Cabinet approves International Solar Alliance (ISA)

31/12/2016 | Environment | International Institutions |Read more

The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the proposal of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) for ratification of ISA’s Framewor ...

Swachh Swasth Sarvatra initiative

31/12/2016 | Social Issues | Sanitation |Read more

‘Swachh SwasthSarvatra’, is an inter-ministerial joint initiative between the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and the Ministry of Health and ...

Nepal rejects India’s ‘open sky’ offer

30/12/2016 | India and the world | Indo Nepal |Read more

Nepal has rejected India’s ‘open sky’ offer to allow unlimited flights between the two countries. India and Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding ...

Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas

30/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Transport |Read more

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a Centrally Sponsored Scheme namely "Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Affect ...

DoPT’s fresh guidelines on sexual harassment at workplace

29/12/2016 | Social Issues | Gender issues |Read more

Brief details of the implementation of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act including the number of cases received and disposed shall form ...

Annual report of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs

29/12/2016 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups |Read more

According to the latest annual report of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the tribal population In India lags behind other social groups on various soc ...

India fares poorly on health indicators: WHO

28/12/2016 | Social Issues | Health |Read more

India is among the 194 countries that are aiming to attain Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030 under the commitment to attain Sustainable Developm ...

Centre sanctions action plan for AMRUT

28/12/2016 | Geography | Urbanisation |Read more

The Centre has decided to step down the usual practice of annually sanctioning the action plans under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Tran ...

First 2G (Second Generation) Ethanol Bio-refinery in India

28/12/2016 | Environment | Pollution |Read more

First Second Generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-refinery in India has been set up at village Tarkhanwala, Bathinda (Punjab), with an approximate investment o ...

World’s most heat resistant material

27/12/2016 | Science Affairs | Chemistry |Read more

Researchers have discovered that tantalum carbide and hafnium carbide materials can withstand scorching temperatures of nearly 4000 degrees Celsius. B ...

‘Google Tax’ detrimental to startup ecosystem

27/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Financial System |Read more

The equalisation levy, also known as Google Tax’ which the government is imposing on online advertising revenue by non-resident e-commerce companies e ...

UNSC passes resolution demanding end to Israeli settlement on occupied Palestinian territory

26/12/2016 | International Affairs | United Nations |Read more

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has passed a resolution demanding Israel to stop building settlements on occupied Palestinian territory. The resolution ...

Kuchipudi

26/12/2016 | Culture of India | Dance and Music |Read more

Andhra Pradesh’s own classical dance ‘Kuchipudi’ has found a place in the Guinness World Records yet again when a record 6,117 dancers came together t ...

The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Fifth Ordinance, 2016

25/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Union Executive |Read more

The President of India has promulgated the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Fifth Ordinance, 2016. Background: After the Indo-China aggressio ...

Centre recasts panel helping Krishna Board

25/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes |Read more

The Centre has reconstituted a committee that was tasked with assisting the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB). The new committee will be headed by ...

RBI imposes penalty on five foreign banks for forex violations

25/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Financial System |Read more

RBI imposes penalty on 5 foreign banks for violating FEMA rules The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has imposed fine on five foreign banks namely, Standar ...

NGT bans open waste burning

24/12/2016 | Environment | Pollution |Read more

There shall be complete prohibition on open burning of waste on lands, including at the landfill sites. For each such incident, violators including pr ...

China launches satellite to monitor global carbon emissions

24/12/2016 | Science Affairs | Space |Read more

China has launched a global carbon dioxide monitoring satellite to understand climate change. The 620-kg satellite TanSat was put into orbit by Long M ...

SBI Research report on digital Economy

24/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Financial System |Read more

According to a report released by SBI, the per-value transactions of debit and credit cards at points of sale (PoS) terminals has declined after demon ...

SC criticises poor implementation of SC/ST Act

23/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

Supreme Court has criticised the government for its “indifferent attitude” towards the implementation of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Preven ...

Global Wage Report 2016-17

23/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Unemployment |Read more

International Labour Organization (ILO) has recently released a report on Global Wage Rate for the year 2016-17. Highlights of the report: Singapore h ...

Union Cabinet approves ordinance to pay salaries by cheques

22/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Industry |Read more

The Union Cabinet cleared an ordinance allowing for payment of salaries by cheque or credit to employee accounts, and empowering states and the Centre ...

Parliamentary Panel on Forest Fire

22/12/2016 | Environment | Disasters |Read more

The Parliamentary panel has submitted its report on forest fire in India. This panel was formed after a series of devastating forest fires earlier thi ...

Ice nucleation

22/12/2016 | Geography | Atmosphere |Read more

For the first time, researchers have observed the creation of ice crystals on individual atmospheric particles, giving an unprecedented glimpse at the ...

Centre plans dedicated fund for infra finance

21/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure |Read more

The government has decided to set up a dedicated fund of Rs.10,000 crore to provide credit enhancement for commercially viable infrastructure projects ...

Government is planning to merge cyber tribunal with TDSAT

21/12/2016 | Security Issues | Cyber Security |Read more

Government is planning to converge Cyber Appellate Tribunal (CyAT) and the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT). About Cyber app ...

Government revised NE Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy

21/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Industry |Read more

The government has revised the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIP), 2007. Highlights of the revised policy Government has de ...

Single tribunal to decide all inter-state water disputes

20/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes |Read more

The Centre has decided to set up a single, permanent Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-State river water disputes, a step which is aimed at resolving g ...

Government forms high-level task force on Indus Water Treaty

20/12/2016 | India and the world | Indo Pakistan |Read more

Government has formed an inter-ministerial task force, to be headed by Nripendra Mishra, The task force is mandated with taking all important strategi ...

Less Job creation in India

19/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Growth and development |Read more

The unemployment rate has touched 5%, a five-year high, and around 35% of the working population is under-employed. Fewer jobs are being added to the ...

Air Force officers can't grow beard on religious grounds: Supreme Court

19/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Supreme Court |Read more

The Supreme Court upheld the sacking of Muslim Air Force personnel for sporting a long beard and remarked that armed forces' regulations are meant to ...

MoU between India-Kyrgyzstan on agriculture cooperation

18/12/2016 | India and the world | India central Asia |Read more

The Union Cabinet has approved memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and Kyrgyzstan on cooperation in field of agriculture and food related ...

RS passes Disabilities Bill with more benefits

18/12/2016 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups |Read more

The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2014, which was introduced in Rajya Sabha in 2014, was recently cleared with 119 amendments. The legislat ...

Jammu and Kashmir has no vestige of sovereignty outside Constitution

18/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

The Supreme Court rejected the Jammu and Kashmir High Court's assertion that the state's sovereignty cannot be challenged or altered. The apex court s ...

Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Act, 2016

17/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system |Read more

The Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Act, 2016 has come into force on December 15 2016 under the scheme of Taxation and Investment Regime for Pradhan ...

Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD)

17/12/2016 | International Affairs | International Institutions |Read more

Sixth edition of Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) was held in New Delhi. This conference sought to addre ...

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2016

17/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Animal Rights |Read more

The Government has issued the notification for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Pet Shop) Rules, 2016. This is meant to regulate pet shops. The o ...

NITI Aayog announces schemes incentivising digital payment

16/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Financial System |Read more

NITI Aayog has announced the launch of the schemes Lucky Grahak Yojana and the Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana to give cash awards to consumers and merchants ...

Home Ministry cancels FCRA licences of NGOs

16/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | External Sector |Read more

Home Ministry cancels FCRA licences of Greenpeace and Citizen for Justice and Peace The move comes after the licences were inadvertently renewed for f ...

Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016

15/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure |Read more

The Union Cabinet has approved the draft Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016 to replace the existing Major Port Trusts Act, 1963. The bill aims to empow ...

US Federal Reserve raises interest rates

15/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Monetary Policy |Read more

US Federal Reserve raises interest rates for second time in a decade. The US Federal Reserve has raised its benchmark interest rate by 0.25%, only the ...

Union Cabinet approves MoU between Rural Development Ministry & FAO

15/12/2016 | International Affairs | International Institutions |Read more

The Union Cabinet has approved MoU between Ministry of Rural Development and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to improve effectiveness of rural ...

World Malaria Report 2016

14/12/2016 | Social Issues | Health |Read more

According to recently released world malaria report, 2016, Global access to key anti-malarial interventions has improved over the last year, but persi ...

Cabinet clears changes to double taxation accord with Tajikistan

14/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | External Sector |Read more

The Union Cabinet has approved the protocol amending the agreement between India and Tajikistan for avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fis ...

Vanjeevan

14/12/2016 | Social Issues | Tribes |Read more

Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs in collaboration with UNDP and National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC) is all set to l ...

Murder rate declining in India

13/12/2016 | Social Issues | Social Justice |Read more

According to the recently released official data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the murder rate in India has been steadily declining o ...

Exclusive suburban tracks

13/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure |Read more

Indian Railways is planning to build exclusive rail tracks for suburban trains in a bid to ease congestion. At present, the Railways is running suburb ...

Indonesian President Visit to India

13/12/2016 | India and the world | Asia |Read more

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi visited India. This was the first bilateral visit to India by President Joko Widodo. Highlights of the vis ...

Cyclone 'Vardah'

12/12/2016 | Geography | Climate |Read more

Cyclone ‘ Vardah ’made a landfall near Chennai, bringing heavy rains accompanied by high velocity winds to Tamil Nadu’s capital and other coastal dist ...

Bismuth becomes a superconductor

12/12/2016 | Science Affairs | Physics |Read more

Physicists from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, have found that the metal bismuth becomes a superconductor at a temperature ...

BRICS to share tax information

12/12/2016 | International Affairs | Institutions |Read more

BRICS nations pledged to share tax information automatically and adopt global standards on tax transparency to check cross border tax evasion. The mee ...

India, Vietnam sign Civil Nuclear deal, three other agreements

11/12/2016 | India and the world | Asia |Read more

India and Vietnam signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement which will further strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two c ...

Non-OPEC producers agree to cut oil output

11/12/2016 | International Affairs | International Institutions |Read more

OPEC and non-OPEC producers reached their first deal since 2001 to curtail oil output jointly and ease a global glut after more than two years of low ...

Japan launches 'space junk' collector

11/12/2016 | Science Affairs | Space |Read more

Japan launched a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station (ISS), carrying a 'space junk' collector. The cargo ship is also carrying other ...

Ratan Watal committee

10/12/2016 | Governance Issues | Information Technology |Read more

Ratan watal committee has submitted its report on the digital payments infrastructure to the government. This committee has representatives from the R ...

India Social Development Report (SDR)

10/12/2016 | Social Issues | Social Justice |Read more

With the objective of bridging the gap between the mainstream social rights activists and disability rights groups, the Council for Social Development ...

Government decides to print plastic currency note

10/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Monetary Policy |Read more

The government has decided to print banknotes based on a plastic or polymer substrate in order to make counterfeiting them more difficult. History of ...

Global Terrorism Index, 2016

9/12/2016 | Security Issues | External Security |Read more

According to global terrorism index, world’s most developed countries have suffered a dramatic increase in deaths as a result of terrorism in the last ...

FSSAI decides to ban use of newspapers for packing food

9/12/2016 | Governance Issues | Food Management |Read more

FSSAI decides to ban use of newspaper for packing food due to the food contamination from newspaper ink. FSSAI asked state authorities to create aware ...

India, US finalise Major Defence Partner agreement

8/12/2016 | India and the world | Indo US |Read more

India and USA finalized agreement as a major defence partner. This was announced in the India-US joint statement on Carter’s visit to India. India’s M ...

Steps toward Cashless economy

8/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Monetary Policy |Read more

In a bid to make Indian economy cashless, Indian government has planned a series of steps to increase the awareness of people in this regard . These i ...

Steps taken by government to improve Gender gap in India

8/12/2016 | Social Issues | Gender issues |Read more

As per the Global Gender Gap Report 2016 by World Economic Forum, India ranks at 87th in respect of Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) among 144 countries ...

MoU between India and Vietnam on Cooperation in IT

7/12/2016 | India and the world | Asia |Read more

The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Vietnam on Cooperation in the field of Information Technology. The ...

Eco-Sensitive Zone

7/12/2016 | Environment | Biodiversity |Read more

The Government has issued the final Notification for an Eco-Sensitive Zone area of 59.46 sq kms of which 19.25 sq km is forest land and 40.21 sq km is ...

Fifth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement, 2016-17

7/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Monetary Policy |Read more

The Reserve Bank of India, in its fifth bi monthly monetary policy statement, kept repo rate unchanged at 6.25 per cent. Reverse repo rate under the L ...

Winter Fog Experiment (WIFEX 2016-17)

6/12/2016 | Environment | Climate |Read more

To better understand the science of fog formation over New Delhi, the Ministry of Earth Sciences inaugurated the Winter Fog Campaign at the New Delhi ...

India crossed the $300 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) milestone

6/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Capital market |Read more

India has crossed the $300 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) milestone between April 2000 and September 2016, firmly establishing its credential ...

Malware and Skimming attacks after demonetization

6/12/2016 | Security Issues | Cyber Security |Read more

With the usage of micro-ATMs and POS counters witnessing a sharp surge post demonetisation, the country’s premier cyber security agency CERT-In has ca ...

Mercosur suspends Venezuela

5/12/2016 | International Affairs | International Institutions |Read more

Venezuela has been suspended from the Mercosur trade group over its failure to comply with its commitments when it joined the group in 2012. Previousl ...

Environment Ministry postpones forest policy indefinitely

5/12/2016 | Environment | Environment |Read more

The Environment Ministry has indefinitely postponed an ambitious plan to update India’s forest policy. It has also decided to abstain from committing ...

Amritsar Declaration

5/12/2016 | Security Issues | Asia |Read more

The 6th Ministerial Conference on Heart of Asia-Istanbul process of Afghanistan adopted the Amritsar declaration to focus on concerned countries to ad ...

Graded response action plan to tackle pollution level

4/12/2016 | Environment | Climate |Read more

The Supreme Court had accorded its nod to the Centre's graded response action plan to tackle different levels of pollution and asked the Central Pollu ...

Colombia's Congress approves revised deal with FARC

4/12/2016 | International Affairs | South America |Read more

The Congress of Colombia approved the revised peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel group. The approval comes after ...

India, Qatar inks five agreements

4/12/2016 | India and the world | Middle East |Read more

India and Qatar have signed five agreements including in the field of visas, cyberspace and investments. These agreements were signed after bilateral ...

Cabinet approves India’s position at Kigali conference

3/12/2016 | Environment | Climate |Read more

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the negotiating position adopted by the Government of India at the recent Meeting of Parties (MoP) to the ...

Delhi HC quashes government ban on fixed dose combination drugs

3/12/2016 | Social Issues | Health |Read more

Delhi high court has quashed the ban on Fixed dose combination (FDCs). The ban was imposed based on the recommendations of Kokate committee. It was im ...

World’s first water-wave laser

3/12/2016 | Science Affairs | Science and Technology |Read more

Researchers have developed the world’s first water-wave laser, demonstrating that lasers can be created by interactions between light and water waves. ...

National Litigation Policy

2/12/2016 | Governance Issues | Judiciary |Read more

Government is mulling over National Litigation Policy to reduce pendency of cases. Why it is needed: It is estimated that the government litigation co ...

Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2016

2/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Sustainable Development |Read more

Economic, social, environmental and governance dimensions of sustainable development remained the primary concerns of the flagship economic and social ...

e-pashuhaat

1/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Animal Husbandry |Read more

e-pashuhaat portal is ecently launched by government to connect farmers and breeders of bovine animals. The portal was launched on the occasion of bir ...

Supreme Court says playing national anthem mandatory in cinema halls

1/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Judiciary |Read more

The Supreme Court asked all cinemas to play the national anthem before a film is screened, reigniting a debate over whether an increasingly assertive ...

Mitochondrial gene therapy (MGT)

1/12/2016 | Science Affairs | Biotechnology |Read more

An independent panel of British scientists and experts has formally given nod to introduce so-called three-parent baby fertility treatments or mitocho ...

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