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

  • Dec 29, 2016
  • 1 Union Government Gives Nod for Apex Corridor Development Body [ Policy-Governance ]

    NICDIT will be the apex body to oversee integrated development of all industrial corridors across the country. The Union Government has approved the re-designation of the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Project Implementation Trust Fund (DMICPTF) as National Industrial Corridor

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  • 2 Gujarat Announces Biotechnology Policy-2016 [ Policy-Governance ]

    The policy has various incentives for investors who are keen to set up their units in the state. With an aim to establish Gujarat as a preferred destination for manufacturing of biotechnology products, the state government announced its ‘Biotechnology Policy-2016’.

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  • 3 Union Cabinet Approves Ratification of International Solar Alliance (ISA) [ Policy-Governance ]

    Government gave ex post facto approval to the proposal of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy for ratification of the International Solar Alliance’s (ISA) Framework Agreement by India. It was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ISA was launched jointly by the Indian Prime Min

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  • Dec 28, 2016
  • 1 Army Signs MoU to Set Up R&D Cell, with IIT Gandhinagar [ Policy-Governance ]

    Indian Army today signed a MoU with Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar (IITGN). It is to set up a Research and Development cell which would focus on the finding solutions for Army’s requirements. The cell will work with the faculty and research students. It aims to identi

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  • 2 Sagarmala Development Company’s office inaugurated in New Delhi [ Policy-Governance ]

    Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated Sagarmala Development Company’s (SDC) office in New Delhi. It is to promote port-led development in the country. The SDC has been incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013.

    Nitin Gadkari inaugurate Sagarmala Development Company office

    Nitin Gadkari Inaugurate Sagarmala Development Company Office

    Nitin Gadkari inaugurate Sagarmala Development Company office

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  • Dec 27, 2016
  • 1 PM Narendra Modi to Lay Foundation Stone of Char Dham Highway Development Project [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Chardham Mahamarg Vikas Pariyojna is an ambitious initiative to improve connectivity to the Char Dham pilgrimage centres in the Himalayas. It is also called the Chardham highway project. Foundation stone is for Chardham highway project.

    Govt plans Rs 12,000-cr project to connect Char Dham

    Govt Plans Rs 12,000-cr Project to Connect Char Dham

    Govt plans Rs 12,000-cr project to connect Char Dham

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  • 2 Assam to Launch Health Insurance Scheme Atal-Amrit Abhiyan [ Policy-Governance ]

    The state government of Assam launched an ambitious health insurance scheme ‘Atal-Amrit Abhiyan’. It will provide coverage against several critical illnesses. It is launched by Assam’ Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Scheme is to mark the 92nd birthday of former prime minister

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  • Dec 25, 2016
  • 1 MEA Announces New Rules to Ease Process of Getting Passport [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has announced new passport rules by changing Passport Rules, 1980. It is to streamline, liberalize and ease the process of issue of passport. The new rules aim to speed up and simplify the passport delivery process. It will help single

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  • Dec 24, 2016
  • 1 PM Launches National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) in Kanpur [ Policy-Governance ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) during his recent visit to Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The scheme aims to provide apprenticeship training to over 50 lakh youngsters in order to create more jobs. It has budgetary outlay of

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  • Dec 23, 2016
  • 1 New Appointment: Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu, Girija Vaidyanathan [ Policy-Governance ]

    IAS officer Girija Vaidyanathan was today appointed Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu. She is replacing P Rama Mohana Rao whose residence and office was raided by the Income Tax department. The Income Tax Department has carries out searches at over a dozen places in Tamil Nadu and An

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  • Dec 22, 2016
  • 1 DoNER Announced Rs 207 Crore for Development of Majuli Island [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Government has announced Rs 207 crore to undertake developmental works in Assam’s Majuli Island. The sanctioned amount will be spent primarily for safeguarding the land the 80 km length of the bank line on the right bank of river Brahmaputra.

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    • The Union Minist

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  • Dec 19, 2016
  • 1 Union Power Ministry to Launch GARV-II Mobile App to Monitor Rural Electrification Programme [ Policy-Governance ]

    App will open the rural electrification work to public scrutiny. People will be able to participate in the development work and can give their input about rural electrification programme. It is to provide real time data of all six lakh villages of the country.

    Image of GARV mobile app

    Image of GARV Mobile App

    Image of GARV mobile app

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  • 2 Throwing Garbage in Public Brings Fine of Rs 10,000: NGT [ Policy-Governance ]

    Any person found disposing garbage in a public place will be fined Rs 10,000 National Green Tribunal (NGT). All authorities are under a statutory obligation to ensure that waste is collected, transported and disposed of in accordance with Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016.

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  • 3 IMPRINT (IMPacting Research INnovation and Technology) [ Policy-Governance ]

    MHRD has drafted a new and catalytic scheme calledIMPacting Research INnovation and Technology  or IMPRINT. IMPRINT is a first-of-its-kind Pan-IIT and IISc joint initiative to develop

    • New Education Policy
    • Roadmap for Research 

    to solve major engineering and technology challenges in

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  • Dec 18, 2016
  • 1 December 2016 Air Marshal BS Dhanoa Appointed Air Chief of IAF [ Policy-Governance ]

    Air Marshal BS Dhanoa will take over as the new chief of air staff. Dhanoa’s appointment is on expected lines, as he will be the senior-most air marshal. While Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha retires on December 31. He is currently the IAF’S vice-chief.

    Birender Singh Dhanoa

    Birender Singh Dhanoa

    Birender Singh Dhanoa

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  • 2 Swasthya Raksha Program Launched by AYUSH Ministry to Promote Health in Villages [ Policy-Governance ]

    Swasthya Rakshan Program has been initiated through Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM), Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH) and Central Council for Research in Siddha (CCRS) in selected

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  • Dec 17, 2016
  • 1 Lt General Bipin Rawat as Next Army Chief [ Policy-Governance ]

    Either the long-enshrined seniority principle in appointing service chiefs, the government appointed Lt General Bipin Rawat as the next Army chief superseding two Lieutenant Generals. He will replace General Dalbir Singh Suhag on December 31.

    About Army Chief Justified

    • Lt Gen Bip

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  • 2 Rajiv Jain Appointed as New IB Chief, Anil Dhasmana to Head RAW [ Policy-Governance ]

    Jharkhand cadre IPS officer Rajiv Jain was appointed as the new chief of Intelligence Bureau (IB) while Anil Dhasmana will head external intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW). Both the officers will have tenure of two years.

    rajiv jain & anil dhasmana to be new IB & RAW Chiefs

    Rajiv Jain & Anil Dhasmana to Be New IB & RAW Chiefs

    rajiv jain & anil dhasmana to be new IB & RAW Chiefs

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  • Dec 16, 2016
  • 1 MoU Between Rural Development Ministry & FAO Approved by Union Cabinet [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Cabinet has approved MoU between Ministry of Rural Development and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to improve effectiveness of rural development Programmes in India. These activities will aim to promote economic empowerment of rural women, access of rural poor t

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  • 2 SC Bans Liquor Shops on National & State Highways Across India [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Supreme Court has ordered a ban on all liquor shops on national as well as state highways. It is to reduce drink driving and road accidents. Accidents claim thousands of lives every year across the country.  Authorities to stop granting licenses to highway liquor shops with i

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  • 3 Top 10 Most Powerful People in World in Forbes List 2016, Includes PM Narendra Modi [ Policy-Governance ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been ranked among the 10 most powerful people in the world by Forbes. In a list that has been topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin for a fourth straight year and had US President-elect Donald Trump in the second place.

    Narendra Modi, ranked the 10 most powerful people by Forbes

    Narendra Modi, Ranked the 10 Most Powerful People by Forbes

    Narendra Modi, ranked the 10 most powerful people by Forbes

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  • Dec 14, 2016
  • 1 Government Launches Narmada Seva Yatra [ Policy-Governance ]

    Madhya Pradesh Government launched the Narmada Seva Yatra at Amarkantak. The five months long Yatra aims at turning the Narmada River pollution-free. It was launched by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan at Amarkantak.

    Launched Narmada Seva Yatra at Amarkantak

    Launched Narmada Seva Yatra at Amarkantak

    Launched Narmada Seva Yatra at Amarkantak

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  • 2 BharatNet Project [ Policy-Governance ]

    Over 65,000 gram panchayats, Centre’s BharatNet project seems on track to achieve its 1 lakh target by March 2017. The success of Centre’s push for digital payments is expected. Key program of government is to improve broadband penetration in India.

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    • Out of the 65,475 g

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  • Dec 13, 2016
  • 1 Sushma Swaraj and Vineet Nayar in FP’S Global Thinkers 2016 List [ Policy-Governance ]

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and philanthropist couple Anupama and Vineet Nayar are among the Indians who have been named in the Global Thinkers of 2016 List compiled by the Foreign Policy magazine.

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    FP's Global Thinkers Logo

    FP's Global Thinkers Logo

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  • Dec 11, 2016
  • 1 Union Government Launches DigiShala TV Channel to Promote Digital Payments [ Policy-Governance ]

    Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has introduced ‘Digi Dhan Abhiyan’ campaign to enable every citizen, small trader and merchant to adopt digital payments in their everyday financial transactions. It is as an attempt to promote digital payments in the country.

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  • Dec 10, 2016
  • 1 Proposal to Amend Law for Cashless Wage Payments [ Policy-Governance ]

    Government is ready with the Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill to specify establishments where employers shall pay wages either by cheque or by crediting into bank accounts. At present, the Payment of Wages Act covers all those employees in certain categories of establishments wh

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  • 2 Banks Directed to Upload KYC with Central Registry from Jan 1 [ Policy-Governance ]

    Reserve Bank directed all banks to upload the Know Your Customer (KYC) data pertaining. To new individual accounts opened after January 1, with Central KYC Records Registry. It has been decided to allow One Time Pin (OTP) based e-KYC subject to certain restrictions.

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  • Dec 9, 2016
  • 1 Steps Taken to Ensure Availability of Cash in Rural Areas: Arun Jaitley [ Policy-Governance ]

    Steps have been taken to ensure availability of cash in the rural areas. Currency notes are supplied by the RBI through currency chests. Notes maintained in the banks to keeping in mind the requirement in various areas and regions.

    mobile atms, mobile atm Bengaluru, Mumbai, Karnataka

    Mobile Atms, Mobile Atm Bengaluru, Mumbai, Karnataka

    mobile atms, mobile atm Bengaluru, Mumbai, Karnataka

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  • Dec 8, 2016
  • 1 Aadhaar-Based Ticketing System for Senior Citizens from April 1 Mandated by Railway Ministry [ Policy-Governance ]

    Reservation  of rail tickets for senior citizens will be directly linked to Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID). Cards are mandatory basis for both counter and e - tickets. Objective is to ensure that only bona fide passengers with legitimate tickets.

    Aadhar mandatory for senior citizens to avail train ticket

    Aadhar Mandatory for Senior Citizens to Avail Train Ticket

    Aadhar mandatory for senior citizens to avail train ticket

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  • 2 IIIDEM Conducts Training for SAARC Nations on Election Management [ Policy-Governance ]

    India International Institute of Democracy and Election Management (IIIDEM) have conducted training on Election Management of SAARC Countries. Course is being sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

    Forum of Heads of Election Management Bodies of SAARC Countries

    Forum of Heads of Election Management Bodies of SAARC Countries

    Forum of Heads of Election Management Bodies of SAARC Countries

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