Point-Wise Current-Affairs & GS (Includes Important PIB Updates) 2020 with Maps & Data- IAS, SSC Etc

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  • Mar 16, 2017
  • 1 Union Cabinet Approved Air Services Agreement Between India and Rwanda [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    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.

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  • 2 Tata Motors Signs Technological Agreement with Microsoft [ Economy ]

    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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  • 3 India Ranked 143 in Index of Economic Freedom Index 2017 [ Country/State 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.

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  • 4 CCEA Approves Contract Awards for 44 Small Oil and Gas Fields [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    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.

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  • 5 ‘8th Continent’ Zealandia Discovered [ Science/Technology ]

    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.

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  • 6 Barren Island: House of India’S Active Volcano, Active Once Again [ Environment/Ecology ]

    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.

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  • 7 India May Meet Its Energy Needs by 2030 [ Science/Technology ]

    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.

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  • 8 India State Forest Report 2015 [ Environment/Ecology ]

    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 India

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  • Mar 16, 2017
  • 1 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.

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  • 2 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.

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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.

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  • 4 India Approves USD 340 Million Loan to Nepal for Development Programmes [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    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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  • 5 NRAI Gets Highest WHO Ratings for Vaccine Regulations [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    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.

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  • 6 Cloud Seeding Project for 2017 Monsoon, Has Been Approved by Maharashtra Government [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Maharashtra Government has approved 250 crore Cloud Seeding Programme during 2017 monsoon season. Aim is to produce sufficient rain during monsoon. It is coordinated by Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology. It will be the first controlled experiment.

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  • 7 India, Rwanda Signed MoUs in Innovation Aviation and Visa Requirements [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India and Rwanda have signed three agreements during visit of Vice President Hamid Ansari to boost bilateral relations. Bilateral relations include establishment of an entrepreneurship development centre in Kigali. The MoUs have been signed during Ansari’s five-day tour to Rwanda

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  • 8 Oriental Bank of Commerce Launches Mobile Wallet ‘Batuaa’ [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    On occasion of its 75th Foundation Day, Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) has come up with several digital offerings including launch of mobile wallet ‘Oriental Batuaa’. OBC has also launched two new cards.

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  • Mar 16, 2017
  • 1 GST Council Approves Law to Compensate States for Revenue Loss [ Policy/Governance ]

    A draft law for compensating states on losses incurred due to implementation of GST was cleared. Draft law was cleared in 10th GST Council meeting. It was headed by Union Finance Minister and attended by representatives from all states.

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  • 2 Tata Steel Owned Katamati Iron Mine Wins Best Green Organization Award [ Awards ]

    Tata Steel’s Katamati iron mine has been honoured with Best Green Organisation of Year Award. Global Green Future Leadership Awards in recognition of its environmental protection measures. Award was presented at a function organized by World CSR Day on February 18.

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  • 3 Bihar Government Prohibits State Officials from Consuming Liquor Anywhere in World [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has taken his policy to a whole new level. He acquired a new rule, according to which, no officials of state government are allowed to consume liquor outside the state or country. Bihar is only state to have passed rule.

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  • 4 SAATHIYA’ Resource Kit and ‘SAATHIYA SALAH’ Mobile App for Adolescents [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched SAATHIYA Resource Kit and SAATHIYA SALAH mobile app. It is for adolescents as part of Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) programme. This Resource Kit and Mobile App connect RKSK with adolescents.

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  • 5 Tripartite MoU to Help Scheduled Caste Artisans Signed [ Policy/Governance ]

    MoU signed among National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) , Ministry of Textiles.

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  • 6 Microsoft-Flipkart Announce Strategic Tie-Up [ Economy ]

    IT giant Microsoft announced a “strategic partnership” with Flipkart. It is a first step with online retailer flipKart to adopt Microsoft Azure as its exclusive public cloud platform. Companies are teaming up to be partners on cloud.

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  • 7 21 February: International Mother Language Day [ Important Days ]

    International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide annually observed on 21 February. It was formally recognized by United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as International Year of Languages.

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  • 8 CM Manohar Lal Conferred Haryana’S Highest Sports Award to 42 Sportspersons [ Awards ]

    Haryana government conferred awards to 42 sportspersons of state. It is to recognize sports persons for their outstanding performance at national and international level between years 2013 and 2017. Out of them five awards given for games of individuals.

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  • Mar 16, 2017
  • 1 Cabinet Approves Air Services Agreement Between India and Greece [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Union Cabinet chaired PM Narendra Modi has approved signing of Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Greece. Agreement has potential to spur greater trade, investment, tourism and cultural exchange between the two countries. Agreement has prepared keeping in view latest

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  • 2 Abhijit Sarkar Appointed Vice Chairman of Asian Hockey Federation [ Appointments ]

    Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) confirmed appointment of Abhijit Sarkar as its new Vice Chairman and also Chairman of AHF Commercial and TV Committee. Decision was taken after an Executive Board Meeting. Asian Hockey Federation will be able to achieve much success having Abhijit Sa

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  • 3 Telangana Govt Signs MoU with NABARD for Rs 874-Crore Loan [ Policy/Governance ]

    Telangana Government has signed MoU with NABARD here for a loan of Rs. 874 crore. Loan is for Horticulture Development Corporation to cover 3.15 lakh acres under Micro Irrigation scheme for 2016 - 17 and 2017 - 18.

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  • 4 Government Launches Bharat QR Code [ Policy/Governance ]

    Retail electronic payments will become more seamless with launch of BharatQR code. It is a quick response mandated by government to enable digital payments without card swiping machines. It is world’s first interoperable payment acceptance solution.

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  • 5 Government Launches “Cyber Swachhta Kendra”(CSK) [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has launched Cyber Swachhta Kendra. It is for Botnet cleaning and Malware analysis. It is part of Union Government’s ambitious digital India initiative to create a secure cyber space by detecting botnet infections.

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  • 6 Sahitya Akademi Awards 2016 Presented [ Awards ]

    Twenty-four writers received the Sahitya Akademi Awards 2016. Eminent authors were conferred with award/honour for writing in as different Indian languages. Awards were conferred in different genres and they included poetry, essay, short story, novel, criticism and play.

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