Abhimanyu

Abhimanyu is one of the most important characters of Ancient Indian epic Mahabharata. He was son of Arjuna and Subhadra. He was killed in the Mahabharata battle on 13th day. Abhimanyu was only 16 years old when he participated in the Mahabharata war. As per the legend, Abhimanyu destroyed the flag of Bhishma on the very first day

Current CRR (Cash Reserve Ratio)

On January 29, 2013, RBI announced to reduce the cash reserve ratio (CRR) of scheduled banks by 25 basis points from 4.25 per cent to 4.0 per cent of their net demand and time liabilities (NDTL). This rate is effective from the fortnight beginning February 9, 2013. The objective of this move is to inject

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Mulk Raj Anand

Mulk Raj Anand (1905-2004) was a founding father of the Indian novels in English. He was from Peshawar, Pakistan and is acclaimed as of being India’s Charles Dickens. He was one of the first writers from India to gain an international readership in English and was the founding president of Progressive Writers’ Association. He also

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UN Democracy Fund(UNDEF)

It is a United Nations General Trust Fund, with the primary purpose of supporting democratization around the world was established by the previous UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in July 2005. It supports projects financially that strengthen the voice of civil society, promote human rights, and encourage the participation of all groups in democratic processes. The

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What is Cholistan Desert?

The word Cholistan is derived from the Turkish word Chol, which means Desert. Cholistan thus means Land of the Desert. Cholistan is the largest of four major deserts of Pakistan and is locally known as Rohi. It is bordered on the south by the Thar Desert in Sindh province and on the east by the

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Zangmu dam

Zangmu dam is a proposed dam undergoing construction by China on Brahmaputra River northwest of Gyaca in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It is part of the Zangmu Hydropower Project and will support a 510 MW power station worth $1.2-billion for Tibet region of China. Construction began in 2009 and is expected to be

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Fissile Missile Cut-off Treaty

FMCT is a proposed international treaty to prohibit the further production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other explosive devices whose terms and conditions is yet to be finalised. I The Geneva based Conference on Disarmament (CD) on 23 March 1995 agreed to a establish a committee to negotiate "a non-discriminatory, multilateral and internationally

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Salma Dam Project

It is an under construction hydroelectric and irrigation dam project located on the Hari River of Herat Province in western Afghanistan relaunched in 2006 with financial support of India. The project is aimed at irrigating 75,000 hectares of land and generates 42 MW of power. Salma dam was originally constructed in 1976 on the Hari

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Lower Mekong Initiative

The Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) is a multinational effort initiated by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2009 to foster integrated sub-regional cooperation and capacity building among Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam and United States, in the areas of education, health, environment, drinking water, climate change and connectivity. Myanmar has formally joined the

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Sarju Area Development Action Plan (SADAP)

Sarju Area Development Action Plan (SADAP) is the proposed rural livelihood development plan for holistic development of adivasi and tribal people across rebel-hit Sarju-Kone area in Latehar, 200km from Ranchi, under the Ministry of rural development, GOI. The plan is similar to Saranda Action plan but is for 2,500sq km the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border which offers

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