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  • Jan 18, 2019
  • 1 Union HRD Minister Releases the Revised CBSE Affiliation Bye Laws [ Education, Policy/Governance, Political Science ]

    Union HRD Minister released revised CBSE Affiliation Bye Laws to ensure speed, transparency, hassle-free procedures, & ease of doing business w/Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

    • Revised affiliat

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  • 2 What is Anti-Defection Law? AIADMK MLAs’ Disqualification Verdict [ Policy/Governance, Political Science ]

    Madras High Court upheld disqualification of 18 MLAs of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) loyal to sidelined leader TTV Dinakaran. If member of house belonging to political party.

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  • Jan 16, 2019
  • 1 PhD Holders from Top 500 World Universities Eligible for Direct Recruitment as Assistant Professor [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    All PhD holders who are involved w/research programmes in India or pursuing higher education in foreign universities can rejoice now. After completing their Doctoral degree, they will be eligible for direct recruitment as assistant professors in Indian universities, according to

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  • Jan 15, 2019
  • 1 🌟 ‘HIV Self-Screening Test to Become Major Game-Changer in Country’ [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    1st December marked 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. This year’s theme is ‘Know your status’. There is need for active participation by both youth & ‘at risk’ population groups.

    HIV is Still a

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  • 2 Defence Acquisition Council Approval: New Frigates to Get BrahMos [ Policy/Governance, Defense ]

    Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurements worth ₹ 3000 cr. It includes BrahMos cruise missiles for 2 stealth frigates to be procured directly from Russia & armored recovery vehicles for Army’s Arjun tanks.

    BrahMos Superson

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  • Jan 11, 2019
  • 1 Environment Ministry Notifies Graded Response Action Plan to Combat Air Pollution in NCR [ Policy/Governance, Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) notified Graded Response Action Plan to combat air pollution in NCR Delhi region. MoEFCC amended laws & formally tasked SC-appointed panel w/implementing graded action plan for pollution control.

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  • 2 What is APIX Technology [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Computers & ICT ]

    APIX (Application Programming Interface Exchange) is a banking technology platform launched at Fintech Festival in Singapore. Fintech platform aims to connect companies to financial institutions globally & become banking solution for 2 billion people w/o bank accounts worldwide.

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  • 3 S-400 Missile Deal to Be Signed During Vladimir Putin’S India Visit [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    India & Russia signed USD 5.43 billion deal for India to procure S-400 Triumf missile system from Russia. Deal was signed following 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit b/w PM & Russian President & other delegates

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  • 4 🌟 3 New PAN Rules Effective from December 5 [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    In order to prevent tax evasion, IT Dept. changed PAN card rules. Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) making tax rules mandatory for business worth over Rs. 2.5 lakh in financial year for Permanent Account Number (PAN) will come into effect on 5th December 2018.

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  • Jan 8, 2019
  • 1 Workshop on Online Course on Digital Payments Launched by NITI Aayog in Collaboration [ Policy/Governance, Computers & ICT ]

    Workshop on “Online Course on Digital Payments” was organized by FICCI & NITI Aayog. Course was developed by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) & Department of Telecommunications (DoT) w/inputs form key stakeholders targeting mid-level Govt. Officers/Academicians engaged

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  • 2 Steel Plant in YSR Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance ]

    Steel Ministry has reviewed preparation for establishing steel plant in YSR Kadapa dist. of Andhra Pradesh. This project was envisaged under Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014.

    Draft Report on Steel Plant in YSR K

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  • Jan 5, 2019
  • 1 🌟 Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General, Dies at 80 [ Education, Policy/Governance, Personalities ]

    Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General passed away after a short illness. He was 80. Kofi Annan Foundation described him as “global statesman & deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for fairer & more peaceful world”.

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  • 2 Who is a D-Voter, What is NRC? [ Policy/Governance, Political Science ]

    Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), published recently, includes only those able to prove they were in Assam before 1971. It excludes D- voters. Some 2.48 lakh people got D-voter tag during NRC process.

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  • Jan 3, 2019
  • 1 🌟 Human Development Index Report 2018 [ Policy/Governance ]

    As per latest human development ranking released by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), India has climbed one spot to 130 out of 189 countries. In 2010, figures were 46 & 49 countries, respectively.

    Key-Highlights of Re

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  • 2 Government Begins Consolidation of Regional Rural Banks [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    Govt. has begun work on consolidation of regional rural banks along w/public sector lenders & intends to bring down number to 36 from existing 56. Centre has initiated consultations w/states as they are one of sponsors of RRBs in country. Sponsor banks are preparing blueprint for

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  • Jan 2, 2019
  • 1 Cabinet Approves National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems [ Education, Science/Technology, Policy/Governance, Computers & ICT ]

    Union Cabinet has approved launching of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS). It will be implemented by Department of Science &Technology under Ministry of Science & Technology for period of 5 years.


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  • Dec 27, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Civil Aviation Ministry Approves Setting Up Water Aerodromes [ Policy/Governance ]

    Civil Aviation Ministry has given in-principle approval to set up water aerodromes in country. To start w/it has identified 5 states: Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh & Assam for development of water aerodromes.


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  • 2 SC Decriminalises Adultery: Supreme Court Declares Section 497 of IPC Unconstitutional [ Policy/Governance, Political Science ]

    SC has unanimously struck down Section 497 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) 1860 that makes adultery punishable offence for men. Judgment was given by 5-judge bench of SC including CJI on petition filed by non-resident Keralite Joseph Shine.

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  • 3 DAC Approved Projects Worth Rs 9,100 Crores [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance, Defense ]

    Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of equipment for Defence Forces worth Rs. 9,100 cr. Upgraded Akash Weapon System is operationally critical equipment that will provide protection to vital assets.

    This would include:

    Procurement of 2 Regiments of Akash Miss

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  • 4 🌟 Constitutional Validity of Aadhaar [ Policy/Governance, Political Science ]

    5- Judge constitutional bench of SC upheld constitutional validity of flagship Aadhaar Scheme. Apex Court in its judgement has listed out host of services for which linking of Aadhaar is not mandatory.

    Evolution of Aad

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  • Dec 26, 2018
  • 1 Committee of Experts Submits Its Report on Regulating Audit Firms and the Networks [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Committee of Experts submitted its report to Ministry of Corporate Affairs presenting its findings & recommendations on regulating audit firms & their networks. Report addresses issues raised by SC w/focus to strengthen legal regime of auditors & promote development of audit prof

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  • Dec 25, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Computers & ICT ]

    Justice BN Srikrishna Committee submitted its report on data protection law to Union Minister for Electronics & IT, law & justice. Bill will apply to processing of personal data w/i India, including State.


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  • 2 🌟 In Justice Indira Banerjee’S Appointment to Supreme Court, a New Record [ Policy/Governance ]

    Centre cleared names of 3 high court judges to be elevated to SC of India. Those who were elevated to apex court included U’Khand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph, Madras HC Chief Justice Indira Banerjee & Orissa HC Chief Justice Vineet Saran.

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  • Dec 24, 2018
  • 1 CVC Analyzes Top 100 Bank Frauds [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    Central Vigilance Commission- CVC has analyzed top 100 Bank Frauds till last year in which it identified loop holes & suggests systemic improvements. Study was done in 13 sectors comprising.

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  • Dec 21, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Women & Child Development Ministry Approves 3 Fresh Proposals for Expenditure Under Nirbhaya Fund [ Policy/Governance, Defense, Women/Minority Empowerment ]

    Union Govt. has approved 3 proposals under Nirbhaya Fund including setting up of 1023 Fast Track Special Courts (FTSCs). Decision in this regard was taken by Empowered Committee of Officers under Nirbhaya Fund, under Chairmanship of Secretary, Women & Child Development Ministry.

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  • 2 Suresh Prabhu Launches AirSewa 2.0 [ Policy/Governance, Computers & ICT ]

    Union Civil Aviation Ministry launched upgraded version of AirSewa 2.0 web portal & mobile app in New Delhi. Improved grievance mgmt. including social media grievances. Secure sign-up & log-in w/social media.

    Major improvements:

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  • 3 Parliament Passes Bill to Punish Bribe Givers, Along with Takers [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Political Science ]

    Lok Sabha has passed Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018. Punishment for both bribe givers & takers is enhanced to make it deterrent for corrupt. Gifts received for established undue advantage/mala-fide motive are now considered act of corruption.

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  • Dec 20, 2018
  • 1 Cabinet Approves Leasing Out Six Airports Through PPP [ Policy/Governance ]

    Union Cabinet approved leasing out 6 airports of Airports Authority of India (AAI) for operation, mgmt. , & development under Public Private Partnership (PPP) in 1st phase. This will be done thru Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC).

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  • 2 Union Minister Smt Harsimrat Badal Inag. M/S Paithan Mega Food Park in Aurangabad District in MP. [ Policy/Governance, Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Union Minister for Food Processing Industries inaugurated 2nd Mega Food Park in Maharashtra, in Wahegaon & Dhangaon village in Paithan taluka of Aurangabad dist. It was launched under Mega Food Park Scheme & is promoted by Paithan Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd.

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  • 3 Cabinet Approves Strategic Disinvestment of 100% Govt. of India’S Equity in the (DCIL) [ Policy/Governance ]

    CCEA has approved strategic disinvestment of 100 % GoI’s shares in Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL) to consortium of 4 ports. Presently, Central Govt. holds 73.44 % shares in Dredging Corporation of India Limited (DCIL).


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