A joint operational doctrine for the army, the navy and the air force to effectively deal with India's security challenges was released on 25 April 2017. The doctrine will serve as a cornerstone for application of military power in a synergised manner, besides ensuring efficiency and optimum utilisation of resources.
India and France on 24 April 2017 began their week-long bilateral naval exercise Varuna in France's Toulon port.
India's military expenditure grew around 8.5 per cent in 2016, making it the world's fifth largest spender at $55.9 billion, figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) revealed on 24 April 2017.
India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) will start selling mutual funds and insurance products of other companies by early 2018 and is open only to "non- exclusive" tie-ups, its Chief Executive A P Singh has said.
Cooperative federalism will be the leitmotif of Niti Aayog’s governing council meeting on 23 April 2017 chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal and H.E. Mr. Ignasius Jonan, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia met on 20th April, 2017 for the 1st ‘India Indonesia Energy Forum’, held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will discuss its first three year action plan, seven-year strategy and 15-year vision document for development in the NITI Aayog's Governing Council meet where all the chief ministers of the state are taking part.
India has won elections to two subsidiary bodies of a UN organ focussed on social and economic issues. India along with 12 other members was elected to the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
As part of the innovative initiatives under the “White Revolution” umbrella Schemes, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries has supported the National Dairy Development Board(NDDB) developed initiative of “Quality Mark” Award Scheme for dairy Cooperatives to promote and encourage enhancement of safety, quality and hygiene of milk and milk products manufactured by dairy cooperatives.
In a move that will potentially improve India’s infrastructure funding options, the cabinet allowed state government entities to directly tap bilateral agencies for resources.
The Union Cabinet cleared a proposal of the Election Commission to procure paper trail machines for use during future elections. The decision comes in the wake of growing demands from opposition parties for holding all future elections using paper trail machines along with EVMs, to clear doubts about votes cast.
China announced that it has "standardised" official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh and termed the provocative move as a "legitimate action", days after Beijing lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama's visit to the frontier state.
Seeking to end VIP culture, the Union Cabinet decided that beacon light will be removed from all vehicles, including that of the Prime Minister, from May 1. In a historic decision, the Cabinet has decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, barring emergency service vehicles, from May 1.
The moon has long held on to one of its most sought-after secrets: when it was formed, and how. Various theories have abounded over the centuries but none of them has been conclusively proved; many, in fact, have fallen out of favour because of various inconsistencies.
China has handed over to Pakistan a 600-tonne patrol ship, the third of its kind, to safeguard the country’s maritime interests at a time when both nations are pushing forward with the CPEC project.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a cashless/less cash township model in Nagpur on 14 April 2017. The model has been developed by fertilizer maker Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd and has been replicated across 81 townships across the country, GNFC said in a statement.
Officials of Kheri district in India and Kanchanpur in Nepal have agreed to a joint survey of their boundaries to resolve border dispute. An agreement was signed by officials of the two countries at a meeting yesterday at Mahendranagar in Nepal, Kheri District Magistrate Akashdeep told.
The first black woman appointed to the New York state’s highest court has been found dead on the bank of the Hudson River. Sheila Abdus-Salaam’s body was discovered along the riverside near Harlem, a day after she was reported missing, police said.
The parliament's budget session 2017-18 ended marking a few firsts including passage of key reform GST bill, advancing union budget to February 1 instead of February 28, merging the railway budget into the main document, merging plan and non-plan allocations and nod to the finance bill by March 31.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave nod to the listing of 11 public sector undertakings, including five railway subsidiaries -- Ircon International, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), Rail Vikas Nigam, Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC) and RITES Ltd.
China successfully launched a new communication satellite which will enable passengers of high-speed trains to watch high-definition videos smoothly and help those at the scene of natural disasters.
Parliament passed the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017. The crucial public health legislation guarantees equal rights to people living with HIV and AIDS in treatment, admissions to educational institutions and jobs.
The Pulitzer Prizes honoured International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for its work on Panama Papers. The ICIJ spearheaded a team of over 300 reporters, spread across six continents, to expose the offshore tax havens used by high-profile individuals across the world.
The government said the limit on maximum amount that a corporate could contribute to a political party had been removed. Donations to political parties by firms are governed by provisions in the Companies Act.
For the first time ever, the twelve major ports under the Ministry of Shipping have been ranked on sanitation parameters, based on the efforts undertaken by them to counter waste generating sources with respect to port operation, office area, township area and the response to incoming ships.