Trade Mark Rules 2017

The Trade Mark Rules, 2017 have been notified and have come into effect from 06th March, 2017. These Rules, which replace the erstwhile Trade Mark Rules 2002, will streamline and simplify the processing of Trade Mark applications.

INS Viraat retires

The navy decommissioned Indian Navy Ship (INS) Viraat, the world’s oldest aircraft carrier, 58 years after she entered operational service with the Royal Navy in 1959. During this period, she has sailed over a million kilometres, enough to circumnavigate the world 27 times.

AI beats professionals

For the first time, an artificial intelligence system has beaten human professionals at a game of Texas hold 'em poker, scientists say.

Galaxy four times the mass of the Milky way

The Hubble space telescope has captured a new image showcasing an incredibly massive galaxy located under 400 million light-years away from the Earth.

India's first AI-based banking chatbot

HDFC Bank announced the launch of an electronic virtual assistant (EVA), an artificial intelligence-driven chatbot, for customer services. Eva is India's first AI-based banking chatbot and can answer millions of customer queries across multiple channels instantly.

India to gets its own mobile congress

India will organise its first mobile congress in September with a special focus on reaching out to the South East Asian markets. There is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and an edition in Shanghai.

Salient features of CGST and IGST Bills

Some of the main features of the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated GST Bills, as finalised by the GST Council, are as follows:

India's unemployment rate decline

Contrary to market perception, India's unemployment rate halved from 9.5 per cent in August 2016 to 4.8 per cent in February this year and among major states, a sharp decline was registered in Uttar Pradesh.

CGST and IGST laws cleared

Moving a step closer towards implementing the goods and services tax (GST) from 1 July, the GST council approved two crucial supporting legislations for this ambitious tax reform.

Iran tests Russian-made air defense system

Iran successfully test-fired a sophisticated Russian-made air defense system, the official IRNA news agency reported. The report said the test of the S-300 system came during a recent military exercise named Damvand, the name of Iran’s highest mountain.

North Korea using Africa to slip sanctions: UN

North Korean weapons barred by UN sanctions ended up in the hands of UN peacekeepers in Africa, a confidential report says.

10th ICEGOV 2017

The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, in collaboration with United Nations University and UNESCO, is organizing a three-day
10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) in Delhi from 7th March to Thursday, 9th March, 2017.

Sixth interim report on Black money

Justice (retd) Arijit Pasayat, deputy chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigating Team (SIT) on black money disclosed that so far around ₹70,000 crore had been detected in black money, including over ₹16,000 crore by Indians stashing funds abroad.

NFHS - 4

Urban India fares worse than the rural parts of the country in terms of sex-ratio, both overall and at birth, according to the latest national health survey.

Pakistan elected as SAARC Secretary General

After months of difficulty, Pakistan succeeded in getting its official elected to the post of Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

New cruise ship tour in South China Sea

A new Chinese cruise ship has embarked on its maiden voyage to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, state news agency Xinhua said, the latest effort by Beijing to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway.

India test-fires anti-ship missile

The navy successfully test- fired an anti-ship missile for the first time from an indigenously built Kalvari class submarine, describing the launch as a significant milestone in enhancing its "sub- surface" warfare prowess.

Developed Products hand over to Indian Army

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over three of its products for induction into the Indian Army. The products are namely (i) Weapon Locating Radar (WLR), SWATHI, (ii) NBC Recce vehicle and (iii) NBC Drugs.

Sale of EcoEnergy division completed

Wipro, India's third largest software exporter, said it has completed the $70 million sale of its EcoEnergy division. In November last year, the Bengaluru-based company had said it will sell its EcoEnergy division to Chubb Alba Control Systems for $70 million in order to sharpen focus on core IT business.

'Visitor's Award' for best university

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which has been at the centre of controversies for over a year, has bagged the annual 'Visitor's Award' for the best varsity in the country.

States agree to roll out GST

India's decade-long wait for a national sales tax that will create one of the world's biggest single markets could be almost over by July 1. As per economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be implemented by July 1 and not later as feared earlier on.

India's first integrated heliport

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in New Delhi inaugurated the country's first integrated heliport. The country's first heliport, located at Rohini locality in north west Delhi, has been built by state-owned chopper operator Pawan Hans.

Evidence of a ‘Star Wars’ planetary system

Scientists have for the first time found evidence of a Tatooine-like rocky planetary system -Luke Skywalker’s home world in the Star Wars series – about 1,000 light-years away.

SC not allow abortion in Down Syndrome

The Supreme Court refused to allow a woman, who is in her 26th week of pregnancy, to abort her foetus on the ground that it suffered from Down syndrome, saying “we have a life in our hands.

INS Viraat to be decommissioned

The world’s oldest serving aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, will be decommissioned on March 6. Serving the Indian Navy for the last 30 years, Virat is the last serving British-built ship in the country.

China is the world's principal IP infringer

Counterfeit goods, software piracy and the theft of trade secrets cost the US economy as high as $600 billion a year, says a private American watchdog which labelled China as the "world's principal IP infringer".

World’s first metallic hydrogen sample disappears

The world’s only sample of metallic hydrogen created in the lab – touted as the “holy grail of high-pressure physics” – has disappeared, Harvard scientists say.

NDB to finance technological innovation projects

The New Development Bank (NDB) set up by the BRICS plans to provide lending to technological innovation projects, its vice president Zhu Xian has said.

Exercise Tropex 2017 concluded

The Indian Navy’s Annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX 17) was conducted on the Western Seaboard from 24 Jan 17 till 23 Feb 17.

India's richest city

India's financial capital Mumbai, which is home to 46,000 millionaires and 28 billionaires, is the richest Indian city with a total wealth of $820 billion, says a report.

‘Physically Unclonable Functions’ (PUF)

Scientists at the Indian Institute Of Technology – Kharagpur (IIT – Kgp) have designed ‘Physically Unclonable Functions’ (PUF) which are fingerprint generator circuits that can protect Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure from manipulation.

India, Germany ratify Social Security Agreement

India and Germany have ratified the Social Security Agreement (SSA), which will come into force from May 1 this year, to help promote more investment flows between the two countries.

Pakistan, Turkey sign 10 agreements

Pakistan has signed 10 agreements with Turkey to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields, including exchange of financial intelligence relating to money laundering, hydrocarbon and defence cooperation.

Venezuela, Libya again lose UN vote

Venezuela and Libya have been suspended from voting in the U.N. General Assembly for the second time in two years because of millions of dollars in unpaid dues to the world body.

Carbon dioxide turned into fuel using light

Scientists have developed tiny nanoparticles that help convert carbon dioxide into methane -a key building block for many types of fuels – using only ultraviolet light as an energy source.

Labour registers for firms reduced

Enhancing ease of doing business, the government has reduced the number of registers to be maintained under labour laws to 5 from 56 for 58.5 million establishments. These registers are related to details of employees, their salaries, loans/recoveries, attendance, and others.

2nd state to prohibit dual MRP

Rajasthan has become the second state in the country after Maharashtra to prohibit all stadiums, restaurants, airports and cinema halls from charging any price more than the printed Minimum Support Price (MRP) for packaged food items such as drinking water bottles, wafer and biscuit packets.

India, ADB ink loan pact for industrial corridor

India and ADB have signed USD 375 million pact for loans and grants to develop 800-km Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor, which is the first phase of a planned 2,500-km East Coast Economic Corridor.

India, Israel to jointly develop missile for Army

Ahead of the likely visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel in June, India has approved a deal to jointly develop a medium range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) system for the Army in a ₹17,000-crore deal.

International conference on ‘Bharat Bodh’

The President of India inaugurated an international conference on ‘Bharat Bodh’ (Idea of Bharat) organized by the Indira Gandhi National Open University and Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal on February 23, 2017 in New Delhi.

TRAPPIST-1

For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star _ and these new worlds could hold life.

Sahitya Akademi awards 2016

Twenty-four writers received the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2016. The award-winning poets are Jnan Pujari (Assamese), Anjali Basumatary (Bodo), Kamal Vora (Gujarati), Prabha Verma (Malayalam), Sitanath Acharya (Sanskrit), Gobindra Chandra Maji (Santali), Nand Javeri (Sindhi) and Papineni Sivasankar (Telugu).

22nd State to join UDAY

The Government of India and the State of Sikkim signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the Scheme Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY), for operational improvement of the State’s Power Distribution Department.

WTO ratifies first multilateral trade deal

The first multilateral deal agreed at the World Trade Organization (WTO) came into force on 22 February 2017, a step billed as a milestone for the body facing unprecedented threats from a hostile US administration.

Nagaland New CM

Shurhozelie Liezietsu was sworn in as the chief minister of Nagaland by governor P B Acharya. The 81-year-old Liezietsu along with 11 ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Acharya at the Raj Bhavan.

IMF annual India report

The adoption of the GST could help raise India's medium-term GDP growth to over eight per cent and create a single national market for enhancing the efficiency of the movement of goods and services, the IMF said.

India's largest defence partner

Despite India expanding its military ties with the US, Europe and Israel, Russia remains New Delhi's number one supplier of weapons with America at a distant second, according to a report on global arms trade in the last five years.

‘Cyber Swachhta Kendra’ launched

At a time when cyber attacks are increasing, the government through its Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) launched “Cyber Swachhta Kendra” — a new desktop and mobile security solution for a secure cyber space in the country.

India tops in defense importer

Global arms sales over the last five years reached their highest level since 1990, with India continuing to top the charts as the world’s largest defense importer, a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has found.

UN report on action for gender equality

Making a case for quota for women in elected bodies like Parliament, a UN report said that reservation in Panchayati Raj Institutions has helped reduce gender discrimination.

India, Rwanda sign 3 MoUs

India and Rwanda signed MoUs for promoting innovation, easing visa requirements and boosting air connectivity between the two countries. The countries will set up an entrepreneurship development centre in Kigali.

Fifth of world food lost to overeating, wastage

Almost 20% of the food made available to consumers worldwide is lost through over-eating or wastage, according to a new study. The world population consumes around 10% more food than it needs, while almost 9% is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers said.

India, Pakistan to extend pact on nuclear mishaps

India and Pakistan on 20 February 2017 extended their bilateral pact, dealing with reducing the risk of nuclear weapon-related accidents, for a period of five years.

India is world’s largest arms importer

India was the world’s largest importer of major arms in the last five years and its overseas procurement was far greater than that of China and Pakistan, a Stockholm-based think-tank said.

SC seeks report on Yamuna pollution

After 22 years of Supreme Court monitoring and spending around Rs 4,439 crore, Yamuna continues to stink like a sewer in Delhi.

India emerges 12th largest holder of US govt securities

India became the 12th largest holder of US government securities at the end of 2016, with exposure worth $118.2 billion. With holdings worth $1.09 trillion, Japan remained the largest holder of these securities followed by neighbouring China with exposure to the tune of $1.06 trillion.

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