Three Year Action Agenda

30/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Planning in India

NITI Aayog has replaced planning commission in 2014. In 2016, Prime minister office decided to replace five year plans with 15 year vision document. T ...

e-SOT and the e-PRAN card launched for Atal Pension Yojana

30/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Pension and Insurance

With a view to digitally empower the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers and improve the quality of service, the facility of online viewing of the s ...

Recent Initiatives by the Government for urban rejuvenation

30/4/2017 | Geography | Urbanisation

The Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) has increased the grant to ULBs for 2015-2020 by 277 per cent. With the higher devolution of taxes to the stat ...

Supreme Court pulls up States on food panels

29/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary

The Supreme Court pulled up the governments of drought-hit states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Karnataka for not appointi ...

DTAA amendments with Singapore, Mauritius and Cyprus

29/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | External Sector

India has amended its over two-decade old tax treaty with Singapore that will allow it to tax capital gains on investments from the South East Asian n ...

New Tagrets for Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)

28/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure

Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has sanctioned 1,00,537 more houses for urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) with an ...

Centre unveils new Agricultural Produce Market Committee Act

28/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Agriculture

In order to give more freedom to farmers to sell their produce, the agriculture ministry has unveiled “The State/UT Agricultural Produce and Livestock ...

Eight Interesting Facts about India: Economic Survey 2016-17

28/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system

Indians on The Move New estimates based on railway passenger traffic data reveal annual work-related migration of about 9 million people, almost doubl ...

Carbon nanotube (CNT)

27/4/2017 | Science Affairs | Nanotechnology

Researchers have developed thin carbon nanotube (CNT) textiles that exhibit high electrical conductivity and a level of toughness about 50 times highe ...

India is fifth largest military spender

27/4/2017 | Security Issues | Internal Security

A report by military expenditure monitors Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has found that India was the fifth largest military ...

New guidelines for inland fisheries

26/4/2017 | Governance Issues | Sustainable Development

The Union government has issued guidelines for the States on framing a Bill on inland fisheries and aquaculture, amid mounting concern over the pollut ...

Government e-Marketplace (GeM)

26/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Agriculture

Government e-Marketplace (GeM) is a very bold step of the Government with the aim to transform the way in which procurement of goods and services is d ...

Supreme Court on Anti Torture Law

26/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary

Supreme Court endorsed the view of having a law against torture in terms of UN Convention. India is facing the problems in extradition of criminals fr ...

Anti-dumping duty on hydrogen peroxide

25/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | External Sector

India imposed anti-dumping duty on export of hydrogen peroxide from Bangladesh, second one after imposing the same duty on jute goods on January 5, cr ...

Logistics pact with U.S.

25/4/2017 | India and the world | Indo US

India is all set to notify the operationalising of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) with the U.S. The notification includes desi ...

BRS Conventions

24/4/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

An inter-ministerial Indian delegation headed by the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change is going to participate in the 2017 ...

Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18

24/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

Government of India, in consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, has decided to issue Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18 – Series I. The Bonds will be s ...

“Quality Mark” Award Scheme

24/4/2017 | Geography | Agriculture

Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has supported the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) developed initiative of “Quality Mark ...

One Crore MGNREGA assets geotagged

23/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Rural Development

Mahatma Gandhi NREGS has reached a new milestone by geotagging one Crore assets and putting them in public domain. Since the inception of the programm ...

BrahMos missile

23/4/2017 | Science Affairs | Defence

Indian Navy recently successfully test fired BrahMos Land Attack Supersonic Cruise Missile from a ship. This variant of Long Range BrahMos Missile was ...

MOU for Defence Industry Co-Operation in Shipbuilding between India and Republic of Korea

23/4/2017 | India and the world | Indo-South Korea

India and the Republic of Korea (RoK) have signed an Inter-governmental Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Defence Industry Co-operation in Shipbui ...

National Action Plan to combat Antimicrobial Resistance

22/4/2017 | Governance Issues | Health

Health ministry announced the finalisation of India's comprehensive and multi-sectoral National Action Plan based on antimicrobial resistance. Importa ...

SAUNI Yojana

22/4/2017 | Geography | Infrastructure

Phase I of SAUNI (Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation) project was recently dedicated to the Nation. This is the second milestone in the Rs 12,000 c ...

Constitution (One Hundred Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 2017

22/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Constitutional Amendments

The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017 seeks to grant the National Commission on Backward Classes (NCBC) constitutional status, at par with the ...

Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) app and portal

21/4/2017 | Social Issues | Education

Union Minister of Human Resource Development has launched the unique portal and mobile app of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), a body under ...

Union Cabinet decided to ban the use of red beacons

21/4/2017 | Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude | Ethical Dilemmas

The union cabinet decided to ban the use of red beacons on all VIP vehicles, including those of the President, Vice-President and Prime Minister, from ...

Ultra Mega Solar Power Project

21/4/2017 | Geography | Energy

Madhya Pradesh government has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to supply 24% of electricity genera ...

Southwest Monsoon to be normal this year

20/4/2017 | Geography | Climate

India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast “normal rainfall” in the June-September monsoon. Monsoon rainfall will be around 98% of the 50-year ...

'457 visa' programme

20/4/2017 | International Affairs | countries

The Australian government has scrapped the Australian “457” visa programme that allowed Australian companies to hire foreign workers in a number of sk ...

Channakeshava temple

20/4/2017 | Culture of India | Architecture

The Channakeshava temple in Belur — a masterpiece of Hoysala architecture — turned 900 this year. About the temple: Chennakeshava Temple or Somnathpur ...

Mother of all Bombs

19/4/2017 | Security Issues | External Security

The GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB), popularly called the Mother of All Bombs, became the largest non-nuclear bomb ever to be dropped on a ba ...

Swine flu

19/4/2017 | Science Affairs | Health

Indian medical association (IMA) has issued an advisory to its members across Maharashtra this year because of over 100 deaths due to swine flu (H1N1 ...

Wind power

19/4/2017 | Geography | Energy

For the first time, wind power installations (windmills) in the country have crossed the 5 Gigawatt mark, to reach 5,400 MW in 2016-17. The earlier re ...

RBI tightens norms on bank performance

18/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has tightened the rules that trigger regulatory action on lenders when they fall short of capital or exceed bad loan l ...

General ban on online content should not curtail the right to know

18/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary

Supreme Court observed that a general ban on all online content will curtail the fundamental right to know of a genuine information seeker. The clarif ...

Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY)

17/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

Loans extended under the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) during 2016-17 have crossed the target of Rs. 1,80,000 crore for 2016-17. Of this amount, ...

Lok Adalat

17/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Judiciary

The Second National Lok Adalat for 2017, conducted on April 8, throughout the country from taluk level courts to High Courts, has settled nearly 6.6 l ...

Saturn’s Moon Enceladus

16/4/2017 | Science Affairs | Space

The Cassini spacecraft discovered hydrogen molecules in water plumes rising from the stripe fractures in Enceladus’ icy surface. The presence of hydro ...

National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation

16/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Statutory Bodies

National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC) under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Development Commissioner (H ...

ASCI lays down rules on celebrity endorsements

16/4/2017 | Science Affairs | Space

Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), the ad industry’s self-regulatory body, has released a set of guidelines for celebrity endorsements tha ...

Government forms panel to study virtual currencies framework

15/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Monetary Policy

To examine the existing framework for virtual currencies, the department of economic affairs in the Ministry of Finance has constituted an inter- disc ...

Centre files curative plea on AFSPA

15/4/2017 | Security Issues | Internal Security

The government has asked the Supreme Court to urgently reconsider its July 2016 verdict which ripped open the cloak of immunity and secrecy provided b ...

BHIM-Aadhaar platform

15/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

Prime Minister has launched BHIM-Aadhaar platform from Nagpur. BHIM-Aadhaar platform is the merchant interface of the BHIM App that has been launched ...

New Taxi Policy Guidelines

14/4/2017 | Governance Issues | Transport

The safety measures, recommended by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, concerning safety of women commuters availing of cab services have be ...

Sharing of Teesta water

14/4/2017 | Geography | geopolitical issues

Sharing the waters of the Teesta River is perhaps the most contentious issue between, India and Bangladesh. The river covers nearly the entire floodpl ...

Petrol, diesel prices to change daily

14/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Transport

From May 1, petrol and diesel prices will change every day in sync with international rates, much like what happens in most advanced markets. State-ow ...

Operation Meghdoot

13/4/2017 | Security Issues | Internal Security

The Siachen brigade of the Indian Army celebrated the 33rd anniversary of success of Operation Meghdoot to recapture the Bilafond La Pass from Pakista ...

Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana

13/4/2017 | Geography | Human Aspects

The Union Cabinet has approved closure of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY) which was set up in 2012 to address the social security-r ...

BIMSTEC power grid

13/4/2017 | International Affairs | Regional Groupings

The Cabinet approved a proposal for signing an agreement to establish electricity grid interconnection among BIMSTEC countries. Significance of this M ...

The Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups of India

12/4/2017 | Social Issues | Tribes

A recent Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI) publication has brought to the fore startling revelations about the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Gro ...

Inter-State Council

12/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Interstate Relations

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chaired the 11th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council. The council was attended by Chief ...

Green Growth Equity Fund

12/4/2017 | India and the world | Indo EU

India and the UK have announced the launch of an Early Market Engagement for the joint UK-India Fund, namely a Green Growth Equity Fund which aims to ...

Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill

11/4/2017 | Indian Polity | Parliament

The Lok Sabha has passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The Bill amends the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 to address issues such as third party ...

Reclamation will cause ecological damage to Vembanad

11/4/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

A committee constituted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, has held the CPT(Cochin Port Trust) responsible for CRZ violations ...

Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017

10/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Industry

World economic forum has released travel and tourism competitiveness index, 2017. In this ranking, India is one of the countries that improved the mos ...

Kudankulam Nuclear power plant

10/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Energy

India has taken over full operational control of Unit 1 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP). An agreement was signed in this regard recently ...

Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project

10/4/2017 | Security Issues | Internal Security

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs for extension of the implementation phase of the C ...

Medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) systems

9/4/2017 | Science Affairs | Defence

India and Israel have inked defence deals worth over $2 billion for advanced medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) systems. As part of the deal, ...

MoU between India and Bangladesh

9/4/2017 | India and the world | Indo-Bangaldesh

The Union Cabinet has approved MoU between India and Bangladesh for fairway development of Ashuganj-Zakiganj stretch of Kushiyara river and Sirajganj- ...

Multi-Modal Terminal

9/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure

The multi-modal terminal is an important component of the development of the National Waterway-1 from Varanasi to Haldia, a distance of 1390 km. NW-1 ...

Geotagging of assets created under RKVY

8/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Agriculture

The government has proposed to prepare inventory of the assets created in the last one decade (2007-2017) under RKVY through Geotagging technique. Nat ...

New Constitution of Thailand

8/4/2017 | International Affairs | South East Asia

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn endorsed the country's new constitution, an essential step towards holding an election to restore democracy after ...

New guidelines for NGOs, VOs

8/4/2017 | Social Issues | Civil society

The Centre has handed over to the Supreme Court the new guidelines framed for accreditation of nearly 30 lakh NGOs and voluntary organisations (VOs) i ...

Highways and others: How India classifies roads, reclassifies them

7/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Transport

With the Supreme Court's ban on liquor sales within 500 metres of national and state highways coming into force from April 1, several states are stari ...

Chilika lagoon

7/4/2017 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

The Odisha government is pushing for massive infrastructure improvement around the Chilika lagoon. IPE Global, which has been asked to prepare a touri ...

Rail Development Authority (RDA)

7/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Transport

The Union Cabinet has cleared approved setting up an independent rail regulator, named Rail Development Authority (RDA). It will be based in Delhi and ...

Padayani Dance

6/4/2017 | Culture of India | Music and dance

Padayani festival was recently celebrated in Kerala. About Padayani Dance Padayani dance is one of the popular traditional folk dances of Kerala state ...

India becomes associate member of International Energy Agency (IEA)

6/4/2017 | India and the world | International Institutions

India has become part of IEA Association that will allow the country play a more “visible and influential” role in the global energy landscape. About ...

Global initiative launched to fight fake news

5/4/2017 | Science Affairs | Information Technology

Facebook and Mozilla have teamed up with Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, academic institutions, non-profits, and other organizations to launch a $14 ...

No of beneficiaries under Ujjwala Yojana crosses 2 cr mark

5/4/2017 | Social Issues | Gender issues

The number of beneficiaries of PM Ujjwala Yojana for providing LPG connections to BPL households has crossed 2 crore mark in less than a year. About P ...

Government withdraws subsidy to mild hybrids cars

5/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Industry

The Central Government has effectively withdrawn the subsidies that have been provided to mild hybrid diesel cars under the FAME scheme. The FAME or ‘ ...

India Rankings 2017

4/4/2017 | Social Issues | Education

Union Human Resource and Development Ministry has released the Indian rankings 2017 with the inclusion of two new categories: Common Overall Rank and ...

African Development Bank

4/4/2017 | International Affairs | International Institutions

India is hosting 52nd annual meeting of the African Development Bank in Ahmedabad. About African Development Bank Group: Established in 1964 with a ma ...

Minimum Age Convention, 1973 and Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999

3/4/2017 | International Affairs | International Institutions

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for ratification of the two fundamental conventions of the International Labour Organization namely: a) Minim ...

South Asia Sub regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program

3/4/2017 | International Affairs | Asia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a total of nine projects costing $2.42 billion as part of the Operational Plan (OP) 2016-2025 of the Sou ...

CIRDAP (Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and the Pacific)

2/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Rural Development

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of an Agreement between Ministry of Rural Development and Centre on Integrated Rural Development ...

Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS)

2/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Agriculture

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the Fixation of Nutrient Based Subsidy (NBS) rates for Phosphatic and Potassic (P&K) fer ...

HIV+ kids to get special consideration under RTE

2/4/2017 | Science Affairs | Health

The Supreme Court asked all states to give special consideration to children affected with HIV or living with HIV. The order came on the heels of a pe ...

Why TB is still with us

1/4/2017 | Science Affairs | Health

TB so far has killed an estimated 4,80,000 Indians each year — more than 1,400 every day, almost one Indian per minute. Analysis: The toll hasn’t reac ...

New accident recording format

1/4/2017 | Economic Affairs | Transport

A new Road Accident Data Recording and Reporting Format has been rolled out by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) with a view to movi ...

China's Great Firewall

1/4/2017 | Security Issues | Cyber Security

China have tightened their grip on internet use in the country through a 14-month long campaign that will target the use of virtual private networks ( ...

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