Current Affairs


Twenty countries, including India, to dominate global growth in 2024- 20/10/2019

The US, while still expected to contribute a sizable portion to world growth, is projected to fall to third place, after India.


Centre clarifies on definition of land as forest- 20/10/2019

The States need not take the Centre’s approval to define what constitutes unclassified land as forest, the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of the environment ministry, comprising independent experts and officials in the Centre’s forestry division, has clarified


Venezuela wins seat on UN human rights council despite opposition- 20/10/2019

Venezuela was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday with 105 votes and a round of applause, despite fierce lobbying by the United States and rights groups, and the late entry of Costa Rica as competition.


37.7% of processed milk samples fail to meet quality norm: FSSAI study- 18/10/2019

Processed milk, including of major brands, have failed to meet the prescribed quality norm in 37.7 per cent of the total samples tested, according to a Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) study.


Chipping away RTI- 18/10/2019

The new rules downgrading the office of the chief and other information commissioners at the Centre and in the states, flowing from the July 2019 amendments to the 2005 Right to Information Act, send out disturbing signals about the fate of one of the most progressive, democracy-enhancing pieces of legislation to be enacted in free India.


NITI Aayog launches India Innovation Index 2019- 18/10/2019

NITI Aayog with Institute for Competitiveness as the knowledge partner released the India Innovation Index (III) 2019. Karnataka is the most innovative major state in India.


Malnutrition main risk for disease in Indian children- 17/10/2019

Deficiency in vitamins and other essential nutrients arising from unhealthy diets is the main risk factor for several diseases among Indian children, a Unicef report said. The report also pointed to the prevalence of anaemia, insufficient protein intake and changing dietary preferences in the country.


Pakistan to remain on FATF 'Grey List' till February 2020- 17/10/2019

In a major development, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Tuesday decided "in principle" that Pakistan will remain on its grey list till February 2020 and directed the country to take "extra measures" for the "complete elimination" of terror financing and money laundering.


Young women from Tribal Areas to receive Digital Skills Training- 17/10/2019

Shri Arjun Munda, Union Minister of Tribal Affair announced the second phase of GOAL (Going Online as Leaders), a Facebook program aimed at inspiring, guiding and encouraging tribal girls from across India to become village-level digital young leaders for their communities.


India slips to 102nd rank in Global Hunger Report 2019; behind Nepal, Pak, Bangladesh- 17/10/2019

Seventeen countries, including Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Cuba and Kuwait, shared the top rank with GHI scores of less than five, the website of the Global Hunger Index that tracks hunger and malnutrition said on Wednesday.


Indian Railways to become 'net zero' carbon emitter by 2030- 15/10/2019

As part of India’s strategy to combat climate change, Indian Railways will become "net zero" carbon emitter by 2030, said railways and commerce minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday.


India warns of inherent dangers in nuclear brinkmanship pursued by nations- 15/10/2019

India has warned of the inherent dangers in nuclear brinkmanship pursued by countries as a cover for cross-border terrorism, days after Pakistan Prime Minister drummed up hysteria over a possible nuclear war in South Asia after New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.


Air India becomes world's first airline to use Taxibot on A320 aircraft with passengers onboard- 15/10/2019

Air India on Tuesday became the first airline in the world to use a Taxibot on a A320 aircraft with passengers onboard.Taxibot is a robot-used aircraft tractor for taxiing an aircraft from parking bay to runway and vice versa.


India has it right : Nations either aim for the Moon or get left behind in the Space Race- 14/10/2019

As with all previous Moon missions, national prestige is a big part of India’s Moon shot. But there are some colder calculations behind it as well.


India's growth rate to fall to 6%, will recover to 7.2% in 2022: World Bank- 14/10/2019

After a broad-based deceleration in the initial quarters of this fiscal year, India's growth rate is projected to fall to 6 per cent, the World Bank said on Sunday.


Nutrition survey: Children show early signs of diabetes, high cholesterol- 14/10/2019

Even as Indian children continue to grapple with undernutrition, the first ever national nutrition survey of children and adolescents shows a growing risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney disease, with many showing early signs of these diseases.


What are exoplanets, and what is ‘dark’ matter?- 13/10/2019

The word planet is a general term that describes any celestial body that moves around a star. Well, there are also “rogue” planets that do not orbit stars. An exoplanet is a planet outside our solar system. It is an extrasolar planet.


Is the global economy sliding into 1st recession since 2009- 13/10/2019

The global economy is wobbling and whether it topples over is the big question in financial markets, executive suites and the corridors of power.


Bangladesh, Nepal ahead of India as growth in South Asia slows down: World Bank report- 13/10/2019

Bangladesh and Nepal are estimated to grow faster than India in 2019, according to the World Bank, which said that overall growth in South Asia is projected to slow down this fiscal in line with a global downward trend.


Solar, wind farms soon along India-Pak border- 11/10/2019

To address the issue of land availability for clean energy projects, India will set up solar and wind projects on fallow land along its international border with Pakistan, according to a top government official.


Estimates of blindness reduced by 47% in 12 years: Govt survey- 11/10/2019

The estimated prevalence of blindness in India has reduced by approximately 47% in last 12 years, while untreated cataract continue to be leading cause of blindness, a government survey has revealed.


Why strong monsoon rains are not necessarily good news for Indian farmers- 11/10/2019

India, one of the world's biggest agricultural producers, experienced its heaviest monsoon rains in 25 years this year.


Botswana rhinos risk wipeout as poaching rises- 10/10/2019

The thousands of rhinos that once roamed Africa and Asia have been culled by poaching and habitat loss. Very few are found outside national parks and reserves, where they remain threatened.


WHO to provide technical support for Ayushman Bharat- 10/10/2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) will now provide technical support to India for government’s ambitious scheme Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).


India slips 10 places on global competitiveness index; Singapore on top- 10/10/2019

India has moved down 10 places to rank 68th on an annual global competitiveness index, largely due to improvements witnessed by several other economies, while Singapore has replaced the US as the world's most competitive economy.


Govt set to make BIS standard must for tap water in select cities- 04/10/2019

The Centre will soon start consultation process to make mandatory compliance of the BIS quality standard for tap water to begin with in the national capital, state capitals and 100 smart cities, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday.


53% of top Indian firms have male to female employee ratio of 10:1: Study- 04/10/2019

Around 53 per cent of top Indian companies have a male to female employee ratio of 10:1 or worse and 70 per cent of the top firms have less than one per cent of employees with disability, a study by a think-tank claimed on Thursday.


RBI Monetary Policy: Repo rate cut, GDP forecast lowered- 04/10/2019

Taking cognisance of the worsening slowdown, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday cut its economic growth forecast for 2019-20 to 6.1 per cent, a huge downward revision of 80 basis points (bps) from the projection it made in the August policy meeting.


IPCC special report on the ocean and cryosphere in a changing climate- 02/10/2019

SROCC provides the best available scientific knowledge to empower governments and communities to take action, embedding that scientific knowledge on unavoidable change and plausible futures into their own context, to limit the scale of risks and climate impacts.


Government plans to put companies using plastic on the radar- 02/10/2019

The government may soon roll out stringent norms and impose heavy fines on corporates, including hospitality industry, mobile manufacturers and packaging industry, for failing to stop use of plastic.


SC amends its 2018 verdict on SC/ST Act on Centre's plea- 01/10/2019

The Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed its own verdict which introduced measures like prior inquiry before the arrest of an accused under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act), 1989.


Single-Use Plastic Ban on October 2 - Highlights- 01/10/2019

But how did this entire ban come about? And what exactly is going to be banned after October 2? Although there is no official word from the Central government about the latter yet, we try to piece together information based on recent announcements and developments.


INS Khanderi: India’s second Scorpene-class attack submarine, features, other details- 30/09/2019

Indian Navy got its second Scorpene-class attack submarine INS Khanderi, after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, dedicated it to the nation on Saturday. India’s first Scorpene-class attack submarine is named INS Kalvari in December 2017.


What's behind the curious fall in renewable energy generation- 30/09/2019

Renewable energy generation fell 20% in August despite a notable expansion in capacity. This was the biggest monthly fall in at least three years, according to data collated by SBICAP Securities Ltd.


Kerala tops Niti Aayog’s School Education Quality Index; U.P. is worst performer- 30/09/2019

There are huge differences in the quality of school education across the country, according to a Niti Aayog ranking released on Monday.


What can be done to address the demand drought in our economy?- 30/09/2019

A worryingly persistent slowdown dragged economic growth in India down to 5% in the fiscal first quarter, its weakest pace in more than six years.


4 NCR states asked to monitor their pollution hot spots, take steps to curb malady- 28/09/2019

The Central Pollution Control Board task force also asked Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan to submit it and the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority the weekly reports on implementation of anti-pollution measures.


SC sets up 5-judge Constitution Bench to hear pleas challenging Centre's move on Article 370- 28/09/2019

A Presidential Order on August 5 read down Article 370, through which special rights and privileges were given to the people of Jammu and Kashmir since 1954 in accordance with the Instrument of Accession.


Navy set to induct submarine INS Khanderi- 28/09/2019

The Indian Navy on Saturday will induct its indigenously built Kalvari class diesel-electric submarine.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will commission the submarine which will be known as INS Khanderi.


India rises 4 places to 44th rank in world digital competitiveness rankings- 27/09/2019

India has advanced four places to 44th position in terms of digital competitiveness in the world as the country has made improvement in terms of knowledge and future readiness to adopt and explore digital technologies, according to a global report.


Highlights of UN Climate Action Summit 2019- 27/09/2019

The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere and are having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow.


Notified cases increase by 16%: Tuberculosis India Report 2019- 27/09/2019

The estimated TB incidence in India stands at 27 lakh. Dr. Vardhan, however, noted there were still 5.5 lakh patients who were “lost” in the country. “There are still 5.5 lakh TB patients in our country whom we are not being able to find.


Centre proposes new draft Code on Social Security- 20/09/2019

The Centre has proposed a new draft Code on Social Security that amalgamates eight laws — covering Employees’ Provident Fund, maternity benefits and compensation among others— that makes way for establishing funds for PF and pension as well as covering workers of the gig economy in social security schemes.


Govt. cuts corporate tax to spur investment, jobs- 20/09/2019

In its boldest gambit yet to stir up the economy, the government on Friday issued an ordinance to reduce the corporate tax rate for domestic firms and new manufacturing units by 10 to 12 percentage points, effectively bringing India’s tax rates on par with its competing Asian peers.


India among hotspots of antibiotic resistance in animals: Study- 20/09/2019

Antibiotic resistance in animals has increased by 50 per cent since 2000, according to the study, published in the journal Science on Thursday.


ISRO, DRDO sign MoUs for Gaganyaan mission- 18/09/2019

Some of the critical technologies to be provided by the DRDO to ISRO include space food, space crew health monitoring and emergency survival kit, radiation measurement and protection,.


Indigenously designed air-to-air missile Astra successfully test-fired- 18/09/2019

Indigenously designed air-to-air missile Astra was successfully test-fired from the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha on September 17.


At 17.5 Million, Overseas Indians Are Largest Community In The World: UN- 18/09/2019

India was the leading country of origin of international migrants in 2019 with a 17.5 million strong overseas Indian community, according to new estimates released by the United Nations, which said the number of migrants globally reached an estimated 272 million.


Government has failed to bring in Uniform Civil Code, says Supreme Court- 14/09/2019

The Supreme Court said the nation has still not endeavoured to secure for its citizens a Uniform Civil Code. The government has till date taken no action, a Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose observed in a judgment delivered on Friday.


New policy coming for Scientific Social Responsibility- 14/09/2019

The policy aims to harness latent potential of the scientific community for strengthening linkages between science and society, and for making S&T ecosystem vibrant.


Pak's gray listing expected to move to Black List by FATF in October- 14/09/2019

FATF had placed Pakistan on its Gray List in June 2018, giving it a 15-month action plan to complete implementation of a 27-point action plan, failing which the country could be placed in the Black List.


India fails to feature in the top 300 World University Rankings 2020 list- 12/09/2019

India’s best represented university — Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore — fell from the 251-300 cohort last year to the 301-350 bracket this time due to significant fall in its citation impact.


In a 1st, water found on potentially habitable planet outside solar system- 12/09/2019

Astronomers have for the first time discovered water in the atmosphere of an exoplanet with Earth-like temperatures that could support life as we know it.


India successfully test fires Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile system- 12/09/2019

The missile was fired from a tripod and target was simulated to be a functional tank. The missile succeeded in hitting the target in the top attack mode and completely decimated the target.


Conducive macroeconomic environment key to boosting digital payments: RBI report- 12/09/2019

Robust economic growth, higher level of education, greater internet penetration, low inflation and increase in credit to the private sector as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are the key factors that help drive digital payments, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in a report.


Fileless attacks increased by 265%, attack on routers up by 64%: Report- 09/09/2019

Cybercriminals are betting big time on fileless attacks due to their elusive nature. In fact, the use of fileless attacks went up by 265% in the first half of 2019, over the last year, according to Trend Micro’s mid-year cybersecurity report.


What is ration card portability?How will the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme be carried out? What are the challenges?- 09/09/2019

India runs the world’s largest food security programme, distributing more than 600 lakh tonnes of subsidised food grain to more than 81 crore beneficiaries every year. This is done through a vast network of more than five lakh ration or fair price shops.


India Post Payments Bank announces the rollout of Aadhaar Enabled Payment Services- 09/09/2019

According to the press release, with AEPS services any one with a bank account linked to Aadhaar can carry out basic banking services such as cash withdrawals and balance enquiry irrespective of the bank they hold their account with.


Water conservation: What can India learn from Israel’s expertise?- 07/09/2019

Lately, India has begun to obsess about water. However, the sense of urgency has waned because a 19 percent deficit has eventually turned into a 1 percent surplus as far as rain is concerned. That is because India prefers to react to crises than proactively trying to avert them.


India ranked 34th on world travel, tourism competitiveness index: Report- 07/09/2019

India has moved up six places to rank 34th on world travel and tourism competitiveness index, driven by rich natural and cultural resources and strong price competitiveness, a WEF report said on Wednesday.


All is not lost for Chandrayaan-2 as orbiter to give crucial mission data- 07/09/2019

India may have missed the opportunity to attempt a historic soft landing on the moon, but its Chandrayaan-2 would continue to explore the earth’s only natural satellite with the help of orbiter that remains in orbit around the moon.


RBI asks banks to link retail and MSME loans to external benchmark from 1 Oct- 05/09/2019

In order to improve transmission of interest rates, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday asked banks to link their lending rates on floating rate loans to retail, personal and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) borrowers to an external benchmark from 1 October.


India among top 10 nations in gold reserves - 05/09/2019

According to the World Gold Council, India has gold reserves totalling 618.2 tonnes, which is marginally higher than the Netherlands’ reserves of 612.5 tonnes.


Delhi Slips 6 Places In World's Most Liveable Cities Ranking: Survey - 05/09/2019

New Delhi has dropped by six places to rank 118th on a list of the world's most liveable cities due to increase in cases of petty crime and poor air quality, an annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit said today.


PM launches ‘Act Far East’ policy to boost India’s engagement with Russia’s Far East - 05/09/2019

Addressing the plenary session of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum here, prime minister Modi said the friendship between India and Russia was not restricted to governmental interactions in capital cities but is about people and close business relations.


Power Minister launches SARAL - 'State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index' - 22/08/2019

The Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, RK Singh launched the State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index-SARAL on 21 August 2019.


Earth to FEDOR: Russia launches humanoid robot into space - 22/08/2019

A Russian humanoid robot was making its way on Thursday to the International Space Station after blasting off on a two-week mission to support the crew and test his skills.


Chandrayaan-2 sends the first set of images of Moon from lunar orbit - 22/08/2019

Day after it entered the lunar orbit, India's second mission to the moon Chandrayaan-2 has captured the first images of the moon.


Direct Tax Code: All you need to know about govt panel's recommendations - 20/08/2019

The high-level government task force on direct taxes, which was appointed to review the existing 58-year-old Income Tax Act, is believed to have proposed several changes that could reduce the taxation burden for several companies and individuals taxpayers.


The 90 degree challenge for Chandrayaan-2 - 20/08/2019

As Chandrayaan-2 prepares for its historic soft landing on the moon on 7 September, one of the biggest challenges for it would be to ensure that its orbit inclination is precisely on the mark, before it attempts touchdown on the moon.


Linking profile with Aadhaar: SC to hear FB's plea for transfer of cases - 20/08/2019

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea of Facebook Inc for transfer of cases related to demands for linking of social media profiles of users with Aadhaar number, pending before the high courts of Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh to the apex court.


20 more cities added to CPCB's 'polluted' list - 19/08/2019

These additions, including eight from Andhra Pradesh and six from West Bengal, have expanded the list of non-attainment cities (NACs) from 102 to 122 where different agencies are expected to take air pollution abatement measures under a dedicated action plan for each of them.


Unclear doctrine: On ‘No First Use’ nuclear policy- 19/08/2019

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has been somewhat careful in speaking of envisioning a change in India’s nuclear deterrence posture.


India largest SO2 emitter in world: Greenpeace- 19/08/2019

India is the world’s largest emitter of anthropogenic sulphur dioxide, which is produced from coal burning, and greatly contributes to air pollution, a study claimed on August 19.


UNEP, UN Human Rights Office sign new agreement, stepping up commitment to protect the human right to a healthy environment- 16/08/2019

The heads of the two UN bodies agreed that although more than 150 countries have recognised the human right to a healthy environment in their constitutions, national laws and jurisprudence, or through regional agreements,.


India gets its first national essential diagnostics list - 16/08/2019

India has got its first National Essential Diagnostics List (NEDL) finalised by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) which aims to bridge the current regulatory system’s gap that do not cover all the medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic device (IVD).


Four New Products get GI Tag - 16/08/2019

GI is an indication used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.


Government to launch Jal Jeevan Mission to bring piped water to households - 15/08/2019

The NDA government has formed a new ministry to address all water issues that looks at the management of water resources and drinking water supply


BRAHMOS The unparalleled weapon system- 15/08/2019

Today, this successful Joint Venture between India and Russia is not just transfer of technology but mutual production and upgradation of technology so as to ensure that the country becomes self-sufficient in supersonic strategic missile capacity.


How a booming Pakistan became bankrupt and a bankrupt India became a booming economy- 15/08/2019

When the British colonial rulers partitioned India before granting independence to the jewel in the crown, the two newly created countries began on a fresh note.


India, China sign four MoUs, agree to organise 100 activities- 13/08/2019

The four agreements were signed following the second meeting of the India-China High-Level Mechanism (HLM) on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges, chaired by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.


Jammu & Kashmir: First ever Global Investors Summit to be held in October- 13/08/2019

In a sign of changing times, Terror-hit Jammu and Kashmir is all set to host its first-ever global summit. Principal Secretary (Commerce and Industry) of Jammu and Kashmir NK Chaudhary said that a Global Investors Summit will be held between October 12 and 14.


How will Chandrayaan 2 study the moon?- 13/08/2019

The story so far: When Chandrayaan 1, India’s first moon mission was launched on October 22, 2008, from Sriharikota, using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), India became the fourth country to plant its flag on the lunar surface.


Rajasthan becomes 1st State to Release Bio-Fuel Policy- 11/08/2019

Promotion of biofuel will reduce the need of fossil fuel in the interest of environment, and also generate employment opportunities, he said in a function at Science Park here.


Explained: What the new IPCC report says on land and climate change- 11/08/2019

The IPCC, the world body for assessing the state of scientific knowledge related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks, and possible response options, saw the Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land(SRCCL) approved by the world’s governments on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland.


UN Climate Action Summit 2019- 11/08/2019

The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere and are having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow.


India world’s 13th most water-stressed country: WRI- 09/08/2019

India placed thirteenth among the world's 17 ‘extremely water-stressed’ countries, according to the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas released by the World Resources Institute (WRI).


India's first underwater train to be launched in Kolkata soon- 09/08/2019

In a first, India will soon run underwater metro under the Hooghly river in Kolkata. “The KMRC team, including engineers from abroad, has completed the construction of India’s first underwater tunnel under the Hooghly river,” said Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation (KMRC) Managing Director Satish Kumar.


UN rejects Pakistan’s appeal for intervention on J-K- 09/08/2019

The reference to the Shimla Agreement in this context is rare and significant, according to people familiar with these discussions, as it provides the framework for resolving the dispute bilaterally, which is a rebuff in a way to Pakistan's attempts to seek UN intervention.


India successfully test-fires Israeli SPYDER missile from Pokhran Test Range- 09/08/2019

"The SPYDER missile system is already in the process of deployment along the western borders where it will help in tackling any aircraft, cruise missile, surveillance plane or drone that tries to violate our airspace," senior defence sources had told MAIL TODAY.


National Population Register to include Aadhaar details- 05/08/2019

The Registrar General of India will ask the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to verify biometrics of individuals for inclusion in the recently revived National Population Register (NPR) programme, instead of collecting them afresh.


Explained | President’s Order scraps its predecessor and amends Article 370- 05/08/2019

The President’s notification of the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order of 2019 of August 5 amends Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and scraps its 65-year-old predecessor, The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order of May 14, 1954.


What is Article 371?- 05/08/2019

As the government abrogated Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Article 371, which has special provisions for other States, mostly from the Northeast, has invited some attention.


India test-fires Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile - 04/08/2019

India on Sunday test-fired a sophisticated all-weather and all-terrain Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) from a test range in Odisha.


Greenland’s ice turning to slush at record pace - 04/08/2019

Greenland, the world’s largest island, is a semi-autonomous Danish territory between the Atlantic and Arctic oceans that has 82% of its surface covered in ice.


How India plans to save its critical resources for future - 04/08/2019

India faces a serious challenge of safeguarding its future as rising population and rapid urbanization takes toll on critical natural resources of the country.


Census 2021 may skip caste count - 03/08/2019

The decennial exercise would involve 31 lakh trained enumerators, with data collected digitally using Android based mobile phones.


India slips to 7th position in global GDP ranking- 03/08/2019

• India is the seventh-largest economy (GDP of $2.72 trillion) with the UK ($2.82 trillion) and France ($2.77 trillion) ahead in the pecking order.


Skill India’s SANKALP Scheme to focus on district level skilling ecosystem through seamless convergence and coordination- 03/08/2019

95.47 crores released as 1st year grant to 9 States under Skill India’s Sankalp scheme. 11.7 crores cumulatively released to 117 Aspirational Districts (10 lakh each district)


Oil and gas sector can bring quick climate win by tackling methane emissions- 28/06/2019

There is an obvious focus on cutting carbon dioxide emissions, the chief culprit for climate change, but there also lies a huge opportunity in reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.


Nuclear-capable missile Prithvi II successfully test-fired- 28/06/2019

The trial of the surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350km, was carried out from a mobile launcher from Launch Complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, near here, at around 8.30pm, sources said.


India wins solar case against US at WTO- 28/06/2019

India on Thursday won a major trade dispute against the US at the World Trade Organization, with a dispute settlement panel pronouncing that subsidies and mandatory local content requirements instituted by eight American states breached global trade rules.


31.4% of Indian children will be stunted by 2022: report- 26/06/2019

Almost one in three Indian children under five years will still be stunted by 2022 going by current trends, according to an analysis of the country’s food and nutrition security released on Tuesday.


UNSC non-permanent seat: India’s candidature receives unanimous endorsement by Asia-Pacific group- 26/06/2019

India has won the unanimous support of all countries in the 55-member Asia-Pacific Group at the United Nations in support of its bid for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year term in 2021-22.


How robots hurt jobs in emerging economies- 26/06/2019

Automation, a growing part of daily life, can make work easier but has also raised concerns about potential disruption and job loss.


Global watchdog FATF gives Pakistan time till October to curb terror financing- 23/06/2019

Pakistan has failed to complete its action plan on terror financing, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said Friday, warning Islamabad to meet its commitment by October or face action, which could possibly lead to the country getting blacklisted.


Greenland Likely To Lose 4.5% Of Its Ice By End Of Century, Says Study- 23/06/2019

Greenland could lose 4.5 per cent of its ice, contributing up to 13 inches of sea level rise, by the end of this century if worldwide greenhouse gas emissions remain on their current trajectory, warns a new study.


India eyes permanent UNSC seat- 23/06/2019

How serious India is to gain UN Permanent Membership would be clear from the fact that the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for renewed efforts by India to gain permanent membership of the UN Security Council.


Uptick for India on sanitation in UN report- 20/06/2019

However, a monitoring report by UN organisations released on Tuesday also shows that there has been absolutely no growth in the population with access to piped water facilities over that period, while large inequalities remain between rural and urban areas.


Himalayan glaciers melting far faster this century: Study- 20/06/2019

Himalayan glaciers have been melting twice as fast since the start of this century, underscoring the threat the climate crisis poses to water supplies for hundreds of millions of people across Asia, according to a study published on Wednesday.


How to improve nutrition outcomes in India- 20/06/2019

To comprehensively tackle India’s persistent nutrition challenge, last March, the government launched an ambitious program.


India to cross China's population by 2027: United Nations- 18/06/2019

India is projected to surpass China as the world's most populous country in the next eight years.As per a United Nations report, released on Monday, India is expected to add nearly 273 million people between 2019 and 2050 and remain the most populated country through the end of the current century.


India to get NASAMS-II from US and more Missile Defence Systems from Israel and Russia- 18/06/2019

India is in the process of acquiring the NASAMS-II from the US along with the Israeli, Russian and home-made systems. Once the deal is signed off, the missile system would cost Rs 6000 crore.


How a deficient monsoon impacts the economy- 18/06/2019

The southwest monsoon has started advancing to more parts of eastern India. The advance is slow and the strong winds that typically accompany the monsoon current are missing.


DRDO conducts maiden test of hypersonic technology demonstrator- 13/06/2019

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday conducted the maiden test of an indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) along with several technologies on Wednesday morning


Indian Medical Council Amendment Bill cleared- 13/06/2019

The Cabinet has approved the Indian Medical Council (Amendment Bill), 2019, and the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment Bill), 2019, both of which had lapsed in the 16th Lok Sabha session.


India to be among top 20 countries for FDI inflows this year: UN body- 13/06/2019

Once a small player, India may break into the league of top 20 countries for outbound foreign direct investment (FDI) as early as the end 2019, according to a survey of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) by United Nations Conference on Trade and Investment (UNCTAD).


‘Hoping to find water’: 10 things to know about Chandrayaan- 13/06/2019

ISRO has confirmed that it is hoping to find water on the lunar surface on the back of ‘the thousands of tests’ conducted by the agency.


Bangalore firm makes it to NASA's 2020 Lunar Mission- 11/06/2019

Come July, India will launch its first-ever simulated space warfare, as reported in the media. Stakeholders from the military forces and scientific fraternity will join hands to execute the space warfare programme named IndSpaceEx.


Polar bears inspire novel heat insulating material - 11/06/2019

Scientists have developed an insulator that mimics the structure of individual polar bear hairs and may have many real world applications in the architecture and aerospace sectors.


Clarification regarding the Statistical reforms and the existing GDP series - 11/06/2019

In so far as the statistical reforms are concerned, it is important to note that system reforms are an ongoing process and are necessary for ensuring responsiveness to the changing needs of society


What is the three-language formula?- 09/06/2019

The story so far: A 50-year-old controversy got a new lease of life recently when a paragraph in the Draft New Education Policy 2019 referred to the mandatory teaching of Hindi in States where Hindi is not spoken.


After 3rd repo rate cut, will banks lower lending rates?- 09/06/2019

Despite the repo rate—the interest rate at which RBI lends to banks—dropping from 6.5% to 5.75%, banks haven’t cut their lending and deposit rates. Mint looks at whether RBI will be lucky the third time around.


G20 agrees to wrap up digital tax by 2020- 09/06/2019

Group of 20 finance ministers agreed on Sunday to compile common rules to close loopholes used by global tech giants such as Facebook to reduce their corporate taxes, a final version of the bloc's communique obtained by Reuters showed.


Why is the government merging India’s statistics bodies?- 30/05/2019

The ministry of statistics and programme implementation (Mospi) passed an order on 23 May to merge the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) into the National Statistical Office (NSO). Mint analyses what led to the decision.


Childhood marriage and teenage pregnancy on decline in India: Report- 30/05/2019

In welcome news, India has been gradually improving its performance in preventing child marriage and related health indicators, the Global Childhood Report 2019 released by UK-based NGO Save the Children on Wednesday revealed.


Most competitive economy: India moves up to 43rd place; Singapore reaches top- 30/05/2019

India has moved up one place to rank as the world's 43rd most competitive economy on the back of its robust economic growth, a large labour force and its huge market size, while Singapore has toppled the US to grab the top position, a global study showed Tuesday


US takes India off watchlist for currency practices- 29/05/2019

The US government has removed India from its currency monitoring watchlist. In its semi-annual foreign-exchange report to the Congress, the US Treasury Department did not mention India's name in the watchlist of countries with potentially questionable foreign exchange policies.


SC to examine power of tax authorities to arrest individuals for GST evasion- 29/05/2019

The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to examine the powers of tax authorities to arrest an individual for GST evasion saying that different high courts have taken divergent views on the issue and it was necessary to clarify the position in law.


Intense heat wave to continue, temperature likely to rise by 2-3°C: IMD- 29/05/2019

Searing heatwave conditions are likely to continue over most parts of north-western India, as maximum temperatures are likely to rise by 2-3°C over the next few days, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD), here on Wednesday.


5 outcomes of RBI’s proposed liquidity norms for non-bank lenders- 27/05/2019

• The proposed rules that mandate non-bank lenders to keep liquidity coverage ratio would shave off some margin


Weak El Nino likely to shadow south-west monsoon till August: WMO- 27/05/2019

• The IMD, too in its April forecast had indicated that weak El Nino conditions could impact the monsoon during the first half


Madhya Pradesh’s Orchha makes it to tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites- 27/05/2019

The architectural heritage of Orchha town in Madhya Pradesh which depict peculiar style of the Bundela dynasty have been included in UNESCO’s tentative list of world heritage sites following a proposal sent by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to the U.N. body.


SpaceX launches first 60 satellites of its internet network- 24/05/2019

SpaceX on Thursday launched a rocket carrying the first 60 satellites of its "Starlink" constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space and could one day number 12,000 satellites.


India on US watch list for currency practices- 24/05/2019

The US has added India to its monitoring list for currency practices and macroeconomic policies, alleging undervaluation in its currency.


India’s sequential missile tests to continuously advance its striking capability- 24/05/2019

Last week, the Indian Navy conducted successfully a live firing test of a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) using the cooperative engagement capability (CEC) sensor netting system, which allows the real-time sharing of sensor data on incoming air targets among warships.


4 new judges elevated to SC as collegium rejects Centre's objections on 2 names- 22/05/2019

For the first time in five years the Supreme Court will have the approved full strength of 31 judges as four new judges are likely to be sworn in as justices soon.


Chandrayaan-2 launch to take place between July 9-16: ISRO- 22/05/2019

The Indian Space Research Organisation is all set to embark on its most complex mission ever undertaken as thespace agency is gearing to launch Chandrayaan-2 between July 9 and 16.


RBI not in favour of special credit window for NBFCs- 22/05/2019

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is not in favour of providing special credit window to the NBFC sector to tide over the liquidity crunch as the cash crunch phenomenon is not systemic, said sources.


Post Fani, Odisha proposes disaster immune mobile infra along coastal zones- 20/05/2019

After heavy reverses suffered by Odisha's telecom infrastructure due to extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, the state government has set the ball rolling to create disaster resilient mobile infrastructure.


India, Singapore Begin SIMBEX 2019 Naval Exercises in South China Sea- 20/05/2019

The Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy began a major bilateral naval exercise on Sunday in the South China Sea. The exercise, code-named SIMBEX 19, will run through May 22.


Govt plans introducing artificial intelligence system in MCA 21 portal- 20/05/2019

Corporate affairs ministry plans to introduce artificial intelligence system in the MCA 21 portal as it seeks to make compliance process easier as well as ensure routine enforcement activities are done round-the-clock on autopilot basis.


Waste dumping proposal defeated- 17/05/2019

A proposal by India to prevent developed countries from dumping their electronic and plastic waste onto developing countries, was defeated at the recently concluded meeting of the Basel Convention in Geneva.


COMCASA agreement will enable info exchange to fight terror, says U.S. Admiral- 17/05/2019

India and the U.S. are cooperating to prevent all forms of terrorism both from land and sea, U.S. Chief of naval operations Admiral John M. Richardson said on Thursday.


Air pollution behind weakening Asian summer monsoon, shows study- 17/05/2019

Highlighting the hazards of air pollution, a new study has found that Asian summer monsoon rainfall has been decreasing over the past 80 years due to human-caused air pollution causing regional droughts.


Shrinking Moon generating lunar quakes: study- 15/05/2019

The Moon is shrinking as its interior cools — getting over 50 metres skinnier through the last several hundred million years — and causing quakes on the lunar surface, a study has found. Just as a grape wrinkles as it shrinks down to a raisin, the Moon gets wrinkles as it shrinks, researchers said.


India to co-chair Consultative Group (CG) of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)- 15/05/2019

GFDRR is a global partnership that helps developing countries better understand and reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change.


NGT directs 18 states, 2 UTs to submit action plan on utilization of treated waste water- 15/05/2019

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the states and UTs to submit the action plan within three months to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).


Supreme Court upholds Karnataka law for SC/ST reservation in promotions - 13/05/2019

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the Karnataka law granting a quota in promotions for state government employees from the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities.


Chinese navy launches two new guided missile destroyers - 13/05/2019

China, which is developing its navy at a feverish pace, has commissioned two more guided missile destroyers taking the total of such warships to 20 with more in the pipeline, state-media reported on Monday.


Why a US-China trade war will not benefit anyone - 13/05/2019

In 2018, the US imported goods worth $539.5 billion from China. It exported goods worth just $120.3 billion during the same period. Hence, the US’s trade deficit with China was $419.2 billion.


India could be the first country to test Facebook's digital currency: Report - 11/05/2019

The inner workings of Facebook Inc.’s blockchain team are still shrouded in secrecy, but it’s staffing up, according to people familiar with the group. Those people said that its product, which Bloomberg earlier reported will be a type of cryptocurrency, could be announced as soon as next quarter.


El Nino seen lingering through August, easing hurricane threats - 11/05/2019

For North America, El Nino’s greatest impact can be spreading more wind shear across the Atlantic, which rips apart budding tropical storms and hurricanes


91% premature deaths due to air pollution in low and middle-income countries: UNEP - 11/05/2019

Its latest report on measuring progress on environmental aspects of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) shows that the mortality rate attributed to air pollution was highest in ‘Sub-Sahara Africa’ and ‘Central & Southern Asia’ with 187 and 170 deaths per lakh of population, respectively.


1/8th of flora & fauna face extinction due to degradation of biodiversity - 07/05/2019

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history and its impact will see extinction of one million of the eight million estimated number of animal and plant species.


India, China to benefit most from climate policy, reduced emissions: Study - 07/05/2019

Researchers from the University of Vermont in the US and colleagues found that the price tag for cutting global emissions may seem expensive, until the human toll of deaths from air pollution and climate change are factored in.


India, Germany, Brazil, Japan 'absolutely needed' at UNSC as permanent members: France - 07/05/2019

"In terms of policy, France and Germany have strong policy which is to work together to enlarge the Security Council and to succeed in terms of the negotiations that should lead to the enlargement of the Security Council that we consider absolutely needed to better reflect the world as it is.


India, UK in talks to build Naval supercarrier under ‘Make in India’: Report - 05/05/2019

The United Kingdom is in talks with the Indian government on building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier along the lines of Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the ongoing ‘Make in India’ negotations, according to a media report.


India to launch an 'All Weather Radar Imaging Military Satellite' on May 22 - 05/05/2019

India is set to get another 'eye in the sky' as Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch its latest radar imaging satellite (Risat-2BR1) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on May 22.


India warns WTO about EU’s proposal for e-commerce rules - 05/05/2019

India has expressed apprehensions about the European Union’s (EU’s) proposal on Friday to create new e-commerce rules on grounds that the high standards being proposed could decimate both the goods and services tariff rules under the World Trade Organisation (WTO), impacting its domestic industry and job creation.


G7 environment ministers meet to discuss climate crisis - 05/05/2019

Environment ministers of the G7 nations met in France Sunday, a day ahead of the release of what is expected to be another alarming report on the state of the planet.


Victory for India – JeM chief Masood Azhar designated ‘global terrorist’ by UN - 01/05/2019

“Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in @UN Sanctions list. Grateful to all for their support,” India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.


Global warming: Half of World Heritage glaciers may disappear by 2100 - 01/05/2019

Glaciers from almost half of natural World Heritage sites -- such as the Khumbu Glacier in the Himalayas -- may disappear completely by 2100, if emissions continue at current rate, a study warns.


Environment Ministry constitutes committee to implement National Clean Air Programme - 01/05/2019

The Union Environment Ministry has constituted a committee to implement the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which aims to reduce particulate matter (PM) pollution by 20%-30% in at least 102 cities by 2024.


Bad debt norms: RBI to seek Election Commission nod - 29/04/2019

After much deliberation, the RBI is expected to approach the Election Commission to put in place a new circular on bad debt resolution, paving the way for smooth implementation of the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code and loan restructuring by banks.


Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor no longer listed under BRI umbrella- 29/04/2019

India’s decision to skip the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) may have led to the exclusion of the Bangladesh- China- India- Myanmar (BCIM) Economic corridor from the list of projects covered by the China-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) umbrella.


India to develop own certification facility for air pollution monitoring equipment- 29/04/2019

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), one of the country’s premier research and development units, is developing India’s own certification facility for air pollution monitoring equipment.


Global warming shrank Indian economy by 31 per cent: Study - 28/04/2019

"Our results show that most of the poorest countries on Earth are considerably poorer than they would have been without global warming," said climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh, from Stanford University in the US.


How is a Supreme Court judge to be probed? - 28/04/2019

The allegations made by a former Supreme Court employee against the Chief Justice of India have brought the focus on the mechanism that exists to examine charges of misconduct against members of the higher judiciary.


China removes BRI map that showed Arunachal & J&K part of India - 28/04/2019

China on Saturday removed map from website of Belt and Road Initiative (BR) Forum which had shown entire Jammu & Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as part of India and India as part of BRI.


USTR places India on 'Priority Watch List' for IP rights violations - 27/04/2019

The US on Thursday placed India on its 'Priority Watch List' alleging lack of "sufficient measurable improvements" to its Intellectual Property (IP) framework on long-standing and new challenges that have negatively affected American right holders over the past year.


RBI extends ombudsman scheme to non-deposit taking NBFCs - 27/04/2019

For expeditious redressal of complaints against deficiency in services concerning loans and other matters, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today extended the coverage of ombudsman scheme to non-deposit taking non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) having asset size of ₹100 crore or higher.


SC directs RBI to disclose information on bank inspection reports under RTI - 27/04/2019

The Supreme Court on Friday said that the Reserve Bank of India was “duty bound" to disclose its annual inspection reports of banks along with the list of defaulters under the Right to Information (RTI) Act unless they are exempted under law.


Indian, US Navies hold anti submarine warfare exercise - 22/04/2019

Indian and the US Navies have held a joint submarine-hunting exercise in the Indian Ocean, aiming to lay the groundwork for coordinating maritime patrol and reconnaissance, according to the US Navy.


What you must know about Model Code of Conduct ? - 22/04/2019

What is a model code of conduct and when does it kick in? The Code comes into play as soon as the EC announces an Assembly election in a state or the Lok Sabha polls.


US warns India, other nations over Iranian oil - 22/04/2019

The US on Monday is set to ask five nations, including India and China, to completely end their imports of Iranian oil or be subject to US sanctions, a media report said, a decision that comes about a year after America quit the Iran nuclear deal and imposed toughest ever sanctions on the Persian Gulf nation.


INS Kolkata and INS Shakti to arrive in China to participate in IFR - 20/04/2019

The celebrations are being held by the Chinese as part of the 70th Anniversary of the People's Liberation Army's Navy there and major navies are likely to take part in it.


Bhopal Gas Tragedy Among World's 'Major Industrial Accidents' of 20th Century: UN Report - 20/04/2019

The 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy which killed thousands of people is among the world's "major industrial accidents" of the 20th century, a UN report has said, warning that 2.78 million workers die from occupational accidents and work-related diseases each year.


Ganga has higher proportion of antibacterial agents: study - 20/04/2019

A study commissioned by the Union Water Resources Ministry to probe the “unique properties” of the Ganga found that the river water contains a significantly higher proportion of organisms with antibacterial properties.


Universe’s first molecule detected in space - 19/04/2019

Scientists have detected the most ancient type of molecule in our universe in space for the first time ever.


India suspends cross-LoC trade with Pakistan - 19/04/2019

It said a stricter regulatory and enforcement mechanism is being worked and the issue of the reopening the trade routes will be revisited once they are implemented.


Out of 180 countries, India's rank on 2019 World Press Freedom index slips to 140 - 19/04/2019

India has slipped down two spots on the 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). An annual report, the index is an indicator of how hatred of journalists has degenerated into violence in countries across the world.


Does IMD forecast signal monsoon acing El Nino in 2019? - 18/04/2019

IMD has forecast a “near normal” monsoon this year while also indicating that a weak El Nino is likely to persist through the rainy season.


Earth's surface heating up, Nasa study confirms - 18/04/2019

The team used measurements of the 'skin' temperature of the Earth taken by a satellite-based infrared measurement system called AIRS (Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder) from 2003 to 2017.


Third Planet Discovered In The Kepler-47 Circumbinary System - 18/04/2019

With its three planets orbiting two suns, Kepler-47 is the only known multi-planet circumbinary system. Circumbinary planets are those that orbit two stars.


Cabinet approves Continuation of Phase 4 of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) - 17/04/2019

The GSLV Programme - Phase 4 will enable the launch of 2 tonne class of satellites for Geo-imaging, Navigation, Data Relay Communication and Space Sciences.


What is Nirbhay missile? All you want to know about India’s indigenous 1,000-km nuclear-capable missile - 17/04/2019

The missile took off vertically and subsequently turned horizontal into the desired direction. Its booster got separated, wing was deployed, the engine started and cruised all the intended waypoints. The first test of the Nirbhay missile was conducted in 2013.


How govts can generate good, stable jobs - 17/04/2019

The lack of good jobs is one of the most significant issues affecting societies globally. A combination of technological and economic forces, such as globalization, automation and the gradual decline of public sector jobs, is causing social unrest in developing and developed countries alike.


CMFRI, ISRO sign MoU for mapping smaller wetlands - 13/04/2019

An MoU has been signed between the CMFRI and the Space Applications Centre (SAC) of the ISRO to develop a mobile app and a centralised web portal with a complete database of wetlands that are smaller than 2.25 hectares in the country.


Is India on course to be a NATO ally?- 13/04/2019

The Bill will have to first pass the House and Senate, before the President gives the final go-ahead. However, if enacted, the legislation will ensure that the US State Department treats India as a non-member NATO ally for the purposes of the Arms Export Control Act.


First ever images of black hole: How this landmark achievement came about- 13/04/2019

The release of the first ever images of a black hole on April 10, marked the culmination of an enormous collaborative effort that lasted several years.


Political parties must disclose details of donations received through electoral bonds to EC: Supreme Court- 12/04/2019

The Supreme court on Friday issued an interim order directing all political parties to disclose to the Election Commission details of donations received through electoral bonds till 15 May.


India’s population grew at 1.2 % average annual rate between 2010 and 2019: UN report- 12/04/2019

India’s population grew at an average annual rate of 1.2 per cent between 2010 and 2019 to 1.36 billion, more than double the annual growth rate of China, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund.


SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launches on first commercial flight- 12/04/2019

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket successfully lifted off Thursday, marking the towering booster’s second flight and its first commercial launch. This was also the first time that all three of the rocket's reusable boosters returned safely to Earth.


Scientists unveil first image ever made of a black hole- 10/04/2019

Scientists have revealed the first-ever glimpse of a super-massive black hole today, as the Event Horizon Telescope released the first results of its findings, in a ‘ground-breaking’ discovery that proved Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.


U.S. Infrared Satellite Data Could Settle The Debate Over Pakistan-India Dogfight- 10/04/2019

The limited air battle between India and Pakistan that occurred over Kashmir on February 28, 2019, is one of the most hotly contested military events we have seen in a long time.


India's core inflation rate is easing, but RBI may not yet lower its guard- 10/04/2019

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is clearly in an accommodative phase with two consecutive policy rate cuts. What stops the central bank, though, from giving full support to growth impulses through a change in its stance is core inflation.


NIRF 2019 ranking: IIT Madras tops in overall category; 6 DU colleges in top 10 colleges list- 09/04/2019

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has released the 2019 rankings of higher educational institutions across the country.


UK Government releases new proposals to regulate internet safety in Online Harms White Paper- 09/04/2019

After much speculation and anticipation, DCMS’s Online Harms White Paper has been published today. The Paper proposes fundamental changes to the UK online regulatory environment.


India highest recipient of remittances in 2018- 09/04/2019

“Remittances grew by more than 14% in India, where a flooding disaster in Kerala likely boosted the financial help that migrants sent to families,” the global lender said.


Increase random checking of VVPAT slips to five per Assembly segment, SC directs Election Commission - 08/04/2019

Earlier, under the ECI guideline 16.6, only the VVPAT slips from one EVM in every Assembly segment/constituency was subjected to physical verification.


Melting of Arctic ice impacts weather in India - 08/04/2019

Months ahead of a major global expedition to explore the Arctic, researchers found that rising temperatures in the region is causing the sea-ice to melt faster than expected, impacting a major ocean current linked to extreme weather events.


Why currency in circulation going up is good news - 08/04/2019

The currency in circulation as on 29 March stood at ₹21.40 trillion. It was up by 60.2% from ₹13.35 trillion as of March 2017, the end of the fiscal in which demonetization took place. Mint dwells on what this means for the Indian economy.


Why does India report only half the plastic waste it generates every year? - 01/04/2019

Only 14 of India’s 35 regional pollution boards filed information on plastic waste generation in 2017-18, according to the latest report of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).


India levies anti-dumping duty on solar cell component from four nations - 01/04/2019

India has imposed anti-dumping duty of up to USD 1,559 per tonne on imports of a certain type of sheet used in solar cell making from China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand for five years to safeguard domestic players against cheap shipments.


Isro launches EMISAT and 28 other satellites from US, Spain- 01/04/2019

Days after India tested its first anti-satellite missile, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has fired off a new variant of its old workhorse, PSLV sending 29 satellites into three different orbits in space.


India, US Renew Triangular Development Cooperation In Asia And Africa- 31/03/2019

India and the US Friday renewed a pact that provides a framework for promoting bilateral cooperation to meet the developmental aspirations of partner countries, particularly in Asia and Africa.


Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank to merge with Bank of Baroda: 10 things to know- 31/03/2019

Beating private sector lender ICICI Bank, state-run Bank of Baroda (BoB) will become India's third largest bank after its merger with Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank comes into effect tomorrow.


India to be among top-10 media markets by 2021, says report- 31/03/2019

India is expected to be among the top-10 entertainment and media markets globally by 2021 in terms of absolute numbers, according to a joint study by ASSOCHAM-PwC.


Why was A-SAT a necessity.- 30/03/2019

For example, the Chinese ASAT test in 2007 created a huge debris problem. The US ASAT test in 2008 was done at an altitude of 275 kms and the debris possibly came down in a few weeks.


UN council passes resolution to combat terrorist financing - 30/03/2019

The French-drafted resolution orders all countries to ensure that their domestic laws are sufficient to prosecute and penalize those responsible for directly or indirectly financing "terrorist organizations or individual terrorists for any purpose."


GST Authority clarifies on change/transfer in ownership of sole proprietorship - 30/03/2019

In a circular, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, CBIC said, that the transferee or the successor will be liable to be registered with effect from the date of such transfer or succession, where a business is transferred to another person for any reasons, including death of the proprietor.


Ocean heat hits record high: UN - 29/03/2019

In its latest State of the Climate overview, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reaffirmed that the last four years had been the hottest on record — figures previously announced in provisional drafts of the flagship report.


Successful anti-satellite missile test puts India in elite club - 29/03/2019

In an incremental advance, India on Wednesday successfully conducted an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile test, named Mission Shakti, becoming the fourth country in the world to demonstrate the capability to shoot down satellites in orbit


Cabinet approves MoU between India and Indonesia on combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and its precursors - 29/03/2019

The MoU will help in mutual cooperation in regulation of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and in combating drug trafficking. It will come into force on the date of signing and will remain in effect for a period of five years.


Chandrayaan-2: India's lunar mission to carry NASA's laser instruments to Moon- 25/03/2019

India's lunar mission Chandrayaan-2, scheduled for launch in April, will carry NASA's laser instruments that allow scientists to make precise measurements of the distance to the Moon, according to the US space agency officials.


When is a company considered a startup and what is angel tax?- 25/03/2019

• An entity will continue to be recognised as a startup if its turnover for any of the financial years since incorporation and registration does not exceed ₹100 crore.


India ranks 76th on WEF’s global Energy Transition index; Sweden on top- 25/03/2019

India has moved up two places to rank 76th on a global energy transition index, which has ranked 115 economies on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability.


What is the Belt and Road Initiative, and why is China pushing it hard?- 22/03/2019

Six years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched a mammoth infrastructure project straddling many countries and continents. Of the projects, the most ambitious is the $60+ billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, aimed at linking China’s Xinjiang province with the Arabian Sea.


What are the powers and duties of Lokpal? - 22/03/2019

On March 19, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh was appointed as India’s first Lokpal. The announcement came after a delay of five years as the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, which envisaged appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the States to look into cases of corruption against certain categories of public servants, was passed in 2013.


Why is India developing its maiden deep-sea port in Indonesia - 22/03/2019

India is developing its maiden deep-sea port in Indonesia's Sabang, not far from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, amid China's attempts to have a greater say in the region through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).


RBI likely to change disclosure norms for bonds - 21/03/2019

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to ease disclosure rules on the transfer of various categories of state government bonds held by high-street lenders, a move that could help increase treasury incomes at traditional banks.


India's loses 7 spots in global list of happiest nations, ranks 140th - 21/03/2019

Indians are not as happy in 2019 as they were in 2018 and the country figures at 140th place, seven spots down from last year, on this year's UN World Happiness Report released Wednesday which is topped by Finland for the second year in a row.


India's Next-Gen Anti-Radiation Missile set for trials - 21/03/2019

Scientists with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are warming up to undertake the pending trials of this stateof-the-art missile without further delay.


Eyeing Southeast Asia, India builds port in Indonesia - 19/03/2019

India is developing its maiden deep-sea port in Indonesia's Sabang close to Andaman and Nicobar Islands making its maiden foray in the southeast Asian amid China’s slew of connectivity plans for ASEAN under BRI.


El Nino gains strength, may impact monsoon - 19/03/2019

El Nino, characterised by a warming of surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, is associated with lower than normal monsoon rainfall in India. The El Nino weather phenomenon is gaining strength, latest global forecasts indicate, potentially affecting the South-west (June to September).


India to provide aid to people affected by cyclone ‘IDAI’ in Mozambique - 18/03/2019

Secretary Economic Relations (ER) TS Tirumurti tweeted, "In response to request from Mozambique hit by tropical cyclone causing loss of lives and damage, India has diverted 3 Indian Naval Ships to port city of Beira to provide immediate Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief of food, clothes and medical help to affected people."


India and Maldives sign three agreements - 18/03/2019

The agreements signed during the trip were on visa facilitation for diplomatic and official passport holders, development cooperation and renewable energy. Under the agreements, Maldivian diplomatic passport holders can stay in India longer via free visa.


Govt has to frame schemes; courts should stay out of governance, says Supreme Court - 18/03/2019

It is the sole prerogative of the government to frame schemes, courts should stay out of governance, the Supreme Court has said in a judgment.


India pilots resolutions on Single-use Plastics and Sustainable Nitrogen management at Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly - 16/03/2019

The global nitrogen use efficiency is low, resulting in pollution by reactive nitrogen which threatens human health, eco system services, contributes to climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion.


India, Myanmar conduct coordinated operation against insurgents posing threat to Kaladan project - 16/03/2019

The armies of India and Myanmar conducted a "coordinated operation" from February 17 to March 2 against insurgents in Myanmarese territory to avert a possible threat to the Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project, official sources said.


Made in India missiles big hit! Countries across the Globe show interest in buying BrahMos, Akash - 15/03/2019

India’s lacklustre effort to sell indigenously developed missiles has helped neighbouring China to boost its export prospects of its weapons system to potential buyers, which New Delhi has been eyeing.


Climate vulnerability assessment of all states, UTs soon - 15/03/2019

After the first-ever vulnerability assessment of 12 Himalayan states to climate risks, the Department of Science and Technology has now decided to carry out a climate vulnerability assessment of all states and union territories (UTs).


Rafale case: Will first decide on Centre's preliminary objections, says SC - 15/03/2019

The Supreme Court made it clear on Thursday that it will decide first on the preliminary objections raised by the Centre and then go into the facts of the Rafale fighter jet deal case.


Ganga water quality has worsened in 3 years: Study - 14/03/2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set an ambitious 2019 deadline to achieve results on nirmalta (cleanliness) of Ganga when he launched the project in May 2015. Union minister Nitin Gadkari last year extended the deadline to March 2020.


India successfully completes trials of guided Pinaka rockets in Pokhran - 14/03/2019

India on Tuesday successfully carried out the third test-fire of the guided Pinaka rocket from Pokhran ranges after two successful runs on Monday, March 11, the Defence Research and Development Organisation said in a statement.


Govt proposes national green aviation policy- 14/03/2019

The civil aviation ministry will create a simplified regulatory regime to speed up clearances for airport development and other aviation projects while taking due care of environment sustainability, according to a white paper.


3-5°C temperature rise is now ‘locked-in’ for the Arctic- 13/03/2019

Even if the world were to cut emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, winter temperatures in the Arctic would rise 3-5°C by 2050 and 5-9°C by 2080, devastating the region and unleashing sea level rises worldwide, finds a new report by UN Environment.


Environment damage behind a quarter of premature deaths, diseases: UN report- 13/03/2019

A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a landmark report on the planet’s parlous state.


India, US Agree To Build 6 American Nuclear Power Plants In India- 13/03/2019

The agreement came after two days of talks in Washington. The United States under President Donald Trump has been looking to sell more energy products to India, the world's third-biggest buyer of oil.


How courts decide on matters of religion- 05/03/2019

During colonial times, the British largely followed a policy of non-regulation of “personal law", leaving “communities" free to manage their own internal affairs (something akin to the Ottoman “millet" system).


Air pollution from crop stubble burning costing India $30 billion/year: Study - 05/03/2019

Air pollution due to crop stubble burning in northern India is a leading risk factor of acute respiratory infections and causes an estimated economic loss of $30 billion annually, according to a study unveiled Monday.


France reiterates support for India’s permanent seat in reformed UN Security Council - 05/03/2019

France, which assumed the March Presidency of the United Nations Security Council, has reiterated its support for India as the permanent member of the powerful UN organ, saying the UNSC’s enlargement is the “first crucial part” towards its reform.


Air pollution: Gurugram, Noida among 7 Indian cities in world's 10 most polluted - 05/03/2019

Seven of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India, according to a new study by Swiss-based IQAir AirVisual and non-profit organisation Greenpeace.


India, Russia to ink $3 billion nuclear submarine deal this week - 03/03/2019

The deal for the Akula class submarine — dubbed Chakra III after the first two similar vessels India obtained from Russia — will be the biggest signed with Moscow since the $5.5-billion contract for the S-400 air defence system was finalised last year.


How govt expenditure has pushed up India's GDP growth - 03/03/2019

The second advance estimates of national income show that gross domestic product (GDP) is likely to grow at 6.98% in 2018-19. This is the slowest growth in five years, and even this wouldn’t have been possible without fast growth in government expenditure.


Aadhaar can be used voluntarily as ID proof, President signs ordinance - 03/03/2019

President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to an ordinance that allows voluntary use of Aadhaar as ID proof for obtaining mobile SIM cards and opening bank accounts.


Cabinet approves National Policy on Software Products - 2019 - 01/03/2019

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the National Policy on Software Products - 2019 to develop India as a Software Product Nation.


Cabinet clears amendment of Article 370 clause for SC, ST quota- 01/03/2019

The government on Thursday gave its nod to the promulgation of an ordinance for giving reservation benefits to SCs and STs in Jammu and Kashmir by amending a clause of the contentious Article 370, which gives special status to the state.


India’s GDP data lends support to demand for monetary policy push- 01/03/2019

India’s third-quarter economic growth confirmed the widespread worry that it is losing momentum and needs policy support. Now, should the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut policy rates by a bigger margin than the 25 basis points most expect?


Cabinet approves promulgation of Ordinance to amend SEZ Act- 01/03/2019

Trusts now can approach the government to set up units in special economic zones as the Cabinet on Thursday approved the promulgation of an Ordinance for amendment to the SEZ Act, 2005.


Family planning can boost India's per capita GDP 13% by 2031: Study- 27/02/2019

India’s per capita gross domestic product (GDP) can rise an additional 13% by 2031 if family planning policies are actively prioritised, according to a new study.This can also prevent 2.9 million infant deaths and 1.2 million maternal deaths and save households Rs 77,600 crore (20%) of out-of-pocket health expenditure on childbirth and child hospitalisation, it added.


Brazil to challenge India's sugar subsidies in WTO consultation- 27/02/2019

The Brazilian government on Wednesday asked the World Trade Organization to start a consultation regarding India's sugar industry subsidies, which the South American country says is distorting global trade.


ISRO to launch electronic intelligence defence satellite Emisat for DRDO in March- 27/02/2019

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan on Wednesday said that the Bengaluru-based space agency is set to launch an electronic intelligence satellite Emisat for the DRDO in March.


India's foreign direct investment inflows fall amid pre-election uncertainty- 26/02/2019

The flow of foreign direct investment into India is dropping and may suffer its first full-year decline since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014.


Mirage 2000 used in air strikes due to high success rate against long range targets- 26/02/2019

A fleet of Mirage 2000 deep-penetration fighter jets was chosen for the pre-dawn strike on the biggest terror camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit in Pakistan due to the combat aircraft's capabilities of hitting long-range targets with "pin-point" accuracy and dropping a range of bombs and missiles including laser-guided ones, government sources said.


Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh adjudged top three states in Water Management- 25/02/2019

Addressing the gathering, Shri Gadkari said that India does not have a shortage of water, rather, the management of water is not adequate. He said that a need to institute national level water awards spanning all sectors was strongly felt to encourage people to play their respective roles in conservation of water.


PM-KISAN: PM Modi launches ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana’ from Gorakhpur, UP - 25/02/2019

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched the PM-KISAN Scheme on 24th February 2019 at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh (UP) to electronically transfer the First Installment of Rs 2,021 crore directly into the bank accounts of 1,010,6,880 (One Crore One Lakh Six Thousand Eight Hundred Eighty) Eligible Farmers of 24 States and the Union Territories.


Afghanistan Begins Exports to India Through Chabahar Port - 25/02/2019

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani traveled Sunday to the western border city of Zaranj to see off the inaugural convoy of 23 trucks loaded with 570 tons of cargo to the Chabahar port in neighboring Iran.


President promulgates four Ordinances - 23/02/2019

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019; The Companies (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019; The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019; The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Ordinance, 2019.


Indus Waters Treaty 1960 : Present Status of Development in India - 23/02/2019

Under the Indus Waters Treaty signed between India and Pakistan in 1960, all thewaters of three rivers, namely Ravi,Sutlej and Beas ( Eastern Rivers)averaging around 33 million acre feet ( MAF) were allocated to India for exclusive use.


Bank recapitalisation: Govt throwing good money after bad? - 21/02/2019

The government’s latest capital infusion into public sector banks has taken its total aid to over ₹1 trillion for FY19, and nearly ₹2 trillion for the past two fiscal years. When the bank recapitalisation plan was first announced, the government had talked of an infusion of about ₹1.55 trillion over a two-year period.


4TH India-Asean Expo Summit on 21 – 23 February 2019 in New Delhi - 21/02/2019

The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises of Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Cambodia and Brunei.


India's coal power plants unhealthiest, should be upgraded or shut: Study- 21/02/2019

China and the US may be the largest producers of coal power, but power plants in India take the highest toll in the world when it comes to health, a global study claims.


On its maiden flight, India's SSLV will carry two defence satellites- 20/02/2019

"We are planning to fly two defence satellites, each weighing about 120 kg in our new rocket SSLV this July or August. The rocket design recently underwent a detailed integrated technical review," K. Sivan, ISRO Chairman, told IANS on Wednesday.


France backs India's efforts to list JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist - 20/02/2019

France is leading Western efforts to collar Pakistan-based terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar whose group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack that killed at least 40 Indian security personnel.


Cabinet approves launch Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan - 20/02/2019

The proposed scheme consists of three components:Component-A: 10,000 MW of Decentralized Ground Mounted Grid Connected Renewable Power Plants.


Angel tax relief for startups: Funding cap for exemption raised to Rs 25 cr- 20/02/2019

Bowing to sustained pressure from start-ups and venture capital funds over the so-called angel tax, the government on Tuesday eased tax norms for new businesses in a bid to boost investment and job creation.


India, Saudi Arabia to launch Strategic Partnership Council- 19/02/2019

“India and Saudi Arabia have a strong independent strategic partnership and it will be further strengthened with the launching of the Strategic Partnership Council that will cover critical areas of mutual interest,” said a source.


After Kerala, Punjab and Gujarat to get PMRU- 19/02/2019

After Kerala, it is now the turn of Punjab and Gujarat to have Price Monitoring & Research Unit (PMRU), set up by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) in collaboration with the Department of Health and State Drug Controller.


Union Home Minister to launch various women safety initiatives - 19/02/2019

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will launch various initiatives for women safety here tomorrow. These initiatives will include launch of Emergency Response Support System in 16 states/UTs and Mumbai city, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO) and Safe City Implementation Monitoring Portal.


RBI approves 28,000 crore interim dividend to the governmentl- 18/02/2019

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday approved an early transfer of a part of its profit to the government, which is desperate for cash to fund populist pledges ahead of a national election.


Iran to promote Chabahar as curbs will hit main port - Global meet on February 26 to project potential- 18/02/2019

India is sending an official delegation to the event led by the Shipping Ministry, where about 200 guests from 35 countries have been invited, officials said.


Govt eases green clearance norms for captive power plants- 18/02/2019

The Centre has exempted industries like steel, cement and metal from mandatory prior environment clearance for setting up a new or expanding the existing captive power plant employing waste heat recovery boilers (WHRB) without using any auxiliary fuel.


Why the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme will be hard to implement- 17/02/2019

The number of beneficiaries comes from the number of land holdings of two hectares or less, according to the last agricultural land census. However, the guidelines say a single family may hold multiple land parcels, which will be pooled to determine their eligibility for the benefit.


What is National Security Act?- 17/02/2019

On February 8, the Congress-led government in Madhya Pradesh invoked the National Security Act (NSA) against three men accused of killing a cow near Kharkhali village.


Withdrawing Pakistan's MFN status will divert trade- 17/02/2019

With India finally deciding to withdraw the unilateral non-discriminatory market status it granted to Pakistan in 1996 — popularly known as Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status in World Trade Organization (WTO) parlance — after the Pulwama terror attack, the already weak trade links between the two neighbours in South Asia is set to worsen.


El Nino is back but it's late, weak and probably no big deal- 15/02/2019

An El Nino, which can alter weather worldwide, has formed but it's so weak and late that it shouldn't be a big deal, US forecasters said.


Wasted effort: Half of India’s waste-to-energy plants defunct - 15/02/2019

Nearly half of India’s waste-to-energy (WTE) plants, meant to convert non-biodegradable waste, are defunct. Further, the country’s inability to segregate waste has resulted in even the existing plants working below capacity, says an analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment.


India withdraws Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan: What it means - 15/02/2019

Just a day after at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel lost their lives in a dastardly suicide bombing attack in Pulwama, the Indian government has withdrawn "Most Favoured Nation" or MFN status accorded to Pakistan.


99.82% projects in forests got nod - 14/02/2019

A wildlife expert, formerly associated with the NBWL, described it as a “clearance house.” From 2009-2013, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) recommended 260 of the 328 that came into its purview — or about 80% of the projects.


Cabinet approves Introduction of Registration of Marriage of NRI Bill 2019 - 14/02/2019

The Bill provides for amendment of the legal framework to act as a deterrent to the erring NRI spouses and creating more accountability and offer protection against exploitation of Indian Citizens married to NRIs.


Citizenship and triple talaq Bills lapse as budget session of Parliament comes to end- 14/02/2019

The budget session of Parliament drew to a close on Wednesday with two crucial Bills—the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the Triple Talaq Bill—lapsing.


Himalayas: The climate change fight of the century- 14/02/2019

Ironically, in some of India’s coldest outposts, lack of adequate snow is increasingly becoming a concern. And men like Namgail are beginning to seriously worry about water.


CAG report likely to omit Rafale deal pricing in absolute numbers- 12/02/2019

The pricing of the Rafale jet fighter deal is likely to be mentioned in redacted form — which is without absolute numbers and with variables such as x, y and z — in a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report, which may be tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.


World is getting greener, India and China leading efforts: NASA study- 12/02/2019

India and China are leading the global greening effort, which is quite contrary to the general perception worldwide, a latest NASA study said Monday, observing that the world is a greener place than it was 20 years ago.


Govt introduces IFSC Bill in Rajya Sabha- 12/02/2019

The government Tuesday introduced a Bill to set up a unified authority for regulating all financial services in international financial services centres (IFSCs) in the country.


Pakistan India Water Conflict: Pakistan’s water crisis not India’s fault- 11/02/2019

Honouring this obligation, a Pakistani delegation recently visited the Chenab river basin in Jammu and Kashmir for an inspection. Since the signing of the treaty, 118 such tours on both sides have been undertaken.


Why pending court cases have been going up- 11/02/2019

The number of pending cases in the Supreme Court has come down marginally, by 3.8% between 2015 and January 2019. In the 24 high courts across India, however, the number of outstanding cases has gone up by 375,402, or 9.7%, during the same period.


Abu Dhabi adds Hindi as third language in courts - 11/02/2019

According to the ADJD, this step was aimed at helping foreigners to learn about litigation procedures, their rights and duties without a language barrier, in addition to facilitating registration procedures via unified forms available through the Department's website, The Khaleej Times reported.


'Earth may be experiencing warmest decade on record' - 10/02/2019

The figures released by the UK Met Office include data from a number of sources including the latest publication of provisional figures for 2018. Records for annual global average temperature extend back to 1850.


Courts can’t reduce minimum sentence, says SC - 10/02/2019

Courts cannot impose less than the minimum sentence prescribed by lawmakers for an offence, the Supreme Court has held.


Why 2018 will be a landmark year for India-US strategic relationship - 10/02/2019

The trade disputes posed bumps on the road as President Donald Trump called India a “tariff king" in September. However, two months later, he praised Indians as tough negotiators as the two countries started talks on a bilateral trade deal.


Linkage of PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory for filing income tax returns: Supreme Court - 07/02/2019

The Supreme Court has said that linkage of PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory for filing of Income Tax returns.A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer said the top court has already decided the matter and upheld the section 139AA of the Income Tax Act.


All Indian missiles may fall under new Missile Treaty’s limits - 07/02/2019

"If we imagine that such a treaty is made, then most of our ballistic missiles - the Agni class missiles - may fall under its limits," he said.


RBI cuts repo rate by 25 basis points, changes policy stance to neutral - 07/02/2019

The RBI policy is a very dovish one and signals further rate cuts. Inflation estimates have been revised very sharply lower by the central bank.


Cabinet approves Proposal for Official Amendments to the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018 - 06/02/2019

The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018 was introduced in Parliament on 18th July, 2018 and was referred to the SCF, which submitted its Seventieth Report on the said Bill to Parliament on 3rd January, 2019.


India successfully launches latest communication satellite GSAT-31- 06/02/2019

The satellite derives its heritage from ISROs earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series, the space agency said, adding that it provides Indian mainland and island coverage.


Govt allows export of bio-fuels from special economic zones, EoUs- 06/02/2019

In August 2018, the government imposed restrictions on export of bio-fuels for non-fuel purposes. After this restriction, exporters operating from SEZs and EoUs made representations to remove this prohibition stating they only use imported material for export of final product.


India becomes world's 2nd largest LPG consumer after govt's Ujjawla push- 05/02/2019

The government's push to provide clean cooking fuel to every household has turned India into the world's second largest LPG consumer whose demand is projected to rise 34 per cent by 2025, Oil Secretary M M Kutty said Tuesday.


Why India needs to worry about melting glaciers - 05/02/2019

A new study has said that if adequate steps are not taken to limit global warming, two-thirds of glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayas could melt by 2100, and large increases in run-off could lead to flooding of major rivers.


India among countries to benefit from US-China trade war: UN - 05/02/2019

India is among a handful of countries that stand to benefit from the ongoing trade tensions between the world's top two economies - the US and China, the UN has said in its latest report.


Russia suspends nuclear arms treaty after US says to pull out - 04/02/2019

Russia has suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday, after the United States announced it would withdraw from the arms control pact, accusing Moscow of violations.


Thaw of Himalayas set to disrupt Asia's rivers, crops: ICIMOD report - 04/02/2019

At least a third of the ice in the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush will thaw this century as temperatures rise, disrupting river flows vital for growing crops from China to India, scientists said on Monday.


ISRO’s Human Space Flight Centre Has Eyes on The Gaganyaan Project - 04/02/2019

Almost 38 years after India sent a cosmonaut into space on a Russian aircraft, the country will become one of the handful of countries to embark on a crewed spaceflight again.


National Sample Survey Office’s unemployment data confirms crisis on the ground: experts - 01/02/2019

The National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO's) data showing a record spike in unemployment in 2017-18, which was published in a news report on Thursday, is a validation of trends seen on the ground, according to labour economists, job-seekers and workers’ representatives.


Highlights Of Interim Budget 2019-20 - 01/02/2019

The key highlights of the Interim Budget 2019-20 presented by the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways & Coal, ShriPiyushGoyal in Parliament are as follows:


Global sea level may be rising faster than previously thought: Scientists- 01/02/2019

The research, published in the journal Science, questions the reliability of how sea-level rise in areas such as southern Louisiana in the US is measured.


India and OECD sign agreement to enable India’s participation in Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) to be held in 2021- 28/01/2019

A Signing ceremony of Agreement between India and OECD for India’s participation in Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2021, in presence of Union HRD Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar was held in New Delhi today.


Significance of India’s Act East Policy and Engagement with ASEAN- 28/01/2019

Earlier on 25 January 2018, New Delhi hosted the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit themed “Shared Values, Common Destiny”, attended by the leaders of the ten ASEAN States.


Greenland ice melts four times faster in a decade: Study - 27/01/2019

"While 111 cubic kilometres of ice disappeared per year in 2003, 10 years later this figure had almost quadrupled to 428 cubic kilometres," the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Space Lab said in a statement.


A water crisis is brewing between India and Pakistan- 27/01/2019

Women and children walk miles each day in search for water in a crowded, downtrodden district of Pakistan’s financial capital, Karachi — a scene repeated in cities throughout the country.


Average of 4,500 cases per judge pending in High Courts, says Govt- 27/01/2019

Each high court judge is saddled with nearly 4,500 pending cases, according to the Law Ministry.At the same time, each judge of the subordinate judiciary has nearly 1,300 cases pending, the same data shows.


India launches military satellite Microsat-R and Kalamsat(lightest ever satellite)- 26/01/2019

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 11.37 pm at the end of a 28-hour countdown.


India's 2018 thermal coal imports grew at fastest pace in four years: Report- 26/01/2019

India's 2018 thermal coal imports rose at the fastest pace in four years, according to two industry sources, despite moves by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to cut imports in a bid to reduce its trade deficit.


India tests new Anti-Radiation Missile to take out Enemy Radars- 26/01/2019

India has tested a new indigenous air-launched missile called NGARM, which is designed to destroy a variety of surveillance and radar targets on the ground after being fired from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter.


PSLV carries reusable final-stage rocket, a 1st for India and the world- 25/01/2019

The fourth and final stage of the rocket normally turns into debris after ejecting a satellite. This time, the workhorse PSLV DL’s fourth stage, with a satellite built by school students strapped to its back, will continue orbiting the earth at a distance of 450km above it for six months, maybe more.


India, South Africa to boost defence ties, trade- 25/01/2019

India and South Africa on Friday concluded a three-year strategic programme to boost cooperation in key areas, including defence and trade, after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in New Delhi.


SC Agrees to Examine Centre's 10% Quota For Upper Caste Poor- 25/01/2019

The Supreme Court Friday decided to examine the Centre’s decision to grant 10% reservation in jobs and education to poor candidates belonging to general category.


Cabinet approves $400 million currency swap arrangement for SAARC nations- 23/01/2019

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to the framework on currency swap arrangement for SAARC member countries by incorporating a stand-by facility of $400 million.


Environment Ministry notifies CRZ Regulations 2019; replaces CRZ norms of 2011- 23/01/2019

The MoFCC said that the new CRZ notification, issued under Section 3 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 seeks to "to promote sustainable development based on scientific principles taking into account the dangers of natural hazards.


SC to take ‘in-chamber’ decision on pleas against Article 35A- 23/01/2019

The oral observation came from a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in response to an oral mentioning for early hearing of the petitions.


IMF forecasts India’s growth will improve to 7.5% in the next fiscal- 22/01/2019

India will grow at a world-beating 7.5% in 2019-20 amid slower global expansion, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said, upgrading its October forecast of 7.4%.


Govt revives plan to change fiscal year to January-December: Report- 22/01/2019

The government has revived plans to change the fiscal year to January-December from the current April-March, a report by business news channel BTVi, quoting news agency Cogencis, said. Opposition from the states had forced the central government to put the idea on the backburner after first being very enthusiastic about it.


India set to surpass China to become second-largest oil demand centre in 2019- 22/01/2019

India will surpass China to become the second-largest oil demand growth centre globally in 2019 on the back of buoyant auto fuel and LPG consumption, research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie said on Tuesday.


India among most trusted nations globally, but Indian brands among least-trusted: Report- 22/01/2019

Davos: India is among the most trusted nations globally when it comes to government, business, NGOs and media but the country’s brands are among the least-trusted, according to a report.


One in every three under-trial prisoners in India is either SC or ST: Study- 20/01/2019

Members of the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) are over-represented, in relation to their population, in India’s prisons, a new study has found.


Super blood wolf moon - Rare total Lunar Eclipse to appear in Northern Hemisphere skies- 20/01/2019

You need to know that an eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow, and the Sun, Moon and Earth lineup in space.


India likely to surpass UK in the world’s largest economy rankings: Report - 20/01/2019

India is likely to surpass the United Kingdom in the world’s largest economy rankings in 2019, according to a report by global consultancy firm PwC.


The Government of India and JICA sign Loan Agreements on Japan’s Official Development Assistance Loan to India - 19/01/2019

The Project for the Construction of Chennai Peripheral Ring Road (Phase 1) aims to meet increasing traffic demands in Chennai metropolitan area by constructing the Chennai Peripheral Ring Road (Section 1) and installing Intelligent Transport Systems, thereby contributing to mitigation of Traffic Congestion and promoting Regional Economic Development.


Rural housing reaches only 66% target- 19/01/2019

With two and a half months to go for the end of this financial year, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Grameen) scheme to provide housing for the rural poor has achieved only 66% of its target to complete one crore houses.


Satellite images show China is building underground facility 50 km from India border- 19/01/2019

So far, there was just one UGF in Tibet, with another one which could possibly target India being a fair way away in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.


2018 sixth warmest year on record, says IMD- 18/01/2019

Floods triggered by heavy rains took more than 800 lives across states in 2018, which was the sixth warmest year on record, raising concerns over the increasing human cost of climate change.


India to host UNCCD COP-14 this year- 18/01/2019

A source in the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change said Friday the conference of the UNCCD, which has participation from over 100 countries, is likely to be held in October.


Delhi, Gurgaon air show presence of alarming levels of heavy metals: Report- 18/01/2019

Air quality tests done in Delhi and Gurgaon in the last two months showed presence of alarming levels of toxic heavy metals, according to a new report released Thursday.


ISRO to Launch Exclusive Satellite to Help in Securing Pakistan, Bangladesh Borders - 18/01/2019

The move is part of recommendations made by a task force on the use of space technology in improving border management which have been accepted by home minister Rajnath Singh.


Six States to Sign Agreement for Renukaji Multipurpose Dam Project - 11/01/2019

An agreement for Renukaji Dam Multipurpose Project will be signed here tomorrow among six states- Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand in the presence of Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari.


States’ approval not needed for quota Bill- 11/01/2019

The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment) Bill of 2019 providing up to 10% reservation for economically weaker sections of the society may be notified as the law of the land sooner than expected.


Govt launches mission to fight air pollution- 11/01/2019

The Centre on Thursday stepped up its efforts to combat air pollution by launching a five-year action plan with a tentative target of 20-30% reduction in concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5 by 2024, with 2017 as the base year.


Cabinet approves Bilateral Swap Arrangement between India and Japan - 11/01/2019

The swap arrangement is an agreement between India and Japan to essentially exchange and re-exchange a maximum amount of USD 75 Billion for domestic currency, for the purpose of maintaining an appropriate level of balance of payments for meeting short-term deficiency in foreign exchange.


India, Norway ink MoU to boost blue economy - 10/01/2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held talks with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues, and on the ways and means to further strengthen the growing bilateral partnership.


Citizenship (Amendment) bill vs NRC vs Clause 6 of Assam Accord - 10/01/2019

Assam is in the throes of violence yet again over citizenship. In the past couple of days, life in the northeastern state has come to a standstill as the BJP-led government at the Centre brought in an amendment that will, effectively, grant citizenship to Hindu migrants from Bangladesh.


Launch of NCDC model for cooperatives as Modern banking unit will bring about financial inclusion of farmers in remote villages - 10/01/2019

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that National Council for Cooperative Training (NCCT) besides being responsible for training, awareness and evaluation programmes of employees working in the cooperative sector also facilitates the same for other stakeholders in the cooperative sector in the country.


Parliament passes Bill to provide 10% quota for poor - 10/01/2019

Parliament on Wednesday cleared the Constitutional Amendment Bill guaranteeing 10% quota in education and employment to economically weaker sections in the general category, following an approval by the Rajya Sabha.


India all set to take over ops in Myanmar's Sittwe Port after Chabahar- 08/01/2019

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of state for Shipping, Road transport and chemical & fertilizer Mansukh L Mandaviya informed that the "infrastructure at Sittwe Port in Myanmar, constructed with India’s assistance, is ready for operation."


Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director- 08/01/2019

The Supreme Court on Tuesday “re-instated” exiled CBI Director Alok Verma, but ordered him to “cease and desist” from taking any major policy decisions till a high-powered committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi decides afresh the question of his divestment.


Govt introduces amendments to POCSO Act in LS, making it gender neutral- 08/01/2019

The Government on Tuesday introduced in Lok Sabha amendments to the POCSO Act, which provides for death penalty for aggravated sexual assault on children, making it gender neutral and introducing provisions against child pornography and for enhancing punishment for certain offences.


India takes over operations of part of Chabahar port in Iran- 07/01/2019

The Chabahar port in the Sistan-Balochistan province in the energy-rich nation’s southern coast is easily accessible from India’s western coast and is increasingly seen as a counter to Pakistan’s Gwadar Port located at distance of around 80 km from Chabahar.


Section 66A is still being used, SC seeks Centre’s response- 07/01/2019

A Bench led by Justice Rohinton F. Nariman, who wrote the judgment in March 2015 upholding online free speech against Section 66A, said “strict action” would follow if the claims in the petition filed by People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) are found true.


Lok Sabha Passes Bill to Remove Leprosy as Ground for Divorce- 07/01/2019

A bill seeking to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday.“Leprosy is being removed as a ground for divorce as it is now a curable disease as against the earlier notion of it being incurable,” minister of state for law P.P.


Cabinet approves 10% quota for economically weaker sections in general category- 07/01/2019

In a landmark move just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government ha s decided to give ten per cent reservation in jobs and higher education for economically backward persons in the general category.


Major achievements of MHA(Ministry of Home Affairs) in 2018- 06/01/2019

Under the Modernization of Police Forces (MPF) programme, two pilot projects of smart fencing were unveiled along the Indo-Pak International Border in Jammu.


Chang’e-4 and Chandrayaan-2 — China & India missions have similar objectives, landing site- 06/01/2019

Not a lot of information is available on Chandrayaan-2 just yet, but the overall mission is similar in objectives and area of operation to the Chinese craft, Chang’e-4.


Govt forms committee to implement clause 6 of Assam Accord- 06/01/2019

Just a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the people of Assam of safeguarding their interests, in a rally in Silchar on Friday, the Union Home Ministry has set up a high powered committee to look into the successful implementation of the Assam Accord.


Why RBI should change its repo rate stance- 03/01/2019

Apart from the signal rate i.e. repo rate of 6.5%, there is a policy rate stance of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), which gives the future guidance.


Parliamentary panel asks RBI to ease bank capital requirements - 03/01/2019

A parliamentary panel on Thursday asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to ease its rules on capital requirements for banks so that they can increase lending.


Cabinet approved restructuring of National Health Agency as “National Health Authority” - 03/01/2019

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the re-structuring of existing National Health Agency as “National Health Authority” with an aim to efficiently implement Pradhan Mantri – Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).


Cabinet approves first-ever three way merger in Indian Banking with amalgamation of Vijaya, Dena and Bank of Baroda - 03/01/2019

The amalgamation will be the first-ever three-way consolidation of banks in India, with the amalgamated bank being India's second largest Public Sector Bank.


US and Israel exit Unesco, claiming bias- 02/01/2019

The United States and Israel officially quit the U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias.


Is air pollution on the decline in the country?- 02/01/2019

In mid-November, dangerously high levels of particulate matter pushed Delhi’s air quality index into the orange “very poor” air zone, throwing Delhi’s administration into panic, with talk of bringing back restrictions on private vehicles to combat the deadly air.


India remains 'Fastest Growing Economy in the World' ahead of China despite up/downs - 02/01/2019

Indian economy's roller-coaster ride during the year gone by was best captured by the GDP growth. In the first quarter of 2018-19 ending June 30, it grew at an impressive 8.2 per cent, after 7.7 per cent in the first three months of the year.


India submits Sixth National Report to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) - 29/12/2018

Speaking at the inaugural sessionDr. Harsh Vardhan,said that India is among the first five countries in the world, the first in Asia and the first among the biodiversityrich megadiverse countries to have submitted NR6 to the CBD Secretariat.


Cabinet approves submitting report on greenhouse gas inventory to UNFCCC- 29/12/2018

The scope of BUR is to provide an update to India's first BUR to UNFCCC.The BUR contains five major components — National Circumstances; National Greenhouse Gas Inventory; Mitigation Actions; Finance, Technology and Capacity Building Needs and Support Received and Domestic Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) arrangements.


New e-commerce rules regressive, will hit FDI in India- 29/12/2018

Expressing concern over India tightening restrictions on foreign e-commerce companies operating in the country, leading American industry advocacy groups have said that such a move would have a long-term negative impact on the foreign direct investment as well as consumers.


Cabinet approves Indian Human Spaceflight Initiative: Gaganyaan Programme- 28/12/2018

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Gaganyaan Programme with demonstration of Indian Human Spaceflight capability to low earth orbit for a mission duration ranging from one orbital period to a maximum of seven days.


Govt approves amendments to POCSO Act- 28/12/2018

The government on Friday approved amendments to the POCSO Act 2012, to bring punishments for sexual assaults against boys on par with those against girls, including the provision of death penalty when a child is under 12-years-old.


World's highest railway-arch bridge in Kashmir over river Chenab- 28/12/2018

When complete, the 359-meter high bridge on river Chenab will be the world's highest. The base support of the bridge was completed in 2017 and according to the tweet by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, the construction work of the main arch is in full swing.


Triple talaq bill passed in lok sabha- 27/12/2018

The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the amended Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, which criminalises Triple Talaq, after over four hours of debate even as Congress and AIADMK MPs staged a walkout.


World Bank AID for Rehabilitation of DAMS- 27/12/2018

Union Government constituted National Committee on Dam Safety (NCDS) headed by Chairman, CWC and representatives from State Governments and PSUs. The objectives/mandates of NCDS are:


China’s BeiDou navigation satellite, rival to US GPS, starts global services - 27/12/2018

China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), touted as a rival to the widely-used American GPS, has started providing global services.


RBI constitutes Expert Committee headed by Bimal Jalan on Economic Capital Framework - 27/12/2018

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday set up an expert committee, headed by its former governor Bimal Jalan, to suggest how the central bank should handle its reserves and whether it can transfer its surplus to the government.


How Rafale row bombed a groundbreaking move that would've changed Indian defence - 26/12/2018

Hit by the Rafale controversy, the defence ministry has not moved to amend its offsets policy since May this year, when a draft was presented for comments. (The opposition has targeted proposed offsets to Reliance Defence in the Rafale deal.)


India's economy to overtake Britain, France in 2019, possibly 2020: Report - 26/12/2018

In the race to outpace developed economies, emerging countries such as China, India, and Brazil suffered a setback this year and will outgrow them later than previously expected, the Centre for Economics and Business Research said.


NITI Aayog to Release Second Delta Ranking under the Aspirational Districts Programme - 26/12/2018

The districts have been ranked in a transparent basis on parameters across Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure through key performance indicators.


Govt mulls changes to IT Act to force internet cos trace origin of unlawful content- 24/12/2018

The move, which was mulled during a meeting with internet companies and the IT ministry, will impact platforms that promise encryption and enhanced privacy to users.


NGT bans mining activities within 10 km of Sariska tiger reserve- 24/12/2018

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed all mining activities within 10 km radius of the Sariska Tiger Reserve be stopped immediately.


RBI shortlists TCS, Wipro, IBM, 3 others for setting up Public Credit Registry - 24/12/2018

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has shortlisted six major IT companies, including Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS), Wipro Ltd and IBM India, to set up a wide-based digital Public Credit Registry for capturing details of all borrowers and wilful defaulters.


Nuclear-capable Agni-IV missile successfully test-fired - 24/12/2018

India on Sunday successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-IV, with a strike range of 4,000 km, as part of a user trial by the Army.


Surrogacy Bill passed in Lok Sabha - 20/12/2018

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 that prohibits commercial surrogacy and allows altruistic surrogacy to needy Indian infertile couples.


NITI Aayog releases Strategy for New India @ 75 - 20/12/2018

The NITI Aayog today unveiled its comprehensive national Strategy for New India, which defines clear objectives for 2022-23. It is a detailed exposition acrossforty-one crucial areas, that recognizesthe progress already made, identifies binding constraints, and suggests the way forward for achieving the clearly stated objectives.


How Earth's Future Could Soon Recreate a Lost World of 50 Million Years Ago - 20/12/2018

A new study suggests that if nothing is done to reduce our carbon emissions, we could essentially reverse 50 million years of long-term cooling in just a few generations.


Centre drafts child protection policy - 19/12/2018

A code of conduct for employees of all organisations and a declaration signed by them agreeing to ensure the safety of children are some of the provisions included in the Centre’s draft national child protection policy, prepared on the prodding of the Supreme Court in the wake of the Muzaffarpur shelter abuse case.


RBI’s monetary policy committee cautious on inflation - 19/12/2018

India’s monetary policy committee sounded cautious on inflation and preferred to wait for more data to see for how long price pressure and growth momentum would remain soft, according to minutes of its December 5 meeting published on Wednesday.


ISRO successfully launches Military Communication Satellite GSAT-7A from Sriharikota - 19/12/2018

GSAT-7A will be the first satellite built primarily for the IAF to qualitatively unify its assets and improve combined, common intelligence during operations.


India ranks 108 in WEF gender gap index in 2018, Iceland holds top spot - 18/12/2018

India has been ranked 108th in World Economic Forum (WEF) gender gap index, same as 2017, while recording improvement in wage equality for similar work and fully closing its tertiary education gender gap for the first time.


Farthest object in solar system 'Farout' discovered - 18/12/2018

Scientists have discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system -- located over 100 times farther than Earth is from the Sun.


UN members adopt Global Compact on Refugees- 18/12/2018

The compact on refugees, aimed to reduce the burden on host nations, received 181 votes in favour from the 193-member Assembly, days after a UN conference in Morocco adopted a similar compact on migration, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.


IMPRESS scheme has been launched to promote Social Science Research in the country- 17/12/2018

A total Government equity of Rs. 6,000 Crore, has been approved. All funds for educational infrastructure in centrally funded educational institutions will henceforth be in the form of ten year loans through HEFA to the institution, the interest liability of which would be borne by the Government.


80% Indians in 17 cities feel sick when the air quality worsens: Study- 17/12/2018

Almost 80% of Indians polled across 17 cities believe that air pollution affects their quality of life, and 32% reported an effect on lifestyles, according to a new study.


Lok Sabha passes Transgender Persons Bill- 17/12/2018

he Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, seeking to define transgenders and prohibit discrimination against them, was introduced in the Lok Sabha two years ago. It was passed with 27 amendments.


RBI’s solution for MSME loan woes: Public credit registry- 16/12/2018

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) preferred fundamental changes to smoothen loan flow to micro-businesses through a public credit registry, rather than doling out forbearances, deputy governor Viral Acharya said on Saturday.


Countries agree rules for implementing Paris climate treaty at UN summit- 16/12/2018

Nations on Sunday struck a deal to implement the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty after marathon UN talks that failed to match the ambition the world’s most vulnerable countries need to avert dangerous global warming.


India all set to test long range Pralay, K5 to stalemate China soon- 16/12/2018

K-5 missile developed under the secret ‘K Series’ project is the fastest missile in its class and can deliver nuclear warhead of more than one tonne 5,000 km away. The three-stage missile propelled by solid propellants can deceive enemy radar making it more lethal.


India, Nepal, Bhutan plan joint task force to protect wildlife- 16/12/2018

The developments comes up after forest officials and representatives of non-government organisation of the three countries visited parts of the landscape and later held a meeting at Siliguri in north Bengal earlier this month.


MAKE IN INDIA : India's first private UAV factory comes up in Hyderabad- 14/12/2018

Built by the Adani Group and Israel-based Elbit Systems, the 50,000 square feet facility will develop Hermes 900 medium altitude long-endurance UAVs for the Indian and global markets.


Rafale: How 126-jet deal replaced with pact for 36 fighters- 14/12/2018

The SC narrated how the UPA's deal for 126 Rafale jets got replaced in 2016 by an inter-government agreement to procure 36 fully-loaded jets.


COP24: Nations still worlds apart at crunch UN climate summit- 14/12/2018

Nations at UN climate talks were haggling Friday over the world’s plan to avert disaster as host Poland dumped a draft decision text on delegates just hours before the summit was due to end.


Ground Water Extraction: Government notifies revised guidelines; to levy fee on water extraction from June 2019- 14/12/2018

The step is likely to make packaged drinking water dearer.The Central Ground Water Authority has notified revised guidelines for ground water extraction which will be effective from June 1, 2019.


Indian Navy inducts its first Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle- 13/12/2018

With the DSRV's induction, the Indian Navy has joined the select league of world navies that have an integral submarine rescue capability, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba said after the induction at the Western Naval Command here.


Govt adds Korean Won, Turkish Lira in list of currencies for exchange rates- 13/12/2018

The government on Wednesday included two currencies -- Korean Won and Turkish Lira -- in the list of currencies for which it notifies the exchange rate for assessing the value of imports and exports.


In a first, ISRO will make dead rocket stage ‘alive’ in space for experiments- 13/12/2018

The Indian Space Research Organisation is working on a new technology where it will use the last stage of the PSLV rocket for space experiments.


Recycling temple waste to spread fragrance gets UN award- 12/12/2018

Fifteen game-changing initiatives in 14 countries were honoured as winners of the award at a special ceremony at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in this Polish city on Tuesday evening.


How does inflation dent your financial planning?- 12/12/2018

Inflation is quite often called the thief of purchasing power. Why is that so? That is because inflation measures the rate of price rise per annum. If the price of food, fuel, clothing and housing are growing very fast each year then it means that your income will be able to buy less of the same thing.


India, Russia to Finalize Logistic Support Agreement Soon- 11/12/2018

India and Russia are set to finalize the modalities of the much anticipated logistic support agreement during the meeting of the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission on Military and Military-Technical cooperation on Friday.


Four Indian PSUs for the first time among world's top 100 arms makers- 11/12/2018

Notwithstanding their inclusion and a 6% growth in sales from the previous year, the total volume of Indian arms sale remains less than 2% of the global arms sale – an indication of India's poor export performance at the international arena.


SC places total bar on media disclosing victims' names, identity- 11/12/2018

The Supreme Court on December 11 laid down an absolute bar on the media to publish or air the names or any material which may even remotely reveal the identity of victims of sexual crimes.


Centre amends rules for minorities from three nations- 10/12/2018

Under the amendments, a separate entry in the form will ask the applicant: “Do you belong to one of the minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis, Sikhs and Christians?” The Centre has made the changes under Section 18 of the Citizenship Act, 1955.


SC issues notices to five States on amendments in 2013 Land Acquisition Act- 10/12/2018

A Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta issued notice to Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand governments for amending their States’ land acquisition laws to the extent that consent of farmers or land owners is not required before their land is acquired for projects like industrial corridors, expressways, highways, etc.


India test fires nuclear capable Agni-5 missile, 2nd test in six months- 10/12/2018

The surface-to-surface missile having a strike range of 5,000 km was launched at 1.30 p.m. from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Bhadrak district, said Defence Ministry sources.


IAF Conducts Combined Guided Firing Of Akash, Spyder, OSA-AK-M and IGLA Surface-To-Air Missiles- 09/12/2018

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, along with senior IAF officers, witnessed the exercise at Suryalanka for two days on Friday and Saturday.


India may follow in China's footsteps to use LNG to fight growing pollution- 09/12/2018

China's dramatic increase in liquefied natural gas imports over the past two years may have hogged the headlines, but India may well emulate its neighbour in switching to the cleanest and fastest-growing fossil fuel.


Supreme Court's interpretation of Constitution dangerous: Attorney General- 09/12/2018

The Supreme Court’s interpretation of a constitutional concept “can be very, very dangerous” Attorney General K K Venugopal has said, warning the court was granting itself vast power.


Climate actions can save India 3 times its GDP, but rich nations must pay- 08/12/2018

India can save three times its gross domestic product (GDP) and help the world save a million lives a year if it scales up its climate actions to help the global community limit global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (oC), said a World Health Organization (WHO) study released on December 5, 2018.


India to retain top position in remittances with $80 bn: World Bank - 08/12/2018

India will retain its position as the world's top recipient of remittances this year with its diaspora sending a whopping $80 billion back home, the World Bank said in a report Saturday.


Technology and Financial Innovation to drive the Ganga Cleaning Mission - 08/12/2018

A range of innovative technology and financial innovations will drive the Ganga cleaning program as was deliberated during the three-day India Water Impact Summit, that concluded on Friday in New Delhi.


'India third largest contributor to carbon emission'- 07/12/2018

Global carbon emissions are set to hit an all-time high of 37.1 billion tonnes of CO2 in 2018, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project.


UN launches new framework to strengthen fight against terrorism- 07/12/2018

Termed the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact, the framework is an agreement between the UN chief, 36 organizational entities, the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) and the World Customs Organisation, to better serve the needs of.


Cabinet approves Agricultural export policy to double farmers' income by 2022- 07/12/2018

In order to provide an impetus to agricultural exports, the Government has come out with a comprehensive "Agriculture Export Policy" aimed at doubling the agricultural exports and integrating Indian farmers and agricultural products with the global value chains.


India gets first witness protection scheme- 06/12/2018

The Supreme Court on Wednesday brought in place a witness protection regime in the country noting that one of the main reasons for witnesses turning hostile is that they are not given security by the State.


India inks pact with Iran to pay crude bill in rupee- 06/12/2018

India will import crude oil from Iran using a rupee-based payment mechanism, an industry person involved in discussions told Reuterson Thursday, adding that 50% of those payments will be used for exporting items to Tehran.


One in eight deaths in India due to air pollution: ICMR- 06/12/2018

One out of every eight deaths in India was attributable to air pollution in 2017, which now contributes to more disease burden in the country than tobacco consumption, revealed a report released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday.


India's wind power potential slumping due to warming of Indian Ocean: Study- 06/12/2018

The warming of the Indian Ocean due to global climate change may be causing a slow decline in India's wind power potential, according to a study.


5.8-tonne India's Heaviest Satellite GSAT-11 ready for launch- 04/12/2018

A team of top officials and engineers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), now stationed in the Guiana Space Centre, South America, is going over the last steps before it sees off the heaviest Indian communication satellite, GSAT-11, to its space orbit.


India’s military retains 4th spot in global ranking, Pakistan drops to 17 - 04/12/2018

While India has maintained its position among the top five nations in the Global Firepower (GFP) List 2018, Pakistan has slipped four spots to 17 from 13 in 2017.


India, UAE sign currency swap deal - 04/12/2018

India and the UAE on Tuesday signed two agreements, including one on currency swap, as external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj held exhaustive discussions with her counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan to step up cooperation in areas such as trade, security and defence.


Qatar to withdraw from Opec as of January 2019: Minister - 03/12/2018

Qatar said on Monday it was quitting Opec from January to focus on its gas ambitions, taking a swipe at the group’s de facto leader Saudi Arabia and marring efforts to show unity before this week’s meeting of exporters to tackle an oil price slide.


World Bank to invest USD 200 bn in 2021-25 to fight climate change - 03/12/2018

The World Bank on Monday unveiled USD 200 billion in climate action investment for 2021-25, adding this amounts to a doubling of its current five-year funding.


COP24: UN Conference on Climate Change begins in Poland - 03/12/2018

Following a year of devastating climate disasters around the globe, from California to Kerala, and Tonga to Japan, the annual UN climate change conference (COP24) opened in the Polish city of Katowice on December 3 with the goal of finalising the implementation guidelines for the Paris Climate Change Agreement.


PAN card rules to change from this Wednesday. List of new amendments in Income Tax Rules, 1962 - 03/12/2018

PAN card rules will no more be the same from this Wednesday as the Income Tax department has brought in some important changes aimed at preventing tax evasion and allowing new PAN card applicants greater flexibility.


Green Climate Fund to help achieve Paris agreement target, benefit nations- 02/12/2018

Imagine, as a leader of a small developing nation, you are faced with the oncoming existential crisis that is climate change, but every time you try and implement a new policy your Treasury tells you the coffers are empty.


What does Kartarpur signify for India-Pakistan ties?- 02/12/2018

In a year, if all goes to plan, the dusty roads leading to the Kartarpur shrine in Pakistani Punjab’s Narowal province will be transformed into a bustling network of tourists and pilgrims. In this town by the river Ravi, the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak, spent his last 18 years.


G20 summit: India presents 9-point agenda on fugitive economic offenders- 02/12/2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the agenda in the second session of the G20 Summit on international trade, international financial and tax systems here on Friday.


The surprising way plastics could actually help fight climate change- 30/11/2018

What do your car, phone, soda bottle and shoes have in common? They’re all largely made from petroleum. This nonrenewable resource gets processed into a versatile set of chemicals called polymers – or more commonly, plastics.


NITI Aayog holds Dialogue on Health System for New India- 30/11/2018

The NITI Aayog today organized a day-long dialogue on “Health System for A New India: Building Blocks”, with national and international academia, practitioners, Indian policymakers and other stakeholders of the healthcare ecosystem.


Revised GDP Back Series data: All you need to know about the new GDP data- 30/11/2018

From January 2015, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) updated base year for GDP calculation to 2011-12, replacing the old series base year of 2004-05, as per the recommendations of the National Statistical Commission.


2018 set to be fourth warmest in 138-yrs of climate record keeping: Report- 29/11/2018

2018 is set to be the fourth warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) which found that extreme weather this year due to climate change left a trail of devastation across the globe, including in India.


ISRO launches earth monitoring satellite HysIS- 29/11/2018

India on Thursday successfully launched its latest earth observation satellite HysIS, the data from which can be used in wide-ranging areas including agriculture, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here onboard ISRO’s trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).


Europe aims to be carbon neutral by 2050- 29/11/2018

The strategy - referred to as A Clean Planet for All - shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into "realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research", according to the Commission.


Fragile climate puts food security at risk, UN report- 29/11/2018

Feeding a hungry planet is growing increasingly difficult as climate change and depletion of land and other resources undermine food systems, the U.N.


How farmers in India are adapting to climate change in India- 28/11/2018

Climate change has the potential to hurt everyone, but one particularly vulnerable group is farmers. Agriculture, especially in India, depends on favourable weather conditions; so climate change-induced temperature rises can significantly hurt farm productivity.


G20 Summit 2018 begins in Argentina - What to watch for at G20 summit in Argentina- 28/11/2018

Global leaders will gather in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires this week for the Group of 20 summit, a meeting of the world’s largest economies responsible for 85% of global economic output and two-thirds of the world’s population.


Another feat for ISRO! For the first time, India to launch Colombian satellite from PSLV-C43 on November 29 - 28/11/2018

The workhorse of ISRO will be carrying India’s earth observation satellite HysIS and 30 satellites from other countries out of which almost 23 belong to the US.



The delegations participating in the Strategic Economic Dialogue from India and Russia discussed the development of bilateral ties in trade, investment, and industry at the platform provided by the two-day forum.


Andaman & Nicobar Islands: home to a tenth of India’s fauna species- 27/11/2018

The Narcondam hornbill, its habitat restricted to a lone island; the Nicobar megapode, a bird that builds nests on the ground; the Nicobar treeshrew, a small mole-like mammal; the Long-tailed Nicobar macaque, and the Andaman day gecko, are among the 1,067 endemic faunal species found only on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and nowhere else.


India-China amends double taxation avoidance treaty - 27/11/2018

The Government of India and the People's Republic of China have signed a protocol on 26 November, 2018, to amend the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.


NITI Aayog Organises Capacity Building Programme for Urban Water Management- 26/11/2018

NITI Aayog organized todaythe Second Phase of Urban Management Programme on ‘Water Recycling and Reuse’.in collaboration with the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise & TF Internationalat India Habitat Centre in the capital today.


Indians lose over four years of their lives to air pollution: Study- 26/11/2018

People in India would live an average 4.3 years longer if the country met the global guidelines for particulate pollution, according to a study which found that effect of pollution on life expectancy is worse than HIV/AIDS, cigarette smoking, and even terrorism.


UN selects Noida to participate in Global Sustainable Cities 2025 initiative - 26/11/2018

The United Nations on Sunday selected Noida and Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh to participate in its Global Sustainable Cities 2025 initiative.


India gets UN Environment award for combating transboundary environmental crime - 23/11/2018

United Nation Environment has awarded Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB), Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India with Asia Environment Enforcement Awards, 2018 for excellent work done by the Bureau in combating transboundary environmental crime.


India to bypass US Dollars, will make payment in rupees for Russian Air Defence System - 23/11/2018

India is planning to pay in rupees for Very-Short-Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) systems from Russia; the deal is likely to be concluded next year, a government official told Sputnik.


Two Made In India Fast Patrol Vessel launched by GRSE in Kolkata - 23/11/2018

Two Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) ships for Indian Coast Guard were simultaneously launched on Thursday at the defence PSU and warship builder – Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd. at Kolkata.


Kartarpur corridor green lit, India and Pakistan to begin construction soon - 23/11/2018

India today announced that it will start construction of the Kartarpur corridor up to the international border.


Govt can’t take away RBI reserves without amending RBI Act - 19/11/2018

Under Section 47 of the RBI Act, only surplus profits can be transferred, and transferring reserves will require an amendment to the Act.


Bahrain likely to ink pact with ISRO for training, research on space tech- 19/11/2018

In February next year, the Gulf nation, hopefully, will sign a pact with Indian space agency ISRO for training and research purposes, Kamal Bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister for Transportation and Telecommunications, Bahrain, said.


Will direct states to implement draft witness protection scheme: SC - 19/11/2018

The Supreme Court on Monday said that it would direct all the states to implement the draft witness protection scheme framed by the Centre in consultation with the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).


Union Agriculture Ministry launches NCDC’s 'Yuva Sahakar Scheme' to promote young entrepreneurs - 15/11/2018

To cater to the needs and aspirations of the youth, the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) has come up with a youth-friendly scheme ‘Yuva Sahakar-Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme” for attracting them to cooperative business ventures.


Rafale deal: Why CCS nod came later? - 15/11/2018

Till March 25, 2015, the deal for 126 aircraft was on; 108 jets were to be produced by HAL. In just two weeks, on April 10, 2015, a joint statement is issued for a new deal for 36 Rafale jets with same equipment…The 2007 deal for 126 aircraft was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council.


As India fails to clean up its air, China is winning war on pollution - 15/11/2018

While New Delhi and other Indian cities choke amid worsening air conditions and half-hearted government measures, neighbouring China -- the world's largest polluter -- is slowly winning its war against pollution.


India to top US as 2nd-largest carbon spewer from power: IEA - 13/11/2018

Two-thirds of India’s households are projected to own an air conditioning unit by 2040.


Government sets up National Data Repository - 13/11/2018

The National Data Repository (NDR) is an integrated data repository of Exploration and Production (E&P) data of Indian sedimentary basins


Big Blow To The US - India-Russia Banks to discuss Rouble-Rupee trade today - 13/11/2018

Representatives of atleast three Russian banks operating in India, including Vnesheconombank, Sberbank and VTB, will meet executives from top Indian banks in Mumbai on Monday to discuss rupee-rouble settlements between businesses of the two countries.


Secret Dhanush mission successful - 11/11/2018

Indian Armed Forces scripted another success with the test launch of nuclear capable ballistic missile Dhanush from a Naval warship off Odisha coast as part of a secret mission.


How World War I shaped the 20th century and beyond - 11/11/2018

By ensuring Germany’s economic ruin and political humiliation, the post-war settlement provided fertile ground for the rise of Nazism and its horrors.


Over half the 700,000 cybercrimes in India come from Russia, US alone - 11/11/2018

The 25th edition of SIMBEX, an acronym for “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise” is scheduled from 10th to 21st November 2018 off Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and India was first formalised when RSN ships began training with the Indian Navy in 1994.


India re-elected as member of ITU council till 2022 - 09/11/2018

India has been elected as a member of the International Telecommunications Union Council (ITU) for another 4-year term - from 2019 to 2022.


First Rafale Fighter Jet 'Made For India' takes flight - 09/11/2018

As the political controversy over the Rafale fighter jet deal continues in India, manufacturing of the aircraft customised as per specifications of the Indian Air Force (IAF) is making progress.


Bilateral Exercise Between Indian & Republic of Singapore Navies – SIMBEX 18 scheduled from 10th to 21st November 2018 - 09/11/2018

The 25th edition of SIMBEX, an acronym for “Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise” is scheduled from 10th to 21st November 2018 off Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. Bilateral cooperation between Singapore and India was first formalised when RSN ships began training with the Indian Navy in 1994.


Karnataka nuclear power plant second best in world for continuous operation - 08/11/2018

The Kaiga Atomic Power Station in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka has achieved a historic feat.


Proposed Ganga bill bans ports, jetties - 08/11/2018

The government has banned the construction of jetties, ports or “permanent hydraulic structures” in the Ganga, unless permitted by the National Ganga Rejuvenation Authority, according to a proposed ‘Ganga Act’


Indians most positive about teaching as a career for their kids: Study - 08/11/2018

Indians believe strongly in their country's education system rating it 7.11 out of 10 the fourth-highest of any country polled, with only Finland (8), Switzerland (7.2), and Singapore (7.1) higher.


Water ATMs may help in bridging safe water gap- 05/11/2018

For thousands of communities across India, the process of getting drinking water is now the same as the process of getting cash: they head to an ATM.


IIT-Madras creates India's first indigenous microprocessor called 'Shakti'- 05/11/2018

Professor Veezhinathan from Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IITM went on and said, "The microprocessor will not get outdated as it is one of the few 'RISC V Microprocessors' in the world now".


Thick smog envelopes Delhi, pollution over 24 times safe limit- 05/11/2018

Air quality in India’s haze-hit north, including the capital, New Delhi, deteriorated sharply on Monday because of unfavourable weather and an increase in smoke from stubble burning in fields across the region.


RBI kick-starts process to set up PCR for capturing details of borrowers- 05/11/2018

The Reserve Bank has initiated steps to set up a wide-based digital Public Credit Registry (PCR) to capture details of all borrowers, including wilful defaulters and also the pending legal suits in order to check financial delinquencies.


SC to hear plea on govt delays over appointment of judges in higher judiciary after 8 weeks- 03/11/2018

The plea, stating that the government cannot “frustrate” the process of appointment of judges in the apex court and high courts in “an oblique way” by sitting on collegium’s recommendations and not responding to names reiterated by it, came up for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.


PM launches historic Support and Outreach Initiative for MSME Sector- 03/11/2018

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today launched a historic support and outreach programme for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector.


India tops list of countries which faced internet shutdowns: Report- 03/11/2018

India leads the world in the number of internet shutdowns, with over 100 reported incidents in 2018 alone according to a report titled 'Freedom on the Net' by a US think tank.


What India can do to better its ease of doing business rank- 02/11/2018

India has jumped 23 places to rank 77 in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2019 report. While improvement on quite a few parameters has pushed up its overall ranking, there are some in which it is lagging.


INS Viraat to be turned into maritime museum- 02/11/2018

The Maharashtra state cabinet on Thursday cleared the decks for the Navy's longest-serving aircraft carrier, INS Viraat, now retired, to be converted into India’s first-ever moored maritime museum-cum-marine adventure centre.


Cabinet gives nod for resolution to open ISA membership - 02/11/2018

ISA is an alliance of more than 121 countries initiated by India, most of them being sunshine countries, to work for efficient exploitation of solar energy so as to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.


BeiDou-3: China launches new high-orbit satellite to boost its global navigation system- 02/11/2018

The satellite was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in the southwestern Sichuan Province, state-run Xinhua reported.


Vehicle Location Tracking Devices and Emergency Buttons Mandatory for all New Public Service Vehicles Registered After 1st January 2019- 01/11/2018

In case of older public service vehicles –those registered up to 31"December,2018, the respective State/ UT Governments will notify the date by which these vehicles have to install Vehicle Location Tracking Device and Panic Buttons.


US agrees to grant India waiver from Iran sanctions- 01/11/2018

The US plans to re-impose oil-related sanctions on Iran on November 4 to choke the Islamic Republic’s biggest source of income and pressure it to renegotiate a new nuclear deal.


Clean Air Week from 1st November to control pollution in Delhi On firecrackers, directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court shall be followed strictly- 01/11/2018

This decision was taken in a meeting held here today under the Chairmanship of Shri C.K. Mishra, Secretary, EF&CC to discuss the urgent steps for air pollution mitigation and regulating fire crackers in the light of the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s Order.


Ease of Doing Business 2019: India jumps 23 spots to 77th rank in World Bank's latest report- 01/11/2018

India leapfrogged to the 77th rank in the World Bank's latest Ease of Doing Business rankings, jumping 23 notches from last year, a news that is likely to bring cheer for the Narendra Modi-government that is caught in an apparent turf battle with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).


Government vs RBI: All you need to know about Section 7 of the RBI Act- 31/10/2018

The government has sent letters to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) seeking consultations on key regulatory issues under a never-before-used provision in the law, according to sources.


India Conducts Successful Night Trail Of Agni-1 Ballistic Missile- 31/10/2018

The launch of the surface-to-surface missile was undertaken as a part of periodic training activity by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) from Dr Abdul Kalam Island to consolidate operational readiness, the sources said.


India, Russia, Iran To Meet On North-South Corridor On November 23- 31/10/2018

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu held a meeting with a Russian business delegation on raising investments and business between the two countries on Saturday, where he said "all issues may be resolved in order to operationalise the route as early as possible".


Why India Might Be Wasting Its Time on Aircraft Carriers- 30/10/2018

The Indian Navy has put out a proposal for its third aircraft carrier, tentatively titled the Vishal due to enter service in the latter 2020s.


India drops 43 places on the World Giving Index 2018- 30/10/2018

The CAF World Giving Index 2018 finds that when it comes to donating money, volunteering time and helping a stranger among 146 countries, India ranks at 124 in 2018 as opposed to its position of 81 in 2017.


Air pollution causing one death in ten among children: WHO- 30/10/2018

One in ten deaths in children across the world is being caused by air pollution, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report.


Supreme Court Orders Govt to Impound 15-year-old Petrol, 10-year-old Diesel Vehicles in NCR- 30/10/2018

The Supreme Court on Monday prohibited the plying of 15-year-old petrol and 10-year-old diesel vehicles in the national capital region (NCR) and directed the transport department to announce that such vehicles would be impounded if found plying.


States of poverty: an exploration of the Multidimensional Poverty Index- 29/10/2018

A look at the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), calculated by Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative and UNDP reveal the variations.


India, Japan agree to hold 2+2 dialogue to enhance security in Indo-Pacific region - 29/10/2018

Narendra Modi along with Shinzo Abe reviewed developments in bilateral relations and explored new areas of cooperation, focusing on shared vision for peace & prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.


India donates 3 lakh Dollars for peacekeeping initiative at UN - 29/10/2018

The UN Department of Field Support announced that the Indian government had donated about USD 300,000 for the 'Pipeline to Peacekeeping Command Programme' with a specific focus on issues of conduct and discipline.


China’s 1st private rocket fails after launch - 28/10/2018

Beijing-based Landscape said late Saturday that the first and second stage of its ZQ-1 rocket worked normally but something went wrong with the final of the three-stage rocket.


WTO sets up dispute panel on India-US case on export subsidies - 28/10/2018

In March, the US dragged India to the global trade body's dispute settlement mechanism over export subsidies, saying that these incentives were harming the American companies.


UN to launch project on creating India's intangible heritage inventory- 28/10/2018

Concerned over the “disappearance” of many intangible legacies of India over time, the UN will soon launch a project on creating an “inventory” of art forms, craftsmanship and other intangible cultural heritage of the country.


Criminal Cases If You Contaminate The Environment: The Central Government Warns- 28/10/2018

The capital Delhi is experiencing a number of difficulties due to poor environmental pollution. Pollution in the air is getting worse day by day.


China is Testing a Ramjet-Powered 'Carrier Killer' Missile – Competitor to India’s Brahmos missile - 27/10/2018

The HD-1 missile test was a success and “verified the launch, power and flight control systems,” according to China’s Global Times.


Indian Railways is building world's highest railway line- 27/10/2018

Indian Railways is moving fast to connect Ladakh with New Delhi through rail lines by expediting work on the strategically significant Bilaspur-Manali-Leh broad-gauge rail line.


ISRO Completes "Scaled-Down" Test For Safe Landing Of Chandrayaan-2 - 27/10/2018

The moon lander, Vikram, named after the father of Indian space programme Vikram Sarabhai, will carry out various tests on the moon surface.


India, Myanmar draw up counter-insurgency cooperation plan - 27/10/2018

India and Myanmar held a national level meeting here today to chalk out strategies to crack down on insurgent groups operating in the region.


Russia Launches First Soyuz Rocket Since Failed Space Launch - 26/10/2018

Russia on Thursday successfully launched a Soyuz rocket for the first time since the failure of a similar rocket aborted a manned take-off to the International Space Station (ISS) on October 11.


India and Bangladesh Sign Agreements for Enhancing Inland and Coastal Waterways Connectivity - 26/10/2018

The two sides agreed to consider inclusion of Rupnarayanriver (National Waterway-86) from Geonkhali to Kolaghat in the protocol route and to declare Kolaghatin West Bengal as new Port of Call.


India wins Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management Award, 2018 - 26/10/2018

The association is guided by international leaders who believe in the value of networking, knowledge exchange and the promotion of good governance for the betterment of citizens in the Commonwealth countries.


From Russia’s S-400 To Israel’s Barak-8 Missiles: How India Is Fortifying Its Defence- 25/10/2018

Barak-8 is a long-range surface to air missile jointly developed by India’s DRDO and Israel Aerospace Industries (which subcontracted the work to Israel’s Elta Systems and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems; the latter has a JV with Indian private firm Kalyani).


Government to create special fund to boost fish production by 2020- 25/10/2018

he Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved a Rs 7,522-crore Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FIDF) from which enterpreneurs, fishermen, cooperatives will get loans at subsidised interest rate and two years moratorium on repayment of principal amount.


India’s first engine-less train set to hit tracks on Oct 29 - 25/10/2018

Driven by a self-propulsion module sans a separate locomotive, the train, capable of running at a speed of up to 160 kmph, comes with technical features for enhanced quick acceleration.


Cabinet approves appointment of Adjudicating Authority and establishment of Appellate Tribunal under Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988 - 24/10/2018

Appointment of an Adjudicating Authority, along with the three additional Benches and to establish the Appellate Tribunal under the PBPT Act;


How Chandrayaan-2 will perform its jobs once it lands on the moon - 24/10/2018

Unlike the first mission which carried only Chandrayaan orbiter and the Moon Impact probe, this mission will have a lander and a rover apart from the orbiter, which has been developed by Ahmedabad-based Physical Research Laboratory (PRL).


India, Iran, Afghanistan conduct first trilateral meeting on Chabahar port - 24/10/2018

The Indian delegation to the first meeting of the Coordination Council on Chabahar was led by T.S. Tirumurti, secretary, economic relations, India’s foreign ministry said in a statement.


Invest India Wins Top UN Award for Promoting Renewable Energy Investment - 23/10/2018

The award was presented by Armenian President Armen Sarkissian to Deepak Bagla, the CEO of Invest India, on Monday in Geneva at the inaugurations of the World Investment Forum organised by the UN Convention on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)


Constitution Bench to decide an ‘independent mechanism’ to appoint Election Commissioners - 23/10/2018

The order passed by a Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S.K. Kaul came on a PIL filed by Anoop Baranwal seeking an “independent mechanism for appointment of ECs” outside the exclusive power of the government.


Supreme Court allows sale of 'green' firecrackers: Key highlights - 23/10/2018

The Supreme Court has allowed use of fire crackers that are within permitted decibel limits and emission norms.


Insolvency Law Committee submits its 2nd Report on Cross Border Insolvency - 22/10/2018

Recommends adoption of the UNCITRAL Model Law of Cross Border Insolvency, 1997


Green fund approves $1 billion to assist poor countries to tackle climate change - 22/10/2018

A U.N.-backed fund has approved more than $1 billion for 19 new projects to help developing countries tackle climate change, officials said Sunday.


US to pull out of Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty with Russia- 22/10/2018

U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed that the U.S. would pull out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia.


Why Russia's S-400 Is No Joke (And Why No Air Force Wants to Fight Against It) - 21/10/2018

The S-300 began development in the 1960s as a follow-up to a multitude of prior surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems. The primary missile it planned to replace is the S-75 (SA-2) missile system, which was famously used against the U-2 spy plane and deployed in Cuba and Vietnam. The missile underwent testing in the 1970s and entered service in 1978.


India to host global meet on maternal, child health in December: UNICEF- 21/10/2018

The UNICEF said on Saturday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Chile President Michelle Bachelet and chair of PMNCH will deliver the keynote addresses.


India stands by Indus Treaty commitment, rejects Pakistan reports - 21/10/2018

India on Saturday (October 20) rejected reports in Pakistani media that New Delhi has refused "permission" to Pakistan from inspecting water projects being built on the River Chenab.


As India gears up for Chandrayaan 2, China moots artificial moons in space- 20/10/2018

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) may officially maintain that it is not in race with China so far as its space endeavours go, but the space programmes of the two leading economies cannot be viewed in isolation given that both are trying to make their mark.


After Naval War Games, Democratic India, Japan and U.S. plan joint Air Force Exercise - 20/10/2018

India, Japan and the U.S. are set to elevate the bilateral ‘Cope India’ air exercise to a trilateral format. The three countries already conduct naval war games under the expanded Malabar naval exercise.


India attracted USD 22 bn of FDI flows in first half of 2018: UN report- 16/10/2018

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on Monday in its ‘Investment Trends Monitor’ report that in South Asia, India attracted USD 22 billion of FDI (foreign direct investment) flows, contributing to the sub-region’s 13 per cent rise in FDI in the first half of the year.


RK Singh launches award scheme under 'Saubhagya' - 16/10/2018

RK Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy announced an award scheme under Saubhagya here today to felicitate the DISCOMs / Power Department of the States and their employees for achieving 100 per cent household electrification in their area of operations.


Uttar Pradesh Cabinet approves renaming of Allahabad to Prayagraj - 16/10/2018

"It might be the wish of many people that Allahabad can be renamed Prayagraj. It will be a very good message. If everyone agrees, we should know this city as Prayagraj and it can be a good start," the Chief Minister had said earlier.


Justice Verma panel report wanted changes to sexual harassment law- 15/10/2018

The Centre recently announced its plan to set up a panel of judges to look into the legal and institutional framework to curb sexual harassment at workplaces following the #MeToo campaign on social media.


First Made for India Rafale set to soar this month - 15/10/2018

“This will be the first of the 36 Rafale fighter jets ordered by India,” said a top Ministry of Defence source. The fighter jet has been numbered as RB 008, after Air Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria, who is Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Training Command of the Indian Air Force.


Govt to launch air pollution prediction system for Delhi on Oct 15 - 15/10/2018

The system - called Air Quality Early Warning System - will have an in-built web-based dissemination tools to inform public and enforcement agencies about episodic high pollution events in advance.


UN Food & Agriculture Organisation awards Sikkim for becoming world's first totally organic agriculture state - 14/10/2018

The 2018 award announcement on Friday said: "Sikkim is the first organic state in the world. All of its farmland is certified organic. At the same time, Sikkim's approach reaches beyond organic production and has proven truly transformational for the state and its citizens."


Soon, Ranking For Cities Over Revival Of Water Bodies - 14/10/2018

This initiative will be a part of the drive to make cities across the country flood resilient. The urban affairs ministry will soon come out with the guidelines for this competition as cities face more threats of flooding because of blocked drainage system and dying natural water bodies, where rain water accumulates.


Navy inducts first deep sea vessel to rescue sunk, disaster-hit submarines- 14/10/2018

Enhancing its operational capabilities, the Navy has inducted its first deep submergence rescue vehicle which is deployed to rescue downed or disaster-struck submarines at high sea.


India, China launch 1st joint project to train Afghan diplomats- 14/10/2018

An understanding to launch a joint programme in Afghanistan was reached during an informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held in April at China’s Wuhan city.


For India's Second Moon Mission, ISRO Tests Cryogenic Engine- 13/10/2018

The GSLV MK-III vehicle’s upper stage is powered by the CE-20, which operates on a gas generator cycle using a combination of liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid hydrogen (LH2) propellants.


Major mission to sequence genes of Indians planned- 13/10/2018

India is planning a major mission to sequence the genes of a “large” group of Indians — akin to projects in the United Kingdom, China, Japan and Australia — and use this to improve health as well as buck a global trend of designing ‘personalised medicine.’


India elected to UN Human Rights Council with highest number of votes- 13/10/2018

India was vying for a seat in the Asia Pacific category. Along with India, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Fiji and Philippines had also staked a claim in the same regional group.


‘Not helpful’, says US on India’s plans to buy Iran oil, Russia’s S-400 air missiles- 12/10/2018

As a top US official headed to New Delhi for talks on Iran sanctions, a state department spokesperson said “it’s not helpful” to note India plans to continue buying Iranian oil and Russian S-400 air defense systems, both subject to secondary sanctions under separate legislations.


EC makes it must for candidates to publicise their criminal antecedents- 12/10/2018

According to directions issued Wednesday, political parties too will have to give publicity to the criminal records of candidates fielded by them.


NGT orders 23 states, UTs to prepare action plans to fight air pollution in 2 months- 12/10/2018

Noting that there are 102 cities where air quality does not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, the panel formed an Air Quality Monitoring Committee (AQMC), comprising directors of environment, transport, industries, urban development, agriculture departments and member-secretary of state pollution control boards.


India Ranks 103rd Among 119 Countries In Global Hunger Index- 12/10/2018

The Global Hunger Index report released on October 11 is the thirteenth edition. Welthungerlife and Concern Worldwide has been issuing reports on hunger levels in the world since 2006.


World Bank 'human capital' rankings: Singapore, S Korea take top spots- 11/10/2018

The World Bank Group unveiled a new system on Thursday to rank countries based on their success in developing human capital, an effort to prod governments to invest more effectively in education and healthcare.


India lost $80 billion from natural disasters in 20 years, ranks 4th in the world for economic losses: UN report- 11/10/2018

Climate change is making development highly risky, particularly in lower-middle income countries like India. A study released by the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) on Wednesday said India suffered economic losses of $80 billion during the 20-year period of 1998 to 2017.


Lancet Report: Mental disorders in India on the rise- 11/10/2018

Stressing the treatment gap and high economic burden of mental illness, the report says the disease will cost the world economy $ 16 trillion by 2030.


Centre sets ‘minimum river flows’ for the Ganga- 11/10/2018

In a gazette notification made public on Wednesday, the National Mission for Clean Ganga has laid down the flow specifications.


Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé found to be worst plastic polluters worldwide in global cleanups and brand audits- 10/10/2018

“These brand audits offer undeniable proof of the role that corporations play in perpetuating the global plastic pollution crisis,” said Global Coordinator of Break Free From Plastic Von Hernandez.


India's first national environmental survey to start in 24 states, 3 UTs in January 2019- 10/10/2018

The earliest the first set of complete green data from the survey will be available is 2020, providing an important tool in the hands of policy-makers for decision making at all levels - district, state and national.


SC refuses to go into price, technical specifications of Rafael deal- 10/10/2018

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi said they are not on the suitability of the Rafale jets, but only on the decision making process. It further said that the information in this regard would be submitted in a sealed cover.


India places fresh order for Iranian Crude, to go ahead with Chahbahar Port and route to Afghanistan- 09/10/2018

India was negotiating window out of these sanctions, similar to waivers under the Countering America's Adversaries through Sanctions Act, or CATSA on Russia to buy S-400 missile systems. Indian diplomats say the US is yet not clear about waivers on Iran.


Pakistan successfully test-fires missile system with 1,300-km range- 09/10/2018

Pakistan on Monday successfully conducted the training launch of Ghauri Missile System, which has a range of up to 1,300 km, reported Radio Pakistan.


Section 151A of the Representation of the People Act 1951 mandates ECI to fill casual vacancies- 09/10/2018

In this connection, it is to be noted that vacancies from 9-Bellary(ST), 14-Shimoga and 20-Mandya Parliamentary Constituencies of Karnataka have occurred on 18 th  May, 18th May and 21 st  May, 2018 respectively,  whereas vacancies from the five parliamentary constituencies from Andhra Pradesh have occurred on 20 th  June, 2018.


India 147th among 157 countries on commitment to reduce inequality: Oxfam- 09/10/2018

The Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index 2018, published to coincide with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank annual meetings being held in Bali, analysed the countries` policy behaviour on social spending, tax and labour rights, particularly for women.



India’s decision to purchase the S-400 Triumf missile defence system from Russia has handed the US a unique strategic opportunity to distinguish India from China on their dealings with Russia: sanctions for Beijing, waiver for New Delhi.


India, Japan Begin Bilateral Maritime Exercises In Visakhapatnam- 08/10/2018

The Japanese ships would be participating in the third edition of JIMEX under the command of Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukada, commander of Escort Flotilla-4 (CCF-4).


Human-caused CO2 emissions must reach zero by 2050: IPCC- 08/10/2018

Net human-caused emissions of carbon-dioxide must reach zero by 2050, says the new Inter-Government Panel on Climate Change, calling for urgent, unprecedented and collective action.


Successful night trial of Prithvi-II Missile - 07/10/2018

The surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, was launched from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur near Balasore around 8.30 pm, they said.


Atal Innovation Mission & SIRIUS sign MoU for promotion of innovative cooperation between students of India & Russia - 07/10/2018

To promote innovative cooperation between students of India and Russia, a Memorandum of Understanding was exchanged between India’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and the Russian Federation’s SIRIUS Educational Foundation in the presence of the Prime Minister of India Shri.


India, world's second-largest coal consumer, awaits grim climate report - 07/10/2018

Recent extreme weather events, such as floods in Kerala, wildfires in Uttarakhand and heat waves in the north and east, have demonstrated how vulnerableIndia is to climate change.


India's cooling energy consumption to grow around 2.2 times by 2027: Report - 06/10/2018

The country's cooling energy demand will rise to 2.2 times the existing level by 2027 and interventions can help cut it down by 17 per cent in the next decade, a report said.


ISRO & ROSCOSMOS to work together for first Indian Manned Mission - 06/10/2018

At end of delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladmir Putin, a MoU was inked between ISRO and the Federal Space Agency of Russia ‘ROSCOSMOS’ for joint activities in the field of Human Spaceflight Programme.


95% of monsoon rain falls in only a few days, show IMD data - 06/10/2018

The southwest monsoon season officially extends from June 1 to September 30, but many cities in the country get almost their entire rainfall of the season in a small window that adds up to just a few days to a few weeks within this four-month period, official data going back more than three decades show.


21 IORA Countries adopt the Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy; To Collaborate with ISA Member Countries - 05/10/2018

The Delhi Declaration on Renewable Energy in the Indian Ocean Region calls for collaboration among IORA member states in meeting the growing demand for renewable energy in the Indian Ocean littorals, development of a common renewable energy agenda for the Indian Ocean region and promote regional capacity building.


India, Russia sign S-400 missile deal - 05/10/2018

India on Friday signed a deal for the purchase of the S-400 Triumf air defence system from Russia. The deal is worth around $5 billion.


SIDBI launches national level entrepreneurship awareness campaign--Udyam Abhilasha in 115 aspirational districts - 04/10/2018

On the occasion of Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi yesterday i.e. October 02, 2018, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), had launched a National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign, Udyam Abhilasha in 115 Aspirational Districts identified by NITI Aayog in 28 States and reaching to around 15,000 youth.


ASTRA Missile getting ready to be inducted in service next year: another successful test - 04/10/2018

A series of flight trials of Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) was conducted by Indian Air Force during Sept 26 to Oct 3, at Integrated Test Range (ITR), Balasore as part of final development trials of the missile.


What S-400 air defence system deal with Russia means to India - 04/10/2018

A missile defence system is intended to act as a shield against incoming ballistic missiles.


‘Solar alliance must be agile, results-oriented’ - 03/10/2018

French minister of state for ecological and inclusive transition, Brune Poirson, is set to co-chair on Wednesday the first assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA).


India’s ‘Operation Samudra Maitri’ to help tsunami-hit Indonesia - 03/10/2018

“Operation Samudra Maitri’ for humanitarian assistance was launched after a telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on October 1, and following Indonesia’s acceptance of international aid,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.


Indian astronaut may go to International Space Station for training in 2022 - 03/10/2018

An Indian astronaut may travel to the International Space Station (ISS) on board a Soyuz spacecraft for a short training mission in 2022, a Russian media report said on Wednesday, citing a source in the Russian space industry.


How the govt’s goal of doubling farmers’ incomes is shaping up - 03/10/2018

In February 2016, the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi set itself a formidable target: to double farmer incomes by 2022. The announcement was made as a crippling drought year (2015-16) neared its end.


The Oonth Kadal project has made its entry into UNESCO’s Tentative List of World Heritage Sites - 02/10/2018

German deputy chief of mission to India Jasper Wieck, who on Monday signed an agreement on conservation of 17th Century Mughal-era bridge in Srinagar, said the move is aimed at reclaiming the part of our common identity.


India not in favour of reopening some clauses of Paris agreement: Official - 02/10/2018

Environment Secretary C K Mishra said India will not be adversely impacted in the wake of the Trump administration pulling out of the historic climate agreement.


India sees highest seizure of black spotted turtles - 30/09/2018

India accounts for 29% of black spotted turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) seized from across seven countries in South Asia, states a recent report by TRAFFIC, an international network monitoring trade in wildlife.


India to gift Mig-21 fighter jets to Russia - 30/09/2018

A highlight on the sidelines of the upcoming India-Russia bilateral summit is likely to be the gifting of three MiG-21 fighter jets to Russia.


Indo-French nuclear deal: 10 years after its signing, power project yield little success - 30/09/2018

The 9,900 MW power plant that envisages to have six nuclear reactors of 1,650 MW each is slated to be the biggest nuclear power park in the country.


Alcohol consumption in India doubled in 11 years: WHO report - 30/09/2018

The per capita alcohol consumption in India increased two folds between 2005 and 2016, according to the Global status report on alcohol and health 2018 released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday.


Tourism Awards:Ahmedabad best heritage city, Qutub Minar best monument for differently-abled - 28/09/2018

The awards were presented by Union Tourism Minister K J Alphons at a ceremony held at the Vigyan Bhavan.India's first World Heritage City Ahmedabad is well-known for Indo-Islamic monumental art and architecture, intricately carved wooden havelis.


The 50 districts with the poorest health outcomes in India - 28/09/2018

Over the past decade, India has made significant strides in bringing down rates of child undernutrition and infant mortality. Yet, several parts of India continue to be weighed down by some of the worst health outcomes in the world, with rates of undernutrition and infant mortality much higher than some of the poorest parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.


SC allows women to enter Sabarimala temple, calls ban derogatory - 28/09/2018

The Supreme Court on Friday allowed women entry into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Girls and women of menstruating age—10-50 years—were not allowed in the premises of the temple, which houses Lord Ayyappan.


SC/ST reservation in promotion: SC lays down creamy layer, efficiency norms - 27/09/2018

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the "creamy layer test" would apply if reservatios in promotion are given to the SCs and STs. It said this was needed to prevent the creamy layer amongs SCs and STs from bagging all the coveted jobs in the public sector.


Successful pre-induction test of ‘Astra’ air-to-air missile - 27/09/2018

The missile was fired from a fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force in the afternoon and targeted an unmanned aerial vehicle ‘Banshi’ which it successfully engaged, the sources said.


Adultery no longer a crime as Supreme Court strikes down Section 497 - 27/09/2018

The judgment was welcomed by activists, who said the archaic law should have been dumped a long time ago to keep pace with the rest of world.


India, G4 nations voice concern over lack of progress in long-pending UNSC reforms - 26/09/2018

The G4 nations, India, Brazil, Germany and Japan, have been calling for the reform of the UN Security Council, and support each others’ bids for the permanent seats in the top UN body.


Cabinet approves National Digital Communications Policy-2018 - 26/09/2018

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the National Digital Communications Policy-2018 (NDCP-2018) and re-designation of the Telecom Commission as the "Digital Communications Commission”.


Aadhaar not mandatory for bank account, mobile connection: Key takeaways- 26/09/2018

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declared government's Aadhaar scheme as Constitutionally valid and also struck down Section 57 of Aadhaar Act permitting private entities to avail Aadhaar data.


SC upholds constitutional validity of Aadhaar, strikes down certain provisions- 26/09/2018

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the constitutional validity of Aadhaar; albeit with riders. In a majority judgment of 4:1, a constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra affirmed its constitutionality, saying it involved “parting with minimal information” to fulfill the “larger public interest” of the marginalised and poor who can use it to obtain benefits and subsidies under Section 7 of the Aadhaar Act.


India and China to sign internal security cooperation agreement- 25/09/2018

Zhao Kezhi, China's Minister of Public Security, is expected to visit India next month and hold meetings with Home Minister Rajnath Singh during which they will discuss various aspects of security cooperation between the two countries.


MPs, MLAs can practice law during their elected tenure: SC- 25/09/2018

The Supreme Court Tuesday said there were no restrictions on MPs and MLAs practicing law and that Rule 49 was not applicable to law-makers who are not full time salaried employees.


India among top countries to incur max loss from climate change, finds research- 25/09/2018

India is among the top countries to face maximum economic loss from climate change, says a new research, estimating the total price that emissions would have to the country’s economy.


Nepal is set to become the first country to double its wild tiger population- 24/09/2018

“Our commitment to the Global Tiger Recovery Programme gains new ground with Nepal’s growing tiger numbers and a successful implementation of Nepal’s Tiger Conservation Action Plan,” stated Bishwa Nath Oli, Secretary of the Ministry of Forests and Environment.


ISRO setting up launch pad for Gaganyaan mission- 23/09/2018

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is setting up a third launch pad at Sriharikota to undertake the Gaganyaan manned space flight programme, an ISRO official said on Friday.


Ayushman Bharat Scheme Launched Today: 10 Things To Know About Centre's Flagship Mission- 23/09/2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Centre's flagship Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) from Ranchi on Sunday, reported news agency Press Trust of India (PTI).


A history of Bharat Mata and why we need to draw a parallel with the national anthem- 23/09/2018

Waris Pathan was suspended from the Maharashtra Assembly for refusing to say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. Earlier, another AIMIM leader, Asaduddin Owaisi voiced similar opinion in the Parliament leading to a strong rebuttal (without naming Owaisi) by Jawed Akhtar.


ESIC approves new scheme, Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna for cash relief to unemployed insured persons- 20/09/2018

ESIC has launched this Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana keeping in mind the change in employment pattern. The current scenario of employment in India has been transformed from long employment to fixed short term engagement in the form of contract and temping.


Union Government to launch India’s first National Registry of Sexual Offenders- 20/09/2018

Official sources that the database will contain more than 4.5 lakh cases, including profiles of first-time and repeat offenders, based on details compiled from prisons across the country.


Cabinet approves Dam rehabilitation and Improvement Project- 20/09/2018

The project is aimed at improving the safety and operational performance of selected existing dams and mitigate risks to ensure the safety of the downstream population and property.


Union Home Secretary launches ‘e-Sahaj’ portal for grant of Security Clearance “Pendency has sharply come down”: Shri Rajiv Gauba- 19/09/2018

Speaking on the occasion, the Union Home Secretary said that with the introduction of online portal, the process has become standardized, resulting in a process which will be faster, transparent and easy to monitor.


Instant triple talaq to be a crime now as Union Cabinet approves Ordinance- 19/09/2018

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Wednesday approved an ordinance making instant triple talaq a punishable offence with a three-year jail term.


India faces most cybersecurity threats in Asia-Pacific: Cisco- 19/09/2018

India faces the highest number of cybersecurity threats in the Asia-Pacific region with over 500,000 alerts daily, which is nearly thrice the number of alerts at global companies.


India reported 8 lakh infant deaths in 2017, UN report says it is lowest in 5 years- 18/09/2018

A new UNIGME report said 6,05,000 neonatal deaths were reported in India in 2017, while the number of deaths among children aged 5-14 was 1,52,000.


More river stretches are critically polluted: Central Pollution Control Board - 18/09/2018

The number of polluted stretches of the country's rivers has increased to 351 from 302 two years ago, and the number of critically polluted stretches — where water quality indicators are the poorest — has gone up to 45 from 34, according to an assessment by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).


India's DRDO Test Fires Indigenous Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile - 18/09/2018

India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) conducted the first successful test firing of a new indigenously designed and developed man portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM) at the Ahmednagar test range in the western Indian state of Maharashtra on September 15, the Indian Ministry of Defense (MOD) said in a statement.


India, US closing in on package deal to remove trade irritants - 18/09/2018

Indian farmers and US manufacturers of medical devices could be among the main winners in a trade package under negotiation, as Washington and New Delhi look to remove long-standing irritants to ties, sources familiar with the talks said.


INDO-US joint military exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 - 12/09/2018

The joint exercise Yudh Abhyas 2018 will simulate a scenario where both nations will work together in counter insurgency and counter terrorism environment in mountainous terrain under United Nation charter. The two week exercise will witness participation of about 350 personnel of the US Army and similar strength of the Indian Army.


Cabinet approves New Umbrella Scheme “Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan” (PM-AASHA) PM-AASHA will provide MSP assurance to farmers A reflection of Government’s commitment to the “Annadata”- 12/09/2018

“Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan’ (PM-AASHA). The Scheme is aimed at ensuring remunerative prices to the farmers for their produce as announced in the Union Budget for 2018.


EC removes NOTA option from Rajya Sabha, Legislative Council polls- 12/09/2018

The Election Commission Tuesday withdrew the ‘none of the above’ (NOTA) option from ballot papers of the Rajya Sabha and the Legislative Council polls following a Supreme Court directive.


NITI Aayog, Intel and TIFR collaborate to set up a Model International Center for Transformative AI (ICTAI)- 11/09/2018

NITI Aayog, Intel, and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) announced on 7thSeptember that they are collaborating to set up a Model International Center for Transformative Artificial Intelligence (ICTAI) towards developing and deploying AI-led application-based research projects.


Once a former British Colony, now a Space Power - India to launch 2 British Satellites on 16 Sept- 11/09/2018

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is gearing up for a full commercial launch on Sunday (September 16) when its PSLV C42 will lift off with two British satellites from the Sriharikota launchpad.


Indian Air Force's home-grown fighter jet LCA Tejas completes maiden mid-air refuelling trial- 11/09/2018

In what is likely to fuel the reach of the indigenous fighter jet, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday successfully tested the mid-air refuelling of the home-grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.


Nepal refuses to participate in first BIMSTEC joint military exercise.- 10/09/2018

Nepal will not participate in the week-long joint military exercise of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries beginning Tuesday in Pune.


The Ocean Cleanup aims to clear Great Pacific Garbage Patch - 10/09/2018

Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.


China, Pakistan to extend economic corridor to Afghanistan- 10/09/2018

China and Pakistan have decided to speed up and extend the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor towards Afghanistan during foreign minister Wang Yi’s recent visit to Islamabad, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday.


How India Post Payments Bank savings account differs from post office savings account- 08/09/2018

The launch of India Post Payments Bank or IPPB will help in bringing the unbanked into the banking system. The government aims to link over 1.5 lakh post offices with India Post Payments Bank.


Section 377 based on law passed by Henry VIII in 1533- 08/09/2018

A five-judge constitution bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malohtra said that the Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) violated the constitutional right to equality and dignity.


India all set to test Mobile Theater Ballistic Missile 'Pralay'- 08/09/2018

As the missile has to follow a manoeuverable trajectory, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has planned to evacuate people residing in three km area of the launching complex. This is for the first time that people are being evacuated from a large area.


Govt makes Jan Dhan Yojana scheme open-ended with more incentives- 07/09/2018

The government Wednesday decided to make the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) an open-ended scheme and added more incentives to encourage people to open bank accounts.


ISRO working on smaller launch vehicles to carry satellites of up to 700- 07/09/2018

Speaking at the inaugural session of the Bengaluru Space Expo 2018, a biennial event organised by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Sivan said the agency was planning to open incubation centres at six places in the country to encourage innovation and start-ups.


India, U.S. sign landmark military communications, security agreement COMCASA- 07/09/2018

India and the United States on Thursday began a new generation of military and security cooperation by signing Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA).


India, France set up working group for Gaganyaan- 06/09/2018

India and France Thursday announced a working group for Gaganyaan, Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) first manned space mission announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Independence Day.


Section 377 verdict: Supreme Court legalises homosexuality, partially strikes down Section 377- 06/09/2018

Diluting Section 377 by unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday said LGBTQ community has the same fundamental rights as other citizens. This marks the end of a long legal battle supporting homosexuality.


India’s First Global Mobility Summit 2018 to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister - 06/09/2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate MOVE: India’s ever first Global Mobility Summit organized by NITI Aayog at Vigyan Bhawan in the capital on 7th and 8th September.


Justice Ranjan Gogoi to be India’s new Chief Justice - 05/09/2018

The CJI has written to the Ministry of Law and Justice endorsing and recommending the name of Justice Gogoi, the senior-most judge, as the next CJI.


Kuwait tops the list of world’s most inactive nations: WHO report - 05/09/2018

One in four people don’t get enough exercise, according to a new report from the World Health Organization (WHO). In the survey of 168 nations, Kuwait ranked as the world’s most inactive, while Uganda came out as the most energetic.


Supreme Court to pronounce verdict on fate of Section 377 - 05/09/2018

A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will pronounce on September 6 its judgment on the constitutionality of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a colonial era provision which criminalises private consensual sexual acts between same-sex adults.


India Post Payments Bank replaces ATM/debit cards with QR cards. How to use them - 04/09/2018

India Post Payments Bank (IPPB), which was launched on Saturday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, does away with ATM cards and debit cards for both cash and cashless transactions.


National Nutrition Month being celebrated across country to mark the fight against malnutrition - 04/09/2018

The Nutrition Month will also focus on adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers to eliminate the deficiencies prevailing in the Health sector.


Tsunami mock drill ‘IOWave18’ begins: India along with 23 countries participates in exercise - 04/09/2018

The exercise, known as IOWave18, is being organised by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, which coordinated the setting up of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) in the aftermath of December 26, 2004 tsunami, an official release said here Monday.


India made rapid progress in increasing access to sanitation in schools: UN report- 03/09/2018

A new joint UN agency study, ‘Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools: 2018 Global Baseline Report,’ says that good hygiene facilities in schools provide the basis of a healthy learning environment, and that girls are more likely to attend when they are on their period.


Asian Games 2018: India sets record of best ever medal haul- 03/09/2018

The best-ever medal haul at the 2018 Asian Games is a leap forward for Indian sport after the Commonwealth Games medal spurt.


Ahead of 2+2 dialogue, Indo-US homeland security officials discuss draft plan on six areas- 03/09/2018

During the Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue, held recently, senior officers deliberated on a draft work plan relating to the activities of the six sub-groups, an official privy to the development said Monday.


Mauritius remains top source of FDI into India in 2017-18: RBI- 03/09/2018

While FDI from Mauritius totalled USD 13.41 billion as against USD 13.38 billion in the previous year, inflows from Singapore rose to USD 9.27 billion from USD 6.52 billion. Even as FDI from Netherlands declined marginally to USD 2.67 billion as against USD 3.23 billion in the year-ago period.


India, Singapore launch next round of free trade agreement review - 02/09/2018

The review round was launched by Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu and Minister of Trade Relations of Singapore S Iswaran.


International tourism arrivals hit record high in 2017, India leads growth in South Asia: UN report- 02/09/2018

The number of people travelling abroad hit record levels in 2017 with a total of 1,323 million international tourist arrivals recorded in destinations around the world, with India leading the growth in the South Asian region, according to data from the UN’s tourism organisation.


OBC count to be part of Census 2021, 3 decades after Mandal Commission- 01/09/2018

More than 25 years after the implementation of reservation for Other Backward Classes, based on the Mandal Commission’s recommendations, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Friday announced the first Census to count OBCs in 2021.


Financial inclusion is the main mission of India Post Payments Bank - 01/09/2018

Ahead of the launch of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, the managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the bank, Suresh Sethi, spoke about IPPB’s objectives, goals and expansion plans.


Supreme Court issues notice to Centre, 6 states on violation of public advertisement guidelines - 01/09/2018

The Supreme Court on Friday, August 31, 2018, sought responses from the Centre, six state governments and the BJP on a plea which has alleged that they have violated the apex court’s directions on issuance of public advertisements.


Supreme Court adjourns hearing on Article 35A till next year - 31/08/2018

The matter was listed before a Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud. The Jammu and Kashmir government had written a letter to the Registrar of the Supreme Court on August 29.


HRD Ministry launches Atal rankings for Higher Education Institutions - 31/08/2018

Named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the ARRIA “will rank educational institutions for innovation output based on all major indicators and parameters used globally”, HRD minister minister Prakash Javadekar said.


With ‘Mobility Week’, NITI Aayog kickstarts the action on MOVE: India’s First Global Mobility Summit 2018 - 31/08/2018

Events during the week will see diverse groups - start-ups, academicians, corporations, policy analysts, NGOs and the government, as well as the civil society,engage in conversations on the mobility landscape, future possibilities and preparedness of the countrytowards meeting the opportunities and challenges.


Floods imperil Western Ghats ecology- 30/08/2018

The intense rainfall that unleashed widespread devastation throughout Kerala earlier this month could have extracted a heavy toll on the rich biodiversity and ecology of the Western Ghats region, according to experts.


RBI flags upside risks to inflation- 30/08/2018

“Headline inflation, which averaged 4.8% during Q1 FY19, is likely to face upside risks over the rest of the year from a number of sources, warranting continuous vigil and a readiness to head off those pressures from getting generalized,” RBI said in its 2017-18 annual report.


2+2 talks to focus on China- 30/08/2018

The first U.S.-India 2+2 dialogue next week in New Delhi will discuss regional and strategic issues of Asia and “will also have some real outcomes”, said a senior official of the Donald Trump administration.


Russia successfully tests new interceptor missile- 30/08/2018

The Russian military has successfully conducted a test launch of a new interceptor missile for Russia’s missile defense system, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said on Thursday.


Government Plans to open 650 branches of India Post Payments Bank soon- 29/08/2018

To increase banking connectivity, especially in rural areas, the government plans to open branches of India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) all across the country.


Centre and the World Bank sign 300 million dollar loan agreements for India Energy Efficiency Scale up Programme- 29/08/2018

The government, World Bank and state-owned EESL on Tuesday inked a $220 million loan agreement and $80 million guarantee pact to push energy efficiency programme in India.


Cabinet approves Umbrella scheme “Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling and Science (O-SMART)” of Ministry of Earth Sciences- 29/08/2018

The services rendered under the O-SMART will provide economic benefits to a number of user communities in the coastal and ocean sectors, namely, fisheries, offshore industry, coastal states, Defence, Shipping, Ports etc.


Air pollution lowers brain function: Study- 28/08/2018

Long-term exposure to air pollution lowers brain function, which reflects in decreased verbal and mathematics scores, apart from causing heart disease and breathing problems, a new study from China has said.


India’s first biofuel powered flight undertakes maiden voyage- 28/08/2018

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister, S&T and Vice President, CSIR on the occasion said that it is a historic day and the biofuel technology is going to be a game changer as the Biojet fuel is greenhouse gas neutral, carbon neutral, reduces air pollution and to cap it ,it would bring down import bill on crude oil.“


Vision document on Taj Mahal should take into account pollution in TTZ: SC- 28/08/2018

The TTZ is an area of about 10,400 sq km spread over the districts of Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, Hathras and Etah in Uttar Pradesh and Bharatpur district of Rajasthan.


India's first Manned Space Mission to send 3 persons- 28/08/2018

Giving details of the programme at a press conference in New Delhi, Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh said GSLV Mk III, the three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle, will be used to launch Gaganyaan as it has the necessary payload capability.


ROSTEC begins upgrade of Indian Navy Aircraft Carrier INS Vikramaditya - 26/08/2018

Russian state-owned technology company Rostec has commenced the modernisation and upgrade of aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya deployed into service with the Indian Navy.


Why it's so hard to detect the effect of global warming on monsoon rains - 26/08/2018

Even the most sophisticated climate models struggle to simulate physical processes such as convection and evaporation that drive rainfall activity.


G20 member nations to promote policies that bridges all forms of digital divide - 26/08/2018

Ministerial resounds India’s concerns about data protection and individual privacy.


NITI Aayog launches 5 Thematic Reports on Sustainable Development in Indian Himalayan Region- 25/08/2018

While these thematic areas are quite significant for the Himalayas. Mountain specificities require specific solutions for resilience building that address socio-economic and environmental challenges in the mountain setting. The reports from the five working groups discuss the significance, the challenges, the ongoing actions and a future roadmap.


India,Singapore sign 2nd Protocol amending the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement to boost bilateral trade- 25/08/2018

The signing of the Second Protocol, amending CECA, will boost bilateral trade between India and Singapore.TheCECA was the first comprehensive agreement covering trade in goods, services and investments, which India had signed with any of its trading partners. The CECA was signed on 29th June, 2005 and its first review was concluded on 1st October, 2007.


India among nations most affected by landslides due to human activities: study- 25/08/2018

Landslides triggered by human activities are on the rise around the world and India is among the most-affected countries, accounting for at least 28% of such events over last 12 years, according to a study published on Friday.


India, China agree to deepen defence cooperation to avoid Doklam-like standoffs- 24/08/2018

Nearly a year after the disengagement at Doklam, India and China have agreed to work towards full implementation of ongoing confidence building measures along the disputed border, besides drafting a new bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defence exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.


India’s First ISTS connected Wind Power Project Commissioned Government’s plan of 175 GW RE by the year 2022- 24/08/2018

As a part of this bid, M/s Ostro Kutch Wind Private Limited was issued letter of award on 05.04.2017 for a capacity of 250 MW, with commissioning period of 18 months. A part capacity of 126 MW, located in Bhuj (Gujarat) was commissioned by M/s Ostro on 24.08.2018, ahead of schedule.


UIDAI changes Aadhaar authentication rules for new mobile SIM. Facial recognition must- 24/08/2018

To enhance security against misuse of Aadhaar authentication, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has instructed all telecom operators to ensure that they should start implementing a two-factor verification, which includes facial recognition.


Quad countries discuss on ocean security- 23/08/2018

“We should not really regard Quad in any comparative or in an exclusive context. This four-country meeting is an important modality. There are various modalities where India, Australia, Japan and the US interact, including on a bilateral and trilateral basis…,” said Hideki Asari, Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan.


ICOMOS launches initiative to save cultural heritage damaged in flood-hit Kerala- 23/08/2018

The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is a prestigious non-government organisation dedicated to promoting the application of theory, methodology and scientific techniques for conservation of architectural and archaeological heritage across the world.


35% of cyber attacks on Indian sites from China: official report- 23/08/2018

A report sent to the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) and other security agencies by a department under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has said that the maximum number of cyber attacks on official Indian websites are from China, US and Russia.


Government permits Oxytocin sale through private chemists- 23/08/2018

In a turnaround, the Central government had on Tuesday decided that private retail chemists would be free to sell Oxytocin from September 1.


Seven states get new governors, Malik replaces Vohra in J&K- 22/08/2018

President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday appointed seven new governors, the most significant of which was the appointment of Bihar’s governor Satya Pal Malik as the new governor of Jammu and Kashmir.


Plea in Supreme Court against changes to amended SC/ST law- 22/08/2018

The amendments had restored the legislative intent of the original Act of 1989, which barred anticipatory bail to a person accused of insulting or hurting a Dalit.


Kerala to get cyclone warning centre, another Doppler radar- 22/08/2018

The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences has announced it will set up a cyclone warning centre in Kerala and boost weather forecasting in the state with another Doppler radar.



With enough ice sitting at the surface -- within the top few millimetres -- water would possibly be accessible as a resource for future expeditions to explore and even stay on the Moon, and potentially easier to access than the water detected beneath the Moon's surface.


Iran tells EU to speed up efforts to save nuclear deal- 21/08/2018

“Europeans and other signatories of the deal [China and Russia] have been trying to save the deal ... but the process has been slow.


Kerala floods: How Isro satellites are playing a key part in saving lives- 21/08/2018

Even as the unprecedented floods and landslides have devastated most parts of Kerala in the last fortnight, technologically the most helpful support the authorities are getting in handling the situation was updates from Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) and its various satellites which kept their eyes open up from the atmosphere.


No NOTA in Rajya Sabha elections, rules Supreme Court- 21/08/2018

The Supreme Court Tuesday ruled that the None of The Above (NOTA) option cannot be made available in Rajya Sabha elections. A three-judge bench of CJI Misra and justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud observed that the NOTA option is applicable only for direct elections and not indirect elections such as the Rajya Sabha polls.


US describes India as an "all-weather partner"- 21/08/2018

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells said that US Secretary of State Micheal Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James Mattis will travel to New Delhi on September 6th for the 22 dialogue with India.


Only 23% of rural income from farming, reveals NABARD 2016-17 survey- 19/08/2018

AGRICULTURE GENERATES not even a quarter of rural household incomes in India. Even for so-called agricultural households, just over 43 per cent of their average income comes from cultivation of crops and rearing of animals, according to the National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development’s (NABARD) All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey 2016-17.


International team of scientists including 18 Indian scientists decode complex wheat genome- 19/08/2018

Reacting to the breakthrough, Science & Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “cracking of the bread wheat genome will go a long way in developing climate-resilient wheat and help tide over possible impact of climate change on farm output.”


GDP grew in double digits twice in UPA era- 19/08/2018

India’s economy grew in double digits twice during the previous United Progressive Alliance government (UPA) under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 10.23% in 2007-08 and 10.78% in 2010-11, according to back series calculations by a committee appointed by the National Statistical Commission.


UIDAI announces phased roll out of face authentication with telcos from Sept 15- 18/08/2018

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has finally announced a phased roll out of face recognition feature as an additional mode of authentication, starting with telecom service providers, from September 15.


Ease of Living Index - Cities: Parameters taken into consideration by the Government- 18/08/2018

The study took into consideration 78 indicators in 15 categories. All cities were evaluated out of 100. The 'physical' pillar (infrastructure) was given the highest weightage of 45, while institutional (governance) and social were weighted 25 each. Economy was weighted 5.


11th World Hindi Conference to begin in Mauritius today- 18/08/2018

The 11th World Hindi Conference, an event aimed at expanding the reach of the Hindi language at a global level, will begin in Mauritius from Saturday.


Delhi Ranks 112 on Liveability Index, Mumbai 117 Among 140 World Cities- 17/08/2018

South Asian countries including India have fared poorly in a ranking of the world's most liveable cities topped by Austrian capital Vienna, with New Delhi figuring at 112th and Mumbai 117th position in a list of 140 cities.


Declare Upcoming Year As 'International Year Of Millets', Agriculture Ministry To UN Body FAO- 17/08/2018

Singh has written a letter to Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), an official statement said.


Pompeo Forms 'Iran Action Group' for Post-Nuclear Deal Policy- 17/08/2018

Accusing Iran of unleashing “a torrent of violence and destabilizing behavior against the United States, our allies, our partners and, indeed, the Iranian people themselves,” Pompeo announced the creation of the Iran Action Group, which he said would drive administration policy in Washington and overseas.


Centre tells SC that the creamy layer principle cannot be applied to deny quota to SC/ST employees in promotion in govt jobs- 16/08/2018

Attorney General K K Venugopal told a five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, that there is no judgment which says that affluent people of the SC/ST community can be denied quota benefits by applying creamy layer concept.


Ministry of Railways launches “Digital Screens” to spread awareness about Indian Railways Heritage- 16/08/2018

In the wake of Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision for creating digital museums at stations using QR code, Ministry of Railway has made “digital screens” operational at 22 stations on this Independence Day (15.08.2018) as an innovative low cost solution to spread awareness among public about the opulent heritage of Indian Railways.


Monetary policy panel cites inflationary risks as reason for RBI rate hike- 16/08/2018

Monetary policy committee (MPC) members cited possible risks of inflation in the second half of the year as one of the key drivers for raising interest rates in August, according to minutes of the meeting released on Thursday. The committee also raised rates at its previous meeting, in June.


NITI Aayog launches “Pitch to MOVE” - 15/08/2018

NITI Aayog has launched “Pitch to MOVE” - a mobility pitch competition that aims to provide budding entrepreneurs of India a unique opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a distinguished jury.


How the Supreme Court has evolved since 1950- 15/08/2018

While there are no specific rules for regional origin, a Supreme Court ruling in 2015 by former chief justice J.S. Khehar suggests that they try to maintain regional representation.


Modicare to be launched on 25 September- 15/08/2018

Ayushman Bharat, the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM) or Modicare, will be launched on September 25 this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Wednesday in his Independence Day Speech.


Private companies need to disclose compliance under Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act: Government- 14/08/2018

In order to ensure better implementation of the law against sexual harassment at workplace, the Centre has made it mandatory for companies to disclose whether they have constituted an internal complaints committee (ICC) to probe such allegations.


India rejects U.K.'s DNA test plan for finding illegal migrants' nationality- 14/08/2018

India has rejected a proposal of the United Kingdom to use DNA sampling to establish the nationality of illegal migrants living there, citing “privacy issues”.


Iran Unveils Next Generation Missile Amid Rising Tensions With US- 14/08/2018

Iran unveiled a next generation short-range ballistic missile on Monday and vowed to further boost its capabilities, Iranian media said, at a time of rising tensions with the United States.


Indian Railways Cleanliness Survey Report: Jodhpur Cleanest Station, Varanasi Slips In Ranking- 14/08/2018

Jodhpur and Marwar in Rajasthan were declared the cleanest railway stations, while Varanasi, the prime minister’s Lok Sabha constituency, slipped to the 69th position in the third cleanliness survey released on Monday (August 13).


Government’s first-ever attempt to rank India’s leading cities based on ease of living- 13/08/2018

Maharashtra’s main urban clusters in Mumbai and Pune raced the government’s first-ever attempt to rank India’s leading cities based on ease of living. While Pune topped the ranking, Navi Mumbai and Mumbai rounded out the top three.


Chandrayaan-2 to be launched in January-March window in 2019, says ISRO- 13/08/2018

India’s second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 will now be launched in the January-March window in 2019 instead of later this year as the design was changed to enable it to land on the lunar surface, a top ISRO official said on Sunday.


NASA launches Parker Solar Probe mission to study the sun up close- 13/08/2018

The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy carrying NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission lifted off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 3:31 a.m. Eastern.


Parliament passes Bill for fast disposal of commercial disputes - 11/08/2018

In his reply to the brief debate, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad favoured creation of All India Judicial Service on the lines of IAS and IPS and said scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward sections should get benefit of reservation.


NITI Aayog hosts Investors’ Conference for the Holistic Development of Islands - 11/08/2018

NITI Aayog, together with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the UT Administrations of Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep hosted an Investors’ Conference on August 10, 2018 at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra, New Delhi for the Holistic Development of Islands.


Lok Sabha passes Arbitration and Conciliation Bill (Amendment) 2018- 11/08/2018

The Lok Sabha today passed a bill which will help India become a hub for domestic and global arbitration for settling commercial disputes.


Cabinet approves changes to Triple Talaq Bill, PMGSY- 10/08/2018

They include continuation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana beyond the 12th Five Year Plan period with certain changes, release of pulses to States a discount of Rs. 15 per kg for various Welfare Schemes among other decisions. Here's a round-up of the other decisions.


India gained exponentially from U.S. nuclear deal - 10/08/2018

India has gained exponentially from the Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear deal, said former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran, at an event to mark 10 years since U.S. nuclear restrictions were lifted on India, as he listed permanent access to nuclear fuel and a change in international perception as the biggest benefits for India since the U.S. Congress passed the deal in September 2008.


Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve Becomes 11th Biosphere Reserve from India to be Included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves - 10/08/2018

The Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve has become the 11th Biosphere Reserve from India that has been included in the UNESCO designated World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR).


RBI needs to gradually tighten monetary policy to counter inflation: IMF - 08/08/2018

Average inflation likely to rise to 5.2% in 2018-19 from a 17-year low of 3.6% in 2017-18, according to the International Monetary Fund.


Earth heading towards irreversible ‘hothouse’ state: Study - 08/08/2018

A team of scientists showed that even if the carbon emission reductions called for in the Paris Agreement are met, there is a risk of Earth entering what the scientists call "Hothouse Earth" conditions.


Parliament passes bill to give constitutional validity to NCBC-07/08/2018

The bill was moved for discussion and passage by social justice and empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot in the Rajya Sabha and passed unanimously with 145 ayes and no negative votes or abstentions.


Lok Sabha Passed the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018-07/08/2018

The law to prevent atrocities against scheduled castes and scheduled tribes will remain as stringent as ever. The Prevention of Atrocities against SCs/STs amendment bill not only restores its provisions but also make them stricter.


Will examine if Article 35A affects ‘Basic Structure’ of Constitution: Supreme Court-07/08/2018

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, heading a Bench, on Monday orally observed that the Supreme Court will consider whether Article 35A, which gives special status to the State and people of Jammu and Kashmir, is violative of the ‘Basic Structure’ of the Constitution.


Lok Sabha passes Bill to set-up sports varsity in Manipur-04/08/2018

During the debate on the Bill, which was introduced on Wednesday, N.K. Premchandran (RSP) asked what was the need for bringing an Ordinance. He said a university has to be autonomous in character but the provisions of the Bill defy this.


Delhi is now most investor friendly: NCAER survey-04/08/2018

Delhi moved one spot up to replace Gujarat as the most investor-friendly state in the latest National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) State Investment Potential Index (N-SIPI).


India third Asian nation to get STA-1 status from US-04/08/2018

India has become the third Asian country after Japan and South Korea to get the Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA-1) status after the US issued a federal notification to this effect, paving the way for high-technology product sales to New Delhi, particularly in civil space and defence sectors.


India elected president of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development-04/08/2018

India got the presidency of the organisation, servicing countries of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in the field of electronic media development, for the first time by defeating Iran in the election that took place in Sri Lanka, Information and Broadcasting Ministry officials said.


Blood platelets can kill 60 per cent of Malaria parasites: Study-03/08/2018

The study found that platelets bind to and kill parasites in patients infected with each of the major malaria parasite species which infect and kill humans -- Plasmodium falciparum, P. vivax, P. malariae and P. knowlesi.


Lok Sabha passes amendment bill to give OBC commission Constitution status-03/08/2018

The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed an amendment bill to give constitutional status to the OBC Commission. The Constitution (123rd Amendment) bill, passed by the Lower House, grants National Commission on Backward Classes (NCBC) constitutional status, par with National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (NCSC and NCST).


Andhra, Kerala, Maharashtra top energy efficiency index-03/08/2018

Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan have emerged as the 'front-runner' states as per an energy efficiency index.


China launches high-resolution Earth observation satellite-02/08/2018

The Gaofen-11 satellite was launched on a Long March 4B rocket at 11 am Beijing Time from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province. It was the 282nd flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket.


Advanced Air defence interceptor missile successfully test fired from Abdul Kalam Island today-02/08/2018

The interceptor missile (it remains within the earth's atmosphere at an altitude below 100 km), fired from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast, hit a designated incoming dummy enemy missile at a distance of 40 km, said official sources.


Government launches the scheme “Seva Bhoj Yojna”. -02/08/2018

The Ministry of Culture, Government of India has launched the new scheme namely Seva Bhoj Yojna starting today, with a total outlay of Rs. 325.00 Crores for Financial Years 2018-19 and 2019-20.


RBI consumer confidence survey: Majority of Indians don’t expect their economic conditions to improve-02/08/2018

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s latest consumer confidence survey finds that more than half the respondents do not expect any improvement in their income, their employment prospects and general economic conditions in the next one year.


Cabinet Approves Bill to Overturn Supreme Court Order on SC/ST Act, Reinstate Stringent Provisions-01/08/2018

The Union Cabinet today gave its nod to a bill to restore the original provisions of a law on atrocities against Dalits and tribals, acceding to a key demand of Dalit groups ahead of their call for a 'Bharat Bandh' on August 9, a top government source told PTI.


Parliament passes bill for merger of subsidiary banks with SBI-01/08/2018

The Bill seeks to repeal the State Bank of India (Subsidiary Banks) Act, 1959, the State Bank of Hyderabad Act, 1956 and further to amend the State Bank of India Act, 1955.


India's population growth rate highly overestimated: Study-01/08/2018

Accurate population projections could help India and its workforce catch up to more developed Asian countries with higher GDP per capita, researchers suggest.


RBI hikes repo rates by 25 basis points for second time in a row, raises inflation projection-01/08/2018

The Reserve Bank of India on Wednesday increased the repo rate by 25 basis points to 6.5% and the reverse repo rate to 6.25%. This is the third bi-monthly policy review of the 2018-’19 financial year.


India plans to buy missile shield from U.S.-30/07/2018

“This system will help in preventing 9/11-type attacks [when terrorists flew hijacked planes into New York’s World Trade Center] on Delhi. It is in the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) stage now,” an official source said.


26 religious cities/sites in 19 States have been identified for development under PRASHAD Scheme-30/07/2018

The Ministry of Tourism provides Central Financial Assistance to State Governments/Union Territory (UT) Administrations under the schemes of Swadesh Darshan, National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) and Assistance to Central Agencies for the development of tourism related infrastructure in the country.


Clarification of WCD Ministry on the arguments of UN experts regarding Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018-30/07/2018

The UN human rights experts have expressed arguments over the measures contained in the Trafficking of persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 stating that it is not in accordance with the international human rights laws.


India’s Draft Data Protection Law – First Draft of the Personal Data Protection Bill: Overview.-29/07/2018

These include positive features like broader definitions, horizontal application, extra-territorial jurisdiction and steep penalties for violations, as well as negative features like data localization requirements, many exceptions to state related processing.


India to give flash flood warning to Asian nations-29/07/2018

That means India will have to develop a customised model that can issue advance warning of floods in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand, according to Dr. Madhavan Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences.


International Tiger Day being celebrated today-29/07/2018

AIR correspondent reports that students and general public will take part in the contest to be held in Raisen, Sehore, Betul, Chhindwada, Panna and Satna towns.


Govt notifies ethanol-making directly from sugarcane juice, B-molasses-27/07/2018

The move would help mills divert cane juice for ethanol manufacturing during surplus years. So far, mills were allowed to manufacture ethanol from by-product called C-molasses, after sugar was taken out while processing raw cane juice.


India to hold top spot for economic growth but oil poses risk -27/07/2018

The over $2 trillion economy, which surpassed France recently to become the world's sixth-largest economy, is expected to grow 7.4 percent in the fiscal year ending in March 2019 and 7.6 percent next, according to average forecasts in the latest poll of nearly 70 economists, taken July 19-24.


Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog & MyGov launches “Innovate India Platform” -27/07/2018

Launching the platform, Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission said that the #InnovateIndia MyGov-AIM portal creates the much-needed innovations platform for registering both grassroots and deep-tech innovators at a national level.


Longest lunar eclipse of century to take place tonight-27/07/2018

The eclipse can be seen from all over the country when there are no clouds. The eclipse will also be visible from countries in Africa, Central Asia, South America, Europe and Australia.


West Bengal Assembly passes resolution to rename State as ‘Bangla-26/07/2018

The West Bengal Assembly passed a resolution today to rename the state as 'Bangla' in three languages -- Bengali, English and Hindi.


Lok Sabha passes Trafficking of Persons Bill, 2018-26/07/2018

It also provides for the setting up of Anti-Trafficking Units (ATUs) at the district level which will deal with the investigation, prevention, rescue, and protection of victims and witnesses.


First Lake Of Liquid Water Discovered On Mars -26/07/2018

A massive underground lake has been detected for the first time on Mars, raising the possibility that more water -- and maybe even life -- exists there, international astronomers said Wednesday.


Indian Air Force Participates for the First Time in Exercise Pitch Black – 18 with Royal Australian Air Force -25/07/2018

As a part of Commonwealth countries, India and Australia have always enjoyed amicable bilateral relations. Air Forces of both the countries have participated in the Second World War.


WCD Ministry launches ‘#Childline1098’ Contest-25/07/2018

CHILDLINE is India's first 24-hour, free, emergency phone service for children in need of aid and assistance. At present, it is operational at 450 locations.


NITI Aayog signs SoI with Lupin Foundation for Collaborating in Aspirational Districts -25/07/2018

A Statement of Intent (SoI) was signed today between NITI Aayog and Lupin Foundation to collaborate in Aspirational Districts Programme.


Maternal mortality, infant mortality rates sharply decline during last 3 years-24/07/2018

Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha today, Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda said infant mortality rate has also come down from 160 to 130 per one lakh births during the same period.


India, Rwanda ink 8 MoUs-24/07/2018

According to a release by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on agriculture signed in May 2007 was amended on the cooperation in the field of agriculture and animal resources.


BRICS summit begins tomorrow-24/07/2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with the heads of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa, will be in Johannesburg to take part in the 10th BRICS summit starting Wednesday.


What is Section 377, and why does it matter?-23/07/2018

Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalises consensual private sexual acts between adults. It came into force in 1862. Lawyers have argued that the notorious Criminal Tribes Act, 1871, which branded a number of marginalised population groups like transgenders as “innately criminal” before it was repealed, drew inspiration from Section 377.


Environment Minister inaugurates advanced system of air quality ‘SAFAR’-23/07/2018

Science& Technology, Earth Sciences; Environment, Forest & Climate Change Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan unveiled a state-of-the-art Air Quality and Weather Forecast System– SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting)at ChandniChowkin Delhi today.


Kerala Tops In Governance Index, Bihar Ranks The Lowest: Report-23/07/2018

Kerala stands as the best governed state in the country and Karnataka is in the fourth position, said the Public Affairs Index 2018 released by the think tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC) in Bengaluru.


Cryptocurrencies will boost illegal transactions: RBI to SC-21/07/2018

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday said dealing in cryptocurrency will encourage illegal transactions. The RBI has already issued a circular prohibiting use of these virtual currencies.


Indian monsoon cleans pollution at home but spreads it to other parts of the world, finds a study-21/07/2018

It is a phenomenon that is too familiar to North India in the winter, thanks to the accompanying respiratory ailments, headaches and allergic reactions.


NASA Launches Online Toolkit To Promote Commercial Use Of Satellite Data-21/07/2018

NASA has launched an online toolkit to make it easier for users to find, analyse and utilise the most relevant satellite data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts.


India and Japan Hold 4th Round of Maritime Affairs Dialogue-20/07/2018

The Indian delegation at the dialogue, held yesterday, was led by Pankaj Sharma, Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Affairs) in the MEA, while the Japanese side was led by Ambassador Kansuke Nagaoka, Policy Planning and International Security Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Loksabha passes Fugitive offenders Bill-20/07/2018

“In so many years, we saw that there is a law [to tackle fugitive economic offenders], but the time taken to carry out the due process showed us that there is a need for strict and speedy procedures,” Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said while responding to the Opposition’s objections to the Bill.


Rajya Sabha passes amendments to anti-corruption law-20/07/2018

In a move aimed at providing relief to bankers and helping them take business decisions without fear, the Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2013.


Myanmar joins International Solar Alliance-20/07/2018

Myanmar Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin handed over the ISA Framework Agreement to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a bilateral meeting here on the margins of this year's Delhi Dialogue, the premier annual track 1.5 event to discuss politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) bloc.



UN Environment Programme and the search engine giant Google have gone about and entered into a partnership to monitor the impact of human activities on how it affects the global ecosystem.


EU & Japan sign biggest free trade deal-18/07/2018

The European Union and Japan have signed one of the world's biggest free trade deals, covering nearly a third of the world's GDP. The agreement was signed in Tokyo yesterday.


7th DTTI meeting held between India, US delegation in New Delhi-18/07/2018

The 7th Defence Technology and Trade Initiative, DTTI meeting was held between India and the US delegation in New Delhi today as part of Indo-US bilateral defence cooperation.


Climate change warning: One-fifth of global deaths due to flooding in India-17/07/2018

India accounts for one-fifth of global deaths due to floods, according to government data that lend perspective to a new World Bank study that says climate change will lower the standards of living ofnearly half of India’s population by 2050.


China to launch 300 satellites to provide worldwide low-orbit communications-17/07/2018

The first in the 300-satellite array -- known as the Hongyan constellation -- is set to be launched by the end of this year, it said.


Central Govt to launch scheme to test sports ability of 2 to 3 crore children across country: Rajyavardhan Rathore-16/07/2018

Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore has said that the Central Government will soon launch an ambitious scheme to test sports ability of two to three crore children across the country.


8th India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting Begins in Muscat-16/07/2018

The Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, today co-chaired 8th session of India-Oman Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) along with Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy of Oman, Dr. Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy.


BrahMos supersonic missile successfully test-fired from Integrated Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha-16/07/2018

BrahMos, the supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired at 1017 hrs today, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Balasore, Odisha.


MCA has constituted a 10-Member Committee to review the offences under the Companies Act, 2013 -15/07/2018

The MCA seeks to review offences under the Companies Act, 2013 as some of the offences may be required to be decriminalised and handled in an in-house mechanism, where a penalty could be levied in instances of default.


10k more Sanskrit speakers in India in 2011 census.-15/07/2018

Hindi-speaking population in the country has increased by more than 10 crore between 2001-11, thus remaining India's most spoken language, followed by Bengali, which added more than 1.10 crore speakers in the 2011 census in comparison to 2001.


India becomes the Vice Chair of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from July, 2018 to June, 2020-15/07/2018

Being the Vice Chair of AP Region of WCO will enable India to take on leadership role. India is a wealth of experience inpromoting security and facilitation of cross border trade.


India’s first ‘2+2’ dialogue with US to take place in September: Nirmala Sitharaman-13/07/2018

India’s first 2+2 dialogue with the US, which was postponed this month, would now take place in the first week of September, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday.


SC seeks response from Centre on I&B Ministry's decision to set up social media hub for monitoring online data-13/07/2018

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud issued notice to the Centre on a plea by Trinamool Congress legislator Mahua Moitra and sought Attorney General K K Venugopal's assistance in the matter.


Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation Launches the Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018-13/07/2018

The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launches the Swachh SurvekshanGrameen 2018 (SSG 2018) in the capital today. An independent survey agency will conduct the survey in all districts from 1st to 31stAugust 2018, and the results will be announced in the form of a ranking of all districts and states on the basis of quantitative and qualitative sanitation (Swachhata) parameters. The top performing states and districts are expected to be awarded on 2nd October 2018.


India climbs to 57th position in Global Innovation Index ranking-12/07/2018

India has come a long way from 2015 when it was ranked 81st, 66th in 2016 and 60th in 2017. Even though India is ranked 57th globally, it occupies the top spot in the central and south Asian region.


India becomes 69th shareholder of European development bank-12/07/2018

The Indian government had applied for EBRD membership in December 2017. The EBRD board of governors, which represents all the existing shareholders, voted unanimously in favour of the country's application in March 2018, with the entire membership process completed this week.


India overtakes France to become world's sixth-largest economy-12/07/2018

India's GDP in 2017 was USD 2.597 trillion, slightly ahead of France's USD 2.582 trillion, according to World Bank data.


Centre leaves it to Supreme Court to decide on Section 377-11/07/2018

The government on Wednesday told the Supreme Court that it would leave it to the wisdom of its judges to decide on the constitutional validity of Section 377 on the issue of criminalising homosexuality.


Ease of doing business state rankings: Andhra, Telangana, Haryana ranked as top three states to do business in India-11/07/2018

Andhra Pradesh has topped the government’s ease of doing business index for states, ahead of the industrialised states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.


Indian naval ship INS Sumitra becomes first-ever warship to enter port of Sabang in Indonesia -11/07/2018

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Jakarta in May this year, in a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, it was decided that New Delhi will develop the strategically important Indonesian port Sabang in the Indian Ocean, close to the Andamans.


India Smart Cities Fellowship (ISCF) and Internship (ISCI) Program Launched To Provide Opportunity to Youth to Work In the Domain of Urban Planning and Governance -10/07/2018

Sh. Hardeep S Puri, MoS(I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has stated that Smart cities fellowship and internship program will provide the youth an opportunity to experience the aspects of Urban planning and governance.


IISc, 2 IITs among 6 in govt’s ‘institutes of eminence’ list-10/07/2018

The centre on Monday announced the names of six “institutes of eminence”, three each from the public and private sectors, as part of its plans to create world-class universities to enhance research and improve global rankings of Indian educational institutions.


India, South Korea Sign Five MoUs in Science & Technology -10/07/2018

Two other MoUs were signed between Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), and South Korean National Research Council for Science & Technology and IIT Mumbai and Korea Institute of Science &Technology,to further accelerate future-oriented cooperation in their respective sectors.


One Nation one poll: Law panel refers to UK Act before finalising report -09/07/2018

People with the knowledge of the matter told ET that the said Act was studied in detail since it answers several questions relating to fixed terms for Parliament and state assemblies.


Aadhaar award for Telangana postal circle-09/07/2018

The Telangana postal circle has been adjudged fastest in the rollout of Aadhaar country-wide. Punjab and Bihar were also rewarded in this category and bagged Aadhaar Excellence Awards, 2018.


17th World Sanskrit Conference to kickoff at Vancouver in Canada today-09/07/2018

More than 500 scholars and delegates from over 40 countries are participating in the five-day event. They will present papers on various subjects.


Govt may launch 7 greenfield projects under Bharatmala-09/07/2018

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is looking to connect select stations under its flagship roads and highways project to cut infrastructure costs.


Chief Justice of India master of roster, has authority to allocate cases, says Supreme Court-06/07/2018

The Chief Justice of India (CJI) is “the master of the roster” and has the authority to allocate cases to different benches of the apex court, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday.


Allow gambling in sports but regulate it, says Law Commission of India-06/07/2018

The Law Commission of India on Thursday submitted a report to the government, saying that since it is impossible to stop illegal gambling, the only viable option left is to “regulate” gambling in sports.


Shri Piyush Goyal launches the Coal Mine Surveillance & Management System (CMSMS) and ‘Khan Prahari’ App-05/07/2018

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal said that illegal mining is a serious problem in the country today, particularly in the areas where coal mining is carried out. Illegal coal mining not only causes a loss to the nation’s resources but is also harmful to the environment.


Union health ministry starts empaneling hospitals for Modicare-05/07/2018

Moving a step closer to launching the Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (NHPM), popularly known as “Modicare”, the union health ministry on Wednesday started the process of empanelling public and private hospitals for the scheme.


ISRO conducts first escape test for India’s manned mision to space-05/07/2018

ISRO said the five-hour countdown was smooth. The crew escape system along with the simulated crew module with a mass of 12.6 tonne, lifted off at 7 am at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.


Cabinet approves DNA Technology Regulation Bill, 2018-04/07/2018

Cabinet has approved DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018. The primary intended purpose of the Bill is for expanding application of DNA based forensic technologies to support and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country.


LG does not have independent powers, rules SC-04/07/2018

The Supreme Court today held that Lieutenant Governor does not have independent decision making powers, and is bound to act on the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers.


Supreme Court upholds RBI’s ban on virtual currencies-04/07/2018

With no interim stay on the circular, all virtual currency transactions through banks would be blocked from 6 July, effectively resulting in a ban.


Century’s longest lunar eclipse on July 27-03/07/2018

The celestial body would also be tinged with a reddish hue, a phenomenon popularly referred to as a blood moon.


‘No decision on shifting UGC’s powers’-03/07/2018

This comes days after the Ministry put a draft Bill, to create a Higher Education Commission of India and repeal the UGC, in the public domain for suggestions.


SC orders all states, UTs not to appoint any police officer as acting DGP-03/07/2018

A dozen years after introducing reforms to free the police from political influence, the Supreme Court on Tuesday restricted the choice of State governments in appointment of Directors General of Police (DGPs).


Instant e-PAN based on Aadhaar launched-02/07/2018

“The e-PAN facility is only for resident individuals and not for Hindu Undivided Family, firms, trusts and companies,” the advisory said.Once the PAN is allotted to an applicant through his electronic Aadhaar-based verification system in a few seconds, the applicant will be sent the PAN card by post, the official said.


Indian Navy officer sets sail around the globe solo, non-stop -02/07/2018

On April 6, 2013, Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy completed an epic solo circumnavigation around the world — a non-stop, round-the-world voyage in a small, Indian sailboat named Mhadei.


India’s most potent missile Agni-V to be inducted soon -02/07/2018

India is in the process of inducting the first batch of its intercontinental ballistic missile system—Agni-V—which will bring targets across China within its range, and is expected to significantly bolster the country’s military prowess.


Money in Swiss banks: India moves to 73rd place, UK remains on top- 01/07/2018

India has moved up to 73rd place in terms of money parked by its citizens and companies with Swiss banks, while the UK remains on the top.


India gets 37th WORLD UNESCO World HERITAGE SITE- 01/07/2018

India has been successful in securing the inscription of the "Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai” on UNESCO's World Heritage List under Criteria (ii) and (iv) as defined in the UNESCO's Operational Guidelines.


Aadhaar Virtual ID is now operational, says UIDAI- 01/07/2018

The Aadhaar issuing authority Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Saturday said that its Virtual ID system is now operational as most of the authentication user agencies, including financial institutions have migrated to the new system.


NITI Aayog releases First Delta Ranking of Aspirational Districts- 29/06/2018

The NITI Aayog today launched the first Delta ranking (incremental progress) for the Aspirational Districts, based on self-reported data of districts between March 31, 2018 to May 31, 2018, across five developmental areas of Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Water Resources, Financial Inclusion and Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure.


Rising temperature to cut living standards of 600 million Indians - 29/06/2018

A third of Indians will be affected by 2050, says World Bank; 7 of 10 most vulnerable spots in Maharashtra.


North Korea named worst human trafficking nation for 16th year - 29/06/2018

The State Department's annual "2018 Trafficking in Persons Report" put North Korea in the lowest Tier 3 of its classification of countries, together with China, Russia and Iran.


Government approves draft Act for setting up of Higher Education Commission of India by repealing UGC Act - 27/06/2018

In a landmark decision, a Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Bill 2018 which seeks to repeal UGC Act and provides for setting up of Higher Education Commission of India has been prepared by the Ministry of HRD and placed in public domain for comments and suggestions.


Chandrayaan-2: India to hunt for priceless Helium-3 - 27/06/2018

India’s next moon mission Chandrayaan-2 will land on the lunar surface to search for deposits of helium-3 and its potential for mining.


China, Pakistan show interest in joining solar alliance - 27/06/2018

India said that ISA membership will be thrown open to all countries that want to join, with no criteria such as duration of sunlight and geographical location


India, Seychelles Jointly Sign Six MoU In Various Fields - 26/06/2018

MoU were signed for establishing cooperation in the fields of education, information technology, culture, and technology.


Aadhaar Virtual ID to be accepted from July-26/06/2018

Aadhaar Virtual ID, a 16-digit random number mapped with the Aadhaar number, can only be generated, replaced or revoked by the Aadhaar card holder.


Government plans mega event to mark first anniversary of GST on July 1-26/06/2018

Sources said the government has decided to celebrate July 1 as the ‘GST-Day' and the mega-event is being planned at the newly constructed Ambedkar Bhawan in the national capital.


40% of Indians will have no access to drinking water by 2030: NITI Aayog-24/06/2018

India face the worst water crisis in its history, and 21 Indian cities will run out of groundwater by 2020, a new report from the NITI Aayog–a government think tank– said, highlighting the need for “urgent and improved” management of water resources.


Why power ministry wants you to keep your air conditioner temperature at 24 degree Celsius?-24/06/2018

The power ministry is considering making the default temperature setting for air conditioners 24 degree Celsius. Power Minister R K Singh, during a meeting on Friday, said the mandate will benefit consumers, both from a health and financial point of view.


India to train scientists of countries lacking satellite-building capability-24/06/2018

India has decided to train space scientists of countries that lack satellite-building capability.


World’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics launched in Gujarat-21/06/2018

The world’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics was launched at Gandhinagar in Gujarat today. It is a joint venture of the Regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in India, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives and also Gujarat Forensic Science University.


Shillong is 100th Smart City-21/06/2018

This announcement also sets the final end date for the Mission as June 2023, as every city gets five years to complete its projects, according to a senior Mission official.


Govt plans ‘Pariwartan’ scheme for power sector revival-21/06/2018

The government plans to warehouse stressed power projects totalling 25,000 megawatts (MW) under an asset management firm to protect the value of the assets and prevent their distress sale under the insolvency and bankruptcy code till demand for power picks up.


MoUs signed and 6 at an advanced stage under 'Adopt a Heritage' Scheme: Culture Ministry-20/06/2018

The scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India. Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Shri Raghvendra Singh today said that under 'Adopt a Heritage' Scheme, three MoUs have already been signed and six are at an advanced stage and 31 more Adarsh Monuments are enlisted for coverage under the scheme.


New WATER HARVESTER delivers fresh water from DESERT AIR in major scientific breakthrough-20/06/2018

Researchers from the University of California, Berkley managed to successfully extract clean, drinkable water at very low humidity and at a low cost using their newly built next-generation water harvester.


Civilians own 85% of world's 1bn firearms, survey reveals-20/06/2018

Latest statistics show the proliferation of privately owned guns is on the rise, with wealthy countries outstripping developing and war-torn countries.


Scientists Reveal the Source of a Mysterious Martian Rock Formation-19/06/2018

Explosive volcanic eruptions that shot jets of hot ash, rock and gas skyward are the likely source of a mysterious Martian rock formation, a new study finds.


US Senate passes bill that seeks to enhance defence partnership with India-19/06/2018

The United States Senate on Tuesday passed a $716 billion (Rs 48 lakh crore) defence bill which, among other things, seeks to strengthen Washington’s defence partnership with New Delhi.


What is bitcoin mining? How to get started-19/06/2018

Bitcoin mining was initially conducted on the CPUs of individual computers. Now, mining activity is dominated by advanced hardware Bitcoins or cryptocurrencies, in general, are like digital currencies and act like a tender or an asset class.


NITI Aayog meet: Centre firm on 2011 as base year for Finance Commission-18/06/2018

The Centre on Sunday stood by the controversial terms of reference (ToR) of the 15th Finance Commission, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi endorsing its suggestion that the Census 2011 should be one of the parameters for devolving funds to states.


Centre accused of ‘illegally’ denying details on RTI Act-18/06/2018

RTI activist Anjali Bharadwaj wrote to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) last month demanding to know when were the amendments to the Act proposed and forwarded to the Union Cabinet.


Climate change to affect India’s renewable energy plan: Study-18/06/2018

A recent research published in Nature Geoscience, which used 10 global climate models to investigate large-scale changes in wind power generation across the globe, indicated that there will be changes in wind power across Northern Hemisphere, with substantial regional variations.


India to host European Union Film Festival-17/06/2018

Putting a spotlight on the latest European cinema, the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) will premiere in New Delhi on 18th June, 2018 at the Siri Fort Auditorium. With a selection of 24 latest European films from 23 EU Member States, this years' film festival brings some unusual stories for the world cinema enthusiasts.


Rajasthan ranks low on drinking water supply for villages, says Niti Aayog-17/06/2018

The Niti Aayog has asked the state to improve the access rate and the quality of drinking water in rural habitations while lauding its efforts in surface water restoration and participatory irrigation.


ISRO clears GSAT-11 for launch-17/06/2018

The 5,700-kg GSAT-11 satellite was slated for launch on May 26 from Kourou, a site in South America which India uses to launch its heavy-weight satellite.


20 states sign MoU with health ministry to implement Modicare-16/06/2018

At least 20 states signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ministry of health and family welfare on Thursday committing to launch the Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).


DRDO turns Pinaka rocket system into guided missile, developmental trials soon-16/06/2018

THE indigenous Pinaka rocket system of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), known for firing a salvo of 12 rockets in just 44 seconds, is being evolved into a precision-guided missile, with enhanced range and accuracy to hit its targets.


India suffering worst water crisis in history, says Niti Aayog report-16/06/2018

India is suffering from 'the worst water crisis' in its history with about 60 crore people facing high to extreme water stress and about two lakh people dying every year due to inadequate access to safe water, Niti Aayog said in a report on Thursday.


Environmental changes may cut global vegetable yield by 35%: Study-14/06/2018

Predicted environmental changes are likely to reduce average yields of vegetables by at least 35% globally, according to new research that highlights the need for the agriculture sector to build resilience to climate change.


India among over 90 nations without paid paternity leave for new dads: Unicef-14/06/2018

India is among almost 90 countries in the world without national policies in place that ensure new fathers get adequate paid time off with their newborn babies, according to a new Unicef analysis.


Solar Charkha Mission to be launched soon in 50 clusters: Giriraj Singh-14/06/2018

The Solar Charkha Mission of the Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), will be launched by the President, Ram Nath Kovind on June 27, 2018 in New Delhi.


Govt added 10 Iconic sites in 3rd phase of its flagship project of Swachh Iconic Places-13/06/2018

The sites are Raghavendra Swamy Temple of Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh, Hazardwari Palace of Murshidabad, West Bengal, Brahma Sarovar Temple of Kurukshetra, Haryana, Vidur Kuti in Bijnor and Nagvasuki Temple of Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and Mana village in Chamoli and Kanvashram in Uttarakhand.


3000 more schools selected to get Atal Tinkering Labs-13/06/2018

The selected schools shall receive a grant of Rs 20 lakh spread over the next five years to establish Atal Tinkering Labs for nurturing innovation and entrepreneurial spirit among secondary school children across India.


India to host first BIMSTEC war games in September Conclave of Army chiefs of member-states will be part of it-12/06/2018

The exercise is scheduled to be held in Pune in the second week of September.“The aim of the exercise is to promote strategic alignment among the member-states and to share best practices in the area of counter-terrorism,” a defence source said.


Trump and Kim sign agreement on denuclearization after historic talks-12/06/2018

This is according to the joint document which was signed by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following their historic maiden talks at Singapore's Sentosa island.


Scientists develop technology to recycle vaporised water from power plants for drinking needs-12/06/2018

Scientists have developed a low-cost solution to harvest high-quality distilled water from cooling towers of power plants to meet the increasing drinking water demand across regions.


ISRO’s PRL scientists discover an ‘EPIC’ planet-11/06/2018

"With this discovery India has joined a handful of countries which have discovered planets around stars," PRL's parent Indian Space Research Organisation has announced. Significantly, the discovery was made using a PRL-designed spectrograph, PARAS, to measure and confirm the mass of the new planet.


India Meteorological Department to use flash flood guidance system for first time to forecast floods-11/06/2018

IMD Director General (DG) K J Ramesh told Bhasha that the national weather agency was preparing to launch this service from the next month by using the Flash Flood Guidance System (FFGS) for the first time in the country. "The service will be started for the first time with the help of this system," he said.


India to have its 1st police museum in Delhi-11/06/2018

The museum - depicting the history, artefacts, uniforms and gear of central and state policeforces - will come up as an underground facility in the premises of the national police memorial in Chanakyapuri area of the national capital.


Sanitation coverage in rural India under Swachh Bharat rises to 85%-09/06/2018

A statement issued by the ministry said that through mobilisation of rural communities, 7.4 crore toilets were built across rural India, and as an outcome, over 3.8 lakh villages and 391 districts were declared Open Defecation Free (ODF).


Girls feel unsafe in public spaces, says ‘Save The Children’ report-09/06/2018

The report states that one in every three adolescent girls surveyed were “scared of traversing the narrow by-lanes of their locality, as well as the road to go to school or the local market”.


U.S.-Japan-India-Australia Quad: New Delhi charts new line on Indo-Pacific policy-09/06/2018

“The Quadrilateral format of U.S.-Japan-India-Australia is one of the many multilateral dialogues in the region, and not directed against any country. It is not part of the Indo-Pacific region concept outlined by Prime Minister Modi in Shangri-La,” Mr. Saran told the Russian TASS news agency in an interview made available by the Indian embassy.


India moves one notch up to 136th place in Global Peace Index-08/06/2018

The report that covers 99.7 per cent of the world's population and uses 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators grouped into three key domains -- ongoing conflict, safety and security, and militarisation, noted that "the world is less peaceful today than at any time in the last decade".


IMF welcomes RBI decision to hike repo rate, terms it as appropriate step in times of rising inflation-08/06/2018

IMF Spokesman Gerry Rice told this to reporters during his bi-weekly news conference in Washington. He said that the IMF thinks that this was an appropriate step by the RBI in present context of rising inflation and additional upside risks to the forecasts due to higher oil prices, exchange rate depreciation and other domestic factors.


India records 22% reduction in maternal mortality ratio since 2013-08/06/2018

The MMR has declined from 167 in 2011-2013 to 130 in 2014-2016, according to the special bulletin.


Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru in top 10 cities for GDP risk from terrorism-07/06/2018

Three Indian cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru are ranked among the top 10 cities globally for GDP risk from terrorism threats, a recent study has found out.


President Approves Promulgation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018-07/06/2018

The Ordinance provides significant relief to home buyers by recognizing their status as financial creditors. This would give them due representation in the Committee of Creditors and make them an integral part of the decision making process.


Climate change: Shifting-monsoon patterns causing water distress in India-07/06/2018

Tourists are being asked to stay away from Shimla during peak holiday season, and schools have been shut for this week, as the city received nearly 60 per cent less water daily since May 18, 2018.


Government launches 'Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan' to get advice on improving farming techniques-05/06/2018

The Ministry of Agriculture and farmers’ welfare in line with the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 has launched the Krishi kalyan Abhiyaan from 1st June, 2018 till 31st July, 2018 so as to aid, assist and advice farmers on how to improve their farming techniques and raise their incomes.


Centre to start measuring ‘green GDP’ of States-05/06/2018

India’s environmental diversity and riches are universally recognised but have never been quantified. Starting this year, the government will begin a five-year exercise to compute district-level data of the country’s environmental wealth. The numbers will eventually be used to calculate every State’s ‘green’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP).


Beat Plastic Pollution’, the theme for World Environment Day 2018-05/06/2018

The United Nations, aware that the protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue, which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world, designated June 5 as World Environment Day. The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals.


Odisha beach is Asia’s first to get ‘Blue Flag’ tag-04/06/2018

The Chandrabhaga beach on the Konark coast of Odisha will be the first in Asia to get the Blue Flag certification — the tag given to environment-friendly and clean beaches, equipped with amenities of international standards for tourists.


India asserts role in southeast Asia-04/06/2018

Almost lost in the din of the upcoming US-North Korea summit and fresh tension between Washington and Beijing last week, India cemented its diplomatic and security ties across Southeast Asia in a clear challenge to China.


India tests nuclear-capable missile Agni-V off Odisha coast-04/06/2018

India on Sunday test-fired surface-to-surface nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile Agni-V from Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Odisha, ANI reported.


Government introduces new scheme SevaBhojYojna-02/06/2018

The Ministry of Culture, Government of India has introduced a new scheme namely ‘SevaBhojYojna’ with a total outlay of Rs. 325.00 Crores for Financial Years 2018-19 and 2019-20.


Indian Institute of Science makes it to top 100 in the World Reputation Rankings 2018-02/06/2018

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, made it to the top 100 universities in the Times Education World Reputation Rankings 2018, which were released on Wednesday. IISc Bangalore is the only Indian institution to make it to the top 100.


India commissions new systems for predicting extreme weather events-02/06/2018

The advance prediction will provide more preparatory and emergency response time to disaster management authorities in the particular area of extreme weather events.


RIMPAC from June 27; India among 26 participant countries-31/05/2018

Known as the world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC this year involves 47 surface ships, five submarines, 18 national land forces, and more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel.


India’s ranking goes up in childhood index-31/05/2018

India finds space at 113 in Save the Children’s "End of Childhood Index 2018” which ranked 175 countries this year against indicators to determine the quality of childhood children have access to.


UIDAI extends deadline to deploy Virtual ID system to 1 July-31/05/2018

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has extended by one month to 1 July the deadline for service providers and agencies like banks and telecom companies to fully deploy Virtual ID system and accept these IDs in lieu of Aadhaar number.


8 out of 10 people concerned about Aadhaar data privacy: Study-30/05/2018

Following the Facebook data scandal perpetrated by Cambridge Analytica, 80% Indians are concerned about their Aadhaar data privacy, a study by market research and analysis company Velocity MR.


Centre planning to lay OFC in border areas: Nirmala Sitharaman-30/05/2018

The minister, who was speaking of the achievements of the four-year-old Narendra Modigovernment, responding to media questions said, "We will soon start work on extension of optical fibre cable in the border areas.


Highest UN peacekeeper deaths in last 70 years from India-30/05/2018

According to the UN, of the 3,737 peacekeepers who have died since 1948, 163 have been from India, the highest total from any troop contributing country.


National parties are public authorities under RTI Act, Election Commission clarifies-29/05/2018

The Election Commission on Monday clarified that national political parties are public authorities under the Right To Information Act as declared by the Central Information Commission, PTI reported. This came a day after the poll panel had said that political parties are out of the RTI Act’s ambit.


Nari Shakti Puraskar presented to INSV Tarini team-29/05/2018

President Ram Nath Kovind had conferred the Nari Shakti Puraskars on International Women's Day in Rashtrapati Bhavan. As the INSV Tarini team was sailing then, the award could not be presented to the team.


Hidden mountain ranges discovered under Antarctica ice-28/05/2018

The team, led by researchers from Northumbria University in the UK, has mapped for the first time three vast, subglacial valleys in West Antarctica


Isro: Trial of sat-based warning system at unmanned railway crossings satisfactory-28/05/2018

Under a pilot project, the railways had last year installed Isro-developed integrated circuit (IC) chips on some train engines.


Kerala, the first state in southern India, to be visited by 15th Finance Commission from 28th to 31st May 2018-26/05/2018

The Fifteenth Finance Commission of the Government of India is visiting the state of Kerala from 28th to 31st May 2018. The Commission led by the Chairman Shri N.K.Singh, Members – Shri Shaktikanta Das, Dr. Anoop Singh, Dr. Ashok Lahiri, Dr. Ramesh Chand and Secretary Shri Arvind Mehta along with other officials will assess the state of the finances of Kerala and the progress made in socio-economic field.


‘Clean Air India Initiative’ launched-26/05/2018

Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte, who is in India on a two-day visit, launched the ‘Clean Air India Initiative’ in the national capital on Thursday.


Nepal first country in south-east Asia to eliminate trachoma: WHO-24/05/2018

Nepal's achievement is commendable and results from a strong political commitment, intense community engagement and impressive leadership demonstrated by civil society," said Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia Region.


India's billionaire count to swell to 357 by 2027: Report-24/05/2018

India has the third largest number of billionaires in the world, and in the next decade, as many as 238 additional ultra high net worth individuals will join this elite club, says a report.


India 145th among 195 countries in healthcare access, quality: Lancet-24/05/2018

The Global Burden of Disease study, however, mentioned that India has seen improvements in healthcare access and quality since 1990.In 2016, India's healthcare access and quality scored at 41.2 (up from 24.7 in 1990).


Pakistan raises India’s ‘violation’ of Indus Waters Treaty with World Bank-23/05/2018

Pakistan has raised with the World Bank the alleged violation of the Indus Waters Treaty by India, which inaugurated the Kishanganga hydro project in Kashmir, as the multilateral lender sought opportunities within the treaty to find an amicable resolution of the issue.


Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos tested successfully to validate new features-23/05/2018

Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successfully fired from a test range along the Odisha coast to validate some new features.


PMO seeks change in UPSC allocation-21/05/2018

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked the department concerned to examine if the services can be allocated after the completion of the foundation course, according to an official communiqué.


India sixth wealthiest nation with $8,230 bn, China three times richer-21/05/2018

According to the AfrAsia Bank Global Wealth Migration Review, the US is the wealthiest country in the world with a total wealth of $62,584 billion, followed by China ($24,803 billion) at the second place and Japan ($19,522 billion) at the third place.


Zojila Pass: Asia's longest tunnel inaugurated by Modi-20/05/2018

The project is expected to be finished within five years. "I'm confident that it will be completed during your (Modi's) tenure as prime minister," Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said at the closing ceremony for the birth centenary celebration of the 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche.


India moves to use Indus water against Pak terror-20/05/2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated two hydroelectric projects in Jammu & Kashmir, indicating his government's political will to respond to Pakistan's use of terrorism against India with every option at its command, including using in full India's share of water from western tributaries of the Indus, as possible leverage points.


Mysterious rise in banned ozone-destroying chemical shocks scientists-20/05/2018

Unless the culprit is found and stopped, the recovery of the ozone layer, which protects life on Earth from damaging UV radiation, could be delayed by a decade. The source of the new emissions has been tracked to east Asia, but finding a more precise location requires further investigation.


WHO publishes its first Essential Diagnostics list-17/05/2018

The step was taken to address the problem of people's inability to access diagnostic services, thus failing to receive the correct treatment.


Won’t allow arrest of innocents even if govt makes law: Supreme Court on SC/ST Act ruling-17/05/2018

Toughening its stand against a review of its ruling diluting the arrest clause in the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would not allow arrest of an innocent merely on a complaint even if Parliament made a law.


Indore cleanest city, Jharkhand emerges best-performing state-17/05/2018

Jharkhand has emerged as the best-performing state in terms of cleanliness, while Indore in Madhya Pradesh was adjudged the cleanest city in the country, according to the government cleanliness survey released on Wednesday.


SC to examine if pleas challenging Article 35A should be referred to Constitution Bench-16/05/2018

The Supreme Court will examine fervent pleas for a five-judge Constitution Bench to decide whether special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir is unconstitutional.


India third largest solar market in the world: Mercom Communications-16/05/2018

India emerged as the third largest solar market in the world in 2017 behind China and the US, Mercom Communications India said in a report.


2.39 lakh girls under five die in India every year because of gender discrimination, finds study-16/05/2018

A gender discrimination study has found that 2,39,000 girls under the age of five die in India every year because of society’s preference for sons. The study, conducted by the Austria-based International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, did not include the figures of female foetuses that are aborted.


SC/ST Act may go to Schedule IX of Constitution-15/05/2018

The government is planning to bring an ordinance to overturn the Supreme Court verdict putting safeguards on arrests under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and subsequently introduce a bill to insulate it from further judicial scrutiny.


MNRE issues National Wind-solar Hybrid Policy-15/05/2018

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has issued National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy here today. The objective of the policy is to provide a framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV hybrid system for efficient utilization of transmission infrastructure and land.


India saw 82 internet shutdowns in 2017-18; highest in south Asia: UNESCO-15/05/2018

People in South Asian countries experienced at least 97 instances of Internet shutdown, a barometer on freedom of press and expression, between May 2017 and April 2018, with India alone accounting for 82 such cases, according to a UNESCO report.


Oceanographers record largest-ever wave in southern hemisphere off New Zealand coast-11/05/2018

Scientists have recorded a wave measuring 23.8 metres, the height of an eight-storey building, in the Southern Ocean near New Zealand’s Campbell Island, AFP reported on Thursday.


Govt approves green licence plates for e-vehicles-11/05/2018

The government also plans to allow youth in the age bracket of 16-18 years to drive electric scooters, besides mandating taxi aggregators to have a certain percentage of e-vehicle fleet.


SC directs all HCs to set up anti-sexual harassment panels within 2 months-11/05/2018

The Supreme Court on Thursday asked chief justices or acting chief justices of all high courts to set up anti-sexual harassment committees in courts across the country within two months in accordance with a 2013 law.


IMF reaffirms that India will be the fastest-growing major economy in 2018-09/05/2018

The IMF's Asia and Pacific Regional Economic Outlook report said that India was recovering from the effects of demonetisation and the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax.


5 ways India could be affected by U.S. decision to pull out of Iran nuclear deal-09/05/2018

Despite United States President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal itself won’t be scrapped as long as Iran and the other signatories: the U.K., France, Russia, China, Germany and the European Union remain committed to it.


India launches biggest city gas distribution auction-09/05/2018

Awards from the 9th CGD licensing round would help bring gas coverage to 174 districts in 22 states and Union Territories, covering 29 per cent of the country's area and 24 per cent of the population, said Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launching the bidding round here.


India ranks fourth in Asia-Pacific on power index-08/05/2018

The Lowy Institute Asia Power Index measures power across 25 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region, reaching as far west as Pakistan, as far north as Russia, and as far into the Pacific as Australia, New Zealand and the US.


PCI rejects World Press Freedom Index citing ‘lack of clarity’-08/05/2018

The Press Council of India has rubbished the recently released Press Freedom Index, in which India slipped two places to rank 138th among 180 countries, saying there was a “lack of clarity” on the inputs that weighed in the rankings which were based on “opinion or perception”.


ISRO’s clock to prop up India’s own GPS-08/05/2018

Time is running out for the seven-satellite Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), also known as NavIC (Navigation in Indian Constellation).


NASA launches spacecraft to study the interior of Mars for the first time-07/05/2018

The United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Saturday launched a spacecraft to Mars to study the deep interior of the Red Planet for the first time.


India signs 200 million US Dollar Loan Deal with World Bank for National Nutrition Mission (POSHAN Abhiyaan) for 315 districts across all states/UTs-07/05/2018

The POSHAN (PM’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment) Abhiyaan was launched by the Prime Minister on 8th March 2018 at Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan.


NITI Aayog and Google sign SoI to help grow AI ecosystem in India-07/05/2018

A Statement of Intent (SoI) was signed to this effect by Ms. Anna Roy, Advisor, NITI Aayog and ShriRajanAnandan, Vice President, India and South East Asia, Google in the presence of the Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITIAayog.



BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, who had for months questioned the private equity structure of GST-Network (GSTN), demanded transfer of Finance Secretary Hashmukh Adhia to a lesser important ministry for his alleged role in the "GSTN scam".


NITI Aayog to Collaborate with IBM to develop Precision Agriculture using Artificial Intelligence-05/05/2018

NITI Aayog and IBM signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) today to develop a crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide real time advisory to farmers in Aspirational Districts.


Govt launches National Water Informatics Centre to maintain data on water resources-05/05/2018

The NWIC will also collaborate with leading national and international research institutes to provide technical support to central and state organisations dealing with water emergency response of hydrological extremes.


GST Council approves ownership change of GSTN structure.-04/05/2018

Briefing media after chairing the 27th meeting of the council through video -conferencing today, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, the government will acquire the 51 percent stake held by private entities and subsequently the central and the state governments will hold a 50 percent stake each in the entity.


China launches satellite to provide transmission across Asia-Pacific region-04/05/2018

China launched a new communication satellite "APSTAR-6C" late on Thursday at the southwestern Xichang Satellite Launch Center.


Preliminary enquiry not a must for every complaint under SC/ST Act, says Supreme Court-04/05/2018

Only anti-Dalit atrocities' complaints which are felt “absurd” or “absolutely” frivolous need to be probed by the police before proceeding to arrest the perpetrator, Justice A.K. Goel qualified the apex court's March 20 judgment which led to widespread unrest and violence across the country.


Workshop on disaster database held in New Delhi concludes, NDMA paves way for creation of national-level disaster database-03/05/2018

Developing this integrated database with locally obtained and validated data is crucial for tracking our risks and progress towards resilience without which India will not be able to meet its developmental goals.


Increasing global warming leading to fish mortalities in Arabian Sea: Indo-US study-03/05/2018

In what is set to aggravate concerns over climate change, a new joint Indo-US study has found that global warming is leading to large-scale fish kills in the Arabian Sea by fuelling the growth of harmful bioluminescent algae.


WHO polluted cities list: Government claims pollution dipped in 2017-03/05/2018

Responding to the air pollution data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday, the government claimed that various measures have led to pollution levels actually falling in 2017.


SC eases procedure for case record transfer-02/05/2018

Accused persons usually move the High Courts in the middle of criminal proceedings in trial courts on various issues, ranging from quashing of charges to transfer of cases to appeal against interim orders, etc.


9th India-Japan Energy Dialogue held in New Delhi; both countries agree to work together for energy security, energy access and climate change issues-02/05/2018

The 9th India Japan Energy Dialogue was held in New Delhi, today. Minister of State(IC) for Power and New &Renewable Energy, Shri R.K Singh, and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Mr. Hiroshige Sekosigned a Joint Statement at the conclusion of the meeting.


10 Indian cities out of 20 rank among the most polluted in the world: WHO-02/05/2018

According to report, more than 90 per cent of air pollution-related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, including India.


India and Pakistan to participate in multi-nation military drill for the First Time.-30/04/2018

Even though ties between India and Pakistan continue to remain strained, the two neighbours will participate together for the first time in a multi-nation counter-terrorism exercise in Russia in September.


All Indian villages now have access to power supply-30/04/2018

Manipur's Leisang village became the last non-electrified inhabited village to join India's mainline supply network at 5.30pm on Saturday, an important milestone in the country's journey towards universal electricity access.


Petition in Supreme Court seeks measures to combat heat wave-30/04/2018

The Supreme Court has asked a PIL petitioner to submit a representation to the government to reschedule office hours and provide drinking water and medical facilities to the public and in educational institutions to beat the heat wave sweeping across the country.


New system to measure air quality-25/04/2018

India is tying up with the United States and Finland to develop a pollution-forecast system that will help anticipate particulate matter (PM) levels at least two days in advance and at a greater resolution than what is possible now.


SC notice to govt. on petition to outlaw Section 377-25/04/2018

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the government to respond to a plea by a hotelier to strike down the colonial Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises homosexuality.


GST Council to take call on turning GSTN into govt entity on May 1-25/04/2018

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting on May 1 will deliberate on the pros and cons of converting the GST Network (GSTN), the GST’s information technology backbone, into a government-owned company.


Diu Smart City becomes first to run on 100% Renewable Energy during Daytime-23/04/2018

Diu had been importing 73% of its power from Gujarat until last year. It has now adopted a two-pronged approach whereby a 9 MW solar park spread over 50 hectares rocky barren land has been developed besides installing solar panels on the roof tops on 79 government buildings thereby generating 1.3 MW annually.


India at the forefront of global growth in financial inclusion: World Bank-23/04/2018

The Global Findex Report, 2017 released by the World Bank on Friday gives India more than one reason to cheer, as it notes the rapid increase in financial inclusion that has taken place in the country.


India has 94 cities with toxic air. Half of them in just four states-23/04/2018

Every third city that failed to meet national air quality standards in India–where most people die of air pollution than any other nation–was in two of the country’s biggest states, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, in five years to 2015, according to government data.


Giant asteroid makes surprise flyby past Earth-18/04/2018

A giant asteroid gave Earth a surprise close shave this week, flying by at a distance of 192,000 kilometers, just a day after astronomers discovered the object, scientists say.


Rocket-control glitch delays launch of NASA's planet-hunting satellite-18/04/2018

An 11th- hour technical glitch prompted SpaceX to postpone its planned launch on Monday of a new NASA space telescope designed to detect worlds beyond our solar system.


India wins elections to key UN subsidiary bodies-18/04/2018

The UN's Economic and Social Council held elections to a number of its subsidiary bodies on Monday. The ECOSOC focusses on advancing the three dimensions of sustainable development - economic, social and environmental.


World Bank says Indian economy has recovered from the impact of demonetisation, GST-16/04/2018

The World Bank said on Sunday that India’s economy has recovered from the impact of demonetisation and the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax regime, and would grow at 7.3% in 2018 and 7.5% in 2019.


Ministry notifies Plastic Waste Management (amendment) rules-16/04/2018

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has notified the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules 2018.


Erosion of steep mountains may be adding CO2 to our atmosphere-16/04/2018

It’s been well-established that steep mountain ranges can draw carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere. This is because erosion of the mountain exposes new rock, initiating a chemical reaction between the CO2 in the air and the minerals on the mountain face, weathering the rock and using CO2 to produce carbonate minerals such as calcite


Seven MoUs signed with Russian OEMs-14/04/2018

Seven MoUs were signed at the Defence Expo 2018 by Indian private companies and Russian original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to manufacture and develop spares and sub-assemblies of identified Russian-origin platforms in use by the Indian armed forces.