Labour registers for firms reduced

Enhancing ease of doing business, the government has reduced the number of registers to be maintained under labour laws to 5 from 56 for 58.5 million establishments. These registers are related to details of employees, their salaries, loans/recoveries, attendance, and others.

2nd state to prohibit dual MRP

Rajasthan has become the second state in the country after Maharashtra to prohibit all stadiums, restaurants, airports and cinema halls from charging any price more than the printed Minimum Support Price (MRP) for packaged food items such as drinking water bottles, wafer and biscuit packets.

India, ADB ink loan pact for industrial corridor

India and ADB have signed USD 375 million pact for loans and grants to develop 800-km Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor, which is the first phase of a planned 2,500-km East Coast Economic Corridor.

India, Israel to jointly develop missile for Army

Ahead of the likely visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel in June, India has approved a deal to jointly develop a medium range surface-to-air missile (MR-SAM) system for the Army in a ₹17,000-crore deal.

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International conference on ‘Bharat Bodh’

The President of India inaugurated an international conference on ‘Bharat Bodh’ (Idea of Bharat) organized by the Indira Gandhi National Open University and Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal on February 23, 2017 in New Delhi.

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For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a nearby star _ and these new worlds could hold life.

Sahitya Akademi awards 2016

Twenty-four writers received the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2016. The award-winning poets are Jnan Pujari (Assamese), Anjali Basumatary (Bodo), Kamal Vora (Gujarati), Prabha Verma (Malayalam), Sitanath Acharya (Sanskrit), Gobindra Chandra Maji (Santali), Nand Javeri (Sindhi) and Papineni Sivasankar (Telugu).

22nd State to join UDAY

The Government of India and the State of Sikkim signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the Scheme Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY), for operational improvement of the State’s Power Distribution Department.

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WTO ratifies first multilateral trade deal

The first multilateral deal agreed at the World Trade Organization (WTO) came into force on 22 February 2017, a step billed as a milestone for the body facing unprecedented threats from a hostile US administration.

Nagaland New CM

Shurhozelie Liezietsu was sworn in as the chief minister of Nagaland by governor P B Acharya. The 81-year-old Liezietsu along with 11 ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Acharya at the Raj Bhavan.

IMF annual India report

The adoption of the GST could help raise India's medium-term GDP growth to over eight per cent and create a single national market for enhancing the efficiency of the movement of goods and services, the IMF said.

India's largest defence partner

Despite India expanding its military ties with the US, Europe and Israel, Russia remains New Delhi's number one supplier of weapons with America at a distant second, according to a report on global arms trade in the last five years.

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‘Cyber Swachhta Kendra’ launched

At a time when cyber attacks are increasing, the government through its Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-in) launched “Cyber Swachhta Kendra” — a new desktop and mobile security solution for a secure cyber space in the country.

India tops in defense importer

Global arms sales over the last five years reached their highest level since 1990, with India continuing to top the charts as the world’s largest defense importer, a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has found.

UN report on action for gender equality

Making a case for quota for women in elected bodies like Parliament, a UN report said that reservation in Panchayati Raj Institutions has helped reduce gender discrimination.

India, Rwanda sign 3 MoUs

India and Rwanda signed MoUs for promoting innovation, easing visa requirements and boosting air connectivity between the two countries. The countries will set up an entrepreneurship development centre in Kigali.

Fifth of world food lost to overeating, wastage

Almost 20% of the food made available to consumers worldwide is lost through over-eating or wastage, according to a new study. The world population consumes around 10% more food than it needs, while almost 9% is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers said.

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India, Pakistan to extend pact on nuclear mishaps

India and Pakistan on 20 February 2017 extended their bilateral pact, dealing with reducing the risk of nuclear weapon-related accidents, for a period of five years.

India is world’s largest arms importer

India was the world’s largest importer of major arms in the last five years and its overseas procurement was far greater than that of China and Pakistan, a Stockholm-based think-tank said.

SC seeks report on Yamuna pollution

After 22 years of Supreme Court monitoring and spending around Rs 4,439 crore, Yamuna continues to stink like a sewer in Delhi.

India emerges 12th largest holder of US govt securities

India became the 12th largest holder of US government securities at the end of 2016, with exposure worth $118.2 billion. With holdings worth $1.09 trillion, Japan remained the largest holder of these securities followed by neighbouring China with exposure to the tune of $1.06 trillion.

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Third National Dam Safety Conference Held

Third National Dam Safety Conference organized by Central Water Commission in association with Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam and IIT Roorkee concluded at Roorkee.

Model law on contract farming finalised

In a move intended to protect farmers against price volatility, particularly in perishables like onions, tomatoes and potatoes, the Niti Aayog is drawing up a model law on contract farming for approval by the Cabinet by June.

2 Indians die every minute due to air pollution

The air Indians breathe is turning more toxic by the day and an average of two deaths take place daily due to air pollution, says a new study. According to medical journal The Lancet, over a million Indians die every year due to air pollution and some of the worst polluted cities of the world are in India.

 

Former CJI Altamas Kabir passes away

Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir died on 19 February 2017. 68-year-old Kabir, who was suffering from a kidney ailment and related complications. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son.

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GST Council clears law to compensate states

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, at its 10th meeting on 18 February 2017, ratified the draft law for compensation to states. However, it could not ratify the three enabling laws — Integrated GST (IGST), State GST (SGST) and Central GST (CGST) draft laws because of some contentious issues that cropped up.

India develop AEWCS with 360 degree sweep

As Indian Air Force has taken delivery of its first indigenous "eye in the sky" NetraAirborne Early Warning and Control System (AEWCS) —  its developer says an advanced version with a 360-degree sweep — against the present 240 degrees — is on the cards.

‘Tarini’ inducted

The Indian Navy’s second sailboat ‘Tarini’ was inducted into service in Goa. The vessel is slated to be the platform for the first Indian all-women global circumnavigation by the Indian Navy to begin in August.

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‘Science Express’ train flags off

A ‘Science Express’ train was flagged off on a seven-month journey that will cover 68 stations across the country, including Agartala and Lumding in the northeast, to spread awareness about climate change.

New malaria vaccine found 100% effective

A new vaccine for malaria is up to 100% effective when assessed at 10 weeks after last dose, according to the results of a clinical trial.

High-quality graphene from soybean

In a breakthrough, scientists have used the humble soybean to make the world’s strongest material graphene commercially more viable. Graphene is a carbon material that is one atom thick.

World’s most admired companies list

JLL (NYSE: JLL) has again been named to FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies list. The list is a major authority on corporate reputations compiled each year by FORTUNE and Korn Ferry Hay Group through a survey of top executives, directors and financial analysts.

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Arab world's first spacecraft

The UAE has unveiled plans to build the first city on Mars by 2117 as the energy-rich country looks to transport people to the Red Planet over the next few decades.

India, China to discuss 'friction points'

India and China will hold their first Strategic Dialogue on February 22 in Beijing during which the two sides will discuss key issues of mutual "concern and interest" including "friction points" such as Masood Azhar and NSG.

Set up mechanisms about content on gender kits: SC

The Supreme Court directed companies such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to set up mechanisms to address complaints about content on gender selection kits thrown up by their Internet search engines. Such kits and ads are banned in India and promoting those is an offence.

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Isro launches record 104 satellites

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) launched as many as 104 satellites from a single rocket, a global record, from its Sriharikota launch station off the Andhra coast.

First major banking consolidation

The government has cleared the way for the first major banking consolidation in the country, by approving the merger of five associate banks with the State Bank of India. However, the merger, which will create a banking behemoth, does not include Bharatiya Mahila Bank.

India joins UN network to halve maternal

India is among nine countries that will be part of a global health network focused on improving the quality of care for new mothers and babies and strengthen national efforts to end preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns by 2030.

Black hole fueling star formation discovered

In a surprise finding, scientists have discovered a black hole that is recycling extremely hot gas into cold fuel for star formation.

India to join Moscow meet on Afghanistan

India is among six nations participating in a conference on Afghanistan’s future in Moscow, two months after Russia hosted a similar conference with only China and Pakistan.

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‘State of Global Air 2017’ report

India and China account for more than half of the world’s premature deaths due to air pollution, a new report said.

India and Russia finalise JV for Kamov

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Russian defence firms have finalised the Joint Venture agreement for collaboration in the production of light weight multi-role 'Kamov 226T' helicopters in India, a top Russian defence executive said.

TReDS can boost MSMEs' liquidity

The Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) proposed by the RBI is expected to provide much-needed liquidity to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

No need to stand when Anthem played in films: SC

The Supreme Court clarified that the audience need not stand when the National Anthem is played as a part of the storyline of a film, newsreel or documentary.

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Indian Seed Congress – 2017

The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh spoke about National Farmer Policy of the Union Government and said

‘Umbrella’ launched

Global networking giant Cisco launched “Umbrella”, a Cloud-based secure internet gateway that provides visibility and protection against threats wherever users work.

IoT grow rapidly in India

Internet of Things (IoT) units in India are expected to see a rapid 31-fold growth to reach 1.9 billion by 2020, Deloitte predicted, adding that the market value of IoT is expected to reach $9 billion by 2020.

Bill passed to allow Kambala

BENGALURU: Bowing to public pressure, a bill to legalise traditional buffalo race "Kambala" and bullock cart races in Karnataka was passed by the state Assembly with all parties backing the move.

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Indradhanush 2.0

Government plans to come out with 'Indradhanush 2.0', a comprehensive plan for recapitalisation of public sector lenders, to make sure they remain solvent and fully comply with the global capital adequacy norms, Basel-III.

INS Sarvekshak goes green

Indian Navy’s survey vessel INS Sarvekshak has gone green by installing a solar power system on board.

ISRO to rely on India’s satellite navigation system

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) bid to script space history by sending 104 satellites into orbit using a single launcher on February 15 will depend on critical support provided by India’s own satellite navigation system.

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India Successfully Test Fires Interceptor Missile

India successfully test-fired its interceptor missile off the Odisha coast, achieving a significant milestone in the direction of developing a two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence system. The interceptor was launched from Abdul Kalam Island or Wheeler Island of ITR.

First Indigenous AEW&C

The first indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) in IOC configuration shall be handed over to the Indian Air Force (IAF), on 14th February during Aero India 2017 at Yelahanka Air base in Bengaluru.

Govt takes more action against shell companies

After trying to tighten the rules against shell companies through its Budget proposals, the government has decided to follow with "harsh punitive" action that will include freezing of bank accounts and striking off the names of dormant companies.

Govt to amend norms to empower NPPA

The government said it will soon amend norms to empower National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to regulate about 350 medicines and ensure they are sold at affordable rates.

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National Women’s Parliament begins

The three-day National Women’s Parliament, being organised by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly with the theme of ‘Empowering Women – Strengthening Democracy’, began on 10 February 2017 in the state capital region Amaravati.

India to become world's fastest growing economy

India will be the world's fastest growing economy during the next five years, a top US intelligence think-tank has said while underlining that Pakistan, unable to match India's economic prowess, will seek "other methods" to maintain even a semblance of balance.

Russia, Iran working to undermine NATO efforts

The top US commander in Afghanistan has said that Russia and Iran are supporting the Taliban in part to undermine the US and NATO mission to attain peace and stability in the war-torn nation.

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