A bill to accord constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes was approved by the Lok Sabha even as the Opposition expressed apprehensions that it would impair the power of states.
A bill to unleash radical reforms in the transport sector by ensuring 100% e-governance, checking bogus driving licenses and vehicle thefts, slapping heavy penalty on traffic violators and protecting the good samaritan was approved by the Lok Sabha.
India and Bangladesh on 8 April 2017 signed 22 agreements in the fields of defence cooperation, civil nuclear energy, space and cyber security among others, following bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is set to become the UN's youngest-ever Messenger of Peace after she was selected by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the highest honour bestowed by the world body on a global citizen.
India is the second-most preferred market (overweight) in the Asia (excluding Japan) region, an investor sentiment survey carried out by Credit Suisse shows. Chinese stocks listed in Hong Kong are the most-preferred, while those listed on the mainland are the third-most preferred, according to the survey. Meanwhile, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Australia were the least preferred markets (underweight).
Astronomers have for the first time detected an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet just 39 light years away, a significant step towards the detection of life beyond our solar system.
India and Russia signed a joint declaration to stimulate cooperation in the field of promoting innovation ecosystem between the two countries. The declaration was signed between the Department of Science and Technology and Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation on the sidelines of the Global R&D Summit 2017 in Bengaluru.
India's Internet economy is expected to double to $250 billion, according to a report by BCG-TiE released. E-commerce and financial services are expected to drive this growth, accounting for about $40-$50 billion of the Internet economy, followed by e-commerce products ($45-$50 billion), private and government infrastructure spending ($50-$60 billion), connectivity ($45-$55 billion), devices ($30-$40 billion) and digital media and advertising ($5-$8 billion), according to the report.
India ranks ninth among 41 countries in bribery and corrupt practices in businesses, according to the findings of a recent survey. Nearly 78 per cent respondents queried in the country said that bribery and corrupt practices happen widely in businesses, as per the EY Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Fraud Survey 2017.
Smoking causes more than one in 10 deaths worldwide (equivalent to 6.4 million deaths), with 50% of these occurring in just four countries - China, India, US, and Russia, according to the latest estimates from the Global Burden of Disease study published in 'The Lancet.
The union Cabinet initiated a major reform in the Railways by approving setting up of rail regulator called the Rail Development Authority (RDA). This comes as a major reform measure after the historic decision by the government to merge the railway budget with main budget last year.
A Constitution Bench of five judges will decide on April 18 whether a larger denomination of judges should hear a petition for a declaration that a 2016 policy of instant messaging app — WhatsApp — to give Facebook access to information and personal details shared by millions of its users is a violation of their privacy and free speech.
Employees suffering injury in industrial accident will now get compensation of up to Rs1 lakh, with Parliament clearing a bill in this regard. The Employees Compensation (Amendment) bill 2016 also has a provision for hefty penalty in case of any violation by the employers.
The overseas arm of India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp has submitted a revised plan to develop the giant Farzad B gas block in Iran, including a commitment to spend more than $3 billion, a senior executive said.
India has been ranked third for the third year in a row in a doping violation report published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for 2015, with 117 athletes from the country being punished after testing positive for banned substances.
Scientists have discovered a new species of long legged, tree-dwelling crabs in Western Ghats of Kerala. The new species named Kani maranjandu after the Kani tribe in Kerala, are substantially different from other congeners.
Researchers have proven a method for multiplying laser power using diamond, demonstrating that a laser similar to the Star Wars ‘superlaser’ may no longer remain in science fiction.
The Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar , released the India Rankings 2017 for the Educational Institutions and dedicated it to the nation in New Delhi.
India is likely to become significantly more influential in Asia-Pacific in next five years and the number of cross-border transactions involving Indian companies is also set to increase, says a report.
Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment inaugurated a “National Conference on Autism” organized by The National Trust for the welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities under Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
The elusive dark energy, thought to make up 68 per cent of the universe, may not exist at all, scientists have claimed. They believe that standard models of the universe fail to take account of its changing structure, but that once this is done the need for dark energy disappears.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India's longest tunnel Chenani-Nashri, on the Jammu-Srinagar highway amid high security. The tunnel is expected to give sigh of relief to travellers on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, as it will reduce the travel time on National Highway 44 between Jammu and Srinagar by about 2 hours by shortening the distance between the cities by 31 km.
Mizoram has become the 27th state to join UDAY scheme meant for revival of debt-stressed discoms which will help it get overall benefits of Rs 198 crore during the period of turnaround.
Olympic silver-medallist P.V. Sindhu defeated Carolina Marin in straight sets 21-19, 21-16 in 47 minutes at the India Open badminton championship in New Delhi. With this victory, she avenged her Olympic final defeat over the same opponent.
Leander Paes won his first title of the season, combining with Canadian Adil Shamasdin to lift the Leon Challenger Tour tennis tournament’s men’s doubles trophy after a straight-set triumph.
India on day made a formal launch of BS-IV grade fuel across the country to keep carbon emission in check and set a target of ushering in BS-VI fuel by April 2020. The launch came days after the Supreme Court banned sale and registration of BS-III vehicles from April 1.
President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Finance Bill 2017 to give effect to provisions like bar on cash transactions above Rs 2 lakh and compulsory quoting of Aadhaar for filing tax returns.
Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. Sindhu was named the ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ and former India off-spinner N. Shivlal Yadav was given the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the award function of Telangana Sports Journalists’ Association for the year 2016.
Depression is now the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, with more than 300 million people suffering.
State Bank of India (SBI), the country’s largest lender, which merged five of its associate banks and Bharatiya Mahila Bank, joined the league of top 50 banks globally in terms of assets, according to the bank.
Astronomers have discovered a ‘lost’ planet about the size of Neptune tucked away in a solar system 3,000 light years from Earth. The new planet, Kepler-150 f, was overlooked for several years, according to researchers at the Yale University in the US.
India is ranked 170th in terms of anemia among women as per the Global Nu
The government has approved ratification of two fundamental conventions of International Labour Organization (ILO) to address concerns related to child labour.
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI), in exercise of its powers conferred by Sections 196, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216 read with Section 240 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Code), has notified the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Information Utilities) Regulations, 2017.
The GST Council approved half of the rules needed for rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime from July 1.
The UN has rejected claims that India was not allowing the UN observer group monitoring the ceasefire line between India and Pakistan to present its periodic reports on the ground situation, asserting that the group has “completely different” reporting requirements.
SpaceX successfully launched and then retrieved its first recycled rocket, a historic feat and the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights. It was the first time SpaceX founder Elon Musk tried to fly a booster that soared before on an orbital mission.
The Loan Agreement for New Development Bank (NDB) financing of US$ 350 Million for Development and Upgradation of Major District Roads Project in Madhya Pradesh was signed between Government of India and the New Development Bank (NDB). This is the First Loan Agreement for NDB assisted project in India.
The Parliament approved the Finance Bill 2017 after the Lok Sabha rejected five amendments moved to it by the Upper House with regard to curbing more powers to taxmen and a cap on donation by companies to political parties.
The applications under Right to Information (RTI) Act can be filed orally, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said.
The Lok Sabha passed the much-awaited Central Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, Integrated GST Bill, Compensation GST Bill and Union Territory GST Bill 2017. All the four bills that were moved by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the lower house was passed by voice vote.
As per Central Electricity Authority, the Designated Authority of Government of India for Cross Border Trade of Electricity, 1st time India has turned around from a net importer of electricity to Net Exporter of electricity.
The huge storm that tore through parts of northeastern Australia was almost called Caleb instead of Debbie. The next one will be named Ernie. Debbie started life as a tropical low off Queensland state, but formed into a cyclone just after Caleb - another weather system brewing off Western Australia - fizzled out.
The Parliament passed the Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016. Its aims to provide for mental healthcare and services for persons with mental illness and ensure these persons have the right to live a life with dignity by not being discriminated against or harassed.
Leasing of land, renting of buildings as well as EMIs paid for purchase of under-construction houses will start attracting the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism inaugurated the “National Tribal and North East Conclave-2017” organized by Lalit Kala Akademi under Ministry of Culture.