Cabinet approves International Solar Alliance (ISA)

31/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Renewable Energy

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 | Governance Issues | Sanitation

‘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

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

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

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 | Tribes

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 ...

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

28/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

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

India fares poorly on health indicators: WHO

28/12/2016 | Governance Issues | Health

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

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 ...

‘Google Tax’ detrimental to startup ecosystem

27/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

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

World’s most heat resistant material

27/12/2016 | Science Affairs | Chemistry

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

Kuchipudi

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

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 ...

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

26/12/2016 | International Affairs | United Nations

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

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

25/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Union Executive

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

RBI imposes penalty on five foreign banks for forex violations

25/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

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 ...

Centre recasts panel helping Krishna Board

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

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

China launches satellite to monitor global carbon emissions

24/12/2016 | Science Affairs | Space

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

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 ...

NGT bans open waste burning

24/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

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

SC criticises poor implementation of SC/ST Act

23/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Judiciary

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

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

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

Ice nucleation

22/12/2016 | Geography | Climate

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

Parliamentary Panel on Forest Fire

22/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Disasters

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 ...

Centre plans dedicated fund for infra finance

21/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure

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

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

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

Mukhya Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana

21/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure

Government of Himachal Pradesh has launched a new scheme for development of roads to connect villages across the state. The government has announced t ...

Government forms high-level task force on Indus Water Treaty

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

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

Single tribunal to decide all inter-state water disputes

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

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 ...

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

19/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Judiciary

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 ...

Less Job creation in India

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

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 ...

MoU between India-Kyrgyzstan on agriculture cooperation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US Federal Reserve raises interest rates

15/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Monetary Policy

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

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

Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016

15/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure

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 ...

Vanjeevan

14/12/2016 | Social Issues | Tribes

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

Cabinet clears changes to double taxation accord with Tajikistan

14/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | External Sector

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

World Malaria Report 2016

14/12/2016 | Science Affairs | Health

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

Murder rate declining in India

13/12/2016 | Social Issues | Social Problems in India

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

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

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

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

BRICS to share tax information

12/12/2016 | International Affairs | Institutions

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

Bismuth becomes a superconductor

12/12/2016 | Science Affairs | Physics

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

Non-OPEC producers agree to cut oil output

11/12/2016 | International Affairs | International Institutions

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 ...

India, Vietnam sign Civil Nuclear deal, three other agreements

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

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

Japan launches 'space junk' collector

11/12/2016 | Science Affairs | Space

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

Government decides to print plastic currency note

10/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Monetary Policy

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

Ratan Watal committee

10/12/2016 | Governance Issues | Information Technology

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 | Economic Affairs | Human Development

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

FSSAI decides to ban use of newspapers for packing food

9/12/2016 | Governance Issues | Food Management

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 ...

Global Terrorism Index, 2016

9/12/2016 | Security Issues | External Security

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 ...

Steps taken by government to improve Gender gap in India

8/12/2016 | Social Issues | Gender issues

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 ...

India, US finalise Major Defence Partner agreement

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

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

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 ...

Fifth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement, 2016-17

7/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Monetary Policy

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 ...

MoU between India and Vietnam on Cooperation in IT

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

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 and Ecology | Biodiversity

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 ...

Winter Fog Experiment (WIFEX 2016-17)

6/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

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

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

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 ...

Environment Ministry postpones forest policy indefinitely

5/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Ecology

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

Mercosur suspends Venezuela

5/12/2016 | International Affairs | International Institutions

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 ...

Amritsar Declaration

5/12/2016 | International Affairs | Asia

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 and Ecology | Climate

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

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

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

World’s first water-wave laser

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

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

Cabinet approves India’s position at Kigali conference

3/12/2016 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

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 | Governance Issues | Health

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 ...

National Litigation Policy

2/12/2016 | Governance Issues | Judiciary

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

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

Supreme Court says playing national anthem mandatory in cinema halls

1/12/2016 | Indian Polity | Judiciary

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

e-pashuhaat

1/12/2016 | Economic Affairs | Agriculture

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 ...

Mitochondrial gene therapy (MGT)

1/12/2016 | Science Affairs | Biotechnology

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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