Current Affairs – May, 2013

Ms Nishi Vasudeva becomes first woman recommended to head the Oil Company, HPCL

Ms Nishi Vasudeva has become the first woman to be selected as the head of the Navratna public sector unit, Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL). Currently, she is the Director, Marketing, HPCL and will take over as the chairman and managing director of the company. She will replace Subir Roy Choudhury, who will be retiring Read More…

Ministry of Information and Broadcasting launches New Media Wing

The Union Cabinet accepted the proposal for establishing a New Media Wing. The expenditure to set up and run the New Media Wing will cost Rs. 22.5 crore which was allocated during the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) and approved by the CCEA under Development Communication & Information Broadcasting plan scheme of the Ministry of Information Read More…

Russia grants asylum to Edward Snowden

Former NSA contractor and whistleblower of U.S electronic surveillance programme Edward Snowden has been granted temporary asylum in Russia and left the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport for an undisclosed “safe location”. Mr. Snowden, a former CIA employee and NSA contractor had been stuck at Sheremetyevo Airport since June 23, when he arrived in Read More…

Sale of ammonium nitrate brought under control in Delhi

Delhi Police has notified that by May 31, 2013, all traders of Ammonium nitrate will have to apply for a licence. With this, the buyer will have to furnish his identity and purpose before purchase of ammonium nitrate. However, schools, colleges, laboratories, clinics and hospitals are allowed to possess less than 5kg of ammonium nitrate Read More…

India, US & Australia will collaborate to develop climate-resilient crops

Three nations- India, the United States and Australia have come together to collaborate on developing new climate-resilient varieties of rice and wheat, two of the “big three” primary crops essential to feed the world. The key agencies/organizations which are part of this effort are the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is backing a new public-private research partnership b/w the Australian Centre Read More…