Current Affairs


First Indian Sign Language Dictionary of 3000 Words’ has been Launched by the Union Government-24/03/2018

The dictionary has been developed by Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre(ISLR&TC) under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), M/o Social Justice & Empowerment. Ministers of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Krishan Pal Gujar and Shri Ramdas Athwale and Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar were also present on the occasion.


India among 20 countries to take $100 mn pledge to help Palestine refugees-24/03/2018

India is among 20 nations that have pledged a total of about $100 million to the UN relief agency charged with the well-being of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East.


Isro to launch GSAT-6A on Mar 29, transfer Lithium-Ion Cell tech to BHEL-24/03/2018

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has entered into a technology transfer agreement (TTA) with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) under which it will pass on the technology for the manufacture of space grade Li-Ion cells.


India successfully test-fires BrahMos missile from Pokhran in Rajasthan-23/03/2018

India successfully tested the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from Rajasthan’s Pokhran on Thursday morning.


Niti aayog Initiates implementation of strategy on Resource efficiency-23/03/2018

The First meeting of the inter-departmental group of stakeholders on implementation of strategy on resource efficiency was held at NITI Aayog today. After detailed discussion,a road map for implementation of the RE in the country was evolved.


2017 was the most expensive year on record for severe weather and climate calamities, says UN body-23/03/2018

The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization on Thursday said that 2017 was the most expensive year on record for severe weather and climate calamities globally.


'Prerogative of Iran': India on invite to China, Pak for Chabahar Port partnership-16/03/2018

India, Iran and Afghanistan had signed a trilateral agreement in 2016 to jointly develop the Chabahar port.


Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru among world's cheapest cities: EIU survey-16/03/2018

Three Indian cities - New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai, are among the cheapest cities in the world, according to an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey, that named Singapore as the most expensive city.


US drags India to WTO over six export subsidy schemes-16/03/2018

The US argues that the subsidies violate WTO agreements.


India most targeted country for ransomware attacks: Sophos survey-15/03/2018

As per a survey conducted by network security firm Sophos, around 67 per cent of Indian organisations were hit by ransomware and 38 per cent twice.


India ranks 78th on WEF Energy Transition Index; Sweden tops the list-15/03/2018

The overall list was topped by Sweden, followed by Norway at the 2nd position and Switzerland at the 3rd rank.


Cabinet approves Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion between India and Iran-15/03/2018

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved an Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to taxes on income between India and Iran.


International Solar Alliance: ISA-ADB, NDB, GCF, AFDB and AIIB joint declarations of Financial partnership-12/03/2018

The ISA has also inked joint financial partnership declarations with the African Development Bank (AfDb), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Green climate fund (GCF), and the New Development Bank (NDB).


Russia test-fires 'ideal' hypersonic missile-12/03/2018

The high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) missile was launched from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet that took off from an airfield in the South Military District in Russia's southwest, the defence ministry said.


MILES-18: 1st Ever Multi-Nation Naval Exercise At Sea Begins In Andaman-12/03/2018

The first-ever multi-nation naval exercise at sea, MILES-18, began at the Andaman sea. 11 naval ships of 8 countries and nine Indian ships are participating in the three-day exercise.


WHO releases new guidelines on tobacco product regulation-11/03/2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched new guidelines on the role that tobacco product regulations can play in reducing tobacco demand, saving lives and raising revenues for health services to treat tobacco-related diseases, in the context of a comprehensive tobacco control.


India, France ink 14 agreements-11/03/2018

India and France on Saturday outlined concrete steps to broaden the scope of their 20 year-old strategic partnership, signing 14 pacts in areas ranging from defence, security, nuclear energy to the protection of classified information besides agreeing to hold biennial summits between top level leaders of the two countries and an annual bilateral defence dialogue.


India Won "Best Exhibitor Award" at ITB – Berlin-11/03/2018

For 17 years now, the Best Exhibitor Award (BEA) is considered as a quality indicator for an attractive performance at ITB. This year, the BEA was awarded to India at the Palais am Funkturm.


International Solar Alliance drops limits on membership-10/03/2018

India, a founding member of the International Solar Alliance, on Friday said that membership of the body will be thrown open to all countries that want to join the grouping, with no restrictions on duration of sunlight or geographical location.


GST Council meet: Relief for exporters, tax exemption extended by 6 months-10/03/2018

E-way Bill will be implemented from April 1 for inter-state movement of goods: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday announced that the e-way bill will be implemented from April 1 for inter-state movement of goods.


Right to live includes right to die: Supreme Court-10/03/2018

In a milestone verdict expanding the right to life to incorporate the right to die with dignity, the Supreme Court on Friday legalised passive euthanasiaand approved 'living will' to provide terminally ill patients or those in persistent and incurable vegetative state (PVS) a dignified exit by refusing medical treatment or life support.


Cabinet approves MoU between UPSC and Public Service Commission of Mauritius-09/03/2018

The MoU will strengthen the existing relationship between UPSC and Public Service Commission of Mauritius. It will facilitate sharing of experience and expertise of both the parties in the area of recruitment.


India ranks fifth lowest in having women at top leadership positions-09/03/2018

India's ranking in gender diversity has improved with the representation of women in top leadership positions rising to 20 per cent in 2018, even as the country ranks fifth lowest in having women in such roles, says a report.


PM launches National Nutrition Mission, and pan India expansion of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, at Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan-09/03/2018

The Prime Minister also awarded ten districts for showing outstanding performance in the areas of effective community engagement, enforcement of PC&PNDT Act and enabling education of the girl child.


NITI Aayog launches Women Entrepreneurship Platform on International Women’s Day-08/03/2018

NITI Aayog launched the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP), on the occasion of International Women’s Day today. The initiative is aimed at building an ecosystem for women across India to realize their entrepreneurial aspirations, scale-up innovative initiatives and chalk-out sustainable, long-term strategies for their businesses.


Eleven nations, but not US, to sign Trans-Pacific trade deal-08/03/2018

Eleven countries are expected to sign a landmark Asia-Pacific trade agreement in Santiago on Thursday, as an antidote to the increasingly protectionist bent of US, which last year pulled out of the pact.


Cabinet approves an MoU between India and Hellenic on Renewable Energy Cooperation-08/03/2018

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy between India and Hellenic.


India imposes new restrictions on trade with North Korea-07/03/2018

India has imposed new restrictions on trade with North Korea, a government statement said on Wednesday, in line with United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang for its ballistic missile programme.


India's Biggest M&E Services Market, enTTech 2018 inaugurated in Mumbai-07/03/2018

Speaking at the inaugural function through video message, Union Minister for Commerce & Industry Shri Suresh Prabhu said that technology is driving all activities and that young minds are the incubators of new ideas.


Child marriages decline in India: UNICEF-07/03/2018

India saw a sharp decline in child marriages over the last ten years with 27 per cent of girls getting married before their 18th birthday as against 47 per cent a decade ago, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said on Tuesday.


Government constitutes a Steering Committee on Fintech related issues-06/03/2018

The Government constitutes a Steering Committee on Fintech related issues to consider various issues relating to development of Fintech space in India with a view to make Fintech related regulations more flexible and generate enhanced entrepreneurship in an area where India has distinctive comparative strengths vis-à-vis other emerging economies.


SpaceX carries out 50th launch of Falcon 9 rocket-06/03/2018

SpaceX carried out the 50th launch of its signature Falcon 9 rocket early Tuesday, a swift ascent to a milestone which many aerospace giants take far longer to attain.


13 South Indian cities have toxic air; at least 26 more are unsafe: Study-06/03/2018

As the Centre plans to clean the air in 13 south Indian cities, 26 more cities spread across four south Indian states reported annual particulate pollution levels higher than the national safe standards, according to an analysis of government data.


WTO to set up compliance panel in solar dispute between India, US-05/03/2018

The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) dispute settlement body has agreed to set up a panel to determine whether India has complied with its ruling in a case against the US regarding domestic content requirements for solar cells and modules.


Myanmar puts off border pact with India-05/03/2018

Myanmar has indefinitely deferred signing an agreement with India to streamline the free movement of people within 16 km along the border.


India 12th largest overseas holder of US securities in 2017-05/03/2018

Wshington, Mar 4 (PTI) Indias exposure to US government securities rose sharply to a high of USD 144.7 billion at the end of 2017, according to latest official data.


NITI Aayog panel recommends tax cuts on gold, revamping monetisation scheme-03/03/2018

A committee of the NITI Aayog has recommended drastic cuts in taxes on gold and also proposed a more liberalised approach towards the yellow metal to increase its contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) to 3 per cent by 2022.


BS-VI fuel: A breather for the fight against Delhi's air pollution-03/03/2018

BS-VI fuel has 10 ppm (parts per million) of sulphur as against 50 ppm in BS-IV. Further, the BS-VI standards mandate PM emissions are reduced to 0.005 g/km from the BS-IV standard of 0.025 g/km.


India, Vietnam vow to jointly work for open Indo-Pacific-03/03/2018

India and Vietnam on Saturday inked three pacts, including one on nuclear cooperation, and resolved to jointly work for an open Indo-Pacific, while calling for a rules-based regional architecture.


Scientists may be closer to finding a way to turn CO2 into usable energy-02/03/2018

Can carbon dioxide (CO2)—a greenhouse gas whose high emissions contribute to global warming—be turned into usable energy? Scientists believe this can be done.


India, Russia, B'desh sign pact for Rooppur atomic plant-02/03/2018

The Rooppur project is the first initiative under an Indo-Russian deal to undertake atomic energy projects in third countries. This will also be the first time Indian companies will be able to participate in a nuclear power project abroad.


India, Jordan ink 12 pacts to boost defence ties-02/03/2018

India and Jordan signed 12 agreements after the highlevel talks, covering areas as diverse as mass media, health, culture and tourism. But the area of interest for both countries is clearly defence and security.


India successfully test-fires ATGM Nag in desert conditions-01/03/2018

India on Wednesday successfully test-fired Anti Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) Nag in desert conditions, defence sources said. The Nag ATGM has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Wednesday’s flight tests have once again proved their capability, they said.


Moon to get 4G mobile network by 2019-01/03/2018

The moon will get its first mobile phone network next year, enabling high-definition streaming from the lunar landscape back to earth, part of a project to back the first privately funded moon mission.


Union Cabinet approves MoUs between India and Jordan on Cooperation in various sectors-01/03/2018

The Union Cabinet on February 28, 2018 approved the signing of four Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between India and Jordan on cooperation in various fields.


15th Finance Commission will need to define populism-28/02/2018

The 15th Finance Commission, set up to recommend the devolution of central pool taxes to states as well as a fiscal consolidation roadmap for government finances, will require to define what constitutes a "populist" measure in order to fulfil its terms of reference, Commission Chairman NK Singh said on Wednesday.


CSIR body to Install pollution-alert system-28/02/2018

To warn people about pollution hotspots, the National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS) — the policy arm of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research — is ironing out a project to install pollution sensors at Delhi’s traffic junctions.


India Drops By 11 Positions, Ranks 47th On Inclusive Internet Index 2018-28/02/2018

The Inclusive Internet Index, which has returned for its second year, provides a rigorous benchmark of national-level Internet inclusion across four categories:


Indian Navy to host MILAN from March 6 to 13-27/02/2018

“Besides fostering co-operation through naval exercises and professional interactions, MILAN also provides an excellent opportunity to the participating navies to come together in a spirit of collaboration and mutual understanding to nurture stronger ties,” the Navy said in a statement on Sunday.


CSIR signs MoU with IORA: CSIR-CIMAP to host coordinating center on medicinal plants-27/02/2018

The MoU was signed by Prof. Anil Kumar Tripathi, Director CSIR-CIMAP and Dr. A. Sedrpousan, Director, IORA-RCSTT. The Indian delegation was led by Dr. Girish Sahni, DG, CSIR and Secretary, DSIR.


UN adopts Russian-drafted resolution on Yemen sanctions-27/02/2018

The unanimous vote followed a Russian veto of a Britain-drafted text that contained language of Iranian "non-compliance" with the UN sanctions regime against individuals and entities deemed to be engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Yemen.


Himalayas getting warmer, snowfall decreasing due to global warming-25/02/2018

The Himalayas, the world’s highest mountains, are getting warmer, according to a study published in science journal Current Science.


International Conference on Sustainable Biofuels to be held in NewDelhi-25/02/2018

The Sustainable Biofuel is one of the Seven Mission Innovation Challenges and India Co-leads this along with other countries Brazil, Canada and China.


India, China agree on bilateral engagement calendar-25/02/2018

The Dokalam standoff behind them, India and China have agreed on calendar for bilateral engagement in the coming months.


Indo-German MOU on technical cooperation under Sustainable Urban Development programme & Smart Cities in India-23/02/2018

An Indo-German MOU has been signed for an “Implementation Agreement in Sustainable Urban Development and Smart Cities in India”, here today.


Nuclear-capable ballistic missile 'Dhanush' successfully test fired-23/02/2018

The surface-to-surface missile, a naval variant of the indigenously-developed 'Prithvi' missile.India today successfully test-fired the nuclear-capable 'Dhanush' ballistic missile with a strike range of 350 kms from a naval ship off Odisha coast, defence officials said.


India to host 1st International Solar Alliance on 11th March-23/02/2018

ISA, a brainchild of India and France launched at the Paris climate summit in 2015 with the aim to efficiently exploit solar energy in the countries that lie between the tropics, expects to ink a host country agreement just ahead of the big day.


New shark species discovered in Atlantic Ocean-22/02/2018

A team of scientists has identified a new shark species residing in the Atlantic Ocean.


Government sets up the “NITI Forum for Northeast”-22/02/2018

The Union Government has issued order setting up the ‘Niti Forum for North-East’. The forum will be co-chaired by the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog and Minister of State (I/C), Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER).


India ranks 81st in global corruption perception index-22/02/2018

India has been ranked 81st in the global corruption perception indexfor 2017, released by Transparency International, which named the country among the "worst offenders" in terms of graft and press freedom in the Asia Pacific region.


Union Agriculture Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh launches six new user friendly features of National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Platform-21/02/2018

The Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh today launched six new features of National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) Platform to make it more users friendly.


SARAS completes the second test-flight successfully; Indian Air Force commits to induct 15 aircrafts initially-21/02/2018

This was the second of the 20 test flights planned for SARAS PT1N, before freezing the production version. The first successful test was carried out on January 24, this year.


India 7th most targeted nation for Web Application Attacks: Akamai-21/02/2018

Nearly 40 per cent of over 53,000 cyber attacks in India occurred in the financial services sector during 2017, placing it at the seventh spot in the list of targeted countries for Web Application Attacks (WAA), a new report said on Wednesday.


Newborn mortality: India 12th worst among low-income countries-20/02/2018

India has been ranked 12th-worst among 52 low-middle income countries based on the number of children dying within the first month of their birth, which is 25.4 per 1,000 live births.


India test-fires medium range nuclear capable Agni-II missile-20/02/2018

India on Tuesday test-fired its medium range nuclear capable Agni-II missilewith a strike range of 2,000km from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast, defence sources said.


India to host World Environment Day 2018-20/02/2018

“India will be a great global host of 2018’s World Environment Day celebrations,” said Erik Solheim, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Head, UN Environment at the announcement on Monday.


UK and India upgrade joint research on clean water and clean energy-19/02/2018

UK-India research projects on ‘Water Quality Research’ and ‘Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment’were launched today by Dr V K Saraswat, Member, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST) India and Daniel Shah, Director, Research Councils UK (RCUK) India.


Robots to soon clean up manholes in Kerala-19/02/2018

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM- In a first in Kerala, the state government will soon be utilising the services of Robots to clean sewer holes. The trial runs of the robot, developed by a startup company, Genrobotics, have been successfully held recently and the product will be launched next week, Kerala Water Authority (KWA) Managing Director, A Shainamol said.


Counter to China's OBOR? India, US, Japan, Australia mull joint infra plan-19/02/2018

Senior officials from the US, Japan, India and Australia are discussing establishing a joint infrastructure plan, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said, amid reports it could act as a counterweight to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.


WhatsApp gets NPCI nod to launch payments service in India for one million users-18/02/2018

WhatsApp will roll out its payments service in India, its biggest market, initially for one million users, National Payments Corporation of India said on Friday.


India and Iran sign nine pacts, Modi praises Hassan Rouhani for helping develop Chabahar Port-18/02/2018

India and Iran signed nine agreements on Saturday, including in areas such as double taxation avoidance, extradition, agriculture and traditional medicine.


India slides 16 spots to 78th position on globalisation index over 11 years-18/02/2018

The Global Connectedness Index 2016, the fourth since it was first released in 2011, prepared by Pankaj Ghemawat and Steven A. Altman (both teach management at New York University Stern School of Business, US), was released on November 15, 2016.


Why developing the Chabahar port in Iran is important for India-16/02/2018

The first phase of the Chabahar port in south-east Iran, which India is developing, was inaugurated in December last year. The port opened a new strategic transit route between India, Iran and Afghanistan that bypassed Pakistan.


Cauvery Verdict: SC reduces Tamil Nadu’s water share, Karnataka’s increased-16/02/2018

The Supreme Court of India on February 16, 2018 reduced Tamil Nadu’s share of Cauvery water by 14.75 tmcft water per year, diverting the same to Karnataka.


PM Narendra Modi inaugurates World Sustainable Development Summit 2018-16/02/2018

PM Modi while addressing the gathering at the inaugural speech laid emphasis on the major current environmental problems that are being faced by the developing nations.


Misallocation of welfare schemes’ resources in India-15/02/2018

The Economic Survey 2016-17 pushed for universal basic income (UBI).The survey discussed various arguments that may be put forth for implementing UBI. It was noted that the case for UBI has been enhanced because of the weakness of existing welfare schemes which are riddled with misallocation, leakages and exclusion of the poor.


India offers support for reconstruction of Iraq-15/02/2018

India has called for a comprehensive political settlement and reconciliation in Iraq at the International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq in Kuwait, where major world powers are meeting to chalk out a plan of recovery for the country.


India's defence budget breaks into world's top 5: UK report-15/02/2018

India overtook the UK as the fifth-largest defence spender in the world in 2017 at $52.5 billion, up from $51.1 billion in 2016, according to the 'Military Balance 2018' report by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).


Clean Air Campaign: 300 challans issued by Delhi traffic police in a day-14/02/2018

The two-week-long campaign, will continue till February 23.Over 300 challans were issued on Tuesday under the 'Clean Air Campaign' - a joint venture of the Environment Ministry and the Delhi government to combat air pollution in the national capital.


Mumbai ranked 12th richest city globally, NITI Aayog chief says livability is a challenge-14/02/2018

India’s financial capital Mumbai has been ranked the 12th richest city in the world with a total wealth of $950 billion (approximately Rs 61.11 lakh crore) and is home to 28 individuals with net assets worth $1 billion (approximately Rs 6,433 crore) or more.


Half the mountain springs in Indian Himalayan region are drying up, warns NITI Aayog: Report-14/02/2018

Half of the mountain springs in the Himalayan region are drying up, a NITI Aayog draft report has said. The report, which the organisation’s working group on “Inventory and Revival of Springs of Himalaya for Water Security” prepared, has asked all stakeholders to comment on it by February 19 to decide what can be done to save the water bodies, Mintreported.


India’s overall forest and tree cover increases by 1% since 2015, says report-13/02/2018

While overall green cover, including tree patches outside recorded forest areas, reported an incremental 1% increase (8,021 sq km) over the last assessment year in 2015, the quality of forests remain a hotly debated subject even as satellite monitoring has increased availability of data.


India, Oman sign key agreement to bolster defence cooperation-13/02/2018

India and Oman on Monday signed a key pact that extends dry docking and other facilities to Indian naval ships in the strategically located Gulf country.



Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Sunday made a strong case for setting up an independent debt management office, saying better servicing of loans could lead to substantial reduction in India's interest payment.


Rules on cryptocurrencies should be out soon: Sebi chief-10/02/2018

Amid continuing volatility in bitcoin prices and growing concerns about investors’ safety, Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) chairman Ajay Tyagi on Saturday said the regulations on cryptocurrencies should be out soon and the role various regulators will play is being finalised.


In six-fold increase, 25 mn Indians to be exposed to severe floods by 2040-10/02/2018

India could see a six-fold increase in the population exposed to the risk of severe floods by 2040–to 25 million people from the 3.7 million facing this risk between 1971 and 2004–according to a new studypublished in Science Advances, a peer-reviewed journal.


SC asks national, state child rights panels to fill posts, implement Juvenile Justice Act-10/02/2018

Among a slew of directions to ensure protection of child rights, the Supreme Court has asked the national and state child rights commissions to ensure that all their vacant positions are filled up well in time.


Judiciary must be very cautious in diluting government's economic policy: SC-09/02/2018

Judiciary must be “very cautious and circumspect” in diluting or setting aside an economic policy of the government, the Supreme Court observed on Wednesday.


Kerala tops health index, Uttar Pradesh worst performer-09/02/2018

Kerala has topped the health index report prepared by NITI Aayog while Uttar Pradesh appeared at the bottom among larger states, though it has shown improvement in the recent past.


India improves IP index score to 44 but still among bottom 10 nations-09/02/2018

The report ranks economies based on 40 indicators that benchmark activity critical to innovation development surrounding patents, trademark, copyright and trade secrets protection.India’s overall score was 12.03 out of 40 in the latest edition.


Indians on 10-year waitlist for employment-based green cards in US: Report-08/02/2018

The Immigration and Nationality Act provides five major categories known as "preferences" of green cards for people to immigrate to the US for employment reasons.


Customers defrauded at 4 PSBs through Aadhaar-based authentication misuse-08/02/2018

The banks-Allahabad Bank, Bank of India, Syndicate Bank, and UCO Bank-recently reported the matter to the Union government. The staff of four public sector banks (PSBs) has been alleged to have salted away depositors’ money by misusing the latter’s Aadhaar-based authentication.


Delhi air pollution risks children, youth; 8 of 10 with poor lung capacity-08/02/2018

In New Delhi, India’s capital and its most polluted city, eight of every 10 children and youth below 20 years of age living in areas with constantly polluted air have poor lung capacity, according to a study by Hazards Center, a Delhi-based advocacy.


India-EU talks on free trade agreement expected soon-07/02/2018

The European Union (EU) is committed to negotiating a broad-based trade and investment treaty with India with the next round of talks between the chief negotiators expected soon, the EU’s ambassador to India Tomasz Kozlowski said on Tuesday.


RBI monetary policy: A fine balance between growth and inflation-07/02/2018

Anticipating an upswing in inflation, led by oil prices, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) changed its monetary policy stance from accommodative to neutral in February 2017. Given the uptick seen in inflation, it was a prudent decision.


Centre for Science and Environment top green policy think tank in India-07/02/2018

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has been ranked the top environment policy think tanks in India while it has secured the 16th position in global rankings, climbing up two positions from the last year.


Health schemes will go haywire if pollution isn’t curbed, says Supreme Court-06/02/2018

Days after the Centre announced an ambitious healthcare scheme to provide up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation, the Supreme Court on Monday reminded the government that such programme would not be effective till pollution crisis is effectively tackled first.


New Constitution Bench to examine Citizenship Act-06/02/2018

The Supreme Court decided to refer to a fresh Constitution Bench pleas to examine the validity of various aspects of a provision of the Citizenship Act 1955, including the cut-off date for awarding citizenship to Bangladeshi immigrants in Assam.


Nuclear-capable Agni-I missile test fired successfully-06/02/2018

India on Tuesday test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile as part of a user trial by the Army from a test range off the Odisha coast.


8 of every 10 cities breathe toxic air, 53% of Indians at risk: Greenpeace-05/02/2018

People living in eight of every 10 Indian cities breathe toxic dust particles, PM 10, at levels exceeding national safety limits, according to a recent report.


Chandrayaan-2 mission: Rover to spend 14 days on moon's surface, says Isro chief-05/02/2018

Gearing up for its most challenging space mission, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is leaving no stone unturned to make the Chandrayaan-2 (lunar-2) mission a success. Unlike the first lunar mission when a PSLV rocket carried the spacecraft to the moon's orbit, this time heavy-payload lifter GSLV Mk II will launch the spacecraft weighing 3,290kg as the module will carry an orbiter, a rover and a lander to the moon.


64% of antibiotics sold in India unapproved: UK study-05/02/2018

Multinational companies continue to produce and sell unregulated antibiotics in India, worsening the problem of antimicrobial resistance in the country and impeding efforts to fight drug resistance globally, a UK study said.


No threat to India if China diverts Bramhaputra's waters: Ex-Army chief-04/02/2018

The alleged diversion of water of Tsangpo-Bramhaputra river by China does not pose any threat to India, Former Army chief General (retd) Shankar Roy Chowdhury said.


India and the Wassenaar Arrangement-04/02/2018

India and the Wassenaar Arrangement.India is now a member of three of the four international export control groups. What does membership into the Wassenaar Arrangement mean and why does it matter?


Isro plans landing near moon’s south pole with Chandrayaan-2-04/02/2018

With the much-awaited Chandrayaan-2 mission, India's second flight to the moon, Isro is attempting to pull off a daredevil manoeuvre. It will be the first-ever mission to soft land near the moon's south pole, which poses a number of challenges.


Pleas against law allowing Jalikattu referred to Constitution bench: SC-02/02/2018

The Supreme Court on Friday referred a batch of petitions challenging the law passed by the Tamil Nadu legislature allowing the practice of the bull-taming sport, Jallikattu, to a Constitution bench.


India joins Ashgabat agreement-02/02/2018

Accession to the Agreement would diversify India's connectivity options with central Asia and have a positive influence on India's trade and commercial ties with the region," the ministry said in a statement.


Highlights of Budget 2018-19-02/02/2018

Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley presents general Budget 2018-19 in Parliament.Budget guided by mission to strengthen agriculture, rural development, health, education, employment, MSME and infrastructure sectors.


Navi Mumbai SEZ to start operations in 2019-01/02/2018

Navi Mumbai Special Economic Zone Pvt. Ltd—promoted by Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani, Jai Corp. India, SKIL Infrastructure Ltd and City and Industrial Development Corp (CIDCO)—will be developed in phases and be open to industrial units in 2019, two officials aware of the development said.


India slips to 42nd spot on EIU Democracy Index over vigilantism, violence-01/02/2018

India has slipped to 42nd place on an annual Global Democracy Index amid "rise of conservative religious ideologies" and increase in vigilantism and violence against minorities as well as other dissenting voices.


Only 28% of Urban India lives in rented houses: Economic Survey 2018-31/01/2018

A mere 28% of India’s city dwellers live in a rented house, which is a steep decline from the scenario in 1961 when a majority of them (54%) used to live in a rented house instead of owning one, according to a longitudinal analysis of India’s housing pattern undertaken by the Economic Survey 2017-18.


India launches high performance computer system Mihir-31/01/2018

In an initiative to improve India’s weather forecasting, the ministry of earth science (MoES) on Tuesday launched a high performance computer (HPC) system named Mihir.


India emerges as 6th wealthiest country in 2017: New World Wealth-31/01/2018

India has been ranked sixth in the list of wealthiest countries with total wealth of $8,230 billion, while the United States topped the chart, says a report.


47 mn children in India reside in most polluted areas: Greenpeace report-30/01/2018

It said Delhi remained the worst impacted city with annual PM10 levels exceeding approximately five times the national ambient air quality standards.


China shifts stance, offers to open talks with India on CPEC-30/01/2018

China on Monday offered to open talks with India to resolve differences on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), opening the door for removing a major irritant in New Delhi-Beijing ties.


This month set to be driest January in India since 1901-30/01/2018

This month is heading to be the driest January in the country as a whole since record-keeping began in 1901. Just 2.2mm of average rain was recorded across India till January 24. IMD officials said the figure is unlikely to change much as it has hardly rained since then and there's little in store in the next few days.


India among top three countries where trust in government remains high-29/01/2018

India is also in the trust zone as far as how the public sees business, media and NGOs. Though its position slipped to number three this year from first last year, its rating remains at 'trust level' with Indonesia and China ahead of it.


India, Cambodia ink 4 pacts, agree to boost connectivity, defence ties-29/01/2018

Hun Sen was on an official visit to India and had joined his Asean colleagues at the Republic Day parade.


Centre to push for passage of triple talaq Bill in Budget Session-29/01/2018

The government will make a fresh push for the passage of the contentious triple talaq bill in Parliament's Budget Session starting on Monday but is likely to meet strong resistance from the Opposition, which had stalled it in the last session, political leaders here said.


Plea to exclude SC/ST creamy layer from quota-29/01/2018

The Supreme Court will hear a petition to exclude the affluent members, or the creamy layer, of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from the benefits of reservation.


India, Seychelles sign revised agreement for development of Assomption-28/01/2018

India and Seychelles on Saturday signed a revised agreement for the development of facilities on Assomption and held productive bilateral cooperation meetings.


UN hosts fresh Syria talks in Vienna-28/01/2018

The UN embarked on fresh efforts on Thursday to jump-start Syrian peace talks that Western countries and the opposition fear are being undermined by a separate Russian diplomatic push.


At second rank, India cheaper to live in than even Pakistan, Nepal: Survey-28/01/2018

India is ranked second only to South Africa as the cheapest country to live or retire, according to a recent survey of 112 countries.


China's urban-registered unemployment rate falls to 15-year low in 2017-27/01/2018

China’s urban-registered jobless rate fell to 3.9 per cent in 2017 — the lowest since 2002 — as the country witnessed its first economic rebound in seven years, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said on Friday.


India’s role vital for peace, stability in Indo-Pacific region: Asean-27/01/2018

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has welcomed India’s positive role in the Indo-Pacific region and described it as an important factor for peace and stability, a senior Indian official said on Friday.


Rain in western hemisphere linked to currents in Atlantic Ocean, says study-27/01/2018

Changes in ocean currents in the Atlantic Ocean influence rainfall in the western hemisphere and the two systems have been linked for thousands of years, according to a study published on Friday.


First India-designed vaccine passes WHO test-25/01/2018

The Rotavac vaccine, developed by the Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech Limited last year, was included in India’s national immunisation programme. To be “pre-qualified” means that the vaccine can be sold internationally to several countries in Africa and South America.


India-Asean summit: Modi, leaders to discuss naval drill & key developments-25/01/2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to give India's 'Act East' policy a push as he rubs shoulders and holds bilateral meetings with the leaders of Asean nations on Thursday. New Delhi will hold the Commemorative India-Asean Summit to mark 25 years of India-Asean partnership on Thursday. The heads of state or government of all 10 southeast Asian nations will be in attendance at the summit, which has a theme of "shared values, common destiny".


India ranks 177 out of 180 in Environmental Performance Index, says report-25/01/2018

India is among the bottom five countries on the Environmental Performance Index 2018, plummeting 36 points from 141 in 2016, according to a biennial report by Yale and Columbia Universities along with the World Economic Forum.


Rohingya Muslim refugee return to Myanmar delayed-23/01/2018

The gradual repatriation of more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar from Bangladesh, scheduled to begin Tuesday, has been delayed amid widespread fears that refugees would be forced to return, a Bangladesh official said Monday.


IMF sees world GDP growth picking up as US tax cuts gain traction-23/01/2018

Global growth will accelerate to the fastest pace in seven years as US tax cuts spur businesses to invest, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said.


Collegium sends Indu Malhotra, K.M. Joseph’s name as SC judges-23/01/2018

The Supreme Court (SC) collegium has sent to the centre the names of senior advocate Indu Malhotra and Uttarakhand high court Chief Justice K.M. Joseph for their appointment as judges of the apex court, people in the know said on Friday.


Donald Trump to move US embassy to Jerusalem in 2019: Mike Pence-23/01/2018

US President Donald Trump will formalize his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital by transferring the US embassy there from Tel Aviv in 2019, vice president Mike Pence told the Israeli parliament.


What to expect from Day 1 of WEF summit in Davos tomorrow-23/01/2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, railways and coal minister Piyush Goyal, actor Shah Rukh Khan, director Karan Johar and a handful of Indian origin business executives will shape the dialogue on key economic, social, cultural and developmental issues confronting the world on the first day of the four-day World Economic Forum (WEF) annual summit, which begins at Davos in Switzerland on Tuesday.


Nasa says earth’s global surface temperature in 2017 second warmest since 1880-19/01/2018

Even as climate change sceptics rubbish rising global temperature, a latest report by US-based Nasa (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has said that Earth’s global surface temperature in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880 when global estimates became feasible.


India's proposed investment treaty terms leave foreign partners cold-19/01/2018

Having cancelled investment treaties with about 50 foreign governments last year, India is struggling to convince some to accept new terms that make it harder to seek international arbitration for disputes, sources familiar with the talks said.


India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-5 ballistic missile-19/01/2018

India today successfully test-fired its nuclear capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 - the most advanced missile in the Agni series with a strike range of over 5000 kms -- from a test range off Odisha coast.The user associate test-flight of the missile has further boosted indigenous missile capabilities and deterrence strength of the country.All radars, tracking systems and range stations monitored the flight performance, defence sources said.Describing the trial as "fully successful", the sources said, the sophisticated missile travelled for 19 minutes and covered 4,900 km.The sleek missile was test-fired from a canister launcher, mounted on a mobile platform, at about 9.54 am from No. 4 launch pad of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Abdul Kalam Island, earlier known as Wheeler Island, they said.After four successful developmental trials, this was the first user associate test of Agni-5 missile, the sources added.'Agni-5 is most advanced missile in the Agni series with new technologies incorporated in it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.


Maharashtra to sign MoU with Israeli firm to develop water grid in drought-prone regions-18/01/2018

Ahead of the Mumbai visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 18 January, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday decided to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Israeli company Mekorot Development & Enterprise Ltd to develop a water grid in the drought-prone Marathwada region. The state cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday approved signing of the MoU to seek Israeli expertise at drought management and cost-efficient use of water in regions vulnerable to chronic droughts.


Supreme Court Constitution bench begins hearing pleas against Aadhaar-18/01/2018

A Constitution bench of the Supreme Court began hearing petitions against the Aadhaar programme on Wednesday, with one lawyer describing it in opening arguments as a “giant electronic mesh”.

Delhi HC reserves order on PSC extension between Cairn India and ONGC for Barmer block-18/01/2018

Delhi high court on Wednesday reserved its order on the extension of the production sharing contract (PSC) between Cairn India Ltd and state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd for the Barmer block in Rajasthan after it expires in 2020.

Bengal Global Business Summit: Mamata govt bags Rs 2.2-trn investment pacts-18/01/2018

The two-day "Bengal Global Business Summit 2018" organised by the state government has so far received new investment proposals worth Rs 2.19 trillion, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Wednesday.

Cyber security, big data new areas of India-Israel cooperation: Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale-17/01/2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi on Sunday on a six-day visit during which he will hold extensive talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, who received him at the airport, setting aside protocol.

Pakistan examining proposal for DGMO-level talks with India: report-17/01/2018

Pakistan is examining a proposal for a DGMO-level meeting with India after a gap of four years to reduce tensions along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary through fresh confidence-building measures, a media report said on Tuesday.

Bangladesh agrees with Myanmar to complete Rohingya return in two years-17/01/2018

Bangladesh said on Tuesday it would complete the process of returning within two years many of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who had fled a conflict in Myanmar, following a meeting of the neighbours.

India - The economic challenges of 2018-17/01/2018

Global economic winds have begun to shift. What does this mean for the Indian economy?

India confirms NSAs met in Bangkok-12/01/2018

The National Security Advisers (NSAs) of India and Pakistan met on December 26 in Bangkok, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed on Thursday.

16-digit virtual identification: UIDAI system to protect privacy partially - 12/01/2018

Under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), the government has mandated the linking of Aadhaar with all banking and financial instruments by March 31

In a first, Collegium recommends woman advocate for direct appointment as SC judge - 12/01/2018

Indu Malhotra will be the first woman lawyer to be directly recommended from the Bar to Supreme Court judgeship.

NITI Aayog may revamp process of drug selection for price control-10/01/2018

Government think tank NITI Aayog is working to revamp the existing system of identifying medicines for price control, two persons aware of the matter said.

Funds suspended, not cancelled; take decisive action on terror: US to Pak-10/01/2018

The US on Tuesday asked Pakistan to take decisive action against terror groups, including the Taliban and the Haqqani network, operating from its soil, and said it was ready to work with it to combat terrorism.

Issue of Chinese road building in Arunachal Pradesh resolved, says Army Chief-10/01/2018

India and China held a Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) last week to resolve the incident of road building by Chinese civilians at Tuting in Arunachal Pradesh.

Supreme Court refers plea to decriminalise homosexuality under Sec. 377 to larger Bench- 09/01/2018

The Supreme Court on Monday referred to a larger Bench a writ petition filed by five petitioners to quash Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexuality.

US imposes sanctions on Iranian missile firms

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin linked the measure to recent anti-government protests, arguing that Iran ought to spend more on public welfare rather than banned weapons.

India’s transportation architecture should comprise a mix of fuel sources: NITI Aayog

The NITI Aayog on Friday said India’s transportation architecture should comprise a mix of fuel sources, in what could provide relief to automobile manufacturers, under the pump with the government’s push for an all-electric fleet of vehicles by 2030.

US freezes most aid, military equipment delivery to Pak: Top developments

Taking the strictest action against Pakistan, the US has announced that it was freezing most security aid and the delivery of military equipment because Islamabad continues to shelter terrorists despite several warnings from President Donald Trump and other leaders.

India in aerospace: Vision 2020

Strong collaboration between the government and the private sector can help close the gap between Indian and Western manufacturers faster

Lok Sabha passes bill to amend Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code

The passing of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill 2017 will make the resolution process more efficient.

Pakistan frees 145 Indian fishermen

One hundred and forty-five Indian fishermen on Friday crossed the Wagah border into India after Pakistani authorities released them from jail.

Endo-atmospheric interceptor missile successfully tested

India on Thursday successfully test-fired an Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile, capable of destroying enemy ballistic missiles at low altitude, from a test range in Odisha.

Expert panel favours nod for new naval base in Andhra Pradesh

The project for setting up the Naval Alternate Operating Base involves diversion of 676.12 hectares of forest land in Rambilli and Kalavalapalli regions of Visakhapatnam.

Rajya Sabha passes Indian Forest Bill, excludes bamboo from 'tree' category

The government argued that the exclusion of bamboo from the definition of "tree" would promote bamboo cultivation

Indian Science Congress to be held in March in Imphal

The 2018 edition of the historic Indian Science Congress will be held at Manipur University, Imphal, in March.

China to maintain contact with India on artificial lakes on Brahmaputra

China will maintain communication with India to deal with massive lakes formed by landslides on the Brahmaputra river in Tibet following an earthquake, which caused concerns of a sudden flooding on the Indian side, a Foreign Ministry official said today.

Army crosses LoC, kills 3 Pak soldiers

Indian security forces hit back at Pakistan, hard, overnight Monday, killing three Pakistani soldiers across the LoC in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), and separately, neutralising a wanted Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist in J&K's Pulwama district.

India, Israel bilateral talks may give wing to the stuck aircraft deal

AWACS aircraft deal has been stuck for a over a year due to Israel quoting higher price than the permissible level.

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