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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Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in the Parliament

The Lok Sabha has passed the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The Bill had already been passed by the Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session. With this, the Bill stands passed in the Parliament.

ISRO nano twins stabilise in space

The two nano satellites of ISRO that had caused problems since being launched on February 15 on a PSLV workhorse rocket have stabilised, the space agency informed.

Change in No-Detention Policy

Section 16 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 stipulates that ‘No child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education’.

INS Tillanchang commissioned at Karwar

INS Tillanchang, a water jet fast attack craft (WJFAC) was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command vice admiral Girish Luthra at Karwar.

New molecules turns carbon dioxide into fuel source

Scientists have developed a molecule that uses light or electricity to efficiently convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into a carbon-neutral fuel source. The molecule employs a nanographene complex to absorb light and drive the conversion of carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide, researchers said.

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Commonwealth initiative to stamp out domestic violence

The Commonwealth is launching an initiative to help member states tackle domestic violence, which it said remained a “stubborn stain” on communities, disproportionately impacting women.

Portal for CRZ clearances dedicated

Seeking to ensure transparency in granting clearances to projects in earmarked coastal areas in the country, the environment ministry turned digital by launching a dedicated website for managing the affairs of India's coastal regulation zone (CRZ).

India open to widest cyber security pact

The government to open for international collaboration on cyber security, and favours handling issue of cyber terrorism in cooperation with other countries, Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Temporarily give up veto power in UNSC

India and other members of the G4 have offered to initially forgo veto powers as permanent members in a reformed Security Council as a bargaining chip to get the reform process moving.

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Second stage of HCFCs

India launched the second stage of its plan to phase out Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), greenhouse gases that damage the earth’s ozone layer.

India tops bribing chart in Asia Pacific

India has got the dubious distinction of having the highest bribery rate in the Asia Pacific, with a survey revealed that more than two-thirds of Indians had to pay 'tea money' or fork out other forms of bribe to get public services.

IISc ranked top 10 in globally

The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has made it to the top 10 of Times Higher Education's (THE) Best Small Universities in the World ranking for 2017. IISc is the only Indian university to have made it to the list.

World’s third largest refiner

India is moving to the centre stage of global energy market and by the early 2020s it will replace Russia as the world’s third largest refiner, a top official of the International Energy Agency said.

India top source of illegal medicines

India accounts for nearly half of the overall illegal medicines entering Switzerland, Swiss government data showed. Potency preparations accounted for the maximum of the illegally imported substances that were confiscated in 2016 by Swiss customs officials, the latest annual data showed.

Al Nagah-II 2017

Second edition of the joint exercise between the Indian and Oman Armies commenced with the Opening Ceremony at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh.

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Trade Mark Rules 2017

The Trade Mark Rules, 2017 have been notified and have come into effect from 06th March, 2017. These Rules, which replace the erstwhile Trade Mark Rules 2002, will streamline and simplify the processing of Trade Mark applications.

INS Viraat retires

The navy decommissioned Indian Navy Ship (INS) Viraat, the world’s oldest aircraft carrier, 58 years after she entered operational service with the Royal Navy in 1959. During this period, she has sailed over a million kilometres, enough to circumnavigate the world 27 times.

AI beats professionals

For the first time, an artificial intelligence system has beaten human professionals at a game of Texas hold 'em poker, scientists say.

Galaxy four times the mass of the Milky way

The Hubble space telescope has captured a new image showcasing an incredibly massive galaxy located under 400 million light-years away from the Earth.

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India's first AI-based banking chatbot

HDFC Bank announced the launch of an electronic virtual assistant (EVA), an artificial intelligence-driven chatbot, for customer services. Eva is India's first AI-based banking chatbot and can answer millions of customer queries across multiple channels instantly.

India to gets its own mobile congress

India will organise its first mobile congress in September with a special focus on reaching out to the South East Asian markets. There is Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and an edition in Shanghai.

Salient features of CGST and IGST Bills

Some of the main features of the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated GST Bills, as finalised by the GST Council, are as follows:

India's unemployment rate decline

Contrary to market perception, India's unemployment rate halved from 9.5 per cent in August 2016 to 4.8 per cent in February this year and among major states, a sharp decline was registered in Uttar Pradesh.

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CGST and IGST laws cleared

Moving a step closer towards implementing the goods and services tax (GST) from 1 July, the GST council approved two crucial supporting legislations for this ambitious tax reform.

Iran tests Russian-made air defense system

Iran successfully test-fired a sophisticated Russian-made air defense system, the official IRNA news agency reported. The report said the test of the S-300 system came during a recent military exercise named Damvand, the name of Iran’s highest mountain.

North Korea using Africa to slip sanctions: UN

North Korean weapons barred by UN sanctions ended up in the hands of UN peacekeepers in Africa, a confidential report says.

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10th ICEGOV 2017

The Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, in collaboration with United Nations University and UNESCO, is organizing a three-day
10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) in Delhi from 7th March to Thursday, 9th March, 2017.

Sixth interim report on Black money

Justice (retd) Arijit Pasayat, deputy chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigating Team (SIT) on black money disclosed that so far around ₹70,000 crore had been detected in black money, including over ₹16,000 crore by Indians stashing funds abroad.

NFHS - 4

Urban India fares worse than the rural parts of the country in terms of sex-ratio, both overall and at birth, according to the latest national health survey.

Pakistan elected as SAARC Secretary General

After months of difficulty, Pakistan succeeded in getting its official elected to the post of Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

New cruise ship tour in South China Sea

A new Chinese cruise ship has embarked on its maiden voyage to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, state news agency Xinhua said, the latest effort by Beijing to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway.

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India test-fires anti-ship missile

The navy successfully test- fired an anti-ship missile for the first time from an indigenously built Kalvari class submarine, describing the launch as a significant milestone in enhancing its "sub- surface" warfare prowess.

Developed Products hand over to Indian Army

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over three of its products for induction into the Indian Army. The products are namely (i) Weapon Locating Radar (WLR), SWATHI, (ii) NBC Recce vehicle and (iii) NBC Drugs.

Sale of EcoEnergy division completed

Wipro, India's third largest software exporter, said it has completed the $70 million sale of its EcoEnergy division. In November last year, the Bengaluru-based company had said it will sell its EcoEnergy division to Chubb Alba Control Systems for $70 million in order to sharpen focus on core IT business.

'Visitor's Award' for best university

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which has been at the centre of controversies for over a year, has bagged the annual 'Visitor's Award' for the best varsity in the country.

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States agree to roll out GST

India's decade-long wait for a national sales tax that will create one of the world's biggest single markets could be almost over by July 1. As per economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be implemented by July 1 and not later as feared earlier on.

India's first integrated heliport

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in New Delhi inaugurated the country's first integrated heliport. The country's first heliport, located at Rohini locality in north west Delhi, has been built by state-owned chopper operator Pawan Hans.

Evidence of a ‘Star Wars’ planetary system

Scientists have for the first time found evidence of a Tatooine-like rocky planetary system -Luke Skywalker’s home world in the Star Wars series – about 1,000 light-years away.

SC not allow abortion in Down Syndrome

The Supreme Court refused to allow a woman, who is in her 26th week of pregnancy, to abort her foetus on the ground that it suffered from Down syndrome, saying “we have a life in our hands.

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INS Viraat to be decommissioned

The world’s oldest serving aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, will be decommissioned on March 6. Serving the Indian Navy for the last 30 years, Virat is the last serving British-built ship in the country.

China is the world's principal IP infringer

Counterfeit goods, software piracy and the theft of trade secrets cost the US economy as high as $600 billion a year, says a private American watchdog which labelled China as the "world's principal IP infringer".

World’s first metallic hydrogen sample disappears

The world’s only sample of metallic hydrogen created in the lab – touted as the “holy grail of high-pressure physics” – has disappeared, Harvard scientists say.

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NDB to finance technological innovation projects

The New Development Bank (NDB) set up by the BRICS plans to provide lending to technological innovation projects, its vice president Zhu Xian has said.

Exercise Tropex 2017 concluded

The Indian Navy’s Annual Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX 17) was conducted on the Western Seaboard from 24 Jan 17 till 23 Feb 17.

India's richest city

India's financial capital Mumbai, which is home to 46,000 millionaires and 28 billionaires, is the richest Indian city with a total wealth of $820 billion, says a report.

‘Physically Unclonable Functions’ (PUF)

Scientists at the Indian Institute Of Technology – Kharagpur (IIT – Kgp) have designed ‘Physically Unclonable Functions’ (PUF) which are fingerprint generator circuits that can protect Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure from manipulation.

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India, Germany ratify Social Security Agreement

India and Germany have ratified the Social Security Agreement (SSA), which will come into force from May 1 this year, to help promote more investment flows between the two countries.

Pakistan, Turkey sign 10 agreements

Pakistan has signed 10 agreements with Turkey to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields, including exchange of financial intelligence relating to money laundering, hydrocarbon and defence cooperation.

Venezuela, Libya again lose UN vote

Venezuela and Libya have been suspended from voting in the U.N. General Assembly for the second time in two years because of millions of dollars in unpaid dues to the world body.

Carbon dioxide turned into fuel using light

Scientists have developed tiny nanoparticles that help convert carbon dioxide into methane -a key building block for many types of fuels – using only ultraviolet light as an energy source.

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