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:star2:Appointments 2017:star2:
1. Ram Nath Kovind - 14th President of India - The Ex-Governor of Bihar & Rajya Sabha MP was administered oath to the office. Before entering politics, he was a lawyer for 16 years & practiced in the Delhi High Court & the Supreme Court
2. M Venkaiah Naidu - 13th Vice-President of India - A Former Union Minister. He took charge as the Chairman of Rajya Sabha
3. Rahul Gandhi - Appointed as Congress Party President - He got elected unopposed as the 16th President of 131 year old Congress party after 19-year tenure of Mrs Sonia Gandhi
:star2:Chief Minister 2017:star2:
1. Biplab Deb (BJP) - Tripura
2. Conrad Sangma (National People's Party) - Meghalaya
3. Neiphiu Rio (NDPP-BJP alliance - Nagaland
4. Vijay Rupani (BJP) - Gujarat
5. Jai Ram Thakur (BJP) - Himachal Pradesh
6. TR Zeliang - Nagaland
7. Nitish Kumar - Bihar
:star2:Governer 2017:star2:
1. Anandiben Patel - Madhya Pradesh
2. BD Mishra - Arunachal Pradesh
3. Jagdish Mukhi - Assam
4. DK Joshi - Andaman & Nicobar Islands
5. Satya Pal Malik - Bihar
6. Ganga Prasad - Meghalaya
7. Banwarilal Purohit - Tamil Nadu
:star2:Sports 2017:star2:
1. Ravi Shastri - Coach of Indian cricket team
2. Rahul Dravid - Coach of Indian U-19 cricket team
3. Sjoerd Marijne - Coach of Indian men’s hockey team
:star2:Union Cabinet 2017:star2:
1. Nirmala Sitharaman - Defence - First woman with full time responsibility of this ministry
2. Smriti Irani - Information & Broadcasting
3. Dr. Harsh Vardhan - Environment
4. Piyush Goyal - Railways - He has an additional charge of coal ministry
5. Suresh Prabhu - Commerce & Industries
:star2:Government/Defence/Department Head 2017:star2:
1. S Somanath - Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre
2. K K Venugopal - Attorney General of India
3. Sudeep Lakhtakia - Director General, NSG (National Security Guard)
4. Om Prakash Rawat - Chief Election Commissioner
5. Dilip Asbe - CMD, National Payments Corporation of India
6. Justice U D Salvi - Chairman, National Green Tribunal (2010)
7. K Sivan - Chairman, ISRO (1969)
8. Dhirendra Pal Singh - Chairman, University Grant Commission
9. Vijay Gokhale - Foreign secretary
10. Pradeep Singh Kharola - CMD, Air India
11. Suresh Sethi - MD & CEO, India Post Payment Bank
12. Ashwani Lohani - Chairman, Railway Board
13. N K Singh - Chairman, 15th Finance Commission
14. Bibek Debroy - Chairman, Economic Advisory Committee
15. Ajay Bhushan Pandey - Chairman, GSTN
16. Rajiv Mehrishi - Comptroller & Auditor General of India
17. U. Kamachi Mudali - CEO, IGCAR
18. Justice Dipak Misra - Chief Justice of India
19. Rajiv Kumar - Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog
20. Urjit Patel - Governor, RBI
21. Rakesh Asthana - Special Director, CBI
22. NS Vishwanathan, Viral Acharya, B P Kanungo - RBI Deputy Governors
23. Hasmukh Adhia - Finance & Revenue Secretary
24. Subhash Garg - Economic Affairs Secretary
25. Sushil Chandra - Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)
26. Pradeep Kumar Sinha - Cabinet Secretary of India
27. NK Singh - Chairman, 15th Fin. Commission
28. Inder Jit Singh - Chairperson, NACWC
29. Vivek Goenka - Chairman, Press Trust of India
30. J Satyanarayana - Chairman (Part time), UIDAI
31. Ajay Bhushan Pandey - CEO, UIDAI
32. Justice Permod Kohli - Central Admin. Tribunal (CAT)
33. Shri Narendra Modi - Chairperson - NITI Aayog
34. Amitabh Kant - CEO - NITI Aayog
35. Arvind Subramanian - Chief Economic advisor to the government
36. Justice H.L. Dattu - Chairman, National Human Rights Commission of India (NHRC)
37. Radha Krishna Mathur - Chief Information Commissioner
38. Ajit Doval - National Security advisor to the Prime Minister
39. Vikram Singh - Secretary to the President
40. Anil Dhasmana - Chief, RAW
41. Rajiv Jain - Chief, Intelligence Bureau
42. Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar - Director-General, CRPF
43. Lt Gen Bipin Rawat - Chief of Army Staff
44. Admiral Sunil Lanba - Chief of Naval Staff
45. Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa - Chief of Air Staff
46. Justice A K Mathur - Chairman, 7th pay commission
47. Ajay Tyagi - Chairman, SEBI
48. Shobana Kamineni - President - CII
49. Chandrajit Baneer - Director General - CII
50. Sandeep Jajodia - President, ASSOCHAM
:star2:Science Related Heads 2017:star2:
1. Sandip Trivedi - TIFR (Establishment year - 1945)
2. K N Vyas - Director -BARC (Establishment year - 1954)
3. Sekhar Basu - Chairman - Atomic Energy Commission of India
4. S Christopher - Director General - DRDO (Establishment year - 1958)
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:star2:Government Scheme 2017:star2:
1. :star:ABY (Atal Bhoojal Yojana):star:
Led by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. ABY is a underground water conservation scheme with an objective to recharge ground water and create sufficient water storage for agricultural purposes in rural areas. It will be launched in water stressed states, i.e. Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. It will cover 78 districts, 193 blocks and more than 8,300 gram panchayats.
2. :star:KUSUM (Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahaabhiyan):star:
The scheme will promote solar power production, i.e. solar farming up to 28,250 MW to help farmers. KUSUM scheme will distribute 17.5 lakh off-grid agricultural solar pumps & build 10,000 MW solar plants on barren lands for solar farming.
3. :star:Development of solar cities:star:
Led by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The Scheme aims at reducing minimum 10% in projected demand of conventional energy at end of five years, through combination of enhancing supply from renewable energy sources in city and energy efficiency measures. The ministry has sanctioned development of 60 Solar Cities including 13 Pilot and 5 Model Cities up to 12th Five-year Plan period (2012–2017).
4. :star:PMAY (Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana):star:
Led by Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. The Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has announced that 30.76 lakh houses for the urban poor have been sanctioned so far since the launch of the scheme. Currently, 15.65 lakh houses are at various stages of construction and about 4.13 lakh houses have been constructed.
5. :star:CCEA approves SANKALP & STRIVE Schemes to boost Skill India Mission:star:
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved two World Bank supported schemes Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood. Promotion (SANKALP) and Skill Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement (STRIVE) to boost Skill India Mission.
6. :star:Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana –“Saubhagya”revived by Ministry of Power:star:
The Prime Minister has launched a new scheme to ensure electrification of all willing households in the country in rural as well as urban areas. The total outlay of the project is Rs.16, 320 crore while the Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) is Rs. 12,320 crore. The outlay for the rural households is Rs. 14,025 crore while the GBS is Rs. 10,587 crore.
7. :star:Government launches Saubhagya Web Portal:star:
The web portal aims to ensure transparency as well as accelerate household electrification in rural as well as urban areas in the country.
8. :star:Pradhan Mantri LPG Panchayat scheme:star:
Led by The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (September 2017). The scheme was launched by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at Mota Ishanpur village in Gandhinagar district in Gujarat. The LPG Panchayat scheme aims at spreading awareness among LPG users about how to properly use clean fuel and its benefits.
9. :star:Government to launch Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana:star:
The Union Ministry of Rural Development will launch Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY), a sub-scheme under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).
10. :star:AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation):star:
Led By Ministry of Urban Development. Providing basic services, including water supply, sewerage, urban transport & building of amenities in cities to improve quality of life. Development of 100 smart cities across the country by 2020. 20 cities were selected in 1st round, 13 in 2nd round.
11. :star:HRIDAY (Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana):star:
Led by Ministry of Urban Development. With a duration of 27 months (completed in March 2017) and an outlay of Rs 500 Crores, the scheme was implemented in 12 cities. Intent is to preserve & revitalise soul of heritage cities to reflect their unique character by encouraging aesthetically appealing, accessible, informative & secured environment.
12. :star:PMUY (Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana):star:
Led by Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Replacing the unclean cooking fuels mostly used in the rural India with the clean and more efficient LPG (Tagline – ‘Swachh Indhan, Behtar Jeevan’). Targets 5 Crore LPG connections to be distributed to BPL households over 3 yrs. In Feb 2018, cabinet approved to enhance the target to 8 Crore connections with additional allocation of Rs. 4800 crore.
13. :star:Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna (Crop insurance):star:
Led by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW). Replaced existing National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and Modified NAIS (MNIAS). Farmers will have to pay a uniform premium of 2% for kharif crops, 1.5%for rabi crops, 5% for annual commercial and horticultural crops. The remaining share of the premium will continue to be borne equally by the Centre & respective state governments.
14. :star:PMKSY (Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana):star:
Led by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. National mission to improve farm productivity and ensure better utilization of the resources in the country. Rs 500 billion (US$7.4 billion) in a time span of five years have been allocated to this scheme.
15. :star:Sagarmala Project:star:
Led by Ministry of Shipping. Transforming existing Ports into modern world class ports
Integrating port development, the Industrial clusters & hinterland and efficient evacuation systems through road, rail, inland and coastal waterways.
16. :star:Namami Gange – National Mission for Clean Ganga:star:
Led by Ministry of water resources. 231 projects have been launched under Namami Gange programme. The idea is to maintain minimum ecological flows in the river Ganga with the aim of ensuring water quality and environmentally sustainable development.
17. :star:Skill India:star:
Led by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Aim to train 40 crore Indians in different skills by 2022. It includes various initiatives like National Skill Development Mission, National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, 2015, Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) and the Skill Loan scheme.
18. :star:PMKVY (Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana):star:
Led by Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Encourage aptitude towards employable skills & increase working efficiency of probable & existing daily wage earners, with monetary awards & providing them quality training. Average award amount per person has been kept as Rs.8,000 (US$120). In the initial year, a target to distribute Rs 15 billion (US$220 million) has been laid down.
19. :star:Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushalya Yojna:star:
Led by Ministry of Rural Development. Aims to target youth, under age group of 15–35 years. A corpus of Rs 1,500 crore is aimed at enhancing employability of rural youth. Under this programme, disbursements would be made through a digital voucher directly into the beneficiary’s bank account as part of the government’s skill development initiative.
20. :star:PMGKY (Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana):star:
Unaccounted income attracts almost 50% effective tax. Person will be compelled to pay 25% of declared amount into PMGKY & the deposit will be blocked for four years.
21. :star:PMYY (Pradhan Mantri Yuva Yojana) for entrepreneurs:star:
Led by Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE). Scheme will span over 5 years (2016-17 to 2020-21) with a project cost of 500 crores. It will provide entrepreneurship education and training to over 7 lakh students in 5 years through 3,050 institutes (Include higher learning schools, ITIs, schools and entrepreneurship development centres).
22. :star:UDAY (Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojna):star:
Led by Ministry of Power. Financial turnaround and revival package for electricity distribution companies (DISCOMs). It aims to improve operational efficiencies, reduce cost of power & interest cost for discoms & enforce financial discipline on them through alignment with state finances.
23. :star:SFURTI (Scheme of Fund for Regeneration of Traditional Industries):star:
Led by Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. Government plans to set up 800 SFURTI clusters with an investment of Rs 850 crore by March 2017 to boost khadi & village industries. The Scheme envisages need-based assistance for replacement of production equipment, setting up of common facility centres (CFC), product development, quality improvement, improved marketing, training and capacity building.
24. :star:PRASAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive):star:
Led by Ministry of Tourism. Religious destinations that have potential to be show-cased as world-class tourism products are identified & infrastructure is developed. In the initial phase, 12 cities have been identified. Overall development of temple town, new job creation, world-class infrastructure facilities, promotion of local arts, cuisine and handicrafts form part of the approved project.
25. :star:Swadesh Darshan:star:
Led by Ministry of Tourism. Theme based tourism circuits (e.g. Religion, culture, ethnicity, niche etc) are identified for infrastructure development across the country
26. :star:JIGYASA:star:
Led by CSIR. A student- scientist connect programme has been launched by the government in New Delhi. The programme would be implemented by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, in collaboration with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangatha. The main focus of the programme is to connect school students and scientists as well as to extend student’s classroom learning to a very well-planned research laboratory based learning.
27. :star:UDAN RCS:star:
RCS phase-1 started with operationalisation of 128 new regional routes by the Airports Authority of India from 70 airports, including 27 currently served major airports in big cities, 31 unserved and 12 under-served regional airports in the smaller regional cities, with various new flights routes progressively commenced on 27 April 2017. The bids from the airlines for second phase of RCS routes closed in June 2017 and phase-2 new flights routes commenced from August 2017.
28. :star:Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana:star:
The Union Finance Ministry has launched Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY), a pension scheme exclusively for senior citizens aged 60 years and above. Under this scheme, senior citizens will get a guaranteed interest of 8% for 10 years depending upon the investment made by them
29. :star:Sagar Vani:star:
An integrated information dissemination system will serve the coastal community, especially the fishermen community with the advisories and alerts towards their livelihood as well as their safety at Sea. It has been developed by ESSO-Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) through the Industry M/s. Gaian Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
30. :star:AGEY:star:
The Government of India will soon launch a new sub-scheme named “Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY)” as part of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).This will help to provide safe, affordable and community monitored rural transport services to connect remote villages with key services and amenities (such as access to markets, education and health) for the overall economic development of backward rural areas.
31. :star:Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat:star:
Programme was launched by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar in Kochi, Kerala. The programme is an initiative of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to prepare a physical Health and Fitness Profile Card for more than 12 lakhs of Kendriya Vidyalaya students.
32. :star:UJALA:star:
Energy Efficiency Services Limited ( EESL), under Ministry of Power, Government of India has launched UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) Scheme in the State of Melaka, Malaysia. Under this scheme, each household in Melaka will get 10 high quality 9-watt LED bulbs at a cost of only RM 10, which is a special price and is almost half of what in begin offered in the market
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:star2:Government News/Current Affairs 2017:star2:
1. :star:TDP ministers resigned from Union Cabinet over AP special status issue:star:
Two TDP ministers, P Ashok Gajapati Raju and YS Chowdary resigned from the Union cabinet to protest the act of Andhra Pradesh not being give special status, post separation of Telangana
2. :star:India may witness record food grains & sugarcane production in 2017-18:star:
Food grains production for 2017-18 may reach a record 277.5 mn tonnes, which is slightly more than previous year. Sugar cane produce is estimated to cross 350 mn tonnes against 306 mn tonnes last year
3. :star:UIDAI rolled out blue ‘Bal Adhaar’ card for kids below 5 years of age:star:
It will be linked to parents’ aadhar card, won’t need biometric details. Parents will accompany their wards for verification. After completion of 5 years, regular Adhaar card will be issued to these kids
4. :star:The Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s visit to India was contentious:star:
‘Khalistan’ controversy (Sikh separatist movement that was active in Punjab almost three decades back) surrounded Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit. Jaspal Atwal, who was supposedly a part of Sikh terrorist group, was initially invited to official events. After India’s protest, the invitation was cancelled
5. :star:Government added six features to eNAM (National Agricultural Market) platform:star:
New features are e-NAM Mobile App, BHIM payment facility, new & improved Website with eLearning Module, MIS Dashboard, Grievance Redressal Management System for Mandi Secretaries and Integration with Farmer Database
6. :star:The Prime Minister inaugurated World IT Congress 2018 in Hyderabad:star:
The theme of this edition of conference is ‘Future Enterprises.’ It has been jointly hosted by Telangana government, NASSCOM & global IT organization World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA)
7. :star:India’s first ever Artificial Intelligence (AI) centre in Mumbai:star:
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis unveiled the plan during ‘Magnetic Maharashtra Summit' in 2018. AI will play a crucial role in sectors like defence & healthcare
8. :star:World sustainable development summit (WSDS 2018) in Delhi:star:
WSDS is flagship forum of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). 2018 Theme was ‘Partnerships for a Resilient Planet’
9. :star:CRISIL, SIDBI launch ‘CriSidEx’, India’s first MSE sentiment index:star:
Finance Minister Mr Arun Jaitley launched CriSidEx, a composite index that measures business sentiment of Micro & Small Enterprises on a scale of 0 (extremely negative) to 200 (extremely positive)
10. :star:India’s forest coverage increased by 1% over 2015:star:
India State of Forest Report 2017 released by environment ministry states that the forest & tree cover is around 8 lakh sq. km, i.e. 24% of total geographical area. MP has the highest forest cover
11. :star:First defence industrial corridor between Chennai & Bengaluru:star:
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that first corridor will pass through Coimbatore & many other industrial clusters. This will provide impetus to the defence production industry in the country and region
12. :star:Government to create affordable housing fund under NHB:star:
In budget 2018 speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley said that the government will establish a dedicated Affordable Housing Fund (AHF) in National Housing Bank, funded from priority sector lending shortfall & fully serviced bonds authorised by the government
13. :star:South Central Railway installed 100% LED lights:star:
SCR became the first railway zone to install 100% LEDs in all 733 stations under its jurisdiction
14. :star:Kerala topped ‘Healthy States, Progressive India’ report by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare:star:
The report ranked states & Union territories innovatively on their year-on-year incremental change in health outcomes and overall performance with respect to each other. Among large states, Kerala, Punjab and Tamil Nadu ranked as top states for overall performance. UP was ranked the worst
15. :star:IISc & IIT Mumbai among Top 50 Asian institutes in Times Higher Education (THE) World University rankings 2018:star:
Indian institutes among Top 100 World University Ranking are IISc (29), IIT Mumbai (44), IIT Kharagpur (60), IIT Roorkee (65), IIT Kanpur (81) & IIT Delhi (86)
16. :star:Government signed $240 million loan agreement with ADB:star:
Agreement with Asian Development Bank intends to improve Rural Connectivity in 5 states i.e Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). Loan proceeds will be used to finance construction of 6,254 kilometres all-weather rural roads in these states
17. :star:NITI Aayog to set up Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) in 2400+ schools:star:
Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has selected these schools, with an aim to promote & encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in schools, universities & industry
18. :star:Indian railways has launched digitally enabled locomotives:star:
High Horse Power Locomotives are designed & developed as part of ‘Make in India’ Program under PPP Agreement with Gem using Insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) technology that enables combined advantages of high efficiency and fast switching
19. :star:Maharashtra government offered sanitary napkins at a subsidised rate:star:
‘Asmita Yojana’ intends to provide sanitary napkins at a subsidised rate of Rs 5 to the females in rural areas
20. :star:Inaugural Global Investment summit held in Guwahati:star:
The PM Narendra Modi said that North Eastern India's progress is "at the heart” of the country's ‘Act East policy’ that focuses on increased ties with countries on India’s East, esp. ASEAN countries
21. :star:India’s first floating market opened in Kolkata:star:
Set up by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA), market functions solely on boats at the lake in Patuli (Kolkata), where shopkeepers sell fruits, vegetables, fish among other produce
22. :star:Government e-Marketplace GeM 3.0 launched by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY):star:
GeM, an Online Market platform facilitates procurement of goods & services by various Government Ministries and agencies. It has been envisaged as National Procurement Portal of India. GeM 3.0 would offer standardised and enriched catalogue management, powerful search engine, real time price comparison, template-based Bid and RA creation, demand aggregation, e-EMD, e-PBG, user rating, advanced MIS and analytics.
23. :star:High Performance Computer (HPC) system ‘Mihir’ launched:star:
Launched by Ministry of Earth Science, Mihir is expected to improve weather forecasts at the block level, predict extreme weather events, and offer high resolution seasonal & extended range forecasts of active/break spells of the monsoon
24. :star:Thar link express extended for three years:star:
Thar link express, a weekly train connects Jodhpur (India) & Karachi (Pakistan). It has been extended till 31 January 2021
25. :star:‘Bharat Parv’ celebrated from 26-31 Jan 2018:star:
The event was a celebration of diverse and fascinating culture, cuisine and handicrafts of country at Red Fort, New Delhi. The event’s theme was “Dekho Apna Desh” & entry was free
26. :star:10 ASEAN leaders were chief guests at Republic Day 2018 parade:star:
Leaders from Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Brunei were chief guests at Republic Day 2018. Republic Day Parade 2018 best tableau award was given to Maharashtra & best marching contingent award went to Punjab Regiment Contingent.
27. :star:India crossed 10 cr domestic flyers for the first time ever:star:
India witnessed 11.7 crore visitors flying within the country in 2017, up 17.3% from 9.9 cr in 2016. Indigo (39.6%), Jet (17.8%) & Air India (domestic), SpiceJet (13.2% each) have leading market shares
28. :star:20 MLAs of AAP disqualified by the President:star:
On recommendation of Election Commission, the President Ramnath Kovind disqualified 20 MLAs of Aam Aadmi Party for holding offices of profit
29. :star:IMF’s World Economic Outlook predicted 7.4% growth for Indian GDP:star:
This exceeds China’s growth forecast (6.8%) & makes India the fastest growing major economy post 2017 demonetization & GST implementation. World economy could grow at 3.9% next year
30. :star:Government launched second ETF, Bharat-22:star:
Bharat-22 comprises of stocks of 22 blue-chip public sector units, State-owned banks & some holdings in SUUTI (Specified Undertaking of Unit Trust of India). The issue subscribed by four times & received the highest subscription for any new fund offer (NFO) in the history of Indian mutual fund industry. First ETF (CPSE) was launched by government in 2014
31. :star:Central government will set up a $350-million solar development fund to kick start ISA:star:
Nine companies and banks have agreed to develop & finance various solar projects, which include a $1-billion partnership corpus of NTPC and CLP India to the International Solar Alliance (ISA)
32. :star:Government declared 2018 as ‘Year of Millets’:star:
At organics & millets 2018 international trade fair in Bengaluru, Union Minister Sadanand Gowda announced this to boost sunrise agri industry & cereal production. The industry also intends to expand the health biscuit category by introducing millet lines and other grain-based lines
33. :star:MeitY launched Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative:star:
The initiative launched by Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) intends to strengthen cyber security ecosystem in India in line with Government’s vision for a ‘Digital India’. Launched in association with National e-Governance Division (NeGD) and IT companies, it is the first public private partnership of its kind
34. :star:Gujarat tops logistics performance (LEADS) index chart 2018:star:
The perception based index measures mobility of goods and efficiency of logistics chain. Gujarat is closely followed by Punjab & Andhra Pradesh
35. :star:9 new cities identified under Smart City Mission:star:
The total proposed investment in 99 cities will be to the tune of Rs 2.03 lakh crore. As on January 2018, 189 projects worth Rs. 2237 crores were completed & another 2,948 projects worth Rs. 1.38 lakh crore are in various stages of implementation
36. :star:Government ends Haj subsidy:star:
The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs decided to end Haj subsidy from this year as a part of policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement. Haj subsidy proceeds will be used for educational empowerment and welfare of girls from minority communities
37. :star:First Agri-commodity Options Contracts launched in NCDEX:star:
Agri-commodity Options Contracts in Guar Seed were launched on the occasion of Makar Sankranti at NCDEX, Delhi. NCDEX also launched Mandi.com, a mobile app for farmers where they can learn more about Options and the commodity markets
38. :star:Maharashtra became the first state to unveil Public Cloud Policy:star:
The state government will mandate its departments to shift their data storage onto the cloud, creating a USD 2- billion opportunity for the industry
39. :star:GST slashed on 29 items & 54 services ahead of Union budget:star:
GST council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that GST return filing will be made simpler to ease compliance burden for small businesses. GST Panel decided to divide Rs 350 billion (Rs 35,000 crore) IGST collections between centre and states
40. :star:iCreate centre inaugurated in Ahmedabad:star:
iCreate center has been created to facilitate entrepreneurship through blending creativity, innovation, engineering, product design and leverage emerging technologies. It will deal with issues like food security, water, connectivity, cyber security, IT and electronics, non-conventional energy, bio-medical equipment etc
41. :star:4th International Dharma-Dhamma conference held in Nalanda University, Bihar:star:
The Conference is being organized in collaboration with the Centre for Study of Religion and Society, India Foundation, and the Ministry of External Affairs with an aim to provide an opportunity to academics and policy makers from India & abroad to share ideas and build collaboration for a better world
42. :star:RBI launches new Rs. 10 note:star:
A new design chocolate brown 10 Rs. note will have motif of Konark Sun Temple, unlike earlier one with fauna of India, i.e. rhinoceros, elephant and tiger
43. :star:Inaugural ‘Khelo India’ School Games 2018 were held from January 31 for U-17 boys & girls:star:
The games were organised in collaboration with School Games Federation of India (SGFI) & the National sports federations. They were broadcast by Star Sports from 2018-2022
44. :star:Cabinet approved 100% FDI in construction & single brand retail under automatic route:star:
Additionally, foreign airlines can now invest up to 49% via government approved route in Air India. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) can now invest in power exchanges through primary market and definition of ‘medical devices’ has been amended in the FDI policy
45. :star:World bank estimated India GDP to grow at 7.3% in FY 2018-19:star:
The 2018 Global Economics Prospect (GEP) released by the World Bank predicted that India will become the fastest growing emerging economy
46. :star:Government launched electoral bonds to promote clean political funding:star:
Interest-free debt instruments resemble promissory notes. They have 15-day validity & are available at select SBI branches in denominations of Rs 1,000, Rs 10,000, Rs 10 lakh, and Rs 1 crore
47. :star:UP Government launched ‘Prakash Hai to Vikas Hai’:star:
Free household power connection scheme for the poor aims to cover 16 mn households by 2018-end
48. :star:1.7% Indians paid income tax in AY 2015-16:star:
4.07 cr Indians filed IT returns in AY 2015-16, but 2 cr+ paid income tax
49. :star:Swatchh Survekshan 2018 launched in January:star:
The Swachh Survekshan 2018 will rank 500 cities on national level which have 1 lakh+ population, while 3,541 cities with less than 1 lakh population will have State and Regional ranking
50. :star:Banks likely to bear higher deposit insurance costs with FRDI bill 2017:star:
Each deposit (savings, current, recurring and fixed deposits) is insured up to a maximum of Rs 1 lakh with the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DIGC). The deposit insurance premium is paid by the banks to the DIGC. Under existing framework, the DIGC charges are 10 paise per Rs 100 deposit. This is likely to go up with proposed bill
51. :star:Bengaluru became first city to have own logo:star:
Brand Bengaluru got its own logo. The tagline 'Bengaluru - Be U' (be you) is expected to build city's image on global stage. It aims to signify Bengaluru's cosmopolitan culture, a sense of belonging, 480-year history and futuristic outlook
52. :star:Assam conducted massive citizenship drive to identify illegal migrants:star:
Supreme Court had ordered state of Assam to finish first round of citizenship exercise by 31 Dec. Nearly 3.25 crore people have submitted documents for verification. Officials say they would be able to complete verification of about 2.38 crore people
53. :star:SBI & ICICI Banks have the largest NPAs:star:
As per RBI data as on 30th September, SBI (Public sector) & ICICI Bank (Private sector) had the largest amount of NPAs. Total NPAs amounted to 7.3 lakh crores for PSBs & 1 lakh crores for private sector banks
54. :star:First air-conditioned suburban train started in Mumbai:star:
On 25th December 2017, the first ever AC suburban train commenced services. The 12-car rake of the local was built in Chennai for Rs. 54 crores
55. :star:National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned plastic items in towns located along banks of Ganga:star:
A bench headed by the then NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar banned the sale, manufacture and storage of such items in towns located on the banks of the River Ganga like Haridwar and Rishikesh
56. :star:Cabinet approved India's First National Rail & Transportation University at Vadodara:star:
The university will skill human resources and build capability for Indian railways. The university plan to launch first academic program by July 2018
57. :star:Air Deccan relaunched operations with UDAN initiative:star:
The first flight of newly relaunched Air Deccan flew between Nasik & Mumbai in December 2017. Air Deccan will begin with four bases at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Shillong
58. :star:Government launched ‘DARPAN’ project for rural population:star:
Union Ministry of communications launched DARPAN (The Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India) to improve quality of service, add value to services and achieve financial inclusion of un-banked rural population, by offering core banking services to account holders
59. :star:India hosted ‘Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage’ in New Delhi:star:
Marking 20th anniversary of BIMSTEC, the festival had diverse components including exhibition of Buddhist art & architecture, discourses by eminent practitioners of Buddhism, dance & music performances
60. :star:Kacheguda (Telangana) became the first ever energy efficient 'A1 Category' railway Station in India:star:
Replacement of 1,312 conventional lights with LED lighting, 370 ceiling fans with Brushless DC Electrical (BLDC) motors energy-efficient fans and 12 air conditioners with energy efficient inverter type ACs has led to 100% energy efficiency
61. :star:Government will transform 115 backward districts by 2022:star:
These districts include 35 districts affected by Left Wing Extremists (LWE) violence, 55 districts affected by LWE and another 15 including districts in J&K and northeast affected by terrorism, which union government has chosen for rapid transformation by 2022
62. :star:5th Global Conference on Cyber Space inaugurated in New Delhi:star:
GCCS, one of world’s largest conferences on cyber space was organized in India for the first time. The theme of two-day conference was “Cyber4All: A Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development” & was inaugurated by the PM
63. :star:First ever North East Development Summit held in Manipur:star:
It was organised by Delhi-based think tank India Foundation in collaboration with Union Government and Manipur government. NEDS 2017 (Nov 2017) aimed to boost trade and investment in underdeveloped region of North East
64. :star:First Namami Barak festival held in Assam:star:
The event was organised at 3 locations in Barak Valley, also known as Southern Assam. It was the first ever Namami Barak festival held at Silchar in Assam & was inaugurated by Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal
65. :star:Telangana rolls out 24-hour free power supply to farmers:star:
The Telangana government started supplying 24-hour “quality” and uninterrupted power on an experimental basis to farm sector across entire state. For supplying power for 24 hours to the farm sector, Rs 12,000 crore were spent to strengthen the distribution and supply systems
66. :star:India’s first mega CEZ to come up at JNPT in Maharashtra:star:
The first of its kind mega CEZ will stretch along north Konkan region spread across Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nasik and Raigarh. CEZ will be developed as part of plan for developing 14 industrial clusters to spur manufacturing and generate jobs. The plan envisages total investment of Rs 15,000 crore in first phase and creation of more than 1.5 lakh jobs
67. :star:Aadi Mahotsav: Fortnight long Tribal Festival held in New Delhi:star:
Festival theme was ‘A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Cuisine and Commerce’. It was inaugurated by Vice President Venkaiah Naidu
68. :star:Moody’s raised India’s sovereign rating to ‘Baa2’ after 13 yrs :star:
The Global Rating agency Moody’s Investor Services feels continued progress on economic & institutional reforms will enhance India's high growth potential
69. :star:Kolkata-Khulna Bandhan Express flagged off:star:
The fully air-conditioned weekly passenger Kolkata-Khulna (Bangladesh) Bandhan Express will run every Thursday from both cities. It was flagged off by Mamta Banerjee, West Bengal CM & both Prime Ministers
70. :star:GST slashed from 28% to 18% on 178 items in Guwahati:star:
Post this announcement during GST Council meeting, only luxury and sin goods are in highest tax bracket & items of daily use are shifted to 18%
71. :star:BS-VI fuels to be sold in Delhi from April 1, 2018:star:
The Petroleum Ministry in consultation with Public Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) has decided for preponement of BS-VI grade auto fuels in National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi from 1 April 2018, instead of 1April 2020. The decision was taken into account the serious pollution levels in Delhi and adjoining areas and as part of government’s concerted efforts to reduce vehicular emissions and improve fuel efficiency with an aim to reduce the carbon footprints and keep a healthy environment
72. :star:Government targets for bio-toilet to be installed by December 2018:star:
The Union Ministry of Railways advanced target for 100% completion of installing human waste discharge free Bio-toilets in coaches to Dec 2018. Earlier, the target to install bio-toilets in all its coaches as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission was by September 2019
73. :star:Project Saksham: Railways launched largest time-bound up skilling exercise for employees:star:
Project Saksham aims to upgrade the skillsets of 13 lakh-strong workforces of Indian Railways with a single drive spanning nine months. It will start in January 2018 and go on till September 2018. Under this project, over the next one year, all employees in each zone will be put through a week-long training in skills and knowledge relevant to their work area
74. :star:Facebook launched Disaster Maps in India for better response to disasters:star:
The social networking giant has rolled out Disaster Maps for India in a bid to help communities recover and rebuild faster in aftermath of natural disasters. It was launched at Facebook’s first Disaster Response Summit in India along with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to improve disaster response & disaster management in India
75. :star:Haryana became the first state to treat Hepatitis-C patients with oral medicine:star:
State government included oral medicine in government hospitals for the first time. The oral medicine will be provided free of cost for permanent residents of all categories at the district level. The medicines and treatment cost about Rs 28,000 to Rs 30,000 in market, but state government will provide it free
76. :star:First International Conference on Consumer Protection held in Delhi:star:
The first ever conference was held in Delhi on empowering consumers in new markets for South, South East and East Asian Countries. The theme of the conference was “Empowering Consumers in New Markets”
77. :star:Indian Railway’s first set of solar plant of 5 MW capacity launched:star:
The project was launched as part of Union Government’s ambitious National Solar Mission in which Indian Railways plans to commission 1000 MWp solar plants across its network. The first set of solar plant will generate 76.5 lakh units of solar power cumulatively per year & will meet 30% of energy requirement of these stations
78. :star:Scientists discovered India's oldest fossil of a Jurassic sea monster:star:
Geologists, for the first time, have discovered 152 million-year-old fossil of Ichthyosaur, an extinct marine reptile in in Kutch desert region of Gujarat. The specimen belongs to Ophthalmosauridae family of ichthyosaurs that lived in oceans between 165 and 90 million years ago
79. :star:World’s largest combustion research centre inaugurated at IIT Madras:star:
National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD) was inaugurated by NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat in Chennai. It is world’s largest combustion research centre and one of best diagnostic centres in the country to understand combustion
80. :star:Lakshadweep island Parali –I vanished:star:
One of the uninhabited islands that is a part of Lakshadweep has vanished due to coastal erosion and another four such territories in the sea are shrinking fast, claims a new study. Parali-I island, part of Bangaram atoll, which had an area of 0.032 sq.km in 1968 has been completely eroded, resulting in its inundation
81. :star:Government launched Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan in Gujarat:star:
PMGDISHA is expected to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate by March 2019, making it one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world
82. :star:India’s first Sewage Treatment Plant under Hybrid Annuity Mode to come up in Haridwar and Varanasi:star:
The agreement is a major step forward in realizing dream of Nirmal Ganga, as it is first time ever in India that Hybrid Annuity-based Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode is being applied in sewerage sector
83. :star:44th Indian Handicrafts and Gifts-Delhi Fair inaugurated in New Delhi:star:
It was organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) and was inaugurated by Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani. More than 100 countries including US, UK, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan and Korea participated in the fair
84. :star:Government launched Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana:star:
The intent is to expand coverage of Postal Life Insurance & to provide affordable life insurance services to people, particularly those living in rural areas
85. :star:First electric bus service in India was launched in Himachal Pradesh:star:
First in the world at an altitude of 13,000 feet, the electric bus service will ply between Manali and Rohtang and there will be 10 electric buses in fleet
86. :star:India’s first advanced Homoeopathy Virology lab inaugurated in Kolkata:star:
The laboratory has been established to develop new drugs and technologies in homoeopathy to combat emerging challenges of viral diseases. The laboratory is the only one in India for conducting basic and fundamental research in Homoeopathy for viral diseases like influenza, Japanese encephalitis, dengue, chikungunya and swine flu
87. :star:Meenakshi Temple adjudged best Swatch Iconic Place in India :star:
Meenakshi temple project focuses on cleaning the periphery of the temple. The target before March 2018 is to make the four streets around the temple 100% plastic free
88. :star:Government revived Economic Advisory Council to revive GDP growth:star:
The Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) is an independent body designed to guide the government on policy decisions. The sweeping terms of reference of the EAC include addressing macroeconomic concerns and undertaking any assignment the PM may refer to it. NITI Aayog member Bibek Debroy was appointed as the chairman of this council
89. :star:The PM dedicated Sardar Sarovar dam to the nation:star:
The dam was dedicated to the nation almost 56 years after foundation stone was laid in 1961, due to several court cases & protests by affected villagers
90. :star:Foundation stone laid for Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train:star:
Prime Minister Mr. Modi & Japanese PM Shinzo Abe laid foundation stone of Rs. 10000 crore, 508 km high speed bullet train project
91. :star:Government launched online facility to resolve foreign trade issues:star:
Government has set up an online service facility ‘Contact@DGFT’ for resolution of their matters. This online service facility can be used by importers/ exporters to resolve all foreign trade-related issues. Traders can raise matters related to the directorate or other agencies of the Centre and States through this facility, which is activated at the DGFT website
92. :star:India’s first Hyperloop to connect Amrawati and Vijaywada:star:
The proposed metro project from Vijaywada, the Andhra Pradesh government joined hands with US-based. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) to introduce futuristic “Hyperloop” transportation system in the state capital region, Amravati. Hyperloop is two-to-three times faster than fastest high-speed rail &claimed to be faster mode than commercial air travel
93. :star:India imposed duty on Chinese flat steel for five years:star:
Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) announced countervailing duty (CVD) for a period of five years on certain Chinese flat steel products. The Union Finance Ministry imposed 18.95% countervailing duty (CVD) on certain Chinese flat steel products for period of five years to protect domestic players from cheap subsidised imports
94. :star:ICEX launched world’s first diamond futures contracts with a hedging tool:star:
The Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX) received approval from market regulator SEBI to commence trading with diamond futures contracts
95. :star:India’s first Videsh Bhavan inaugurated in Mumbai by Union Government:star:
Country’s first Videsh Bhavan, assimilating all Regional Passport Offices & allied departments under a single roof, at Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
96. :star:Five year anti-dumping duty imposed on sodium nitrite imports from China:star:
The Finance Ministry imposed a five year anti-dumping duty on Sodium Nitrite imports from China, based on recommendations of Directorate General of Antidumping and Allied Duties (DGAD)
97. :star:Government launched nationwide campaign Gaj Yatra to protect elephants:star:
Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, launched ‘Gaj Yatra’, a campaign to protect elephants across 12 elephant range states, on the World Elephant Day
98. :star:60 children died to due to oxygen shortage in Gorakhpur:star:
In BRD medical college, death of 60 children triggered strong reactions from opposition parties. BJP government initiated probe into the matter
99. :star:Odisha government and Facebook launched ‘SheMeansBusiness’ programme:star:
It was launched in partnership between Odisha’s MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) department and Project Mission Shakti, to train women entrepreneurs
100. :star:NITI Aayog cleared six proposals for high-tech public transport:star:
High-tech mass rapid transportation technologies, namely metrino, hyperloop, pod taxis, stadler buses, hybrid buses and freight rail road were included
101. :star:Raipur Airport ranked first in Customer Satisfaction Index Survey:star:
Raipur’s Swami Vivekananda Airport ranked first in Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Survey among 49 airports in the country. It achieved 4.84/5 score
102. :star:China-India standoff happened over Bhutanese territory ‘Doko La’:star:
The standoff happened over Beijing’s attempt to lay a road in the border territory over Zom Cheri ridge, since it poses serious security threat to India’s sovereignty
103. :star:‘Dhola-Sadiya’, the country’s longest bridge inaugurated in Assam :star:
The bridge stretching 9.15km is built over Lohit river & named after the late singer Bhupen Hazarika.
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