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Kinds of Storms and five Most Destructive Storms

Thomas George A storm (from Proto-Germanic *sturmaz “noise, tumult”) is any disturbed state of an astronomical body’s atmosphere, especially affecting its surface, and strongly implying severe weather. It may be marked by strong wind, thunder and lightning (a thunderstorm), heavy precipitation, such as ice (ice storm), or wind transporting some substance through the atmosphere (as in a dust storm, […]

United Nation’s single new agency ‘UN Women’ announced – 15.09.10

Ambujam Ramanujam UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday announced a new agency – UN Women – headed by former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, to oversee all programmes aimed at promoting equality for women. ‘Ms. Bachelet brings to this critical position a history of dynamic global leadership, highly honed political skills and uncommon ability to create consensus and focus […]

57th National Film Awards for 2009 announced

The National Film Awards is the most prominent film award ceremony in India. Established in 1954, it is administrated by the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals since 1973. Every year, a national panel appointed by the government selects the winning entry, and the award ceremony is held in New Delhi, where the President of […]

MBBS Doctors must clear ‘Exit Test’ to commence Practice

Nambi Arooran Those intending to become doctors and treat patients may soon have to clear a common exit test after getting the MBBS degree from medical colleges. The regulating body, Medical Council of India (MCI), has given a statutory recommendation for a mandatory exit test, which is under active consideration of the health ministry, the […]

Armed Forces Special Powers and the present turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir

Shanthi Rajagopal Reasons for the present unrest in Jammu and Kashmir The immediate trigger for the current phase of protests was the death of 17-year-old Tufail Mattoo, who was killed by a tear gas canister which struck his head during a protest in Srinagar in June, 2010 against the Machhil fake encounter of April 30, […]

The Narmada Dam – Issues and Controversies

Lakshmi Narasimhan India’s most controversial dam project, the Narmada project, was first envisaged in 1940s by the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. The dam was part of a vision of development articulated by Mr Nehru. The Narmada Dam Project is a large hydraulic engineering project involving the construction of a series of large irrigation […]

Eighteenth Amendment to the Sri Lankan Constitution

Thangai VS Annan The Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is the official document that outlines the fundamental laws and the structure of government in the island nation of Sri Lanka. This is Sri Lanka’s second republican constitution and was promulgated in its original form on 7th of September 1978 by the […]

Ayodhya Title Suit – the Verdict and its fall out

Shanthi Rajagopal The Babri Masjid Controversy The Ayodhya issue is a political, historical and socio-religious debate. The controversial issue of Ram Janambhoomi and Babri Masjid has always been a big influence on Indian politics for several decades. The main issues revolve around access to the birthplace of the Hindu God Rama, the history and location […]

Civil Services Aptitude test from 2011 –Further confirmed on 25.09.10

Initiating long-pending reforms in the selection process for the elite all-India services like the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), the Government has decided to introduce an aptitude test at the preliminary examination level while doing away with the assessment on the optional subjects. The Civil Services Aptitude Test, which will be […]

Sonia Gandhi’s Amazing Achievement

Sampth Kumar Sept 3 2010 Sonia Gandhi has been re-elected the Congress chief for a record fourth time. She was re-elected unopposed. By doing so she will be setting several records in the history of the 125-year-old party, among them being the longest-serving incumbent. Her name was announced at a ceremony at the Congress headquarters […]