2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 Venezuela & Libya Suspended from Voting in UNGA [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Venezuela and Libya have been suspended from voting in UN General Assembly. It is for second time in two years because of millions of dollars in unpaid dues to world body. Dues vary according to factors including national income.

    Venezuela & Libya suspended from voting in UN General Assembly

    Venezuela & Libya Suspended from Voting in UN General Assembly

    Venezuela & Libya suspended from voting in UN General Assembly

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  • 2 India Signs $375 MN Loan Pact with ADB for Industrial Corridor [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed $375 million pact for loans and grants to develop 800km Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor. It is first phase of a planned 2, 500km East Coast Economic Corridor. Earlier ADB had approved $631 million in loans and grants for

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  • 3 Gujarat Assembly Clears Bill Banning Hookah Bars [ Policy-Governance ]

    Gujarat assembly approved a bill banning hookah bars. Operating a hookah bar will be a criminal offence warranting a maximum of three-year imprisonment and Rs. 50, 000 fine. Running hookah bar in Gujarat will be considered as punishable.

    Gujarat Assembly clears Bill banning hookah bars

    Gujarat Assembly Clears Bill Banning Hookah Bars

    Gujarat Assembly clears Bill banning hookah bars

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  • 4 CBEC Launched a Mobile Application for Goods and Services Tax [ Sci-Tech ]

    Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC launched a Goods and Services Tax (GST) mobile application. It is for taxpayers to readily access a host of information related to new indirect tax regime. Application is aimed at improving ease of doing business and providing outstanding

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  • 5 TCS Ranked Among Top Three IT Services Brands Globally by Brand Finance [ Ranks & Indices ]

    Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has become one of top three most-valuable brands in information technology (IT) service sector. Assessment done by Brand Finance, it is leading brand valuation firm in world. Brand Value has grown by US $6.7 billion over past 7 years.

    TCS Ranked Top Three IT Services Brands Globally

    TCS Ranked Top Three IT Services Brands Globally

    TCS Ranked Top Three IT Services Brands Globally

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  • 6 India, Germany Ratify 2011 Pact on Social Security Investment [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India and Germany ratified a comprehensive Social Security Agreement (SSA). It is to improve investment flows between two countries. The agreement is expected to reduce operational costs of Indian and German companies active in either of countries.

    India, Germany ratify 2011 Pact of SSA

    India, Germany Ratify 2011 Pact of SSA

    India, Germany ratify 2011 Pact of SSA

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  • 7 Former Nagaland CM Zeliang Appointed as Finance Advisor to State Government [ Appointments ]

    Nagaland Governor appointed former Chief Minister T R Zeliang as finance Advisor to Government of Nagaland. This post will be in rank of a cabinet minister and will receive pay and allowances admissible to a cabinet minister.

    Image of T. R. Zeliang

    Image of T. R. Zeliang

    Image of T. R. Zeliang

    Categ

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  • 8 Union Cabinet Approves Agreement Between India and Poland [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Union Cabinet has given its approval for Agreement between India and Poland on cooperation in the field of agriculture and allied sectors. India and Poland will constitute a Joint Working Group (JWG) to cooperate in the agriculture sector.

    Agreement between India and Poland in cooperation of farming

    Agreement between India and Poland in Cooperation of Farming

    Agreement between India and Poland in cooperation of farming

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  • 9 WTO’S Trade Facilitation Agreement Comes into Effect [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    World Trade Organization announced that Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has now entered into force. It is having surpassed minimum requirement of 110 ratifications from members. It is biggest reform of global trade for this century.

    WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement comes into effect

    WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement Comes into Effect

    WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement comes into effect

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 Central Excise Day Observed on 24 February 2017 [ Important Days ]

    Central Excise Day is commemorated every year all across India on 24th of February. It is to encourage employees of excise department to carry out central excise duty all over India. It is to prevent corruption in goods manufacturing business as well as implement other rules to c

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  • 2 Astronomers Discover 7 New Earth-Sized Exoplanets [ Sci-Tech ]

    Astronomers have discovered for first time seven new Earth-sized exoplanets that may be able to sustain life. Lead researcher Michael Gillon, with University of Liege in Belgium discovered that these exoplanets are orbiting a star 39 light years away.

    TRAPPIST-1 star, has seven Earth-size planets

    TRAPPIST-1 Star, Has Seven Earth-size Planets

    TRAPPIST-1 star, has seven Earth-size planets

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  • 3 Scientists Discover New Miniature Frog Species in India [ Sci-Tech ]

    Scientists have discovered seven new endemic species of Nyctibatrachus (night frogs). Four of these species are hardly 14 mm in length it is among the smallest ever described. Found through rainforests of Western Ghats in southern India.

    Seven new species discovered from the Western Ghats

    Seven New Species Discovered from the Western Ghats

    Seven new species discovered from the Western Ghats

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  • 4 India, Australia MoU for Cooperation in Civil Aviation Sector Approved [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Union Cabinet chaired PM Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Australia. MoU is for promotion and development of cooperation in civil aviation security. it will provide compliance of international obligation.

    India, Australia MoU for cooperation signed

    India, Australia MoU for Cooperation Signed

    India, Australia MoU for cooperation signed

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  • 5 Sahitya Akademi Awards 2016 Presented [ Awards ]

    Twenty-four writers received the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2016. Eminent authors were conferred with award/honour for writing in as different Indian languages. Awards were conferred in different genres and they included poetry, essay, short story, novel, criticism and play.

    sahitya akademi award 2016

    Sahitya Akademi Award 2016

    sahitya akademi award 2016

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  • 6 Government Launches “Cyber Swachhta Kendra”(CSK) [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has launched Cyber Swachhta Kendra. It is for Botnet cleaning and Malware analysis. It is part of Union Government’s ambitious digital India initiative to create a secure cyber space by detecting botnet infections.

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  • 7 Government Launches Bharat QR Code [ Policy-Governance ]

    Retail electronic payments will become more seamless with launch of BharatQR code. It is a quick response mandated by government to enable digital payments without card swiping machines. It is world’s first interoperable payment acceptance solution.

    Bharat QR has been launched to promote digital economy in India

    Bharat QR Has Been Launched to Promote Digital Economy in India

    Bharat QR has been launched to promote digital economy in India

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  • 8 Telangana Govt Signs MoU with NABARD for Rs 874-Crore Loan [ Policy-Governance ]

    Telangana Government has signed MoU with NABARD here for a loan of Rs. 874 crore. Loan is for Horticulture Development Corporation to cover 3.15 lakh acres under Micro Irrigation scheme for 2016 - 17 and 2017 - 18.

    Telangana Govt Signs MoU with NABARD

    Telangana Govt Signs MoU with NABARD

    Telangana Govt Signs MoU with NABARD

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  • 9 Abhijit Sarkar Appointed Vice Chairman of Asian Hockey Federation [ Appointments ]

    Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) confirmed appointment of Abhijit Sarkar as its new Vice Chairman and also Chairman of AHF Commercial and TV Committee. Decision was taken after an Executive Board Meeting. Asian Hockey Federation will be able to achieve much success having Abhijit Sa

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 Cabinet Approves Air Services Agreement Between India and Greece [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Union Cabinet chaired PM Narendra Modi has approved signing of Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Greece. Agreement has potential to spur greater trade, investment, tourism and cultural exchange between the two countries. Agreement has prepared keeping in view latest

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  • 2 CM Manohar Lal Conferred Haryana’S Highest Sports Award to 42 Sportspersons [ Awards ]

    Haryana government conferred awards to 42 sportspersons of state. It is to recognize sports persons for their outstanding performance at national and international level between years 2013 and 2017. Out of them five awards given for games of individuals.

    11 sports persons were honoured with Bhim award in Haryana

    11 Sports Persons Were Honoured with Bhim Award in Haryana

    11 sports persons were honoured with Bhim award in Haryana

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  • 3 21 February: International Mother Language Day [ Important Days ]

    International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide annually observed on 21 February. It was formally recognized by United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as International Year of Languages.

    International Mother Language Day

    International Mother Language Day

    International Mother Language Day

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  • 4 Microsoft-Flipkart Announce Strategic Tie-Up [ Eco. ]

    IT giant Microsoft announced a “strategic partnership” with Flipkart. It is a first step with online retailer flipKart to adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform. Companies are teaming up to be partners on cloud.

    Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

    Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

    Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

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  • 5 Tripartite MoU to Help Scheduled Caste Artisans Signed [ Policy-Governance ]

    MoU signed among National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) , Ministry of Textiles.

    Tripartite MoU to help Scheduled Caste artisans

    Tripartite MoU to Help Scheduled Caste Artisans

    Tripartite MoU to help Scheduled Caste artisans

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  • 6 SAATHIYA’ Resource Kit and ‘SAATHIYA SALAH’ Mobile App for Adolescents [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched SAATHIYA Resource Kit and SAATHIYA SALAH mobile app. It is for adolescents as part of Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) programme. This Resource Kit and Mobile App connect RKSK with adolescents.

    Launch of Saathiya Resource Kit

    Launch of Saathiya Resource Kit

    Launch of Saathiya Resource Kit

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  • 7 Bihar Government Prohibits State Officials from Consuming Liquor Anywhere in World [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has taken his policy to a whole new level. He acquired a new rule, according to which, no officials of state government are allowed to consume liquor outside the state or country. Bihar is only state to have passed rule.

    Nitish kumar announces liquor ban

    Nitish Kumar Announces Liquor Ban

    Nitish kumar announces liquor ban

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  • 8 Tata Steel Owned Katamati Iron Mine Wins Best Green Organization Award [ Awards ]

    Tata Steel’s Katamati iron mine has been honoured with Best Green Organisation of Year Award. Global Green Future Leadership Awards in recognition of its environmental protection measures. Award was presented at a function organized by World CSR Day on February 18.

    Katamati Iron Mine, Best Green Organisation of Year Award

    Katamati Iron Mine, Best Green Organisation of Year Award

    Katamati Iron Mine, Best Green Organisation of Year Award

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  • 9 GST Council Approves Law to Compensate States for Revenue Loss [ Policy-Governance ]

    A draft law for compensating states on losses incurred due to implementation of GST was cleared. Draft law was cleared in 10th GST Council meeting. It was headed by Union Finance Minister and attended by representatives from all states.

    Goods and Services Tax

    Goods and Services Tax

    Goods and Services Tax

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 Oriental Bank of Commerce Launches Mobile Wallet ‘Batuaa’ [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    On occasion of its 75th Foundation Day, Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) has come up with several digital offerings including launch of mobile wallet ‘Oriental Batuaa’. OBC has also launched two new cards.

    OBC Launches Mobile Wallet

    OBC Launches Mobile Wallet

    OBC Launches Mobile Wallet

    Highlights

    • On the

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  • 2 India, Rwanda Signed MoUs in Innovation Aviation and Visa Requirements [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India and Rwanda have signed three agreements during visit of Vice President Hamid Ansari to boost bilateral relations. Bilateral relations include establishment of an entrepreneurship development centre in Kigali. The MoUs have been signed during Ansari’s five-day tour to Rwanda

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  • 3 Cloud Seeding Project for 2017 Monsoon, Has Been Approved by Maharashtra Government [ Env. ]

    Maharashtra Government has approved 250 crore Cloud Seeding Programme during 2017 monsoon season. Aim is to produce sufficient rain during monsoon. It is coordinated by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology. It will be the first controlled experiment.

    How Cloud seeding will work

    How Cloud Seeding Will Work

    How Cloud seeding will work

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