April 2012

China launches 2 more satellites

May 1, 2012

China successfully launched 2 more satellites for its proposed Beidou Global Navigation and Positioning Network being built to counter the US Global Position System (GPS). With these two satellites, China has so far launched 13 satellites to form part of the Beidou system. The Beidou-2 satellites, launched from the...

Defence Ministry bars some firms for 10 years over irregularities

May 1, 2012

The Defence Ministry has barred 2 Indian and 4 foreign firms for 10 years from all business dealings due to their engagement in abnormalities in the recent past. The debarred foreign companies are from Singapore, Israel, Switzerland and Russia. The two Indian companies are located in New Delhi and...

Manu Raju, Indo-American wins White House Journalism award

May 1, 2012

Manu Raju an Indian-American journalist was among the journalists, who have won the White House Correspondents Journalism award for 2012. Manu Raju was honoured with the Merriman Smith Award for Excellence in Presidential Coverage under pressure, in the print category, at the Association’s traditional annual dinner with US President...

Northern Railway launches ticket vending machines

May 1, 2012

The Northern Railway has introduced Automatic Ticket Vending Machines (ATVM) for buying platform and second class journey tickets with smart card. The ATVMs will be unmanned and operated by the passengers themselves. Insert your smart card into an Automatic Ticket Vending Machine (ATVM) and wait for the ticket to...

India, Japan to launch dialogue mechanisms on cyber, maritime security

May 1, 2012

India and Japan have agreed to launch dialogue mechanisms on cyber and maritime security. The dialogue b/w the two nations will be held at the level of foreign Ministry officials. External Affairs Minister Mr S M Krishna expressed satisfaction over the strategic and global partnership b/w the two nations...

Need to curb paid news syndrome: CEC

May 1, 2012

Addressing the 3rd Conference of Heads of Election Management Bodies of the SAARC nations in New Delhi, the Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi held that practices like ‘paid news’ syndrome and use of money power have emerged as new challenges in the management of elections and it was crucial...

India, Seychelles ink pacts on security cooperation, Sports & Youth Affairs

May 1, 2012

India and Seychelles have inked 2 agreements in the fields of:- Security cooperation Sports and Youth Affairs Both nations inked an MOU on co-operation on training of police personnel of Sychelles. India also extended $50 million line of credit and $25 million grant for the Indian Ocean archipelago. The...

Govt allows fresh cotton exports

May 1, 2012

The Group of Ministers (GoM), meeting chaired by the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, which reviewed the cotton exports situation has settled to allow fresh exports of cotton. It has also declared that a ban on suspension of fresh registrations be lifted. The GoM looked at the estimates of the...

Govt to sell more grains through open market, PDS

April 29, 2012

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...

‘Escaped China activist in US protection’

April 29, 2012

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...

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