Page-30 of January 2013 Current Affairs, GK & News

Scientists engineered bacteria to produce fuel from sunlight

Scientists at University of California have engineered a bacteria which could help grow chemical derivatives for fuels and plastics. They have used Cyanobacteria (also called blue-green algae) to convert carbon dioxide into 2,3 butanediol, a chemical that can be used to make paint, solvents, plastics and fuels. Although the productivity is very minute but researchers ..

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Indira Awaas Yojana gets more fund

The Union Cabinet gave nod to the Ministry of Rural Development’s proposal to increase the unit cost under Indira Awaas Yojana (IAY), considering the sharp rise in the cost of materials. As per the approved cost, in plain areas, unit assistance under the scheme has been raised from Rs 45,000 to Rs 70,000 and from ..

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Government clears 14 FDI proposals worth over Rs 1,300 cr

Agreeing to the recommendations of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), the government gave nod to 14 FDI proposals worth about Rs 1,311 crore. Among companies which are approved for receiving FDI are Hindustan Port Ltd, Pharma firm Aanhaneya Lifecare, Bangalore-based Syngene International, US-based Gavis Pharma LLC, Excedo Reality Fund-I, Punjab-based pharma company Saurav Chemicals Ltd, ..

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Jayashri competes for Oscar

Playback singer Bombay Jayashri Ramnath, along with composer Mychael Danna, has been nominated in the Original Song category for the lullaby song she sung in film “Life of Pi” directed by Ang Lee. It is for the first time a Tamil song has been nominated for Oscars.

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Government approves Rs.12,517 cr capital infusion in PSBs

The Union Cabinet cleared infusion of Rs.12,517 crore in about 10 Public Sector Banks (PSBs) during the current fiscal to boost their lending potential and also assist them in meeting the stricter capital adequacy norms under Basel-III. Besides this, the Cabinet also gave an in-principle approval for providing need-based recapitalization of banks till 2018-19 for ..

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