Exercise 'Varuna' begins

India and France on 24 April 2017 began their week-long bilateral naval exercise Varuna in France's Toulon port.

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India is world's fifth largest military spender

India's military expenditure grew around 8.5 per cent in 2016, making it the world's fifth largest spender at $55.9 billion, figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) revealed on 24 April 2017.

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New India in 15 years

The government think tank Niti Aayog has envisaged a new India in which all citizens in 15 years will have houses with toilets, two-wheelers or cars, power, air conditioners and digital connectivity.

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Second state to pass GST bill

Bihar on 24 April 2017 became the second state after Telangana to pass state Goods and Services Tax bill, touted as the biggest tax reform since independence.

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