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

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  • Mar 19, 2017
  • 1 Surrogacy Bill Will Ban Singles from Being Parents [ Bills ]

    Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 passed by the Union Cabinet in August last year bans single men, women and gay couples from opting for surrogacy. Indian citizens to have a surrogate child will allow in The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 in India. Non-resident Indians or Peopl

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  • Mar 16, 2017
  • 1 Tarak Mehta Noted Gujarati Writer is No More [ Education ]

    Popular Gujarati writer and noted play writer Tarak Mehta died on 1st March 2017 at his Ahmedabad residence. Mehta passed away at the age of 87 years. Mehta had been suffering from a prolonged illness in the months leading up to his death.

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  • 2 Government’S National Family Health Survey 4 Shows Improved Sex Ratio and Decline in IMR [ Health ]

    National Family Health Survey -4 (NFHS-4) surveys conducted for the year 2015 - 16 was unveiled by Health Ministry in New Delhi. India’s health index has shown an improvement over the last decade including an improvement in sex ratio at birth and a decline in infant mortality rat

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  • 3 India Signs Financing Agreement with World Bank for Tejaswini [ Health ]

    Union Government has signed a Financing Agreement with World Bank. Financing Agreement was signed by Mr. Raj Kumar, joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank (

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  • 4 ISSF World Cup: Jitu Rai Wins Gold in 50m Pistol [ Sports ]

    Indian shooter Jitu Rai won a gold medal in 50m men’s air pistol event in the International Shooting Sport Federation ISSF World Cup. Rai will be competing in the 10m and 50m categories, and will be one of India’s biggest medal hopes this term India’s first gold medal in the comp

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  • 5 NMCG, Rotary India Signs MOU for Namami Gange Programme [ Environment/Ecology ]

    The NMCG and Rotary India signed a MOU for the success of Namami Gange Programme. National Mission for Clean Ganga under Ministry of Water Resources, MOU with Rotary India was signed on 2 March 2017 in New Delhi.

    • The MoU was signed by Director General, National Mission for Clea

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  • 6 New Train of Indian Railway’S Thought: RO–RO Service to Cut Down Traffic Woes in Delhi [ Environment/Ecology ]

    The RO-RO is a boon for Delhi as it would have a direct impact on its air ambient quality and the capital would breathe clean air. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched Roll-on Roll-off (RO-RO) service.

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  • 7 PK Purwar: Appointed as Chairman and Managing Director of MTNL [ Appointments ]

    PK Purwar has been appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of state-run telecom major Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL). Between June 2014 and June 2015, he was additional incharge of the post Chairman and Managing Director of MTNL 7 back again in June 2016.

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  • 8 New Cruise Ship Tour Launched by China in South China Sea [ Environment/Ecology ]

    A new Chinese cruise ship began its first journey to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea on 3rd march 2017, the latest effort by Beijing to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway. The Nanhai Cruises Company is owner of cruise ship.

    Key Details

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  • Mar 16, 2017
  • 1 Black Money: Next Frontier is to Bring Land and Realty Under GST [ Economy ]

    The steps taken to reduce black cash and streamline election finance, the one of the biggest sources of black money is land and real estate. Bring supply of land and real estate into the GST. The GST law does not include LARE (Land and Real Estate).


    • Few clarifications

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  • 2 Union Government Notifies Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, 2017 [ Policy/Governance ]

    Union Government has notified Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Act, 2017. This law makes custody of more than an exact number of the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes a criminal affair. This Act is provided in the public interest for the cessation of liabilities on t

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  • 3 DMRC Enters Limca Book of Records [ Economy ]

    DMRC has listed by entering the prestigious Limca Book of World Records. For constructing 200 Girders in just one month on the Noida – Greater Noida corridor. This project has been executed by DMRC on behalf of Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) Ltd. Maximum number of U-girders

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  • 4 India Aims to Achieve 8% Growth Despite Note Ban [ Economy ]

    India’s economy will continue its momentum despite demonetization. It achieves an 8 % growth next year. According to recent data, growth for the September- December quarter stood at 7 per cent.


    • Article is publ

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  • 5 World Wildlife Day 2017 Observed Globally on 3rd March [ Important Days ]

    March 3rd of each year marks as World Wildlife Day globally. Aim is to raise awareness about animals and plants that adorn planet Earth. This day celebrated and implemented by the secretariat of the CITES in collaboration with other relevant United Nations Organizations.

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  • 6 100 Districts in India Declared ODF Under Swachh Bharat Mission [ Yojana ]

    Indian government announced that over 1.14 lakh villages have become Open Defecation Free under Swachh Bharat Mission. It’s aiming to achieve the status for more than 100 districts by March next year.

    These three states also declared themselves ODF:

    • Kerala
    • Himachal Pradesh
    • Sik

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  • 7 CGST and IGST Bills Approved by GST Council [ Policy/Governance ]

    Goods and Services Tax Council meeting held in Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi under. The meeting held under the Chairmanship of the Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley.

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  • 8 Delhi Government Approves 37 Percent Hike in Minimum Wages [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The government’s decision to hike by 37 % the minimum wages of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers, Dubbing the 37 % hike in minimum wages for the Delhi as “historic” and “highest” in Independent India.


    • The Delhi Cabinet’s decision:

      • An unskilled worker mini

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  • Mar 16, 2017
  • 1 Airtel, Millicom International Sign Agreement to Combine Ghana Operations [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    BhartiAirtel and Millicom International Cellular Respective subsidiaries entered into an agreement for Tigo Ghana Limited and Airtel Ghana Limited. This agreement has signed to combine their operations in Ghana. Both would have equal ownership and governance rights in the combine

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  • 2 Sanjiv Singh Appointed as Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation [ Appointments ]

    Sanjiv Singh will be the new Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC). IOC is the nation’s largest company commercial enterprise. He was selected for the top job after Public Enterprise Selection Board (PESB) interviewed eight candidates.


    • IOC is also the nation

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  • 3 Canadian Bacteria-Like Fossils May Be Oldest Evidence of Life Yet [ Science/Technology ]

    Microfossils up to almost 4.3 billion years old found by researcher. It was primordial microbes as per recent study. That set in motion the evolutionary march toward complex life. Researchers reported that these may be the oldest fossils ever discovered. Remains of bacteria thriv

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  • 4 INS Viraat, Oldest Aircraft Carries Decommissioned [ Science/Technology ]

    The world’s oldest aircraft carrier in active service, INS Viraat, will be decommissioned after serving the India Navy for approximately 30 years. The decommissioning ceremony will be attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and other dignitaries.

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  • 5 Chandigarh to Host Destination North East 2017 [ Economy ]

    Chandigarh will be hosting a three-day long ‘Destination North East’ 2017, aimed at showcasing North East as a potential destination for investment. Being organized by PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in association with the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (Do

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  • 6 Moortidevi Award for M P Veerendra Kumar [ Awards ]

    The prestigious Moortidevi Award for Rajya Sabha MP and writer M P Veerendra Kumar has been selected of Bharatiya Jnanpith organization. M P Veerendra Kumar will be presented the 30th Moortidevi Award instituted by Bharatiya Jnanpith.


    • The Moortidevi Award is instit

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  • 7 Dr. Thomas E. Starzl, Pioneering Liver Surgeon is No More [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Dr. Thomas Starzl, the pioneer of liver transplantation and the driving force behind the world’s first baboon-to-human liver transplants and research on anti-rejection drugs, has died. He was 90.

    About Dr. Thomas E. Starzl

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  • 8 India’S Largest Tricolor on Tallest Flag Post at Attari Border in Punjab [ Policy/Governance ]

    Punjab Minister Anil Joshi inaugurated the country’s largest tricolor on the tallest flag post at indo-Pakistan Attari Border. The flag was hoisted on the Indian side, flag is located just at a stone throw away distance from Pakistan.

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  • Mar 16, 2017
  • 1 Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Massive Galaxy [ Science/Technology ]

    The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has captured the farthest-ever view into the universe, a photo that reveals thousands of galaxies 13.4 billion of light-years away. Hubble telescope situated of the Pisces-Perseus Supercluster in the westernmost region.

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  • 2 First S-300 Air Defence System Becomes Operational in Iran [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    S-300 air defence system became operational in Iran. The system was delivered by Russia following a July 2015 nuclear deal. Iran had been trying to acquire the system for years to ward off repeated threats by Israel to bomb its nuclear facilities, but Russia had held off delivery

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  • 3 IISC Becomes First Indian University to Be Ranked Among Top 10 in World [ Education ]

    The Indian Institute of Science (IISC), Bangalore has made to the list of Top 10 Universities of the World. In the second edition of Times Higher Education’s World’s Best Small Universities Ranking 2017.

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  • 4 WCD Ministry to Set Up Women’S Entrepreneurship Council [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Ministry of Women and Child Development has proposed the setting up of a Women’s Entrepreneurship Council for taking up with the government the problems faced by businesswomen. WCD this year made rapid strides to address the issues of women and child development.

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  • 5 Cairn India Appointed Melody Meyer and Atul Gupta as Advisors [ Appointments ]

    Cairn India has appointed oil and gas exploration experts Chevron executive Melody Meyer and ex-CEO of BSG Resources Atul Gupta as executive advisors. Atul Gupta on its team to drive the company’s objective of contributing 50 % of India’s overall crude production. According to a

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