India and Australia on 10 April 2017 committed to begin the commercial exports of Uranium from Australia as well as hold an early round of talks on the proposed comprehensive economic cooperation agreement (CECA).

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The government has reduced the number of centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) to 28 umbrella schemes from 66, Parliament was informed on 10 April 2017.

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Government think-tank Niti Aayog is at an advanced stage of finalising 3-year action plan and the 15-year vision document for the country. It will also unveil a 7-year strategy document.

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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.

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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.

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India added 5,525 MW solar power generation capacity last fiscal, taking the total from this clean source to 12,288 MW. The country has abundant solar power potential which has been estimated to be 748 GW,

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India pledged a soft loan of nearly Rs 32,000 crore for Bangladesh, as the two nations inked 22 pacts for cooperation in diverse areas, including defence, cyber security, nuclear energy and space technology.

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The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate an exhibition titled “Swachhagraha – Bapu Ko Karyanjali – Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshani” in the national capital on 10 April 2017 to mark the 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first experiment of Satyagraha in Champaran.

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An Indian-origin educationist in the UK, who moved to Britain after her marriage with no English language skills, has been named the 'Asian Businesswoman of the Year' in an award ceremony in Birmingham.

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Astronomers, using NASA’s Kepler space telescope, have discovered a Venus-like planet orbiting a dim star that is one-fifth the diameter of our Sun and is located 219 light years away from Earth.

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India, Bangladesh sign 22 pacts

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.

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Youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace

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.

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TU-142M receives at INS Dega

Hon’ble Chief of Andhra Pradesh Shri Nara Chandrababu Naidu welcomed the TU-142M Long Range Maritime Patrol aircraft of the Indian Navy which landed at INS Dega for the last time. 

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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).

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The 64th National Film Awards 2016 were announced by the Chairpersons of the juries on Feature Films, Non Feature Films, Best Writing on Cinema and Most Film Friendly State Award.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Reserve Bank of India, in its first monetary policy review of financial year 2017-18, kept the repurchase (repo) rate unchanged at 6.25%, citing upward risks to inflation and global uncertainty.

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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.

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India has jumped 12 places to 40th rank globally in travel and tourism competitiveness list by World Economic Forum.

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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.

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Five countries, including India and Bangladesh, lead the world in solar home lighting systems and the two south Asian nations together account for 97 per cent of the renewable energy market in the region, says an international body report.

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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.

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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.

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A foreign investor has participated in the public issue of a small and medium enterprise (SME) for the first time since the segment was introduced five years ago on the BSE and the NSE.

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Indian captain Virat Kolhi was named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016, adding another feather to his already crowded cap. Kohli amassed 1215 Test runs at a stupendous average of 75.93 last year.

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The Centre told the Supreme Court that it has framed guidelines for regulating the activity, registration and grants to over 32 lakh voluntary organisations (VOs)/NGOs in the country.

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Revised plan for Farzad gas field

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.

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India ranks 3rd in world doping chart

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.

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Intel bets on artificial intelligence

Hardware major Intel is betting on artificial intelligence (AI) to drive demand for its electronic chips, for which it is aiming to train 15,000 scientists, developers, engineers and students on AI in India over the next one year.

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New tree-living crab species found

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.

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The Star Wars ‘superlaser’ developed

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.

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India Rankings 2017

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.

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Asia Pacific Business Complexities Survey 2017

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.

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National Conference on Autism

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. 

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Dark matter nothing more than a myth?

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.

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India's longest road tunnel inaugurated

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.

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27th state to join UDAY

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.

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ISRO embraces outsource satellite manufacture

In a highly secure, clean room of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) teams from the private sector are working shoulder-to-shoulder with government engineers to create a new bird that will soar in the sky very soon.

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Sindhu lifts India Open badminton title

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.

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First title in Challenger tournament

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.

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First ever bio-gas bus

A city based company has claimed to have launched the first bio-gas fuelled bus in Kolkata keeping a flat fare of just Re 1. The first one to launch bio-gas bus in the entire south east Asia.

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BS-IV fuel launched

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.

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Finance Bill takes effect

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.

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Sindhu named sportsperson of the year

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.

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Depression main reason for disability: WHO

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.

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SBI in global top 50 post merger

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.

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Neptune-sized ‘lost’ planet discovered

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.

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Global Nutrition Report 2016

India is ranked 170th in terms of anemia among women as per the Global Nu

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2 ILO conventions approved

The government has approved ratification of two fundamental conventions of International Labour Organization (ILO) to address concerns related to child labour.

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Liberalised visa regime rolls out

A liberalised and simplified visa regime comes into force from April 1, 2017 which the government hopes would make travel to India, particularly for business, tourism and medical purposes, easier.

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IBBI notifies IU Regulations

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.

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GST Council approves remaining rules

The GST Council approved half of the rules needed for rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime from July 1.

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India not blocking UNMOGIP

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.

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SpaceX launches its first recycled rocket

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. 

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First Loan Agreement with NDB

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.

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Parliament passes Finance Bill 2017

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.

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128 regional air routes under UDAN

Five airlines will operate on 128 routes under the regional connectivity scheme wherein fares are capped at Rs 2,500 for one-hour flights.

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RTI applications can be filed orally

The applications under Right to Information (RTI) Act can be filed orally, Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said.

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MRO completes 50,000th orbit

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has completed its 50,000th orbit this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever accomplished by a camera at the red planet.

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GST supplementary bills passed

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.

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First Time India becomes Net Exporter of Electricity

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.

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How Cyclone Debbie got her name

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.

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Mental Healthcare Bill passed in Parliament

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.

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GST to be levied on renting

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).

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Only seven per cent women in police forces

There are about seven per cent women in police forces in the states and union territories of country have been asked to increase their numbers by up to 33 per cent.

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‘National tribal and north east art conclave’ inaugurated

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.

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Earth like planetary waves have been found

Large scale planetary waves that meander through the atmosphere high above Earth’s surface have been found to also exist on the Sun, scientists say.

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The Mental Healthcare Bill 2016, that decriminalises suicide and provides for mental healthcare and services for persons with mental illness, was passed in the Lok Sabha.

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More than 100 countries are set to launch the first UN talks on a global nuclear weapons ban over objections from the major nuclear powers.

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Bhubaneswar will host the mens hockey World League Final 2017 and World Cup 2018, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) and the government of Odisha confirmed.

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The government is set to change a four-decade-old definition of blindness to bring it in line with the WHO criteria and ensure the Indian data on blindness meets the global estimates.

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