2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 Sandeep Jajodia Appointed Assocham President [ Appointments ]

    Sandeep Jajodia has been elected President of industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham). Assocham will continue to play a transformational role both nationally and globally.

    Sandeep Jajodia new president Assocham

    Sandeep Jajodia New President Assocham

    Sandeep Jajodia new president Assocham

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  • 2 FSSAI Sets Up Panel to Finalize Laws on Food Fortification [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Food regulator FSSAI has set up a scientific panel to frame final regulations on fortification of foods and prepare strategies to address malnutrition problem. FSSAI has already issued draft guidelines on fortification for five food items.

    FSSAI introduced panel to finalize laws on food fortification

    FSSAI Introduced Panel to Finalize Laws on Food Fortification

    FSSAI introduced panel to finalize laws on food fortification

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  • 3 Frank-Walter Steinmeier Elected President of Germany [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected as new ceremonial head of Germany. He received a large majority of votes. He won 931 out of 1, 239 valid votes. Current post holder of Germany is President Joachim Gauck.

    Germany picks Frank-Walter to be president)

    Germany Picks Frank-Walter to Be President)

    Germany picks Frank-Walter to be president)

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  • 4 Union Minister Launches New Service to Provide Employment to Unemployed Youth in Rural Areas [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Labour and Employment Minister launched National Career Service (NCS) and JeevanPraman facility to the EPFO pensioners. Current Union Labour and Employment Minister is Bandaru Dattatreya. The facility was launched for 95 Head Post offices.

    National Career Service and JeevanPraman facility

    National Career Service and JeevanPraman Facility

    National Career Service and JeevanPraman facility

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  • 5 National Women’S Parliament Begins in Andhra Pradesh [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Three day National Women’s Parliament (NWP) being organized by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. It has theme of ‘Empowering Women - Strengthening Democracy’. Main objective is to generate new ideas, concepts, theories and ideologies for women empowerment.

    Image of National Women's Parliament

    Image of National Women’s Parliament

    Image of National Women’s Parliament

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  • 6 AAD Interceptor Missile Successfully Test-Fired [ Defense ]

    India successfully test fired its homegrown Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile. Missile ashwin launched from pad-III of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha coast. Two-stage PDV missile is part of two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence System.

    PDVinterceptor,two stage target missile successfully test fired

    PDVinterceptor, Two Stage Target Missile Successfully Test Fired

    PDV interceptor, two stage target missile successfully test fired

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  • 7 India & Austria Signs Protocol to Amend Bilateral Taxation Treaty [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India and Austria signed a Protocol amending existing Convention between two countries. It is for Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income. Protocol will broaden scope of existing framework of exchange of tax related informatio

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  • 8 Government to Open 56 Post Office Passport Seva Kendra [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Government has decided to open 56 Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) at different locations in various states. It is for delivering passport related services to people. States include Assam, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi (UT), Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana and West Bengal.

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  • 9 RBI Announces Setting Up of Standing Committee on Cyber Security [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to set up a Standing Committee on Cyber Security. The priority of committee is to examine various threats and to suggest measures to deal with. RBI instructed banks to mandate cyber security preparedness for addressing all cyber risks.

    RBI to set up committee on strengthening cyber security

    RBI to Set up Committee on Strengthening Cyber Security

    RBI to set up committee on strengthening cyber security

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 India Ranks at 43rd in 5th Annual International IP Index of USCC [ Ranks & Indices ]

    India ranked at 43rd position out of 45 countries in 5th Annual International Intellectual Property (IP) Index of US Chamber of Commerce (USCC). 2017 International IP Index, named as ‘The Roots of Innovation’, was released in February 2017.

    U.S. Chamber International IP Index

    U. S. Chamber International IP Index

    U. S. Chamber International IP Index

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  • 2 India to Pitch Trade Facilitation in Services at WTO [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India is going to make a presentation on proposed Trade Facilitation in Services (TFS) Agreement to World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevedo and India Inc. It aims to ease norms including those relating to movement of foreign skilled workers and professiona

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  • 3 Union Commerce Ministry Approves Revenue Insurance Scheme for Plantation Crops [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry has launched pilot Revenue Insurance Scheme for Plantation Crops (RISPC). It is for protecting growers from risks such as pest attacks, yield loss and income decline caused by fall in prices.

    Revenue Insurance Scheme for Plantation Crops RISPC

    Revenue Insurance Scheme for Plantation Crops RISPC

    Revenue Insurance Scheme for Plantation Crops RISPC

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  • 4 National Deworming Day [ Important Days ]

    National Deworming Day is celebrated all over India on 10th of February. It is a government mission held on 10th of February aimed to reduce cases of worm infection among kids all over India. It is a day dedicated to deworm all school going children of country to give them a heal

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  • 5 RBI to Set Up Separate Enforcement Department [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Reserve Bank of India has decided to set up an enforcement department to speed up regulatory compliance. Department will be operational from next financial year. It will mainly deal on penalties imposed on banks for violation of norms.

    RBI is setting up separate Enforcement Department

    RBI is Setting up Separate Enforcement Department

    RBI is setting up separate Enforcement Department

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  • 6 Union Cabinet Approves MoU Between India and Senegal in Health and Medicine [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Senegal. It is in field of Health and Medicine. Working Group will be set up to further elaborate details of cooperation and to oversee i

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  • 7 NASA’S Chandra Satellite Detects Distinct X-Ray Signal [ Sci-Tech ]

    US space agency NASA’s Chandra X - Ray Observatory detected a very strange and distinctive X - ray signal from Milky Way galaxy. This observation can help scientists in proving existence of dark matter in universe. Researchers observed extra photons with energy of about 3500 elec

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  • 8 Union Cabinet Apprised of MoU Between India and France in S&T and Innovation [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been apprised of signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of Cooperation. It aims to carry out activities related to exchange of best practices in field of Science & Technology.

    MoU between India and France

    MoU between India and France

    MoU between India and France

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  • 9 Railways Ministry Launches First Phase of Station Redevelopment Program [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu has launched first Phase of Station redevelopment Program. Program comprises 23 major Railway Stations of Indian. The Ministry of Urban Development is collaborating with the Ministry of Railways to develop smart stations.

    Phases of station redevelopment programme

    Phases of Station Redevelopment Programme

    Phases of station redevelopment programme

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 Union Cabinet Apprised of India-Vietnam Space Agreement [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi has been apprised of Framework Agreement between India and Vietnam. Agreement would lead to development of joint activity in field of application of space technologies for benefit of humanity.

    PM Narendra Modi and Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc

    PM Narendra Modi and Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc

    PM Narendra Modi and Vietnam PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc

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  • 2 Union Cabinet Approves Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan for Rural Digital Literacy [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi has approved ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ (PMGDISHA). It is to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate. Intent of government is to usher in digital literacy in rural India by March 2019.

    Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan

    Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan

    Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan

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  • 3 SC Clears Plan to Verify Mobile Phone Users Through Aadhaar [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Supreme court approved government’s plan to record identification details of mobile subscribers through an e-KYC (Know Your Customer) mechanism linked to Aadhaar. It is in a bid to enhance national security and prevent fake users.

    UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION AUTHORITY OF INDIA

    UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION AUTHORITY OF INDIA

    UNIQUE IDENTIFICATION AUTHORITY OF INDIA

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  • 4 China Becomes World’S Largest Solar Energy Producer [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    China becomes world’s biggest producer of solar energy. Their photovoltaic (PV) capacity reached an impressive 77.42 gigawatts. Germany, former global solar-power leader, produced 40.78 gigawatts in November 2016.

    China becomes world’s largest Solar Energy Producer

    China Becomes World’s Largest Solar Energy Producer

    China becomes world’s largest Solar Energy Producer

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  • 5 RAISE Act Introduced to Cut Legal Immigrants to US by Half [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (Raise Act) introduced by Republican Senator Tom Cotton and David Perdue. It would alter U. S. immigration system to significantly reduce number of foreigners admitted to country without a skills - based visa.

    RAISE Act introduced in US

    RAISE Act Introduced in US

    RAISE Act introduced in US

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  • 6 Sourabh Verma & Rituparna Das Won Singles Titles in National Badminton Championship [ Sports ]

    81st Senior National Badminton Championships tournament held in Patna, Bihar. Sourabh Verma wins men’s singles crown. Rituparna Das wins women’s title. The top seeded pair of Satwik Sai Raj R and Maneesha K took mixed doubles crown with a hard fought.

    Rituparna Das left and Sourabh Verma right

    Rituparna Das Left and Sourabh Verma Right

    Rituparna Das left and Sourabh Verma right

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  • 7 Indian - Origin British Sculptor Anish Kapoor Wins Genesis Prize [ Awards ]

    Renowned Indian - origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor was honored with the prestigious $1 million 2017 Genesis Prize. Prize is given for his utmost contribution for Jewish community. He was chosen by the prize committee headed by Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky.

    Genesis winner 2017, Indian-Origin Anish Kapoor

    Genesis Winner 2017, Indian-Origin Anish Kapoor

    Genesis winner 2017, Indian-Origin Anish Kapoor

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  • 8 Terahertz Transmitter Capable of Sending Data 10 Times Faster Than 5G Developed [ Sci-Tech ]

    Scientists developed terahertz (THz) transmitter technology. It is a next generation system which can transmit digital data over 10 times faster than 5G networks. It will pave transmitting digital data at a rate exceeding 100 gigabits per second (gbps) with a single channel using

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  • 9 India Will Host FIBA Women’S Asia Cup in July 2017 in Bengaluru [ Sports ]

    India will host two international events in 2017: FIBA Women’s Asia Cup and FIBA Under-16 Women’s Asian Championship. FIBA Women’s Asia Cup will held in Bengaluru. FIBA U-16 Women’s Asian Championship will be held in October.

    India to host FIBA Women's Asia Cup basketball tournament

    India to Host FIBA Women’s Asia Cup Basketball Tournament

    India to host FIBA Women’s Asia Cup basketball tournament

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017 Passed in Lok Sabha [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Lok Sabha passed Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017. It seeks to enable employers to pay wages to workers through cheque or directly crediting to their accounts. Bill is moved by Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya in House.

    Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya

    Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya

    Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya

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  • 2 Telangana to Launch India’S First Social Innovation Hub [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Telangana government launched Kakatiya Hub for Social Innovation in Nizamabad. It will function like a rural incubator to encourage entrepreneurship at grassroots level. Rural entrepreneurs need structured guidance and an incubator is best way of providing a necessary ecosystem a

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  • 3 Qatar Airways Launches World’S Longest Flight [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Qatar Airways has launched the world’s longest non-stop commercial flight. It carries total distance of 9, 032-mile marathon from Doha to Auckland. Flight will take 16 hours and 20 minutes to pass over 10 time zones, five countries.

    World’s longest flight

    World’s Longest Flight

    World’s longest flight

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