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  • Jul 7, 2020
  • 1 Lalit Kala Academy Awards [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Lalit Kala Academy Awards

    • 61st annual Lalit Kala Academy Awards conferred on March 4,2020.

    • This year 15 meritorious artists were honored by the President at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

    • Lalit Kala academy awards are conferred to give recognition to people who have done tremendous work

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  • Jun 11, 2020
  • 1 Nanavati Commission and the Findings on 2002 Godhra Train Carnage (Important) [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The final report of retired Justice G T Nanavati and AH Mehta Commission was tabled in December 2019 in Gujarat Legislative assembly. The commission was formed to probe the 2002 Godhra train carnage and the riots that followed. The first report of the commission was submitted in

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  • May 18, 2020
  • 1 Uighurs in China: Atrocities and Details [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    A Turkic minority ethnic group. One of the 56 recognized ethnic groups in China. Mostly Muslims. Recognized as native to the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China.

    • Uyghur is an official language of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region formerly known a

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  • Apr 30, 2020
  • 1 The Union: Privilege Motion [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Breach of privilege motion was moved against PM and Defence Minister. Misleading of the Parliament on the Rafale fighter jet deal issue. The members of Parliament, individually and collectively can enjoy certain rights and immunities.

    • Enables them to effectively discharge their

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  • Apr 29, 2020
  • 1 Lateral Entry, Anti-Surveillance Laws, NPE (Language), Strengthening Civil Societies [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Launch of lateral entry of joint secretaries by the Union government. A measure of reform in bureaucracy.

    Role of IAS Officers in Governance

    • Selected through the Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by the UPSC.

    • IAS officer’s explicit approval is required for functioning

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  • 2 Elections: Usage of VVPATs and ETPBS in Elections and Electoral Bonds Case [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]


    Voter verifiable paper audit trial (VVPAT) is an independent system attached to an EVM. Allows the voters to verify that their votes are cast as intended. A slip is printed on the VVPAT printer containing the serial number, name and symbol of the candidate voted as soon as

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  • Apr 26, 2020
  • 1 Government Policies /Interventions: Draft Indian Forest Act, 2019, Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill, UNCLOS [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Bills, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Forest Act

    Recently released by the Union government. Proposal of an overhaul of the Indian Forest Act, 1927. Indian Forest Act, 1927 was imposed by the British rulers to take over Indian forests.

    Draft Indian Forest Act, 2019

    • Forest officials could govern areas declared as for

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  • Apr 24, 2020
  • 1 US President on Golan Heights [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Backing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights by the United States. Seized from Syria in 1967.


    • President of the US decided to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

    • To move the US Embassy to the city.

    • Welcomed by the Israel.

    • Offensive to Palestinians

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  • 2 Libyan Crisis and Need of the Peace Talk [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    A peace initiative. By the Tripoli based government of Libya.

    Need of the Peace Talk

    • Attempts by Mr Haftar led LNA to oust the government of Mr. al-Sarraj (GNA) and to capture Tripoli.

    • Favorable view taken by the United States.

    • Aimed at stabilizing the war torn country.


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  • 3 US Government’s Response - Swiss EU treaty, Brexit, [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    American investigating agencies cracked down two IT staffing companies running “bench-and-switch” scheme. Arrest of four Indian-Americans. The perpetrators face a maximum potential penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

    Swiss-EU Treaty

    • A battle in the share trading b

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  • Apr 20, 2020
  • 1 India at SCO Summit and Indo-US COMCASA Agreement [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    To attend the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) summit as a full member. Both India and Pakistan became part of the grouping last year which was finalized at the summit held in Astana, Kazakhstan. Under the SCO Summit India enjoys an opportunity to showcase the kind of powe

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  • Apr 18, 2020
  • 1 Approval on Kartarpur Corridor and Status of Rohingyas [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Kartarpur Corridor

    Approved by the Cabinet. To enable smooth passage of pilgrims willing to visit Pakistan’s Kartarpur Sahib. Kartarpur Gurudwara stands on the bank of River Ravi, about 120 km northeast of Lahore.

    • Kartarpur Sahib is also supposed to be Guru Nanak’s final restin

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  • Mar 3, 2020
  • 1 Need for a New Antique Law and Anomaly Amendment to the Sports Broadcasting Signals Act [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Bills, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    • Material culture- Groups such as littérateurs, historians, anthropologists and curators.

    • Laws have been framed with the agenda to preserve India’s material culture.

    • Rationality at the time of India’s Independence- Doesn’t fit with the country’s requirements.


    • Unders

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  • Mar 2, 2020
  • 1 Dam Safety Bill 2018: Provisions and Bill to Address Issues Concerning Dam Safety Including [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Bills, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Recently re-introduced in the Lok Sabha. 36 dam failures so far in the country. A lack of a uniform law and an administrative regime for dam safety.

    • Water is listed as a state subject.

    • Dam safety bill was first of all introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2010.


    • To help

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  • 2 Upgradation of Medical Colleges/Hospitals [ Policy/Governance, Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Government of India has decided to establish many new medical colleges in different states of the country. Its main aim is to establish district hospitals and medical colleges. Maximum number of medical colleges have been proposed for the state of Rajasthan.

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  • Feb 24, 2020
  • 1 Crime Against Children [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Bills, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Recently the POCSO Act has been amended to make it more effective. It has been made more proactive in dealing with crimes against children, child abuse in the country. Uttar Pradesh accounts for maximum number of crimes against children, whereas Nagaland constitutes the least amo

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  • Feb 22, 2020
  • 1 Going Online as Leaders’ Programme, Key Characteristic, Outcomes of the Project [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs recently announced the second phase of the program. The first phase was organized in March 2019. GOAL (Going Online as Leaders) is an initiative of Facebook to make tribal youth self-capable and self-reliant.

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  • Feb 14, 2020
  • 1 Financial Assistance to Sports Academies [ Policy/Governance, Sports, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The government of India recently has provided financial assistance for the Khelo India Scheme. The assistance is provided to organizations run by the government under Khelo India Scheme to academies run by Sports Authority of India as well as different Non-SAI academies accredite

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  • Feb 7, 2020
  • 1 Union Budget for 2020-21 [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Health, Appointments, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Fy21 Estimates: Fiscal deficit seen at 3.5 % of GDP. Net market borrowing pegged at 5.36 trln rupees. Gross market borrowing at 7.8 trln rupees. Pegs nominal GDP growth at 10%. Receipts seen at 22.46 trln rupees. Total spending seen at 30.42 trln rupees. ETNow: Pegs divestment t

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  • Jan 7, 2020
  • 1 Carbon Credit Smoke Screen CO2 emissions [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies, Down-to-Earth ]

    In 2018 COP24 in Katowice (is a city in southern Poland) finalises elements of the Paris Rulebook on the format for national targets, financial reporting, transparency requirements, and the global stocktake. In 2019 Russia Agreement. The US triggers one-year countdown to final wi

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  • Dec 24, 2019
  • 1 2G Ethanol plant in Panipat [ Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The government is planning to set up twelve 2G ethanol bio-refinery plants in 11 states in India including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh with an investment of 10,000 crores. Indian Oil has

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  • Dec 23, 2019
  • 1 Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Zero budget means without using any money or credit to purchase any inputs and other expenses in farming and natural farming means farming with nature and without chemicals. Farmers use products from nature like cow dung as manure. Zero Budget Natural Farming does not involve pes

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  • Dec 19, 2019
  • 1 Increase in Ex-gratia for fatal coal mine accidents [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The central government has increased the ex-gratia amount to Rs. 15 lakh from Rs. 5 Lakh for fatal accidents in the coal mine. This compensation will cover more than 3.5 lakh families of workers of Coal India.

    • It

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  • 2 Plastic Waste in Development of Roads [ Health, Environment/Ecology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Non-Biodegradable plastic waste is one of the biggest threats to the environment and human health. To tackle the challenges of plastic waste the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway converting plastic waste with the Bitumen to build green, all-weather sustainable roads and High

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  • 3 Swachh-Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan [ Health, Environment/Ecology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Swachh-Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan is launched under the Union Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to create awareness about drive and cleanliness program in 50 identified beaches. The beaches were identified from 10 coastal States/UTs these are Andhra Pradesh, Ke

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  • Nov 26, 2019
  • 1 Index of Industrial Production [ Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Index of Industrial Production comprises of eight core industries and non-core industries. It is an index which shows the growth rates in different industry groups of the economy. There is a separate index for eight core industries and collective index that is index of Industrial

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  • Sep 27, 2019
  • 1 India’S Biggest Dabba Trading Case Taken Up by Enforcement Directorate [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Enforcement Directorate has started investigations into the high profile Nagpur Dabba Trading case. The Nagpur’s “Dabba Trading” case was cracked in 2016. The enforcement case information report was registered by the Enforcement Directorate based on the First Information Repo

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  • Sep 25, 2019
  • 1 Success of Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs while inaugurating the ‘Housing for all 2022’ (NAREDCO 15TH National Conference) announced about the success of Real Estate Regulatory Authority on 20th Sept 2019. The stakeholders have begun to accept the regulators. The government has

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  • Sep 22, 2019
  • 1 National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019 Passed [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Minister of Commerce and Industry introduced the National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha on July 30,2019 following which the bill was successfully passed in the upper House. This bill will amend the National Institute of Design Act, 2014, which

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  • Sep 20, 2019
  • 1 Approval of Sugar Export Policy for Evacuation of Surplus Stocks [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Cabinet Committee on economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved sugar export policy for evacuation of surplus stocks during sugar season 2019 - 20. The lump sum export subsidy will be subsidy@Rs. 10,448 per Metric Tonne (MT) to sugar mills for the sugar season 2019 - 20.

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  • Sep 19, 2019
  • 1 Constitution of Advisory Board for Banking Frauds [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    To examine bank fraud over Rs. 50 crore and recommend action an Advisory Board has been constituted by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). This Advisory board is just a reconstituted version of Advisory Board on Bank, Commercial and Financial Frauds.

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  • Sep 18, 2019
  • 1 Composite Water Management Index 2019 [ Country/State Ranks/Indices, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The NITI Aayog has declared Gujarat as the most successful state in India in terms of Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0). 25 States and 2 UTs were ranked were ranked by CWMI 2.0 for the reference year 2017 - 18 as against base year 2016 - 17. Also it has been found that

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  • Sep 17, 2019
  • 1 National Medical Commission Bill to Replace Medical Council of India [ Health, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    In a significant reform in the field of medical education sector, the National Medical Commission Act 2019 passed by both Houses of Parliament on 08th August 2019. There would be a constitution of four autonomous boards who will be accountable for conducting undergraduate and pos

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  • Sep 15, 2019
  • 1 Defence Procurement Procedure to Be Reviewed by a New Committee [ Defense, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    To strengthen ‘Make in India’ initiative, a new committee has been approved by the Union Minister of Defence. This new committee shall review the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 and Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009 as both the procurements have been withstanding for

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  • Sep 6, 2019
  • 1 DAIC and DICCI Signed MoU to Empower SC and ST Communities [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Dr. Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) in June 2019.

    The main agenda behind signing this MoU is to empower SC and ST com

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  • 2 MoU Signed for Enhancing New Offerings for the MSME Sector [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The National Small Industries Corporation signed along with Common Service Centres (CSC) signed a MoU for enhancing new offerings to the MSME sector by synergizing each other’s’ competence. This is based upon the promotion of e-Governance Services. The MoU was signed by AS& DC (M

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  • Sep 3, 2019
  • 1 Increment in the Number of MSMEs in the Country [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has decided to increase the number of micro and small industries in the country. This will be achieved on a sustainable basis through implementation of various schemes and programmes.

    Ministry is planning to provide better credit f

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  • Sep 2, 2019
  • 1 Dispute Resolution Mechanism for Solar/Wind Sector [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    A proposal to set up a Dispute Resolution Committee for the consideration of the unforeseen disputes between solar/wind power developers and SECI/NTPC has been approved by the Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) and Skill Development & Entrepreneursh

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  • 2 Awards for Outstanding Contribution Towards Promotion and Development of Yoga-2019 [ Awards, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) announced the Prime Minister’s Awards for outstanding contribution in Promotion and Development of Yoga.

    The Screening Committee (for preliminary evaluation) and Evaluation Committee (Jury) were c

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  • 3 Vice President’S Interaction with Scientists & Young Researchers of the NARL [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Vice President of India at the inauguration function at the National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) near Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh called upon scientists and researchers to address pressing issues such as climate change, global warming and extreme weather events.

    The gl

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  • Aug 29, 2019
  • 1 Universal Smart Card Driving License [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has decided to modify the format of driving licenses to smart card type driving licences so as to follow a standardised format nationwide. Around 30 % of Indians drive with fake or bogus licenses.

    Police reports in just of De

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  • Aug 26, 2019
  • 1 Reconstitution of NITI Aayog [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Prime Minister of India approved the reconstitution of government of India’s policy think tank NITI Aayog (or National Institution for Transforming India). The decision was taken ahead of first meeting of NITI Aayog’s governing council scheduled on 15th June, 2019.

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  • Aug 25, 2019
  • 1 Asset Reconstruction Companies Permitted to Buy Financial Assets from Peers [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Asset Reconstruction Companies have been permitted by RBI to acquire financial assets from peers (other such entities). All such transactions should be settled in cash. ARC is a specialized financial institution that buys the NPAs or bad assets from banks and financial instit

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  • Aug 24, 2019
  • 1 National Data Quality Forum [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The National Data Quality Forum (NDQF) in order to improve quality of health and demographic data in India has been launched by Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR’s) National Institute for Medical Statistics. It is launched by ICMR’s National Institute for Medical Statist

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  • Aug 23, 2019
  • 1 Basic Savings Basic Deposit Accounts Scheme [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    A BSBD account means an account that does not require customers to maintain a minimum or average monthly balance. These accounts are aimed towards enhancing financial inclusion among the economically weaker sections of the society.

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  • Aug 22, 2019
  • 1 Swachh Survekshan 2020 to Be Launched [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister launched the ‘Swachh Survekshan League 2020 on 6thJune 2019. The parameters related to wastewater treatment, reuse and fecal sludge management have been given special attention in the survey.

    Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister p

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  • 2 National Investigation Agency Amendment Bill 2019 Passed [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    National Investigation Agency Amendment Bill 2019 was first of all passed in the Lok Sabha on 15 July 2019 and later on in the Rajya Sabha on 17th July 2019. This bill will allow NIA to probe terrorist activities against India and Indian interests abroad.

    The cases of human traf

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  • Aug 21, 2019
  • 1 The Cabinet Approves Summoning of Parliament After General Election, 2019 [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Pro-tem speaker is a temporary speaker appointed to conduct the functioning in the lower house of Parliament once the General Elections are over. The 17th Lok Sabha pro-tem speaker is Virendra Kumar sworn in by the President of India

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  • 2 Committee Formed to Spell Out Revival Plans for Telecom Sector [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Union Telecom Minister under the Supervision of Telecom Secretary had constituted a committee in June 2019 to spell out revival plans for the Telecom Sector acknowledging that country’s telecom industry was under financial stress for a long time.

    To sort out the issue the Un

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  • Aug 16, 2019
  • 1 Resident’S Award for NALCO for CSR [ Awards, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    An Odisha based Navaratna Company - National Aluminium Company Limited was selected for President’s award on 30th June 2019. NALCO made the best utilisation of Corporate Social Responsibilty fund in social development.

    NALCO was selected for its Aliali Jhia Scheme.

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  • Aug 13, 2019
  • 1 A Big Non-Banking Lender Failure Can Cause Huge Losses [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Non-Banking Financial Companies gross bad loans increased from 5.8 % in 2017 - 18 to 6.6 % in 2018 - 19. RBI expressed a concern of greater surveillance on large entities in India’s shadow banking sector as their failure could lead to losses that are similar to those of big b

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  • Aug 12, 2019
  • 1 National Company Law Tribunal and Its Proceedings [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The National Company Law Tribunal is a quasi-judicial body established under the Companies Act 2013 being constituted on 1 June 2016 by the Indian Government. This tribunal is based on the recommendations of the Justice Eradi Committee and looks into the issues relating to the In

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  • Aug 8, 2019
  • 1 Vayoshrestha Samman-National Awards for Senior Citizens 2019 [ Awards, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Department of Social Justice And Empowerment had invited nominations for Vayoshrestha Samman- National Awards for Senior Citizens 2019 for individuals/institutions to be sent by 31st May, 2019.

    Department of Social Justice And Empowerment as part of celebration of the Internatio

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  • Aug 7, 2019
  • 1 Creation of a ’Specialized Supervisory and Regulatory Cadre [ Economy, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) Central Board has decided to create a ‘Specialized Supervisory and Regulatory Cadre’ within the RBI. Decision to create a Specialized Supervisory and Regulatory Cadre within the RBI was taken at the recent two-day meeting of Reserve Bank of Ind

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  • Aug 6, 2019
  • 1 Kerala Assembly to Digitize All Its Records Under Its E-Vidhan Initiative [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Kerala Legislative Assembly recently announced initiative to digitize all its records and proceedings under its ambitious project called E-Vidhan which enables state legislature to go fully digital and completely paperless.

    Aim is to digitize and make their functioning paper

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  • 2 MoU Signed Between BHEL and ARAI for E-Mobility Projects‏ [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) signed MoU (Memorandum of understanding) for cooperation related to e-mobility. E-mobility refers to development of electric-powered or electronic driven vehicles, and moving away from tra

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