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CURRENT AFFAIRS 19.09.2014 1. PM talks tough on Ladakh incursions India and China signed 13 agreements here on Thursday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping called for speeding up the boundary resolution process. India raised concerns over the standoff at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh “and repeated incidents” along the border. A Defence Ministry source said soldiers had formed a “human wall” to deal with the ongoing face-off. In Beijing, however, a Foreign Ministry official said the situation had been “effectively controlled” and “managed.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said during his regular […]

CURRENT AFFAIRS (18.09.2014)

  1. Modi, Xi mix business and leisure The three-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India began on a positive note here on Wednesday with Mr. Xi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi sharing a rare bonhomie and the two countries signing two agreements and one memorandum of understanding.The strong note of symbolism, ceremony and camaraderie between the two leaders set the stage for substantive talks to be held in New Delhi on Thursday.Mr. Xi is the first Chinese President to visit India in eight years.As the stakes are high for both, Mr. Modi, in a special gesture, travelled […]

CURRENT AFFAIRS (17.09.2014)

  1. China keen on pushing reactors Beijing is expected to push its new-generation APC1000 nuclear reactors during talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi here. The two leaders are expected to discuss the possibility of a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with Mr. Xi arriving in India on Wednesday.The discussions, still at a very incipient stage, will find their way into the joint statement, say officials, although no outcomes are expected.Replying to a question by The Hindu, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, “It would be normal if, when, two countries with such huge energy requirements, […]

CURRENT AFFAIRS (16.09.2014)

    August WPI inflation eases to near 5-year low of 3.74% Declining prices of vegetable and other food articles pulled down wholesale inflation sharply to 3.74 per cent in August to a nearly five-year low.The inflation measured on Wholesale Price Index (WPI) was at 5.19 per cent in July and 6.99 per cent in August 2013.Inflation in the food segment witnessed a significant decline to 5.15 per cent in August as against 8.43 per cent in the previous month, according to official data released here on Monday. However, potato prices were on the rise as inflation in the kitchen essential jumped […]

CURRENT AFFAIRS(13.09.2014 to 15.09.2014)

  1. India’s Arctic observatory to aid climate change studies Deep in the frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean, an Indian observatory is quietly churning out data that is expected to help scientists understand the Arctic climate process and its influence on the Indian monsoon system. The deployment of IndARC, the country’s first underwater moored observatory in the Kongsfjorden fjord, half way between Norway and the North Pole, represents a major milestone in India’s scientific endeavours in the Arctic region, says Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences.Designed and developed by scientists from the Earth System Science Organisation (ESSO), National […]