Current Affairs – May, 2013

Philippines objects to Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’

The Philippines government has objected to poor description of its capital in the Dan Brown’s latest novel “Inferno” which describes the capital Manila as “the gates of hell”. The book includes a character who is visiting the city and taken aback by poverty, crime and the sex trade. Who is Dan Brown? Dan Brown is an Read More…

UN releases World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013 Report

As per the forecast report World Economic Situation and Prospects 2013 released by the United Nations, it is hopeful that the world economy can gain slow momentum for the rest of the year as a result of improved global financial conditions. Highlights of the report: It is expected that global economic activity will gain momentum Read More…

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UIDAI launches online authentication services

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched three new Aadhaar-enabled services and announced the establishment of around 300 permanent enrolment centres (Aadhaar kendras). The number of centres will be scaled up to 1,000 by September 2013. These services will enable Aadhaar holders to avail themselves of various services by using the Aadhaar identity Read More…

Fact Box: Nitaqat – Over 1 lakh Indians fear arrest in Saudi Arabia

Over 1 lakh Indians fear arrest in Saudi Arabia The Indian workers in Saudi Arabia who have not been able regularise their work status are likely to be arrested as the country implements its controversial naturalisation law or Nitaqat, which seeks to replace foreigners in companies with its own people. India will express its concern in Read More…

Fact Box: Green Energy Corridor Project; Government plans to invest Rs 43,000 Crore in the project

Rs 43,000-cr ‘green energy corridor’ plan for renewable energy The Government plans to launch a Rs 43,000-crore ‘Green Energy Corridor’ project to facilitate the flow of renewable energy into the national grid. The project will be implemented with the assistance of Germany who has promised provide developmental and technical assistance of €1 billion for the project. The government has taken lessons Read More…