Archive For The “International Current Affairs 2018” Category

What are the changes in NIA (Amendment) Bill 2019?

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The Lok Sabha passed the National Investigation Agency(Amendment) Bill, 2019 after a heated debate in the House. While the government assured that the Bill seeks to take tougher action against terrorism, the Opposition, including the Congress, called it an attempt to make India a police state. The NIA was set up in 2009 in the…

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Mali readmitted into African Union

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African Union (A.U.) readmitted Mali after a meeting of the A.U. Peace and Security Council [AUPSC]. Why Mali’s membership was annulled?  Mali’s membership was suspended by the African Union after a coup in the country in March 2012 when a military junta seized power even as two thirds of Mali slipped into the control of…

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Peugeot Citroen to get €7-billion bailout

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France will provide carmaker Peugeot Citroen, a €7 billion ($9.1 billion) bailout package. Why this move? The government in France wants to rein in rising unemployment. In return of this rescue package the government is expected to demand a reduction in layoffs. The car-making sector is also critical to the French economy.      …

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Italian court convicts scientists who were not able to give earthquake warning

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An Italian court sentenced six scientists and a government official 6-year imprisonment on the charges  of manslaughter. The scientists were accused of not being able to give adequate warning of an earthquake that killed more than 300 people in L’Aquila in 2009. All the convicts who were member of National Commission for the Forecast and…

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Persons in News: Rajat Kumar Gupta

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Two-year jail term to Rajat Gupta A U.S. court sentenced Rajat Gupta (63), the former Goldman Sachs Director and McKinsey and Company Managing Partner a 2 year jail term. Who is Rajat Gupta and what is the case? Rajat Kumar Gupta, is an Indian American Businessman. He was global head of McKinsey & Company, the…

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Bangladesh awarded Jagjivan Ram with “Friends of Liberation War Honour”

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Bangladesh awarded Former Deputy Prime Minister  and Defence Minister of India Jagjivan Ram, “Friends of Liberation War Honour” posthumously in recognition to his contribution to the 1971 war.         Source:gktoday

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Iran can consider a 20% cap on uranium enrichment

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Iran is ready to negotiate over the issue of its uranium enrichment programme. It has offered that it can put a 20% on uranium enrichment if it is assured a regular supply of nuclear fuel for its medical reactor that manufactures isotopes to treat cancer. What is uranium enrichment? Naturally occurring Uranium is composed of…

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ICRISAT-led research to improve lives of people in semi-arid tropics

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The world’s largest international agriculture research coalition, the Fund Council of CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), has sanctioned two 10-year research programmes directed at improving food, nutrition and income security of billions of poor in the semi-arid tropics of the world. The CGIAR Research Programmes (CRP) is led by the International Crops Research…

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India, Russia put off meet by two months to resolve issues

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India and Russia have postponed their high-level engagement planned for November 1, 2012 by almost two months in order to reach conformity on some debatable military and civil issues. What are the main issues? Major issues: Stalemate over liability provisions for units three and four of the Kudankulam power project Controversy over the cancellation of…

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Five New Non-Permanent Member Countries on UNSC

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The UN General Assembly elected five new non-permanent members to the Security Council. The New Members are:     1. South Korea 2. Luxembourg 3. Argentina 4. Australia 5. Rwanda The newly elected member countries will have 2-year term in UN body that will begin on January 1, 2013. The members which will be replaced are Colombia,…

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Arabic included in the official languages at Vatican

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Arabic language was officially included in the list of the Languages at Pope Benedict’s weekly general audiences. The move is an attempt of Vatican to expand its reach to Christians and Muslims in Middle East.   Vatican is concerned about the mass departure of the Christians from Middle East who fear their safety over there. A…

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Persons in News: Ali Zidan

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New Prime Minister of Libya Ali Zidan elected as the new Prime Minister of Libya.  He beat a candidate supported by the Justice and Construction party which is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.         Source:gktoday

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Persons in News: Felix Baumgartner

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First Skydiver to break Sound  barrier Austrian skydiver  Felix Baumgartner: 1) The first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a maximum velocity of 1,342 km/h. 2) He also broke the record for the highest ever freefall, after he jumped from a balloon 39 kilometers above New Mexico.        …

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Persons in News: Nkosazana D. Zuma

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First woman chief of African Union Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma became the first woman to take office as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) at the A.U. headquarters in Addis Ababa. She is a South African politician and former anti-apartheid activist. She became the first woman to lead the organization (including its predecessor, the…

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Trade b/w India, China expected to touch $100 bn by 2015

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India is expected to achieve the $100-billion bilateral trade target set with China by 2015. The bilateral trade b/w the two nations was recorded at $75.45 billion in 2011-12. While India’s exports were at $17.90 billion, imports stood at $57.55 billion brought India a trade deficit of $39.65 billion and favored China.      …

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Persons in News: Monisha Kaltenborn

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First Woman Team Principal in Formula one Monisha Kaltenborn of Indian origin became the First  Woman Team Principal in Formula one after taking the hold of team Sauber, a swiss Formula one team. Monisha took the place of Peter Sauber, the founder of the Sauber team, who stepped down from the position.      …

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India-Spain sign MoUs for cooperation in various sectors

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India and Spain inked Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in various domains which include Railways, Roads, Audio-Visual, and Defence. MoU signed b/w Indian Railways and RENFE-Operadora and ADIF (Spanish Railways Infrastructure Manager) of Spain on technical cooperation in the field of Railway sector. As per this MoU, both the nations will promote cooperation and…

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Persons in News: Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai: A school student and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province. She is famous for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban has at times opposed girls from attending school. Yousafzai gained prominence by giving interviews in print…

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Persons in News: Bo Xilai

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Bo Xilai expelled from China’s Parliament, stripped of legal immunity China expelled disgraced Communist Party leader Bo Xilai’s from country’s Parliament and also stripped him of legal immunity to start legal proceedings into offences alleged on him. Bo faces a number of charges including, corruption, moral turpitude and attempts to protect his wife Gu Kailai…

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“Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” French honor to Aishwarya Rai

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was conferred the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans  l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres). The coveted honor was given in recognition of her invaluable contribution to the world of cinema and the development of Indo-French cooperation in cinema, art, and culture. Earlier Indian recipients include Shahrukh Khan,…

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“Ocean-grabbing” a danger to world’s fisheries: UN

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As per a UN expert on right to food, ‘Ocean-grabbing’ is as serious a threat as ‘land-grabbing’.  What is “Ocean-grabbing”? An aggressive industrial fishing by foreign fleets. How and to whom is it threatening? Ocean grabbing is mainly concerned with the interest of smaller fishermen, local communities and sustainable fishing. It is a threat to…

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