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.

Third National Dam Safety Conference Held

Third National Dam Safety Conference organized by Central Water Commission in association with Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam and IIT Roorkee concluded at Roorkee.

Model law on contract farming finalised

In a move intended to protect farmers against price volatility, particularly in perishables like onions, tomatoes and potatoes, the Niti Aayog is drawing up a model law on contract farming for approval by the Cabinet by June.

2 Indians die every minute due to air pollution

The air Indians breathe is turning more toxic by the day and an average of two deaths take place daily due to air pollution, says a new study. According to medical journal The Lancet, over a million Indians die every year due to air pollution and some of the worst polluted cities of the world are in India.

 

Former CJI Altamas Kabir passes away

Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir died on 19 February 2017. 68-year-old Kabir, who was suffering from a kidney ailment and related complications. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.

GST Council clears law to compensate states

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, at its 10th meeting on 18 February 2017, ratified the draft law for compensation to states. However, it could not ratify the three enabling laws — Integrated GST (IGST), State GST (SGST) and Central GST (CGST) draft laws because of some contentious issues that cropped up.

India develop AEWCS with 360 degree sweep

As Indian Air Force has taken delivery of its first indigenous "eye in the sky" NetraAirborne Early Warning and Control System (AEWCS) —  its developer says an advanced version with a 360-degree sweep — against the present 240 degrees — is on the cards.

‘Tarini’ inducted

The Indian Navy’s second sailboat ‘Tarini’ was inducted into service in Goa. The vessel is slated to be the platform for the first Indian all-women global circumnavigation by the Indian Navy to begin in August.

‘Science Express’ train flags off

A ‘Science Express’ train was flagged off on a seven-month journey that will cover 68 stations across the country, including Agartala and Lumding in the northeast, to spread awareness about climate change.

New malaria vaccine found 100% effective

A new vaccine for malaria is up to 100% effective when assessed at 10 weeks after last dose, according to the results of a clinical trial.

High-quality graphene from soybean

In a breakthrough, scientists have used the humble soybean to make the world’s strongest material graphene commercially more viable. Graphene is a carbon material that is one atom thick.

World’s most admired companies list

JLL (NYSE: JLL) has again been named to FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies list. The list is a major authority on corporate reputations compiled each year by FORTUNE and Korn Ferry Hay Group through a survey of top executives, directors and financial analysts.

Arab world's first spacecraft

The UAE has unveiled plans to build the first city on Mars by 2117 as the energy-rich country looks to transport people to the Red Planet over the next few decades.

India, China to discuss 'friction points'

India and China will hold their first Strategic Dialogue on February 22 in Beijing during which the two sides will discuss key issues of mutual "concern and interest" including "friction points" such as Masood Azhar and NSG.

Set up mechanisms about content on gender kits: SC

The Supreme Court directed companies such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to set up mechanisms to address complaints about content on gender selection kits thrown up by their Internet search engines. Such kits and ads are banned in India and promoting those is an offence.

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