Counter- IED strategy

The two-day 17th International Seminar on “Counter- Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strategy”, organized by the National Security Guard (NSG), concluded.

First Part of Budget Session concludes

The Budget Session, 2017 of Parliament commenced on 31st January, 2017 and subject to exigencies of government business, will be adjourned sine die, 12th April, 2017.

FSSAI drafting organic food norms

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is drawing up guidelines to regulate organic food. The regulator will put up draft guidelines for organic packaged food and commodities in the public domain for suggestions next month.

India, Indonesia to hold air combat exercise

India and Indonesia have decided to hold their first-ever joint air combat exercise as well as enhance maritime security cooperation, according to sources. India and Indonesia have already been conducting joint army drills but now they were moving ahead and planning for joint air force exercise.

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Niti Aayog to rank states on digital transactions

To foster competition among states, the government's think tank Niti Aayog has decided to rank the states/UTs on the basis of digital transactions.

India ranks 43rd in IP environment

India continues to languish near the bottom in an international intellectual property index, ranking 43rd out of 45 global economies, according to a report by the US Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC).

Govt approves Revenue Insurance Scheme for plantation crops

The Commerce Ministry has approved the pilot Revenue Insurance Scheme for plantation crops for protecting the growers from the risks such as yield loss, pest attacks and income decline caused by fall in prices.

Parliament passes bill for wage payment via e-mode

Parliament passed a bill seeking to enable the Centre and state governments to specify industrial units which will have to pay wages only either through cheques or by transferring into bank accounts.

Cabinet nod for rural digital literacy programme

The Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ or PMGDISHA to make six crore rural households digitally literate. The outlay for the project is ₹2,351.38 crore.

First State for establishing Cashless System for FPSs

Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution congratulated the State Government of Gujarat on becoming the first State in the country for establishing Cashless System for distribution of foodgrains.

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Bangladesh replaces US on tourist inflow

A new pecking order has emerged for foreign tourist arrivals in India. The US, the traditional top source for arrivals, has lost the spot it held for years to Bangladesh. India’s neighbour has for the first time become the biggest source market for foreign tourists coming to the country.

India takes first steps on artificial life forms

India is taking its first steps to evolve a policy on synthetic biology, an emerging science whereby new life forms can potentially be made in labs and existing life forms — such as bacteria and other microbes — can be tweaked to exude specific proteins or chemically useful products.

Bill to replace note ban ordinance passed in LS

The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017 (demonetisation bill) was passed in Lok Sabha. The bill, to formally make the banning of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes a law, was introduced in the Lok Sabha.

Payment of Wages Bill passed

The Lok Sabha passed the Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017 which seeks to enable employers to pay wages to workers through cheque or directly crediting to their accounts.

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India’s solar power capacity crosses 9 GW

Country’s solar power generation capacity stood at over 9 GW as on December 31, 2016 with Tamil Nadu having the largest output capability followed by Rajasthan and Gujarat, Parliament was informed.

Low oxygen levels delayed evolution on Earth

Low level of atmospheric oxygen in Earth’s middle ages held back evolution for two billion years, a new research has claimed, raising fresh questions about the origins of life on our planet.

Hydrofluorocarbons in 2028

Aiming to curb global warming and facilitate enough carbon space for growth of domestic industry and the economy, India has agreed to freeze production and consumption of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in 2028 and start reducing it from 2032 onwards.

Afghan civilian casualties hit record high in 2016

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2016 hit their highest recorded level, the UN said today, with nearly 11,500 non-combatants -- one third of them children -- killed or wounded.

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First ever training centre for Para athletes

Para athletes have won 4 medals at RIO Olympics for India in 2016 and brought glory for the country in International Sports Arena.

UN seeks India's nominee for anti-terror panel

India has been asked to send the name of its nominee for inclusion in a global team to assist a United Nations committee which decides on banning terror outfits and their leaders.

MR vaccination campaign launched

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched Measles Rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in the country at a function in Bengaluru.

India to host international nuclear security meet

Noting that possible use of weapons of mass destruction and related material by terrorists is no longer a theoretical concern, India will host a key meet on nuclear security next week which will be attended by delegated from over 100 countries.

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Budget is a non-issue

Presentation of Union Budget of the February every year has been an event that the media and the general public would look for.

Indian diplomat re-appointed to UN JIU

Achamkulangare Gopinathan, a top Indian diplomat, has been re-appointed by the UN General Assembly to the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU), the only independent external oversight body of the UN system.

UN removes Afghan warlord from terrorists list

The UN has removed Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar from its list of designated terrorists, lifting the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo imposed on the insurgent leader who has signed a peace pact with the government.

Brand Finance Global report 2017

The Tata-Mistry boardroom battle has cost the salt-to-software conglomerate Tata group its position among the top 100 global brands. According to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 report, Tata group’s position has slipped to 103 from last year’s 82.

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Niti Aayog panel recommendation on sick CPSEs

A Niti Aayog committee has recommended winding up of 26 loss making public sector enterprises due to their unsatisfactory performance, Parliament was informed on 3 February 2017.

Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill 2017

Government introduced a bill in Lok Sabha to enable Centre and states to specify the industries which will have to pay wages to workers only through cheques or crediting it to their bank accounts.

First ever blueprint for quantum computers unveiled

Scientists have unveiled the first ever practical blueprint to construct a large scale quantum computer, the most powerful computer on Earth that could revolutionise industry, science, medicine and commerce.

Govt plans strategic sale of 3 PSUs

The government plans to exit its holding in three PSUs -- Bharat Pumps & Compressors, Bridge & Roof Co and Hindustan Fluorocarbons

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India Innovation Index launched

To make India an innovation-driven economy, NITI Aayog, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) together launched a mega initiative “India Innovation Index”.

IWT survival appears weak: UN report

The 40-year-old Indus Water Treaty between India and Pakistan has been an outstanding example of conflict resolution but the scarcity of water in the basin states since the early 1990s has brought the agreement under strain and its “survival appears weak”, according to a UN report.

Awards for Excellence in Public Administration

Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Public Administration’ are instituted to acknowledge, recognize and reward extraordinary and innovative work done by Districts/Organizations of the Central and State Governments.

India Signs Agreement for TEQIP III

A Financing Agreement for IDA credit of US$201.50 million (equivalent) for the “Third Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (TEQIP III)” was signed with the World Bank.

World Wetland day 2017

The National Biodiversity Authority (NBA) under the Environment Ministry has decided to organise two events to spread public awareness about conservation of wetlands which includes a radio-outreach and awareness generation campaign.

GAAR, POEM to come into effect

Rules for anti-tax avoidance and place of effective management are “here to stay” and will be implemented from 1 April, the government said emphasising the rules have been delayed long enough and can not be deferred any more.

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Union Budget 2017

Finance minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2017 in Parliament. The budget proposal into 10 distinct themes: Farmers; rural population; energizing youth; poor and underprivileged; infrastructure; financial sector; digital economy; public service; prudent fiscal management; and tax administration.

First combined Budget of Independent India

The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley while presenting the General Budget 2017-18, in Parliament, said that this Budget is the First combined Budget of Independent India that includes the Railways.

Masala bonds to get more tax benefits

Rupee-denominated offshore bonds, popularly known as masala bonds, got a tax benefit boost with the Union Budget exempting them from taxation for transfer among non-residents, while a low rate of 5 per cent will apply for investors till 2020.

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Economic Survey 2016-17

The Economic Survey 2017, tabled in Parliament, projected that the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow by 6.75 per cent to 7.5 per cent in 2017-18.

First National Entrepreneurship Awards 2016

Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh presented the First National Entrepreneurship awards 2016 in New Delhi. The Minister of State (I/C) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy was the guest of honour on the occasion.

First Indian Business Partnership Summit

The first Indian Business Partnership Summit will be held in Bahrain next week to further cement bilateral trade and economic ties.

India ranks 4th in wind power installation

India has attained the fourth position globally in installed wind power capacity after China, US and Germany as a result of various steps in the "right" direction, the Economic Survey said.

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IPPB starts pilot services

India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) on 30 January 2016 kicked off its operations by rolling out pilot services in Raipur and Ranchi.

Indus Valley Civilisation and climate change

The Indus Valley Civilisation underwent a period of climate change about 4,000 years ago, say scientists who suggest that the ancient population in India used a variety of subsistence practices to cope with diverse environments.

Miss Universe 2016

A 23-year-old dental student from France has won the Miss Universe crown in the annual pageant held this year in the Philippines.

Universe expanding faster than thought

The universe is expanding at a rate faster than previously believed, scientists have confirmed, a finding that may completely overturn our understanding of the cosmos.

FT Global Ranking

INSEAD is the best B-school in the world for the second consecutive year in the Financial Times Global MBA Ranking of the best 100 programmes for 2017.

One in 20 Indians suffers from depression

Indians popped more antidepressants in 2016 than ever before, indicating perhaps that they are now more open to the idea of seeking help for mental health problems.

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RBI rejects EC's plea

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has rejected the request of the Election Commission to enhance the weekly cash-withdrawal limit, imposed after demonetisation, for those contesting Assembly elections in five states, prompting an angry reaction from the poll panel.

INSAT-3DR to map farm fires

Next generation satellite INSAT-3DR has opened new frontiers in India’s weather forecasting and is set to equip the country with the ability to detect farm fires, which intensifies air pollution in the northern region seasonally, leaving Delhi gasping for breath.

Federer wins Australian Open

Swiss legend Roger Federer kept his nerves to fend off 14-time grand slam champion Rafael Nadal in a pulsating summit clash to clinch the men's singles title of the Australian Open.

'La La Land' wins Producers Guild's top film award

Season favourite "La La Land" won the Producers Guild of America's (PGA) Darryl F Zanuck Award for best feature film of 2016. Producers Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, and Marc Platt took home the top honour.

New test to detect signs of life on alien planets

NASA scientists have developed a new chemical assay that could aid the search for life on exoplanets by identifying the presence of amino acids, the compounds that make up proteins and building blocks of life.

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First ever North East Investors’ Summit

The first ever “Investors Summit” exclusively for North Eastern Region (NER), organized jointly by the Ministry of Textiles and the Ministry of DoNER during 29-30 January, 2017, would be inaugurated by the Union Textiles Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani in Shillong, at the State Convention Centre, on 29th January, 2017.

India Post gets payments bank licence

India Post has received payments bank licence from the Reserve Bank of India to start rollout of banking operations commercially under the permit.

Republic Day Parade 2017 Awards

The results of different competitive presentations in the Republic Day Parade 2017 have been announced by the Ministry of Defence. Among the Services category, Madras Engineer Group has been adjudged the best marching contingent.

Serena Williams captures Australian Open

Serena Williams has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over her older sister Venus in Australian Open final.

India & Russia to develop PAK FA

The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile will be mounted in submarines’ torpedo launchers and on Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 PAK FA fighter jet, CEO and General Designer of the Machine-Building R&D Consortium Alexander Leonov said.

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Artificial intelligence can help airlines

Airlines and airports can save an estimated $25 billion annually from flight disruptions by harnessing artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, predictive analytics and other progressive technical capabilities, says an industry report.

‘Tropex’ kicks off

Aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya backed by nuclear submarine INS Chakra besides fighting assets of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard have come together in the country’s biggest inter-service ‘Tropex’ exercise along the western seaboard.

Earth, Moon formed from similar materials

The Earth as well as the Moon and certain meteorites were formed from materials that were more similar, holding almost indistinguishable isotopic characteristics, a new study has found.

Scientists create first human-pig embryos

Scientists have for the first time grown embryos that contain a combination of pig and human stem cells, in a step toward one day growing transplantable organs, a study said.

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India improves rank in democracy index

A white paper titled ‘Democracy Index 2016: Revenge Of The Deplorables’ published by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a sister concern of The Economist magazine has yet again termed India a flawed democracy.

68th Republic Day

The Indian Constituent Assembly on on November 26, 1949,  adopted by the Constitution, which came into effect on January 26, 1950. As we celebrate our 68th Republic Day on 26 January 2017.

India ranks sixth on eight great powers in 2017

India is ranked at the sixth spot, behind China and Japan, in a list of eight great powers for the year 2017 by a leading American foreign policy magazine which is topped by the US.

India in red zone on transparency list

A major international index of corruption and transparency has placed India on the watch list for its inability to curb mega corruption scandals and petty bribery.

C-ATFM launched

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on R-Day launched its "central - air traffic flow management (C-ATFM)" to cut flight delays. Airlines say Mumbai has become a "black spot" for flight delays due to air traffic congestion, followed by other busy airports like Delhi.

GSLV’s cryogenic upper stage tested successfully

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s Propulsion Research Complex at Mahendragiri, successfully conducted the stage level test of GSLV MK III’s cryogenic upper stage C-25 on 25 January 2017 night.

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