The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight (IDCF) in order to intensify efforts to reduce child deaths due to diarrhoea. The Ministry has made it a national priority to bring health outcomes among children to a level equitable with the rest of the world.
The Union Cabinet on 14 June 2017 cleared a proposal to introduce a Bill in Parliament for setting up the Resolution Corporation to deal with bankruptcy in banks, insurance companies and financial entities.
India on 13 June 2017 ratified two key ILO conventions on child labour, according to a statement issued by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva.
The Anti-Tank Guided Missile Nag was successfully flight tested in the desert ranges of Rajasthan.
Indian superstars Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar are among Forbes' annual list of the highest-earning entertainers in the world.
Vijay Mallya, the embattled tycoon who is wanted in India on loan defaults to several banks, claimed that he has “enough evidence” to plead his case as a UK court granted him bail until 4 December.
The Union government was launched ‘Tele-Law’ – a programme aimed at providing legal aid services in rural areas through digital technology. The programme is a continuation to the Access to Justice Project to Marginalised Persons implemented by UNDP in 2008.
With just a few days left for Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout, the Centre is in favour of postponing by a few months the implementation of the E-Way Bill, which requires movement of good above Rs 50,000 to be to pre-registered online.
2D monolayers alone offer exciting opportunities to study the drastic and precise electrical control of magnetic properties. Scientists have for the first time discovered two-dimensional magnets that are formed by a single layer of atoms and may pave the way for more compact and efficient devices.
The GST Council on 11 June 2017 decided to revise tax rates on 66 products and widened the scope of a concessional tax payment scheme for small businesses and restaurants.
Rafael Nadal coasted to a record 10th French Open title on 11 June 2017, demolishing Stan Wawrinka in a brutally one-sided final which also earned the Spaniard a 15th Grand Slam crown.
Furthering the agenda for cooperative federalism, NITI Aayog has launched SATH, a program providing ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital’ with the State Governments.
The Duma’s Information and Technology Committee has approved controversial draft legislation that would ban anonymity on online messengers. The Duma committee recommends the draft law for consideration of its first reading, after which the bill would return to committee for any necessary amendments.
The Supreme Court on 9 June 2017 ruled that it would be mandatory for Aadhaar holders to link Aadhaar with their permanent account number (PAN) for filing income tax returns (ITRs).
India improved its ranking by one notch to 9th position as one of the highest recipients of foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2016, at a time global FDI flows fell, the UN trade and development agency said in its latest World Investment Report 2017.
India has signed a ground-breaking multilateral BEPS convention that will close loopholes in thousands of tax treaties worldwide. The multilateral instrument was signed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley at the OECD headquarters in Paris.
For the first time, three renowned Indian institutions — the Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore and the IITs Delhi and Bombay, have catapulted to the list of the top 200 global universities.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has identified some large stressed loan accounts for resolution as it steps in to directly fix the bad loan menace at Indian banks, after it was empowered by a recent banking ordinance to do so.
Petrol and diesel prices will be revised every day across the country from June 16, according to an official statement from public sector oil marketing companies.
India will soon sign a pact with Somalia for exchange of sentenced prisoners as the Union Cabinet on 7 June 2017 gave its nod for it. A meeting of the cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave its approval for signing and subsequent ratification of the agreement on transfer of sentenced persons between India and Somalia.
Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare launched the ‘Skill for Life, Save a Life’ initiative. India enjoys a demographic dividend as more than 65% youth are below the age of 35 years and the Government is determined to seize this opportunity by providing adequate skills and employability to the youth for a strong foundation for continued and sustainable growth.
Habibganj in the suburbs of Bhopal will redefine the concept of a railway station in India. The country’s first railway station to be redeveloped as a public-private partnership (PPP), Habibganj is set to become a swanky commercial hub with shops, offices and hotels, all in a span of three years.
UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned that the state of the oceans will continue to deteriorate unless nations overcome short-term territorial and resource interests. “Improving the health of our oceans is a test for multilateralism, and we cannot afford to fail,” Secretary-General Guterres said, addressing the first UN conference on the health of the oceans and seas.
India on 6 June 2017 signed an agreement with Sri Lanka to provide USD 318 million as line of credit to develop the island nation’s railway sector. The agreement was signed by RHS Samaratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Mass media, and David Rasquinha, Managing Director of India’s Export-Import Bank in Colombo.
The Indian Space Research Organisation on 5 June 2017 launched the GSAT-19 satellite, one of the heaviest communication satellites, with the GSLV MK III-D1 rocket. The rocket became the heaviest to be launched by the Indian space agency ever with the heaviest single payload put in orbit as well.
The government has started its media blitzkrieg to tell the common man that the upcoming GST will reduce prices of most goods. The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) in advertisements in leading dailies gave pictorial representations of items which are exempt from Goods and Services Tax and the ones which would attract lower tax of 5 per cent.
India on 2 June 2017 successfully test-fired its indigenous nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha. The surface-to-surface medium-range ballistic missile was fired from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of ITR.
The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) said that it had made another successful detection of gravitational waves, ripples in space and time, from the merger of two massive black holes that happened three billion light years away.
Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri S.S. Ahluwalia, led anIndian Parliamentary delegation on a three-day visit to Sweden for promoting and strengthening parliamentary relations between the two countries.