2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 NRAI Gets Highest WHO Ratings for Vaccine Regulations [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India’s vaccine regulatory body NRAI (National Regulatory Authority of India) was given maximum ratings by World Health Organisation (WHO) for vaccine regulations. WHO led team of international experts from several countries came to this conclusion at end.

    NRAI gets highest WHO ratings

    NRAI Gets Highest WHO Ratings

    NRAI gets highest WHO ratings

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  • 2 India Approves USD 340 Million Loan to Nepal for Development Programmes [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India has sanctioned a soft loan of 340 million US dollar to Nepal. The loan will be used in developing various infrastructure development Programmes. It is a symbol of close friendship between India and Nepal. The move is a part of India’s commitment for strengthening infrastruc

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  • 3 February 20: World Day of Social Justice [ Important Days ]

    World Day of Social Justice was observed globally. It is observed with an aim to recognize the need to promote efforts to tackle several issues like exclusion, unemployment and poverty. United Nations General Assembly has decided to observe 20 February annually.

    World Day of Social Justice

    World Day of Social Justice

    World Day of Social Justice

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  • 4 Rugby: Indian Women Win Silver at Asian Sevens Trophy [ Sports ]

    Indian Women’s team settled for silver at Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy held at Vientiane, Laos. The team participated under aegis of Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU). Seven teams that participated in this tournament played on a Round Robin basis.

    India wins silver at the Asian Sevens Trophy

    India Wins Silver at the Asian Sevens Trophy

    India wins silver at the Asian Sevens Trophy

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  • 5 Judge Altamas Kabir Passes Away [ Policy-Governance ]

    Judge Altamas Kabir was suffering from a kidney ailment and related complications, died at hospital in Kolkata. He was an eminent and progressive jurist known for his path-breaking judgements. Nation has lost a distinguished public figure.

    Altamas Kabir 39<sup>th</sup> Chief Justice of India passes away

    Altamas Kabir 39th Chief Justice of India passes away

    Altamas Kabir 39th Chief Justice of India passes away

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  • 6 India State Forest Report 2015 [ Env. ]

    Forest Report is published by Forest Survey of India (FSI) on a biennial basis since 1987. Forest cover of country is mapped through indigenous RESOURCESAT -2 satellite data with a LISS III sensor. Report show increase of over 5, 000 square kilometer in total forest cover of Indi

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  • 7 India May Meet Its Energy Needs by 2030 [ Sci-Tech ]

    India’s energy requirements could be met through Helium 3 mined from Moon. In this way India may be able to meet its energy requirements from resources through Moon by 2030. It is ISRO’s future programme plan. Other countries are also working on this project.

    India would meet its energy requirements from Moon by 2030

    India Would Meet Its Energy Requirements from Moon by 2030

    India would meet its energy requirements from Moon by 2030

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  • 8 Barren Island: House of India’S Active Volcano, Active Once Again [ Env. ]

    India’s has only one live volcano in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Volcano is spewing smoke and lava once again. It is located 140 km north east of Port Blair in Barren Islands. Scientists recovered coal-like black pyroclastic material from area.

    Volcano in Andaman & Nicobar Islands is erupting once again

    Volcano in Andaman & Nicobar Islands is Erupting Once Again

    Volcano in Andaman & Nicobar Islands is erupting once again

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  • 9 ‘8th Continent’ Zealandia Discovered [ Sci-Tech ]

    A new discovered continent to east of Australia: Zealandia. Satellite maps made using Earth’s gravitational field clearly show that Zealandia is a coherent geographical feature stretching from near Australia’s northeastern coast.

    World's 8<sup>th</sup> Continent Has Been Discovered

    World’s 8th Continent Has Been Discovered

    World’s 8th Continent Has Been Discovered

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 CCEA Approves Contract Awards for 44 Small Oil and Gas Fields [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved to award contract in 31 contract areas of small oil and gas fields belonging to ONGC and Oil India Limited (OIL). It will be awarded under Discovered Small Field Policy bid round - 2016.

    Small oil and gas fields

    Small Oil and Gas Fields

    Small oil and gas fields

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  • 2 India Ranked 143 in Index of Economic Freedom Index 2017 [ Ranks & Indices ]

    India ranks 143 on United States based Heritage Foundation’s 2017 Index of Economic Ranking. Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand topped the index. The report covers 12 freedoms - from property rights to entrepreneurship - in 186 countries.

    Index of Economic Freedom 2017

    Index of Economic Freedom 2017

    Index of Economic Freedom 2017

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  • 3 Tata Motors Signs Technological Agreement with Microsoft [ Eco. ]

    Tata Motors and Microsoft India announced a strategic agreement to redefine connected and personalized driving experiences for Indian customers. The collaboration will leverage Microsoft’s expertise in fields of artificial intelligence (AI), advanced machine learning, and Interne

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  • 4 Union Cabinet Approved Air Services Agreement Between India and Rwanda [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved signing of Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Rwanda. It would provide enabling environment for enhanced and seamless connectivity.

    Paul Kagame president Rwanda, Narendra Modi

    Paul Kagame President Rwanda, Narendra Modi

    Paul Kagame president Rwanda, Narendra Modi

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  • 5 Government Launches TAMRA Portal and Mobile App [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Ministry of Mines has launched Transparency, Auction Monitoring and Resource Augmentation (TAMRA) Portal and Mobile Application. Its aim is to ensuring transparent award of statutory Clearances for mining operations. It is an interactive platform to speed up mining activity.

    Image shows Flowchart of TAMRA

    Image Shows Flowchart of TAMRA

    Image shows Flowchart of TAMRA

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  • 6 AIIMS Delhi Wins Rs 5 Crore Kayakalp Award [ Awards ]

    All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi won first prize under Central Government Hospitals category of Kayakalp awards. AIIMS was rewarded with Rs. 5 crore, for maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene.

    Union Health Minister J P Nadda presenting Kayakalp award

    Union Health Minister J P Nadda Presenting Kayakalp Award

    Union Health Minister J P Nadda presenting Kayakalp award

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  • 7 IAF Inducts Indigenous Early Warning System NETRA [ Defense ]

    The IAF has formally inducted first indigenously built Airborne Early Warning and Control System Netra. It is developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It was handed over to Indian Air Force (IAF) on first day of Aero India 2017.

    Early warning system NETRA

    Early Warning System NETRA

    Early warning system NETRA

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  • 8 Agreement Between India and Croatia on Economic Cooperation [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi has given its approval of an Agreement between India and Croatia on Economic Cooperation. Step to improve India’s trade relations with eastern and central European countries.

    Economic Cooperation agreement

    Economic Cooperation Agreement

    Economic Cooperation agreement

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  • 9 Cabinet Approves Merger of SBI, 5 Associate Banks [ Eco. ]

    State Bank of India has received Cabinet approval to merge its five subsidiaries. It will make bank among top 50 banks in world. Merger is an important step towards strengthening banking sector through consolidation of Public Sector Banks.

    Cabinet clears SBI merger

    Cabinet Clears SBI Merger

    Cabinet clears SBI merger

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 Government Appoints 5 New Judges to Supreme Court [ Appointments ]

    President Pranab Mukherjee cleared appointment of five high court judges to Supreme Court. Those elevated to the apex court are five high court judges, including four chief justices of state high courts.

    Government appoints 5 new judges to Supreme Court

    Government Appoints 5 New Judges to Supreme Court

    Government appoints 5 new judges to Supreme Court

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  • 2 ISRO Successfully Launched Record 104 Satellites Including Cartosat-2 in Single Mission [ Sci-Tech ]

    India’s space agency ISRO launched a record 104 satellites from single rocket. Rocket was launch from Dhawan Space Centre from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. India has become first country to successfully carry so many satellites in a single mission.

    India to launch PSLV 37 with 104 satellites

    India to Launch PSLV 37 with 104 Satellites

    India to launch PSLV 37 with 104 satellites

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  • 3 Centre Allocates Rs. 500 Crore to India Post Payments Bank [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Government allocated an amount of Rs. 500 crore to India Post Payments Bank for financial year 2017 - 18. It is to help in setting up several branches across country. Government is setting up 246 offices and 200 outlets for providing better access to communication and financial s

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  • 4 Nilesh Vikamsey Appointed New President of ICAI [ Appointments ]

    Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) elected Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey as president and Naveen N D Gupta as vice-president. They have been elected for year 2017 - 18. Council has 32 elected members and eight are nominated by Central government.

    New appointments in ICAI

    New Appointments in ICAI

    New appointments in ICAI

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  • 5 Indian Tabla Player Sandeep Das Wins 2017 Grammy Award [ Awards ]

    Indian tabla player Sandeep Das won Grammy in World Music category. Sandeep Das was part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Sing Me Home. The album was released to accompany a documentary on Ma’s project.

    59th Annual Grammy Awards

    59th Annual Grammy Awards

    59th Annual Grammy Awards

    Highlights

    • Indian tab

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  • 6 ‘Thubber’ for Use in Soft, Stretchable Electronics [ Sci-Tech ]

    Researchers from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University have created a novel rubber material which has high thermal conductivity and elasticity. The material nicknamed as ‘Thubber’. It will be helpful in developing soft and stretchable machines and electronics.

    Navid left, Jonathan center, and Carmel right researchers

    Navid Left, Jonathan Center, and Carmel Right Researchers

    Navid left, Jonathan center, and Carmel right researchers

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  • 7 World Radio Day [ Important Days ]

    World Radio Day is observed every year on 13th February. It is to celebrate radio as medium for entertainment, information and mode for communication. This year theme for Radio Day is “Radio is you”. It is observed globally by UN Member States.

    World Radio Day 2017

    World Radio Day 2017

    World Radio Day 2017

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  • 8 Hindustan Motors Sells Iconic Ambassador Car Brand to French Company Peugeot [ Eco. ]

    Indian car brand Ambassador is being sold to French carmaker Peugeot. Ambassador was first car made in India, was once considered a status symbol. Hindustan Motors had suspended production of Ambassadors way back in 2014. The “brand and certain related rights” have been sold for

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  • 9 Lok Sabha Passed Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017 [ Bills ]

    Lok Sabha passed Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017. Bill replaces Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Ordinance, 2016. Ordinance was promulgated by President Pranab Mukherjee on 30 December 2016.

    Lok Sabha passes Specified Bank Notes bill 2017

    Lok Sabha Passes Specified Bank Notes Bill 2017

    Lok Sabha passes Specified Bank Notes bill 2017

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  • Mar 17, 2017
  • 1 India and United States Agree to Sustain Defence Partnership [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India and US agreed to maintain pace and momentum of their partnership, particularly their defence ties. Both committed to build upon tremendous progress in bilateral defense cooperation made in recent years.

    India and US to Sustain Defence Partnership

    India and US to Sustain Defence Partnership

    India and US to Sustain Defence Partnership

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  • 2 MSRA Between Reliance Defence &Engineering Limited and US Navy [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) signed between Reliance Defence &Engineering Limited (RDEL) and US Navy. This makes the Reliance Shipyard at Pipavav in Gujarat the first Shipyard in India which can undertake servicing and repairing works for the vessels of US Pacific Command’

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  • 3 INS Sarvekshak Goes Green [ Defense ]

    Indian Navy’s survey vessel INS Sarvekshak has gone green by installing a solar power system on board. System, equipped on ship, works using sunlight and though it is 100 % reliable for power source. System becomes maintenance free.

    INS Sarvekshak, officer commander standing on solar panels

    INS Sarvekshak, Officer Commander Standing on Solar Panels

    INS Sarvekshak, officer commander standing on solar panels

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