Rajasthan gives 1% quota to Most Backward Classes

31/1/2018 | Indian Polity | State Legislature

Rajasthan government has issued orders for granting 1% reservation to the Most Backward Classes(MBC), comprising Gujjars and four other nomadic commun ...

Tamil Nadu Rural Transformation Project

31/1/2018 | Economic Affairs | Infrastructure

India and the World Bank have signed a $100 million loan agreement to support Tamil Nadu Rural Transformation Project. This is expected to promote rur ...

China releases Arctic Policy

30/1/2018 | International Affairs | China

China has released its Arctic Policy. The document draws a picture of how China views the economic possibilities the region offers. With this, China h ...

Zero Budget Natural Farming

30/1/2018 | Geography | Agriculture

Himachal Pradesh Government has launched Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) project to promote organic farming. It was launched by Chief Minister, Jai ...

Atal Pension Yojana Expands Net to Small Finance Banks

29/1/2018 | Economic Affairs | Financial Inclusion

The Central government announced that the payments banks such as Airtel payments bank and small finance banks such as Utkarsh and ESAF will also offer ...

Zojila tunnel

29/1/2018 | Geography | Transport

An MoU has been signed between National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) under the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, ...

New programmes for young scientists and researchers

28/1/2018 | Social Issues | Education

The government has announced four schemes for bright young scientists, including one that allows them to spend up to one year in a research lab abroad ...

Delhi Declaration

28/1/2018 | International Affairs | Regional Groupings

The ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit was held in New Delhi to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of sectoral dialogue between two sid ...

R-Day: Kullu cultural troupes the best

27/1/2018 | Culture of India | Awards

The 69th Republic Day was celebrated with gaiety and fervour in HP. A colourful cultural programme, representing all districts, was also presented. Ta ...

'Shakti' app

27/1/2018 | Social Issues | Gender issues

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has launched the 'Shakti' app, which comes with a panic button, for women's safety. A woman at the time of any untoward ...

Environmental Performance Index

27/1/2018 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) — the green rankings was recently released on the side-lines of the World Economic Forum meet in Davos. ...

Rapid Reporting System for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls

27/1/2018 | Social Issues | Gender issues

The government has launched the Phase -1 i.e. the beneficiary module of the Rapid Reporting System for the Scheme for Adolescent Girls – a web based o ...

Anganwadi Services Training Programme

26/1/2018 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

The government has launched the Management Information System (MIS) portal for Anganwadi Services Training Programme. The Ministry of Women and Child ...

325 air routes awarded under UDAN-2

26/1/2018 | Geography | Transport

Around 40 per cent, or 129, of the 325 air routes awarded under the second phase of the regional connectivity scheme were for Northeastern and hill st ...

Automated moorings

25/1/2018 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

India is all set to have its own automated ocean pollution observation system this year which will help keep a tab on ocean pollution levels apart fro ...

Indian Accounting Standards (IndAS)

25/1/2018 | Economic Affairs | Fiscal system

The government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may postpone the implementation of new accounting standards for banks because of the legislative ch ...

Smart Star-Rating for Garbage Free Cities

24/1/2018 | Social Issues | Sanitation

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched the ‘Protocol for Star Rating of Garbage-Free Cities’ in Goa. What is star rating initiative? The s ...

Centre to declare 2018 as ‘national year of millets’

24/1/2018 | Economic Affairs | Agriculture

India has sent a proposal to the United Nations (UN) for declaring the year 2018 as 'International Year of Millets'. The proposal, if agreed, will rai ...

Chamba declared as the backward district

24/1/2018 | Economic Affairs | Rural Development

Chamba has been declared as the backward district by Government of India. It is among the 115 districts selected by the Government of India in keeping ...

‘Jiyo Parsi’ scheme

23/1/2018 | Social Issues | Minorities

According to Parzor foundation, who is responsible for implementing ‘Jiyo Parsis scheme’, over 130 babies were born since this scheme was launched. Th ...

Government names nine new smart cities

23/1/2018 | Geography | Urbanisation

Government has named nine new smart cities. The number of cities picked under the project now stands at 99. The nine cities chosen in the fourth round ...

Tourette Syndrome

22/1/2018 | Science Affairs | Health

According to a study, for patients with Tourette syndrome, deep brain stimulation (DBS) is associated with symptomatic improvement. The procedure, cal ...

Global Initiative on Academic Network (GIAN) Program

22/1/2018 | Social Issues | Education

The First Global Initiative on Academic Network GIAN course on Sustainable Urban planning using remote sensing and Geographic Information System, GIS ...

Office of Profit

21/1/2018 | Indian Polity | Elections

The Election Commission of India recommended disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs after it found each one of them guilty of holding ‘Offi ...

DAC simplifies defence acquisition procedure

21/1/2018 | Security Issues | Defence

In a move to encourage greater participation by industry in acquisition of defence equipment, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) cleared a simplifi ...

India test-fires nuclear-capable ICBM Agni-V

20/1/2018 | Science Affairs | Defence

India successfully conducted the "first pre-induction trial" of its over 5,000-km range Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile, which brings the wh ...

Haj subsidy

20/1/2018 | Social Issues | Minorities

The government has abolished the subsidy being given to Haj pilgrims every year. The government said it will use the subsidy funds to empower the mino ...

NPPA fixes retail price of 30 drug formulations

19/1/2018 | Social Issues | Health

Drug price regulator NPPA has fixed the retail price for 30 drug formulations, including those used for treatment of diabetes, bacterial infections an ...

Home Ministry pitches for Budapest Convention on cyber security

19/1/2018 | Security Issues | Cyber Security

Ministry of Home Affairs has recently made a strong pitch to sign the Budapest Convention on cybercrime. India was reconsidering its position on becom ...

Nationwide Emergency Respond System

19/1/2018 | Governance Issues | Disasters

The HP state Police Department will replace emergency call number ‘100’ with ‘112’ under the Centre’s Nationwide Emergency Respond System (NERS). Peop ...

West Bengal, Kerala, Odisha opt out of Centre's aspirational district scheme

18/1/2018 | Indian Polity | Centre-State Relations

Three opposition ruled states -- West Bengal, Kerala and Odisha -- have opted out of the Centre's Transformation of Aspirational Districts scheme, thu ...

The 25 Year Environment Plan

18/1/2018 | Environment and Ecology | Climate

UK has launched its long-awaited 25 Year Environment Plan. The Plan sets out comprehensive and long-term approach to protecting and enhancing the envi ...

World Economic Forum manufacturing index

17/1/2018 | Economic Affairs | External Sector

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released its Global Manufacturing Index. This is WEF’s first ‘Readiness for the future of production report’. The r ...

Sikkim Forest Tree (Amity & Reverence) Rules 2017

17/1/2018 | Environment and Ecology | Biodiversity

Recently the Government of Sikkim came up with a unique way of preserving trees by encouraging people to forge a relationship of brotherhood or sister ...

Monuments Bill, 2017

17/1/2018 | Culture of India | Architecture

The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed by Lok Sabha. This bill amends the Ancient Monuments and ...

SPARCS

16/1/2018 | Science Affairs | Space

It is a small telescope into the Earth’s orbit that will monitor the flares and sunspots of small stars to assess how habitable the environment is for ...

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

16/1/2018 | Social Issues | Health

According to a recent study, in India, more than 10 million people suffer from a self-diagnosable ailment called Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It ...

India misses Kala Azar elimination deadline

15/1/2018 | Social Issues | Health

India has missed the 2017 deadline that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced for elimination of Kala Azar (black fever) in his Budget speech la ...

ISRO Launches Its 100th Satellite

15/1/2018 | Science Affairs | Space

Space agency ISRO has successfully launched a rocket carrying India's 100th satellite along with 30 others, four months after failed launch. About PSL ...

Election Commission set up Committee on Model code of Conduct

14/1/2018 | Indian Polity | Elections

The Election Commission (EC) has set up a 14-member committee to suggest changes to Section 126 of the Representation of the People (RP) Act, which pr ...

North Koel Reservoir Project

14/1/2018 | Geography | Infrastructure

Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, State ...

Virtual Identity of Aadhar

13/1/2018 | Security Issues | Cyber Security

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), has announced a new method of identification called Virtual Identity — or VID. New VID system wi ...

FDI amendments cleared by Union Cabinet

13/1/2018 | Economic Affairs | External Sector

The Union Cabinet has approved a number of amendments in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy, in a move to liberalise and simplify it. These am ...

Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA)

12/1/2018 | Science Affairs | Biodiversity

A one-day National Conference on Welfare of Laboratory Animals was recently organised by CPCSEA, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. T ...

Health initiatives by Punjab Government

12/1/2018 | Social Issues | Health

Aiming to deliver healthcare services to patients at their doorsteps, the Punjab government will become the first state in the country to launch 2,950 ...

India rejects US solar claim at WTO

12/1/2018 | India and the world | WTO

India has rejected the claim of US on its solar power policies at the World Trade Organization. According to India it had changed its rules to conform ...

Supreme Court sets aside order cancelling larger tobacco health warnings

11/1/2018 | Social Issues | Health

The Supreme Court has put on hold Karnataka High Court’s order that quashed central government rules mandating larger health warnings on tobacco packa ...

BharatNet

11/1/2018 | Science Affairs | Information Technology

Government has achieved a significant milestone under the BharatNet by completing Phase-1 of the project by connecting over one lakh Gram Panchayats ( ...

The Buddy programme

11/1/2018 | Social Issues | Social Problems in India

Lakhs of students from Punjab state schools and colleges are being roped in for the Buddy programme where they will help their classmates and other yo ...

Pratyush

11/1/2018 | Science Affairs | Information Technology

India has unveiled Pratyush, an array of computers that can deliver a peak power of 6.8 petaflops. One petaflop is a million billion floating point op ...

Mankidia Tribe

10/1/2018 | Social Issues | Disadvantaged Groups

Mankidia, one of the 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) in Odisha, have been denied habitat rights inside the Similipal Tiger Reserve (ST ...

All India Whips’ Conference

10/1/2018 | Indian Polity | Parliament

The 18th All India Whips’ Conference was recently inaugurated at Udaipur, Rajasthan. The conference is hosting around 90 Delegates belonging to 19 Sta ...

Ozone layer hole

9/1/2018 | Environment and Ecology | Pollution

For the first time, Scientists have observed less ozone depletion because of declining level of ozone destroying chlorine. The findings showed that an ...

Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP)

9/1/2018 | Social Issues | Health

Recent data put out by the Union Health Ministry’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) has indicated that food poisoning is one of the co ...

Slum-in-Situ Rehabilitation Policy

8/1/2018 | Geography | Urbanisation

The Haryana state government has framed the Slum-in-Situ Rehabilitation Policy to provide residential facility to persons living in slums on governmen ...

Chandigarh shines in All India Survey on Higher Education

8/1/2018 | Social Issues | Education

Chandigarh has recorded the highest Gross Enrolment Ratio or GER for females in all categories of higher education at 68.8 per cent, according to the ...

All India Higher Education Survey (AIHES)

8/1/2018 | Social Issues | Education

According to All India Higher Education Survey (AIHES) launched by Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister, the country’s Gross Enrolment Rati ...

Foreign exchange reserves surge to new lifetime high of $409.4 billion

8/1/2018 | Economic Affairs | External Sector

Foreign exchange reserves of India has surged by a $4.444 billion to touch a new life- time high of $409.366 billion in the last week of December. In ...

80 lakh subscribers’ base under Atal Pension Yojana

8/1/2018 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

Subscribers’ base under the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) has reached more than 80 Lakhs and growing at a good pace. At present 233 Banks and Department o ...

High Risk Pregnancy portal

7/1/2018 | Social Issues | Health

Haryana has achieved the distinction of becoming the first state in the country to launch High Risk Pregnancy (HRP) Portal. This portal not only helps ...

Retrotransposons

7/1/2018 | Science Affairs | Biotechnology

Scientists have identified a gene that improves the heat tolerance of the algae that live symbiotically with coral species, and could potentially help ...

Nagaland declared as ‘disturbed area’ for 6 more months

7/1/2018 | Security Issues | Internal Security

The entire Nagaland has been declared as “disturbed area” for six more months, till June- end, under the controversial AFSPA. The decision to continue ...

Brahmaputra Board

6/1/2018 | Indian Polity | Inter-State Disputes

The 9th meeting of High Powered Review Board of Brahmaputra Board was recently held at Borgos, Kaziranga in Assam. High Powered Review Board (HPRB) ap ...

Species we lost in 2017

6/1/2018 | Environment and Ecology | Wildlife

According to the updated IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) red list, here are the species that were marked as “Extinct”, Criticall ...

H-1B visa

5/1/2018 | India and the world | Indo US

The US government is considering a proposal that could potentially lead to large-scale deportation of foreigners on H-1B visas for high-speciality wor ...

GI recognition: Famed Nilambur teak

5/1/2018 | Science Affairs | IPR

Nilambur teak aka Malabar teak has found its place in the Geographical Indications (GI) Registry. The golden-brown teak is known for its log dimension ...

Electoral Bonds

5/1/2018 | Indian Polity | Elections

The scheme, announced during the 2017 Budget, aims to bring to book the donations made to all major political parties. About Electoral bond: An electo ...

National Knowledge Network (NKN)

4/1/2018 | India and the world | Regional Groupings

India has started the process of appointing a telecom company that will connect and extend its state-of-the art National Knowledge Network (NKN) to re ...

Land Pooling Policy

4/1/2018 | Governance Issues | Infrastructure

Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) will not acquire land for developing residential sectors. Under the Land Pooling Policy: 2018 approved by t ...

AIIMS in Bilaspur

4/1/2018 | Social Issues | Health

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the establishment of an AIIMS facility in Bilaspur at a cost of Rs 1,351 crore. ...

TRAI issues interconnect rules

4/1/2018 | Indian Polity | Regulatory Authorities

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has issued the Telecommunication Interconnection Regulations, 2018, that are effective from February ...

Jeevan Rekha project

3/1/2018 | Social Issues | Health

The Haryana Government’s Jeevan Rekha project, aimed at combating Hepatitis C, has been extended to all 21 districts of the state. With this, resident ...

NARI portal

3/1/2018 | Social Issues | Gender issues

In a path breaking initiative to empower women ministry of Women & Child Development has developed an online portal NARI. This portal will provide wom ...

Kamala Mills fire tragedy

3/1/2018 | Geography | Disasters

The Kamala Mills fire tragedy in Mumbai, which claimed the lives of 14 people last week, has spurred the civic administration into action, leading to ...

Tidal Energy

3/1/2018 | Geography | Energy

According to a study conducted by the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, along with credit rating firm Crisil Ltd, country is having an estimate ...

Parliament Session: 2017

2/1/2018 | Indian Polity | Parliament

The proceedings of Parliament in the current session have been regularly disrupted. Last year, demonetisation and other issues derailed the entire Win ...

Cryptocurrencies are a Ponzi scheme

2/1/2018 | Economic Affairs | Financial System

India’s finance ministry cautioned investors about the risks of trading in cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, saying digital currency investments are l ...

Parker Solar Probe mission

1/1/2018 | Science Affairs | Space

NASA is going to launch Parker Solar Probe in 2018 to explore the sun’s outer atmosphere. It will be launched onboard of Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle ...

No free conversion of PIO cards to OCI cards

1/1/2018 | Indian Polity | citizenship

The Govt has stopped the scheme of free conversion of PIO cards to OCI. The scheme of converting the Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to OCI cards ...

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