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  • Oct 3, 2019
  • 1 Steps Taken to Implement the Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme [ Education, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Ministry of HRD along with the Ministry of Human Resource Development issued orders to 5 public Universities (IIT Madras, Banaras Hindu University, IIT Kharagpur, University of Delhi AND University of Hyderabad) conveying their declaration as Institutions of Eminence (IoE). T

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  • Sep 27, 2019
  • 1 Agreement Signed Between India and Peru on Cooperation in the Field of Medicinal Plants [ International Relations/Organizations, Health ]

    An agreement between the National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, and the National Institute of Health, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Peru was signed on August 28,2019 for cooperation in the field of medicinal plants. This agreement is expected to enhance the b

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  • 2 50 Hectares of Degraded Land to Be Restored by 2030 [ International Relations/Organizations, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change announced India has set target to restore 50 lakh hectare of its degraded land by 2030.14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noid

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  • Sep 22, 2019
  • 1 Thar Link Express Suspended [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The weekly Jodhpur-Munabao Thar Link Express has been suspended by the government of India over the arising tensions with Pakistan due to the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir. Prior to this India also cancelled Samjhauta Express from its end after Pakistan’s announcement of

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  • Sep 20, 2019
  • 1 Proposal for Review of FDI Policy on Various Sectors Approved [ Economy, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Union Cabinet of India has approved the proposal for Review of Foreign Direct Investment on various sectors. When an investor from a foreign country invests in a business for which the foreign investor has the direct control over the company purchased is known as Foreign Dire

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  • Sep 19, 2019
  • 1 RuPay Card Launched in UAE [ International Relations/Organizations, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    In a significant development to boost India’s relationship with UAE, the serving Prime Minister of India on his UAE visit dated 24th August 2019 launched RuPay card at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. UAE has become the first country in the Gulf region where RuPay card has been la

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  • 2 Thailand to Host Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference 2019 [ International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    Thailand will be hosting the 2019 Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) in Thailand’s capital city Bangkok. From India’s end, the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Air Staff- Air Chief Marshal will be representing the conference.

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  • 3 Sustainable Fashion Project SU.RE Launched [ International Relations/Organizations, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Union Minister for Textiles launched Project SURE on 22 August 2019 on the occasion of Lakmé Fashion Winter/Festive 2019 held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The aim is to promote sustainable fashion contributing towards a clean environment.

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  • Sep 18, 2019
  • 1 Innovation for Clean Air Initiative Launched in Bengaluru [ International Relations/Organizations, Environment/Ecology ]

    In a significant development towards Clean Air Initiative, India and UK have together launched a two year joint initiative at Bengaluru (Capital of Karnataka). The main aim is to provide a unique air quality measurement system by integrating satellite and sensor data thereby supp

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  • Sep 17, 2019
  • 1 ISRO Technical Liaison Unit at Moscow [ Science/Technology, International Relations/Organizations ]

    In a significant development towards the field of Science and Technology, the Union Cabinet has approved setting up of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Technical Liaison Unit (ITLU) at Moscow, Russia.

    This ISRO unit is mandated to collaborate with Space agencies and ind

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  • 2 Abrogation of Article 370 [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations, Bills ]

    The Union Minister for Home Affairs in India introduced two bills followed by two resolutions regarding Jammu and Kashmir in Lok Sabha on 6th August 2019. The state of Jammu and Kashmir is to be bifurcated into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir (with legislature) and Lada

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  • Sep 15, 2019
  • 1 Framework to tax big Tech Companies [ International Relations/Organizations, Newspaper Editorials ]

    The govt. of India is likely to set a revenue threshold of Rs. 20 crore and a limit of 500,000 users above which non-resident technology companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter will have to pay direct taxes on profits earned locally.

    These limits are to be introduced as p

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  • 2 Offer of E-Tourist Visa Fee Based on Tourist Footfall [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Indian government has planned to offer a flexible e-tourist visa regime for more than 160 countries based on tourist footfall. The e-tourist visa fee would be higher for peak season of July to March whereas the fee would be lower during lean period of April to June. The main

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  • Sep 13, 2019
  • 1 SDG Dashboard Launched [ Science/Technology, International Relations/Organizations, Health ]

    India’s first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) dashboard was launched by Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) in a bid to effectively track country’s progress on Agenda 2030 adopted by UN. The Dashboard was launched on occasion of National Statistic

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  • Sep 9, 2019
  • 1 Global Innovation Index 2019 [ International Relations/Organizations, Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    India has improved its ranking in the Global Innovation Index 2019 by five places to 52nd in 2019 from 57th position in 2018. The Global Innovation Index ranking was announced by the Commerce and Industry Minister. This was for the first time that the GII is being launched in an

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  • 2 Territorial Army [ International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    The Territorial Army is defined as the second line of defence which is not at all a source of profession, occupation or employment. Every year the volunteers belonging to the Indian Army serve in uniform for few days to prepare themselves in times of emergency. Those who are alre

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  • Sep 6, 2019
  • 1 Tiger Census Report 2018 Released [ International Relations/Organizations, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    With About 3000 tigers, India is one of the world’s largest and most secure habitats. The number of tigers in Gir Forest there has increased by 27 per cent. The report released in August 2019 highlights about the significant achievement of India in conserving wildlife. India is n

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  • Aug 31, 2019
  • 1 Memorandum of Understanding Between NCGG and Maldives Civil Services Commission [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India’s leading civil services training institution, the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG), has signed an MOU with the Maldives Civil Services Commission for capacity building of 1000 Maldives civil servants over the next 5 years.

    The training program will include publi

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  • Aug 26, 2019
  • 1 Mangdecchu-Hyrdoelectric Power Plant in Bhutan [ Science/Technology, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Mangadecchu-Hydroelectric Power Plant project was inaugurated on 02 August 2019 in Bhutan by the Prime Minister of India. This hydroelectric plant is going to further strengthen the ties between the two countries. This is a hydroelectric plant with a cost of around Rs. 4500 c

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  • Aug 25, 2019
  • 1 Tripartite Agreement Between IRSDC and French National Railways & AFD [ International Relations/Organizations, Railways ]

    The Indian Railway Station Development Corporation (IRSDC) entered into a Tripartite Agreement with French National Railways (SNCF) & AFD, a French development Agency to support Railway Station Development Program in India. ISRDC was incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956 on

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  • Aug 22, 2019
  • 1 India’S First BS VI Certificate in Two Wheeler Segment Released [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) released India’s first Type Approval Certificate (TAC) for Bharat Stage - VI (BS - VI) norms for the two wheeler segment in New Delhi.

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  • Aug 19, 2019
  • 1 Brain of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope Designed [ Science/Technology, International Relations/Organizations ]

    Scientists at Cambridge University have successfully finished designing the brain of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) which is the largest radio telescope in the world. The SKA’s Science Data Processor (SDP) consortium has concluded its engineering design work, marking the end of

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  • Aug 15, 2019
  • 1 Currency Monitoring List & Its Impact [ Economy, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The United States in May 2019 removed India and Switzerland from the currency monitoring lists. The Countries such as China, Japan and Germany are still in the list of US Currency Monitoring. The Currency Monitoring actually is a way of observing a strict vigil upon the currency

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  • Aug 13, 2019
  • 1 India, Indonesia Set US $50 Billion Trade Target by 2025 [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India and Indonesia set an ambitious US $50 billion target to boost bilateral trade over the next six years. At the G20 Osaka Summit in Japan PM of India and Indonesia President discussed ways to boost cooperation in trade and investment, defense and maritime fronts.

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  • Aug 12, 2019
  • 1 World Resources Institute [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research non-profit organization that was established in 1982 with funding from the MacArthur Foundation under the leadership of James Gustave Speth. They aintain offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, and Indonesia. Missio

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  • Aug 9, 2019
  • 1 The Pakistani Fishing Boats with 100 Kilograms of Heroin Apprehended by Indian Coast [ International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    The Indian coast guards gave an Intelligence input about a suspicious vessel likely to be engaged in drug trafficking in area off Indo-Pak International Maritime Border Line (IMBL) off the Gujarat Coast on 19 May 2019.

    Similar inputs were also received from Directorate of Revenu

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  • Aug 8, 2019
  • 1 International Day for Biological Diversity Celebrated Across the Country [ International Relations/Organizations, Environment/Ecology ]

    The International Day for Biological Diversity (or World Biodiversity Day) is a United Nations–sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. It is currently held on May 22. The International Day for Biological Diversity 2019 celebrations focuses on biodiv

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  • Aug 5, 2019
  • 1 Participation of Indian Delegates in Second SCO Mass Media Forum at Bishkek [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Second Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Mass Media Forum was being held at Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan capital) from 23 to 26 May 2019. The SCO Forum was inaugurated by President of Kyrgyz Republic.

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  • Aug 3, 2019
  • 1 Six U.S. Nuclear Power Plants to Be Set Up in India [ Science/Technology, International Relations/Organizations ]

    In order to boost the bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation at the 9th round of India-US Strategic Security an agreement was signed between India and US. The Dialogue was co-chaired by Foreign Secretary of India and the US Undersecretary of state for arms control and interna

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  • Aug 1, 2019
  • 1 Withdrawal of GSP Benefits from India [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India’s designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the GSP (Generalised System of Preferences) was terminated by the United States w. e. f 5June 2019. As per US, India did not provide equitable and reasonable access to its markets for the US.

    GSP is a preferential tari

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