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Bhutan king igme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck to be Republic Day parade chief guest

image Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck will be the chief guest at India’s 64th Republic Day parade on Jan 26, 2013.

  • Earlier, the ruler of Oman, Sultan Qaboos Said bin Said, was to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade, but he declined.
  • The Bhutan king is also to be the chief guest at the Confederation of Indian Industry Partnership Summit-2013 to be held at Agra from Jan 27-29, 2013.
  • The former king of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck was the chief guest at the Republic Day parade in 2005.


12 LPG cylinders to BPL households in Delhi

The Delhi government has decided to raise the number of subsidized LPG cylinders from 9 to 12 for BPL families and other marginalized sections. The move is expected to benefit 4 lakh families. A few days before, Centre had increased the number of subsidized cylinders from 6 to 9.

This decision by Delhi government is part of its ‘kerosene-free Delhi scheme’ launched in August, 2012. The scheme was launched with free distribution of gas stoves, cylinder and regulator to all families covered under BPL, Antyodaya Anna Yojna and Jhuggi Ration Card.


Intel to make an interface to help Stephen Hawkins communicate faster

image Intel , the world’s largest and most valued chip maker, has revealed that it is working on an interface that will boost the scientist’s speech to up to 10 words per minute. Currently, Hawkins rate of communication is 1 word per minute.  Hawking has a motor neurone disease related toAmyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a condition that has progressed over the years. He is almost entirely paralysed and communicates through a speech generating device.