Current Affairs – April, 2014

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Interceptor Missile test fired successfully by DRDO

India’s premier defence equipment manufacturer Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test-fired a new Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) interceptor missile capable of neutralizing any incoming long-range missile at higher altitude.

[icon name=”icon-question-sign”]How this test was conducted by DRDO?

Firstly, the target which was a dummy incoming enemy missile was test fired from a naval ship more than 2,000 km away in the Bay of Bengal. Following this, after receiving signals from the radars, the interceptor missile blasted off from the launch pad-IV of Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha to hit this target missile.

[icon name=”icon-question-sign”]What are the objectives of the Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) mission?

DRDO is working to develop sophisticated interceptor missiles capable of neutralizing any incoming long-range missile at higher altitude. The latest PDV mission seeks to engage targets in the exo-atmosphere region at more than 120 km altitude.

[icon name=”icon-info-sign”]DRDO’s achievements in Interceptor Missile Development:

Earlier DRDO had successfully tested six interceptor missiles developed by it, both in the endo-atmosphere (within 30 km altitude above the sea level) and exo-atmosphere stage (above 30 km altitude above the sea level).

The Prithvi Air Defence interceptor missile has already exhibited its precision at an altitude of 50 km and 80 km while the Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile has striked the target missile at an altitude of 15 km to 30 km.

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President approves dissolution of Andhra Pradesh assembly

President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent for dissolution of the Andhra Pradesh assembly and a fresh proclamation for central rule in Andhra Pradesh.

[icon name=”icon-question-sign”]Why President’s rule was imposed in AP?

President’s rule was imposed in Andhra Pradesh on March 1, 2014 after CM of the state N. Kiran Kumar Reddy resigned following the clearance of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill by the Indian Parliament. The Bill is meant to carve out a separate Telangana State.

The Union Cabinet had suggested dissolution of the state assembly and proclamation of the president’s rule there beyond April 30, 2014, circumventing the need for calling a special session of Parliament to ratify the proclamation.

[icon name=”icon-eye-open”]The step will buy Centre two more months before approaching Parliament for the mandatory ratification of president’s rule in the state. Assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh are being conducted along with the Lok Sabha elections. 

[icon name=”icon-question-sign”]What does Article 356 of the Constitution of India says on this?

As per the Clause 3 of Article 356 of Constitution of India, a proclamation imposing central rule needs to be ratified by the Parliament within 2 months and shall cease to operate at the expiration of 2 months if it is not approved by both Houses of Parliament during this period.

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