The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for implementation of umbrella scheme of "Modernisation of Police Forces (MPF)" for years 2017-18 to 2019-20.

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India has been ranked as the 40th most competitive economy -- slipping one place from last year's ranking -- on the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness index, which is topped by Switzerland.

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The World Bank has warned of a learning crisis in global education, particularly in low and middle-income countries like India, underlining that schooling without learning is not just a wasted development opportunity, but also a great injustice to children worldwide.

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The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the National Tourism Awards (September 27, 2017) at a function held in New Delhi. Gujarat Tourism won the Hall of Fame award for being the Best State in Comprehensive Development of Tourism category at the function.

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India's spiritual and wellness traditions will form the highlights of tourism ministry's Incredible India 2.0 campaign that will be launched by President Ram Nath Kovind on World Tourism Day (27 September 2017), this year.

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India is at the cusp of a next generation of wireless technology 5G. 5G has been conceived as a foundation for expanding the potential of the Networked Society. A digital transformation brought about through the power of connectivity is taking place in almost every industry.

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A team of scientists tracking the spread of plant diseases at Cambridge may have good and bad news for India. The good news: a deadly fungus that was seen to cause widespread devastation in wheat fields in many parts of the world,

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The Ministry of Shipping has issued a notification renaming Kandla Port Trust as Deendayal Port Trust with effect from 25th of September, 2017.

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INS Tarasa, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai.

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The Centre is setting up a 31-member Central Advisory Council that will advise the government on protecting home buyers' interests, better implementation of the real estate regulation law and ensuring growth in the real estate sector.

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Acharya Balkrishna, the head of Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayruveda, has made it to the Hurun India Rich List this year, while Damani, the founder of D-Mart stores, was the biggest gainer.

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Apple topped the charts, with Google and Microsoft taking the second and third spots in the list of the world’s most valuable brands released by Interbrand.

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The world’s botanic gardens contain at least 30 per cent of all known plant species, including 41 per cent of all those classed as “threatened”, a new study revealed.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 September 2017 launched a Rs 16,320-crore scheme - Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana 'Saubhagya' - to provide electricity connections to over 40 million families in rural and urban areas by December 2018.

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Reliance Industries Ltd has jumped five places to rank as the world's third-biggest energy company behind Russian gas firm Gazrpom and German utility E.ON, according to Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company Rankings.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set up an economic advisory council, the government said on 25 September 2017, as concerns grow about a slowdown in Asia's third-largest economy.

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Artificial intelligence banking platform Payjo said it has launched an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered chat assistant for State Bank of India (SBI) to address customer enquiries.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on 24 September 2017 but Europe's most powerful leader will have to govern with a far less stable coalition in a fractured parliament after her conservatives haemorrhaged support to a surging far right.

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Rural Skills Division, Ministry of Rural Development has organized ‘Bharat ke Kaushalzaade’, an event honouring beneficiaries of its key skilling programmes, on the eve of Antyodaya Diwas 2017.

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Former home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will take over as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on 25 September 2017 succeeding Shashi Kant Sharma, officials said on 24 September 2017.

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Representatives from Mexico, Canada and the US began the third round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks.

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Cancer cases as well as mortality are increasing rapidly among Indian women, primarily because of low awareness and late detection. India accounts for the third highest number of cancer cases among women after China and the US, growing annually at 4.5-5%, new data shows.

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The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) is beginning to show its effect on defauting borrowers who are preferring amicable resolution with creditors to facing legal proceedings.

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A multi-agency exercise was conducted on the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake as the final event of ‘Pralay Sahayam’ in Hyderabad on 23 September 2017.

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This nugget is from The Stories Behind The Data 2017, a new report on global progress released by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation about global effort to fight poverty and disease.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23 September 2017 saluted Indian soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice to liberate Haifa, the third largest city in Israel during the ‘Battle of Haifa’ in 1918.

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The nine-month old India International Exchange (India INX) has been awarded for being the fastest emerging bourse and recognised for opening up the Indian market to global traders.

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The United Nations has finished deactivating thousands of weapons and munitions that once belonged to demobilised leftist rebels in Colombia.

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on 22 September 2017 dedicated to the nation, the Deendayal Hastkala Sankula trade facilitation centre for handicrafts – at Varanasi.

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State Bank of India, in partnership with FTSE Russell, on 22 September 2017 brought out a new index series at the London Stock Exchange to enable investors and market participants to track Indian bond movement.

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The government on 22 September 2017 came out with modified duty drawback rates for exporters, evoking sharp reaction from the apparel industry which will witness reduction in tax refunds.

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Scientists in the UK have for the first time used genome editing to study DNA function in human embryos, an advance that could help better understand the biology of our early development.

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Fifty countries have signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact that the world’s nuclear powers spurned but supporters hailed as a historic agreement nonetheless.

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Kalvari, the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, was on 21 September 2017 handed over to the Indian Navy by shipbuilder Mazgaon Dock limited, paving way for its commissioning soon.

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Central Government announced a new PPP Policy for Affordable Housing that allows extending central assistance of up to Rs.2.50 lakh per each house

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India's 'Cold War doctrine,' or 'Proactive Strategy' as the Indian Army calls it, is aimed at making swift and hard inroads into enemy territory, specifically Pakistan.

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Scientists have created the world’s first ‘molecular robot’ – millionth of a millimetre in size – that can be used to build molecules and may help discover novel drugs.

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Our galaxy, which is home to Earth and its solar system, might not be as “typical” as previously thought, and therefore Milky Way-based models to understand other galaxies of the universe could be misleading, new research suggests.

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A salt lake in China, known as the country’s ‘Dead Sea’, has turned pink on one side, attracting curious visitors to the world’s third largest sodium sulphate inland lake, according to a media report.

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The First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ (BIMSTEC DMEx-2017) will be conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) as the lead agency from October 10-13, 2017 in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR).

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India has replaced China as the numero uno retail destination in 2017 as part of the global retail development index, according to industry experts.

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Three Indian corporate czars—Lakshmi Mittal, Ratan Tata and Vinod Khosla—have been named in Forbes’ special list of the world’s ‘100 Greatest Living Business Minds’.

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The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the Ministry of Science & Technology,  has taken many steps to brings about a paradigm shift in biotechnology in the country’s North-East Region (NER).

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Ria Sharma was 21 when she set out to make a film on acid attack survivors. She ended up founding an organisation when she realised a film would do little to change their lives.

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The first ever National Conference on "Mission Mode to address Under-Nutrition" was successfully held in New Delhi on 19 September 2017.

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The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the first ‘Pension Adalat’ on 20 September 2017.

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All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Engineering Council of India (ECI), felicitated the award winners of “AICTE-ECI Chhatra Vishwakrma Awards” of AICTE approved Degree & Diploma level Technical Institutions/Universities in New Delhi.

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India is expected to reach 20 gigawatt (GW) of installed solar capacity by the end of the present financial year (2017-18), said a report released by the consulting firm Bridge to India (BTI) on 19 September 2017.

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In a bid to tap India's rapidly-growing digital payments market, Google has launched its ‘Tez’ application. Built on the government-backed Unified Payment Interface (UPI) platform, the app will allow users to securely pay for goods and services both online and offline, and also make person-to-person transactions.

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Scientists have developed a new type of water-proof solar cell which can provide electricity even after being soaked in water or stretched and compressed.

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India’s first case of quadruple malaria — presence of four types of Plasmodium parasite in a single patient — has been detected in a 12-year-old tribal kid in the Bastar forest of Chhattisgarh.

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Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), a Pune-based non-governmental organisation working among women farmers, has won this year’s UN Equator PrizeSSP is the only Indian organisation among the 15 winners that were chosen from 800-odd entries.

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The Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) has identified 113 districts across the states and union territories based on the composite index of NITI Ayog and prevalence of stunting from National Family Health Survey-4 data.

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The Centre on 18 July 2017 told the Supreme Court that Rohingya Muslims are “illegal” immigrants in the country and their continued stay posed “serious national security ramifications“.

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China and Russia began naval drills near North Korea on 18 September 2017 amid continuing tensions over the isolated state’s nuclear ambitions and ahead of a United Nations General Assembly meeting this week, where North Korea is likely to loom large.

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, on 17 September 2017 dedicated the Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation. The occasion was marked by prayers and chanting of hymns at the Dam at Kevadia.

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India along with Pakistan, China and other members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on 17 September 2017 discussed plans to deepen practical cooperation on counter terrorism.

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The GST Network (GSTN) said it has reopened the facility for small taxpayers with turnover of up to Rs. 75 lakh to opt for composition scheme.

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Indian star shuttler P V Sindhu defeated reigning world champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the women's singles final of the Korea Open Super series on 17 September 2017.

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The United Nations’ World Food Programme said it was launching a $5.7 million operation in Cuba to help feed nearly 700,000 people in areas most affected by Hurricane Irma.

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Highlighting the strength of the active collaboration between the government, industries and all stakeholders in the implementation of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) phase-out programme in the country,

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R&DE (Engrs), a premier system engineering laboratory under Armament & Combat Engineering (ACE) cluster of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

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The final Development Flight Trials of Astra - Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile (BVRAAM) were successfully conducted over the Bay of Bengal, Off the Coast of Chandipur, Odisha during 11-14 Sep 2017.

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The Supreme Court on 15 September 2017 allowed Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) to proceed with India’s biggest road transport tender yet to evacuate import containers from the four terminals of India’s busiest container port to five locations and their nodes.

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War hero Marshal Arjan Singh, who led the Indian Air Force during the 1965 India-Pakistan conflict, died. Ninety-eight-year-old Singh, the only officer of the IAF to be promoted to five-star rank,

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Hunger is on the increase across the globe once again after a decade of declines, a UN report said, thanks in part to climate change aggravating severe weather and conflicts.

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After racing past China for two years, India's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in 2017 is expected to return to the same level as its northern neighbour at 6.7 per cent,

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five-member ministerial panel led by Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi will meet in Bengaluru on 15 September 2017 to probe why the IT systems of GSTN,

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Chinese bitcoin exchange BTCChina said on 14 September 2017 that it would stop all trading from 30 September, setting off a further slide in the value of the cryptocurrency that left it over 30% away from the record highs it hit earlier in the month.

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The UN Security Council has expressed concern over violence in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state from where thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh, asking the government to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation and re-establish law and order.

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Scientists have developed a fast, paper-based test to diagnose tuberculosis that can be read with a smartphone, a technology that is increasingly available in emerging economies.

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‘SWACHHTA’ Ranking - 2017

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An award ceremony based on ‘SWACHHTA’ Ranking 2017 of Higher Educational Institutions was held in New Delhi. Union Human Resource Development Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar gave away the prizes to the awardees.

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Operation Insaaniyat

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A humanitarian crisis arose in Bangladesh due to heavy influx of refugees from neighbouring Myanmar. The government of India has decided to assist Bangladesh in this crisis by sending relief material.

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First Conference on “Uniformed Women in Prison Administration”

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The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the first National Conference on “Uniformed Women in Prison Administration” .

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India, Japan ink 15 MoUs

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India and Japan on 14 September 2017 signed 15 memorandums of understanding (MoUs), which dealt with wide-ranging issues such as bilateral relations, defence and security cooperation, and supporting each other for a permanent seat in the United Nations’ expanded Security Council.

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Chandrayaan-1 data helps map water on Moon

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Scientists, using data from an instrument which flew aboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, have created the first map of water trapped in the uppermost layer of the Moon’s soil, which may prove useful to future lunar explorers.

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First female president in Singapore

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Singapore inaugurated its first female president amid stinging criticism that she is taking office without a vote. Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Malay Muslim minority, won the presidency in a walkover after authorities decided her rivals did not meet strict eligibility criteria.

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“Container Terminal of the Year” Award, 2017

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Jawaharlal Nehru Port Container Terminal (JNPCT) was awarded “Container Terminal of the Year” Award for the above 0.6 million TEUs category at The Gateway Awards 2017 held at Mumbai.

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Policy group forms for AI

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Amid a raging global debate on the consequences of artificial intelligence (AI), India has formed a “policy group” to study the new technologies and recommend a framework for its adoption,

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BPRD to set up research centre

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The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) is planning to set up a research centre in a leading academic institute to promote knowledge creation and policy analyses in criminal justice system.

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IT ministry asks banks to upgrade UPI

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The union information technology ministry has asked all banks to issue upgraded versions of their Unified Payments Interface (UPI) apps which will support payments using BharatQR code too.

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India has jurisdiction to try Italian marines

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The government recently informed the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague that "India has jurisdiction over Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone who had shot dead two fishermen off the coast of Kerala, within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of India".

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