Archive For The “International Current Affairs 2018” Category

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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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