The Indian Navy successfully conducted the maiden trial firing of newly installed surface-to-air missile (SAM) system from its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, an official statement said. During the firing carried out in the Arabian Sea, the missile was fired against a live low flying high speed target. The target was successfully engaged and destroyed.


Though the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988 has been on the statute book since more than 28 years, the same could not be made operational because of certain inherent defects. With a view to providing effective regime for prohibition of benami transactions, the said Act was amended through the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amended Act, 2016. 


Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched MoP&NG e-Seva, a dedicated grievances redressal platform on Social Media for all queries and grievances relating to Oil and Gas Sector.


Highlighting India’s growing solar capacity, UN chief Antonio Guterres has said the world is moving towards a green economy at a time when “unprecedented” climate change is posing a threat to development. Around the world, over half of new power generation capacity now comes from renewables.

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“Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana”, a ‘Scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens belonging to BPL category’ will be launched in District Nellore, Andhra Pradesh on 1st April, 2017. 


China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved the membership of 13 more countries, including US’ close-ally Canada, seen as a coup for the Communist giant after Washington discouraged major Western powers from signing up. 


The government notified the amended India-Singapore tax treaty under which capital gains tax will be levied at source of investments with effect from April 1.


The Union Cabinet has approved setting up of a new commission for backward classes as a constitutional body. The National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes(NCSBC) will replace the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).


The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has put four public sector lenders, including IDBI Bank and Indian Overseas Bank, under watch and advised them to stay off risky assets so that their financial health is not stressed further. While UCO Bank also figures in the list, the name of the fourth lender could not be immediately ascertained.

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India slipped down one place from 130 to 131 among the 188 countries ranked in terms of human development, says the 2016 Human Development Report (HDR) released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

With the passage of the Finance Bill, the Lok Sabha completed the Budgetary exercise for 2017-18. The Finance Bill with 40 amendments was passed by the House by voice vote. 

Indian para athletes bagged eight medals, including three gold, in the 9th Fazza International IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai. With 3 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals till the second day of competition, India are currently at the seventh spot out of 48 participating countries. 

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) will go through a third-party assessment of its regulatory framework by the World Bank and the IMF this year, an exercise which will help the former align itself closer to global regulatory standards and get feedback on its current functioning.

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NDM-1 spread can be tamed

If you are concerned about NDM-1 (New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase-1) or simply New Delhi 'superbug' that spreads in hospital settings and is resistant to all available antibiotics.

World Happiness Index 2017

India ranked a low 122 on a list of the world's happiest countries, dropping four slots from last year and coming behind China, Pakistan and Nepal. Norway was ranked as the happiest country in the world, according to The World Happiness Report 2017, which ranked 155 countries by their happiness levels. Norway jumped three spots from last year, displacing Denmark, which had held the top spot for three out of the past four years.

‘RashtriyaSanskritiMahotsav (RSM) – 2017’

The Fifth ‘RashtriyaSanskritiMahotsav (RSM) – 2017’ is being organized in North Eastern Region of India by Ministry of Culture from 23rd to 31st March, 2017.

Rajya Sabha passes HIV and AIDS bill

The HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014, aimed at ensuring equal rights while seeking treatment, education and job by people living with HIV, was passed by the Rajya Sabha.

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Cabinet clears GST Bills

Clearing the way for a July 1 roll-out, the Union Cabinet approved four Bills on a national goods and services tax (GST). The decision comes two working days after the GST Council cleared these - Central GST (CGST), Union Territory GST (UTGST), Integrated GST (IGST) and the Compensation Bill.

BMB to be merged with SBI

After Cabinet approval on the merger of five associate banks with the State Bank of India, the Government has decided to merge Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with the country's largest lender.

India first to get weather alert technology

IBM and The Weather Company, an IBM Business announced the launch of the Mesh Network Alerts technology in India. The mobile alerting platform can deliver weather and disaster alerts to remote places without Internet.

Birth of a telecom giant

The Aditya Birla Group and British telecom giant Vodafone Plc announced the merger of their wireless telephony businesses, creating the largest telecom operator in the country.

World's richest man

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates once again topped the Forbes magazine list of the world's richest billionaires, while US President Donald Trump slipped more than 200 spots, the magazine said. Gates, whose wealth is estimated at $86 billion, led the list for the fourth straight year.

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E-commerce to pay up to 1% TCS under GST

E-commerce firms like Snapdeal and Amazon will have to mandatorily deduct up to 1 per cent TCS (Tax Collected at Source) while making payments to their suppliers under the GST regime which is expected to kick in from July 1.

21st CM of Uttar Pradesh

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Yogi Adityanath sworn in as the 21 st Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh - the most populous state of the country. UP Governor Ram Naik administered the oath of office and secrecy to Adityanath and his Cabinet at a function in Lucknow's Kanshiram memorial ground.

Manipur economic blockade lifted

The four-month long Manipur economic blockade imposed by the United Naga Council (UNC) was lifted. The resolution of the lifting of the indefinite blockade was taken following an agreement in a tripartite talk, involving two UNC constituents — All Naga Students’ Association Manipur (ANSAM) and Naga Women Union (NWU) — and representatives of the central and Manipur governments.

North Korea tests high thrust rocket engine

North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country’s space program.

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UIDAI adopt self-sustainable model

The UIDAI, which provides all services for free, should explore pricing models to make itself self-sustainable and independent of government grants, a Parliamentary panel said.

5 Indians on WEF's 2017

Five Indians, including Paytm founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Vijay Shekhar Sharma and Shruti Shibulal, promoter and director of The Tamara Hospitality, have made it to the World Economic Forum's 100 Young Global Leaders list.

New CM in Uttarakhand

BJP leader Trivendra Singh Rawat was sworn in as Uttarakhand Chief Minister. Governor K K Paul administered the oath of office and secrecy to 56-year-old Rawat, a former RSS pracharak, and nine ministers at a ceremony.

60 per cent of engineering graduates unemployed

More than 60% of the eight lakh engineers graduating from technical institutions across the country every year remain unemployed, according to the All India Council for Technical Education.

Wealthiest Asians in UK in 2017

NRI businessmen Hindujas have retained their position as the richest Asians in the UK in 2017 with an estimated wealth of 19 billion pounds, an increase of 2.5 billion pounds over last year, according to an annual ranking of the richest Asians in Britain.

Nobel Prize-winning poet dies

Derek Walcott, a Nobel Prize-winning poet known for capturing the essence of his native Caribbean and who became the region’s most internationally famous writer, has died on the island of St. Lucia. He was 87. Walcott died early at his home in the eastern Caribbean nation, according to his son, Peter.

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First Airbus Training Centre in Asia

Airbus is setting up a greenfield training facility at Aerocity, New Delhi, to support India’s growing need for Airbus aircraft pilots and maintenance engineers. The ground-breaking for the Airbus India Training Centre was performed by P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju,  Minister of Civil Aviation and Tom Enders, CEO, Airbus in the presence of Jayant Sinha,  Minister of State for Civil Aviation.

WB backs harmful S-E Asian projects

World Bank investments in commercial financial institutions is indirectly allowing land-grabs, evictions and pollution in South-East Asia, a watchdog group alleged in a report. By investing in banks and other so-called financial intermediaries, World Bank funds can increase poverty, social strife and promote projects which hasten climate change, according to a report by Inclusive Development International.

Two pacts ink for Sukhoi jets

India and Russia inked two pacts for long-term maintenance support for Sukhoi-30MKI jets, which are the latest and most potent fighters in the IAF combat fleet but have suffered from poor serviceability, engine problems and lack of spares over the years.

UP gets another AMRUT gift

The Centre has approved projects worth Rs 4,239 crore for improving urban infrastructure during next the three years in Uttar Pradesh under AMRUT scheme.

China ahead of India in Internet access

China is way ahead of India when it comes to internet access and smartphone ownership, a latest Pew Research report has said. According to the survey, 71 per cent of Chinese say they use the internet at least occasionally or own a smartphone, our definition of internet users.

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GST Council clears cap on cess on five demerit

The GST Council has worked out a cap on the cess to be imposed over the peak rate of 28% on sin and luxury goods such as cigarettes, luxury cars, aerated drinks, while clearing all the Bills related to the new indirect taxation system.

India joins WHO call to end TB by 2030

India among other countries in the South East Asian Region, which bear half of the global tuberculosis burden, signed a 'call for action' and pledged to scale up measures to end the disease by 2030. India reports 2.8 million new TB cases annually and nearly half a million deaths due to the disease.

Pakistan test-fires surface-to-sea missile

Pakistan Navy was conducted a successful test of a land-based anti-ship missile, bolstering the operational reach of the country's navy to launch long-range, anti-ship missiles from land. The trial of the missile was conducted from the coastal region and the missile secured a hit on a target placed at sea.

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TIES launched

Commerce and Industry Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman launched the Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES). The Scheme is focussed on addressing the needs of the exporters. The focus is not just to create infrastructure but to make sure it is professionally run and sustained.

National Health Policy approved

The government approved the National Health Policy which proposes to provide “assured health services to all” in the country. The government officials said the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its nod to the policy which has been pending for the last two years.

New CM of Manipur

The Northeastern state of Manipur got the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government when Nongthombam Biren Singh took oath of office as the new chief minister of the state. With Manipur coming into BJP’s kitty, the tally of BJP-ruled state in the region has now gone up to three.

AI to have dramatic impact on business

60-80 per cent of organisations use artificial intelligence (AI) for IT functions, but 70 per cent believe AIs greatest impact by 2020 will be in marketing, customer service, finance and HR, a new study said.

First 3D structure of active DNA

Scientists have determined the first 3D structures of intact mammalian genomes from individual cells, showing how the DNA from all the chromosomes intricately folds to fit together inside the cell nuclei.

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Parliament passes Enemy Property bill

Successors of those who migrated to Pakistan and China during partition will have no claim over the properties left behind in India, with Parliament passing a bill to amend a 49-year-old law.

Parrikar takes oath as Goa CM

Manohar Parrikar, who quit as Defence Minister, was sworn in as chief minister of Goa to head a coalition government of local allies and Independents, after the BJP ended up second behind the Congress in a fractured mandate.

India becomes 2017's best-performing market

India is now the best-performing major market globally in 2017. The benchmark Sensex is up 14 per cent in dollar terms so far this year. India was the third best performing market, however, sharp gains in the stock prices and the rupee following the landslide victory of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh has catapulted it to the top slot.

World's most ethical companies' list

Two Indian companies, Tata Steel and Wipro, have been named in the list of world's most ethical companies by American think tank Ethisphere Institute.

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Scotland to seek independence referendum over Brexit

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that she will be seeking the Scottish Parliament's permission to hold a referendum on Scotland's independence from the United Kingdom.


Bitcoin-based pyramid schemes

Some small-time traders are taking advantage of the absence of rules governing crypto-currencies in India by creating multi-level marketing (MLM) or pyramid-like schemes with bitcoin as the base product.

Bio-based glue created

Scientists, inspired by substances shellfish create to stick to surfaces, have developed a super strong adhesive that works under water. The bio-based glue performed better than 10 commercial adhesives when used to bond polished aluminium.

Bangladesh declares March 25 as ‘Genocide Day’

Bangladesh’s unanimously adopted a resolution declaring March 25 as Genocide Day, in remembrance of the atrocities carried out by the Pakistani Army in the night of March 25, 1971.

Vietnam demands stop cruises in South China Sea

Vietnam demanded that China stop sending cruise ships to the South China Sea in a response to one of Beijing's latest steps to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway.

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MSMEs deploying cloud computing

The government has proposed subsidy up to Rs 1 lakh for micro and small enterprises to encourage them to use cloud computing for information and communications technology applications.

H-1B visas could be a source of tension

"Demonising" the H-1B work visa issue could be a "source of tension" in Indo-US ties, a former top diplomat under the Obama Administration has said, calling for a "rational discourse" on the topic that could affect the lives of thousands of Indians.

Internet Saathi programme

Most of us can probably remember the excitement of discovering the internet for the first time and exploring the unending facets of the web. What we can remember less well is when this internet usage graduated from being PC-dominated to the ease and convenience of tablets and mobile phones.

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Konkani novel bags the Saraswati Samman

Mahabaleshwar Sail’s Hawthan, a novel in Konkani on the life of a shrinking community of potters from Cancona taluk of south Goa, has bagged the Saraswati Samman instituted by the K.K. Birla Foundation.

Early signs of El Nino this year

In what could spell bad news for this year's monsoon, international weather agencies have begun predicting an El Nino event in the second half of 2017.

World faces the largest humanitarian crisis: UN

The world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since the United Nations was founded in 1945 with more than 20 million people in four countries facing starvation and famine, the UN humanitarian chief has said.

NCRB celebrates its 32nd Inception Day

Director General, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Smt. Archana Ramasundaram was the Chief Guest at the 32nd Inception Day of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), which was celebrated on 11 March 2017.

Brahmos missile successfully test-fires

India successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, which is capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kg, from a test range along the Odisha coast.

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Chandrayaan 1 still orbiting Moon

India's first lunar probe - the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft - which was considered lost, is still orbiting the Moon, Nasa scientists have found by using a new ground-based radar technique.

Bill to amend Enemy Property Act passed

Rajya Sabha passed a Bill to amend a 49-year-old law to guard against claims of succession or transfer of properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan and China, amid a walkout by the entire Opposition.

Maritime Admiralty Bill passed by Lok Sabha

A bill seeking to consolidate the existing laws on civil matters of admiralty jurisdiction of courts, proceedings on maritime claims and arrest of ships was passed by the Lok Sabha.

Pakistan passes landmark Hindu marriage bill

Pakistan’s Parliament has finally passed the much-awaited landmark bill to regulate marriages of minority Hindus in the country.

EHRs for patients approved

A scheme to create Electronic Health Records of patients has been approved by the government.

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