Page-26 of Current Affairs - May, 2013

Christopher Briggs – new Secretary General of The Ramsar Convention

The Ramsar Convention Standing Committee has appointed Dr Christopher Briggs to the position of Secretary General. He will succeed Mr. Tiéga Anada who has served the Convention for the past six years. What is Ramsar Convention? Formal title of the Ramsar Convention is “The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, especially as Waterfowl Habitat“. Ramsar ..

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China puts “Zhongxing-11” communications satellite into orbit

China has successfully placed its “Zhongxing-11” communications satellite into orbit which was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. What this satellite is for? The satellite is based on the DFH-4 platform manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology and features multiple high power fixed and mobile beams and ..

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Centre starts Pentavalent Vaccine programme in high-risk areas

With an aim to expand and promote the reach of vaccination, the Union Government has kicked off its four-week special immunization programme in high-risk areas across the nation. The vaccines are being provided free of cost aimed at reaching every child. Full immunization prevents approximately 4 lakh deaths from vaccine preventable diseases in the under-five ..

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Nation bids adieu to Sarabjit Singh with state honors

The mortal body of Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh was consigned to flames in his village with full state honors amid mournful emotions. Sarabjit Singh: Indian citizen from Bhikhiwind, Punjab. Inadvertently crossed the zero-line, bordering with Pakistan in 1990, in an inebriated state while working in his fields which run along the border. Arrested by the Pakistan Rangers ..

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“A Boy and His Atom” – World’s smallest movie by IBM

Researchers from IBM have made the world’s smallest movie, made with one of the smallest particles of any element in the universe: atoms. The movie named “A Boy and His Atom” has been verified by the Guinness World Records. To make this movie, researchers used thousands of precisely placed atoms to create nearly 250 frames ..

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