Soil Health Cards

31/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Agriculture

According to Indian government so far against the target of 14 crore cards distribution, 6 crore cards have been distributed and remaining cards are u ...

World Food Programme

31/3/2017 | International Affairs | United Nations

United Nations secretary has appointed former South Carolina Governor David Beasley to run the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP). About World Food ...

India’s temperature rose by 0.60 degree over last 110 years

31/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) all India mean temperatures have risen nearly 0.60 degree Celsius over the last 110 years. IMD ...

India becomes Net Exporter of Electricity for the first Time

30/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Energy

As per Central Electricity Authority first time India has turned around from a net importer of electricity to Net Exporter of electricity. During the ...

Supreme Court bans sale of BS-III vehicles from 1 April

30/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Transport

The Supreme Court has directed that vehicles that are not Bharat Stage-IV (BS-IV) compliant will not be sold after 31 March. Bajaj Auto Ltd and the En ...

Odisha becomes first state to bring banking to remote rural areas through SHG

30/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial Inclusion

Odisha became the first state in the country to carry financial inclusion and extend banking services to unbanked areas through Self Help Groups (SHGs ...

Uttarakhand Health Systems Development Project

29/3/2017 | Social Issues | Health

A financing agreement for IDA credit of US$ 100m for the “Uttarakhand Health Systems Development Project” was signed with the World Bank. The objectiv ...

National Conference on Down syndrome

29/3/2017 | Social Issues | Health

National Conference on Down syndrome was recently inaugurated in New Delhi. The Conference was organized by The National Trust for the welfare of pers ...

Scientists switch on the world’s largest ‘artificial sun’

29/3/2017 | Science Affairs | Space

German scientists created an array consisting of 149 industrial-grade film projector spotlights, in the hope that intense light sources can be used to ...

E-Cinepramaan

28/3/2017 | Science Affairs | Information Technology

Information & Broadcasting Ministry has launched an Online Film Certification System or E-Cinepramaan. About E-Cinepramaan: Under the new system, for ...

Supreme court: Find alternatives to pellet guns

28/3/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary

Supreme Court asked the central government to consider using alternative means other than pellet guns for crowd-control and to deal with protesters in ...

Mental Healthcare Bill

28/3/2017 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

The Parliament has passed the ‘Mental Healthcare Bill’ in the Lok Sabha that decriminalizes suicide attempt by mentally ill people and provides servic ...

Law Commission Suggests New Penal Sections to Curb Hate Speech

27/3/2017 | Indian Polity | Fundamental Rights

Law Commission of India has submitted its 267th report on ‘hate speech’ for the consideration of the Government. The Commission has suggested the inco ...

Human development report

27/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Human Development

UN Development Programme (UNDP)’s has released Human Development report, 2016. Highlights of the report: India has been ranked 131st among 188 countri ...

Corporate funding norms for political parties eased

26/3/2017 | Indian Polity | Elections

The Lok Sabha approved a proposal by the government as part of amendments to the Finance Bill, 2017 that relaxes conditions for corporate funding to p ...

Animal welfare board

26/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), a statutory advisory body under the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF), will n ...

Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana

26/3/2017 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

“Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana”, a ‘Scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens belonging to BPL category’ will be ...

National Commission for Schedule Tribes

25/3/2017 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

National Commission for Schedule Tribes (NCST) has approved the proposal for five additional seat for tribals in Sikkim assembly.Out of the proposed a ...

Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2016

25/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Energy

Global energy architecture performance index was recently released by Geneva- based World Economic Forum (WEF). Main highlights of the report: Accordi ...

Sea ice hits record winter low

25/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The extent of sea ice at both poles has hit new record lows for this time of the year. The disappearing sea ice comes as the planet marks three consec ...

National Commission for Socially and Educationally backward classes

24/3/2017 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NSEBC) as a Constitutional body. ...

Cabinet approves proposal for Amendments to the NABARD Act, 1981

24/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Rural Development

Union cabinet has approved the proposals regarding amendments to the NABARD Act, 1981. These amendments are: The Amendments include provisions that en ...

HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill-2014

24/3/2017 | Science Affairs | Health

The HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill-2014, which criminalises discrimination against HIV-positive people and those living with them, was pas ...

Green nod to nuclear research project suspended by NGT

23/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The Southern Bench of the National Green Tribunal has suspended the Environmental Clearance (EC) granted to the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) ...

World Happiness Report, 2017

23/3/2017 | International Affairs | International Institutions

The World Happiness Report 2017 is produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative launched by the United Nation ...

Ganga, Yamuna termed ‘living persons’

23/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Uttarakhand High Court has declared Ganga and Yamuna and their tributaries “juristic/legal persons/living entities having the status of a legal person ...

Mahi Ink

22/3/2017 | Culture of India | Literature and Theatre

Researchers are planning to recreate the lost techniques of manuscript writing which is inked to the marketing of heritage tourism and the development ...

Wireless network faster than Wi-Fi

22/3/2017 | Science Affairs | Information Technology

Scientists have developed a new wireless Internet based on infrared rays that is reportedly 100 times faster than existing Wi-Fi networks. A light-bas ...

International Diamond Conference

22/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Industry

International Diamond Conference “Mines to Market 2017” was recently held in Mumbai. The conference on the theme of Mines to Market 2017", brings toge ...

Himachal Pradesh Budget: 2017-18

21/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system

Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh presented Himachal Budget 2017-18 in which he announced schemes for government employees including contract em ...

GRAPES-3 experiment

21/3/2017 | Science Affairs | Space

The GRAPES-3 experiment at TIFR’s Cosmic Ray Laboratory in Ootacamund in Tamil Nadu is getting upgraded. The telescope made news last year when it det ...

Arsenic contamination

21/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

According the report tabled in the Lok Sabha by Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Bengal topped the list with more than 1.04 crore ars ...

Plastic notes

20/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Monetary Policy

The Union Finance Ministry has given permission to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to conduct field trials of plastic (polymer-based) currency notes of Rs ...

Social Security Agreement between India and Brazil

20/3/2017 | India and the world | South America

India and Brazil signed the finalised text of the Social Security Agreement taking forward the spirit of the Goa Declaration at the 8th BRICS Summit. ...

National Hydrology Project

20/3/2017 | Geography | Disasters

The World Bank has approved $175 million for India’s ambitious National Hydrology Project to improve its ability to forecast floods and reduce vulnera ...

World ranking of the number of women parliamentarian

19/3/2017 | Social Issues | Gender issues

UN Women — the international organisation’s arm for empowering women has released a world ranking of the number of women parliamentarians. India is at ...

Labour code to provide social security cover to all workers

19/3/2017 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

The government of India has proposed a labour code which will provide social security cover to the entire workforce in the country, including self-emp ...

Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES)

18/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | External Sector

The government has launched the Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES). The Scheme is focussed on addressing the needs of the exporters. About ...

Quality of Living rankings 2017

18/3/2017 | Geography | Urbanisation

Mercer’s Quality of Living rankings 2017 has been released. Mercer’s survey is one of the comprehensive and annual features to enable multinational co ...

Maternity law goes a long way

18/3/2017 | Social Issues | Gender issues

Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2017 has made 26 weeks of paid maternity leave mandatory for all women employed in the organised sector. The new l ...

Labour Ministry’s new rule to ensure employer hiring contract labour

17/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Industry

In order to improve the ease of doing business in the country, the labour ministry has notified draft rule that would allow principal employer or cont ...

Cabinet approves of MoU between India and Bangladesh on Aids to Navigation (AtoNs)

17/3/2017 | India and the world | Indo-Bangaldesh

The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Aids to Navigation (AtoNs) between the Directorate General of Lighthouses & Li ...

Cabinet Policy for Early Monetization of Coal Bed Methane Gas

16/3/2017 | Geography | Resources

The Cabinet approved pricing and marketing freedom to producers of natural gas from coal seams (CBM) and also allowed them to sell the fuel to affilia ...

Inter-state River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017

16/3/2017 | Indian Polity | Parliament

The government has introduced Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Lok Sabha. Highlights of the bill: The Bill proposes a Single ...

National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) on computing ability

16/3/2017 | Science Affairs | Information Technology

The ability to use computers remains low in the country, in spite of campaigns for digitalisation, an analysis of National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) ...

Governor role in Goa

15/3/2017 | Indian Polity | State Executive

The decision of Goa Governor to invite — and swear in — a government led by party which has won four fewer seats than the other party in the Assembly ...

Scotland seeks split from UK over Brexit

15/3/2017 | International Affairs | Europe

The British Parliament has passed a bill that will allow Prime Minister to start talks to leave the European Union. The Queen will now sign it into la ...

Non-lapsable Capital Fund Account

14/3/2017 | Security Issues | Defence

The defence ministry has proposed creation of a non-lapsable rolling fund to facilitate buying heavy-duty military hardware like artillery guns, comba ...

Brahmos missile

14/3/2017 | Science Affairs | Defence

India has successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which is capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kg, from a test range along the ...

Time crystals

14/3/2017 | Science Affairs | Chemistry

According to recently conducted new experiments, a bizarre new state of matter known as a time crystal seems to suspend the laws of thermodynamics alm ...

Admiralty Bill, 2016

13/3/2017 | Indian Polity | Parliament

The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 was recently passed by the Lok Sabha. Admiralty laws deal with cases of acci ...

Project on Ornamental Fisheries

13/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Agriculture

Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, has envisaged a program to unlock the country ...

Chandrayaan-1

12/3/2017 | Science Affairs | Space

India's first lunar probe - the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft - which was considered lost , is still orbiting the Moon, Nasa scientists have found by using ...

India and Belgium sign Protocol on Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement

12/3/2017 | India and the world | Indo EU

India and Belgium have signed a Protocol amending the existing Agreement and Protocol between the two countries for Avoidance of Double Taxation and t ...

India’s First CCTNS in Himachal

12/3/2017 | Security Issues | Internal Security

Himachal Pradesh has become the first state to link its police posts in various districts with Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS). ...

Swachh Bharat Kosh (SBK)

12/3/2017 | Governance Issues | Sanitation

Rural Electric Corporation (REC) Limited has contributed Rs. 25 crores towards SBK as part of REC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Objective o ...

Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders' Summit

11/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The Vice-President of India led the Indian delegation to the first Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders' Summit held at Jakarta to commemorate ...

Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016

11/3/2017 | Social Issues | Gender issues

The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha , months after the Rajya Sabha approved the measure that makes India third on ...

“Sahayaks”

11/3/2017 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

The long-simmering controversy over the use of ‘Sahayaks’ — or helpers — by officers of the Army has returned with the surfacing of two videos on soci ...

HP Government launches RISHTA project

11/3/2017 | Geography | Energy

Himachal Pradesh Government has launched Rajiv Gandhi Illuminating Scheme for Hill Town Advancement (RISHTA) project, which is an efficient smart LED ...

Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) for appointment of judges

10/3/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary

There is a stalemate between judiciary and the executive over the proposed Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) for appointment of judges for the higher judi ...

India launches second stage of HCFCs phase out plan

10/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

India has launched the second stage of its plans to phase out the Ozone-depleting HCFCs by 2030, as required under the Montreal Protocol. About HCFC P ...

Arsenic problem in Ganga Basin

9/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

Workshop on Arsenic problem in ground water and its remediation in Ganga Basin was recently organised by Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) in New Delh ...

Jal Kranti Abhiyan

9/3/2017 | Geography | irrigation

National conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan was recently held in Delhi. This conference was organized by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development ...

Commonwealth unveils initiative against domestic violence

9/3/2017 | Social Issues | Gender issues

The Commonwealth is launching an initiative to help member states tackle domestic violence. The programme, which is being launched on Women’s Day, wil ...

India’s first electric bus service launched in Himachal Pradesh

8/3/2017 | Geography | Transport

India’s first electric bus service was launched at Rohtang Pass area in Himachal Pradesh. It is first of its kind electric bus service for tourist spo ...

Aadhaar and midday meal Scheme

8/3/2017 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

Govt has linked Aadhaar to school midday meals, among several other schemes. About mid day meal Scheme: The Mid-day Meal Scheme (MDMS) is the largest ...

Global customs convention

8/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | External Sector

The government has given its nod for accession to the ‘Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods’ which will help in faster movement of e ...

Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Tripura chosen for Krishi Karman Awards, 2015-16

8/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Agriculture

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred Himachal Pradesh with the ‘Krishi Karman Award’ for its landmark achievement in showing highest production of f ...

National Transit Oriented Development Policy

8/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure

To effectively address the emerging urbanization challenges, the Ministry of Urban Development has come out with a multi-pronged policy framework to p ...

Core Sector growth declined

7/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Industry

The growth of eight core sectors slowed down to a five-month low of 3.4 per cent in January mainly due to contraction in output of refinery products, ...

Tiruvannamalai project

7/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

A two-member expert committee submitted its report on Tiruvannamalai Girivalam Path Widening Project to the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) Southern B ...

Kurukh Language

6/3/2017 | Social Issues | Tribes

The West Bengal government has given an official status to Kurukh language in the state which has been listed as an endangered language by the UNESCO. ...

Russia and China veto UN resolution to impose sanctions on Syria

6/3/2017 | International Affairs | United Nations

Russia and China have vetoed a UN resolution to impose sanctions on Syria over the alleged use of chemical weapons during the six-year war. It is Russ ...

National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4)

6/3/2017 | Governance Issues | Health

A latest survey by the government has shown positive trends in key health indicators, including an improvement in sex ratio at birth and a decline in ...

Electronic Governance

5/3/2017 | Governance Issues | E-Governanace

The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, in collaboration with United Nations University and UNESCO, is organizing a ...

NGT fixes norms for camping along Ganga

5/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has prohibited all camping activity on beaches which fall within 100 meters along the River Ganga from Shivpuri to R ...

Permanent Indus Commission (PIC)

4/3/2017 | India and the world | Indo Pakistan

India has accepted an invitation to attend a meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) to be held in Lahore in March. The move came after two mo ...

DRDO Hands Over its Developed Products to Indian Army

4/3/2017 | Science Affairs | Defence

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has handed over three of its products for induction into the Indian Army. The products are namely ...

Two endangered plant species spotted

4/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Two critically endangered impatiens plant species are spotted on the peripheries of the Eravikulam National Park. The newly discovered species include ...

Aleppo report on war crimes

3/3/2017 | International Affairs | International Institutions

A UN-established commission has issued a damning report on human rights violations in Syria’s war-ravaged Aleppo. Highlights of the Report: The Syrian ...

Algorithmic Trading

3/3/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) plans to further tighten the regulations for algorithmic trading to minimise instances of misuse of ...

Seemai karuvelam trees

2/3/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Madras high court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to enact a law with prohibitory and penal clauses within two months to eradicate seemai karuv ...

Working Group on Migration

2/3/2017 | Social Issues | Migeration

The "Working Group on Migration" set by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) in 2015 has submitted its report to the governmen ...

75th meeting of Central Wakf Council

2/3/2017 | Social Issues | Minorities

75th meeting of Central Wakf Council was recently held in New Delhi. The meeting was chaired by the Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Inde ...

‘Tejaswini’ project

1/3/2017 | Social Issues | Gender issues

The Union Government has signed a Financing Agreement with World Bank for International Development Association (IDA ) credit of $63 million for the T ...

CLMV (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam) Business Conclave

1/3/2017 | International Affairs | Asia

Fourth edition of India – CLMV (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam) Business Conclave was held in Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. This conference wa ...

12 supergerms threaten world with incurable diseases

1/3/2017 | Governance Issues | Health

World health organization (WHO) urged governments, scientists and pharma companies to create new drugs to tackle 12 antibiotics-resistant supergerms t ...

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