Archive For The “Places in News 2018” Category

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: 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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Mount Tongariro in New Zealand erupts again

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Mount Tongariro, a volcano situated on New Zealand’s North Island, erupted for the second time this year. Where exactly is Mount Tongariro? Mount Tongariro is a compound volcano in the Taupo Volcanic Zone of the North Island of New Zealand. Located 20 kilometres (12 mi) to the southwest of Lake Taupo, and is the northernmost…

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Australia clears plan to protect Murray-Darling Basin

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Australia approved a plan aimed at saving vital Murray-Darling Basin river water sytem. About Murray-Darling Basin: The Murray–Darling Basin is a river network sprawling for one million square kilometres (400,000 square miles) across five Australian states (New South Wales, Victoria, and the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland South Australia) in the interior of south-eastern Australia. The…

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“Sandy Island” a pacific island shown on world map does not exist: Scientists

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As per Australian scientists who went searching for the mystery island, named Sandy Island during a geological expedition to South Pacific, the  island identified on Google Earth, marine charts and world maps actually in real does not exist. The sizeable phantom island in the Coral Sea is shown as Sandy Island on Google Earth and…

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Scientists: Greenland losing 200 million tonnes ice every year

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Using satellite data, Scientists confirmed via Glacier-covered Greenland has had an average net loss of 200 billion tons of ice every year since 2003. The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) which can detect mass changes on the surface of the Earth over time. GRACE does this by detecting subtle increases and decreases in gravity,…

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‘Archduke Joseph diamond’ sold at world record price of $ 21.5 million

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 ‘Archduke Joseph diamond’ A 19th century rare 76 carat diamond Indian  diamond. Named after its first owner Archduke Joseph August of Austria. Sold at world record price of $ 21.5 million (about Rs. 118 crore) at an auction in Geneva. The diamond mined from erstwhile Golconda kingdom. Connection with Koh-i-noor and Hope diamonds:

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The system for transport of Canadian Uranium to India finalized b/w Indian and Canada

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India and Canada developed a mechanism for transport of the Canadian Uranium to India. Thus, India succeeded in clearing the mistrust generated on the Canadian side after the nuclear explosion from India in 1974. Both the sides were successful inking the agreement on the mechanism of shipment of the Canadian Uranium to India for the…

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Lalganj (Rae Bareli) Rail coach factory opens

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Rail Coach Factory was inaugurated by Congress president Sonia Gandhi at Lalganj in Rae Bareli Lok Sabha constituency. Rae Bareli (Lalganj) factory is the 3rd of its kind, after the Integral Coach Factory, Perambur, Tamil Nadu, and the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala, Punjab. The total cost of the project is Rs. 2,500 crore, and Rs….

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Orissa slaps a penalty of Rs 23,904 crore on ‘errant miners’

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The Orissa steel and mines department has imposed a penalty of Rs 23,904 crore on 27 miners in the mining circle of the mineral-rich Keonjhar district for extraction of ore beyond the permissible limits. Companies which have been slapped with penalties include Tata Steel, Aditya Birla-owned Essel Mining and the state-owned Orissa Mining Corporation. Tata…

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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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E-eye Project in Corbett National Park

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E-Eye Project: A pilot surveillance project being piloted in Corbett National Park in which live electronic surveillance is done with the help of cameras with video recording facility mounted on towers. The project will help in tracking the movement of animals, human interference and checking poaching. These cameras will generate alerts to the control room…

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Oil Ministry’s approval to RIL’s plan to increase KG-D6 production

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Oil Ministry approved Reliance Industries’ plans to increase natural gas output from the flagging KG-D6 and agreed that CAG cannot do a performance audit of the company. The Ministry agreed to RIL stand that an audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) of its spending on KG-D6 block has to be a…

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Hyderabad ranked 3rd best city for 2013 visit

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Best in Travel 2013 – Top 10 cities Travel guide book Lonely Planet ranked Indian city and capital of Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad at 3rd position to visit in 2013.  The book described Hyderabad as "elegant and blossoming". As per Lonely Planet, the Best in Travel 2013 – Top 10 cities: San Francisco Amsterdam Hyderabad Derry/Londonderry…

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‘ Valles Marineris ‘: Largest canyon in solar system

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Mars’ Valles Marineris is the largest canyon in our solar system. It is over 4000 km long and 200 km wide, and with a depth of 10 km. This size makes it some ten times longer and five times deeper than Earth’s Grand Canyon.  Where exactly Valles Marineris located? Valles Marineris is located along the…

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Gas production from KG-D6 declines

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Gas output from India’s biggest gas producing fields in the Krishna Godavari basin (KG-D6) continued to decline and reched its lowest level since its inception. After touching peak production levels of 60 million of gas per day (mmscmd), the output was 22.77 mmscmd in the week ending December 9. What are the reasons for the…

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OVL to buy ConocoPhillips’ 8.4% stake in Kashagan field

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ONGC Videsh Ltd. (OVL) has finalized agreements for the acquisition of 8.40% Participating Interest (PI) of ConocoPhillips in the North Caspian Sea Production Sharing Agreement (NCSPSA), which included the Kashagan field in Kazakhstan. Kashagan Field is an offshore oil field located in the northern part of the Caspian Sea close to the city of Atyrau…

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Hambantota port not part of ‘string of pearls’: Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka has clarified that the Hambantota port is not part of a Chinese ‘string of pearls’ to surround India.                                     Source: google maps What is the issue of Hambantota port? What is Sri Lanka’s perspective? What is String of Pearls?

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Dumping of N-waste at KGF ruled out

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The centre made it clear that it has no plans to dump Nuclear waste (N-waste) from Kudankulam Nuke Power plant in the defunct gold mines of Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) in Karnataka. The reported move by the Govt to dump the waste at the KGF was opposed by various political parties. The team of experts…

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Solution to Global Warming: Re-freeze the Arctic

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As per a novel solution offered by an American scientist David Keith to tackle global warming, we could refreeze the Arctic by injecting reflective particles into the atmosphere with the help of a few modified jets. These particles would reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth, engineering a regional effect that could bring ice…

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DRDO setting up missile launch site in Machilipatnam

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The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing a new missile launch site in Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crore. Currently the launch facilities are at Chandipur and Wheeler Island locations in Balasore in Odisha.           Source:gktoday

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