Current Affairs - April, 2012

Govt to sell more grains through open market, PDS

In order to clear space for stashing away fresh grains, several options are being considered by the Govt, including providing more food-grain into the PDS (Public Distribution System) and selling extra wheat via a re-worked open market sale scheme. The government plans to push in an additional 14 million tonnes of grains in the PDS ..

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‘Escaped China activist in US protection’

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng is under US protection in Beijing after a dauntless escape from 19 months under house arrest, in a drama that endangers to erupt new tensions b/w the two governments. Who is Chen Guangcheng? A civil rights activist in the People’s Republic of China. He drew International attention to human rights ..

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UK economy in double-dip recession

The UK economy has returned to recession, after shrinking by 0.2% in the first 3 months of 2012. The Office of National Statistics held that a sharp fall in construction O/P was behind the surprise contraction. The UK economy shrank by 0.3% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The UK economy was last in recession ..

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China offers $8 billion loan to South Sudan

China has offered $8 billion in loan to South Sudan to fund a broad range of infrastructure projects over the next 2 years. The funds would be used to build roads, bridges and telecom network. China wants to maintain good relations both with Sudan, its established friend and with the South Sudan which became independent ..

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RISAT-1 placed in final Polar Sun-synchronous orbit

India’s indigenously built Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT-1), launched on April 26, 2012 has been placed in its final Polar Sun-synchronous Orbit. On April 27-28, 2012 the satellite’s propulsion system was used in 4 orbital manoeuvres to raise the height of the orbit of RISAT-1 to 536 km. In the coming days, various elements of the ..

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