assistance of 10 million US dollars to Palestine and extended support to its bid for a full United Nations membership. Both countries also signed three pacts to enhance bilateral cooperation.

3. Andy Murray clinches US Open Title for Men’s singles.
Andy Murray of Britain finally claimed his maiden grand slam title after defeating defending champion Novak Djokovic, of Serbia in a five set marathon in the Men’s Singles final of the US Open Tennis today.
4.Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) published its annual publication- India’s external debt: a status report 2011-12.
As per the published report, India’s external debt in the end of March 2012 was $345.8 billion, which is 13% high than the previous year’s debt or $ 39.9 billion from where India stood at the end of March 2011.
5. Production Sharing Contract inked in between BHP Billiton and BG Group
Production- Sharing Contract (PSC) was signed by Australian BHP Billiton and UK’s BG Group on 10 September 2010. The duo won the bid on the deep waters of Mumbai Basin with the government in the ninth round of the bidding that was conducted under the New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP).
6. Jal Satyagraha came to an end after 17 days demonstration on a victory note
The most outstanding demonstrations of its own kind in Khandawa district of Madhya Pradesh named Jal Satyagraha continued for 17 days at Omkareshwar Dam Project came to an end on 10 September 2012. Across 1000 acres of cultivatable land has been submerged into water with at least 60 odd villages that will not be visible in the map of India any more. The Satygrahis demanded land for the land compensation following the ruling of Supreme Court.
7. Researchers discovered Two Proteins that can Protect against Diabetes
A five member expert committee of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board has begun the review of loading of fuel in the Unit one of Koodankulam Nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu. Its Site Director R S Sundar said, the process of loading enriched Uranium will start once the expert committee submits its final report. After a series of protests in which one person was killed in police firing, the situation is limping back to normal.
8. India’s Virender Singh wins a bronze at the World Deaf Championship at Sofia in Bulgaria.
India’s Virender Singh won the bronze medal in the Men’s 84 kgs free style category in the third World Deaf Championship at Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The Indian team ended up at the seventh place in the championship overall. 
9. Supreme Courts Notice to Tamil Nadu on the petition that challenged 69% quota in the state
In a petition filed against 69 per cent quota in educational and employment institutions of Tamil Nadu by ten meritorious students, Supreme Court of India issued a notice on 10 September 2012 as the granted quota exceeds the limits decided by the judgement issued by Mandal Commission. 
10. Supreme Court directed the Government to re-fix the Pay Scale of Army Officers
Supreme Court of India directed the Union Government of India to re-fix the pay scale of army officers affected by the Fourth Pay Commission. It would now entail a payout of 1600 crore rupees to the exchequer. The Supreme Court also directed the government to pay interest at the rate of 6 per cent from 1January 2006, to all the officers, whether or not they have filed any petition before any of the High Courts or Benches of Armed Forces Tribunal.
11. Welspun finds the lenders for its 50 MW solar Project in Rajasthan
Welspun Energy declared that it was successful in finding the funds of Rs 355 crore for its 50 MW Solar Power Project in Rajasthan on 10 September 2012. Three public sector banks along with an infrastructure finance company came together to issue the loan for this long term project to the company. The project is expected to be commissioned by the first quarter of 2013.