Current Affairs - May, 2013

Sale of ammonium nitrate brought under control in Delhi

Delhi Police has notified that by May 31, 2013, all traders of Ammonium nitrate will have to apply for a licence. With this, the buyer will have to furnish his identity and purpose before purchase of ammonium nitrate. However, schools, colleges, laboratories, clinics and hospitals are allowed to possess less than 5kg of ammonium nitrate ..

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India, US & Australia will collaborate to develop climate-resilient crops

Three nations- India, the United States and Australia have come together to collaborate on developing new climate-resilient varieties of rice and wheat, two of the “big three” primary crops essential to feed the world. The key agencies/organizations which are part of this effort are the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is backing a new public-private research partnership b/w the Australian Centre ..

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LPG subsidy directly in bank accounts from June 1 in 18 districts

The government is ready to experiment the Direct Benefit Transfer programme in the form of LPG subsidy. 18 districts have been selected to test this scheme in which the government will transfer LPG subsidy directly into the Aadhaar linked banked accounts of the beneficiaries. From June 1, 2013 cooking gas consumers in these districts will ..

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Frozen plants from Little Ice Age revived

Scientists were amazed to find that the 400-year-old plants known as bryophytes showed new growth under laboratory conditions. The researchers are studying Teardrop Glacier region high in the Canadian Arctic which is receding at rates that have sharply accelerated since 2004, at about 3-4m per year. The area had been under ice cover since the Little ..

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Kushal Singh selected as chairperson of NCPCR

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has appointed Kushal Singh as the chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). She was chosen by a panel headed by Minister of Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath. Previously, Kushal Singh has served on several significant posts in the Government of Rajasthan and the Central Government. ..

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