Policies & Governance: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles 2018 (Including PIB)- Download PDF

  • Dec 6, 2016
  • 1 O Panneerselvam Sworn in as New Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu [ Policy-Governance ]

    For Panneerselvam, it is the third term as Chief Minister. Earlier, he held the office in 2001 and 2014. After he assumed the office, the rest of the Ministers took the oath together and the swearing in ceremony was over within 10 minutes.

    O Panneerselvam to be sworn-in as Tamil Nadu CM

    O Panneerselvam to Be Sworn-in as Tamil Nadu CM

    O Panneerselvam to be sworn-in as Tamil Nadu CM

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  • Dec 4, 2016
  • 1 Issue of New Notes Announced by RBI, Old Notes to Be Valid [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Sunday announced that it would issue new Rs 100, Rs 50 and Rs 20 bank notes, but the old versions of these notes will continue to be valid. The new Rs 50 notes won’t have inset letters in the number panels. The new Rs 20 notes will have the inse

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  • 2 Additional charge as Director of CBI taken by Rakesh Asthana [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Government has given senior IPS officer Rakesh Asthana additional charge of the post of Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He took charge following retirement of Anil Sinha. He was given this charge after government failed to find any full-time Director fo

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  • Dec 2, 2016
  • 1 Chitra Ramkrishna Resigns as NSE CEO; J Ravichandran to Hold Charge of Office of CEO [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Board of Directors of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) met and accepted the resignation of Chitra Ramkrishna, MD & CEO. She had tendered her resignation due to personal reasons and expressed her desire to step down with immediate effect. She was part of the team that set up

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  • 2 15 New Castes on OBC’S List Approved by Union Cabinet [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Cabinet has given its approval for inclusion of 15 new castes and modification in 13 other castes in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in eight states. The Union Cabinet took this decision based on the recommendation of the National Commission for Backwa

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  • 3 Before Movies, National Anthem Must Be Played in Theatres [ Policy-Governance ]

    All Indians now compulsorily have to stand up and listen to the National Anthem before they can watch a movie in a theatre. It is for love and respect, for the motherland reflected when one shows respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag.

    Respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag

    Respect to the National Anthem as Well as to the National Flag

    Respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag

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  • Dec 1, 2016
  • 1 Mumbai Urban Transport Project Approved by Cabinet [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Cabinet has approved the Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase-III. The estimated cost of project is Rs. 8679 crore with completion cost of Rs.10947 crore. The project expected to complete in the next five years during 13th Five Year Plan period.

    Cabinet approves Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase-III

    Cabinet Approves Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase-III

    Cabinet approves Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase-III

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  • 2 Coupons as New Currency at Toll Plazas Proposed by Road Ministry [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Road Transport & Highways Ministry has come out with the proposal to introduce high security coupons of denominations starting from Rs 5 to Rs 100 to serve as currency for toll on national highways.

    Only officials of the NHAI, allowed to distribute coupon

    Only Officials of the NHAI, Allowed to Distribute Coupon

    Only officials of the NHAI, allowed to distribute coupon

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  • Nov 30, 2016
  • 1 DARPAN Portal: NITI Aayog to Register NGOs for Grant-in-Aid [ Policy-Governance ]

    It is now mandatory for all NGOs and voluntary organisations (VOs) to register with NITI Aayog to receive grant-in-aid from ministries or departments of the central government.Total number of 81,353 NGOs/VOs have signed up on NGO-DARPAN portal that has redesigned.

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  • 2 Uttar Pradesh to Inaugurate Asia’S First Cycle Highway [ Policy-Governance ]

    Asia’s first and longest cycle highway inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh. It is also India’s first cycle highway. A first-of-its-kind project, the 207-km-long cycle highway runs between Etawah, Agra, and declared open. A rally of 90 cyclists from five countries and across India follow

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  • 3 Demonetization Temporarily Weighing on Different Sectors the Eithecial Dilemma of Short-Term Pain for Long-Term Gain [ Policy-Governance ]

    The ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes has influenced a raft of sectors. There is a mix of responses seen in the various sectors after demonetization. The various sectors have behaved differently in lieu of demonetization as mentioned in the table below. Several other industrial se

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  • Nov 29, 2016
  • 1 Time to Evaluate India’S Progress – Some Major Statistics [ Policy-Governance ]

    From digital connectivity to sanitation and child mortality, it is time to evaluate India’ progress on various fronts. Below are some of the data that reveal the developments in term of housing sector reforms and number of toilets established under Swach Bharat initiative.

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  • 2 Incremental CRR to Be Introduced by RBI in Banking System [ Policy-Governance ]

    CRR is the proportion of deposits that banks have to keep as cash with the RBI or central bank. Banks do not earn any interest on CRR balances kept with the RBI.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has introduced an incremental Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) of 100% for fortnight to absorb

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  • Nov 28, 2016
  • 1 Shri Radha Mohan Singh Launches E-Pashuhaat Portal in India [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh launched e-pashuhaat portal (www.epashuhaat.gov.in). For the first time in the world under the scheme, National Mission on Bovine Productivity ‘e-pashuhaat’ portal has developed for connecting breeders and f

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  • 2 First Woman to Head India’S Biggest Bank SBI is Arundhati Bhattacharya [ Policy-Governance ]

    For driving transformational change at the India’s largest bank, pushing through major digital initiatives and restructuring the bank, HR practices to ensure it is future ready and in step with changing customer trends.

    Personal Life

    • Born: 18 March 1956 in a Bengali Hindu Kulin B

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  • Nov 23, 2016
  • 1 Pankaj Patel CMD of Zydus Cadila 2017 FICCI President [ Policy-Governance ]

    Mr. Pankaj R. Patel, Chairman, and Managing Director of Zydus Cadila - Cadila Healthcare Ltd., has elected as President of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) for the year 2017.

    He will take over after incumbent Ambuja Neotia Group Chairman Harshavardhan N

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  • 2 India’S Longest Expressway Inaugurated in Uttar Pradesh [ Policy-Governance ]

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at Bangarmau in Unnao district of UP Inaugurated India’s longest expressway connecting Agra and Lucknow. The Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) built it in a record time of 23 months.

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  • Nov 20, 2016
  • 1 Integrated Emergency Services UP-100 Launched in UP [ Policy-Governance ]

    High-tech centralized emergency system in UP to ensure that police reach a caller in a maximum of twenty minutes in rural areas and within 15 minutes in urban areas. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav launched one of his dream projects - the UP-100 Police Emergency Management System.

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  • Nov 16, 2016
  • 1 Anil Bokil: Man Claimed Behind Banning Rs 500 and Rs 1000 Notes [ Policy-Governance ]

    Recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi banned Rs 500 and 1000 notes. The idea about ban the notes to recover black money was suggested by Anil Bokil, a social activist part of “Arthakranti Sansthan”.

     Image of Anil Bokil

    Image of Anil Bokil

    Image of Anil Bokil

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  • Nov 14, 2016
  • 1 Benami Properties to Be Rough After Demonetization Drive [ Policy-Governance ]

    After recent demonetization of 500 and 1000 currency notes to check black money, the Government has expressed clear intent to bring all ‘Benami’ properties under scanner ensuring strict punishments for those caught under the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act (PBPT A

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  • Nov 12, 2016
  • 1 Measures to Strengthen Cyber Security in India by Union Government [ Policy-Governance ]

    To strengthen cyber security, Union government announced a slew of measures, including requirement for organisations with significant IT infrastructure to appoint cyber security officers and National cyber coordination center to provide real time situational awareness and rapid r

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  • Nov 11, 2016
  • 1 New Pneumonia Vaccine Introduced in Five States [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Health Ministry has approved pneumonia vaccines in Himachal Pradesh along with four other states under the Universal Immunization Programme. The Health Ministry approved introduction of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) under Universal Immunization Programme in follo

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  • Nov 10, 2016
  • 1 Union Government Enhances AFSPA in Three Districts of Arunachal Pradesh [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) enhanced the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh. These districts are Tirap, Changlang and Longding. They have been “disturbed area” under Section 3 of the AFSPA. One of the primary reasons cite

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  • 2 Rs 500, Rs 1,000 Ban: Deposits Above Rs 2.5 Lakh to Face Tax Penalty on Mismatch [ Policy-Governance ]

    The demonetization of 500 and 1000-rupee banknotes in November 2016 was a step by government to fight corruption and black money issues in the country.Starting from midnight of 8th November 2016, all 500 and 1000 rupee notes ceased to be legal tender in India.

    • The demonetization

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  • Nov 9, 2016
  • 1 Indian Government Puts NDTV’S Ban on Hold [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Ministry of Information had previously imposed one-day ban (on November 9th) on Hindi news channel NDTV India over its live coverage of the Pathankot terror attack, violating programme and advertising Code. Opposition parties and media bodies criticized the extreme puni

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  • Nov 8, 2016
  • 1 CII Launches Startup Mentorship Circle Platform [ Policy-Governance ]

    CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) launched ‘Startup Mentorship Circle’ platform for connecting start-ups to universal marketplace under the Union Government’s vision of entrepreneurship development - Startup India Initiative.

    Confederation of Indian Industry

    Confederation of Indian Industry

    Confederation of Indian Industry

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  • Nov 7, 2016
  • 1 India Ascends to 2nd Rank in Global Business Optimism Index [ Policy-Governance ]

    India ranked second in the global business optimism index during the third quarter (July-September 2016) according to Grant Thornton International Business Report. India has improved its ranking by one spot in the index.

    Image of Global Business Optimism Index

    Image of Global Business Optimism Index

    Image of Global Business Optimism Index

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  • 2 RBI Appoints M Rajeshwar Rao as New Executive Director [ Policy-Governance ]

    RBI (Reserve Bank of India) appointed M Rajeshwar Rao as Executive Director subsequent to voluntary retirement of G Mahalingam.Worked with RBI in various capacities for nearly 30 years.Mr. Rao will took charge of Department of:

    • Statistics and Information Management
    • Financial market

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  • 3 DRDO MoU with IIT Delhi to Establish JATC [ Policy-Governance ]

    DRDO (Defence Research & Development Organisation) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi to establish a Joint Advanced Technology Centre (JATC). This MoU was signed at function held in IIT, Delhi.

    Defence Research & Development Organisation

    Defence Research & Development Organisation

    Defence Research & Development Organisation

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  • Nov 5, 2016
  • 1 Google Ties with ASI for Virtual Tour of Monuments [ Policy-Governance ]

    Google has tied up with ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) to develop 360 degree virtual tours of 280 monuments in India out of which 30 are in West Bengal.Google has already launched a selection of its mapping and navigation products in India such as:

    • Offline view of maps
    • Live

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