India lags in Innovation

31/3/2016 | Social Issues | IPR |Read more

A recent survey conducted by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a US based think tank, ranked India at the bottom of a list ...

Defence Procurement Policy(DPP): 2016

30/3/2016 | Governance Issues | Defence |Read more

Defence procurement policy is unveiled by the government with an aim to ensure transparency, fast track acquisition process and give a push to ‘Make i ...

Bill Introduced In US Congress To Help India Join APEC

29/3/2016 | International Affairs | APEC |Read more

A bill introduced in US congress to help India join the APEC forum. The legislation notes that US-India partnership is vital to the US strategic inter ...

High Prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD)

29/3/2016 | Science Affairs | Health |Read more

An unusually high incidence of the chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common to four regions in Goa, Maharashtra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Some survey ...

Government eases cabotage norms

28/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Transport |Read more

The Union cabinet has approved a proposal to permit overseas registered container ships to carry cargo between India’s ports in a move seen as the big ...

Annual Target of Electrifying 7000 Villages Achieved

27/3/2016 | Governance Issues | Infrastructure |Read more

The government has achieved its annual target of electrifying 7000 villages during this (2015-16) fiscal year under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yo ...

Integrated Development And Management Of Fisheries

27/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Agriculture |Read more

Integrated Development and Management of Fisheries scheme has launched for integrated development and management of fisheries at an outlay of Rs.3, 00 ...

Government to build 2.95 crore houses for rural poor

26/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Poverty |Read more

The government recently approved “House for All-2022” scheme to construct 2.95 crore houses in rural areas, setting a 2022 deadline. The Centre has al ...

India-UAE agreement for $75 billion investment in NIIF gets clearance

26/3/2016 | India and the world | India - UAE |Read more

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to mobilise up to $7 ...

3D printing could help fix damaged cartilage in knees

25/3/2016 | Science Affairs | Biotechnology |Read more

Researchers have found a way to produce cartilage tissue by 3-D bioprinting, an ink containing human cells, and they have successfully tested it in an ...

India to accede to the Ashgabat Agreement

25/3/2016 | India and the world | India central Asia |Read more

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for India to accede to the Ashgabat Agreement, an international transport and transit corridor facilitating t ...

Longitudinal Ageing Study in India

24/3/2016 | Social Issues | Population issues |Read more

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare launched the Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI) . It will survey more than 60,000 elderly over 25 years ...

Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve

24/3/2016 | Environment | Biodiversity |Read more

Agasthyamala, a unique and highly divers ecosystem in the Western Ghats has been recognised by the UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve. It covers the ...

Ban on Drugs in India

23/3/2016 | Social Issues | Health |Read more

The Health Ministry banned 344 fixed dose drug combinations. Among the commonly used brands that stand banned after the notification are the cough syr ...

Immunisation Programmes in India

23/3/2016 | Governance Issues | Health |Read more

India has achieved major public health achievements with the help of safe and effective vaccines delivered through quality programmes.like there is el ...

Parliament Panel on Medical education In India

22/3/2016 | Governance Issues | Health |Read more

Parliamentary committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Ranjit Roy has submitted the 92nd report titled ‘The Functioning of Medical Council of India’ to ...

Muziris project

22/3/2016 | Culture of India | Culture |Read more

The first phase of the Muziris Heritage Project was recently inaugurated by the President in Kerala. This project was started six years ago by the Ker ...

Supreme Court stops Punjab from levelling SYL canal land

21/3/2016 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes |Read more

The Supreme Court cracked the whip on attempts to politicize the Satluj-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal project and directed the Punjab government to maintain ...

Kurds Declare De-Facto Federal Region in Northern Syria

21/3/2016 | International Affairs | Syria |Read more

The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and several allied groups have voted to create an autonomous federation in the northern part of Syria. ...

The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015

20/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Minerals |Read more

The Government has recently amended the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act 1957 with effect from 12th Janauary 2015 for promoting the ...

Place of effective management rules for MNCs

20/3/2016 | Governance Issues | Corporate Governance |Read more

The income tax department issued, Place of effective management(POEM) rules for MNCs , which will play an important role in determining if a company i ...

National Waterways Bill

20/3/2016 | Geography | Transport |Read more

The National Waterways Bill, 2015, which provides for declaring certain inland waterways as national waterways, is passed by parliament. Highlights of ...

Bt Cotton Crop Failing To Resist Pests

19/3/2016 | Environment | Agriculture |Read more

There is over 80 % damage of Bt cotton fields in Raichur district , which is destroyed by pink bollworm. However, Bt cotton producers, in the instruct ...

Aviation Sector: Current Challenges and solutions

19/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure |Read more

Aviation sector in India seems to be doing well. Air traffic has grown at 14% over the last 10 years and India is expected to become the third largest ...

Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016

19/3/2016 | Governance Issues | Environment |Read more

The Government has notified the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, in suppression of the earlier Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 201 ...

ICANN transition plan

18/3/2016 | Governance Issues | Information Technology |Read more

ICANN recently submitted the plan for the global stewardship of the internet to the US government for review. This plan was mainly focusing on ending ...

Sir creek issue: A dispute that begs resolution

18/3/2016 | India and the world | Indo Pakistan |Read more

Long standing dispute between India and Pakistan is turning out to be one of the biggest security threat for India. The Sir Creek dispute between Indi ...

ExoMars

17/3/2016 | Science Affairs | Space |Read more

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli lander are successfully launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome( in Kazakhstan). The ExoMars project will be ...

Decoding Of Three Medieval Copper Plates

17/3/2016 | Culture of India | Medieval History |Read more

Researchers from the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI), which houses South Asia’s largest collection of manuscripts and rare texts, have d ...

Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, 2015

17/3/2016 | Governance Issues | Transport |Read more

This Bill would enhance the compensation for air travellers in case of death, injury, lost baggage or even inordinate delay in flights. Highlights: Th ...

The merits of fiscal prudence

16/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system |Read more

In order to get the benefits of vote bank politics, usually governments in Center and states push for populist budget. In this year budget there seeme ...

SEBI board clears wilful defaulter rules

16/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Financial System |Read more

In an attempt to tighten the regulatory framework, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has barred ‘wilful defaulters’ from accessing the ...

2015: Hottest Year

15/3/2016 | Environment | Ecology |Read more

Scientists reported that 2015 was the hottest year in the historical record by far; breaking a mark set only the year before. This report is confirmed ...

Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP)

15/3/2016 | Geography | Resources |Read more

The Union Cabinet approved a new Hydrocarbon Exploration & Licencing Policy(HELP) that aims to boost exploration & production (E&P) activity and phase ...

Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015

14/3/2016 | Governance Issues | Infrastructure |Read more

Rajya Sabha has passed the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015. This bill aimed at protecting home buyers from real estate developers ...

Desensitisation

14/3/2016 | Science Affairs | Biotechnology |Read more

Desensitisation ‘Desensitisation’ of the immune system, is a new method that has the potential to save many lives and could mean a crucial difference ...

Bacteria found to eat PET plastics could help do the recycling

13/3/2016 | Science Affairs | Biotechnology |Read more

Ideonella sakaiensis, A bacterium species capable of breaking down plastic has been identified by the scientists. The bacterium seems to feed exclusiv ...

Ensuring Food Safety

12/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Agriculture |Read more

Issues in Food Safety: *Note: Food Security and Food Safety differ in their conceptual meanings. While food Security deals largely with the adequate a ...

Kodaikanal mercury poisoning

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

Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) has finally entered into a settlement to provide “undisclosed” ex-gratia amount to the victims of mercury poisioning ...

ISRO successfuly launches PSLV-C32 carrying IRNSS-1F

12/3/2016 | Science Affairs | Space |Read more

What is IRNSS? Indian Regional Navigation Spacecraft System (IRNSS) is the Indian navigation system which envisages establishment of regional navigati ...

Sharp drop in aid to SAARC nations

12/3/2016 | International Affairs | SAARC |Read more

The budget tabled in parliament has slashed India’s development assistance to all SAARC neighbours especially Maldives, Bangladesh and Nepal. This bud ...

The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016

11/3/2016 | Governance Issues | E-Governanace |Read more

The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 was introduced in Lok Sabha. More than six years ha ...

Measures to control global warming other than Reduction in Carbon Emission

11/3/2016 | Science Affairs | Climate |Read more

The Paris Conference last year primarily discussed plans to reduce carbon emissions, which is understandable as this is the most immediate item for ac ...

Women at Work in 2016: A report by ILO

10/3/2016 | Social Issues | Gender issues |Read more

This report provides a picture of where women stand today in the world of work and how they have progressed over the past 20 years. This report examin ...

Meta Skin

10/3/2016 | Science Affairs | Space |Read more

Lowa State University engineers have developed a new flexible, stretchable and tunable "meta-skin" that uses rows of small, liquid-metal devices to cl ...

Hydro Carbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP)

10/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Energy |Read more

Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP) Four main facets of this policy are: • Uniform license for exploration and production of all forms ...

Meldonium

9/3/2016 | Science Affairs | Sports |Read more

Former world number one female tennis player Maria Sharapova from Russia has failed a drugs test at the Australian Open. She has been tested positive ...

eBiz Portal

9/3/2016 | Governance Issues | E-Governanace |Read more

A pilot version of a government portal to improve the ease of doing business in India may be completed by the end of this year. By December 2016 the p ...

Fiscal Consolidation and Fiscal Deficit

8/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system |Read more

Budget for 2016-17 has stick to the road map for fiscal consolidation by fixing the fiscal deficit at 3.5 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) ...

Government Nod For UDAY Bonds

8/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Energy |Read more

The Finance Ministry has approved the issuance of Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) bonds by four states. They are Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jhark ...

Environment Ministry releases new categorization of industries

7/3/2016 | Environment | Industry |Read more

The Government has released a new categorization of industries based on their pollution load. The old system of categorization was creating problems f ...

Extreme rainfall not because of global factors

7/3/2016 | Environment | Climate |Read more

The blame for extreme rainfall in India, a recurrent phenomenon in some cities, cannot be laid squarely on global warming and the El-Nino effect. A st ...

ICDS(Integrated Child Development Services) and Budget

6/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Status of Children |Read more

Government has reduced fund available to child health interventions, with a massive cut — from Rs. 15,483.77 crore last year to Rs. 14,000 crore in th ...

Banks Board Bureau

6/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Financial System |Read more

Former CAG Vinod Rai has been appointed as the first Chairman of the Banks Board Bureau. About Banks Board Bureau. The bureau was announced as part of ...

A forward-looking Budget

5/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system |Read more

Global credit rating agencies - Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) concluded that the budget is modestly credit positive for the sovereign, since it ...

Special Economic Zones and Budget

5/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Industry |Read more

In budget 2016-17, Government said it would not allow any deduction to units commencing manufacture or production on or after April 1, 2020, in an SEZ ...

Issue of Provident Fund

4/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system |Read more

Finance Minister has proposed to tax 60 per cent of the corpus of the provident fund at the time of withdrawal, on prospective basis. This has evoked ...

Budget is not promising

4/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system |Read more

This year budget begins with the focus on prevailing crisis in global economy along with positive hope for Indian econmony where Finance minister emph ...

Probe Into Finances Of ‘Freedom 251’

3/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Regulatory Authorities |Read more

Enforcement Directorate has started a probe into the finances of Ringing Bells, makers of the world’s cheapest smartphone Freedom 251, as questions co ...

Food Security

3/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Food Management |Read more

The Economic Survey 2015-16 emphasizes that the main aim of food management policy is to provide food security to the population. Providing food secur ...

Centre Drafts Bill To Decriminalise Beggary

3/3/2016 | Social Issues | Poverty |Read more

The government has drafted a Bill that seeks to decriminalise beggary and offer a life of dignity to the beggars, homeless and others who live in pove ...

Doing Business: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency Report by world bank

2/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | World Bank |Read more

World Bank group has been mapping the theme of doing business for the last 13 years. “Doing Business: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency”, th ...

Economic Survey downgraded India's GDP growth rate for 2016

2/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Growth and development |Read more

Economic Survey has pegged India's growth at 7-7.5% for the next fiscal year. The Survey puts 2015-16 GDP growth at 7.6% below its earlier expectation ...

Laws that make the Budget

1/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system |Read more

The genesis of the central Budget in India goes back to 1860 when it was first introduced by then finance minister James Wilson, two years after the t ...

Budget 2016-17

1/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system |Read more

INTRODUCTION Growth of Economy accelerated to 7.6% in 2015-16. India hailed as a ‘bright spot’ amidst a slowing global economy by IMF. Foreign exchang ...

Rich are benefiting from subsidies

1/3/2016 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system |Read more

There is a need to remove subsidy anomaly in India where the well-off receive an implicit subsidy of more than ` 1 trillion. Taking into account small ...