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.

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Nasa successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, super pressure balloon from New Zealand, that will help detect cosmic rays from beyond our galaxy as they penetrate the Earth's atmosphere.

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The United Nations secretary-general and high-ranking government officials from dozens of countries were meeting on 25 April 2017 in Geneva to drum up funds for war-torn Yemen, considered one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises.

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Goods and Service Tax (GST) will not fuel inflation in India unlike in other countries as India is moving from multiple taxes which had cascading effect to a single tax regime, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhiya said.

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The Supreme Court feels that India's reputation and its extradition requests suffer because it has not ratified the UN convention against torture.

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India continues to remain an economic bright spot despite some bold but disruptive reforms, according to a recent survey.

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Exercise 'Varuna' begins

India and France on 24 April 2017 began their week-long bilateral naval exercise Varuna in France's Toulon port.

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India is world's fifth largest military spender

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.

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New India in 15 years

The government think tank Niti Aayog has envisaged a new India in which all citizens in 15 years will have houses with toilets, two-wheelers or cars, power, air conditioners and digital connectivity.

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Second state to pass GST bill

Bihar on 24 April 2017 became the second state after Telangana to pass state Goods and Services Tax bill, touted as the biggest tax reform since independence.

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IPPB to start selling MF

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.

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Niti Aayog’s governing council meeting

Cooperative federalism will be the leitmotif of Niti Aayog’s governing council meeting on 23 April 2017 chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Most places renamed by China have Tibet links

Most of the six places in Arunachal Pradesh that China renamed recently have some significance related to the Dalai Lama or Tibet.

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Scientists develop a light weight robotic cheetah

Scientists have developed a light-weight robotic cheetah that efficiently uses its energy to replicate the movements of the fastest land animal in the world.

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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.

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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.

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The European Union and India resolved to step up counter-terror cooperation, besides agreeing to expand engagement in several areas such as maritime security, trade, energy and environment.

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The Indian Navy successfully test-fired the BrahMos Land Attack SuperSonic Cruise Missile on 21 April 2017. The missile, a variant of the Long Range BrahMos Missile, was launched from the India Naval’s guided missile frigate called the Teg.

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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).

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, presented awards for Excellence in Implementation of Priority Programmes and addressed Civil Servants on the occasion of the eleventh Civil Services Day (21 April 2017).

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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. 

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Emphasising “digital inclusion for Digital India”, Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated three welfare initiatives that would facilitate access to justice for the poor.

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Scientists have found a new way to detect a bare or naked singularity – the most extreme object in the universe where the usual laws of physics break down.

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Pakistan Supreme Court on 20 April 2017ordered further probe into graft allegations leveled by the opposition parties, especially cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Tehreek-i-Insaf party, against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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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.

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India's growth has been "impressive" in the recent years which makes room for tax broadening efforts by the government, according to a top IMF official. India has recorded quite an impressive growth performance in recent years.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma were the only two Indians to make it to an annual list of '100 most influential people in the world' this year released by the Time magazine on 20 April 2017.

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Scientists have discovered a new Earth-like planet orbiting a red dwarf star about 40 light-years away, which may be the best place yet to look for signs of life beyond the solar system.

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India has changed its four-decade old definition of blindness, tuning it with the globally accepted definition of the blindness, as recommended by the World Health Organisation.

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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.

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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.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived. The first was the steam engine-driven Industrial Revolution; the second involved the innovations from Henry Ford’s assembly line.

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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.

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United Nations (UN) investigators have discovered 17 new mass grave sites in central Democratic Republic of Congo, bringing the total to 40 documented in an area where the army has clashed with a local militia, the UN said on 19 April 2017.

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Australia’s controversial decision to scrap a visa programme for temporary foreign workers got a mixed response, with critics slamming it as spin over substance and pandering to anti-immigration rhetoric.

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Heritage is the legacy that we hand down from one generation to another. And to celebrate international monuments and sites, World Heritage Day is observed every year on April 18.

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Shares of public sector banks (PSBs) were in focus on 18 April 2017 with the Nifty PSU Bank index hitting 52-week high on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) in intra-day trade.

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Union Minister of Human Resources Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar was inaugurated the three day national conference on innovation (Navonmesh) in school education at NCERT headquarters New Delhi.

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Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) surpassed Tata group’s Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to become India's most valuable company in terms of market capitalisation (m-cap) in intra-day trade.

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The high-level committee headed by finance secretary Ashok Lavasa on allowances under the 7th Pay Commission is expected to submit its final report this week to finance minister Arun Jaitley.

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Over 50 Indians, including gymnast Dipa Karmakar, Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik and actress Alia Bhatt, are among Forbes' list of super achievers from Asia under the age of 30 who are "pushing boundaries of innovation".

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Union Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar launched the unique portal and mobile app of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), a body under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development in New Delhi.

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Two researchers from the Botany Department of the Andhra University and the National Remote Sensing Centre, Hyderabad, have found a new plant species in the Eastern Ghats.

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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.

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Nepal and China on 16 April 2017 began their first-ever joint military exercise with a special focus on combating terror, a move that could make India uneasy.

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The Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), under the aegis of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, is going to launch its own portal and mobile app on April 17, 2017) by Union HRD Minister Shri. Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate phase-I of the Link-II pipeline canal of the ambitious Saurashtra Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) Yojna in Botad district of Gujarat on 17 April 2017.

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Pakistan has prepared a new dossier about alleged militant activities of Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav and will share it with the UN and foreign envoys stationed.

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Melghat, which literally translates into a confluence of hills, also has the unsavoury distinction of being the malnutrition capital in India’s richest state – Maharashtra.

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Racing against time for GST rollout, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) chief Vanaja N Sarna has sanctioned Rs 1 crore to each of 23 zones to conduct an outreach programme about the new tax regime.

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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.

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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.

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Nepal and China will hold the first-ever joint military exercise from April 17 with a special focus on combating terror and disaster management, the Nepal Army announced. 

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The National Payments Corporation of India announced the launch of mobile application for Aadhaar-based payments through Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) app for merchants.

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Scientists have captured the first  composite image of a dark matter bridge – a web-like superstructure connecting galaxies together – which has been predicted for decades.

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The United States on April 13, 2017, dropped a massive GBU-43 bomb in eastern Afghanistan against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants. According to the Afghanistan officials, the bomb killed over 30 Islamic State militants in the area.

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President Pranab Mukherjee granted his assent on 13 April 2017 to the four enabling laws to operationalise the upcoming Goods and Services Tax regime.

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The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) tweaked rules that trigger regulatory action against lenders who overshoot the limit on bad loans or fail to comply with capital ratios.

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The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with the World Bank Group, released the Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) 2017 for implementation by States/UTs on 13.04.2017.

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Corruption complaints against various government departments jumped by a whopping 67 per cent in 2016 over the previous year, with the Railways topping the list.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd, founded by the Father of Indian Chemistry Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, reported a net profit of Rs 4 crore in 2016-17, the first profit in six decades.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented the Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) Awards at the 8th Public Sector Day function held in New Delhi on April 11, 2017.

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