Public Finance Management System (PFMS)

31/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

Union finance minister has launched the mandatory use of Public Finance Management System (PFMS) for all the Central Sector Schemes of the Government ...

Spain sacks Catalan government

31/10/2017 | International Affairs | Europe

The Madrid government has sacked Catalonia’s president and dismissed its parliament on hours after the region declared itself an independent nation in ...

GI tag for basmati rice controversy

30/10/2017 | Geography | Agriculture

The move to include some districts of Madhya Pradesh in the Geographical Indication (GI) area for basmati could spell doom for the basmati growers in ...

Supreme Court Bans Dirty Fuel to Fight Pollution in Delhi

30/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Supreme Court has banned the use of petroleum coke -- a cheap but dirty fuel -- in New Delhi's neighbouring states, the latest crackdown aimed at ...

2.11 lakh crore for PSU banks to boost lending

30/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

The Centre unveiled an ambitious plan to infuse ?2.11 lakh crore capital over the next two years into public sector banks (PSBs). Government has taken ...

Adopt a Heritage Scheme

30/10/2017 | Culture of India | Architecture

Seven shortlisted companies were given ‘Letters of Intent’ for fourteen monuments under ‘Adopt a Heritage Scheme’ of Ministry of Tourism at the closin ...

Nod for GM mustard

29/10/2017 | Science Affairs | Biotechnology

Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) has cleared the controversial transgenic mustard, DMH-11, for commercial cultivation. About GM Mustard: ...

SAATHI

29/10/2017 | Geography | Industry

The Ministry of Power along with the Ministry of Textiles have launched its new initiative named Sustainable and Accelerated Adoption of efficient Tex ...

BharatMala Project

28/10/2017 | Geography | Transport

Cabinet approved 5.35 lakh crore to build 34,800 km of roads nationwide, including in border and coastal areas. The Centre had announced road construc ...

Ichthyosaur fossil

28/10/2017 | Geography | Resources

Scientists in India have discovered a 152 million-year-old fossil of an ichthyosaur - an extinct marine reptile - in the western state of Gujarat. Thi ...

Start-up Programmes for entrepreneurs in Oil and Gas sector

27/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Unemployment

The oil and gas PSUs have setup venture capital funds to encourage start-ups based on innovative ideas in the energy sector. Start-ups in the oil and ...

RO RO Ferry Service

27/10/2017 | Geography | Transport

The Prime Minister inaugurated Phase 1 of the RO RO (Roll on, Roll off) ferry service between Ghogha in Saurashtra, and Dahej in South Gujarat which s ...

Gram Samridhi Evam Swachhata Pakhwada

27/10/2017 | Social Issues | Sanitation

Gram Samridhi Evam Swachhata Pakhwada was held from 1st October to 15th October, 2017. On this occasion Swachh Gram Portal has released data regarding ...

Navika Sagar Parikrama

26/10/2017 | Science Affairs | Defence

INSV Tarini entered Fremantle (Australia) port today during it’s maiden voyage to circumnavigate the globe. This is the first-ever Indian circumnaviga ...

Central Pollution Control Board Eases Norms for Sewage Treatment Plants

26/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has relaxed standards for upcoming sewage treatment plants (STPs), including those to come up on extremely ...

India’s first Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK)

25/10/2017 | Governance Issues | Skill Development

India’s first Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) has been set up under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana by National Skill Development Corporation ...

Dawn Mission

25/10/2017 | Science Affairs | Space

NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. During this ext ...

Supreme Court stops deportation of Rohingya

24/10/2017 | Security Issues | Migeration

The Supreme Court said that no Rohingya refugee should be deported till the next hearing in the case. Hearing a petition challenging the Centre’s deci ...

Rajasthan government’s criminal laws amendment bill

24/10/2017 | Indian Polity | State Legislature

Rajasthan government’s Criminal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2017 seeks to replace the ordinance, which had drawn widespread criticism from several quarters ...

GSTN unveils offline option for GSTR-3B returns filing

23/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

The Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has released an offline facility that will allow taxpayers to finalise their GSTR-3B forms on their own comp ...

IBSA Trust Fund agreement

23/10/2017 | India and the world | Regional Groupings

India, Brazil and South Africa have signed the IBSA Trust Fund Agreement that seeks to fight poverty in developing countries. The agreement was signed ...

INDRA Exercise

23/10/2017 | India and the world | Indo Russia

India and Russia have begun their first mega tri-services war game- Indra involving their armies, navies and air forces with an aim to boost their ope ...

New Delhi after Diwali

22/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The online indicators of the pollution monitoring stations in Delhi glowed red, indicating a ‘very poor’ air quality as the volume of ultra-fine parti ...

Assam Groups Protest Centre's Citizenship Rights Bill

22/10/2017 | Social Issues | Social Problems in India

Several groups in Assam, including the All Assam Students’ Union and Asom Gana Parishad, have been protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill ...

CarbFix Project

22/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

This project integrates the world’s first direct air capture plant to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in minerals. About Carbfi ...

Expert group for suggestions on artificial intelligence policy

21/10/2017 | Science Affairs | Biotechnology

The Union ministry of electronics and information technology has set up an internal committee to advise the government on a policy on artificial intel ...

India tops list of pollution-related deaths in world

21/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

According to a study published by medical journal The Lancet, India has topped the list of countries with pollution-related deaths in 2015, with 2.51 ...

Coordinated Horticulture Assessment and Management using geoinformatics (CHAMAN)

20/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Agriculture

In a bid to develop India’s horticulture sector and help states identify suitable areas and crop types, the agriculture ministry is working on a proje ...

Graded plan to combat air pollution

20/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Graded Response Action Plan, Delhi-NCR’s answer to combat air pollution that assumes apocalyptic proportions during this time of the year, came in ...

First Investor of NIIF (National Investment and Infrastructure Fund)

19/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure

First Investor of NIIF (National Investment and Infrastructure Fund) is Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) which brings in $1 bn. As part of the pa ...

Universal social security plan

19/10/2017 | Social Issues | Social security

The government has drafted Rs 1.2 lakh crore plan to provide universal social security coverage for the poorest fifth of the country as part of a bigg ...

Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana

18/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial Inclusion

Government has launched Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana and expanded the coverage of Postal Life Insurance (PLI). With this, apart from government em ...

Supreme Court frames rules for itself and Senior Lawyers

18/10/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary

The Supreme Court of India has laid down guidelines for itself and 24 High Courts to govern the exercise of designating lawyers as seniors and has ord ...

Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) Act 2016

17/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Growth and development

A new Bureau of Indian standard (BIS) Act 2016 which was notified on 22nd March, 2016, has been brought into force with effect from 12th October, 2017 ...

APY subscribers to touch 1 crore: Finance Ministry

17/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial Inclusion

According to Finance ministry, subscriber base of Atal Pension Yojana (APY), a guaranteed pension scheme for unorganised sector, is expected to increa ...

Animal tuberculosis

17/10/2017 | Science Affairs | Health

The first-ever road map to combat animal tuberculosis (bovine TB) and its transmission to humans, referred to as zoonotic TB, was recently launched at ...

MoU between India and Belarus

16/10/2017 | India and the world | Indo Europe

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Belarus for Cooperation in the field of Vocational Education and Training This is for the first time a MoU for ...

India’s first Sewage Treatment Plant under Hybrid Annuity Mode

16/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

India’s first Sewage Treatment Plant under Hybrid Annuity Mode to come up in Haridwar and Varanasi. A tripartite agreement has been signed between Nat ...

U.S., Israel quit UNESCO

15/10/2017 | International Affairs | International Institutions

The U.S. has announced its withdrawal from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), accusing it of “continuing a ...

El Nino caused record CO2 spike in 2015-16

15/10/2017 | Geography | Climate

Scientists have found that 2015-16 El Nino-related heat and drought are responsible for the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO ...

SANKALP & STRIVE Schemes to boost Skill India Mission

15/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Skill Development

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved two new World Bank supported schemes of Rs. 6,655 crore - Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awar ...

SC bans sale of crackers in Delhi

14/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Supreme Court refused to modify its order banning firecracker sales in Delhi-NCR. Supreme Court reinstated its ban on the sale of firecrackers in ...

Global Hunger Index 2017

14/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Poverty

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released global hunger index 2017 and termed India's hunger levels ‘serious’ problem at hand. ...

Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme–Series-III

13/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial Markets

The government has launched the Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme 2017-18 – Series-III, which will be issued by the Reserve Bank India on behalf of the Gover ...

Noble Prize Economics

13/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Growth and development

University of Chicago academic Richard Thaler was awarded the Nobel Prize for economics. He is pioneer in behavioural economics and has built a bridge ...

Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI)

12/10/2017 | Social Issues | Health

Prime Minister of India has launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) at Vadnagar in Gujarat. Through this programme, Government of India ai ...

WHO releases new guidelines to manage obesity in children

12/10/2017 | Social Issues | Health

With increasing evidence that childhood obesity is a “global epidemic” affecting even the poorer nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) has rele ...

Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) is in poor health

12/10/2017 | Social Issues | Health

Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) was launched eight years ago with the main objectives to provide financial coverage (or risk protection) by redu ...

China urges India to abide by ‘historic treaty’ on border at Sikkim

11/10/2017 | India and the world | Indo China

China referred to the 1890 UK-China treaty which it claims demarcated the Sikkim sector of the India-China border and urged New Delhi to abide by its ...

External Lending benchmark

11/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

A committee set up by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recommended linking bank lending rates to a market benchmark, in a bid to hasten monetary po ...

Panel to review GST composition scheme

10/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system

A Group of Ministers (GoM) has been set up under Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to make the composition scheme more attractive and revisit ...

22nd GST Council Meeting

10/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system

The GST Council, in its 22nd Meeting has recommended the following facilitative changes to ease the burden of compliance on small and medium businesse ...

Nod to animal sacrifice at Kullu Dasehra

10/10/2017 | Culture of India | Festivals

After a three-year gap, Kullu Dasehra this time will witness age-old ritual animal sacrifice in restricted manner. The sacrifice was banned in 2014 by ...

New vaccine on Influenza virus

9/10/2017 | Science Affairs | Health

A potentially ground breaking seasonal flu vaccine has been developed by a team from Oxford University. This could be significant to the world and to ...

Uday Kotak Committee on Corporate Governance

9/10/2017 | Indian Polity | Corporate Governance

A corporate governance committee headed by Uday Kotak has submitted its report on corporate governance. Main highlights of the committee: Minimum numb ...

India in UN peacekeeping missions

8/10/2017 | International Affairs | United Nations

India has sought enhanced role for troops contributing countries in the decision-making process of UN peacekeeping missions. India has asked the UN Se ...

Cabinet approves the Extradition Treaty between India and Lithuania

8/10/2017 | India and the world | Indo Europe

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for the signing and ratification of the Extradition Treaty between India and Lithuania. The Treaty would prov ...

2017 Nobel Peace Prize

7/10/2017 | International Affairs | International Institutions

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, a nuclear disarmament group, has won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. What is ICAN? ICAN describes itsel ...

Mudra Yojana promotions

7/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial Inclusion

The government has launched promotion campaigns for its flagship scheme Mudra Yojana. 50 promotion campaigns will be organised in different parts of t ...

Turtle Sanctuary

7/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

In order to protect the rich aquatic biodiversity of river Ganga from escalating anthropogenic pressures, development of a Turtle sanctuary in Allahab ...

Embryo Transfer Technology (ETT)

6/10/2017 | Science Affairs | Biotechnology

In a bid to conserve indigenous breed of cattle, the government has undertaken a Mass Embryo Transfer programme in Indigenous Breeds under the scheme, ...

India, Ethiopia sign agreements on trade, communication

6/10/2017 | India and the world | Indo Africa

Indian President is on his four days visit to Ethiopia and Djibouti. He started his visit from Ethiopia. India and Ethiopia signed agreements on trade ...

2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

5/10/2017 | Science Affairs | Chemistry

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for th ...

Committee on Management of water resources in North Eastern Region

5/10/2017 | Geography | Resources

The Government has constituted a high-level committee for proper management of the water resources in the North Eastern Region (NER) under the Chairma ...

Fourth Bi monthly monetary policy

5/10/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

Reserve Bank today kept interest rate unchanged as was widely expected in view of upward trend in inflation even as it cut the growth forecast to 6.7 ...

Nobel Prize in medicine

4/10/2017 | Science Affairs | Health

Three US scientists have won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine “for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm ...

Government launches wildlife action plan

4/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

After integrating climate change into wildlife planning, putting greater thrust on wildlife health management and poaching, increasing public outreach ...

SECURE Himalaya Project

4/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The Union Government had launched SECURE Himalaya, a six-year project to ensure conservation of locally and globally significant biodiversity, land an ...

Constitutional Crisis of Spain

3/10/2017 | International Affairs | Europe

Spain's is facing its biggest constitutional crisis in decades after violence-marred independence referendum in Catalonia opened the door for its weal ...

President appoints commission to examine OBC quota benefits

3/10/2017 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

President has appointed a five-member Commission headed by Delhi High Court's former Chief Justice G Rohini to examine sub categorization of Other Bac ...

State Forest Policy of Himachal Pradesh

3/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The State Forest Policy of 1980 was to meet the peculiar forestry situations within the State (Department of Forest Farming and Conservation, 1980). T ...

Centre notifies wetland rules

2/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

In a major decision, the union environment ministry notified the new Wetland (Conservation and Management) Rules 2017 which prohibit a range of activi ...

India’s infant mortality rate has declined 8%

2/10/2017 | Social Issues | Gender issues

India notched up an 8% decline in the infant mortality rate (IMR) in 2016 from a year ago. This improvement aided by a higher number of institutional ...

TK Viswanathan on Internet Hate Speech

1/10/2017 | Indian Polity | Fundamental Rights

The Home Ministry is examining a report given by a high-level committee formed to propose new laws or amendments to deal with hate speech on the inter ...

Aquatic Rhabdops

1/10/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

A new species of non-venomous aquatic snake - Aquatic Rhabdops, which was misidentified since 1863, has finally been described and identified as a new ...

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