Policies & Governance: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles 2019 (Including PIB)- Download PDF

  • 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 s

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  • 2 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.

    Image shows of Furthering Income Support to cane Farmers

    Image Shows of Furthering Income Support to Cane Farmers

    Image shows of Furthering Income Support to cane Farmers

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  • 2 Amendments/Changes in the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019 [ Policy/Governance, Bills ]

    The Union Cabinet of India has intimated for the amendments/changes in the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019. The National Medical Commission Bill aimed towards improving the medical education system in the country by maintaining adequate and high-quality medical professiona

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  • 3 Report on the Composite Water Management Index 2.0 [ Policy/Governance, Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    The National Institution for Transforming India released Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0) report on August 23,2019. To assess and improve the performance of States and Union Territories in efficient management of water resources, the CWMI is an important tool. 25 State

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  • 4 Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme 2019 [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    The Union Finance Minister of India announced Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme, 2019 on Aug 22,2019. This scheme will be operationalized from 1st September 2019 and shall continue till 31st December 2019. This scheme is expected to be availed by large number of tax

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  • Sep 19, 2019
  • 1 Preparation of Roadmap for Distribution of Fortified Rice [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    A decision regarding distribution of fortified rice was taken in a review meeting between Union Food Minister and NITI Aayog. This distribution is to be done nationwide through ration shops. The Department of Food and Public has also been given instructions regarding the distribu

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  • Sep 18, 2019
  • 1 Organisation of Aadi Mahotsav at Leh-Ladakh [ Policy/Governance, Yojana ]

    In a significant step to boost the local economy in Ladakh, Aadi Mahotsav is being organised at Polo Ground, Leh Ladakh starting from start from 17 August till 25 August 2019 with the theme a celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture and Commerce. The event was inaugurat

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  • Sep 17, 2019
  • 1 54th Know India Programme [ Policy/Governance, Important Days ]

    40 participants from 9 countries, namely Fiji (7), Trinidad & Tobago (7), Mauritius (7), Guyana (6), Suriname (5), Myanmar (3), South Africa (2), Israel (2) and Reunion Island (1) out of which 26 are female and 14 are male have taken part in 4th Edition of Know India (KIP) Progra

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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 Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha Drive Launched for School Students [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    To create awareness among the school students across the country, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) launched Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha drive on 9th August 2019. A similar scheme known as Jal Sanchay was launched by the Prime Minster of India as part of Jal Sha

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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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  • 3 20 Institutions of Eminence Released [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    A list of 20 institutes-10 public and 10 private have been recommended recommended for Institutions of Eminence or IoE status under the supervision of the University Grants Commission or UGC which is also the higher education regulator.

    The private institutions proposed under IO

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  • 4 Liquidity Infusion of Rs 10,000 Crore to Be Provided to HFCs [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    With an aim to boost lending and accelerate growth, the housing sector regulator (National Housing Bank) has opened a liquidity infusion facility of Rs. 10000 crore for Housing Finance Companies (HFCs). This is expected to improve liquidity in sector.

    This would also enable comp

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  • Sep 13, 2019
  • 1 Agricultural Mechanization for in-Situ Management [ Policy/Governance, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    In a significant development in the field of Agriculture, Agro Industry & Allied Activities, a special scheme has been approved to support the efforts of the Governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and NCT of Delhi to address air pollution. This includes subsidization of

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  • Sep 11, 2019
  • 1 Centre Educational Institutions Bill, 2019 Passed [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    The Parliament of India has passed the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill, 2019 has been passed by the Parliament. The bill was passed in Lok Sabha on 1st July 2019 later on 3 July 2019 the same was passed by the Rajya Sabha. The Bill has repla

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  • 2 Agri-Business Incubation Centre in Chhattisgarh [ Policy/Governance, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    Union Agriculture Ministry has set up an Agri Business Incubation Centre in Chhattisgarh. The centre is set up by Agriculture Ministry Indira Gandhi Agriculture University of Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Agri Business Incubation Centre is set up under National Agriculture Development Sc

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  • 3 Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Ethics ]

    The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012 was formulated in order to effectively address sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children. The Act ensures to put children first emphasizing child-friendly reporting, recording of evidence, investigation a

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  • Sep 9, 2019
  • 1 Decline in Paddle Stubble Burning by 41% (Policies and Governance, Environment) [ Policy/Governance, Environment/Ecology ]

    As per the Union Minister there has been a reduction of 41 % in stubble burning cases in UP, Punjab, Haryana in 2018 as compared to 2016. Various government efforts were put in for consideration under Central Sector Scheme (CSS) on ‘Promotion of Agricultural Mechanization for In-

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  • 2 The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill [ Policy/Governance, Bills ]

    The Minister of Law and Justice introduced the Arbitration Bill 2019 in Lok Sabha on July 3,2019. This bill aims at establishing autonomous and independent institutions in India for better management and arbitration. The Bill aims at providing establishment of the NDIAC to conduc

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  • 3 Addition of 500GW of Renewable Energy to Electricity Grid by 2030 [ Policy/Governance ]

    The government of India plans to add 500 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy to its electricity grid by 2030. The objective is to clean up air in its cities and mitigate the over dependency on coal. The plans were revealed by ministry of new and renewable energy secretary at the 1

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  • Sep 6, 2019
  • 1 Launch of ET Government Portal [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance ]

    The Vice President of India launched ET Government Portal. The adoption of digital technology shall improve the governance and timely delivery of services to citizens. The technology can help in reducing corruption thereby ensuring transparency and improving the delivery of servi

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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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  • 3 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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  • Sep 3, 2019
  • 1 Initiatives Taken to Improve Teaching Standards in the Country [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    To assess and improve the quality of teaching in the country Central Government under HRD Ministry took several initiatives. MHRD is responsible for development of human resources in India is divided into 2 parts.

    The Department of School Education and Literacy looks after prima

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  • 2 Educational Development Scheme for Economically Backward Classes [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    The Ministry of Human Resource Development proposed to implement various schemes for the Economically Backward Class students. Citizens having annual income less than Rs. 1 lakh and who do not belong to any disadvantaged social category such as Schedule Caste (SC), Schedule Trib

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  • 3 Inauguration of National Workshop on Experience Sharing Under SPMRM [ Policy/Governance ]

    An inauguration event was based on National Workshop relating to Experience Sharing under Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Rurban Mission by Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Agriculture & Farmers.

    By gaining the inspiration from Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and his visi

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  • 4 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 Draft New Education Policy [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    2-day conference on ‘Industry Academy Interaction for Improvement of Quality of Academics’ organized by the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) in June 2019 appealed to people to study, analyse and debate the Draft New Education Policy and withosut making any hasty co

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  • 2 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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  • 3 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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  • Aug 29, 2019
  • 1 Inauguration of ATFM Complex [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Minister of State for Civil Aviation inaugurated the Air Traffic Flow Management - Central Command Centre. To address the balancing of capacity against the demand to achieve optimum utilization of the major resources is C-ATFM’s main objective.

    This achievement includes util

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  • 2 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 Approval of the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 [ Policy/Governance, Bills ]

    Cabinet has approved Aadhaar and other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to replace the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 so as to make it friendly to the people. As per the directions of the Supreme Court and recommendations of Justice B. N Srikrishna (Retd) Committee

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  • 2 Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Ratification of the Multilateral Convention to implement Tax Treaty Related Measures was recently approved by the Union Cabinet, aims to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (MLI).

    This BEPS multilateral instrument is an instrument to combat tax avoidance by multinationa

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  • Aug 25, 2019
  • 1 National Drafts Policy on Domestic Workers [ Policy/Governance ]

    The draft National Policy on Domestic Workers has been notified by The Union Ministry of Labour and Employment on 24th June 2019. The policy aims to provide social security benefits to an estimated 39 lakh people employed as domestic workers by private households of which 26 lakh

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  • 2 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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  • 3 Tri-Netra Technology Trials Conducted [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance, Railways ]

    As per the railway Minister of India during the Question Hour Session of the Rajya Sabha the Indian Railways is conducting TRI-NETRA for detecting obstructions of track. The previous technologies developed first of all in 2002 - 03 could not prove to be successful in detecting th

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  • 4 Vehicle of Development Acceleration on the “Highway of Trust” [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    The Union Minister for Minority Affairs announced to speed up the pending projects and schemes in the next five years thereby building a greater trust among the people. Ensuring socio-economic-educational empowerment of minorities through “3Es” Education, Employment and Empowerme

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  • Aug 24, 2019
  • 1 Steps Being Taken to Control Spread of Fall Army Worm [ Policy/Governance, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    The Department under Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is taking several steps to control the spread of Fall Army Worm in the country. The term “armyworm” can be referred to several species with invasive behaviour on a massive scale at larval stage.

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    Image show in It’s Raining Worms

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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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    Image Show in Benefits of Basic Savings Bank Deposit Account

    Image show in Benefits of basic Savings Bank Deposit Account

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  • Aug 22, 2019
  • 1 Amalgamation of National Institute of Miners Health with ICMR-NIOH [ Policy/Governance, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Cabinet approved the merger of National Institute of Miners’ Health (NIMH), an autonomous Institute under Union Ministry of Mines (MoM) with ICMR-NIOH (Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Occupational Health), Ahmedabad, under Union Ministry of Health & Famil

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  • 2 Instant Triple Talaq Bill Criminalised [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Women/Minority Empowerment ]

    The Indian Parliament has passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 criminalising triple talaq. The Lower House already had passed the bill on July 25,2019 later on the bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 31 July 2019. The bill will become the law af

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  • 3 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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  • 4 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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  • Aug 19, 2019
  • 1 National Defence Fund and Scholarship [ Policy/Governance, Defense ]

    The National Defence Fund was set up in 1962 to take charge of voluntary donations in cash and kind received for promotion of the national defence effort, and to decide on their utilisation.

    The Fund is used for the welfare of the members of the Armed Forces (including Para Mili

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  • 2 Rescue & Rehabilitation of 66,169 Child Labourers Under NCLP Scheme 2018-19 [ Policy/Governance ]

    Any form of work that deprives children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school, and is mentally, physically, socially or morally harmful is known Child Labour.

    Many children aged 5–14 from poorer families during the 19th and early 20th centuri

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  • 3 Approval of the Muslims Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, 2019 [ Policy/Governance, Down-to-Earth ]

    Union Cabinet has approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 by replacing the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019 (Ord. 4 of 2019).

    The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019 was prom

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  • 4 Formation of Jal Shakti Ministry [ Policy/Governance, Down-to-Earth ]

    A new Ministry called ‘Jal Shakti’ has been created by the Centre comprising Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation along with the Drinking Water and Sanitation.

    All the aspects of water regulation and its management will come under one department.

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  • Aug 18, 2019
  • 1 MoU for Joint Collaboration on Cancer Research Signed Between DBT and DAE [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for supporting a joint collaborative research programmes in area of Cancer was signed by The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under Ministry of Science and Technology and Department of Atmoic Energy.

    The DAE is represented by its Tata Memoria

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  • 2 One Nation One Poll [ Policy/Governance ]

    The one Nation One Poll has been backed by The President and The Prime Minister of India in Lok Sabha including the state assemblies. Normal public life and essential services are disrupted due to frequent elections including the road traffic during political rallies leading to n

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  • Aug 17, 2019
  • 1 24-Hours Timeframe to Bring Back Payment Data Processed Out of India [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Reserve Bank of India has directed all the payment entities along with all other banks operating in India to restore payment data processed out of India. The RBI reiterated its stand of last year’s on compulsory localisation of payments data.

    WhatsApp has set up its data sto

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  • Aug 16, 2019
  • 1 Price for Sovereign Gold Bonds Fixed at Rs3443 Per Gram by the Centre [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The government of India has fixed the new series of Sovereign Gold Bonds at Rs3443 opening on July 8. SGBs are government securities denominated in grams of gold. They are substitutes for holding physical gold.

    Investors have to pay the issue price in cash and the bonds will be

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  • Aug 15, 2019
  • 1 SEBI Tightens Its Regulations to Safeguard Investors in Terms of Mutual Fund Investment [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    SEBI’s latest reforms is expected to have a massive impact on India’s trillion mutual fund industry which has to comply with the new sectorial caps from September 2020. The advisory committee formed by the SEBI made these significant reforms. Through this move of SEBI and other m

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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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