2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 Andaman & Nicobar Islands to Get First Railway Route [ Policy-Governance ]

    Ministry gave green signal to 240-kilometre broad-gauge railway line which will connect Diglipur in North Andaman Island with Port Blair, capital of Andamans located in South Andaman Island. Railway project will boost scope of tourism in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    Andaman & Nicobar Islands to get first railway route soon

    Andaman & Nicobar Islands to Get First Railway Route Soon

    Andaman & Nicobar Islands to get first railway route soon

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  • 2 Mexico & Turkey Agrees to Speed Up Negotiations for Free Trade Agreement [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Mexican and Turkish authorities have agreed to step up negotiations regarding bilateral free trade agreement. Two governments have held seven rounds of talks and will meet again in coming weeks. Agreement in wake of protectionist threats from US President Donald Trump.

    Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu Left,Mexican FM Luis VidegarayRight

    Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu Left, Mexican FM Luis VidegarayRight

    Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu Left, Mexican FM Luis Videgaray Right

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  • 3 Ministry of AYUSH Constitutes a 16-Member Committee to Prepare a Yoga Protocol for Diabetes Control [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Ministry of AYUSH has constituted a 16-member committee under chairmanship of H. R. Nagendra, to prepare a Yoga Protocol for Diabetes Control. Yoga is a part of adjuvant therapy. In addition to this Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) has opened 08 OPDs i

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  • 4 India and Italy Sign an MOU in Rail Sector for Technical Cooperation [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India and Italy signed an agreement recently. It is for improving safety standards in railways. FS Group a Government Company of Italy managing Italian railway sector has signed a MoU for technical cooperation in rail sector with Indian railways.

    India and Italy Sign an MOU in Rail Sector

    India and Italy Sign an MOU in Rail Sector

    India and Italy Sign an MOU in Rail Sector

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  • 5 Pankaj Advani Wins 29th National Snooker Championship Title [ Sports ]

    Pankaj Advani clinched his 29th Indian National Snooker Championship title. Advani won Indian National Snooker Championship with a 6 - 0 win over Pandurangaiah of Railways in a one-sided final. He became only Indian men’s cueist to be holder of all national billiards and snooker

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  • 6 Laws Approved by Parliament Take 261 Days to Be Enforced [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    It takes an average of 261 days for a parliamentary law to be enforced. It is a source from report by Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy. After receiving presidential assent, implementation of law requires two more steps. Half of laws analyzed entered into force within six months.

    Parliament House in New Delhi

    Parliament House in New Delhi

    Parliament House in New Delhi

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  • 7 Indian Coast Guard to Have Joint Exercise with UAE Coast Guard [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and their UAE counter parts will take part in a joint exercise and sharing of operational expertise. Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Samudra Pavak has arrived on a goodwill visit to Dubai. Then ICGS has anchored itself at Port Rashid.

    Indian Coast Guard to have Joint Exercise with UAE

    Indian Coast Guard to Have Joint Exercise with UAE

    Indian Coast Guard to have Joint Exercise with UAE

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  • 8 India to Host World Billiards Championship for Next Four Years [ Sports ]

    The Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) declares that India will be home to World Billiards Championships for next four years. Last year, prestigious tournament was held in Bengaluru.

    Pankaj Advani of India, in World Billiards Championship

    Pankaj Advani of India, in World Billiards Championship

    Pankaj Advani of India, in World Billiards Championship

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  • 9 Right to Information Act Comes into Force in Sri Lanka [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    As India, The Right to Information (RTI) Act came into force in Sri Lanka too. Legislation aimed at restoring transparency and good governance in country that has been plagued by corruption and misrule. Act marks culmination of a movement of over 20 years to ensure transparency i

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 World Cancer Day 2017 Observed Globally [ Important Days ]

    World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4. It is to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. Primary goal is to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.

    Image shows World cancer day

    Image Shows World Cancer Day

    Image shows World cancer day

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  • 2 Sanjeev Sanyal Appointed Principal Economic Adviser [ Appointments ]

    The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed Sanjeev Sanyal, as principal economic adviser in department of economic affairs in finance ministry. He has been appointed in a pay scale of Rs. 67, 000 - 79, 000 for a period of three years.

    Sanjeev Sanyal appointed Principal Economic Adviser

    Sanjeev Sanyal Appointed Principal Economic Adviser

    Sanjeev Sanyal appointed Principal Economic Adviser

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  • 3 Indian Navy Launches Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System [ Defense ]

    Indian Navy has launched an Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) in Mumbai. It is to enhance security of valuable naval assets against asymmetric threats. It is third IUHDSS to be installed in India.

    Representation, IUHDSS

    Representation, IUHDSS

    Representation, IUHDSS

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  • 4 Anand Kumar Gupta Appointed as Director of NTPC [ Appointments ]

    Shri Anand Kumar Gupta has taken over charge as executive Director, NTPC. He will be responsible for activities relating to Commercial, International and Domestic Business development and Consultancy business of NTPC. He has no inter-se relationship with any of the Directors of t

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  • 5 NABARD Sanctions Rs 157 Crore Loan to Haryana for Drinking Water Project [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has sanctioned Rs. 157crore loan to Haryana government. It is to implementation of a project for augmentation of drinking water supply scheme in 84 villages of districts Palwal and Faridabad.

    NABARD: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development

    NABARD: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development

    NABARD: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development

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  • 6 India Signs Financing Agreement with World Bank of USD 201.50 Million for TEQIP III [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    USD 201.50 million financing agreement has been signed between India and World Bank. It is to improve quality of technical education in India. Agreement is for ’Third Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme′ (TEQIP III) in India.

    India signs Financing Agreement with World Bank

    India Signs Financing Agreement with World Bank

    India signs Financing Agreement with World Bank

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  • 7 World’S Largest Battery Storage Plant Unveiled in California [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Tesla unveiled the world’s largest battery storage facility. It is situated in California desert and constitutes a significant chunk of global battery storage capacity. Battery storage has been a far more expensive means of meeting demand surges than natural gas, recently.

    Mira Loma Battery Storage Project ribbon cutting

    Mira Loma Battery Storage Project Ribbon Cutting

    Mira Loma Battery Storage Project ribbon cutting

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  • 8 Apple to Start Manufacturing in India [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    iPhone maker Apple Inc will commence smartphone production at its upcoming factory in Bengaluru. It is assumed to start by end of April or early May. state IT minister thanked Apple for choosing Karnataka to build its first manufacturing plant.

    Apple, Apple to manufacture in India

    Apple, Apple to Manufacture in India

    Apple, Apple to manufacture in India

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  • 9 Dr Vijay Bhatkar Appointed New Vice-Chancellor of Nalanda University [ Appointments ]

    Vijay Pandurang Bhatkar, has been appointed the new Vice-Chancellor of Nalanda University. He is a technocrat, who is considered father of Indian Supercomputer. He will hold office for a three-year period from date of his appointment.

    Nalanda University Logo

    Nalanda University Logo

    Nalanda University Logo

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 World Wetlands Day: Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction [ Important Days ]

    World Wetlands Day (WWD) is celebrated every year on 2 February. Marking the date in 1971 when the Convention on Wetlands, known as the Ramsar Convention. It was adopted in Iranian city of Ramsar, drawing attention to importance of wetlands.

    World Wetlands Day 2017

    World Wetlands Day 2017

    World Wetlands Day 2017

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  • 2 Nik Khanna Appointed India MD of BAE Systems [ Appointments ]

    BAE Systems has appointed Nik Khanna as the Managing Director of its India operations with effect from 1st February 2017. Khanna joined the company from Raytheon whereas country president had led business development, marketing and strategy in India for last four years.

    Nik Khanna appointed India MD of BAE Systems

    Nik Khanna Appointed India MD of BAE Systems

    Nik Khanna appointed India MD of BAE Systems

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  • 3 Union Cabinet Gives Nod to Modify Scheduled Castes List in Odisha [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Union cabinet approved the amendments in Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950, to modify the list of SC in Odhisha. Cabinet, chaired by PM Narendra Modi, also approved amending Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964, to change name of union territory from

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  • 4 US House of Representatives Introduces H-1B Visa Reform Bill [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    US House of Representatives has introduced legislation which doubles minimum salary of H-1B visa holders. This can stop firms replacing American employees with foreign workers, including Indians. Bill aims to make it difficult to replace US employees with foreign workers.

    US House of Representatives introduced H-1B Visa Reform Bill

    US House of Representatives Introduced H-1B Visa Reform Bill

    US House of Representatives introduced H-1B Visa Reform Bill

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  • 5 Ireland Became the World’S First Country to Stop Investing in Fossil Fuels [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Irish Parliament passed historic in favour of dropping coal, oil and gas investments. It became be world’s first country to fully divest public money from fossil fuels. Bill will force Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to sell its investment in fossil fuel industries over next fi

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  • 6 NEC and Union Ministry of Textiles Sign MoU to Harness Hidden Potential of Cane & Bamboo [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The North Eastern Council (NEC) and Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). It is to harness hidden potential of Cane and Bamboo of North Eastern Region.

    NEC, Textile Ministry Signs MoU for Bamboo Development

    NEC, Textile Ministry Signs MoU for Bamboo Development

    NEC, Textile Ministry Signs MoU for Bamboo Development

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  • 7 Atomic Clocks on Indigenous Navigation Satellite IRNSS-1A Develops Snag [ Sci-Tech ]

    Atomic clocks on first satellite IRNSS-1A of NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation), has developed a technical snag. It is indigenously built satellite-based positioning system.

    Representational image

    Representational Image

    Representational image

    Highlights

    • One of three crucial rubidium timek

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  • 8 Surajkund International Crafts Mela [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The 31st edition of Surajkund International Crafts Mela starts from February 1st having tight security. The carnival will last for 15-day. It is inaugurated by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Over 20 countries are participating in event with Egypt as a partner country

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  • 9 Reliance Defence Signs Contract with Ministry of Defence [ Defense ]

    Reliance Defence and Engineering has signed a contract with Ministry of Defence. Contract is to design and construction of 14 fast patrol vessels (FPVs) for Indian coast guard, for an amount of Rs. 916 crore. The company has emerged winner through a competitive bidding process un

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 UNICEF Launches 3.3 Billion USD to Aid Millions of Children [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    UN children’s agency launched an appeal for USD 3.3 billion to help 48 million children caught up in crises worldwide amid fears of a funding cut from top donor United States. United States is by far top donor to UNICEF, followed by Germany, Britain and European Commission.

    Emergency assistance for 48 million children

    Emergency Assistance for 48 Million Children

    Emergency assistance for 48 million children

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  • 2 Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Presents 2016 National Entrepreneurship Awards [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MoSDE) has instituted National Entrepreneurship Awards” to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship across country. The Awards system has been created through a partnership between MSDE and a number of reputed institutions ac

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  • 3 Income Tax Department (ITD) Launches Operation Clean Money [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Income Tax Department (ITD) has initiated Operation Clean Money (Swachh Dhan Abhiyan). Some of whose income profiles did not match amounts deposited. 18 lakh account holders will be asked to explain the source of their funds.

    ITD has initiated Operation Clean Money

    ITD Has Initiated Operation Clean Money

    ITD has initiated Operation Clean Money

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