National Water Policy-2012 Approved

Water Policy

The National Water Resources Council adopted National Water Policy-2012 at its meeting held in New Delhi on December 28. There was broader consensus in the meeting on community management of water resources, climate change adaptation strategy and efficient use of water. #adsense# The policy emphasises on the concept of basin management to promote … [Read more...]

UN Votes To Restart Arms Treaty Talks

Conventional Arms Treaty

The UN General Assembly, on December 24, voted overwhelmingly to restart talks on a treaty regulating the global trade of conventional arms, after a similar effort failed in July. The resolution was approved 133 to 0, with 17 countries abstaining. Talks in July collapsed largely because of US reluctance to move forward with plans to establish a treaty … [Read more...]

54 Cities To Be Developed As Solar Cities

Solar Cities

The Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah informed Rajya Sabha on December 18 that in-Principle, approval has been given to 54 cities for developing as Solar Cities. The draft Master Plans have been prepared for 28 cities, out of which 8 Master Plans have been approved by his Ministry for implementation. So far, an amount of Rs … [Read more...]

RBI Keeps Key Rates Unchanged

The Reserve Bank of India kept all the key rates unchanged in its Mid-Quarter Policy Review announced on December 18. The repo rate has been kept unchanged at 8 per cent and the cash reserve ratio has also been kept unchanged at 4.25 per cent. Consequently, the reverse repo rate will remain unchanged at 7 per cent, and the Marginal Standing Facility (MSF) … [Read more...]

Thai Ex-PM Charged With Murder

Abhisit Vejjajiva

Former Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva has been charged with murder over the death of a taxi driver shot by soldiers during political violence. Mr Abhisit was prime minister when thousands of protesters took to the streets in 2010 demanding his government step down. He gave orders allowing troops to use live ammunition on protesters, who had shut down parts of … [Read more...]

Olympian Lifespan ‘Possible For All’

Olympian Lifestyle

Research published on the British Medical Journal (BMJ) website suggests athletes live 2.8 years longer on average than the average lifespan. The research indicated those who took part in non-contact sports such as cycling, rowing and tennis enjoyed the longest life of all. But the general population could have a similar "survival advantage" by doing a … [Read more...]

Qatar To Acquire Stakes In Petronet

Peronet LNG

India has offered Qatar a 5.2 per cent stake that Asian Development Bank (ADB) held in Petronet LNG Ltd, the nation's largest liquefied natural gas importer. Petronet, which is registered as a private company even though public sector oil firms hold 50 per cent stake and the Oil Secretary is its chairman, has approached Qatar Petroleum International (QPI) … [Read more...]

Common Entrance Exam For MBBS

On December 16, the Supreme Court gave its go-ahead to the Medical Council of India (MCI) for holding the first-ever common entrance examination for admission to MBBS, BDS and post-graduate courses. But, the court restrained the MCI from declaring the results until further orders. #adsense# The court also allowed various states, universities and other … [Read more...]

Shinzo Abe Appointed Prime Minister of Japan


Japanese Parliament on December 26 handed the prime ministry over to Shinzo Abe, who said that fixing the economy is Japan’s no. 1 priority. Abe, who was widely expected to become the conservative Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) choice, was prime minister in 2006 and 2007 before he abruptly resigned. He is replacing Yoshihiko Noda of the … [Read more...]

Time Names Barack Obama As Person Of the Year

Barak Obama

US president Barack Obama has been named TIME's Person of the Year for 2012, citing his historic re-election as symbolic of the US’ changing demographics amid the backdrop of high unemployment and other challenges. #adsense# Obama edged out Malala Yousufzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, for the … [Read more...]