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Curb on mining in Western Ghats

THE MINISTRY of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has accepted the recommendations of a high-level working group to declare over one-third of the Western Ghats ecologically sensitive. Once the notification is in place, mining, quarrying, thermal power plants and highly polluting industries will be banned in 60,000 sq km of the Ghats. Projects will

Relevant News / Current Affair for UPSC CIvil Service Exam 3-11-2013

5-kg rice packets to be supplied through PDS : Union Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs K.V. Thomas said here on Saturday that the Centre would soon launch the pilot project of distributing 5-kg packets of rice to consumers in Kerala through the Public Distribution System as part of

Relevant News / Current Affair for UPSC CIvil Service Exam 2-11-2013

India, Australia inching towards civil nuclear agreement   India moved a step closer to sourcing uranium from Australia, the world’s biggest exporter of the radioactive mineral, with the Foreign Ministers of both countries agreeing to hold the third round of talks on a bilateral civil nuclear agreement towards the end

Relevant News / Current Affair for UPSC CIvil Service Exam 1-11-2013

A great game that all sides can win [hindu]   Pakistan is averse to discussing Afghanistan with India, fearing that would legitimise India’s interests in that country. But it would be in the interests of all three to do so Two questions have increasingly taken centre-stage in discussions about what