Current Affairs – May, 2013

LPG subsidy directly in bank accounts from June 1 in 18 districts

The government is ready to experiment the Direct Benefit Transfer programme in the form of LPG subsidy. 18 districts have been selected to test this scheme in which the government will transfer LPG subsidy directly into the Aadhaar linked banked accounts of the beneficiaries. From June 1, 2013 cooking gas consumers in these districts will Read More…

Frozen plants from Little Ice Age revived

Scientists were amazed to find that the 400-year-old plants known as bryophytes showed new growth under laboratory conditions. The researchers are studying Teardrop Glacier region high in the Canadian Arctic which is receding at rates that have sharply accelerated since 2004, at about 3-4m per year. The area had been under ice cover since the Little Read More…

Kushal Singh selected as chairperson of NCPCR

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has appointed Kushal Singh as the chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). She was chosen by a panel headed by Minister of Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath. Previously, Kushal Singh has served on several significant posts in the Government of Rajasthan and the Central Government. Read More…

Better Life Index: Australia is World’s Happiest Developed Nation

As per the Better Life Index released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Australia was ranked as the world’s happiest nation among developed economies for the third consecutive year. The index ranked over 30 nations on criteria like income levels, health, safety and housing. Key points of Better Life Index: Top Ranking Read More…

66th Cannes Film Festival: Top honor to ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’

Recently concluded 66th Cannes Film Festival held in Cannes, France conferred honors on some of the best films from across the world. The top award- the Palme d’Or went to Blue is the Warmest Colour (La Vie D’Adèle Chapitres) directed by French-Tunisian filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche. The film which starred Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux is cinematic Read More…