2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Mar 20, 2017
  • 1 INS Tillanchang Commissioned by Indian Navy [ Eco. ]

    India Navy has commissioned INS Tillanchang at Karwar, Karnataka. A Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC), has been commissioned into Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra. This announcement has come just one day after INS Viraat was decommissioned which the Indian Navy called

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  • 2 National Safety Week Observed [ Important Days ]

    National Safety Week was observed from March 4 to 10. The first National Safety Day (NSD) Campaign was launched in 1972. It seeks to prevent and lessen the loss of human life and tackle financial losses to the family by availing them of safety, health and environment-related supp

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  • 3 Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders’ Summit of in Jakarta [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Leaders’ Summit will be held in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta from 5th March to 7th March 2017, the theme “Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean”, 20th Anniversary of the Association.

    Image of the Indian Ocean

    Image of the Indian Ocean

    Image of the Indian Ocean

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  • 4 Second Stage of India HCFC Phase Out Management Plan Launched [ Eco. ]

    The environment minister Anil Madhav Dave launched the second stage of HCFC phase out management Plan for the 2017 – 23 periods, as required under the Montreal Protocol. Second stage of India HCFCs phase out Management Plan launched for research in developing environment-friendly

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  • 5 Aadhaar Payment App Launched by IDFC Bank [ Sci-Tech ]

    IDFC Bank launched biometric-based Aadhaar pay App on March 2017. IDFC Bank has become the first bank to launch the Aadhar Pay. The shopkeeper and the only Aadhaar number need to carry by the consumer to the bank.

    Image of the Aadhaar Payment App

    Image of the Aadhaar Payment App

    Image of the Aadhaar Payment App

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  • 6 China Overtakes Eurozone as World’S Biggest Bank System [ Eco. ]

    China’s banking system has surpassed that of the Eurozone to become the world’s largest by assets. The country’s increasing global influence and its reliance on growth driven by debt.

    Key highlights:

    • China’s gross domestic product surpassed the EU’s economic bloc in 2011 at ma

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  • 7 EU Successfully Launches 5th Satellite of Copernicus Observation Program [ Sci-Tech ]

    EU launched the fifth satellite of the Copernicus observation program. It is multi-billion-euro Copernicus program to provide speedy images of land, oceans, and waterways. Satellite will cut the time of imaging the earth by half. The program is aimed at improving the life of EU c

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  • 8 Government Launches Web Portal for Obtaining CRZ Clearances [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    A web portal for obtaining CRZ clearances was launched by Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave. The launch of the portal is an example of ease of doing business. Portal launched is a web-based system for obtaining clearances required from the ministry under the CRZ by the projec

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  • 9 Formation of Committee to Resolve Grievance of Women Sports Person Announced [ Sports ]

    Sports Minister Vijay Goel Announced that a high-level committee will be constituted to address the grievances and complaints of women sports persons in India at the occasion of international women’s Day.

    Sports Minister Vijay Goel

    Sports Minister Vijay Goel

    Sports Minister Vijay Goel

    Highlights:

    • Sport

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  • Mar 20, 2017
  • 1 What Does the US to Suspension of Premium Processing of H-1B Visas Mean? [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The U. S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has decided to temporarily suspend premium processing of all H1B petitions. Donald Trump administration’s plans for the visa programme that allows skilled workers to come into the U. S. temporarily.

    Highlights:

    • New H1B appl

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  • 2 Accession to Global Customs Convention Approved by Union Cabinet [ Eco. ]

    Indian accession to the customs convention on international transport of goods approved by Union Cabinet. This will help in faster movement of export goods. The decision was taken by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Key Highlights:

    • Indian traders to h

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  • 3 NASA to Develop Giant Magnetic Shield Around Mars for Human Colonisation [ Sci-Tech ]

    NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD) hosted a community workshop at their headquarters in Washington, DC where the exploration of Mars by human astronauts was discussed. NASA is planning on making the planet a more habitable place for human colonisation.

    • NASA scientists have

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  • 4 International Women’S Day: Women Empowerment Schemes [ Important Days ]

    The International Women’s Day will be celebrated on 8 March 2017. The earliest organized Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909. International Women’s Day was earlier known as the International Working Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrati

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  • 5 Surrogacy Bill Will Ban Singles from Being Parents [ Bills ]

    Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 passed by the Union Cabinet in August last year bans single men, women and gay couples from opting for surrogacy. Indian citizens to have a surrogate child will allow in The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 in India. Non-resident Indians or Peopl

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 Cairn India Appointed Melody Meyer and Atul Gupta as Advisors [ Appointments ]

    Cairn India has appointed oil and gas exploration experts Chevron executive Melody Meyer and ex-CEO of BSG Resources Atul Gupta as executive advisors. Atul Gupta on its team to drive the company’s objective of contributing 50 % of India’s overall crude production. According to a

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  • 2 WCD Ministry to Set Up Women’S Entrepreneurship Council [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Ministry of Women and Child Development has proposed the setting up of a Women’s Entrepreneurship Council for taking up with the government the problems faced by businesswomen. WCD this year made rapid strides to address the issues of women and child development.

    Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi

    Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi

    Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi

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  • 3 IISC Becomes First Indian University to Be Ranked Among Top 10 in World [ Edu. ]

    The Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore has made to the list of Top 10 Universities of the World. In the second edition of Times Higher Education’s World’s Best Small Universities Ranking 2017.

    IISC Ranked First India’s Top University

    IISC Ranked First India’s Top University

    IISC Ranked First India’s Top University

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  • 4 First S-300 Air Defence System Becomes Operational in Iran [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    S-300 air defence system became operational in Iran. The system was delivered by Russia following a July 2015 nuclear deal. Iran had been trying to acquire the system for years to ward off repeated threats by Israel to bomb its nuclear facilities, but Russia had held off delivery

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  • 5 Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Massive Galaxy [ Sci-Tech ]

    The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has captured the farthest-ever view into the universe, a photo that reveals thousands of galaxies 13.4 billion of light-years away. Hubble telescope situated of the Pisces-Perseus Supercluster in the westernmost region.

    The Hubble Space Telescope (HST)

    The Hubble Space Telescope (HST)

    The Hubble Space Telescope (HST)

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  • 6 India’S Largest Tricolor on Tallest Flag Post at Attari Border in Punjab [ Policy-Governance ]

    Punjab Minister Anil Joshi inaugurated the country’s largest tricolor on the tallest flag post at indo-Pakistan Attari Border. The flag was hoisted on the Indian side, flag is located just at a stone throw away distance from Pakistan.

    India’s largest tricolor on tallest flag post

    India’s Largest Tricolor on Tallest Flag Post

    India’s largest tricolor on tallest flag post

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  • 7 Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, Pioneering Liver Surgeon is No More [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Dr. Thomas Starzl, the pioneer of liver transplantation and the driving force behind the world’s first baboon-to-human liver transplants and research on anti-rejection drugs, has died. He was 90.

    About Dr. Thomas E. Starzl

    Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, Pioneering Liver Surgeon

    Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, Pioneering Liver Surgeon

    Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, Pioneering Liver Surgeon

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  • 8 Moortidevi Award for M P Veerendra Kumar [ Awards ]

    The prestigious Moortidevi Award for Rajya Sabha MP and writer M P Veerendra Kumar has been selected of Bharatiya Jnanpith organization. M P Veerendra Kumar will be presented the 30th Moortidevi Award instituted by Bharatiya Jnanpith.

    Highlights:

    • The Moortidevi Award is instit

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  • 9 Chandigarh to Host Destination North East 2017 [ Eco. ]

    Chandigarh will be hosting a three-day long ‘Destination North East’ 2017, aimed at showcasing North East as a potential destination for investment. Being organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (Do

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 INS Viraat, Oldest Aircraft Carries Decommissioned [ Sci-Tech ]

    The world’s oldest aircraft carrier in active service, INS Viraat, will be decommissioned after serving the India Navy for approximately 30 years. The decommissioning ceremony will be attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and other dignitaries.

    INS Viraat, oldest aircraft carrier

    INS Viraat, Oldest Aircraft Carrier

    INS Viraat, oldest aircraft carrier

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  • 2 Canadian Bacteria-Like Fossils May Be Oldest Evidence of Life Yet [ Sci-Tech ]

    Microfossils up to almost 4.3 billion years old found by researcher. It was primordial microbes as per recent study. That set in motion the evolutionary march toward complex life. Researchers reported that these may be the oldest fossils ever discovered. Remains of bacteria thriv

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  • 3 Sanjiv Singh Appointed as Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation [ Appointments ]

    Sanjiv Singh will be the new Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC). IOC is the nation’s largest company commercial enterprise. He was selected for the top job after Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) interviewed eight candidates.

    Highlights:

    • IOC is also the nation

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  • 4 Airtel, Millicom International Sign Agreement to Combine Ghana Operations [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    BhartiAirtel and Millicom International Cellular Respective subsidiaries entered into an agreement for Tigo Ghana Limited and Airtel Ghana Limited. This agreement has signed to combine their operations in Ghana. Both would have equal ownership and governance rights in the combine

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  • 5 Delhi Government Approves 37 Percent Hike in Minimum Wages [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The government’s decision to hike by 37 % the minimum wages of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers, Dubbing the 37 % hike in minimum wages for the Delhi as “historic” and “highest” in Independent India.

    Highlights

    • The Delhi Cabinet’s decision:

      • An unskilled worker min

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  • 6 CGST and IGST Bills Approved by GST Council [ Policy-Governance ]

    Goods and Services Tax Council meeting held in Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi under. The meeting held under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley.

    CGST and IGST bills approved by GST council

    CGST and IGST Bills Approved by GST Council

    CGST and IGST bills approved by GST council

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  • 7 100 Districts in India Declared ODF Under Swachh Bharat Mission [ Yojana ]

    Indian government announced that over 1.14 lakh villages have become Open Defecation Free under Swachh Bharat Mission. It’s aiming to achieve the status for more than 100 districts by March next year.

    These three states also declared themselves ODF:

    • Kerala
    • Himachal Pradesh
    • Sik

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