BIMSTEC

31/1/2017 | International Affairs | Regional Groupings

Nepal, as the BIMSTEC chair, is scheduled to host the group’s summit this year, the first since the new government in India assumed office in May 2014 ...

99% of Indians over 18 now have Aadhaar cards

31/1/2017 | Governance Issues | Service delivery

Over 99% of Indians aged 18 and above now have Aadhaar cards as more than 111 crore residents have enrolled themselves for the unique identification n ...

Indian Railways to rent out hill trains to private players

31/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure

The Indian Railways will soon start leasing out its standalone passenger corridors and branch lines to private companies for operations and maintenanc ...

World’s first stable semi-synthetic organism

30/1/2017 | Science Affairs | Biotechnology

Life's genetic code has only ever contained four natural bases which have simply been rearranged to create bacteria and butterflies, penguins and peop ...

Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP)

30/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Disasters

Central Water Commission (CWC) under the Ministry of Water Resources River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has signed two separate MoUs with IIT Ma ...

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) issued guidelines on the ‘place of effective management’

30/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) issued guidelines on the ‘place of effective management’, or POEM, of a company to determine its tax liabilit ...

GSLV Mk III rocket

29/1/2017 | Science Affairs | Space

ISRO has successfully tested its indigenously developed cryogenic for its landmark ‘GSLV Mk III’ rocket, scheduled for launch within the first quarter ...

Cabinet approves ratification of the Second Commitment Period of Kyoto Protocol

29/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to ratify the Second Commitment Period of the Kyoto Protocol on containing the emission of Green House Gases ...

Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana

29/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for the launch of the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana 2017. Features of Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana 2017 The ...

RBI stops investments to ‘non-cooperative countries’

28/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | External Sector

Reserve Bank has prohibited Indian entities from making direct investments in any entity located in ‘non co-operative countries and territories’, as i ...

National Action Plan for Children, 2016

28/1/2017 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

National Action Plan for Children, 2016 (NPAC) was launched on National Girl Child Day. The NPAC has been developed by the Ministry of Women & Child D ...

Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations

28/1/2017 | Governance Issues | Health

A global coalition to create new vaccines for emerging infectious diseases, designed to help give the world an insurance policy against epidemics was ...

Corruption Perception Index, 2016

27/1/2017 | Social Issues | Corruption

The annual index of Transparency International for the year 2016 has been released. Highlights of the index: Transparency International, the Berlin-ba ...

CMs Committee on Digital Payments

27/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

The CMs Committee on Digital Payments led by the convener and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Shri Chandra Babu Naidu has submitted the interim report ...

India and Japan dispute on Steel

27/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | External Sector

Japan is threatening to take India to the WTO over restrictions that nearly halved its steel exports to the South Asian nation over the past year, a s ...

68th Republic Day

26/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Evolution of constitution

India has celebrated its 68th Republic Day in 2017. Republic day in India is celebrated every year on 26th of January to honour the Constitution of In ...

A sunspot with centre twice the size of Earth

26/1/2017 | Science Affairs | Space

Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have revealed otherwise invisible details of Sun, including a new view of the dark, contorted cent ...

India and the Artificial Intelligence Revolution

25/1/2017 | Science Affairs | Information Technology

This report advocates spurring AI-based innovation and establishing AI-ready infrastructure as prerequisites for preparing India’s jobs and skills mar ...

Kambala

25/1/2017 | Culture of India | Culture

Karnataka High Court's division bench in an interim order in November 2016 had stayed holding of Kambala on a petition by PETA challenging it in view ...

Turkey’s constitutional reform

25/1/2017 | International Affairs | Europe

The Turkish parliament has approved a constitutional reform bill that includes strengthening the powers of the presidency, a move that paves the way f ...

Universal Immunisation Programme

24/1/2017 | Government Policy and programmes | Health

The basket of vaccines in India’s Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) was static for many years — until the entry of the Pentavalent [which protect ...

Tamil Nadu Governor promulgates Ordinance to conduct Jallikattu

24/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Governor

Tamil Nadu Governor has promulgated an Ordinance (as per Article 213 of Constitution) paving way for resuming Jallikattu game in the state. With the o ...

Joint International Task force on Shared Intelligence and Collaboration

23/1/2017 | Security Issues | External Security

India participated in the Joint International Taskforce on Shared Intelligence and Collaboration (JITSIC) meeting held recently in Paris where 30 Reve ...

Centre sets up a negotiation panel on river Mahanadi and its tributaries

23/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes

Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has constituted a negotiations committee to assess availability and utilisation ...

National Steel Policy, 2017

23/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Industry

The new draft National Steel Policy of 2017 has been released. The proposed National Steel Policy 2017 (NSP 2017) is an effort to steer the industry t ...

International Vaccine Institute (IVI)

22/1/2017 | Social Issues | Health

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the proposal for India’s taking full membership of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) Governing Cou ...

Cooperative banks cannot accept PMGKY deposits

22/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

The government announced that cooperative banks will not be authorised to accept deposits under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme. Accord ...

Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)

22/1/2017 | International Affairs | International Institutions

Workshop on MSME Cooperation amongst Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Member countries was recently held in India. This workshop aims to strengthen ...

MoU between India and the United Arab Emirates

21/1/2017 | India and the world | India - UAE

The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Arab Emirates on the Mutual Recognition of Certifica ...

Credit Guarantee Trust Fund for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE)

21/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Industry

The Union Cabinet has approved package for augmentation of the Corpus of Credit Guarantee Trust Fund for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) for supp ...

Eleventh Annual Survey of Education Report (ASER), 2016

21/1/2017 | Social Issues | Education

The Annual Status of Education Report, ASER 2016 was released after a break of one year in 2015. This is the eleventh annual report. Highlights of the ...

ShaGun

20/1/2017 | Social Issues | Education

To put an innovative progress in elementary education sector of the country by continuous monitoring of the flagship scheme - Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (S ...

The Union Cabinet has approved holding negotiations for Trade Agreement with Peru

20/1/2017 | India and the world | Indo South America

The Union Cabinet has approved holding negotiations for Trade Agreement with Peru on trade in goods, services and investment. The trade agreement will ...

Customs convention on the international transport of goods

19/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | External Sector

India is gearing up to sign the Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR), or the customs convention on the international transport of goods, as it eye ...

Global talent competitiveness Index

19/1/2017 | India and the world | International Institutions

Switzerland has grabbed the top spot in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2017, an annual benchmarking report that measures the ability o ...

An economy for the 99 per cent

19/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Growth and development

According to a report titled ”An economy for the 99 per cent” by rights group Oxfam, India’s richest 1% now hold a huge 58% of the country’s total wea ...

India becomes Associate member of CERN

18/1/2017 | Science Affairs | Nuclear science

India has officially become an Associate member of CERN with the Indian government completing its internal approval procedures in respect of the agree ...

‘Missing element’ in Earth’s core

18/1/2017 | Geography | Geomorphological and Geological issues

Japanese scientists have established the identity of a "missing element" within the Earth's core. They have been searching for the element for decades ...

National Alliance against online Child sexual abuse and exploitation

18/1/2017 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

The Ministry of Women & Child Development is planning to form a National Alliance against Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. The alliance aim ...

World Employment and Social Outlook report, 2017

17/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Unemployment

The United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO) released its 2017 World Employment and Social Outlook report, which finds economic growth t ...

India has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka

17/1/2017 | India and the world | Indo Srilanka

India has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka to construct 3000 rain water harvesting systems in Rin Jaffna District at a cost of ...

BHIM(Bharat Interface for Money)

17/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Banking

Indian government has announced a new digital payments app named BHIM — Bharat Interface for Money — after Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar. The BHIM app ...

E- Cigarettes in India

16/1/2017 | Science Affairs | Health

The current unregulated sale of e-cigarettes is dangerous for a country like India where the number of smokers is on the decline. About E-cigarettes: ...

Effects of Endosulfan devastating: Supreme Court

16/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Supreme Court described the effects of Endosulfan as “devastating,” and directed the Kerala government to release the entire compensation to over 5,00 ...

New fault in Indian Ocean may trigger quakes in future

15/1/2017 | Geography | Disasters

According to Scientists, A new plate boundary may be forming on the floor of the Indian Ocean as a result of the largest earthquake that shook the And ...

Right to Education Act, 2009

15/1/2017 | Social Issues | Education

The NITI Aayog has called for a review of the provisions of the Right To Education Act that stipulate that children who don’t perform well cannot be h ...

WHO(World health organization) report on Polio in South East Asian Region

15/1/2017 | Science Affairs | Health

Amid a global shortage of injectable inactivated polio vaccines (IPV), a new inoculation regimen, employed by governments in the South-East Asian regi ...

Green tribunal orders on micro beads

14/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Centre to test cosmetic products containing microbeads after a plea sought ban on their use on the ground ...

Whistle-blower Protection Act, 2014

14/1/2017 | Social Issues | Corruption

The Supreme Court has refused to examine a petition alleging dilution in the Whistleblower Protection Act and seeking interim measures to protect whis ...

Measles-rubella vaccine

14/1/2017 | Science Affairs | Health

Measles-rubella vaccine (MR) vaccine is all set to be introduced from February, 2017 in five states and Union territories as a part of the basket of p ...

Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana

13/1/2017 | Governance Issues | Skill Development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the sidelines of the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention, has announced a scheme to skill Indian youth seeking jo ...

Air pollution a national problem

13/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

A Greenpeace report shows 90% of cities studied had pollution levels over prescribed standards. Highlights of the report: Delhi’s toxic air may be mak ...

NASA’s missions to explore the earliest remnants of the solar system

13/1/2017 | Science Affairs | Space

NASA announced two new missions set to explore the earliest remnants of the solar system: asteroid 16 Psyche and Jupiter's Trojan asteroids. Lucy laun ...

Anti-avoidance tax rule GAAR to kick in from April 2017

12/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system

The tax department has clarified that tax anti-avoidance rule GAAR, which was originally to be implemented from April 1, 2014, will now come into effe ...

SC wants paper trail in EVMs for fair poll

12/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Elections

The Supreme Court has reiterated the necessity to implement the Vote Verifier Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in electronic voting machines (EVMs) to ensure ...

New Ginger species found in Andamans

12/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Scientists of the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have found a new species of Zingiber (commonly referred as Ginger) from the Andaman and Nicobar Isla ...

14th Edition of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

11/1/2017 | International Affairs | Others

The 14th edition of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) Convention 2017 held in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The theme of the three day PBD 2017 was: “Redefinin ...

‘Good Samaritan Policy’

11/1/2017 | Social Issues | Education

Delhi government has approved ‘Good Samaritan Policy’ under which monetary incentive of Rs 2,000 and appreciation certificate will be given to people ...

Minigrids can power rural economic activity

11/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Rural Development

According to Smart Power India, Mini grids can spur economic activity in rural areas and accelerate the process of expanding mobile phone network acro ...

Hyperloop transportation system

10/1/2017 | Geography | Transport

A committee under NITI Aayog is formed to look into the feasibility of having hyper loop transportation, where a pod like vehicle is propelled through ...

Model Code of Conduct

10/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Elections

Model Code of Conduct has come into force following the poll dates announcement in UP. With the Model Code of Conduct in place, the state government h ...

India and Kazakhstan have signed a Protocol to amend the existing Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC)

9/1/2017 | India and the world | Indo-West Asia

The DTAC between both countries was earlier signed in December 1996 for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with ...

Bitcoin is the new safe-haven asset

9/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

Bitcoin is becoming as safe a haven as gold. The price of the cryptocurrency has been rapidly rising in recent weeks. It traded above $730 per bitcoin ...

Liquefied natural gas (LNG)

9/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

India’s energy and environment ministries have asked the government to scrap an import tax on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and impose a levy on use of ...

India Post Payments Bank

8/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

INDIA POST PAYMENT BANK (IPPB) In a bid to boost financial inclusion in the country, the RBI has given approval to the Department of Posts (DoP) to se ...

GDP growth to slow to 7.1% in FY17

8/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Growth and development

According to CSO(Central Statistical Office), India’s economic growth is likely to decelerate to 7.1% in 2016-17 from 7.6% the previous year, chiefly ...

Japan to assist in making Chennai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi Smart Cities

8/1/2017 | Geography | Urbanisation

Japan has decided to be associated with the development of Chennai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi as smart cities. So far, leading countries have come forwar ...

Newly Proposed H1-B Visa Programme bill

8/1/2017 | India and the world | Indo US

A bill backing key changes in the H-1B programme that allows skilled workers from countries like India to fill high-tech jobs in the US has been re-in ...

Rhinoceros: a successful conservation story in India

7/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF-India), population of Indian Rhinoceros increased from 75 in 1905 to over 2,700 by 2012. The In ...

Right to Information Act, 2005

7/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Fundamental Rights

According to statistics collated by the Central Information Commission (CIC), the final appellate authority under RTI Act, 94 per cent of the public a ...

Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme

6/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Industry

The commerce and industry ministry is not in favour of extending concessions to US-based iPhone maker Apple for setting up manufacturing unit in India ...

Mesentery

6/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Irish scientists have recently identified a new human organ that has existed in the digestive system for hundreds of years. Named as the mesentery, th ...

Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Uruguay

6/1/2017 | India and the world | Indo South America

The Union Cabinet has approved signing and ratifying an Agreement between India and Uruguay regarding Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Mat ...

G Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs)

5/1/2017 | Science Affairs | Biotechnology

Researchers have shown that the regulation of G Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) by new drugs can be simpler than generally thought — it can be media ...

New Projects under Namami Gange Programme

5/1/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

New projects under Namami Gange programme in Haridwar and Varanasi have been approved by National Mission for Clean Ganga. In Haridwar, 68 MLD sewage ...

India’s great school education challenge

5/1/2017 | Social Issues | Education

According to an analysis by IndiaSpend on literacy, school enrolment, learning outcomes, By 2020, India will have the world’s largest working populati ...

Service charges at restaurants is optional

4/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system

The Department of Consumer Affairs in a notification asked the states to "advise the Hotels and Restaurants to disseminate information through display ...

Seeking votes on religious basis a corrupt act: Supreme Court

4/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary

The bench was interpreting section 123(3) of the Representation of Peoples Act. Court’s ruling: The Supreme Court has ruled that an election could be ...

Extension of Direct Tax Dispute Resolution Scheme, 2016

4/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system

After a tepid response to its Budget announcement of Direct Tax Dispute Resolution Scheme, 2016, the government extended the deadline for the scheme b ...

Financial data management centre (FDMC)

3/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

The Committee, headed by Ajay Tyagi , has suggested setting up a financial data management centre (FDMC) for managing the repository of financial regu ...

Indian PM Unveils Schemes for Housing Loans, Farmers & Pregnant Women

3/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Poverty

PM Modi also announced a slew of sops for the poor, middle-class, farmers and senior citizens. Highlights of the schemes: Home loans for poor and midd ...

Unified Payments Interface

2/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

UNIFIED PAYMENTS INTERFACE India is still a cash intensive economy with cash to GDP ratio of over 12%. Still around 95% of transactions by volume and ...

Government meets PMUY targets

2/1/2017 | Governance Issues | Governance

The government has met the 1.5 crore target for LPG connections to be added in this financial year under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). Wit ...

AIRIA ties up with Tripura University for imparting rubber technology programmes

2/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Industry

The All Indian Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA), the apex body of Rs 75000 crore rubber industries in India, has joined hands with Tripura Univer ...

Southern Zonal Council meeting

1/1/2017 | Indian Polity | Centre-State Relations

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired the 27th meeting of the Southern Zonal Council at Thiruvananthapuram . What is news: 27th meeting o ...

National Industrial Corridor Development & Implementation Trust (NICDIT)

1/1/2017 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure

The Union Cabinet approved the expansion of the mandate of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project Implementation Trust Fund (DMIC-PITF Trust). It is ...

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