Current Affairs


How The Baltics Can Help Boost Civil Defense In Taiwan

As Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia move to deepen relations with Taiwan, they also have a lot to offer in terms of civil defense cooperation.


Drones: An Emerging Threat On The Volatile India-Pakistan Border

As drone sightings along the always-tense border increase, India must increase its attention to C-UAS technology.


Philippines Launches Strategy Of Publicizing Chinese Actions – 09/03/2023

The Philippine coast guard has launched a strategy of publicizing aggressive actions by China in the disputed South China Sea, which has countered Chinese propaganda and sparked international condemnation that has put Beijing under the spotlight, a Philippine official said Wednesday.


Japan Launches H3 Rocket, Destroys It Over 2nd-Stage Failure – 08/03/2023

Japan’s space agency intentionally destroyed a new H3 rocket minutes after its launch Tuesday because the ignition failed for the second stage of the country’s first new rocket series in more than two decades.


First Edition Of Women Icons Leading Swacchata (WINS) Awards 2023 Launched By MoHUA

To highlight the impact of women in sanitation and waste management, the Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri announced the ‘Women Icons Leading Swachhata’ (WINS) Awards 2023 on 7th March 2023, on the eve of International Women’s Day.


Indian Railways Prioritises Coal Transportation To Meet The Projected Demand For Rakes By The Power Sector

Coal transportation by Indian Railways in terms of tonnage and NTKM has increased by 11.92 % and 24.51 % in this current fiscal (upto Feb). Loading of rakes for power sector from various sources in the current fiscal (April-Feb) is 408 rakes per day against 344 rakes per day in last year i.e. an increase of 64 rakes per day.


European Council approves conclusions on EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy - 21/04/2021

The aim is to contribute to regional stability, security, prosperity and sustainable development.


Cyclone Amphan of 2020 resulted in USD 14 billion economic losses in India: UN report - 21/04/2021

The 'State of the Global Climate 2020' report, released on Monday, said that extreme weather combined with Covid-19 dealt a double blow for millions of people in 2020.


Startup India Seed Fund Scheme - 21/04/2021

The Startup India initiative of the Government of India envisages building a robust Start-up ecosystem in the country for nurturing innovation and providing opportunities to budding entrepreneurs.


North East India might witness another dry monsoon: Skymet Weather - 15/04/2021

Some parts of North East India might witness another dry southwest monsoon season, according to Skymet Weather, a private weather forecasting company based in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.


2021 Global Food Policy Report - 15/04/2021

"We have known for a while now that there are major problems with our food systems, that they are unequal and unsustainable," said Johan Swinnen, director general of IFPRI.


AAHAAR KRANTI - 15/04/2021

The mission is aimed to spread the message of the need for a nutritionally balanced diet and to understand the importance of accessible to all local fruits and vegetables.


Expansion of Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme - 05/04/2021

Recently, the government has extended the Rs. 3-lakh-crore Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme (ECLGS) until 30th June 2021, and also widened its scope to new sectors, including hospitality, travel and tourism.


Multifunctional Electronic Materials & Processing- 2021 - 05/04/2021

On the occasion of 30th foundation day of Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET), Shri Sanjay Dhotre, the Union Minister of State for Education, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, has inaugurated the International Conference on Multifunctional Electronic Materials & Processing (MEMP 2021).


Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) - 05/04/2021

✅ PMBJP is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals. It was first launched in November 2008 under the name Jan Aushadhi Campaign.


Incoming corporate wave in food systems will threaten farmers and consumers: Report- 31/03/2021

An incoming ‘corporate tidal wave’ in the food industry as well as farming may threaten the interests of millions of farmers and consumers alike, a recent report has cautioned.


Groundwater quality deteriorating in Tamil Nadu’s industrial areas: CSE- 31/03/2021

Groundwater is becoming more polluted in Tamil Nadu’s industrial areas and Vellore is the state’s most polluted district in terms of river pollution, according to a new study by Delhi-based thinktank, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).


WEF’s gender gap index: India slips 28 places, ranks 140 among 156 countries- 31/03/2021

India has slipped 28 places to rank 140th among 156 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021, becoming the third-worst performer in South Asia.


Two new seaweed species discovered along India’s coastline- 29/03/2021

Two new red algal seaweed species, which can be a potential raw material for those involved in jelly and ice cream production, have been discovered along India’s coastline.


India, South Korea agree to go for joint production, export of military hardware- 29/03/2021

The decisions were taken during delegation-level talks between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his South Korean counterpart Suh Wook on Friday with both sides resolving to give a major push to ramp up ties in strategically key areas, they said.


Draft amendment to Forest Conservation Act may dilute protection to forests- 29/03/2021

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has proposed several amendments to the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 (FCA), which may enable infrastructure projects to come up in the forest areas more easily.


Explained: Why the Centre moved court over WhatsApp’s new privacy policy- 23/03/2021

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology on Friday asked the Delhi High Court to step in and restrain WhatsApp from rolling out its new privacy policy.


PM launches ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan:Catch the Rain’ campaign on the occasion of World Water Day- 23/03/2021

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched the ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan:Catch the Rain’ campaign on World Water Day i.e today via video conferencing.


World Happiness Report: India ranks 139 out of 149, Finland tops for 4th yr- 22/03/2021

The World Happiness Report 2021, issued by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, focuses on the effects of COVID-19 and how people all over the world have fared.


India first Asian country to join International Pulsar Timing Array with uGMRT- 22/03/2021

India has formally joined the elite league of international radio telescopes that are involved in tracking very low-frequency gravitational waves, especially those emerging from two orbiting very large supermassive blackholes.


Every person may have to live on less water as per capita reservoir capacity decreases: UN- 22/03/2021

Built water reservoir capacity per person is decreasing globally as reservoir expansion has not been able to keep pace with population growth, said the United Nations World Water Development Report released on March 22, 2021 observed as World Water Day.


India-US S&T forum launches Artificial Intelligence initiative- 19/03/2021

USIAI will serve as a platform to discuss opportunities, challenges, and barriers for bilateral AI research and development collaboration, enable AI innovation, help share ideas for developing an AI workforce, and recommend modes and mechanisms for catalysing partnerships, the statement added.


Climate crisis: Oceans may emit more ozone-depleting gases- 19/03/2021

The research, carried out by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 15 March, 2021 centered on CFC-11 (trichlorofluoromethane).


India, Kuwait decide to establish Joint Commission to boost ties- 19/03/2021

The Kuwait Minister held discussions with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and they reviewed all aspects of the India-Kuwait bilateral relationship and discussed regional developments.


New technology for High Electron Mobility Transistor will make India self-reliant in power transistor technology- 18/03/2021

Power electronic systems demand high blocking voltage in OFF-state and high current in ON-state for efficient switching performance. Specific transistors called HEMTs made of aluminium gallium nitride/ gallium nitride (AlGaN/GaN) provides an edge over silicon-based transistors as they allow the systems to operate at very high voltages, switch ON and OFF faster, and occupy less space.


Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2021 receives Parliamentary approval- 18/03/2021

The amendment enhances the upper gestation limit from 20 to 24 weeks for special categories of women which will be defined in the amendments to the MTP Rules and would include survivors of rape, victims of incest and other vulnerable women (like differently-abled women, minors) etc.


Italy signs framework agreement on International Solar Alliance with India- 18/03/2021

"The Italian Republic signed the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) today after the amendments to the framework agreement of the ISA entered into force on 8 January 2021, opening its membership to all member states of the UN," Srivastava tweeted.


Researchers develop molecular sensor that can identify cancer drugs- 17/03/2021

Microtubules are part of the cytoskeleton, a structural network within the cell’s cytoplasm, and they alter in response to several chemicals.


Scientists find supermassive black hole moving within host galaxy- 17/03/2021

Scientists have discovered the first moving supermassive black hole whose mass is about three million times that of our Sun. The black hole was travelling within its own galaxy, J0437+2456, which is around 228 million light years away from Earth, according to a paper published in The Astrophysical Journal March 12, 2021.


Over 200,000 hectares crops lost to locust attacks since 2019: Agriculture minister- 17/03/2021

Locust attacks in the country damaged at least 200,000 hectares (ha) of crops across 10 states in the last two years, according to a reply by the Union government in Parliament on Tuesday.


India’s arms imports fell by a third between 2011-15 and 2016-20: report- 16/03/2021

At a time when the government is trying to reduce the import dependence when it comes to defence platforms and weapons, a report by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an international organisation that tracks arms trade, has mentioned that India’s arms imports came down by a third between 2011-2015 and 2016-2020.


Deep Ocean Mission- 16/03/2021

The Deep Ocean Mission is proposed to be a Central Sector Scheme and no separate allocation for States is envisaged. The funds are expected to be allocated based on the above estimates.


India's foreign exchange reserves world's fourth largest after surpassing Russia- 16/03/2021

India’s foreign-exchange reserves surpassed Russia’s to become the world’s fourth largest, as the South Asian nation’s central bank continues to hoard dollars to cushion the economy against any sudden outflows.


Planet greening negated global warming, show NASA maps- 15/03/2021

The greening of the planet changed the movement of air near the land surface between 2000 and 2014 in ways that offset some warming, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has shown in its latest maps.


Why Russia’s Best Nuclear Submarines are Sailing for India- 15/03/2021

A somewhat unusual arrangement, India’s willingness to lease—rather than procure or import outright— submarine technology from Russia has clear precedent in recent history.


Explained | Joe Biden’s Afghanistan peace plan- 11/03/2021

The story so far: The Joe Biden administration has proposed a new peace plan to the Afghan government and the Taliban, seeking to bring violence to a halt and form an interim government.


Cabinet approves creation of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi as a single non-lapsable reserve fund for Health from the proceeds of health and Education Cesst- 11/03/2021

The major benefit will be: enhanced access to universal & affordable health care through availability of earmarked resources, while ensuring that the amount does not lapse at the end of financial year.


Why are Ennore residents protesting against Adani’s Kattupalli Port expansion project?- 11/03/2021

A proposed expansion of the Kattupalli Port by Adani Ports in the ecologically sensitive coastal area between Pulicat lake and Chennai have sparked protests in the area. Protestors from nearby villages demonstrated February 10, 2021 at Ennore in northern Chennai, where the expansion is proposed.


Pakistan to remain on FATF 'grey list' till June, asked to address 'strategic deficiencies'- 01/03/2021

Global terror financing watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Thursday retained Pakistan on its "grey list" till June after concluding that Islamabad failed to address its strategically important deficiencies, to fully implement the 27 point action plan that the watchdog had drawn up for Pakistan.


ISRO launches PSLV-C51 carrying Brazil’s Amazonia-1 and 18 other satellites- 01/03/2021

For the first time, a Brazilian satellite was launched by an Indian rocket from Sriharikota spaceport on Sunday. This also marked Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) first launch of 2021.


Centre grants clearances to 140 hectares of forest land for Goa projects- 01/03/2021

On February 4, in a letter to the Goa Principal Secretary (Forests), the MoEF granted an in-principle approval or a stage-1 clearance for diversion of 120.87 hectares of forest land for double-tracking between Castlerock railway station in north Karnataka to Kulem railway station in south Goa.


Ancient Buddhist monastery found in Jharkhand- 25/02/2021

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL Survey of India (ASI) has unearthed a Buddhist monastery, believed to be at least 900 years old, buried under a mound in a village situated in a hilly area of Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand.


Ceasefire pact: First thaw in deep India-Pakistan chill- 25/02/2021

After one of the most active years on the Line of Control, with over 4,600 instances of ceasefire violations by Pakistan recorded in 2020, India and Pakistan issued a joint statement on Thursday to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire along the LoC and other sectors, and to address “each other’s core issues and concerns”.


Govt announces new rules to regulate news, digital content; says double standards unacceptable- 25/02/2021

The Centre on Thursday announced new guidelines to regulate digital content, including social media and over-the-top (OTT) streaming services, to curb the 'misuse' of these platforms.


Cabinet approves Production Linked Incentive Scheme for Pharmaceuticals- 24/02/2021

The Scheme will benefit domestic manufacturers, help in creating employment and is expected to contribute to the availability of wider range of affordable medicines for consumers.


Two-thirds of poor countries slashed education budget due to COVID-19: World Bank, UNESCO- 24/02/2021

Two-thirds of low- and lower-middle-income countries cut public education budgets since the onset of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, a recent United Nations report flagged.


State of India’s environment: Quality of air, water, land worsened in India’s industrial clusters- 24/02/2021

A new monitoring mechanism is indicating that industrial pollution levels continue to worsen in India. An evaluation of 88 industrial clusters identified by central and state pollution control boards (CPCB and SPCBs) as polluted industrial areas has thrown up a bleak picture of air, water and land contamination in the country, said the 2021 State of India’s Environment (SoE) report.


Lessons that China learnt from the Ladakh standoff- 23/02/2021

It must start with the word being bandied around the most—‘trust’. By agreeing to a special engagement between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping to guide their militaries after Doklam in 2017, and then deliberately undertaking a mission to create border tension, China lost not only India’s trust but that of much of the world.


States roll out immunisation programme Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0- 23/02/2021

States/Union Territories (UTs) have rolled out Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 3.0 to cover children and pregnant women who missed the routine immunisation during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Health Ministry said in its release issued on Tuesday, adding that more than 29,000 children and 5,000 pregnant women were covered on Day 1.


Tripura Gets First-Of-Its-Kind Road Constructed Using Plastic Waste- 23/02/2021

In a first-ever initiative in Tripura, the state has started using non-recyclable plastic waste in the construction of roads with an aim to reduce plastic waste and make the environment plastic-free, said Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday.


Isro says India's second Mars mission Mangalyaan-2 will be an orbiter mission- 21/02/2021

As per a report by news agency PTI, Sivan said Mangalyaan-2 will be undertaken only after the launch of Chandrayaan-3, India's upcoming Moon mission.


Explained: How Earth’s magnetic field broke down 42,000 years ago and caused massive sudden climate change- 21/02/2021

The world experienced a few centuries of apocalyptic conditions 42,000 years ago, triggered by a reversal of the Earth’s magnetic poles combined with changes in the Sun’s behaviour.


Biometric authentication to benefit farmers: Centre- 18/02/2021

In a bid to cut out middleman and ensure greater transparency in the procurement of farm produce, the Centre is encouraging States to deploy biometric authentication of farmers.


Quad nations emphasise on respecting territorial integrity and sovereignty- 18/02/2021

India and three other member nations of the Quad on Thursday vowed to uphold a rules-based international order underpinned by respect for territorial integrity and sovereignty


IIT scientists devise new method for accelerated evaporation of droplets- 18/02/2021

Indian Institutute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati researchers have developed an advanced technique for rapid evaporation of droplets. It is a novel method of controlling the overall lifetime of droplet.


Zero waste systems can create thousands of jobs across world: Study- 18/02/2021

Zero-waste programmes and policies have the potential to create good, environment-friendly jobs and help reduce pollution and improve community health, a recent study from Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) found.


Explained: How glaciers, glacial lakes form and why they break- 15/02/2021

The floods that slammed into two hydroelectric plants and damaged villages in Uttarakhand were set off by a break on a Himalayan glacier upstream.


Explained:The disengagement plan between India and China along the LAC- 15/02/2021

Starting in April 2020, China amassed a large number of troops and armaments along the disputed Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and other areas along the 3,488 km LAC, leading to stand-offs and skirmishes at Galwan Valley, Pangong Tso (lake), Gogra-Hot Springs and other areas.


Govt announces radical changes to mapping policy- 15/02/2021

The Centre on Monday announced sweeping changes to the country's mapping policy, which it said will benefit Indian companies. The changes have been made in the policy keeping in mind the the government's Atmanirbhar Bharat vision


Indian government gifts 2000 metric tonnes of rice to Syria to strengthen food security- 13/02/2021

The first consignment of 1000 metric tonnes of rice was handed over by India Ambassador to Syria, Hifzur Rahman to the Minister of Local Administration and Head of Supreme Relief Committee Hussain Makhlouf on Thursday.


Counter-insurgency a priority over human security in J&K: Report- 13/02/2021

In its latest report, the forum states that in 18 months since August 5, 2019, “arbitrary detentions continue, public assembly is still prohibited under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 (CrPC), and hundreds, including minors and several elected legislators of Jammu and Kashmir remain under preventive detention.”


India lost crops on 18 million hectares to extreme floods from 2017-2019: Govt- 13/02/2021

Of this, 10.68 mha was affected in 2019 alone. In 2018 and 2017, 2.515 mha and 4.973 mha of cropped area was lost in India. The intensity of extreme floods has increased in the country, affecting newer areas that were not flood-prone earlier.


UK, South African, Brazilian: A virologist explains each COVID-19 variant, what they mean for the pandemic- 10/02/2021

Australia has recently seen SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the novel coronavirus disease) escape several times from hotel quarantine, including in Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.


Rajya Sabha passes Major Port Authorities Bill 2020 giving greater autonomy to major ports in country- 10/02/2021

The bill seeks to provide for regulation, operation and planning of major ports in the country and provide greater autonomy to these ports. It seeks to replace the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963.


China funding airbase near Gwadar to block oil supply from W Asia to India- 06/02/2021

The airbase will also help China in keeping an eye on Chabahar port of Iran where India has sanctioned USD 14 million for development of the port, sources tracking the development said.


Top of list, India has already seen ten Internet suspensions in 2021- 06/02/2021

THE suspension of Internet services at Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri borders of Delhi as well as adjoining areas again for a day on Saturday means that in less than 40 days of 2021, the Centre or state governments have suspended Internet across the country around 10 times.


New NASA model to help assess hange in carbon concentrations from forests- 06/02/2021

Scientists have devised a new method to better understand the role of various forest types in the global carbon cycle. Tropical forests, for instance, are responsible for the largest component of global carbon fluctuations, according to a study published by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


Steps taken to promote entrepreneurship in North-Eastern Region- 03/02/2021

Important connectivity projects for capital rail, air and road connectivity will be completed in the next two to three years. Development of Inland Waterways- National Waterways 2 and National Waterways 16 will provide connectivity to Haldia through Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route and greatly benefit the eco-system by reducing cost.


How will Centre double farmers’ income by next year? Union Budget 2021-22 has no answer- 03/02/2021

The target was announced on February 28, 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had said that by the time India celebrated its 75th Independence Day in 2022, farmers’ income would have doubled.


Clean energy, renewables, stubble burning: What the Union Budget 2021-22 missed- 03/02/2021

Cleaner fuel for cooking, renewable energy targets and managing stubble burning remained conspicuously absent in the Union Budget 2021-22, presented by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman February 1, 2021.


Union Budget 2021-22: How good is the hike in allocation for health?- 02/02/2021

The Union Budget 2021-22 allocated Rs 71,268.77 crore to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry — an increase of about 10 per cent from the previous year’s budget estimates, according to Union Budget presented February 1, 2021.


Union Budget 2021-22: India to launch Hydrogen Energy Mission- 02/02/2021

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking at the Third Re-inVest Conference in November 2020, had announced plans to launch a comprehensive National Hydrogen Energy Mission. It is now proposed to launch a Hydrogen Energy Mission in 2021-22 for generating hydrogen from green power sources,” Sitharaman said.


What is Agriculture Infrastructure and Development Cess (AIDC)?- 02/02/2021

To put it in simple words, the government needs funds to develop infrastructure and carry out various projects. The government collects these funds from commercial productions around the country in the form of tax or cess.


Will a new road between China and Pakistan lead to a military boost against India?- 31/01/2021

Proposals floated this month by the government of the Pakistan-administered Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) region primarily aim to pave the way for a new transit and trade route between China and Pakistan’s neighbours Afghanistan and Iran.


Antarctic iceberg, once Earth’s biggest, suffers major split- 31/01/2021

The iceberg had detached from the Larcen C ice shelf in 2017 and was travelling up towards the island of South Georgia in the British Overseas Territory, when turbulent sea currents diverted it towards to the South Atlantic Ocean.


Summary of Economic Survey-2020-21- 31/01/2021

V-Shaped Recovery is Due to Resurgence in High Frequency Indicators Such as Power Demand, Rail Freight, E-Way Bills, GST Collection, Steel Consumption, Etc


India ranks 10th in Asia-Pacific Personalised Health Index- 28/01/2021

India ranked 10th out of 11 Asia Pacific countries in a newly-launched health index to measure the progress towards personalised healthcare.


India’s rank slips to 86th in corruption perception index 2020- 28/01/2021

India’s rank has slipped six places to 86th among 180 countries in a corruption perception index (CPI) in 2020. For 2020, Transparency International (TI)’s corruption perception index was released on Thursday.


India's Vaccine Production Capacity One Of World's Best Assets: UN Chief- 28/01/2021

India's vaccine production capacity is one of the best assets the world has today, UN chief Antonio Guterres has said as he applauded India for supplying COVID-19 doses to nations around the world to combat the catastrophic global health crisis.


Will upcoming budget address the needs of ailing healthcare sector in India?- 27/01/2021

COVID-19 pandemic exposing the severe underspending on healthcare in India may lead the sector to receive booster dose in terms of finances in the upcoming budget.


Chloride-rich particles responsible for visibility reduction in Delhi: IIT Madras study- 27/01/2021

An international study led by researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, has found chloride to be the highest inorganic fraction in particulate matter (PM), primarily responsible for haze and fog formation in northern India including the national capital.


Five African countries among top 10 affected by extreme weather in 2019: Germanwatch- 27/01/2021

Five African countries were among the global top 10 to suffer extreme weather in 2019, the Climate Risk Index 2021, released by environmental think tank Germanwatch said January 25, 2021.


Centre plans ‘green tax’ for older vehicles- 25/01/2021

The Centre plans to notify a system of imposing “green tax” on older vehicles in a move to disincentivise the use of polluting vehicles, and to curb pollution in the country.


India seventh on index of countries impacted by climate change in 2019- 25/01/2021

India ranks seventh among countries most affected in 2019 by climate change, according to the Global Climate Risk Index, 2021, released Monday by Germanwatch — an NGO based in Bonn, Germany.


Major highlights of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj during the year 2020- 25/01/2021

Towards the objectives of socio-economic empowerment of the rural mass and making them self-reliant, a Central Sector Scheme, “Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas’ was launched by the Prime Minister on 24th April 2020.


1.9 billion in Asia-Pacific cannot afford healthy diet: UN report- 23/01/2021

Around 3 billion people across the world cannot afford a healthy diet and 1.9 billion of them are in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a recent United Nations agencies report.


Scientists explains the attack of coronavirus on the brain in new study- 23/01/2021

Very high levels of the novel coronavirus were found in the brain of mice infected in a controlled exposure study by scientists from Georgia State University in Atlanta.


Ageing, unsafe dams growing threat in India: UN report- 23/01/2021

According to a United Nations (UN) report, more than a thousand large dams in India will be about 50 years old in 2025 and increase the risk of such aging embankments around the world, adding that by 2050 the Earth But most people will stay downstream.


SC rules out review of Aadhaar order, with one dissent: on money Bill- 21/01/2021

The Supreme Court has dismissed petitions seeking a review of its 2018 judgment upholding the constitutional validity of the Aadhaar Act, with Justice D Y Chandrachud dissenting saying the Court should wait till a larger Bench decides the question of certification of a Bill as money Bill before deciding the review petitions.


India ready to play 'constructive role' in UNSC to end Syrian conflict- 21/01/2021

Hoping that conflict in Syria will end completely, sooner than later, India on Wednesday said that it is ready to play a "constructive and meaningful" role in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) towards achieving that objective.


Sensitive data of over 325,000 Indian users leaked in BuyUCoin hack- 21/01/2021

In yet another data breach, sensitive data of nearly 3.25 lakh users of India-based global cryptocurrency exchange and wallet, BuyUcoin, have been exposed on the Dark Web.


Did stratospheric warming lead to excessive rainfall in Tamil Nadu?- 20/01/2021

The southern India received unusually heavy rainfall from January 1 to January 17. This winter rain may have been caused by sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) far away in the Arctic region, some scientists said.


NITI Aayog Releases Second Edition of India Innovation Index- 20/01/2021

NITI Aayog, along with the Institute for Competitiveness, today released the second edition of the India Innovation Index in a virtual event. The report examines the innovation capabilities and performance of the states and union territories.


United Nations launches global program to counter terrorist threats- 20/01/2021

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), in partnership with several other agencies, on Tuesday launched a global program on countering terrorist threats against vulnerable targets to help UN member states deal with this scourge.


Why National Green Tribunal is not as powerful as UK Environment Agency- 19/01/2021

India formed the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in 2010 as a quasi-judicial body for environment-related litigations. With that the country became one of the pioneers among developing nations in establishing a dedicated green court.


NITI Aayog to Launch Second Edition of India Innovation Index 2020- 19/01/2021

The release of the second edition of the index—the first was launched in October 2019—demonstrates the Government’s continued commitment towards transforming the country into an innovation-driven economy.


Iran, six other nations lose right to vote in UNGA over unpaid dues- 19/01/2021

Iran and six other nations lost their right to vote in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) because they have not paid their dues, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday, reported Jerusalem Post.


India and Japan Sign MoU to Enhance Cooperation in the Field of ICT- 16/01/2021

Department of Telecom, Government of India and Ministry of Communications, Government of Japan will enhance mutual cooperation in the field of 5G technologies, telecom security, submarine optical fiber cable system to islands of India, spectrum management, smart cities, high altitude platform for broadband in unconnected areas, disaster management and public safety etc.


At 18 million, India has largest diaspora in the world: UN- 16/01/2021

The Indian diaspora, one of the most “vibrant and dynamic”, is the largest in the world, with 18 million people from the country living outside their homeland in 2020, the UN has said.


India collected just 3% e-waste generated in 2018, 10% in 2019: CPCB report- 16/01/2021

India collected just 10 per cent of the electronic waste (e-waste) estimated to have been generated in the country 2018-19 and 3.5 per cent of that in the generated in 2017-18, said a recent report by the Central Pollution Control Board.


India to get UN tag of international disaster response force for NDRF- 11/01/2021

India could soon be a part of the United Nations (UN) mandated international disaster rescue operations as the country’s federal contingency force, NDRF, is expected to obtain a globally recognised standardisation later this year, a top ranking official has said.


2020 was the hottest year globally despite cooling La Niña- 11/01/2021

The year 2020 was the joint hottest year on record globally along with 2016, according to European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). Last year was “the sixth in a series of exceptionally warm years starting in 2015 and 2011-2020 the warmest decade recorded", according to C3S.


The RBI’s main challenge would be in managing the tension between restraining inflation and supporting recovery- 11/01/2021

As we sight springshoots in the economy, the RBI must be planning for a non-disruptive exit out of the easy money regime. Crisis management is a percentage game. When the house is on fire, central banks do what they think has the best chance of dousing the flames, shedding their characteristic deliberation.


One in three large American rivers has changed colour in the last 34 years: Study- 08/01/2021

One-third of rivers in the United States have changed colour in the last three-and-a-half decades, a study published recently in the journal Geophysical Research Letters has shown


India to chair 3 important committees of UNSC: All you need to know about them- 08/01/2021

India has been asked to chair three important committees of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Ambassador of India to UN TS Tirumurti said on Friday.


Greenhouse gas emissions from man-managed grasslands similar to global croplands- 08/01/2021

A new study shows that emissions of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) from grasslands increased by a factor of 2.5 since 1750 mainly due to increased emissions from livestock.


Antarctic ozone hole — one of the largest, deepest — closes- 07/01/2021

The Antarctic ozone hole — one of the deepest, largest gap in the ozone layer in the last 40 years — has closed,according to World Meteorological Organization (WMO) January 6, 2021.


Explained: What are spectrum auctions, and what can happen in the upcoming auction?- 07/01/2021

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said on Wednesday (January 6) that auctions for 4G spectrum in the 700, 800, 900, 1,800, 2,100, 2,300, and 2,500 MHz bands will begin from March 1. Licence holders have until February 5 to submit their applications.


India’s 2020-21 GDP seen contracting 7.7%: Govt’s first advance estimate- 07/01/2021

India’s real GDP in the ongoing financial year 2020-21 is seen contracting by 7.7 per cent from a growth rate of 4.2 per cent in 2019-20, according to the first advance estimates of GDP released by the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI).


Sudden stratospheric warming may be behind recent cold weather- 06/01/2021

A dramatic meteorological event unfolding high above the North Pole may be behind very cold weather in large parts of the world currently, according to a new study.


Chilika sees record number of migratory birds amid bird flu scare- 06/01/2021

This season, 1,242,826 birds belonging to 190 species were spotted compared to 1,105,040 birds of 183 species last year. Forest officials had counted 1,047,978 birds in 2019, 893,390 in 2018, 947,119 in 2017 and 761,940 in 2016 in the lagoon area.


Meeting India’s air quality targets across South Asia may prevent 7% of pregnancy losses: Lancet study- 06/01/2021

Poor air quality is associated with a considerable proportion of pregnancy loss in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, according to a modelling study to be published on Thursday in The Lancet Planetary Health journal.


Six space missions to look forward to in 2021- 04/01/2021

Space exploration achieved several notable firsts in 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, including commercial human spaceflight and returning samples of an asteroid to Earth.


Bird flu deaths on the rise, environment ministry issues guidelines- 04/01/2021

The Union Ministry of Environment, Science and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has ordered a strict vigil on the wintering habitats of migratory birds for any sign of a flu outbreak in the backdrop of rising deaths of birds.


Statement on Climate of India during 2020- 04/01/2021

The 2020 annual rainfall over the country as a whole was 109% of its Long Period Average (LPA) based on the data of 1961-2010. The monsoon season rainfall over the country as a whole was above normal and was 109% of its LPA.


Year End Review 2020: Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs - Parliament passed total 39 bills during 2020- 03/01/2021

A total of 41 bills (9 Bills in the Lok Sabha and 32 Bills in the Rajya Sabha) were pending at the conclusion of 2nd Session of Seventeenth Lok Sabha and 250th Session of Rajya Sabha. 41 bills were introduced (34 in the Lok Sabha and 7 in the Rajya Sabha) during the period, making a total of 82 bills.


China’s border disputes with neighbouring countries to divert public dissent on domestic fronts- 03/01/2021

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs on December 23, 2020 reported the name-game played by it in Arunachal Pradesh in 2017 as an important achievement of Xi Jinping’s administration during the 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020).


Empowerment and representation, instead of tokenism, are key for inclusive growth- 03/01/2021

Inclusive growth is not just a slogan but a commitment and an article of faith for the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre. The Union Cabinet’s decision to provide an outlay of Rs 59,000 crore to the post-matric scholarship scheme for students from Scheduled Caste groups works towards realising the dreams of B R Ambedkar.


Reusable rockets, satellite constellation for broadband in ISRO's 10-year plan- 01/01/2021

In the short term, the space agency has to realise the first developmental flight of the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) operational Geo-Imaging capability, the third moon mission Chandrayaan-3, the first solar mission Aditya-L1, and the first Indian Data Relay Satellite.


RBI Launches Digital Payments Index To Track Digital Transactions In India- 01/01/2021

On 1 January, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said it has constructed a composite Digital Payments Index (DPI) to capture the extent of digitisation of payments across the country.


When the Arctic warms, it will affect sea levels and precipitation patterns globally- 01/01/2021

In my school geography books, the Arctic was a frozen fastness, the distant domain of polar bears and fur-clad tribes, or the occasional intrepid explorer. But that was half a century ago.


China deployed fleet of underwater drones in Indian Ocean, says report- 30/12/2020

China has deployed a fleet of underwater drones called Sea Wing (Haiyi) glider in the Indian Ocean, which can operate for months on end and make observations for naval intelligence purposes, according to defence analyst HI Sutton.


Cabinet approves MoU between India and Bhutan on cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space- 30/12/2020

The MoU, which was signed between the two sides on November 19, shall enable India and Bhutan to pursue cooperation in potential interest areas such as remote sensing of the earth, satellite communication and satellite based navigation, space science and planetary exploration, use of spacecraft and space systems and ground system and application of space technology.


Govt declares entire Nagaland 'disturbed area' for six months- 30/12/2020

The government on Wednesday declared the entire state of Nagaland a "disturbed area" for six months under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.


What made Centre change its approach from incentivising states to forcing down reforms?- 28/12/2020

In November 2019, the Fifteenth Finance Commission submitted its interim report, wherein it proposed special “performance based incentives” to states that carried out agriculture sector reforms.


La Nina influences 2020 as India records above normal rains, harsher winter, reduced heatwave- 28/12/2020

La Nina seemed to have played a critical role in influencing the country’s weather in 2020 which was a second consecutive year of above normal rainfall with below normal temperatures in the winter and less occurrence of heatwaves.


Explained: How scheme for street vendors will help alleviate poverty- 27/12/2020

In a new scheme called the Pradhan Mantri Street Vendors Atmanirbhar Nidhi (PM SVANidhi), the central government is extending Rs 10,000 loan as working capital to street vendors to restart their businesses which have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme is already a hit; so far 25 lakh street vendors have come forward seeking the loan.


New species of Indian Muraingrass discovered from Western Ghats- 27/12/2020

Researchers from the city-based Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), in collaboration with their counterparts from University of Goa, have discovered a species of Indian Muraingrass along the Western Ghats.


How Covid lockdown crippled Indian economy- 26/12/2020

From contracting by an unprecedented 23.9 per cent to plunging into a technical recession, the trajectory of India’s economy saw a steep decline in 2020—primarily due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


India to become 5th largest economy in 2025, 3rd largest by 2030- 26/12/2020

India, which appears to have been pushed back to being the world’s sixth biggest economy in 2020, will again overtake the UK to become the fifth largest in 2025 and race to the third spot by 2030, a think tank said on Saturday.


Ayushman Bharat PMJAY SEHAT scheme for residents of J-K- 26/12/2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) SEHAT scheme via video-conferencing to extend health insurance coverage to all residents of Jammu and Kashmir.


Tibetan Policy and Support Act Passes in the US Congress- 23/12/2020

The TPSA will “dramatically upgrade US support for Tibetans in key areas,” the Washington D.C.-based International Campaign for Tibet said in statement following the bill’s passage as part of a spending bill Monday.


Pokhran’s ‘firefly bird diverters’ shine to save the Great Indian Bustard- 23/12/2020

The Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) along with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) India has come up with a unique initiative — a “firefly bird diverter” for overhead power lines in areas where Great Indian Bustard (GIB) populations are found in the wild.


World Bank, Modi government sign USD 500-million pact to develop green, safe highway corridors- 23/12/2020

To build safe and green national highway corridors, the World Bank and the Modi Government recently signed an agreement for a USD 500-million project. According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the highway corridors will be developed in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.


India’s leopard population increases by 60%, reaches 12,852: Govt report- 22/12/2020

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday announced that a “60 per cent increase has been recorded in the population count of leopards in India from 2014 estimates’’.


India becomes sixth country to manufacture high power electric locos indigenously- 22/12/2020

Indian Railways will deploy these high speed locomotives for operations on major freight routes, including the Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFCs)


Coronavirus | How the new variant quickly accumulated 23 mutations- 22/12/2020

According to a preliminary report posted on December 19 by the COG-UK Consortium scientists, as of December 15, 1,623 variant genomes have been sequenced.


India Coronavirus Dispatch: What is govt's plan for vaccine side effects?- 20/12/2020

It is completely normal for people to develop side effects after immunisation. In medical jargon, these side effects are called adverse events. These can be 'minor', 'severe', or 'serious', with only the last category requiring hospitalisation.


Weather-based advance warning system for disease outbreaks in the works: Govt- 20/12/2020

While the model currently in development, based on the relationship between weather changes and incidence is expected to predict outbreaks of vector-borne diseases, particularly malaria and diarrhoea,


Highly Toxic Algal Blooms on the US West Coast Triggered by Ocean Heatwave- 20/12/2020

Fishermen, swimmers, and seafood enthusiasts may already know the dangers of “red tides,” but a recent study in Frontiers in Climate shows that climate change is increasing the frequency of one type of highly toxic algal bloom off the US west coast.


Supreme Court stays Andhra HC order to study ‘constitutional breakdown’ in State- 19/12/2020

The “unprecedented” order of the High Court, on October 1, came while deciding habeas corpus petitions filed by relatives of persons remanded in judicial custody or on bail.


India, UK hold bilateral discussions on UNSC agenda- 19/12/2020

India and the United Kingdom on Friday held bilateral consultations virtually regarding United Nations Security Council (UNSC) issues, wherein both sides held discussions on a wide range of issues on the UNSC agenda.


India mulls E20 fuel to cut vehicular emissions- 19/12/2020

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has published a draft notification and invited comments from the public for adoption of the fuel.


India slips two spot to rank 131 in UN’s human development index- 16/12/2020

India slipped two spots to rank 131 among 189 countries in the 2020 human development index, a report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said. Human Development Index is the measure of a nation’s health, education, and standards of living.


India seeks tariff renegotiations at WTO- 16/12/2020

India has proposed to renegotiate the upper tariff limits on certain items, reportedly information technology products, at the World Trade Organization (WTO) beginning 1 January.


India-Bangladesh to reopen Chilahati-Haldibari rail link after 1965- 16/12/2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit Bangladesh in March this year but due to the sudden onset of Covid-19, the visit had to be postponed. Thursday’s Virtual Summit between PM Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina comes a day after both the nations celebrate victory over Pakistan in the 1971 war.


US imposes sanctions on Turkey over Russia weapons- 15/12/2020

The US says Russia's S-400 surface-to-air missile system is incompatible with Nato technology and a threat to the Euro-Atlantic alliance.


Coast Guard ship 'Sujit' commissioned in Goa- 15/12/2020

The vessel will enhance the Indian Coast Guard's operational capability to discharge multifarious maritime tasks, a spokesman of the Coast Guard said.


Central govt plans three power gear production zones- 14/12/2020

The government plans to set up three large manufacturing zones for power and clean energy equipment by offering companies incentives such as land and electricity at attractive prices, power and new and renewable energy minister Raj Kumar Singh said.


Navy's indigenous advanced frigate 'Himgiri' makes first contact with water- 14/12/2020

Project 17A has upheld India's vision for Atmanirbhar Bharat. P17A ships have been indigenously designed by Directorate of Naval Design (Surface Ship Design Group) - DND (SSG), and are being built at indigenous yards namely Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) and GRSE.


5th National Family Health Survey for 17 states, 5 UTs- 14/12/2020

Health minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday released the 5th National Family Health Survey (NFHS) which contains detailed information on population, health and nutrition for India and its states and union territories.


N.K. Singh calls for a fresh look at the Seventh Schedule- 12/12/2020

Fifteenth Finance Commission chairman N.K. Singh has called for a fresh look at the Constitution’s Seventh Schedule, which forms the basis for allocating subjects to the Centre and States, and hinted at the need to fill an ‘institutional vacuum’ created by the abolition of the Planning Commission.


N.K. Singh calls for a fresh look at the Seventh Schedule- 12/12/2020

Fifteenth Finance Commission chairman N.K. Singh has called for a fresh look at the Constitution’s Seventh Schedule, which forms the basis for allocating subjects to the Centre and States, and hinted at the need to fill an ‘institutional vacuum’ created by the abolition of the Planning Commission.


Declare exotic pets, avoid prosecution: how one-time scheme works- 12/12/2020

On November 22, the Supreme Court upheld an Allahabad High Court order granting immunity from investigation and prosecution if one declared illegal acquisition or possession of exotic wildlife species between June and December. This was under a new amnesty scheme announced by the Centre


‘Curving waves’ from Atlantic may be drying up monsoon, say scientists- 12/12/2020

Droughts in India have historically been associated with El Nino, an anomalous warming of the equatorial Pacific, but scientists from Bangalore suggest other culprits too.


India’s rank slips 7 places at 54th in terms of housing prices appreciation globally- 11/12/2020

India’s rank slipped 7 places to 54th in terms of appreciation in residential prices as rates fell 2.4 per cent year-on-year during the July- September quarter, according to property consultant Knight Frank.


27 States avail benefits of the “Scheme for Special Assistance to States for Capital Expenditure”- 11/12/2020

The Scheme is aimed at boosting capital expenditure by the State Governments who are facing difficult financial environment this year due to the shortfall in tax revenue arising from the COVID 19 pandemic.


Covid pandemic drove a record drop in global carbon emissions in 2020- 11/12/2020

• Researchers said emissions will likely rebound in 2021 and urged governments to prioritize a shift to clean energy and policies that tackle climate change in their economic recovery plans.


9 states have successfully completed One Nation One Ration Card system — finance ministry- 09/12/2020

As many as nine states have successfully completed reforms in Public Distribution System (PDS) and implemented the ‘One Nation One Ration Card System’, under which a beneficiary will be able to buy subsidised foodgrains from any Fair Price Shops (FPS) across the country.


Gwalior, Orchha in UNESCO world heritage cities list: MP Govt- 09/12/2020

The historical fort cities of Gwalior and Orchha in Madhya Pradesh have been included in the list of UNESCO's world heritage cities under its urban landscape city programme, according to the state government.


Cabinet approves Atmanirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana (ABRY)- 09/12/2020

Cabinet has approved an expenditure of Rs. 1,584 crore for the current financial yearand Rs.22,810 crore for the entire Scheme period i.e. 2020-2023.


Centre not required to take prior environmental clearance for NH projects: Supreme Court - 08/12/2020

The central government is not required to obtain “prior environmental or forest clearance” under the laws before declaring a stretch as national highway (NH) and expressing its intention to acquire the land for building, maintenance or operating such roads, the Supreme Court held on Tuesday.


China’s 'super dam' a threat to India’s security - 08/12/2020

Yarlung Tsangpo is one of the most important rivers in south-western Tibet, supporting life along its fertile shore as the river runs through Kongpo (Nyingtri Prefecture) valleys in southern Tibet.


'Invest India' Bags UNCTAD's Investment Promotion Award 2020 - 08/12/2020

The UNCTAD has declared 'Invest India' as winner of the 2020 United Nations Investment Promotion Award, according to a release by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.


Explained: Can an unborn baby be infected with coronavirus? - 15/04/2020

Vertical transmission, or a mother infecting her foetus or newborn, is an emerging aspect of COVID-19. A look at the available evidence worldwide so far, and ICMR’s recent guidelines to address this concern.


How pandemics have changed the world. - 15/04/2020

Pandemics have triggered the collapse of empires, weakened pre-eminent powers and institutions, created social upheaval and brought down wars.


How are covid-19 hotspots, non-hostspots, green zones identified? - 15/04/2020

The Union Health Ministry has declared 170 districts as Covid-19 hotspots and 207 districts as non-hotspots.


India-US Defence Deal 2020: Security Implications for Pakistan- 15/03/2020

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry’s Spokeswoman Aisha Farooqui stated that “the sale of such sophisticated weapons to India will disturb the strategic balance in South Asia with security implications for Pakistan and the region.”


Neighbourhood challenge - India- 15/03/2020

The open-door policy is intended to usher in development in the North-east, which could in turn facilitate the closure of insurgencies. For the Look East Policy to work, it was necessary to press the “pause” button on democracy and, instead, support the ruling military junta.


Skill India and Start-Up India- 15/03/2020

Start-up India is a flagship initiative of the Government of India, intended to catalyse start-up culture and build a strong and inclusive ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship in India.


Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is transforming the living conditions in villages- 15/03/2020

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 is the upgraded version of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 1.0.The scheme is extended to all educational institutes; however under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 Participating institutes are selected based on the fulfillment of certain criteria.


Entrepreneurship Among Women- 15/03/2020

Further, MSDE in collaboration with GIZ, Germany has launched a pilot project called ‘Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Start-ups by Women’ to support aspiring and existing women entrepreneurs in India.


Tamil Nadu moved to guard Cauvery delta. So why are farmers still worried?- 14/03/2020

When the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly passed the Protected Agricultural Zone Development Bill, 2020 on February 19, 2020, farmers heaved a sigh of relief.


ExoMars mission delayed, rover will now take off in 2022- 14/03/2020

The European Space Agency (ESA) and its Russian counterpart Roscosmos State Corp have delayed the launch of their second ExoMars mission by two years to 2022.


Centre notifies new POCSO rules making law for sexual offences against children more stringent- 14/03/2020

The Union government has notified the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Rules, 2020 which enables implementation of recent amendments to the Act under which provisions of punishment for child abuse has been made more stringent.


How does soap use help in tackling COVID-19?- 14/03/2020

Ever since the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak began in China in end-December 2019, various measures have been mentioned to reduce the risk of infection.


Does globalization affect monetary policy?- 11/03/2020

The rapid spread of Covid-19 has predictably stirred fears around greater globalization and created ripple effects on financial markets globally, complicating the task of central bankers and policymakers across the world.


Coronavirus outbreak can now be classified as a pandemic, says WHO- 11/03/2020

"WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we're deeply concerned, both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction," he told a news conference in Geneva.


Flight to Safety: The case for drones in spraying agrochemicals- 11/03/2020

Satellite-driven technology, big data analytics, and digital solutions are helping farmers in many countries today make more informed cropping decisions with regard to weather, soil nutrient application, and pest and disease control. Many of these technologies are likely to be introduced in India over the next few years.


Salient Features of Start Up India- 10/03/2020

There is no provision under Startup India initiative for sanctioning of funds to startups directly. However, Government of India has established a Fund of Funds for Startups (FFS) with corpus of Rs. 10,000 crores, to meet the funding needs of startups.


Steps to boost domestic investments in India- 10/03/2020

In order to protect, support and promote small enterprises as also to help them become self-supporting, a number of protective and promotional measures have been undertaken by the Government.


UN Security Council endorses US-Taliban peace deal- 10/03/2020

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution welcoming the recent deal between the US and the Taliban to bring lasting peace in war-torn Afghanistan and allow US troops to return home from America's longest war.


Kerala-based startup is set to launch world’s first blockchain-powered satellite- 09/03/2020

On the concept of blockchain-powered satellites, Aharsh MS, Chief Marketing Officer, Accubits, tells YourStory, “Chainsat will serve two purposes. One, it will act as one of the nodes of a private blockchain network or consortium blockchain.


In a first, India figures on arms exporters list- 09/03/2020

The latest data on global arms transfer by SIPRI shows that Indian arms imports have come down significantly (by 32%) since 2015, indicating that the ‘Make in India’ initiative is gaining ground but the country is still ranked as the world’s second biggest weapons buyers, just behind Saudi Arabia.


Explained: How Yes Bank ran into crisis- 09/03/2020

On March 5, the Reserve Bank of India announced that it was superseding the Yes Bank Board of Directors for a period of 30 days “owing to serious deterioration in the financial position of the Bank”.


‘67% of donations to national parties by unknown sources’- 09/03/2020

As much as 67% of donations to national parties in 2018-19 came from “unknown sources,” an increase from 53% in the previous financial year, said a report released by the Association for Democratic Reforms on Monday.


How agroforestry could solve climate crisis- 08/03/2020

Agriculture and climate change are deeply intertwined. Agriculture is responsible for almost 30 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is the root cause of 80 per cent of tropical deforestation.


Coronavirus may eat into global FDI flow, predicts UNCTAD- 08/03/2020

Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows across the world will witness a sharp decline of five to 15 per cent because of the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to a report.


India saw largest area-wise forest fires in South Asia from 2003-17, finds ISRO study- 08/03/2020

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) researchers have found that India saw the largest area-wise forest fires across a region comprising seven South Asian countries, over a 15-year period between 2003 and 2017.


Over 40% govt. schools don’t have power, playgrounds: parliamentary panel- 08/03/2020

Almost half of government schools in the country don’t have any electricity or playgrounds, according to a parliamentary panel on education. It identified shortfalls in both budgetary funding and utilisation, resulting in critical infrastructure gaps.


Geo Imaging Satellite GISAT-1 can keep a 24/7 watch on Indian subcontinent, say ISRO veterans- 05/03/2020

Though the launch was postponed for some time, ISRO veterans claimed that the the geo-imaging satellite GISAT-1, which is one of the first-of-its-kind satellites, is equipped with a very powerful telescope and very sensitive imaging sensors which have been developed indigenously.


Subsidy to Artisans under Solar Charkha Mission- 05/03/2020

As part of the scheme no subsidy is given, however subsidy to the tune of Rs.9.60 crore is provided for procurement of charkha and looms to the Implementing or Promoting Agency for a full-scale Solar Charkha Cluster involving a total investment of about Rs.38.625 crore.


Law for Rain Water Harvesting- 05/03/2020

33 States/UTs have adopted the rainwater harvesting provisions. The provisions of this chapter are applicable to all the buildings. The implementation of the rainwater harvesting policy comes within the purview of the State Government/Urban Local Body / Urban Development Authority.


Cabinet approves merger of 10 public sector banks into 4 entities- 04/03/2020

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the merger of 10 public sector banks (PSBs) into four entities, aimed at having fewer but stronger lenders in India.


Supreme Court sets aside RBI ban on cryptocurrency transactions- 04/03/2020

In a judgment globally significant for online financial transactions, the top court found the prohibitive circular too disproportionate. The central bank should have opted for a less invasive mechanism to control the pitfalls of cryptocurrency transactions, the court has indicated.


Centre working on exclusive body for river-linking projects- 04/03/2020

To be called the National Interlinking of Rivers Authority (NIRA), the proposed body is expected to take up both inter-State and intra-State projects. It will also make arrangements for generating up funds, internally and externally.


Balancing act: How India is modernizing its military by buying latest tech from BOTH Russia & the West- 02/03/2020

“We make the greatest weapons ever made...and we’re dealing now with India,” US President Donald Trump told a cheering crowd at the ‘Namaste Trump’ event in the Indian city of Ahmedabad last week, as he shared the stage with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


Establishment of Defence Corridors at Tamil Nadu- 02/03/2020

Till date, six consultation meetings of stakeholders in Tamil Nadu were organized across its various nodes. Further, Government has also appointed a consultant for the preparation of Detailed Project Report for these two Defence Corridors.


Census 2020 form- 02/03/2020

The Registrar General of India (RGI) has asked all States to “give highest importance, attention and time” to the Census and National Population Register (NPR) work as “the foundations of the statistics of the country” depend on them.


Why WHO will not declare SARS-CoV-2 a pandemic now- 27/02/2020

On February 26, for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak began in China on December 8, the number of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) cases reported in a single day was more outside mainland China than within the country. According to the World Health Organisation,


PMFBY 2.0: A revamped crop insurance scheme- 27/02/2020

The Centre has recently revamped the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) that will have far-reaching impact on the implementation of this flagship crop insurance scheme.


India, Myanmar ink pact on bus service, developing Rakhine- 27/02/2020

The two sides on Thursday signed 10 agreements with a focus on socioeconomic development of Myanmar.According to the joint statement, the two sides will start coordinated bus service between Imphal and Mandalay on April 7.


Finance Minister exhorts PSBs to focus more on branch based banking with customer connect- 26/02/2020

Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman today unveiled EASE 3.0, the Public Sector Bank (PSB) Reforms Agenda 2020-21 for smart, tech-enabled banking, and the PSB EASE Reforms Annual Report 2019-20 here today.


Sunda Tigers: Genetically isolated by the sea level- 26/02/2020

Accelerating deforestation and rampant poaching mean this noble creature could end up extinct like its Javan and Balinese counterparts.


India, US decide to elevate ties, be global strategic partners- 26/02/2020

US President Donald Trump, on his first State visit to India, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided Tuesday to elevate ties between their countries to a “comprehensive global strategic partnership”, giving it broader scope and scale.


Why coronavirus could help save China's endangered species- 25/02/2020

The novel coronavirus outbreak in China may end up saving one of the world's most trafficked animals after Beijing announced a total ban on the sale and consumption of the pangolin.


Cabinet approves National Technical Textiles Mission- 25/02/2020

The government on Wednesday approved setting up of a National Technical Textiles Mission with a total outlay of ₹1,480 crore with a view to position the country as a global leader in technical textiles.


India 5th Most Polluted Country In The World: Report- 25/02/2020

India was the 5 most polluted country in 2019, with Ghaziabad in the National Capital Region ranked as the most polluted city in the world, according to a global compilation of PM 2.5 particulate pollution data by IQAir, a company that primarily works on air filtration.


US becomes India’s top trading partner- 24/02/2020

The United States has become India’s top trading partner surpassing China, according to 2018-19 data from the Commerce Ministry. The bilateral trade between the US and India amounted to USD 87.95 billion as compared to USD 87.07 billion with China.


Coronavirus poses risks to fragile recovery in global economy: IMF- 24/02/2020

In a note for G20 finance ministers and central bankers, the global lender mapped out many risks facing the global economy, including the disease and a renewed spike in U.S.-China trade tensions, as well as climate-related disasters.


The world’s most polluted cities are mostly in India- 24/02/2020

Several Chinese cities, including Beijing, have dramatically improved their air quality in recent years, while Indian metropolises remain some of the world’s worst polluted, according to a new report.


Crops failing against rising temperatures, pest attacks: Study- 22/02/2020

Insect attacks are becoming stronger with rising temperatures and plants are not able to cope with the double whammy from pests and rising heat.


CMS CoP 13 concludes: Call for post-2020 global biodiversity framework- 22/02/2020

Global cooperation and partnerships are required to achieve “ecological connectivity” and implementation of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), it was declared as the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) 13th Conference of Parties (CoP) on the CMS concluded in Gandhinagar on Saturday.


Why India-US trade deal remains elusive- 22/02/2020

When the US on 4 March last year announced that it is withdrawing duty-free entry for Indian exports worth around $6 billion, it brought the curtains down to a year- long dialogue between the two strategic partners for hammering out a limited trade package.


Three Indian species now in global protection list for migratory animals- 20/02/2020

Three Indian species –the mainland Asian elephant, Great Indian Bustard and the Bengal Florican were selected for priority bio-diversity conservation at the United Nations summit for conservation of migratory species of wild animals, on Thursday.


Forest cover increasing but still lower than 33% target: official- 20/02/2020

The forest cover in India is increasing, but is still lower than the targeted 33% of the total geographical area under the country’s forest policy, an official said here on Thursday.


Explained: Eyes on the Sun, how ISRO is preparing for its next giant leap in space- 20/02/2020

Alongside another mission to the Moon, being planned for next year, and the first human space flight scheduled for 2022, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is also preparing to send its first scientific expedition to study the Sun.


ISRO to 'split up & unite' a satellite in space this year- 20/02/2020

While the technology Isro is aiming to eventually have is one that will allow it to transfer humans from one vehicle or spacecraft to another, the immediate goal is to enable refuelling of spacecraft to give them a longer life and also transfer other crucial systems to an existing spacecraft, by transporting another to space.


Union Cabinet approves formation of 22nd Law Commission- 19/02/2020

The Law Commission advises the government on complex legal issues. The term of the previous law panel ended last August.


Jupiter’s atmosphere has more water than previously thought: NASA- 19/02/2020

Water makes up about 0.25% of the molecules in Jupiter’s atmosphere along its equator — almost three times that of the Sun, according to a study based on data from NASA’s Juno mission launched in 2011.


Celebrating the Ennore-Pulicat wetland system- 19/02/2020

Before stepping out for birding, I always utter a silent prayer that snakes don’t cross my path. So, last Sunday, while heading out with a group to explore the biodiversity of the Ennore-Kattupalli-Pulicat region, I make the usual supplication.


India ranks 77th on sustainability, 131st in child flourishing index rankings: UN report- 19/02/2020

India ranked 77th on a sustainability index that takes into account per capita carbon emissions and ability of children in a nation to live healthy lives and secures 131st spot on a flourishing ranking that measures the best chance at survival and well-being for children, according to a UN-backed report.


Coronavirus may damage global growth in 2020- 16/02/2020

“There may be a cut that we are still hoping would be in the 0.1-0.2 percentage space,” the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, told the Global Women’s Forum in Dubai.


Election Commission of India working on remote voting system- 16/02/2020

The model is likely to be presented before the Commission next month and if approved, a prototype could be readied by the end of the year or early next year, Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena told The Hindu.


ISRO to launch an unprecedented 10 earth imaging satellites- 16/02/2020

The country will send up an unusually large number of 10 earth observation (EO) satellites during 2020-21, according to the latest annual report of the Indian Space Research Organisation for 2019-20.


Explained: How WHO names a new disease- 15/02/2020

On February 11, the World Health Organization officially announced COVID-19 as the name for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.


‘Time running out to reduce greenhouse gas emissions’ - ‘Future of Earth, 2020’ report- 15/02/2020

The report, released by K. Kasturirangan, former Chairman, ISRO, lists failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation; extreme weather events; major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse; food crises; and water crises, as the five global risks.


When can a judge opt out of a case?- 15/02/2020

There are no written rules on the recusal of judges from hearing cases listed before them in constitutional courts. It is left to the discretion of a judge. The reasons for recusal are not disclosed in an order of the court.


India begins manufacturing parts for Rafale fighter jets in Nagpur- 13/02/2020

The first set of doors that cover the twin engines of the fighter jets has come out of the Nagpur facility, which is a joint venture of Anil Ambani’s Reliance Defence and French firm Dassault Aviation.


Climate change impact on agriculture: 50 million to be poor by 2030, says UN body- 13/02/2020

Global development and government representatives from across the world made an appeal to urgently spend more on rural development to avoid a catastrophic situation arising out of the climate emergency during IFAD’s 43rd Governing Council meeting in Rome.


Cabinet approves protocol amending the Agreement between India and Sri Lanka for avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income- 12/02/2020

Updation of preamble text and inclusion of Principal Purpose Test, a general anti abuse provision in the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) will result in curbing of tax planning strategies which exploit gaps and mismatches in tax rules.


Union Cabinet clears Bill to regulate pesticide business- 12/02/2020

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Pesticides Management Bill, 2020, which, the government claims, will regulate the business of pesticides and compensate farmers in case of losses from the use of spurious agro chemicals.


Explained: Why industrial production has contracted, what it means for the economy- 12/02/2020

In November, the IIP had expanded by 1.8% after witnessing three consecutive months — August, September, and October — of contraction. A key reason for positive growth in November was the favourable base effect.


Puducherry becomes first UT to pass resolution against Citizenship Act- 11/02/2020

The Puducherry Legislative Assembly Wednesday passed a resolution against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and urged the Centre to withdraw the legislation, which has set off nationwide protests and led to over 25 deaths.


UN will not be able to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030- 11/02/2020

The United Nations will miss its target of achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, a senior UN representative has said in Rome.


“State of the World's Children Report 2019”of UNICEF- 11/02/2020

As per the UNICEF 2019 report, Globalization, urbanization, inequities, humanitarian crises and climate shocks are driving unprecedented negative changes in the nutrition situation of children around the world.


States not bound to provide reservations in jobs, quota not a fundamental right in promotions: SC- 10/02/2020

In a major judgement, the Supreme Court has said that there is "no fundamental right which inheres in an individual to claim reservation in promotions", and also no court can order a state government to provide for reservation to SC/STs.


Supreme Court upholds amendments made to nullify own judgment diluting provisions of SC/ST Act- 10/02/2020

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act of 2018, which nullified its own controversial March 20, 2018 judgment diluting the stringent provisions of the Dalit protection law.


Ecofriendly Conversion of Methane Into Useful Gases Using Light Instead of Heat- 27/01/2020

Instead of dealing with such drawbacks of thermal catalysis systems for DRM reaction, researchers have attempted to drive the conversion of methane at dramatically lower temperatures using photocatalysts activated by light.


SC allows Centre to bring African cheetah to suitable wildlife habitat in India- 27/01/2020

Stating that the rare Indian cheetah is almost extinct in the country, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had filed an application seeking permission for the introduction of the African cheetah from Namibia.


India’s first underwater metro in Kolkata to be finally ready by March 2022- 27/01/2020

Kolkata Metro Rail Corp. expects to complete its East-West project, which runs partly under the city’s iconic Hooghly river, by March 2022 after a delay of several years doubled costs.


Centre seeks to revamp child care scheme in urban areas- 25/01/2020

Urban areas are likely to receive a renewed focus under the government’s ICDS programme, which provides for anganwadis or day-care centres across the country for delivery of nutrition and pre-school education


In bid to improve smart cities, govt to pair laggards with top performers- 25/01/2020

At least 20 smart cities that are lagging behind in project implementation will be paired with top performers to provide a framework to improve their performance.


SC affirms 3% quota for disabled in PSUs- 25/01/2020

A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court has granted relief to persons with disabilities across the country by allowing reservation in promotion in all groups for those employed in public sector jobs.


India's first e-waste clinic opens in Bhopal- 24/01/2020

"The e-waste clinic is being started on the basis of a three-month pilot project. If this project is successful, e-waste clinics will be established at other places in the country.


Pakistan makes progress on FATF goals, may get a reprieve from blacklist- 24/01/2020

Pakistan appeared to make some progress on convincing members of the global watchdog FATF (Financial Action Task Force) of its efforts to curb terror financing at a key meeting in Beijing on Thursday


India slips two places on global corruption perception index- 24/01/2020

India’s ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI-2019) has slipped from 78 to 80 compared to the previous year, said Transparency International on Thursday, while questioning the “unfair and opaque political financing” in the country. Its score of 41 out of 100 remains the same.


India achieves complete phase out of one the most potent ozone depleting chemical- 22/01/2020

India has consciously chosen a path for environment friendly and energy efficient technologies while phasing out Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs).


India, Brazil to sign Strategic Action Plan- 22/01/2020

India and Brazil will upgrade their strategic partnership with an “action plan” and sign a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) when Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro visits as the Chief Guest of the Republic Day celebrations from 24-27.


Supreme Court refuses to stay Citizenship Amendment Act without hearing government- 22/01/2020

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019, is “uppermost in everybody's minds”, but refused to stay the law without hearing the government first.


India drop 10 ranks to 51st position in Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index- 22/01/2020

The latest edition of the Democracy Index spells gloom for India. The world’s biggest democracy slipped 10 places in the 2019 global ranking to 51st place.


Mudflats: The world’s great coastal protectors- 21/01/2020

The rising levels of our global seas poses serious threats to low-lying coastal communities. Nature itself can go some way to offering a solution.


Global unemployment projected to rise by around 2.5 mn in 2020: UN report- 21/01/2020

Global unemployment is projected to increase by around 2.5 million in 2020 and almost half a billion people are working fewer paid hours than they would like or lack adequate access to paid work, according to UN's International Labour Organization report.


Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Gujarat best at water efficiency, Delhi amongst worst- 21/01/2020

Gujarat was the most water-efficient state in India, according to an HT report on rankings of the survey.


India ranks low at 76th place on global Social Mobility Index- 21/01/2020

India has been ranked very low at 76th place out of 82 countries on a new Social Mobility Index compiled by the World Economic Forum, while Denmark has topped the charts.


NMCG conserves wetlands in Ganga basin- 20/01/2020

The wetlands play a crucial role in recharging groundwater, increase the base flow of rivers and help in erosion control.


Wealth of India's richest 1% more than 4-times of total for 70% poorest: Oxfam- 20/01/2020

India's richest 1 per cent hold more than four-times the wealth held by 953 million people who make up for the bottom 70 per cent of the country's population, while the total wealth of all Indian billionaires is more than the full-year budget, a new study said on Monday.


South India gets 1st BrahMos armed Sukhoi squad to guard Indian Ocean Region- 20/01/2020

Adding teeth to India's air and maritime dominance in the Indian Ocean Region, a squadron of fourth generation fighter jets Sukhoi-30 MKI equipped with the BrahMos missile was inducted on Monday at the airforce station here, the first such base in South India.


'One nation, one ration card' scheme to be implemented by June 1 across India- 20/01/2020

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday announced that the 'One Nation, One Ration Card' scheme will be implemented by June 1 across the country.


Climate crisis fills top five places of World Economic Forum’s risks report- 16/01/2020

A year of extreme weather events and mounting evidence of global heating have catapulted the climate emergency to the top of the list of issues worrying the world’s elite.


Explained: Centre-state disputes and Article 131- 16/01/2020

On Tuesday, Kerala became the first state to challenge the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) before the Supreme Court. However, the legal route adopted by the state is different from the 60 petitions already pending before the court.


CAA: After Kerala, Punjab Govt will seek House rejection today- 16/01/2020

Congress-ruled Punjab will become the second state after Kerala to bring in an Assembly resolution Friday seeking the repeal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.


Government plans new law to protect foreign investment- 15/01/2020

India is planning a new law to safeguard foreign investment by speeding up dispute resolution, aiming to attract more capital from overseas to boost stuttering domestic growth, two officials with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.


What is the NIA Act, and why is Chhattisgarh challenging it?- 15/01/2020

The Congress-led Chhattisgarh government Wednesday moved the Supreme Court against the 2008 National Investigative Agency (NIA) Act, stating it is violative of the Constitution.


Special pension for Emergency Commissioned officers of 1965 and 1971 wars proposed- 15/01/2020

The Army has proposed special pension for the Emergency Commissioned and Short Service Commission (SSC) officers of 1965 and 1971 wars, General Manoj Naravane said on Tuesday.


Transgender Persons Act comes into effect- 12/01/2020

The Act aims to end discrimination against transgender persons in accessing education, employment and healthcare. It also recognises the right to self-perceived gender identity and provides for certification from a District Magistrate;


Kaziranga records 96 species of wetland birds- 12/01/2020

Kaziranga, home of the world's most one-horned rhinos, has 96 species of wetland birds — one of the highest for wildlife preserves in India.


Private property is a human right: Supreme Court- 12/01/2020

A citizen’s right to own private property is a human right. The state cannot take possession of it without following due procedure and authority of law, the Supreme Court has held in a judgment.


India’s under-5 mortality of girls exceeds that of boys, unlike global trend, says report- 12/01/2020

India is among the few countries in the world where, in 2018, the mortality under-5 years of girls, exceeded that of boys, according to the ‘Levels and Trends in Child Mortality’ report by the United Nations (UN) inter-agency group for child mortality.


SC has no views on if ‘access to Internet’ is a fundamental right- 10/01/2020

The Supreme Court on Friday declined to express any views on whether “access to Internet” is a fundamental right.


SC notice to Centre on plea seeking population control- 10/01/2020

The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Centre’s reply to a petition challenging a Delhi High Court order that dismissed a plea for measures, including a two-child norm, to control India’s rising population.


Citizenship Amendment Act comes into effect from Jan. 10- 10/01/2020

The Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notification on Friday that the provisions of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 will come into force from January 10 onwards.


Why smaller cities in India witnessing faster growth?- 10/01/2020

Leaving behind the fast changing metropolitan cities behind, three smaller cities in South India have secured a place in the list of world’s fastest-growing urban areas in The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey released on Friday.


Cabinet approves agreement between India and Mongolia on Cooperation in the Exploration and Uses of Outer Space for Peaceful and Civilian Purposes- 09/01/2020

The Agreement was signed at New Delhi on 20 September 2019 during the state visit of the President of Mongolia to India.


Centre notifies new Wetland Conservation Rules, asks states, UTs to set up authority- 09/01/2020

The Ministry of Environment has notified the new Wetland Conservation Rules that prohibit setting up or expansion of industries, and disposal of construction and demolition waste within the wetlands.


Four Indian airports receive international recognition for reducing emissions- 09/01/2020

The airports had adopted the grading system in 2018 and successfully implemented the carbon emission plan.


Average 80 murders, 91 rapes daily in 2018: NCRB data- 09/01/2020

An average of 80 murders, 289 kidnappings and 91 rapes were reported every single day across the country in 2018, according to the latest data by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).


3 of world’s 10 fastest-growing urban areas are in Kerala: Economist ranking- 08/01/2020

Three cities in Kerala feature among the fastest-growing urban areas across the world, according to a ranking released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) survey.


It is up to States to provide 10% EWS quota: Centre- 08/01/2020

The Centre on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that it would be the States’ prerogative to provide 10% economic reservation in government jobs and admission to education institutions.


Govt should ensure adequate funds for immunization programmes - Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0- 08/01/2020

India begins 2020 on an ambitious note. In December 2019, the government launched the Intensified Mission Indradhanush (IMI) 2.0, a programme that seeks to escalate efforts to achieve the goal of attaining 90% national immunization coverage between December 2019 and March 2020.


Why extreme weather  events are increasing in the country- 08/01/2020

As heavy rain, record heat waves and severe cold waves intensified across the country in 2019, the year served as another reminder of how India is one of the countries that are the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change.


Explained: What is UAE’s new 5-year visa scheme?- 07/01/2020

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced a five-year multiple-entry visa scheme for all nationalities, in a move that is geared towards promoting tourism in the country.


At 650, Bihar leads in extreme weather deaths in 2019: IMD report- 07/01/2020

Bihar suffered the most – with 650 deaths – due to various extreme weather conditions in the country last year, a compilation by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) from media and government reports showed.


Bangladesh court orders government to ban single-use plastics- 07/01/2020

Pollution from single-use plastics is a major problem in Bangladesh, where nearly 170 million people live in a tiny sliver of low-lying land criss-crossed by hundreds of rivers and tributaries.


Govt plans to cut spending to curb fiscal deficit- 07/01/2020

India's government is likely to cut spending for the current fiscal year by as much as 2 trillion Indian rupees as it faces one of the biggest tax shortfalls in recent years, three government sources said.


ISRO planning 'Indian Data Relay Satellite System' - New satellites will help Gaganyaan crew- 07/01/2020

The IDRSS is planned to track and be constantly in touch with Indian satellites, in particular those in low-earth orbits which have limited coverage of earth.


SC issues notice to Centre, Assam govt in NRC case over detention of children- 06/01/2020

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre and the Assam government, seeking a reply within four weeks on a plea that has said that 60 children were in detention centres because their citizenship was yet to be established.


Kochi to host global meet on marine ecosystem- 06/01/2020

Organised by the Marine Biological Association of India, MECOS-3 will serve as a platform for discussions on a range of topics, including the impact of the climate crisis on marine ecosystems and an unusual warming of the Arabian Sea.


8 states finalise action plan for agriculture export policy: Government- 05/01/2020

"The Agri Export Policy was announced last year with an objective of doubling the export and ensuring doubling of farmers' income...Many states have nominated nodal agency and nodal officer.


Wildlife ravaged by Australia fires could take decades to recover- 05/01/2020

The bushfires raging across Australia have had a devastating impact on the country's unique flora and fauna, with some estimates putting the death toll at nearly half a billion animals in one state alone, and experts believe it could take decades for wildlife to recover.


DPIIT focusing on six parameters to push India's ease of doing business ranking- 05/01/2020

The Commerce and Industry Ministry has prepared a blueprint to further improve India's ranking in the World Bank's ease of doing business index with a focus on six parameters, including enforcing contracts and starting a business, an official said.


Pakistan may seek more time from FATF to curb terror financing- 05/01/2020

Pakistan could seek more time from the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to comply with its demands to cut finances to terrorist groups, two people familiar with the matter have said, ahead of Islamabad this week submitting responses on queries sent last month by the global watchdog, demanding clarification and data on steps taken by Islamabad to curb terror financing.


One-fifth of country’s forests prone to fires: study- 04/01/2020

About 21.40% of forest cover in India is prone to fires, with forests in the north-eastern region and central India being the most vulnerable, the 2019 report by the Forest Survey of India (FSI) has said.


Special provisions likely for J&K residents in jobs, land rights- 04/01/2020

The Centre is all set to provide protection to domiciles of Jammu and Kashmir in government jobs, educational institutions and land rights, a senior government official said on Friday.


Nurses, midwives the backbone of every health system, says WHO- 04/01/2020

Nurses and midwives play a vital role in providing health services and are often, the first and only point of care in their communities. “


India commences world’s largest ever vaccination programme to control FMD & Brucellosis in 2019; Aims to provide unique Pashu Aadhar to 535 million animals- 03/01/2020

The Government has launched a new scheme National Animal Disease Control Programme for FMD and Brucellosiswith a financial outlay of Rs. 13,343.00 crore for five years (2019-20 to 2023-24) by vaccinating 100% cattle, buffalo, sheep, goat and pig population for FMD and 100% bovine female calves of 4-8 months of age for brucellosis to prevent loss of Rs. 50,000 crore to the Government exchequer and also to increase the economic output of farmers.


In 2019, 95 tiger deaths in India, 22 incidents of poaching, says MoEFCC- 03/01/2020

In 2018, the number of tiger deaths recorded was 100 (93 mortalities and seven seizures). The number of tiger deaths in 2017 was 115 (98 mortalities and 17 seizures), and the number of tiger deaths in 2016 was 122 (101 mortalities and 21 seizures).


Global warming will lead to river ice cover decline: Study- 02/01/2020

The annual river ice cover will decline by about six days for every one degree Celsius increase in global temperatures, posing economic and environmental consequences, according to a study.


Governor says Kerala assembly resolution against CAA has no legal validity- 02/01/2020

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Thursday said the resolution passed by the state assembly demanding scrapping of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has no constitutional or legal validity.


Nepal SC asks govt to furnish country’s historical map relating to Kalapani border issue- 02/01/2020

Nepal’s Supreme Court has sought within 15 days the country’s original map exchanged with India during the signing of the Sugauli Treaty in 1816 after a petition seeking the apex court’s intervention to secure the Nepali territory.


NITI Ayog's SDG report flags huge worries about hunger, poverty in India- 01/01/2020

India’s standing vis-a-vis United Nations-mandated goals has improved marginally, but the country has slipped in key areas, related to food security, livelihood and standard of living.


India eyes third Moon mission, shortlists four for Gaganyaan- 01/01/2020

India is planning to make its third visit to the Moon, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) chairman K. Sivan said on Wednesday.


Important Achievements by Ministry of Science and Technology in the year 2019- 01/01/2020

India adopted redefined global units of measurement of kilogram, Kelvin, mole and ampere from 20th May 2019 i.e. the World Metrology Day


Indo-US partnership registers rapid growth in 2019, new milestones achieved- 30/12/2019

The strengthening of the strategic partnership was reflected in the India-US Joint Statement issued at the conclusion of their second 2+2 dialogue towards the end of the year, which was definitely the key highlight of 2019.


Initiatives and Achievement of Department of Space during the year 2019- 30/12/2019

On February 06, 2019GSAT 31 communication satellite was successfully launched from Kourou, French Guiana onboard Arianespace rocket.


Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, A.P. lead performers in Niti Aayog’s SDG India Index 2019- 30/12/2019

Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have emerged as top performing States in Niti Aayog’s SDG India Index 2019, which evaluates progress in social, economic and environmental terms, according to a report released on Monday.


India's forest cover increases 0.6%; Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala lead- 30/12/2019

India’s total forest cover has increased 0.56% over the last two years, according to the latest India State of the Forest Report 2019. India is among the few countries in the world where both forest and tree cover has shown a consistent increase.


What is the directive on detention centres?- 29/12/2019

The story so far: On December 24, the Union Cabinet approved an outlay of over ₹3,941.35 crore for updating the National Population Register (NPR) across the country, barring Assam.


Online payment systems to be prime cybercrime targets in 2020, shows study- 29/12/2019

More cybercriminal groups will target online payment processing systems in 2020, researchers from global cybersecurity and anti-virus brand Kaspersky have warned.


Align interest rates of small savings schemes, RBI to govt: Report- 28/12/2019

Ahead of the announcement of interest rates on small savings schemes for the January-March quarter by December 31, the RBI has asked the Finance ministry to align their interest rates with market rates which govern the banks also in a bid to improve transmission.


Year End Review – 2019 Ministry of Defence- 28/12/2019

The CDS will also head the Department of Military Affairs (DMA), to be created within the Ministry of Defence and function as its Secretary. This follows the announcement made by the Prime Minister on August 15, 2019, in his address to the nation, inter alia, “India should not have a fragmented approach. Our entire military power will have to work in unison and move forward…All the three (Services) should move simultaneously at the same pace.


Alaska set to finish 2019 with record warm year- 28/12/2019

Alaska is set to finish 2019 with a record average high temperature after a year of extremes ranging from a sweltering summer and rampant wildfires to vanishing sea ice and winter rains where heavy snows were once the norm.


India, Japan vow to deepen maritime ties- 27/12/2019

India and Japan have vowed to deepen maritime cooperation and also held consultations on disarmament, non-proliferation and export control.


NPR: house-to-house verification planned- 27/12/2019

The NPR exercise has become controversial because the Citizenship Rules 2003 link the Population Register to the creation of a National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC) or National Register of Citizens.


UGC issues norms for ethics in higher education- 27/12/2019

At a time of widespread protests by university students, Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has launched new guidelines for values and ethics in higher education.


Novel CO2 capturing tech may cut vehicle emissions by 90% - 26/12/2019

The researchers' calculations show that a truck using one kilogramme (kg) of conventional fuel could produce 3kg of liquid CO2, and that the conversion does not involve any energy penalty.


Explained: The locust attack in Gujarat’s farms — why and when do swarms strike - 26/12/2019

A small swarm on average eats as much in one day as about 10 elephants, 25 camels, or 2,500 people.


Highlights of Major Decisions/Initiatives of MHA in the year 2019- 26/12/2019

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 – focus on granting Indian Citizenship to persons belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities on ground of religious persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Marathon deliberations held by Union Home Minister with various stakeholders from North East and their concerns against the CAB 2019 addressed in the final Amendment Act.


Government releases Good Governance Index - TN tops - 26/12/2019

Puducherry gets the first position among the union territories, Himachal Pradesh ranked first in the north-east and hill category.


Watchdog FATF Blacklisting May Affect Pak's Capital Inflows: IMF Report- 25/12/2019

The FATF, a global watchdog for terror financing, that kept Pakistan on the Grey List for an extended period till February 2020, had warned in October that Islamabad would be put on the 'Black List' if it did not comply with the remaining 22 points in a list of 27 questions.


GST Council to set up grievance redressal mechanism for taxpayers- 25/12/2019

The GST Council will set up a grievance redressal mechanism for taxpayers.The decision was taken at the 38th meeting of the GST Council held on December 18.


Ten zero-waste cities: How Thiruvananthapuram cleaned up its act- 25/12/2019

Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of the state of Kerala, has shown how decentralised waste management is the answer to minimising waste creation.


India to setup high-tech cameras along China border, new war-time shelters in North East- 24/12/2019

The developments came to light in a report of the Standing Committee on Defence, which was presented to the Lok Sabha speaker on Friday


Cabinet approves Signing of MoU between India and Brazil on Bioenergy Cooperation- 24/12/2019

India and Brazil are major consumers of energy in the world and Brazil is one of the most important trading partners of India in the entire LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) region.


Cabinet approves conduct of Census of India 2021 and updation of National Population Register- 24/12/2019

Census of India will cover the entire population in the country while NPR will also cover all the population except in the state of Assam.


Cabinet approves Atal Bhujal Yojana- 24/12/2019

The scheme aims to improve ground water management through community participation in identified priority areas in seven States, viz. Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.


OIC voice concern over Citizenship Act, says closely following developments- 23/12/2019

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday said it was "closely" following the recent developments "affecting" Muslims in India as it voiced concern over the Citizenship Amendment Act and the verdict in the Ayodhya case.


Hyderabad, Dubai most preferred destinations for Indians in 2019: Report- 23/12/2019

Hyderabad has emerged as the top domestic destination for Indians travelling in 2019 while Dubai as the most preferred international spot, according to a survey.


First tripartite Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) signed under Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Fund (FIDF)- 23/12/2019

The Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying under the FIDF provides interest subvention up to 3% per annum for providing the concessional finance by the NLEs at the interest rate not lower than 5% per annum.


India, Oman to sign maritime transport pact enabling Delhi to expand footprints- 23/12/2019

Ahead of Oman Jaishankar will visit Iran for the Joint Commission meeting on Sunday-Monday eyeing to safeguard India’s interests in the region close on heels of Indo-US 2+2 meet.


Explained: What connects the NPR, NRIC and Census?- 22/12/2019

As protests spread all across the country against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), 2019 and the proposed National Register of Indian Citizens (NRIC), West Bengal and Kerala suspended work related to the preparation and update of the National Population Register in their respective States.


Cut inequality to fight climate crisis- 22/12/2019

Rising inequality across the world made collective action against climate change difficult, according to the Human Development Index 2019 (HDI). The report by United Nations Development Programme, released earlier this month, highlighted the need to address inequality and climate crisis together.


MEA Expands Indian Ocean Division to Include Islands off African Coast- 22/12/2019

The Ministry of External Affairs is organised on the basis of divisions, which are based on geography or along certain themes. Over the years, these divisions have evolved, split or have been merged based on foreign policy priorities.


How Tamil Nadu’s tiger count went up four times in 13 years- 21/12/2019

This number has increased by four-fold today. Thanks to scientific data collection on tiger population, increased patrolling and better management of forest areas, the big cat numbers have gone up steadily, say officials.


Bill to promote Gandhi’s legacy introduced in US House- 21/12/2019

There are two other resolutions on Gandhi pending in the Congress -- one by Senators Bob Menendez and Ted Cruz in the Senate and other by several other lawmakers led by Congressman Raja Kishnamoorthi in the House of Representatives.


Restraint on liberties under Section 144 should not be too general, says Supreme Court- 21/12/2019

Restrictions may be imposed under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) on personal liberties in the interest of public order, but they should never be “too general”.


India, Afghanistan, Iran meet to monitor implementation of Chabahar pact- 21/12/2019

The second meeting between officials of India, Afghanistan and Iran took place here on Friday to monitor implementation of the 2016 agreement regarding development and management of the Chabahar port in Iran, according to an official statement.


Ration cards to look similar across country- 20/12/2019

The Centre has designed a standard format for ration cards as it moves ahead with ‘one nation, one ration card’ initiative and has asked State governments to follow the pattern while issuing fresh ration cards.


States have no powers to refuse implementation of Citizenship Act and NPR: Official- 20/12/2019

The statement came after Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh announced that the CAA was “unconstitutional” and has no place in their respective States.


Afghanistan first country to recognize Indian Pharmacopoeia- 20/12/2019

The Indian Pharmacopoeia (IP) has been recognised formally by the National Department of Regulation of Medicines and Health Products of the Ministry of Public Health of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.


EChO Network launched to catalyze cross-disciplinary leadership in India; will train educators and students in interdisciplinary manner- 20/12/2019

Speaking at the launch programme, Prof. VijayRaghavan said India has recently embarked on a number of national-level efforts to promote ecological and environmental research on the subcontinent; however, there remains a lacuna of trained scientists with interdisciplinary skills and collaborative mindset.


World’s oldest fossil forest uncovered in US- 20/12/2019

The fossil forest in Cairo would have spread from New York all the way into Pennsylvania and beyond, according to the researchers from Binghamton University, and New York State Museum in the U.S.


India-US 2+2 Dialogue provides positive and forward-looking vision for strategic partnership between the two countries- 19/12/2019

At the Dialogue, both sides positively appraised the growing partnership between India and the United States, and noted that important milestones had been achieved since the inaugural 2+2 dialogue in New Delhi in 2018.


Govt. aims to provide broadband access to all villages by 2022- 19/12/2019

The government on Tuesday announced a new ‘mission’ aimed at providing broadband access in all villages in the country by 2022, entailing investments of around ₹7 lakh crore from various stakeholders.


India should take urgent action to tackle air pollution: WHO- 19/12/2019

Several studies conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centre for Science and Environment and others published in journals such as The Lancet have linked pollution with premature deaths in India.


DRDO successfully flight-tests Pinaka Missile System off Odisha coast- 19/12/2019

The Pinaka MK-II Rocket is modified as a missile by integrating with the Navigation, Control and Guidance System to improve the end accuracy and enhance the range.


NITI Aayog to draft roadmap for achieving population stabilisation- 19/12/2019

The consultative meeting being organised in partnership with Population Foundation of India (PFI) will bring together senior officials, experts and subject matter specialists to discuss ways and means of strengthening India’s population policy and family planning programmes.


SC forms 2-judge committee to expedite disposal of rape cases- 17/12/2019

The Supreme Court has set up a two-judge committee to expedite disposal of rape cases across the country. The panel will exclusively monitor the cases and ensure trials are swift and efficient.


India slips to 112th rank on gender gap index; in bottom 5 on health, economic fronts- 17/12/2019

Forum's Global Gender Gap index to 112, behind neighbours China, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh, due to rising disparity in terms of women's health and participation in the economy.


The difference between Citizenship Act and NRC, explained- 17/12/2019

The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) passed by both houses of Parliament in the winter session is now known as the Citizenship Act.



The Indo-Pacific concept is also moving beyond economic, cultural and historical linkages to include an overarching strategic imperative, which shows India gradually evolving this new foreign policy concept into a hard power attribute, “one which drives existing mechanisms with a new sense of purpose”.


Longest UN climate talks end with no deal on carbon markets- 16/12/2019

After getting the longest ever extension in the history of annual UN climate conferences, two weeks of talks ended on a disappointing note on Sunday with all key issues — rules on carbon markets, ‘ambition’ and long-term finance — being pushed to the next round of talks in Glasgow in 2020.


Colombia to host 2020 World Environment Day on biodiversity- 16/12/2019

World Environment Day takes place every year on 5 June. It is the United Nations’ flagship day for promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment.


Government renews push for organic farming in Ganga basin- 16/12/2019

Two years after Bihar began developing organic farming corridors along Ganga, the Centre may renew its push for such farming along the river in five states to combat increasing pollution from toxic pesticides.


Islands Development Agency to develop Andamans under optical fibre cable project- 15/12/2019

After remaining defunct for over two decades, the Islands Development Agency has moved in swiftly to develop the Andaman and Nicobar islands as an optical fibre cable project which is expected to be completed by the middle of 2020.


Three lakh rural habitations lack quality drinking water supply- 15/12/2019

Over three lakh rural habitations across the country continue to be deprived of the government’s minimum prescribed provision of 40 litre per capita per day (lpcd) of potable drinking water with assured quality.


Himalayan flora-fauna in critical phase to global warming: Scientists- 14/12/2019

Of the total 19,600 endangered species of flora and fauna in the country, the Himalayan region is home to 133 which are passing through a critical phase due to changing weather patterns and massive deforestation, scientists warned at a seminar in Almora on Wednesday.


Are Indian lower courts awarding too many death sentences?- 14/12/2019

three milestone judgments - Bachan Singh vs State of Punjab of 1980 being the last of the series - the Supreme Court laid the principle of "rarest of rare" for awarding death penalty to convicts found guilty of murder.


Citizenship Law 'Discriminatory' Against Muslims, Says UN- 14/12/2019

The United Nations Human Rights Office voiced concern on Friday that India's new citizenship law is “fundamentally discriminatory in nature” by excluding Muslims and called for it to be reviewed.


Rajya Sabha passes International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019- 13/12/2019

The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs) Authority Bill, 2019 towards setting up a unified authority to regulate all financial services in IFSCs in the cpuntry.


Rajya Sabha passes International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019- 13/12/2019

The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs) Authority Bill, 2019 towards setting up a unified authority to regulate all financial services in IFSCs in the cpuntry.


How Bougainville may be a new country in the Pacific and why that matters to China- 13/12/2019

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville, a chain of islands that lie 959 kilometres northwest of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) capital, Port Moresby, has voted unequivocally for independence.


World's oldest artwork uncovered in Indonesian cave: study- 13/12/2019

An Indonesian cave painting that depicts a prehistoric hunting scene could be the world's oldest figurative artwork dating back nearly 44,000 years, pointing to an advanced artistic culture, according to new research.


Tamil Nadu overtakes Karnataka to become No 1 in renewable energy- 13/12/2019

Tamil Nadu has overtaken Karnataka to become India's top renewable power generating state in FY20 (till October).


Cabinet approves introduction of Aircraft (Amendment) Bill in Parliament- 12/12/2019

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the introduction of the Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Parliament. The Bill is intended to carry out amendments to the Aircraft Act, 1934 (XXII of 1934).


New social security Bill tabled in Lok Sabha- 12/12/2019

Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar on Wednesday introduced the Code on Social Security, 2019, in the Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to amend and consolidate laws relating to the social security of employees, subsuming eight Central laws.


Second two-plus-two dialogue on Dec 18, no update on Indo-Japan summit: MEA- 12/12/2019

The second two-plus-two dialogue between India and the US will take place on December 18 in Washington during which the two sides will take stock of the entire gamut of strategic ties between the two countries, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Thursday.


313,000 cyber security incidents reported till October this year: Govt- 12/12/2019

More than 3.13 lakh cyber security incidents were reported in India this year up to October, Parliament was informed on Thursday.


IREDA to Create a Green Window for Green Energy Finance- 12/12/2019

“Renewable energy is increasingly cheaper and better for the strategic interests of India, and the IREDA Green Window would provide a significant boost to the renewable energy market.


Indus river system among world’s most vulnerable ‘water towers’: Study- 11/12/2019

The Indus river and its tributaries, which flow through parts of China, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan, are among the most vulnerable ‘water towers’ in the world, a new study has said.


What is Citizenship Amendment Bill: All you need to know about CAB- 11/12/2019

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill or CAB, which grants Indian citizenship to the non-Muslims of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.


India completes a quarter of spy satellites to ensure all-weather surveillance along its borders- 11/12/2019

With the launch of RISAT (Radar Imaging Satellite) – 2BR1 on Wednesday, India has completed the stationing of a quartet of satellites in space to ensure its borders are protected, say analysts.


US Congress consents to designate India's NAVIC as allied system- 11/12/2019

Approved as part of the conference report of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2020, it designates Russia's GLONASS and Chinese Beidou as a “non-allied system”.


End of reservations for Anglo-Indians?- 04/12/2019

Provisions for reservations for SCs/STs and Anglo- Indians are extended under Article 334 (a) and (b) of the Constitution. While the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar confirmed that the SC/ST reservation under 334(a) was extended by 10 years, he said details of the Bill would be clear when it is tabled in Parliament in the ongoing session.


India ranks 73rd in UN index assessing e-commerce readiness- 04/12/2019

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development's Business-to-Consumer (B2C) E-commerce Index 2019 has been topped by the Netherlands for the second consecutive year.


Natural gas drives record CO2 emissions in 2019- 04/12/2019

Global carbon emissions boosted by soaring natural gas use are set to hit record levels in 2019 despite a decline in coal consumption and a string of countries declaring a climate emergency, researchers said Wednesday.


Union Cabinet approves Personal Data Protection Bill- 04/12/2019

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has said that the bill has been approved by the Cabinet and would be introduced in the Parliament.


India 5th most vulnerable country to climate change: Global Climate Risk Index- 04/12/2019

Even as world leaders meet at the COP25, underway in Madrid, to discuss climate change issues, the Global Climate Risk Index released by international environmental think tank Germanwatch on Wednesday, shows that India has fallen from its 15th rank of countries hit most by climate change-induced weather phenomena in 2017, to number five in 2018.


India and Sweden sign three agreements- 03/12/2019

A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs announced both sides signed the Protocol of Cooperation between the Department of Science and Technology of India and the Swedish Energy Agency and the MoU between the Ministry of Earth Sciences of India and the Ministry of Education and Research of Sweden on cooperation of polar science.


Tiger population up by 750 in 4 years to 2,976- 03/12/2019

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said in the Rajya Sabha that tiger population in the country has increased by 750 in the last four years to 2,976.


2019 marks the end of warmest decade on record, world warmer by 1.1°C: WMO- 03/12/2019

Signalling a climate crisis, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) on Tuesday said 2019 marks the end of warmest decade on record with global average temperatures about 1.1 °C above the pre-industrial period.


Parliament passes the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019- 03/12/2019

Shri Reddy said that there will be no change in administration and service conditions and reservation. Similarly, there will be no change in the status of Group III and IV employees.


Parliament passes the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019- 03/12/2019

The Home Minister noted that there is a perception that the amendment in SPG Act is being brought only for the purpose to remove the SPG security cover for the Gandhi family.


Measures to Increase Solar Energy Generation- 03/12/2019

Waiver of Inter State Transmission System (ISTS) charges and losses for inter-state sale of solar power for projects to be commissioned up to December, 2022


Salaries in India likely to rise by 9.2% in 2020: Report- 02/12/2019

Employees in India are expected to see 9.2 per cent salary growth in 2020, highest in Asia, but inflation may play a spoiler as real-wage salaries in the country is anticipated to be just 5 per cent, a report said on Monday.


Govt moves Taxation Bill in Lok Sabha to lower tax rate option- 02/12/2019

The Centre in the Lok Sabha on Monday moved the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill 2019 for its passage, seeking changes in the Income Tax law aimed at lowering tax rate options to domestic companies to promote growth and investment and attract fresh investment in the manufacturing sector.


At 17.5 million, Indian diaspora largest in the world : UN report- 02/12/2019

The International Organisation for Migration said in its ‘Global Migration Report 2020’ that the number of international migrants in 2019 is now estimated at 270 million and the top destination remains the U.S., at nearly 51 million.


Operation ‘Clean Art’ to crackdown on illegal trade in mongoose hair- 02/12/2019

On October 24, 2019, about 200 officials, including policemen, gathered at Sherkot in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district. It was a planned raid, not to apprehend criminals, but to check on organised factories that were making paint brushes with mongoose hair.


Saudi Arabia Takes over G20 Presidency from Japan- 02/12/2019

The oil-rich kingdom is promoting a liberalisation drive, the signs of which can be seen in granting greater rights to women and more transparency.


Govt asks SC to refer issue of creamy layer exclusion from SC/ST to larger bench- 02/12/2019

The central government on Monday asked the Supreme Court to refer the matter concerning the exclusion of the creamy layer from the Schedules Caste and Schedules Tribes for reservation benefits to a seven-judge bench.


Govt may set up new rocket launch pad near Kulasekarapattinam in Tamil Nadu- 29/11/2019

Government is planning to set up a new rocket launch pad in Tamil Nadu. Currently, the Indian Space Research organisation (Isro) has two launch pads at Sriharikotta, Andhra Pradesh. The development comes on the backdrop of increasing launches from India, both for domestic and international customers.


Amazon forest fires melting glaciers over 2,000 km away in Andes: Study- 29/11/2019

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, found that aerosols from biomass burning, such as black carbon, can be transported by wind to tropical Andean glaciers.


United Nations Development Programme launches Accelerator Lab in India to work on tackling pollution- 29/11/2019

The laboratory that will be housed in the UNDP India office has partnered with the Indian government’s Atal Innovation Mission to achieve its objectives.


'Unexpected' black hole 70 times massive than Sun discovered- 29/11/2019

Milky Way is estimated to contain 100 million stellar black holes -- cosmic bodies formed by the collapse of massive stars, and so dense even light can't escape.


Indian Army successfully test-fires Spike LR missile- 29/11/2019

The firing was witnessed by the top Infantry hierarchy of the Indian Army, including the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, who were all at Mhow for the annual Infantry Commanders' Conference.


India Ranked 44th In 2019 Nomuras Food Vulnerability Index- 25/11/2019

NFVI has three components: (1) the country’s GDP per person, (2) the share of food in household consumption, and (3) the net food imports. The lower per capita GDP, a higher percentage of food in household consumption, and top net food imports would make a country more vulnerable to spikes in food prices.


Centre tables SPG (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha- 25/11/2019

Amid a row over the Centre’s decision to revoke special protection group (SPG) cover from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and senior party leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the Union home ministry on Monday tabled the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha.


25% of rural India's households don't have access to sanitation: NSO survey- 25/11/2019

While a quarter of population still don't have access to sanitation facilities, hand pumps continue to be the major source of drinking water for households in rural areas, a report by the National Statistical Office (NSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has said.


Greenhouse gases surge to record in 2018, exceeding 10-yr average rate: U.N.- 25/11/2019

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2018, rising faster than the average rise of the last decade and cementing increasingly damaging weather patterns, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday.


India, U.S. to sign industrial security agreement at 2+2 dialogue- 24/11/2019

But the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-spatial Cooperation (BECA), which is under discussion, is unlikely to be concluded.


What are the laws in place to tackle illegal non-citizens?- 24/11/2019

The story so far: The Home Minister Amit Shah’s announcement in the Rajya Sabha earlier this week that a National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be implemented across India, and repeated again in Assam, has ignited interest in the existing legal framework in India for illegal migrants.


Scheme to interlink rivers on fast track, govt tells Parliament- 24/11/2019

The Centre's ambitious project to interlink rivers is on fast track and the work on at least four such projects is set to start soon as the detailed project reports (DPRs) are ready, the Union Jal Shakti Ministry said in a written reply in Parliament on November 21, 2019.


2.2% of Indian population suffering from disability, says NSO survey- 24/11/2019

Overall percentage of persons with disability in the population was 2.2% during July 2018 to December 2018 in the country, showed a National Statistical Office (NSO) survey report on Saturday.


Bill to replace ordinance banning production, sale of e-cigarettes introduced in Lok Sabha- 23/11/2019

The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019, seeks to replace an ordinance issued on September 18.


India produces 25k tonnes of plastic waste everyday, 40% uncollected: Govt- 23/11/2019

In a written response to a question in the Lower House, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the demand of plastic has increased significantly due its increased use in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, which has indirectly resulted into the challenge of plastic waste management.


Supreme Court seeks government reply to plea on Aadhaar data use by private firms- 23/11/2019

The petition was filed jointly by former Army officer S.G. Vombatkere and activist Bezwada Wilson against the legality of Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the Aadhaar (Pricing of Aadhaar Authentication Services) Regulations, 2019.


Mahila Sashaktikaran Scheme- 23/11/2019

Ministry of Women & Child Development has released funds (central share) for three aspirational districts in Andhra Pradesh namely Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam and YSR Kadapa for undertaking block level activities in 8 blocks per aspirational district.


Zero Budget Natural Farming- 23/11/2019

The ICAR-Indian Institute of Farming Systems Research initiated a study on Evaluation of Zero Budget Natural Farming practices in Basmati/ coarse rice-wheat system from Rabi 2017 at 4 locations namely Modipuram, Pantnagar, Ludhiana, Kurukshetra .


Various Initiatives undertaken by Government for mitigation of Air Pollution- 23/11/2019

Government is taking all efforts for the mitigation of air pollution in the country. Central Government has taken a number of regulatory measures for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution in the country.


After J&K bifurcation, govt to merge UTs Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli- 23/11/2019

Two Union Territories -- Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli -- will be merged into one and a bill in this effect will be tabled in Parliament next week, Union Minister Arjun Meghwal said in the Lok Sabha on Friday.


Water Vapor Confirmed on Jupiter’s Moon Europa by NASA Scientists- 21/11/2019

What makes this moon so alluring is the possibility that it may possess all of the ingredients necessary for life. Scientists have evidence that one of these ingredients, liquid water, is present under the icy surface and may sometimes erupt into space in huge geysers.


Singapore to get access to use India’s Chandipur missile test range- 21/11/2019

“The Ministers commended the progress in defence technology collaboration. They witnessed the exchange of a Letter of Intent to register both sides’ commitment to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate the use of Chandipur Integrated Test Range by the Singapore defence establishment,” the Defence Ministry said in a statement.


Nuclear capable Prithvi-2 missile successfully testfired at night- 21/11/2019

"Two Prithvi-2 missiles were test fired consecutively and both tests met all parameters," the official said from the Interim Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur.


Cabinet approves amendments and modifications in the Toll-Operate-Transfer model and securitization of user fee receipts of NH- 21/11/2019

Around 75 operational NH projects have been identified for potential monetization using the TOT Model, and bundled into 10 separate bids to attract economics of scale for the private sector.


Cabinet gives nod to corporate tax rate cut implemented through Ordinance- 21/11/2019

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Ordinance 2019, which lowered the corporate tax rate for domestic and new manufacturing companies through an Ordinance on 20 September, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.


IEA projects rapid increase in installed solar capacity by 2040- 19/11/2019

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has projected a rapid increase in installed capacity of solar power by 2040, from 495 GW now to 3,142 GW, in its latest World Energy Outlook (WEO).


Steep climb in global nitrous oxide levels: Study- 19/11/2019

N2O is the third-most important greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). It has the highest global warming potential among the three — 300 times than CO2.


Saturn Moon Titan Shaped by Same Forces as Earth: Researchers- 19/11/2019

The largest of Saturn's many moons has lakes, mountains and dunes, with its surface scarred and crafted by many of the same forces which have shaped Earth, scientists said Monday.


India ranks 59 on IMD World Talent Ranking Report; Switzerland first- 19/11/2019

India has slipped 6 places to 59 rank on a global annual list of 63 countries, due to low quality of life and expenditure on education, according to the latest edition of IMD World Talent Ranking, which was topped by Switzerland.


ISRO to launch Cartosat-3, 13 commercial nano satellites on Nov 25- 19/11/2019

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) would launch its earth imaging and mapping satellite Cartosat-3 along with 13 commercial nano satellites from the US, on November 25, the space agency said.


India leads mobile ad fraud in Asia, blockchain can help fix issues: Report- 18/11/2019

India is leading mobile ad fraud in Asia with a rate of 62 per cent as marketers are spending nearly 20 per cent of their advertising budget on ad fraud, a new report said on Monday.


Climate change: Investors wants world energy body to support Paris accord- 18/11/2019

Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA), faced renewed pressure on Monday to overhaul the organisation's influential projections for fossil fuel demand from investors and scientists concerned about climate change.


Arctic Ocean may be ice-free for part of year by 2044, finds study- 18/11/2019

Human-caused climate change is on track to make the Arctic Ocean functionally ice-free for part of each year starting sometime between 2044 and 2067, according to a study.


Darjeeling green, white teas get GI backing- 18/11/2019

Darjeeling green and white teas, whose price varies from Rs 3,000 -Rs 10,000 per kg, have received Geographical Indication (GI) tag for the domestic market, which will put to rest any doubt about their authenticity and quality.


ADB, India Sign $91 Million Loan for Comprehensive Water Management in Karnataka- 18/11/2019

The signatories to the second project loan for the Karnataka Integrated and Sustainable Water Resources Management Investment Program (IWRM) were Mr. Sameer Kumar Khare, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance who signed for the Government of India and Mr. Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission, who signed for ADB.


NITI Aayog releases Report on Building a 21st Century Health System for India- 18/11/2019

Over the last few years, India has embarked on a journey towards providing improved access to high-quality, affordable healthcare for the most unreached and vulnerable population of the country.


Government Unveils Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh To Help Fight Malnutrition, Here’s All You Need To Know- 18/11/2019

Union Government today launched announced Bharatiya Poshan Krishi Kosh which would be a repository of diverse crops across 128 agro-climatic zones for better nutritional outcomes.


EU offers technical assistance to Pakistan to implement FATF action plan- 17/11/2019

A joint press release issued at the conclusion of the 10th session of the European Union-Pakistan Joint Commission in Brussels on Friday said that the two sides emphasised the importance of the implementation of FATF action plan by Pakistan, the Dawn reported.


After success in Article 370 and Ayodhya, Govt set to push 'Citizenship (Amendment) Bill'- 17/11/2019

Besides the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the government also plans to convert two crucial ordinances into law during the session.


DRDO successfully conducts Agni II missile’s night trial for first time- 17/11/2019

India on Saturday successfully conducted the first night trial of nuclear capable intermediate range ballistic missile Agni-II from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.


NITI Aayog, CII draft plan to improve air quality- 17/11/2019

Incentives to use cleaner construction material, less polluting fuel for power generation and tighter norms for use of diesel in power generation are among steps required to improve air quality in the national capital region, a high level report said.


Tap water quality best in Mumbai, most unsafe in Delhi, finds Bureau of Indian Standards- 17/11/2019

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday said that tap water in Delhi and several other cities did not comply with the requirements according to a study conducted by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).


Not just Delhi. India has two other cities in world's top 10 polluted city list- 16/11/2019

As the air quality in the national capital entered the 'emergency' category again on Friday, Delhi tops the chart of most polluted city in the world, according to the weather forecasting agency Skymet.


Govt notifies rules under insolvency law for resolution of fin service providers- 16/11/2019

The corporate affairs ministry has notified the Insolvency and Bankruptcy (Insolvency and Liquidation Proceedings of Financial Service Providers and Application to Adjudicating Authority) Rules, 2019 (Rules).


NITI Aayog to soon release a report on health system for new India- 16/11/2019

NITI Aayog will on Monday release a report which integrates viewpoints on the efforts required for strengthening the existing fractured health system to meet the challenges that lie ahead.


Centre drops plan to bring in changes to Forest Act of 1927- 16/11/2019

The Union Environment Ministry on Friday withdrew a draft amendment that proposed updates to the Indian Forest Act, 1927. Activist groups and some State governments had protested this proposed law after it was mooted in March.


Explained: What bringing the Chief Justice of India’s office under RTI means- 15/11/2019

While the office of the CJI is now under the RTI’s ambit, the CBI is exempt. When the UPA government brought the RTI law on October 12, 2005, the CBI was under it.


India pledges to contribute $13.5 mn for UN development activities for 2020- 15/11/2019

Counsellor at India’s Permanent Mission to the UN Anjani Kumar announced India’s pledges at the UN General Assembly Pledging Conference for Development Activities.


Amended Finance Act: Supreme Court strikes down rules on tribunal postings- 15/11/2019

A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down in entirety Rules framed by the government under the Finance Act of 2017 to alter the appointments to 19 key judicial tribunals, including the Central Administrative Tribunal.


China completes crucial landing test for 1st Mars mission in 2020- 15/11/2019

China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year.


Climate change to hurt health of children born in India for life: Lancet- 15/11/2019

At current emission rates, a child born today will face lifelong health impacts of climate change, according to a new report. By the time he or she turns 71, the world will be 4 degrees-Celsius (deg-C) warmer than the pre-industrial levels of the mid-1700s.


SpaceX launches 60 mini satellites for cheaper global Internet- 12/11/2019

Elon Musk-run SpaceX has launched 60 "Starlink" satellites into low-Earth orbit from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida that will bring cheaper Internet access to the world.


Sharp fall in farm suicides in 2016 claims latest NCRB data- 12/11/2019

The Narendra Modi government finally released the farm sector suicide data for 2016 after three years on November 8, 2019. According to it farmers' suicide numbers has declined sharply from previous years though the number of agricultural labourers taking their lives have jumped 11 percent.


Will CJI come under RTI ambit? SC to pronounce its verdict on Nov 13- 12/11/2019

The Supreme Court will, on Wednesday, pronounce the verdict on whether or not the office of Chief Justice of India comes under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act.


Can court ask a secular State to construct a temple?- 12/11/2019

Can a secular State be ordered to facilitate the construction of a temple, which is an essential part of the Hindu belief? Does this not amount to a secular State fostering a particular religion?


72% Indians believe country headed in right direction: Survey- 12/11/2019

At least 72% urban Indians believe that India is headed in the right direction compared to 61% global citizens who feel their country is on the wrong track, says a survey by market research firm Ipsos.


Study moots lowering the age of consent- 11/11/2019

The report titled “Why Girls Run Away To Marry — Adolescent Realities and Socio-Legal Responses in India” is based on a qualitative study of 15 girls aged 15-20 years from Jaipur, Delhi and Mumbai who had been in a consensual romantic relationship, some of which resulted in self-arranged marriages.


Centre gets responses to draft Social Security code- 11/11/2019

A draft of the social security code, one of the four codes that are part of the Centre’s labour reforms agenda, was published on September 17 for public comments and suggestions till October 25.


Centre gives nod for four medical device parks- 11/11/2019

The government has approved setting up four medical device parks with a view to support Make in India initiative and provide world-class treatment at affordable prices.


IAF to sign contract this fiscal to procure 83 LCAs- 11/11/2019

The IAF is looking at speeding up the development and production of the LCA by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).“We are taking delivery of the last four aircraft in the Initial Operational Configuration (IOC).


Odisha hit by over nine lakh lightning strikes this year- 11/11/2019

This is among the findings of an analysis of lightning strikes in India — the most widespread killer among natural calamities — from January to August by the private weather agency Skymet.


Dassault Rafale: What Makes This Fighter Jet So Special For the Indian Air Force?- 11/11/2019

India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.


India retains third spot in global unicorn list- 09/11/2019

India also witnessed the addition of 7 unicorns in 2019 till August, taking the total tally up to 24, which is the third highest number of unicorns in a single country in the world. Here are the key highlights of the report.


RBI announces slew of measures to push digital payments in India- 09/11/2019

The banking regulator mandated banks not to charge savings bank account customers for online transactions via NEFT from January 2020


Women account for 7% of entire police force in India: Report- 09/11/2019

report compiled by a group of sectoral experts, ranging from human rights groups to legal policy groups, show that women account for seven per cent of India's 2.4 million police personnel.


Amazon rainforest drying out due to human activity, shows NASA study- 09/11/2019

NASA scientists at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, looked at ground and satellite data to track moisture in Amazon rainforest’s atmosphere for this study.


Ayodhya verdict: Temple at disputed site, alternative land for mosque, says Supreme Court- 09/11/2019

In an unanimous and historic verdict, the Supreme Court on Saturday settled the long-festering Ayodhya dispute by allowing Hindus to build a Ram temple on the disputed land while sanctioning Muslims five acres to build a mosque in the temple town.


Controversial Gujarat anti-terror law gets President assent on 4th attempt- 07/11/2019

Pesident Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill, a controversial anti-terror legislation passed by the BJP-ruled state in March 2015.


Khadi gets separate unique HS code, export to get a boost- 07/11/2019

Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that this decision of government will open a new chapter in the field of Khadi export.


Maharashtra tops in justice delivery: Report- 07/11/2019

Among the small states (where population is less than one crore each), Goa has topped the list followed by Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh, it said.


First ever ‘BIMSTEC Ports’ Conclave held at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh- 07/11/2019

The first ever BIMSTEC Conclave of Ports, being held at Vishakhapatnam on 7-8 November, 2019 was inaugurated by Minister of State for Shipping(I/C), Shri Mansukh Mandaviya today.


India Exits Asia's Mega Trade Pact, Decides Not to Join RCEP Agreement- 06/11/2019

“The present form of the RCEP Agreement does not fully reflect the basic spirit and the agreed guiding principles of RCEP,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address at the RCEP summit in Bangkok, according to a tweet by official broadcaster Prasar Bharati.


Govt suggests 9-hour working day, but avoids fixing a minimum wage in draft rule- 06/11/2019

The draft rule also said HRA will be 10% of the minimum wage but will not classify whether it will be based on the category of the cities people live in.


NASA’s Voyager 2 becomes second spacecraft to reach interstellar space- 06/11/2019

More than four decades after beginning its epic journey, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft has crossed the elusive boundary that marks the edge of the Sun’s realm and the start of interstellar space, scientists have announced.


Iranian president announces another break from nuclear deal- 06/11/2019

There was no immediate reaction from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog now monitoring Iran’s compliance with the deal.


China Named Worst Abuser of Internet Freedom in Freedom House Report- 06/11/2019

In Freedom on the Net 2019: The Crisis of Social Media, the Washington-based independent watchdog organization evaluated 65 countries between June 2018 and May 2019, and found that 33 were on an “overall decline” in terms of internet freedom.


India to test-fire 3,500-km range K-4 underwater nuclear missile from Vizag- 06/11/2019

To further strengthen its capabilities of hitting enemy targets from submarines, India is planning to test-fire the 3,500 kilometre strike-range K-4 nuclear missile from an underwater platform off the coast of Andhra Pradesh on Friday.



Shri Gopal Krishna. Secretary (Shipping) today flagged off the sailing-vessel, M Y Maheshwari via a video conference from Deep Bhawan at Taratolla. This vessel will carry 53 TEUs (containers) of petrochemicals, edible oil and beverage.


Finance Minister Launches two new IT Initiatives -ICEDASH & ATITHI for improved monitoring and pace of Customs clearance of imported goods and facilitating arriving international passengers- 04/11/2019

Speaking on the occasion at the CBIC’s DG Systems office here in New Delhi , Finance Minister lauded the measures taken by CBIC to leverage technology for providing better taxpayer services.


8th Indo-German Energy Forum takes place, 8 MoUs inked- 04/11/2019

The forum concluded on Friday and was co-chaired by Sanjiv Nandan Sahai, Secretary (Power) from the Indian side and Christian Hirte, Secretary of State, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany, according to an official statement.


Women help desks, more anti-human trafficking units to be set up using Nirbhaya fund- 04/11/2019

The Nirbhaya Fund was announced by the Centre in 2013 after the sensational December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder case in the national capital. Its aim was to support initiatives of the government and the NGOs working towards the safety of women.


ISRO’s NavIC set to be commercialised by Antrix- 04/11/2019

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and its older commercial arm Antrix Corporation Ltd. are poised to commercialise India’s regional navigation satellite system, NavIC, with Antrix recently floating two separate tenders to identify industries that can develop dedicated NavIC-based hardware and systems.


Indian Army to have first Dhanush regiment by March 2020- 04/11/2019

“The first regiment of 18 guns will be in place by March 2020. We will get another 36 guns by March 2021 and another 40 by March 2022. The entire order for 114 guns will be completed by 2022,” an Army source said.


New UTs J&K, Ladakh to get first-ever ‘Bamboo Parks’- 02/11/2019

Disclosing this while briefing the media after an exhaustive meeting with senior officials of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh said, the birth of two new Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh will also herald the beginning of a bamboo revolution in the region.


India, US commit to increasing cooperation for money-laundering cases- 02/11/2019

India and the US on Friday committed to enhance cooperation in tackling money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism.


Signed carbon copy is a permissible evidence: Supreme Court- 02/11/2019

A Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose clarified the law while setting aside a Punjab and Haryana High Court decision of January 15 that a carbon copy signed by the parties in a dispute cannot be treated as primary evidence under Section 62 of the Indian Evidence Act.


Why are Air Independent Propulsion submarines significant for India?- 02/11/2019

Submarines are essentially of two types: conventional and nuclear. Conventional submarines use a diesel-electric engine, and must surface daily for oxygen for fuel combustion.


Delhi AQI drops to 'emergency' category as pollution level spikes overnight- 01/11/2019

The blanket of haze over Delhi thickened on Friday morning with the national capital's pollution levels increasing overnight by around 50 points, taking the overall air quality index to 459.


India, Germany ink 20 agreements in AI, green urban mobility & agriculture- 01/11/2019

While strengthening Cooperation in the Field of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation formed a major part of the joint statement, there was also a large section on combating terrorism.


UNESCO has designated Mumbai as a member of UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the field of FILM and Hyderabad in the field of GASTRONOMY- 01/11/2019

UCCN,created in 2004, is a network of cities which are thriving, active centres of cultural activities in their respective countries. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network now counts a total of 246 cities.


Sex ratio improves in country; birth and death rates dip- 01/11/2019

The NHP covers demographic, socio-economic, health status and health finance indicators, human resources in the health sector and health infrastructure.


Chandrayaan-2 finds easily detectable ‘Argon-40’ isotope- 01/11/2019

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Thursday said that the Chandra’s Atmospheric Composition Explorer-2 (CHACE-2) payload on Chandrayaan-2 has detected Argon-40 (40Ar) from the lunar exosphere.


Algae blooms to make glaciers melt faster than thought: Scientists- 31/10/2019

Glaciers will melt faster than current models on climate change account for as algae blooms colonise them and reduce their ability to reflect the sun's heat, scientists studying glaciers said.


National Health Profile 2019: India's life expectancy rises; diabetes, hypertension rate high- 31/10/2019

Life expectancy in India has increased from 49.7 years in 1970-75 to 68.7 years in 2012-16, as per the National Health Profile 2019 released on Wednesday.


Pollution level in northern plains cutting lives short by 7 years: Report- 31/10/2019

Pollution levels in the Indo-Gangetic Plain region of the country rose by nearly 72% in last 18 years, reducing the life expectancy of people by seven years, says a new research.


WTO panel rules India export subsidies illegal, upholds US case- 31/10/2019

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against India in a crucial trade dispute with the US, ordering all export promotion schemes to be stopped within the next four months. The WTO also said the SEZ Scheme should be closed within the next six months.


MNRE Hosts 2nd Assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA) on 31 October in New Delhi- 31/10/2019

Delegations from 78 countries are participating in this Assembly, this includes 29 Ministerial delegations of which 25 are from ISA member countries, 2 from signatory countries and further 2 from prospective member countries.


Why peatlands matter, Why are those peatland fires happening?- 29/10/2019

Peatland health is under threat from drainage for agriculture, commercial forestry, peat extraction, infrastructure development and, of course, the effects of global heating.


President Kovind signs order appointing Justice Bobde as next CJI- 29/10/2019

Justice S.A Bobde is set to be sworn in as the next Chief Justice of India, after President Ram Nath Kovind signed his appointment order on Tuesday, according to news reports.


India, Saudi Arabia to sign Strategic Partnership Council pact- 29/10/2019

Prime Minister said, Neighbourhood First continues to be the guiding vision for my government's foreign policy. India's relations with Saudi Arabia are one of the most important bilateral relationships in our extended neighbourhood.


Kyarr intensifies, becomes the first Super Cyclone in Arabian Sea in 12 years- 29/10/2019

Cyclone 'Kyarr' intensifies to become the first Super Cyclonic storm in Arabian Sea in last 12 years after Cyclone Gonu ravaged the Oman coast in 2007.


First National Protocol to Enumerate Snow Leopard Population in India Launched- 23/10/2019

Snow Leopard enumeration of the Nation, which is the first of its kind, has been developed by scientific experts in association with the Snow Leopard States/UTs namely, Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunanchal Pradesh.


IAF test-fires BrahMos surface-to -surface missiles successfully- 23/10/2019

The Indian Air Force has carried out successful firing of BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles from a mobile platform at Trak Island in Andaman Nicobar islands, officials said on Tuesday.


India's rank jumps 14 places in World Bank's ease of doing business ranking- 23/10/2019

India climbed 14 rungs in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2020 survey to stand at 63, among 190 countries, making it the one of world’s top 10 most improved countries for the third consecutive time.


Twenty countries, including India, to dominate global growth in 2024- 20/10/2019

The US, while still expected to contribute a sizable portion to world growth, is projected to fall to third place, after India.


Centre clarifies on definition of land as forest- 20/10/2019

The States need not take the Centre’s approval to define what constitutes unclassified land as forest, the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of the environment ministry, comprising independent experts and officials in the Centre’s forestry division, has clarified


Venezuela wins seat on UN human rights council despite opposition- 20/10/2019

Venezuela was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday with 105 votes and a round of applause, despite fierce lobbying by the United States and rights groups, and the late entry of Costa Rica as competition.


37.7% of processed milk samples fail to meet quality norm: FSSAI study- 18/10/2019

Processed milk, including of major brands, have failed to meet the prescribed quality norm in 37.7 per cent of the total samples tested, according to a Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) study.


Chipping away RTI- 18/10/2019

The new rules downgrading the office of the chief and other information commissioners at the Centre and in the states, flowing from the July 2019 amendments to the 2005 Right to Information Act, send out disturbing signals about the fate of one of the most progressive, democracy-enhancing pieces of legislation to be enacted in free India.


NITI Aayog launches India Innovation Index 2019- 18/10/2019

NITI Aayog with Institute for Competitiveness as the knowledge partner released the India Innovation Index (III) 2019. Karnataka is the most innovative major state in India.


Malnutrition main risk for disease in Indian children- 17/10/2019

Deficiency in vitamins and other essential nutrients arising from unhealthy diets is the main risk factor for several diseases among Indian children, a Unicef report said. The report also pointed to the prevalence of anaemia, insufficient protein intake and changing dietary preferences in the country.


Pakistan to remain on FATF 'Grey List' till February 2020- 17/10/2019

In a major development, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on Tuesday decided "in principle" that Pakistan will remain on its grey list till February 2020 and directed the country to take "extra measures" for the "complete elimination" of terror financing and money laundering.


Young women from Tribal Areas to receive Digital Skills Training- 17/10/2019

Shri Arjun Munda, Union Minister of Tribal Affair announced the second phase of GOAL (Going Online as Leaders), a Facebook program aimed at inspiring, guiding and encouraging tribal girls from across India to become village-level digital young leaders for their communities.


India slips to 102nd rank in Global Hunger Report 2019; behind Nepal, Pak, Bangladesh- 17/10/2019

Seventeen countries, including Belarus, Ukraine, Turkey, Cuba and Kuwait, shared the top rank with GHI scores of less than five, the website of the Global Hunger Index that tracks hunger and malnutrition said on Wednesday.


Indian Railways to become 'net zero' carbon emitter by 2030- 15/10/2019

As part of India’s strategy to combat climate change, Indian Railways will become "net zero" carbon emitter by 2030, said railways and commerce minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday.


India warns of inherent dangers in nuclear brinkmanship pursued by nations- 15/10/2019

India has warned of the inherent dangers in nuclear brinkmanship pursued by countries as a cover for cross-border terrorism, days after Pakistan Prime Minister drummed up hysteria over a possible nuclear war in South Asia after New Delhi revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.


Air India becomes world's first airline to use Taxibot on A320 aircraft with passengers onboard- 15/10/2019

Air India on Tuesday became the first airline in the world to use a Taxibot on a A320 aircraft with passengers onboard.Taxibot is a robot-used aircraft tractor for taxiing an aircraft from parking bay to runway and vice versa.


India has it right : Nations either aim for the Moon or get left behind in the Space Race- 14/10/2019

As with all previous Moon missions, national prestige is a big part of India’s Moon shot. But there are some colder calculations behind it as well.


India's growth rate to fall to 6%, will recover to 7.2% in 2022: World Bank- 14/10/2019

After a broad-based deceleration in the initial quarters of this fiscal year, India's growth rate is projected to fall to 6 per cent, the World Bank said on Sunday.


Nutrition survey: Children show early signs of diabetes, high cholesterol- 14/10/2019

Even as Indian children continue to grapple with undernutrition, the first ever national nutrition survey of children and adolescents shows a growing risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, hypertension and chronic kidney disease, with many showing early signs of these diseases.


What are exoplanets, and what is ‘dark’ matter?- 13/10/2019

The word planet is a general term that describes any celestial body that moves around a star. Well, there are also “rogue” planets that do not orbit stars. An exoplanet is a planet outside our solar system. It is an extrasolar planet.


Is the global economy sliding into 1st recession since 2009- 13/10/2019

The global economy is wobbling and whether it topples over is the big question in financial markets, executive suites and the corridors of power.


Bangladesh, Nepal ahead of India as growth in South Asia slows down: World Bank report- 13/10/2019

Bangladesh and Nepal are estimated to grow faster than India in 2019, according to the World Bank, which said that overall growth in South Asia is projected to slow down this fiscal in line with a global downward trend.


Solar, wind farms soon along India-Pak border- 11/10/2019

To address the issue of land availability for clean energy projects, India will set up solar and wind projects on fallow land along its international border with Pakistan, according to a top government official.


Estimates of blindness reduced by 47% in 12 years: Govt survey- 11/10/2019

The estimated prevalence of blindness in India has reduced by approximately 47% in last 12 years, while untreated cataract continue to be leading cause of blindness, a government survey has revealed.


Why strong monsoon rains are not necessarily good news for Indian farmers- 11/10/2019

India, one of the world's biggest agricultural producers, experienced its heaviest monsoon rains in 25 years this year.


Botswana rhinos risk wipeout as poaching rises- 10/10/2019

The thousands of rhinos that once roamed Africa and Asia have been culled by poaching and habitat loss. Very few are found outside national parks and reserves, where they remain threatened.


WHO to provide technical support for Ayushman Bharat- 10/10/2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) will now provide technical support to India for government’s ambitious scheme Ayushman Bharat-Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY).


India slips 10 places on global competitiveness index; Singapore on top- 10/10/2019

India has moved down 10 places to rank 68th on an annual global competitiveness index, largely due to improvements witnessed by several other economies, while Singapore has replaced the US as the world's most competitive economy.


Govt set to make BIS standard must for tap water in select cities- 04/10/2019

The Centre will soon start consultation process to make mandatory compliance of the BIS quality standard for tap water to begin with in the national capital, state capitals and 100 smart cities, Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Thursday.


53% of top Indian firms have male to female employee ratio of 10:1: Study- 04/10/2019

Around 53 per cent of top Indian companies have a male to female employee ratio of 10:1 or worse and 70 per cent of the top firms have less than one per cent of employees with disability, a study by a think-tank claimed on Thursday.


RBI Monetary Policy: Repo rate cut, GDP forecast lowered- 04/10/2019

Taking cognisance of the worsening slowdown, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday cut its economic growth forecast for 2019-20 to 6.1 per cent, a huge downward revision of 80 basis points (bps) from the projection it made in the August policy meeting.


IPCC special report on the ocean and cryosphere in a changing climate- 02/10/2019

SROCC provides the best available scientific knowledge to empower governments and communities to take action, embedding that scientific knowledge on unavoidable change and plausible futures into their own context, to limit the scale of risks and climate impacts.


Government plans to put companies using plastic on the radar- 02/10/2019

The government may soon roll out stringent norms and impose heavy fines on corporates, including hospitality industry, mobile manufacturers and packaging industry, for failing to stop use of plastic.


SC amends its 2018 verdict on SC/ST Act on Centre's plea- 01/10/2019

The Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed its own verdict which introduced measures like prior inquiry before the arrest of an accused under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act), 1989.


Single-Use Plastic Ban on October 2 - Highlights- 01/10/2019

But how did this entire ban come about? And what exactly is going to be banned after October 2? Although there is no official word from the Central government about the latter yet, we try to piece together information based on recent announcements and developments.


INS Khanderi: India’s second Scorpene-class attack submarine, features, other details- 30/09/2019

Indian Navy got its second Scorpene-class attack submarine INS Khanderi, after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, dedicated it to the nation on Saturday. India’s first Scorpene-class attack submarine is named INS Kalvari in December 2017.


What's behind the curious fall in renewable energy generation- 30/09/2019

Renewable energy generation fell 20% in August despite a notable expansion in capacity. This was the biggest monthly fall in at least three years, according to data collated by SBICAP Securities Ltd.


Kerala tops Niti Aayog’s School Education Quality Index; U.P. is worst performer- 30/09/2019

There are huge differences in the quality of school education across the country, according to a Niti Aayog ranking released on Monday.


What can be done to address the demand drought in our economy?- 30/09/2019

A worryingly persistent slowdown dragged economic growth in India down to 5% in the fiscal first quarter, its weakest pace in more than six years.


4 NCR states asked to monitor their pollution hot spots, take steps to curb malady- 28/09/2019

The Central Pollution Control Board task force also asked Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan to submit it and the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority the weekly reports on implementation of anti-pollution measures.


SC sets up 5-judge Constitution Bench to hear pleas challenging Centre's move on Article 370- 28/09/2019

A Presidential Order on August 5 read down Article 370, through which special rights and privileges were given to the people of Jammu and Kashmir since 1954 in accordance with the Instrument of Accession.


Navy set to induct submarine INS Khanderi- 28/09/2019

The Indian Navy on Saturday will induct its indigenously built Kalvari class diesel-electric submarine.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will commission the submarine which will be known as INS Khanderi.


India rises 4 places to 44th rank in world digital competitiveness rankings- 27/09/2019

India has advanced four places to 44th position in terms of digital competitiveness in the world as the country has made improvement in terms of knowledge and future readiness to adopt and explore digital technologies, according to a global report.


Highlights of UN Climate Action Summit 2019- 27/09/2019

The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere and are having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow.


Notified cases increase by 16%: Tuberculosis India Report 2019- 27/09/2019

The estimated TB incidence in India stands at 27 lakh. Dr. Vardhan, however, noted there were still 5.5 lakh patients who were “lost” in the country. “There are still 5.5 lakh TB patients in our country whom we are not being able to find.


Centre proposes new draft Code on Social Security- 20/09/2019

The Centre has proposed a new draft Code on Social Security that amalgamates eight laws — covering Employees’ Provident Fund, maternity benefits and compensation among others— that makes way for establishing funds for PF and pension as well as covering workers of the gig economy in social security schemes.


Govt. cuts corporate tax to spur investment, jobs- 20/09/2019

In its boldest gambit yet to stir up the economy, the government on Friday issued an ordinance to reduce the corporate tax rate for domestic firms and new manufacturing units by 10 to 12 percentage points, effectively bringing India’s tax rates on par with its competing Asian peers.


India among hotspots of antibiotic resistance in animals: Study- 20/09/2019

Antibiotic resistance in animals has increased by 50 per cent since 2000, according to the study, published in the journal Science on Thursday.


ISRO, DRDO sign MoUs for Gaganyaan mission- 18/09/2019

Some of the critical technologies to be provided by the DRDO to ISRO include space food, space crew health monitoring and emergency survival kit, radiation measurement and protection,.


Indigenously designed air-to-air missile Astra successfully test-fired- 18/09/2019

Indigenously designed air-to-air missile Astra was successfully test-fired from the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha on September 17.


At 17.5 Million, Overseas Indians Are Largest Community In The World: UN- 18/09/2019

India was the leading country of origin of international migrants in 2019 with a 17.5 million strong overseas Indian community, according to new estimates released by the United Nations, which said the number of migrants globally reached an estimated 272 million.


Government has failed to bring in Uniform Civil Code, says Supreme Court- 14/09/2019

The Supreme Court said the nation has still not endeavoured to secure for its citizens a Uniform Civil Code. The government has till date taken no action, a Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose observed in a judgment delivered on Friday.


New policy coming for Scientific Social Responsibility- 14/09/2019

The policy aims to harness latent potential of the scientific community for strengthening linkages between science and society, and for making S&T ecosystem vibrant.


Pak's gray listing expected to move to Black List by FATF in October- 14/09/2019

FATF had placed Pakistan on its Gray List in June 2018, giving it a 15-month action plan to complete implementation of a 27-point action plan, failing which the country could be placed in the Black List.


India fails to feature in the top 300 World University Rankings 2020 list- 12/09/2019

India’s best represented university — Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore — fell from the 251-300 cohort last year to the 301-350 bracket this time due to significant fall in its citation impact.


In a 1st, water found on potentially habitable planet outside solar system- 12/09/2019

Astronomers have for the first time discovered water in the atmosphere of an exoplanet with Earth-like temperatures that could support life as we know it.


India successfully test fires Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile system- 12/09/2019

The missile was fired from a tripod and target was simulated to be a functional tank. The missile succeeded in hitting the target in the top attack mode and completely decimated the target.


Conducive macroeconomic environment key to boosting digital payments: RBI report- 12/09/2019

Robust economic growth, higher level of education, greater internet penetration, low inflation and increase in credit to the private sector as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are the key factors that help drive digital payments, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said in a report.


Fileless attacks increased by 265%, attack on routers up by 64%: Report- 09/09/2019

Cybercriminals are betting big time on fileless attacks due to their elusive nature. In fact, the use of fileless attacks went up by 265% in the first half of 2019, over the last year, according to Trend Micro’s mid-year cybersecurity report.


What is ration card portability?How will the ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ scheme be carried out? What are the challenges?- 09/09/2019

India runs the world’s largest food security programme, distributing more than 600 lakh tonnes of subsidised food grain to more than 81 crore beneficiaries every year. This is done through a vast network of more than five lakh ration or fair price shops.


India Post Payments Bank announces the rollout of Aadhaar Enabled Payment Services- 09/09/2019

According to the press release, with AEPS services any one with a bank account linked to Aadhaar can carry out basic banking services such as cash withdrawals and balance enquiry irrespective of the bank they hold their account with.


Water conservation: What can India learn from Israel’s expertise?- 07/09/2019

Lately, India has begun to obsess about water. However, the sense of urgency has waned because a 19 percent deficit has eventually turned into a 1 percent surplus as far as rain is concerned. That is because India prefers to react to crises than proactively trying to avert them.


India ranked 34th on world travel, tourism competitiveness index: Report- 07/09/2019

India has moved up six places to rank 34th on world travel and tourism competitiveness index, driven by rich natural and cultural resources and strong price competitiveness, a WEF report said on Wednesday.


All is not lost for Chandrayaan-2 as orbiter to give crucial mission data- 07/09/2019

India may have missed the opportunity to attempt a historic soft landing on the moon, but its Chandrayaan-2 would continue to explore the earth’s only natural satellite with the help of orbiter that remains in orbit around the moon.


RBI asks banks to link retail and MSME loans to external benchmark from 1 Oct- 05/09/2019

In order to improve transmission of interest rates, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday asked banks to link their lending rates on floating rate loans to retail, personal and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) borrowers to an external benchmark from 1 October.


India among top 10 nations in gold reserves - 05/09/2019

According to the World Gold Council, India has gold reserves totalling 618.2 tonnes, which is marginally higher than the Netherlands’ reserves of 612.5 tonnes.


Delhi Slips 6 Places In World's Most Liveable Cities Ranking: Survey - 05/09/2019

New Delhi has dropped by six places to rank 118th on a list of the world's most liveable cities due to increase in cases of petty crime and poor air quality, an annual survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit said today.


PM launches ‘Act Far East’ policy to boost India’s engagement with Russia’s Far East - 05/09/2019

Addressing the plenary session of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum here, prime minister Modi said the friendship between India and Russia was not restricted to governmental interactions in capital cities but is about people and close business relations.


Power Minister launches SARAL - 'State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index' - 22/08/2019

The Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, RK Singh launched the State Rooftop Solar Attractiveness Index-SARAL on 21 August 2019.


Earth to FEDOR: Russia launches humanoid robot into space - 22/08/2019

A Russian humanoid robot was making its way on Thursday to the International Space Station after blasting off on a two-week mission to support the crew and test his skills.


Chandrayaan-2 sends the first set of images of Moon from lunar orbit - 22/08/2019

Day after it entered the lunar orbit, India's second mission to the moon Chandrayaan-2 has captured the first images of the moon.


Direct Tax Code: All you need to know about govt panel's recommendations - 20/08/2019

The high-level government task force on direct taxes, which was appointed to review the existing 58-year-old Income Tax Act, is believed to have proposed several changes that could reduce the taxation burden for several companies and individuals taxpayers.


The 90 degree challenge for Chandrayaan-2 - 20/08/2019

As Chandrayaan-2 prepares for its historic soft landing on the moon on 7 September, one of the biggest challenges for it would be to ensure that its orbit inclination is precisely on the mark, before it attempts touchdown on the moon.


Linking profile with Aadhaar: SC to hear FB's plea for transfer of cases - 20/08/2019

The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a plea of Facebook Inc for transfer of cases related to demands for linking of social media profiles of users with Aadhaar number, pending before the high courts of Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh to the apex court.


20 more cities added to CPCB's 'polluted' list - 19/08/2019

These additions, including eight from Andhra Pradesh and six from West Bengal, have expanded the list of non-attainment cities (NACs) from 102 to 122 where different agencies are expected to take air pollution abatement measures under a dedicated action plan for each of them.


Unclear doctrine: On ‘No First Use’ nuclear policy- 19/08/2019

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has been somewhat careful in speaking of envisioning a change in India’s nuclear deterrence posture.


India largest SO2 emitter in world: Greenpeace- 19/08/2019

India is the world’s largest emitter of anthropogenic sulphur dioxide, which is produced from coal burning, and greatly contributes to air pollution, a study claimed on August 19.


UNEP, UN Human Rights Office sign new agreement, stepping up commitment to protect the human right to a healthy environment- 16/08/2019

The heads of the two UN bodies agreed that although more than 150 countries have recognised the human right to a healthy environment in their constitutions, national laws and jurisprudence, or through regional agreements,.


India gets its first national essential diagnostics list - 16/08/2019

India has got its first National Essential Diagnostics List (NEDL) finalised by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) which aims to bridge the current regulatory system’s gap that do not cover all the medical devices and in-vitro diagnostic device (IVD).


Four New Products get GI Tag - 16/08/2019

GI is an indication used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.


Government to launch Jal Jeevan Mission to bring piped water to households - 15/08/2019

The NDA government has formed a new ministry to address all water issues that looks at the management of water resources and drinking water supply


BRAHMOS The unparalleled weapon system- 15/08/2019

Today, this successful Joint Venture between India and Russia is not just transfer of technology but mutual production and upgradation of technology so as to ensure that the country becomes self-sufficient in supersonic strategic missile capacity.


How a booming Pakistan became bankrupt and a bankrupt India became a booming economy- 15/08/2019

When the British colonial rulers partitioned India before granting independence to the jewel in the crown, the two newly created countries began on a fresh note.


India, China sign four MoUs, agree to organise 100 activities- 13/08/2019

The four agreements were signed following the second meeting of the India-China High-Level Mechanism (HLM) on Cultural and People-to-People Exchanges, chaired by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.


Jammu & Kashmir: First ever Global Investors Summit to be held in October- 13/08/2019

In a sign of changing times, Terror-hit Jammu and Kashmir is all set to host its first-ever global summit. Principal Secretary (Commerce and Industry) of Jammu and Kashmir NK Chaudhary said that a Global Investors Summit will be held between October 12 and 14.


How will Chandrayaan 2 study the moon?- 13/08/2019

The story so far: When Chandrayaan 1, India’s first moon mission was launched on October 22, 2008, from Sriharikota, using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), India became the fourth country to plant its flag on the lunar surface.


Rajasthan becomes 1st State to Release Bio-Fuel Policy- 11/08/2019

Promotion of biofuel will reduce the need of fossil fuel in the interest of environment, and also generate employment opportunities, he said in a function at Science Park here.


Explained: What the new IPCC report says on land and climate change- 11/08/2019

The IPCC, the world body for assessing the state of scientific knowledge related to climate change, its impacts and potential future risks, and possible response options, saw the Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on Climate Change and Land(SRCCL) approved by the world’s governments on Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland.


UN Climate Action Summit 2019- 11/08/2019

The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere and are having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow.


India world’s 13th most water-stressed country: WRI- 09/08/2019

India placed thirteenth among the world's 17 ‘extremely water-stressed’ countries, according to the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas released by the World Resources Institute (WRI).


India's first underwater train to be launched in Kolkata soon- 09/08/2019

In a first, India will soon run underwater metro under the Hooghly river in Kolkata. “The KMRC team, including engineers from abroad, has completed the construction of India’s first underwater tunnel under the Hooghly river,” said Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation (KMRC) Managing Director Satish Kumar.


UN rejects Pakistan’s appeal for intervention on J-K- 09/08/2019

The reference to the Shimla Agreement in this context is rare and significant, according to people familiar with these discussions, as it provides the framework for resolving the dispute bilaterally, which is a rebuff in a way to Pakistan's attempts to seek UN intervention.


India successfully test-fires Israeli SPYDER missile from Pokhran Test Range- 09/08/2019

"The SPYDER missile system is already in the process of deployment along the western borders where it will help in tackling any aircraft, cruise missile, surveillance plane or drone that tries to violate our airspace," senior defence sources had told MAIL TODAY.


National Population Register to include Aadhaar details- 05/08/2019

The Registrar General of India will ask the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to verify biometrics of individuals for inclusion in the recently revived National Population Register (NPR) programme, instead of collecting them afresh.


Explained | President’s Order scraps its predecessor and amends Article 370- 05/08/2019

The President’s notification of the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order of 2019 of August 5 amends Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and scraps its 65-year-old predecessor, The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order of May 14, 1954.


What is Article 371?- 05/08/2019

As the government abrogated Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, Article 371, which has special provisions for other States, mostly from the Northeast, has invited some attention.


India test-fires Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile - 04/08/2019

India on Sunday test-fired a sophisticated all-weather and all-terrain Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) from a test range in Odisha.


Greenland’s ice turning to slush at record pace - 04/08/2019

Greenland, the world’s largest island, is a semi-autonomous Danish territory between the Atlantic and Arctic oceans that has 82% of its surface covered in ice.


How India plans to save its critical resources for future - 04/08/2019

India faces a serious challenge of safeguarding its future as rising population and rapid urbanization takes toll on critical natural resources of the country.


Census 2021 may skip caste count - 03/08/2019

The decennial exercise would involve 31 lakh trained enumerators, with data collected digitally using Android based mobile phones.


India slips to 7th position in global GDP ranking- 03/08/2019

• India is the seventh-largest economy (GDP of $2.72 trillion) with the UK ($2.82 trillion) and France ($2.77 trillion) ahead in the pecking order.


Skill India’s SANKALP Scheme to focus on district level skilling ecosystem through seamless convergence and coordination- 03/08/2019

95.47 crores released as 1st year grant to 9 States under Skill India’s Sankalp scheme. 11.7 crores cumulatively released to 117 Aspirational Districts (10 lakh each district)


Oil and gas sector can bring quick climate win by tackling methane emissions- 28/06/2019

There is an obvious focus on cutting carbon dioxide emissions, the chief culprit for climate change, but there also lies a huge opportunity in reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.


Nuclear-capable missile Prithvi II successfully test-fired- 28/06/2019

The trial of the surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350km, was carried out from a mobile launcher from Launch Complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, near here, at around 8.30pm, sources said.


India wins solar case against US at WTO- 28/06/2019

India on Thursday won a major trade dispute against the US at the World Trade Organization, with a dispute settlement panel pronouncing that subsidies and mandatory local content requirements instituted by eight American states breached global trade rules.


31.4% of Indian children will be stunted by 2022: report- 26/06/2019

Almost one in three Indian children under five years will still be stunted by 2022 going by current trends, according to an analysis of the country’s food and nutrition security released on Tuesday.


UNSC non-permanent seat: India’s candidature receives unanimous endorsement by Asia-Pacific group- 26/06/2019

India has won the unanimous support of all countries in the 55-member Asia-Pacific Group at the United Nations in support of its bid for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year term in 2021-22.


How robots hurt jobs in emerging economies- 26/06/2019

Automation, a growing part of daily life, can make work easier but has also raised concerns about potential disruption and job loss.


Global watchdog FATF gives Pakistan time till October to curb terror financing- 23/06/2019

Pakistan has failed to complete its action plan on terror financing, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said Friday, warning Islamabad to meet its commitment by October or face action, which could possibly lead to the country getting blacklisted.


Greenland Likely To Lose 4.5% Of Its Ice By End Of Century, Says Study- 23/06/2019

Greenland could lose 4.5 per cent of its ice, contributing up to 13 inches of sea level rise, by the end of this century if worldwide greenhouse gas emissions remain on their current trajectory, warns a new study.


India eyes permanent UNSC seat- 23/06/2019

How serious India is to gain UN Permanent Membership would be clear from the fact that the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for renewed efforts by India to gain permanent membership of the UN Security Council.


Uptick for India on sanitation in UN report- 20/06/2019

However, a monitoring report by UN organisations released on Tuesday also shows that there has been absolutely no growth in the population with access to piped water facilities over that period, while large inequalities remain between rural and urban areas.


Himalayan glaciers melting far faster this century: Study- 20/06/2019

Himalayan glaciers have been melting twice as fast since the start of this century, underscoring the threat the climate crisis poses to water supplies for hundreds of millions of people across Asia, according to a study published on Wednesday.


How to improve nutrition outcomes in India- 20/06/2019

To comprehensively tackle India’s persistent nutrition challenge, last March, the government launched an ambitious program.


India to cross China's population by 2027: United Nations- 18/06/2019

India is projected to surpass China as the world's most populous country in the next eight years.As per a United Nations report, released on Monday, India is expected to add nearly 273 million people between 2019 and 2050 and remain the most populated country through the end of the current century.


India to get NASAMS-II from US and more Missile Defence Systems from Israel and Russia- 18/06/2019

India is in the process of acquiring the NASAMS-II from the US along with the Israeli, Russian and home-made systems. Once the deal is signed off, the missile system would cost Rs 6000 crore.


How a deficient monsoon impacts the economy- 18/06/2019

The southwest monsoon has started advancing to more parts of eastern India. The advance is slow and the strong winds that typically accompany the monsoon current are missing.


DRDO conducts maiden test of hypersonic technology demonstrator- 13/06/2019

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Wednesday conducted the maiden test of an indigenously developed Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV) along with several technologies on Wednesday morning


Indian Medical Council Amendment Bill cleared- 13/06/2019

The Cabinet has approved the Indian Medical Council (Amendment Bill), 2019, and the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment Bill), 2019, both of which had lapsed in the 16th Lok Sabha session.


India to be among top 20 countries for FDI inflows this year: UN body- 13/06/2019

Once a small player, India may break into the league of top 20 countries for outbound foreign direct investment (FDI) as early as the end 2019, according to a survey of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) by United Nations Conference on Trade and Investment (UNCTAD).


‘Hoping to find water’: 10 things to know about Chandrayaan- 13/06/2019

ISRO has confirmed that it is hoping to find water on the lunar surface on the back of ‘the thousands of tests’ conducted by the agency.


Bangalore firm makes it to NASA's 2020 Lunar Mission- 11/06/2019

Come July, India will launch its first-ever simulated space warfare, as reported in the media. Stakeholders from the military forces and scientific fraternity will join hands to execute the space warfare programme named IndSpaceEx.


Polar bears inspire novel heat insulating material - 11/06/2019

Scientists have developed an insulator that mimics the structure of individual polar bear hairs and may have many real world applications in the architecture and aerospace sectors.


Clarification regarding the Statistical reforms and the existing GDP series - 11/06/2019

In so far as the statistical reforms are concerned, it is important to note that system reforms are an ongoing process and are necessary for ensuring responsiveness to the changing needs of society


What is the three-language formula?- 09/06/2019

The story so far: A 50-year-old controversy got a new lease of life recently when a paragraph in the Draft New Education Policy 2019 referred to the mandatory teaching of Hindi in States where Hindi is not spoken.


After 3rd repo rate cut, will banks lower lending rates?- 09/06/2019

Despite the repo rate—the interest rate at which RBI lends to banks—dropping from 6.5% to 5.75%, banks haven’t cut their lending and deposit rates. Mint looks at whether RBI will be lucky the third time around.


G20 agrees to wrap up digital tax by 2020- 09/06/2019

Group of 20 finance ministers agreed on Sunday to compile common rules to close loopholes used by global tech giants such as Facebook to reduce their corporate taxes, a final version of the bloc's communique obtained by Reuters showed.


Why is the government merging India’s statistics bodies?- 30/05/2019

The ministry of statistics and programme implementation (Mospi) passed an order on 23 May to merge the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) into the National Statistical Office (NSO). Mint analyses what led to the decision.


Childhood marriage and teenage pregnancy on decline in India: Report- 30/05/2019

In welcome news, India has been gradually improving its performance in preventing child marriage and related health indicators, the Global Childhood Report 2019 released by UK-based NGO Save the Children on Wednesday revealed.


Most competitive economy: India moves up to 43rd place; Singapore reaches top- 30/05/2019

India has moved up one place to rank as the world's 43rd most competitive economy on the back of its robust economic growth, a large labour force and its huge market size, while Singapore has toppled the US to grab the top position, a global study showed Tuesday


US takes India off watchlist for currency practices- 29/05/2019

The US government has removed India from its currency monitoring watchlist. In its semi-annual foreign-exchange report to the Congress, the US Treasury Department did not mention India's name in the watchlist of countries with potentially questionable foreign exchange policies.


SC to examine power of tax authorities to arrest individuals for GST evasion- 29/05/2019

The Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to examine the powers of tax authorities to arrest an individual for GST evasion saying that different high courts have taken divergent views on the issue and it was necessary to clarify the position in law.


Intense heat wave to continue, temperature likely to rise by 2-3°C: IMD- 29/05/2019

Searing heatwave conditions are likely to continue over most parts of north-western India, as maximum temperatures are likely to rise by 2-3°C over the next few days, said the India Meteorological Department (IMD), here on Wednesday.


5 outcomes of RBI’s proposed liquidity norms for non-bank lenders- 27/05/2019

• The proposed rules that mandate non-bank lenders to keep liquidity coverage ratio would shave off some margin


Weak El Nino likely to shadow south-west monsoon till August: WMO- 27/05/2019

• The IMD, too in its April forecast had indicated that weak El Nino conditions could impact the monsoon during the first half


Madhya Pradesh’s Orchha makes it to tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites- 27/05/2019

The architectural heritage of Orchha town in Madhya Pradesh which depict peculiar style of the Bundela dynasty have been included in UNESCO’s tentative list of world heritage sites following a proposal sent by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to the U.N. body.


SpaceX launches first 60 satellites of its internet network- 24/05/2019

SpaceX on Thursday launched a rocket carrying the first 60 satellites of its "Starlink" constellation, which is intended to provide internet from space and could one day number 12,000 satellites.


India on US watch list for currency practices- 24/05/2019

The US has added India to its monitoring list for currency practices and macroeconomic policies, alleging undervaluation in its currency.


India’s sequential missile tests to continuously advance its striking capability- 24/05/2019

Last week, the Indian Navy conducted successfully a live firing test of a medium-range surface-to-air missile (MRSAM) using the cooperative engagement capability (CEC) sensor netting system, which allows the real-time sharing of sensor data on incoming air targets among warships.


4 new judges elevated to SC as collegium rejects Centre's objections on 2 names- 22/05/2019

For the first time in five years the Supreme Court will have the approved full strength of 31 judges as four new judges are likely to be sworn in as justices soon.


Chandrayaan-2 launch to take place between July 9-16: ISRO- 22/05/2019

The Indian Space Research Organisation is all set to embark on its most complex mission ever undertaken as thespace agency is gearing to launch Chandrayaan-2 between July 9 and 16.


RBI not in favour of special credit window for NBFCs- 22/05/2019

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is not in favour of providing special credit window to the NBFC sector to tide over the liquidity crunch as the cash crunch phenomenon is not systemic, said sources.


Post Fani, Odisha proposes disaster immune mobile infra along coastal zones- 20/05/2019

After heavy reverses suffered by Odisha's telecom infrastructure due to extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani, the state government has set the ball rolling to create disaster resilient mobile infrastructure.


India, Singapore Begin SIMBEX 2019 Naval Exercises in South China Sea- 20/05/2019

The Indian Navy and the Republic of Singapore Navy began a major bilateral naval exercise on Sunday in the South China Sea. The exercise, code-named SIMBEX 19, will run through May 22.


Govt plans introducing artificial intelligence system in MCA 21 portal- 20/05/2019

Corporate affairs ministry plans to introduce artificial intelligence system in the MCA 21 portal as it seeks to make compliance process easier as well as ensure routine enforcement activities are done round-the-clock on autopilot basis.


Waste dumping proposal defeated- 17/05/2019

A proposal by India to prevent developed countries from dumping their electronic and plastic waste onto developing countries, was defeated at the recently concluded meeting of the Basel Convention in Geneva.


COMCASA agreement will enable info exchange to fight terror, says U.S. Admiral- 17/05/2019

India and the U.S. are cooperating to prevent all forms of terrorism both from land and sea, U.S. Chief of naval operations Admiral John M. Richardson said on Thursday.


Air pollution behind weakening Asian summer monsoon, shows study- 17/05/2019

Highlighting the hazards of air pollution, a new study has found that Asian summer monsoon rainfall has been decreasing over the past 80 years due to human-caused air pollution causing regional droughts.


Shrinking Moon generating lunar quakes: study- 15/05/2019

The Moon is shrinking as its interior cools — getting over 50 metres skinnier through the last several hundred million years — and causing quakes on the lunar surface, a study has found. Just as a grape wrinkles as it shrinks down to a raisin, the Moon gets wrinkles as it shrinks, researchers said.


India to co-chair Consultative Group (CG) of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)- 15/05/2019

GFDRR is a global partnership that helps developing countries better understand and reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change.


NGT directs 18 states, 2 UTs to submit action plan on utilization of treated waste water- 15/05/2019

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the states and UTs to submit the action plan within three months to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).


Supreme Court upholds Karnataka law for SC/ST reservation in promotions - 13/05/2019

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the Karnataka law granting a quota in promotions for state government employees from the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities.


Chinese navy launches two new guided missile destroyers - 13/05/2019

China, which is developing its navy at a feverish pace, has commissioned two more guided missile destroyers taking the total of such warships to 20 with more in the pipeline, state-media reported on Monday.


Why a US-China trade war will not benefit anyone - 13/05/2019

In 2018, the US imported goods worth $539.5 billion from China. It exported goods worth just $120.3 billion during the same period. Hence, the US’s trade deficit with China was $419.2 billion.


India could be the first country to test Facebook's digital currency: Report - 11/05/2019

The inner workings of Facebook Inc.’s blockchain team are still shrouded in secrecy, but it’s staffing up, according to people familiar with the group. Those people said that its product, which Bloomberg earlier reported will be a type of cryptocurrency, could be announced as soon as next quarter.


El Nino seen lingering through August, easing hurricane threats - 11/05/2019

For North America, El Nino’s greatest impact can be spreading more wind shear across the Atlantic, which rips apart budding tropical storms and hurricanes


91% premature deaths due to air pollution in low and middle-income countries: UNEP - 11/05/2019

Its latest report on measuring progress on environmental aspects of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) shows that the mortality rate attributed to air pollution was highest in ‘Sub-Sahara Africa’ and ‘Central & Southern Asia’ with 187 and 170 deaths per lakh of population, respectively.


1/8th of flora & fauna face extinction due to degradation of biodiversity - 07/05/2019

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history and its impact will see extinction of one million of the eight million estimated number of animal and plant species.


India, China to benefit most from climate policy, reduced emissions: Study - 07/05/2019

Researchers from the University of Vermont in the US and colleagues found that the price tag for cutting global emissions may seem expensive, until the human toll of deaths from air pollution and climate change are factored in.


India, Germany, Brazil, Japan 'absolutely needed' at UNSC as permanent members: France - 07/05/2019

"In terms of policy, France and Germany have strong policy which is to work together to enlarge the Security Council and to succeed in terms of the negotiations that should lead to the enlargement of the Security Council that we consider absolutely needed to better reflect the world as it is.


India, UK in talks to build Naval supercarrier under ‘Make in India’: Report - 05/05/2019

The United Kingdom is in talks with the Indian government on building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier along the lines of Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth as part of the ongoing ‘Make in India’ negotations, according to a media report.


India to launch an 'All Weather Radar Imaging Military Satellite' on May 22 - 05/05/2019

India is set to get another 'eye in the sky' as Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch its latest radar imaging satellite (Risat-2BR1) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on May 22.


India warns WTO about EU’s proposal for e-commerce rules - 05/05/2019

India has expressed apprehensions about the European Union’s (EU’s) proposal on Friday to create new e-commerce rules on grounds that the high standards being proposed could decimate both the goods and services tariff rules under the World Trade Organisation (WTO), impacting its domestic industry and job creation.


G7 environment ministers meet to discuss climate crisis - 05/05/2019

Environment ministers of the G7 nations met in France Sunday, a day ahead of the release of what is expected to be another alarming report on the state of the planet.


Victory for India – JeM chief Masood Azhar designated ‘global terrorist’ by UN - 01/05/2019

“Big, small, all join together. Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist in @UN Sanctions list. Grateful to all for their support,” India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.


Global warming: Half of World Heritage glaciers may disappear by 2100 - 01/05/2019

Glaciers from almost half of natural World Heritage sites -- such as the Khumbu Glacier in the Himalayas -- may disappear completely by 2100, if emissions continue at current rate, a study warns.


Environment Ministry constitutes committee to implement National Clean Air Programme - 01/05/2019

The Union Environment Ministry has constituted a committee to implement the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which aims to reduce particulate matter (PM) pollution by 20%-30% in at least 102 cities by 2024.


Bad debt norms: RBI to seek Election Commission nod - 29/04/2019

After much deliberation, the RBI is expected to approach the Election Commission to put in place a new circular on bad debt resolution, paving the way for smooth implementation of the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code and loan restructuring by banks.


Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor no longer listed under BRI umbrella- 29/04/2019

India’s decision to skip the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) may have led to the exclusion of the Bangladesh- China- India- Myanmar (BCIM) Economic corridor from the list of projects covered by the China-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) umbrella.


India to develop own certification facility for air pollution monitoring equipment- 29/04/2019

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), one of the country’s premier research and development units, is developing India’s own certification facility for air pollution monitoring equipment.


Global warming shrank Indian economy by 31 per cent: Study - 28/04/2019

"Our results show that most of the poorest countries on Earth are considerably poorer than they would have been without global warming," said climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh, from Stanford University in the US.


How is a Supreme Court judge to be probed? - 28/04/2019

The allegations made by a former Supreme Court employee against the Chief Justice of India have brought the focus on the mechanism that exists to examine charges of misconduct against members of the higher judiciary.


China removes BRI map that showed Arunachal & J&K part of India - 28/04/2019

China on Saturday removed map from website of Belt and Road Initiative (BR) Forum which had shown entire Jammu & Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as part of India and India as part of BRI.


USTR places India on 'Priority Watch List' for IP rights violations - 27/04/2019

The US on Thursday placed India on its 'Priority Watch List' alleging lack of "sufficient measurable improvements" to its Intellectual Property (IP) framework on long-standing and new challenges that have negatively affected American right holders over the past year.


RBI extends ombudsman scheme to non-deposit taking NBFCs - 27/04/2019

For expeditious redressal of complaints against deficiency in services concerning loans and other matters, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) today extended the coverage of ombudsman scheme to non-deposit taking non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) having asset size of ₹100 crore or higher.


SC directs RBI to disclose information on bank inspection reports under RTI - 27/04/2019

The Supreme Court on Friday said that the Reserve Bank of India was “duty bound" to disclose its annual inspection reports of banks along with the list of defaulters under the Right to Information (RTI) Act unless they are exempted under law.


Indian, US Navies hold anti submarine warfare exercise - 22/04/2019

Indian and the US Navies have held a joint submarine-hunting exercise in the Indian Ocean, aiming to lay the groundwork for coordinating maritime patrol and reconnaissance, according to the US Navy.


What you must know about Model Code of Conduct ? - 22/04/2019

What is a model code of conduct and when does it kick in? The Code comes into play as soon as the EC announces an Assembly election in a state or the Lok Sabha polls.


US warns India, other nations over Iranian oil - 22/04/2019

The US on Monday is set to ask five nations, including India and China, to completely end their imports of Iranian oil or be subject to US sanctions, a media report said, a decision that comes about a year after America quit the Iran nuclear deal and imposed toughest ever sanctions on the Persian Gulf nation.


INS Kolkata and INS Shakti to arrive in China to participate in IFR - 20/04/2019

The celebrations are being held by the Chinese as part of the 70th Anniversary of the People's Liberation Army's Navy there and major navies are likely to take part in it.


Bhopal Gas Tragedy Among World's 'Major Industrial Accidents' of 20th Century: UN Report - 20/04/2019

The 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy which killed thousands of people is among the world's "major industrial accidents" of the 20th century, a UN report has said, warning that 2.78 million workers die from occupational accidents and work-related diseases each year.


Ganga has higher proportion of antibacterial agents: study - 20/04/2019

A study commissioned by the Union Water Resources Ministry to probe the “unique properties” of the Ganga found that the river water contains a significantly higher proportion of organisms with antibacterial properties.


Universe’s first molecule detected in space - 19/04/2019

Scientists have detected the most ancient type of molecule in our universe in space for the first time ever.


India suspends cross-LoC trade with Pakistan - 19/04/2019

It said a stricter regulatory and enforcement mechanism is being worked and the issue of the reopening the trade routes will be revisited once they are implemented.


Out of 180 countries, India's rank on 2019 World Press Freedom index slips to 140 - 19/04/2019

India has slipped down two spots on the 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). An annual report, the index is an indicator of how hatred of journalists has degenerated into violence in countries across the world.


Does IMD forecast signal monsoon acing El Nino in 2019? - 18/04/2019

IMD has forecast a “near normal” monsoon this year while also indicating that a weak El Nino is likely to persist through the rainy season.


Earth's surface heating up, Nasa study confirms - 18/04/2019

The team used measurements of the 'skin' temperature of the Earth taken by a satellite-based infrared measurement system called AIRS (Atmospheric Infra-Red Sounder) from 2003 to 2017.


Third Planet Discovered In The Kepler-47 Circumbinary System - 18/04/2019

With its three planets orbiting two suns, Kepler-47 is the only known multi-planet circumbinary system. Circumbinary planets are those that orbit two stars.


Cabinet approves Continuation of Phase 4 of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) - 17/04/2019

The GSLV Programme - Phase 4 will enable the launch of 2 tonne class of satellites for Geo-imaging, Navigation, Data Relay Communication and Space Sciences.


What is Nirbhay missile? All you want to know about India’s indigenous 1,000-km nuclear-capable missile - 17/04/2019

The missile took off vertically and subsequently turned horizontal into the desired direction. Its booster got separated, wing was deployed, the engine started and cruised all the intended waypoints. The first test of the Nirbhay missile was conducted in 2013.


How govts can generate good, stable jobs - 17/04/2019

The lack of good jobs is one of the most significant issues affecting societies globally. A combination of technological and economic forces, such as globalization, automation and the gradual decline of public sector jobs, is causing social unrest in developing and developed countries alike.


CMFRI, ISRO sign MoU for mapping smaller wetlands - 13/04/2019

An MoU has been signed between the CMFRI and the Space Applications Centre (SAC) of the ISRO to develop a mobile app and a centralised web portal with a complete database of wetlands that are smaller than 2.25 hectares in the country.


Is India on course to be a NATO ally?- 13/04/2019

The Bill will have to first pass the House and Senate, before the President gives the final go-ahead. However, if enacted, the legislation will ensure that the US State Department treats India as a non-member NATO ally for the purposes of the Arms Export Control Act.


First ever images of black hole: How this landmark achievement came about- 13/04/2019

The release of the first ever images of a black hole on April 10, marked the culmination of an enormous collaborative effort that lasted several years.


Political parties must disclose details of donations received through electoral bonds to EC: Supreme Court- 12/04/2019

The Supreme court on Friday issued an interim order directing all political parties to disclose to the Election Commission details of donations received through electoral bonds till 15 May.


India’s population grew at 1.2 % average annual rate between 2010 and 2019: UN report- 12/04/2019

India’s population grew at an average annual rate of 1.2 per cent between 2010 and 2019 to 1.36 billion, more than double the annual growth rate of China, according to a report by the United Nations Population Fund.


SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket launches on first commercial flight- 12/04/2019

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket successfully lifted off Thursday, marking the towering booster’s second flight and its first commercial launch. This was also the first time that all three of the rocket's reusable boosters returned safely to Earth.


Scientists unveil first image ever made of a black hole- 10/04/2019

Scientists have revealed the first-ever glimpse of a super-massive black hole today, as the Event Horizon Telescope released the first results of its findings, in a ‘ground-breaking’ discovery that proved Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.


U.S. Infrared Satellite Data Could Settle The Debate Over Pakistan-India Dogfight- 10/04/2019

The limited air battle between India and Pakistan that occurred over Kashmir on February 28, 2019, is one of the most hotly contested military events we have seen in a long time.


India's core inflation rate is easing, but RBI may not yet lower its guard- 10/04/2019

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is clearly in an accommodative phase with two consecutive policy rate cuts. What stops the central bank, though, from giving full support to growth impulses through a change in its stance is core inflation.


NIRF 2019 ranking: IIT Madras tops in overall category; 6 DU colleges in top 10 colleges list- 09/04/2019

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) has released the 2019 rankings of higher educational institutions across the country.


UK Government releases new proposals to regulate internet safety in Online Harms White Paper- 09/04/2019

After much speculation and anticipation, DCMS’s Online Harms White Paper has been published today. The Paper proposes fundamental changes to the UK online regulatory environment.


India highest recipient of remittances in 2018- 09/04/2019

“Remittances grew by more than 14% in India, where a flooding disaster in Kerala likely boosted the financial help that migrants sent to families,” the global lender said.


Increase random checking of VVPAT slips to five per Assembly segment, SC directs Election Commission - 08/04/2019

Earlier, under the ECI guideline 16.6, only the VVPAT slips from one EVM in every Assembly segment/constituency was subjected to physical verification.


Melting of Arctic ice impacts weather in India - 08/04/2019

Months ahead of a major global expedition to explore the Arctic, researchers found that rising temperatures in the region is causing the sea-ice to melt faster than expected, impacting a major ocean current linked to extreme weather events.


Why currency in circulation going up is good news - 08/04/2019

The currency in circulation as on 29 March stood at ₹21.40 trillion. It was up by 60.2% from ₹13.35 trillion as of March 2017, the end of the fiscal in which demonetization took place. Mint dwells on what this means for the Indian economy.


Why does India report only half the plastic waste it generates every year? - 01/04/2019

Only 14 of India’s 35 regional pollution boards filed information on plastic waste generation in 2017-18, according to the latest report of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).


India levies anti-dumping duty on solar cell component from four nations - 01/04/2019

India has imposed anti-dumping duty of up to USD 1,559 per tonne on imports of a certain type of sheet used in solar cell making from China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand for five years to safeguard domestic players against cheap shipments.


Isro launches EMISAT and 28 other satellites from US, Spain- 01/04/2019

Days after India tested its first anti-satellite missile, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has fired off a new variant of its old workhorse, PSLV sending 29 satellites into three different orbits in space.


India, US Renew Triangular Development Cooperation In Asia And Africa- 31/03/2019

India and the US Friday renewed a pact that provides a framework for promoting bilateral cooperation to meet the developmental aspirations of partner countries, particularly in Asia and Africa.


Dena Bank, Vijaya Bank to merge with Bank of Baroda: 10 things to know- 31/03/2019

Beating private sector lender ICICI Bank, state-run Bank of Baroda (BoB) will become India's third largest bank after its merger with Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank comes into effect tomorrow.


India to be among top-10 media markets by 2021, says report- 31/03/2019

India is expected to be among the top-10 entertainment and media markets globally by 2021 in terms of absolute numbers, according to a joint study by ASSOCHAM-PwC.


Why was A-SAT a necessity.- 30/03/2019

For example, the Chinese ASAT test in 2007 created a huge debris problem. The US ASAT test in 2008 was done at an altitude of 275 kms and the debris possibly came down in a few weeks.


UN council passes resolution to combat terrorist financing - 30/03/2019

The French-drafted resolution orders all countries to ensure that their domestic laws are sufficient to prosecute and penalize those responsible for directly or indirectly financing "terrorist organizations or individual terrorists for any purpose."


GST Authority clarifies on change/transfer in ownership of sole proprietorship - 30/03/2019

In a circular, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, CBIC said, that the transferee or the successor will be liable to be registered with effect from the date of such transfer or succession, where a business is transferred to another person for any reasons, including death of the proprietor.


Ocean heat hits record high: UN - 29/03/2019

In its latest State of the Climate overview, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reaffirmed that the last four years had been the hottest on record — figures previously announced in provisional drafts of the flagship report.


Successful anti-satellite missile test puts India in elite club - 29/03/2019

In an incremental advance, India on Wednesday successfully conducted an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile test, named Mission Shakti, becoming the fourth country in the world to demonstrate the capability to shoot down satellites in orbit


Cabinet approves MoU between India and Indonesia on combating illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and its precursors - 29/03/2019

The MoU will help in mutual cooperation in regulation of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances and in combating drug trafficking. It will come into force on the date of signing and will remain in effect for a period of five years.


Chandrayaan-2: India's lunar mission to carry NASA's laser instruments to Moon- 25/03/2019

India's lunar mission Chandrayaan-2, scheduled for launch in April, will carry NASA's laser instruments that allow scientists to make precise measurements of the distance to the Moon, according to the US space agency officials.


When is a company considered a startup and what is angel tax?- 25/03/2019

• An entity will continue to be recognised as a startup if its turnover for any of the financial years since incorporation and registration does not exceed ₹100 crore.


India ranks 76th on WEF’s global Energy Transition index; Sweden on top- 25/03/2019

India has moved up two places to rank 76th on a global energy transition index, which has ranked 115 economies on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability.


What is the Belt and Road Initiative, and why is China pushing it hard?- 22/03/2019

Six years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched a mammoth infrastructure project straddling many countries and continents. Of the projects, the most ambitious is the $60+ billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, aimed at linking China’s Xinjiang province with the Arabian Sea.


What are the powers and duties of Lokpal? - 22/03/2019

On March 19, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh was appointed as India’s first Lokpal. The announcement came after a delay of five years as the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, which envisaged appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the States to look into cases of corruption against certain categories of public servants, was passed in 2013.


Why is India developing its maiden deep-sea port in Indonesia - 22/03/2019

India is developing its maiden deep-sea port in Indonesia's Sabang, not far from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, amid China's attempts to have a greater say in the region through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).


RBI likely to change disclosure norms for bonds - 21/03/2019

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is likely to ease disclosure rules on the transfer of various categories of state government bonds held by high-street lenders, a move that could help increase treasury incomes at traditional banks.


India's loses 7 spots in global list of happiest nations, ranks 140th - 21/03/2019

Indians are not as happy in 2019 as they were in 2018 and the country figures at 140th place, seven spots down from last year, on this year's UN World Happiness Report released Wednesday which is topped by Finland for the second year in a row.


India's Next-Gen Anti-Radiation Missile set for trials - 21/03/2019

Scientists with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) are warming up to undertake the pending trials of this stateof-the-art missile without further delay.


Eyeing Southeast Asia, India builds port in Indonesia - 19/03/2019

India is developing its maiden deep-sea port in Indonesia's Sabang close to Andaman and Nicobar Islands making its maiden foray in the southeast Asian amid China’s slew of connectivity plans for ASEAN under BRI.


El Nino gains strength, may impact monsoon - 19/03/2019

El Nino, characterised by a warming of surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, is associated with lower than normal monsoon rainfall in India. The El Nino weather phenomenon is gaining strength, latest global forecasts indicate, potentially affecting the South-west (June to September).


India to provide aid to people affected by cyclone ‘IDAI’ in Mozambique - 18/03/2019

Secretary Economic Relations (ER) TS Tirumurti tweeted, "In response to request from Mozambique hit by tropical cyclone causing loss of lives and damage, India has diverted 3 Indian Naval Ships to port city of Beira to provide immediate Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief of food, clothes and medical help to affected people."


India and Maldives sign three agreements - 18/03/2019

The agreements signed during the trip were on visa facilitation for diplomatic and official passport holders, development cooperation and renewable energy. Under the agreements, Maldivian diplomatic passport holders can stay in India longer via free visa.


Govt has to frame schemes; courts should stay out of governance, says Supreme Court - 18/03/2019

It is the sole prerogative of the government to frame schemes, courts should stay out of governance, the Supreme Court has said in a judgment.


India pilots resolutions on Single-use Plastics and Sustainable Nitrogen management at Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly - 16/03/2019

The global nitrogen use efficiency is low, resulting in pollution by reactive nitrogen which threatens human health, eco system services, contributes to climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion.


India, Myanmar conduct coordinated operation against insurgents posing threat to Kaladan project - 16/03/2019

The armies of India and Myanmar conducted a "coordinated operation" from February 17 to March 2 against insurgents in Myanmarese territory to avert a possible threat to the Kaladan multi-modal transit transport project, official sources said.


Made in India missiles big hit! Countries across the Globe show interest in buying BrahMos, Akash - 15/03/2019

India’s lacklustre effort to sell indigenously developed missiles has helped neighbouring China to boost its export prospects of its weapons system to potential buyers, which New Delhi has been eyeing.


Climate vulnerability assessment of all states, UTs soon - 15/03/2019

After the first-ever vulnerability assessment of 12 Himalayan states to climate risks, the Department of Science and Technology has now decided to carry out a climate vulnerability assessment of all states and union territories (UTs).


Rafale case: Will first decide on Centre's preliminary objections, says SC - 15/03/2019

The Supreme Court made it clear on Thursday that it will decide first on the preliminary objections raised by the Centre and then go into the facts of the Rafale fighter jet deal case.


Ganga water quality has worsened in 3 years: Study - 14/03/2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set an ambitious 2019 deadline to achieve results on nirmalta (cleanliness) of Ganga when he launched the project in May 2015. Union minister Nitin Gadkari last year extended the deadline to March 2020.


India successfully completes trials of guided Pinaka rockets in Pokhran - 14/03/2019

India on Tuesday successfully carried out the third test-fire of the guided Pinaka rocket from Pokhran ranges after two successful runs on Monday, March 11, the Defence Research and Development Organisation said in a statement.


Govt proposes national green aviation policy- 14/03/2019

The civil aviation ministry will create a simplified regulatory regime to speed up clearances for airport development and other aviation projects while taking due care of environment sustainability, according to a white paper.


3-5°C temperature rise is now ‘locked-in’ for the Arctic- 13/03/2019

Even if the world were to cut emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, winter temperatures in the Arctic would rise 3-5°C by 2050 and 5-9°C by 2080, devastating the region and unleashing sea level rises worldwide, finds a new report by UN Environment.


Environment damage behind a quarter of premature deaths, diseases: UN report- 13/03/2019

A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said on Wednesday in a landmark report on the planet’s parlous state.


India, US Agree To Build 6 American Nuclear Power Plants In India- 13/03/2019

The agreement came after two days of talks in Washington. The United States under President Donald Trump has been looking to sell more energy products to India, the world's third-biggest buyer of oil.


How courts decide on matters of religion- 05/03/2019

During colonial times, the British largely followed a policy of non-regulation of “personal law", leaving “communities" free to manage their own internal affairs (something akin to the Ottoman “millet" system).


Air pollution from crop stubble burning costing India $30 billion/year: Study - 05/03/2019

Air pollution due to crop stubble burning in northern India is a leading risk factor of acute respiratory infections and causes an estimated economic loss of $30 billion annually, according to a study unveiled Monday.


France reiterates support for India’s permanent seat in reformed UN Security Council - 05/03/2019

France, which assumed the March Presidency of the United Nations Security Council, has reiterated its support for India as the permanent member of the powerful UN organ, saying the UNSC’s enlargement is the “first crucial part” towards its reform.


Air pollution: Gurugram, Noida among 7 Indian cities in world's 10 most polluted - 05/03/2019

Seven of the top 10 most polluted cities in the world are in India, according to a new study by Swiss-based IQAir AirVisual and non-profit organisation Greenpeace.


India, Russia to ink $3 billion nuclear submarine deal this week - 03/03/2019

The deal for the Akula class submarine — dubbed Chakra III after the first two similar vessels India obtained from Russia — will be the biggest signed with Moscow since the $5.5-billion contract for the S-400 air defence system was finalised last year.


How govt expenditure has pushed up India's GDP growth - 03/03/2019

The second advance estimates of national income show that gross domestic product (GDP) is likely to grow at 6.98% in 2018-19. This is the slowest growth in five years, and even this wouldn’t have been possible without fast growth in government expenditure.


Aadhaar can be used voluntarily as ID proof, President signs ordinance - 03/03/2019

President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to an ordinance that allows voluntary use of Aadhaar as ID proof for obtaining mobile SIM cards and opening bank accounts.


Cabinet approves National Policy on Software Products - 2019 - 01/03/2019

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the National Policy on Software Products - 2019 to develop India as a Software Product Nation.


Cabinet clears amendment of Article 370 clause for SC, ST quota- 01/03/2019

The government on Thursday gave its nod to the promulgation of an ordinance for giving reservation benefits to SCs and STs in Jammu and Kashmir by amending a clause of the contentious Article 370, which gives special status to the state.


India’s GDP data lends support to demand for monetary policy push- 01/03/2019

India’s third-quarter economic growth confirmed the widespread worry that it is losing momentum and needs policy support. Now, should the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut policy rates by a bigger margin than the 25 basis points most expect?


Cabinet approves promulgation of Ordinance to amend SEZ Act- 01/03/2019

Trusts now can approach the government to set up units in special economic zones as the Cabinet on Thursday approved the promulgation of an Ordinance for amendment to the SEZ Act, 2005.


Family planning can boost India's per capita GDP 13% by 2031: Study- 27/02/2019

India’s per capita gross domestic product (GDP) can rise an additional 13% by 2031 if family planning policies are actively prioritised, according to a new study.This can also prevent 2.9 million infant deaths and 1.2 million maternal deaths and save households Rs 77,600 crore (20%) of out-of-pocket health expenditure on childbirth and child hospitalisation, it added.


Brazil to challenge India's sugar subsidies in WTO consultation- 27/02/2019

The Brazilian government on Wednesday asked the World Trade Organization to start a consultation regarding India's sugar industry subsidies, which the South American country says is distorting global trade.


ISRO to launch electronic intelligence defence satellite Emisat for DRDO in March- 27/02/2019

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan on Wednesday said that the Bengaluru-based space agency is set to launch an electronic intelligence satellite Emisat for the DRDO in March.


India's foreign direct investment inflows fall amid pre-election uncertainty- 26/02/2019

The flow of foreign direct investment into India is dropping and may suffer its first full-year decline since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014.


Mirage 2000 used in air strikes due to high success rate against long range targets- 26/02/2019

A fleet of Mirage 2000 deep-penetration fighter jets was chosen for the pre-dawn strike on the biggest terror camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror outfit in Pakistan due to the combat aircraft's capabilities of hitting long-range targets with "pin-point" accuracy and dropping a range of bombs and missiles including laser-guided ones, government sources said.


Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh adjudged top three states in Water Management- 25/02/2019

Addressing the gathering, Shri Gadkari said that India does not have a shortage of water, rather, the management of water is not adequate. He said that a need to institute national level water awards spanning all sectors was strongly felt to encourage people to play their respective roles in conservation of water.


PM-KISAN: PM Modi launches ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana’ from Gorakhpur, UP - 25/02/2019

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi launched the PM-KISAN Scheme on 24th February 2019 at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh (UP) to electronically transfer the First Installment of Rs 2,021 crore directly into the bank accounts of 1,010,6,880 (One Crore One Lakh Six Thousand Eight Hundred Eighty) Eligible Farmers of 24 States and the Union Territories.


Afghanistan Begins Exports to India Through Chabahar Port - 25/02/2019

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani traveled Sunday to the western border city of Zaranj to see off the inaugural convoy of 23 trucks loaded with 570 tons of cargo to the Chabahar port in neighboring Iran.


President promulgates four Ordinances - 23/02/2019

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019; The Companies (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019; The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019; The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Ordinance, 2019.


Indus Waters Treaty 1960 : Present Status of Development in India - 23/02/2019

Under the Indus Waters Treaty signed between India and Pakistan in 1960, all thewaters of three rivers, namely Ravi,Sutlej and Beas ( Eastern Rivers)averaging around 33 million acre feet ( MAF) were allocated to India for exclusive use.


Bank recapitalisation: Govt throwing good money after bad? - 21/02/2019

The government’s latest capital infusion into public sector banks has taken its total aid to over ₹1 trillion for FY19, and nearly ₹2 trillion for the past two fiscal years. When the bank recapitalisation plan was first announced, the government had talked of an infusion of about ₹1.55 trillion over a two-year period.


4TH India-Asean Expo Summit on 21 – 23 February 2019 in New Delhi - 21/02/2019

The Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises of Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Cambodia and Brunei.


India's coal power plants unhealthiest, should be upgraded or shut: Study- 21/02/2019

China and the US may be the largest producers of coal power, but power plants in India take the highest toll in the world when it comes to health, a global study claims.


On its maiden flight, India's SSLV will carry two defence satellites- 20/02/2019

"We are planning to fly two defence satellites, each weighing about 120 kg in our new rocket SSLV this July or August. The rocket design recently underwent a detailed integrated technical review," K. Sivan, ISRO Chairman, told IANS on Wednesday.


France backs India's efforts to list JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist - 20/02/2019

France is leading Western efforts to collar Pakistan-based terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar whose group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack that killed at least 40 Indian security personnel.


Cabinet approves launch Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan - 20/02/2019

The proposed scheme consists of three components:Component-A: 10,000 MW of Decentralized Ground Mounted Grid Connected Renewable Power Plants.


Angel tax relief for startups: Funding cap for exemption raised to Rs 25 cr- 20/02/2019

Bowing to sustained pressure from start-ups and venture capital funds over the so-called angel tax, the government on Tuesday eased tax norms for new businesses in a bid to boost investment and job creation.


India, Saudi Arabia to launch Strategic Partnership Council- 19/02/2019

“India and Saudi Arabia have a strong independent strategic partnership and it will be further strengthened with the launching of the Strategic Partnership Council that will cover critical areas of mutual interest,” said a source.


After Kerala, Punjab and Gujarat to get PMRU- 19/02/2019

After Kerala, it is now the turn of Punjab and Gujarat to have Price Monitoring & Research Unit (PMRU), set up by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) in collaboration with the Department of Health and State Drug Controller.


Union Home Minister to launch various women safety initiatives - 19/02/2019

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will launch various initiatives for women safety here tomorrow. These initiatives will include launch of Emergency Response Support System in 16 states/UTs and Mumbai city, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO) and Safe City Implementation Monitoring Portal.


RBI approves 28,000 crore interim dividend to the governmentl- 18/02/2019

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Monday approved an early transfer of a part of its profit to the government, which is desperate for cash to fund populist pledges ahead of a national election.


Iran to promote Chabahar as curbs will hit main port - Global meet on February 26 to project potential- 18/02/2019

India is sending an official delegation to the event led by the Shipping Ministry, where about 200 guests from 35 countries have been invited, officials said.


Govt eases green clearance norms for captive power plants- 18/02/2019

The Centre has exempted industries like steel, cement and metal from mandatory prior environment clearance for setting up a new or expanding the existing captive power plant employing waste heat recovery boilers (WHRB) without using any auxiliary fuel.


Why the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme will be hard to implement- 17/02/2019

The number of beneficiaries comes from the number of land holdings of two hectares or less, according to the last agricultural land census. However, the guidelines say a single family may hold multiple land parcels, which will be pooled to determine their eligibility for the benefit.


What is National Security Act?- 17/02/2019

On February 8, the Congress-led government in Madhya Pradesh invoked the National Security Act (NSA) against three men accused of killing a cow near Kharkhali village.


Withdrawing Pakistan's MFN status will divert trade- 17/02/2019

With India finally deciding to withdraw the unilateral non-discriminatory market status it granted to Pakistan in 1996 — popularly known as Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status in World Trade Organization (WTO) parlance — after the Pulwama terror attack, the already weak trade links between the two neighbours in South Asia is set to worsen.


El Nino is back but it's late, weak and probably no big deal- 15/02/2019

An El Nino, which can alter weather worldwide, has formed but it's so weak and late that it shouldn't be a big deal, US forecasters said.


Wasted effort: Half of India’s waste-to-energy plants defunct - 15/02/2019

Nearly half of India’s waste-to-energy (WTE) plants, meant to convert non-biodegradable waste, are defunct. Further, the country’s inability to segregate waste has resulted in even the existing plants working below capacity, says an analysis by the Centre for Science and Environment.


India withdraws Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan: What it means - 15/02/2019

Just a day after at least 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel lost their lives in a dastardly suicide bombing attack in Pulwama, the Indian government has withdrawn "Most Favoured Nation" or MFN status accorded to Pakistan.


99.82% projects in forests got nod - 14/02/2019

A wildlife expert, formerly associated with the NBWL, described it as a “clearance house.” From 2009-2013, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) recommended 260 of the 328 that came into its purview — or about 80% of the projects.


Cabinet approves Introduction of Registration of Marriage of NRI Bill 2019 - 14/02/2019

The Bill provides for amendment of the legal framework to act as a deterrent to the erring NRI spouses and creating more accountability and offer protection against exploitation of Indian Citizens married to NRIs.


Citizenship and triple talaq Bills lapse as budget session of Parliament comes to end- 14/02/2019

The budget session of Parliament drew to a close on Wednesday with two crucial Bills—the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the Triple Talaq Bill—lapsing.


Himalayas: The climate change fight of the century- 14/02/2019

Ironically, in some of India’s coldest outposts, lack of adequate snow is increasingly becoming a concern. And men like Namgail are beginning to seriously worry about water.


CAG report likely to omit Rafale deal pricing in absolute numbers- 12/02/2019

The pricing of the Rafale jet fighter deal is likely to be mentioned in redacted form — which is without absolute numbers and with variables such as x, y and z — in a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report, which may be tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.


World is getting greener, India and China leading efforts: NASA study- 12/02/2019

India and China are leading the global greening effort, which is quite contrary to the general perception worldwide, a latest NASA study said Monday, observing that the world is a greener place than it was 20 years ago.


Govt introduces IFSC Bill in Rajya Sabha- 12/02/2019

The government Tuesday introduced a Bill to set up a unified authority for regulating all financial services in international financial services centres (IFSCs) in the country.


Pakistan India Water Conflict: Pakistan’s water crisis not India’s fault- 11/02/2019

Honouring this obligation, a Pakistani delegation recently visited the Chenab river basin in Jammu and Kashmir for an inspection. Since the signing of the treaty, 118 such tours on both sides have been undertaken.


Why pending court cases have been going up- 11/02/2019

The number of pending cases in the Supreme Court has come down marginally, by 3.8% between 2015 and January 2019. In the 24 high courts across India, however, the number of outstanding cases has gone up by 375,402, or 9.7%, during the same period.


Abu Dhabi adds Hindi as third language in courts - 11/02/2019

According to the ADJD, this step was aimed at helping foreigners to learn about litigation procedures, their rights and duties without a language barrier, in addition to facilitating registration procedures via unified forms available through the Department's website, The Khaleej Times reported.


'Earth may be experiencing warmest decade on record' - 10/02/2019

The figures released by the UK Met Office include data from a number of sources including the latest publication of provisional figures for 2018. Records for annual global average temperature extend back to 1850.


Courts can’t reduce minimum sentence, says SC - 10/02/2019

Courts cannot impose less than the minimum sentence prescribed by lawmakers for an offence, the Supreme Court has held.


Why 2018 will be a landmark year for India-US strategic relationship - 10/02/2019

The trade disputes posed bumps on the road as President Donald Trump called India a “tariff king" in September. However, two months later, he praised Indians as tough negotiators as the two countries started talks on a bilateral trade deal.


Linkage of PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory for filing income tax returns: Supreme Court - 07/02/2019

The Supreme Court has said that linkage of PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory for filing of Income Tax returns.A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and S Abdul Nazeer said the top court has already decided the matter and upheld the section 139AA of the Income Tax Act.


All Indian missiles may fall under new Missile Treaty’s limits - 07/02/2019

"If we imagine that such a treaty is made, then most of our ballistic missiles - the Agni class missiles - may fall under its limits," he said.


RBI cuts repo rate by 25 basis points, changes policy stance to neutral - 07/02/2019

The RBI policy is a very dovish one and signals further rate cuts. Inflation estimates have been revised very sharply lower by the central bank.


Cabinet approves Proposal for Official Amendments to the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018 - 06/02/2019

The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018 was introduced in Parliament on 18th July, 2018 and was referred to the SCF, which submitted its Seventieth Report on the said Bill to Parliament on 3rd January, 2019.


India successfully launches latest communication satellite GSAT-31- 06/02/2019

The satellite derives its heritage from ISROs earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series, the space agency said, adding that it provides Indian mainland and island coverage.


Govt allows export of bio-fuels from special economic zones, EoUs- 06/02/2019

In August 2018, the government imposed restrictions on export of bio-fuels for non-fuel purposes. After this restriction, exporters operating from SEZs and EoUs made representations to remove this prohibition stating they only use imported material for export of final product.


India becomes world's 2nd largest LPG consumer after govt's Ujjawla push- 05/02/2019

The government's push to provide clean cooking fuel to every household has turned India into the world's second largest LPG consumer whose demand is projected to rise 34 per cent by 2025, Oil Secretary M M Kutty said Tuesday.


Why India needs to worry about melting glaciers - 05/02/2019

A new study has said that if adequate steps are not taken to limit global warming, two-thirds of glaciers in the Hindu Kush Himalayas could melt by 2100, and large increases in run-off could lead to flooding of major rivers.


India among countries to benefit from US-China trade war: UN - 05/02/2019

India is among a handful of countries that stand to benefit from the ongoing trade tensions between the world's top two economies - the US and China, the UN has said in its latest report.


Russia suspends nuclear arms treaty after US says to pull out - 04/02/2019

Russia has suspended the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday, after the United States announced it would withdraw from the arms control pact, accusing Moscow of violations.


Thaw of Himalayas set to disrupt Asia's rivers, crops: ICIMOD report - 04/02/2019

At least a third of the ice in the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush will thaw this century as temperatures rise, disrupting river flows vital for growing crops from China to India, scientists said on Monday.


ISRO’s Human Space Flight Centre Has Eyes on The Gaganyaan Project - 04/02/2019

Almost 38 years after India sent a cosmonaut into space on a Russian aircraft, the country will become one of the handful of countries to embark on a crewed spaceflight again.


National Sample Survey Office’s unemployment data confirms crisis on the ground: experts - 01/02/2019

The National Sample Survey Office’s (NSSO's) data showing a record spike in unemployment in 2017-18, which was published in a news report on Thursday, is a validation of trends seen on the ground, according to labour economists, job-seekers and workers’ representatives.


Highlights Of Interim Budget 2019-20 - 01/02/2019

The key highlights of the Interim Budget 2019-20 presented by the Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways & Coal, ShriPiyushGoyal in Parliament are as follows:


Global sea level may be rising faster than previously thought: Scientists- 01/02/2019

The research, published in the journal Science, questions the reliability of how sea-level rise in areas such as southern Louisiana in the US is measured.


India and OECD sign agreement to enable India’s participation in Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) to be held in 2021- 28/01/2019

A Signing ceremony of Agreement between India and OECD for India’s participation in Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2021, in presence of Union HRD Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar was held in New Delhi today.


Significance of India’s Act East Policy and Engagement with ASEAN- 28/01/2019

Earlier on 25 January 2018, New Delhi hosted the ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit themed “Shared Values, Common Destiny”, attended by the leaders of the ten ASEAN States.


Greenland ice melts four times faster in a decade: Study - 27/01/2019

"While 111 cubic kilometres of ice disappeared per year in 2003, 10 years later this figure had almost quadrupled to 428 cubic kilometres," the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Space Lab said in a statement.


A water crisis is brewing between India and Pakistan- 27/01/2019

Women and children walk miles each day in search for water in a crowded, downtrodden district of Pakistan’s financial capital, Karachi — a scene repeated in cities throughout the country.


Average of 4,500 cases per judge pending in High Courts, says Govt- 27/01/2019

Each high court judge is saddled with nearly 4,500 pending cases, according to the Law Ministry.At the same time, each judge of the subordinate judiciary has nearly 1,300 cases pending, the same data shows.


India launches military satellite Microsat-R and Kalamsat(lightest ever satellite)- 26/01/2019

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) blasted off from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at 11.37 pm at the end of a 28-hour countdown.


India's 2018 thermal coal imports grew at fastest pace in four years: Report- 26/01/2019

India's 2018 thermal coal imports rose at the fastest pace in four years, according to two industry sources, despite moves by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to cut imports in a bid to reduce its trade deficit.


India tests new Anti-Radiation Missile to take out Enemy Radars- 26/01/2019

India has tested a new indigenous air-launched missile called NGARM, which is designed to destroy a variety of surveillance and radar targets on the ground after being fired from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter.


PSLV carries reusable final-stage rocket, a 1st for India and the world- 25/01/2019

The fourth and final stage of the rocket normally turns into debris after ejecting a satellite. This time, the workhorse PSLV DL’s fourth stage, with a satellite built by school students strapped to its back, will continue orbiting the earth at a distance of 450km above it for six months, maybe more.


India, South Africa to boost defence ties, trade- 25/01/2019

India and South Africa on Friday concluded a three-year strategic programme to boost cooperation in key areas, including defence and trade, after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in New Delhi.


SC Agrees to Examine Centre's 10% Quota For Upper Caste Poor- 25/01/2019

The Supreme Court Friday decided to examine the Centre’s decision to grant 10% reservation in jobs and education to poor candidates belonging to general category.


Cabinet approves $400 million currency swap arrangement for SAARC nations- 23/01/2019

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved amendments to the framework on currency swap arrangement for SAARC member countries by incorporating a stand-by facility of $400 million.


Environment Ministry notifies CRZ Regulations 2019; replaces CRZ norms of 2011- 23/01/2019

The MoFCC said that the new CRZ notification, issued under Section 3 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 seeks to "to promote sustainable development based on scientific principles taking into account the dangers of natural hazards.


SC to take ‘in-chamber’ decision on pleas against Article 35A- 23/01/2019

The oral observation came from a Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in response to an oral mentioning for early hearing of the petitions.


IMF forecasts India’s growth will improve to 7.5% in the next fiscal- 22/01/2019

India will grow at a world-beating 7.5% in 2019-20 amid slower global expansion, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said, upgrading its October forecast of 7.4%.


Govt revives plan to change fiscal year to January-December: Report- 22/01/2019

The government has revived plans to change the fiscal year to January-December from the current April-March, a report by business news channel BTVi, quoting news agency Cogencis, said. Opposition from the states had forced the central government to put the idea on the backburner after first being very enthusiastic about it.


India set to surpass China to become second-largest oil demand centre in 2019- 22/01/2019

India will surpass China to become the second-largest oil demand growth centre globally in 2019 on the back of buoyant auto fuel and LPG consumption, research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie said on Tuesday.


India among most trusted nations globally, but Indian brands among least-trusted: Report- 22/01/2019

Davos: India is among the most trusted nations globally when it comes to government, business, NGOs and media but the country’s brands are among the least-trusted, according to a report.


One in every three under-trial prisoners in India is either SC or ST: Study- 20/01/2019

Members of the Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) are over-represented, in relation to their population, in India’s prisons, a new study has found.


Super blood wolf moon - Rare total Lunar Eclipse to appear in Northern Hemisphere skies- 20/01/2019

You need to know that an eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through Earth’s shadow, and the Sun, Moon and Earth lineup in space.


India likely to surpass UK in the world’s largest economy rankings: Report - 20/01/2019

India is likely to surpass the United Kingdom in the world’s largest economy rankings in 2019, according to a report by global consultancy firm PwC.


The Government of India and JICA sign Loan Agreements on Japan’s Official Development Assistance Loan to India - 19/01/2019

The Project for the Construction of Chennai Peripheral Ring Road (Phase 1) aims to meet increasing traffic demands in Chennai metropolitan area by constructing the Chennai Peripheral Ring Road (Section 1) and installing Intelligent Transport Systems, thereby contributing to mitigation of Traffic Congestion and promoting Regional Economic Development.


Rural housing reaches only 66% target- 19/01/2019

With two and a half months to go for the end of this financial year, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Grameen) scheme to provide housing for the rural poor has achieved only 66% of its target to complete one crore houses.


Satellite images show China is building underground facility 50 km from India border- 19/01/2019

So far, there was just one UGF in Tibet, with another one which could possibly target India being a fair way away in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.


2018 sixth warmest year on record, says IMD- 18/01/2019

Floods triggered by heavy rains took more than 800 lives across states in 2018, which was the sixth warmest year on record, raising concerns over the increasing human cost of climate change.


India to host UNCCD COP-14 this year- 18/01/2019

A source in the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change said Friday the conference of the UNCCD, which has participation from over 100 countries, is likely to be held in October.


Delhi, Gurgaon air show presence of alarming levels of heavy metals: Report- 18/01/2019

Air quality tests done in Delhi and Gurgaon in the last two months showed presence of alarming levels of toxic heavy metals, according to a new report released Thursday.


ISRO to Launch Exclusive Satellite to Help in Securing Pakistan, Bangladesh Borders - 18/01/2019

The move is part of recommendations made by a task force on the use of space technology in improving border management which have been accepted by home minister Rajnath Singh.


Six States to Sign Agreement for Renukaji Multipurpose Dam Project - 11/01/2019

An agreement for Renukaji Dam Multipurpose Project will be signed here tomorrow among six states- Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand in the presence of Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari.


States’ approval not needed for quota Bill- 11/01/2019

The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty Fourth Amendment) Bill of 2019 providing up to 10% reservation for economically weaker sections of the society may be notified as the law of the land sooner than expected.


Govt launches mission to fight air pollution- 11/01/2019

The Centre on Thursday stepped up its efforts to combat air pollution by launching a five-year action plan with a tentative target of 20-30% reduction in concentrations of PM10 and PM2.5 by 2024, with 2017 as the base year.


Cabinet approves Bilateral Swap Arrangement between India and Japan - 11/01/2019

The swap arrangement is an agreement between India and Japan to essentially exchange and re-exchange a maximum amount of USD 75 Billion for domestic currency, for the purpose of maintaining an appropriate level of balance of payments for meeting short-term deficiency in foreign exchange.


India, Norway ink MoU to boost blue economy - 10/01/2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held talks with his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues, and on the ways and means to further strengthen the growing bilateral partnership.


Citizenship (Amendment) bill vs NRC vs Clause 6 of Assam Accord - 10/01/2019

Assam is in the throes of violence yet again over citizenship. In the past couple of days, life in the northeastern state has come to a standstill as the BJP-led government at the Centre brought in an amendment that will, effectively, grant citizenship to Hindu migrants from Bangladesh.


Launch of NCDC model for cooperatives as Modern banking unit will bring about financial inclusion of farmers in remote villages - 10/01/2019

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Shri Radha Mohan Singh has said that National Council for Cooperative Training (NCCT) besides being responsible for training, awareness and evaluation programmes of employees working in the cooperative sector also facilitates the same for other stakeholders in the cooperative sector in the country.


Parliament passes Bill to provide 10% quota for poor - 10/01/2019

Parliament on Wednesday cleared the Constitutional Amendment Bill guaranteeing 10% quota in education and employment to economically weaker sections in the general category, following an approval by the Rajya Sabha.


India all set to take over ops in Myanmar's Sittwe Port after Chabahar- 08/01/2019

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Minister of state for Shipping, Road transport and chemical & fertilizer Mansukh L Mandaviya informed that the "infrastructure at Sittwe Port in Myanmar, constructed with India’s assistance, is ready for operation."


Supreme Court reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director- 08/01/2019

The Supreme Court on Tuesday “re-instated” exiled CBI Director Alok Verma, but ordered him to “cease and desist” from taking any major policy decisions till a high-powered committee led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi decides afresh the question of his divestment.


Govt introduces amendments to POCSO Act in LS, making it gender neutral- 08/01/2019

The Government on Tuesday introduced in Lok Sabha amendments to the POCSO Act, which provides for death penalty for aggravated sexual assault on children, making it gender neutral and introducing provisions against child pornography and for enhancing punishment for certain offences.


India takes over operations of part of Chabahar port in Iran- 07/01/2019

The Chabahar port in the Sistan-Balochistan province in the energy-rich nation’s southern coast is easily accessible from India’s western coast and is increasingly seen as a counter to Pakistan’s Gwadar Port located at distance of around 80 km from Chabahar.


Section 66A is still being used, SC seeks Centre’s response- 07/01/2019

A Bench led by Justice Rohinton F. Nariman, who wrote the judgment in March 2015 upholding online free speech against Section 66A, said “strict action” would follow if the claims in the petition filed by People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) are found true.


Lok Sabha Passes Bill to Remove Leprosy as Ground for Divorce- 07/01/2019

A bill seeking to remove leprosy as a ground for divorce was passed by Lok Sabha on Monday.“Leprosy is being removed as a ground for divorce as it is now a curable disease as against the earlier notion of it being incurable,” minister of state for law P.P.


Cabinet approves 10% quota for economically weaker sections in general category- 07/01/2019

In a landmark move just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government ha s decided to give ten per cent reservation in jobs and higher education for economically backward persons in the general category.


Major achievements of MHA(Ministry of Home Affairs) in 2018- 06/01/2019

Under the Modernization of Police Forces (MPF) programme, two pilot projects of smart fencing were unveiled along the Indo-Pak International Border in Jammu.


Chang’e-4 and Chandrayaan-2 — China & India missions have similar objectives, landing site- 06/01/2019

Not a lot of information is available on Chandrayaan-2 just yet, but the overall mission is similar in objectives and area of operation to the Chinese craft, Chang’e-4.


Govt forms committee to implement clause 6 of Assam Accord- 06/01/2019

Just a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the people of Assam of safeguarding their interests, in a rally in Silchar on Friday, the Union Home Ministry has set up a high powered committee to look into the successful implementation of the Assam Accord.


Why RBI should change its repo rate stance- 03/01/2019

Apart from the signal rate i.e. repo rate of 6.5%, there is a policy rate stance of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), which gives the future guidance.


Parliamentary panel asks RBI to ease bank capital requirements - 03/01/2019

A parliamentary panel on Thursday asked the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to ease its rules on capital requirements for banks so that they can increase lending.


Cabinet approved restructuring of National Health Agency as “National Health Authority” - 03/01/2019

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the re-structuring of existing National Health Agency as “National Health Authority” with an aim to efficiently implement Pradhan Mantri – Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).


Cabinet approves first-ever three way merger in Indian Banking with amalgamation of Vijaya, Dena and Bank of Baroda - 03/01/2019

The amalgamation will be the first-ever three-way consolidation of banks in India, with the amalgamated bank being India's second largest Public Sector Bank.


US and Israel exit Unesco, claiming bias- 02/01/2019

The United States and Israel officially quit the U.N.’s educational, scientific and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias.


Is air pollution on the decline in the country?- 02/01/2019

In mid-November, dangerously high levels of particulate matter pushed Delhi’s air quality index into the orange “very poor” air zone, throwing Delhi’s administration into panic, with talk of bringing back restrictions on private vehicles to combat the deadly air.


India remains 'Fastest Growing Economy in the World' ahead of China despite up/downs - 02/01/2019

Indian economy's roller-coaster ride during the year gone by was best captured by the GDP growth. In the first quarter of 2018-19 ending June 30, it grew at an impressive 8.2 per cent, after 7.7 per cent in the first three months of the year.


India submits Sixth National Report to the Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) - 29/12/2018

Speaking at the inaugural sessionDr. Harsh Vardhan,said that India is among the first five countries in the world, the first in Asia and the first among the biodiversityrich megadiverse countries to have submitted NR6 to the CBD Secretariat.


Cabinet approves submitting report on greenhouse gas inventory to UNFCCC- 29/12/2018

The scope of BUR is to provide an update to India's first BUR to UNFCCC.The BUR contains five major components — National Circumstances; National Greenhouse Gas Inventory; Mitigation Actions; Finance, Technology and Capacity Building Needs and Support Received and Domestic Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) arrangements.


New e-commerce rules regressive, will hit FDI in India- 29/12/2018

Expressing concern over India tightening restrictions on foreign e-commerce companies operating in the country, leading American industry advocacy groups have said that such a move would have a long-term negative impact on the foreign direct investment as well as consumers.


Cabinet approves Indian Human Spaceflight Initiative: Gaganyaan Programme- 28/12/2018

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Gaganyaan Programme with demonstration of Indian Human Spaceflight capability to low earth orbit for a mission duration ranging from one orbital period to a maximum of seven days.


Govt approves amendments to POCSO Act- 28/12/2018

The government on Friday approved amendments to the POCSO Act 2012, to bring punishments for sexual assaults against boys on par with those against girls, including the provision of death penalty when a child is under 12-years-old.


World's highest railway-arch bridge in Kashmir over river Chenab- 28/12/2018

When complete, the 359-meter high bridge on river Chenab will be the world's highest. The base support of the bridge was completed in 2017 and according to the tweet by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, the construction work of the main arch is in full swing.


Triple talaq bill passed in lok sabha- 27/12/2018

The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the amended Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, which criminalises Triple Talaq, after over four hours of debate even as Congress and AIADMK MPs staged a walkout.


World Bank AID for Rehabilitation of DAMS- 27/12/2018

Union Government constituted National Committee on Dam Safety (NCDS) headed by Chairman, CWC and representatives from State Governments and PSUs. The objectives/mandates of NCDS are:


China’s BeiDou navigation satellite, rival to US GPS, starts global services - 27/12/2018

China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), touted as a rival to the widely-used American GPS, has started providing global services.


RBI constitutes Expert Committee headed by Bimal Jalan on Economic Capital Framework - 27/12/2018

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday set up an expert committee, headed by its former governor Bimal Jalan, to suggest how the central bank should handle its reserves and whether it can transfer its surplus to the government.


How Rafale row bombed a groundbreaking move that would've changed Indian defence - 26/12/2018

Hit by the Rafale controversy, the defence ministry has not moved to amend its offsets policy since May this year, when a draft was presented for comments. (The opposition has targeted proposed offsets to Reliance Defence in the Rafale deal.)


India's economy to overtake Britain, France in 2019, possibly 2020: Report - 26/12/2018

In the race to outpace developed economies, emerging countries such as China, India, and Brazil suffered a setback this year and will outgrow them later than previously expected, the Centre for Economics and Business Research said.


NITI Aayog to Release Second Delta Ranking under the Aspirational Districts Programme - 26/12/2018

The districts have been ranked in a transparent basis on parameters across Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure through key performance indicators.


Govt mulls changes to IT Act to force internet cos trace origin of unlawful content- 24/12/2018

The move, which was mulled during a meeting with internet companies and the IT ministry, will impact platforms that promise encryption and enhanced privacy to users.


NGT bans mining activities within 10 km of Sariska tiger reserve- 24/12/2018

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed all mining activities within 10 km radius of the Sariska Tiger Reserve be stopped immediately.


RBI shortlists TCS, Wipro, IBM, 3 others for setting up Public Credit Registry - 24/12/2018

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has shortlisted six major IT companies, including Tata Consultancy Services Ltd (TCS), Wipro Ltd and IBM India, to set up a wide-based digital Public Credit Registry for capturing details of all borrowers and wilful defaulters.


Nuclear-capable Agni-IV missile successfully test-fired - 24/12/2018

India on Sunday successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-IV, with a strike range of 4,000 km, as part of a user trial by the Army.


Surrogacy Bill passed in Lok Sabha - 20/12/2018

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2016 that prohibits commercial surrogacy and allows altruistic surrogacy to needy Indian infertile couples.


NITI Aayog releases Strategy for New India @ 75 - 20/12/2018

The NITI Aayog today unveiled its comprehensive national Strategy for New India, which defines clear objectives for 2022-23. It is a detailed exposition acrossforty-one crucial areas, that recognizesthe progress already made, identifies binding constraints, and suggests the way forward for achieving the clearly stated objectives.


How Earth's Future Could Soon Recreate a Lost World of 50 Million Years Ago - 20/12/2018

A new study suggests that if nothing is done to reduce our carbon emissions, we could essentially reverse 50 million years of long-term cooling in just a few generations.


Centre drafts child protection policy - 19/12/2018

A code of conduct for employees of all organisations and a declaration signed by them agreeing to ensure the safety of children are some of the provisions included in the Centre’s draft national child protection policy, prepared on the prodding of the Supreme Court in the wake of the Muzaffarpur shelter abuse case.


RBI’s monetary policy committee cautious on inflation - 19/12/2018

India’s monetary policy committee sounded cautious on inflation and preferred to wait for more data to see for how long price pressure and growth momentum would remain soft, according to minutes of its December 5 meeting published on Wednesday.


ISRO successfully launches Military Communication Satellite GSAT-7A from Sriharikota - 19/12/2018

GSAT-7A will be the first satellite built primarily for the IAF to qualitatively unify its assets and improve combined, common intelligence during operations.


India ranks 108 in WEF gender gap index in 2018, Iceland holds top spot - 18/12/2018

India has been ranked 108th in World Economic Forum (WEF) gender gap index, same as 2017, while recording improvement in wage equality for similar work and fully closing its tertiary education gender gap for the first time.


Farthest object in solar system 'Farout' discovered - 18/12/2018

Scientists have discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system -- located over 100 times farther than Earth is from the Sun.


UN members adopt Global Compact on Refugees- 18/12/2018

The compact on refugees, aimed to reduce the burden on host nations, received 181 votes in favour from the 193-member Assembly, days after a UN conference in Morocco adopted a similar compact on migration, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.


IMPRESS scheme has been launched to promote Social Science Research in the country- 17/12/2018

A total Government equity of Rs. 6,000 Crore, has been approved. All funds for educational infrastructure in centrally funded educational institutions will henceforth be in the form of ten year loans through HEFA to the institution, the interest liability of which would be borne by the Government.


80% Indians in 17 cities feel sick when the air quality worsens: Study- 17/12/2018

Almost 80% of Indians polled across 17 cities believe that air pollution affects their quality of life, and 32% reported an effect on lifestyles, according to a new study.


Lok Sabha passes Transgender Persons Bill- 17/12/2018

he Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, seeking to define transgenders and prohibit discrimination against them, was introduced in the Lok Sabha two years ago. It was passed with 27 amendments.


RBI’s solution for MSME loan woes: Public credit registry- 16/12/2018

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) preferred fundamental changes to smoothen loan flow to micro-businesses through a public credit registry, rather than doling out forbearances, deputy governor Viral Acharya said on Saturday.


Countries agree rules for implementing Paris climate treaty at UN summit- 16/12/2018

Nations on Sunday struck a deal to implement the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty after marathon UN talks that failed to match the ambition the world’s most vulnerable countries need to avert dangerous global warming.


India all set to test long range Pralay, K5 to stalemate China soon- 16/12/2018

K-5 missile developed under the secret ‘K Series’ project is the fastest missile in its class and can deliver nuclear warhead of more than one tonne 5,000 km away. The three-stage missile propelled by solid propellants can deceive enemy radar making it more lethal.


India, Nepal, Bhutan plan joint task force to protect wildlife- 16/12/2018

The developments comes up after forest officials and representatives of non-government organisation of the three countries visited parts of the landscape and later held a meeting at Siliguri in north Bengal earlier this month.


MAKE IN INDIA : India's first private UAV factory comes up in Hyderabad- 14/12/2018

Built by the Adani Group and Israel-based Elbit Systems, the 50,000 square feet facility will develop Hermes 900 medium altitude long-endurance UAVs for the Indian and global markets.


Rafale: How 126-jet deal replaced with pact for 36 fighters- 14/12/2018

The SC narrated how the UPA's deal for 126 Rafale jets got replaced in 2016 by an inter-government agreement to procure 36 fully-loaded jets.


COP24: Nations still worlds apart at crunch UN climate summit- 14/12/2018

Nations at UN climate talks were haggling Friday over the world’s plan to avert disaster as host Poland dumped a draft decision text on delegates just hours before the summit was due to end.


Ground Water Extraction: Government notifies revised guidelines; to levy fee on water extraction from June 2019- 14/12/2018

The step is likely to make packaged drinking water dearer.The Central Ground Water Authority has notified revised guidelines for ground water extraction which will be effective from June 1, 2019.


Indian Navy inducts its first Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle- 13/12/2018

With the DSRV's induction, the Indian Navy has joined the select league of world navies that have an integral submarine rescue capability, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba said after the induction at the Western Naval Command here.


Govt adds Korean Won, Turkish Lira in list of currencies for exchange rates- 13/12/2018

The government on Wednesday included two currencies -- Korean Won and Turkish Lira -- in the list of currencies for which it notifies the exchange rate for assessing the value of imports and exports.


In a first, ISRO will make dead rocket stage ‘alive’ in space for experiments- 13/12/2018

The Indian Space Research Organisation is working on a new technology where it will use the last stage of the PSLV rocket for space experiments.


Recycling temple waste to spread fragrance gets UN award- 12/12/2018

Fifteen game-changing initiatives in 14 countries were honoured as winners of the award at a special ceremony at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 24) in this Polish city on Tuesday evening.


How does inflation dent your financial planning?- 12/12/2018

Inflation is quite often called the thief of purchasing power. Why is that so? That is because inflation measures the rate of price rise per annum. If the price of food, fuel, clothing and housing are growing very fast each year then it means that your income will be able to buy less of the same thing.


India, Russia to Finalize Logistic Support Agreement Soon- 11/12/2018

India and Russia are set to finalize the modalities of the much anticipated logistic support agreement during the meeting of the India-Russia Intergovernmental Commission on Military and Military-Technical cooperation on Friday.


Four Indian PSUs for the first time among world's top 100 arms makers- 11/12/2018

Notwithstanding their inclusion and a 6% growth in sales from the previous year, the total volume of Indian arms sale remains less than 2% of the global arms sale – an indication of India's poor export performance at the international arena.


SC places total bar on media disclosing victims' names, identity- 11/12/2018

The Supreme Court on December 11 laid down an absolute bar on the media to publish or air the names or any material which may even remotely reveal the identity of victims of sexual crimes.


Centre amends rules for minorities from three nations- 10/12/2018

Under the amendments, a separate entry in the form will ask the applicant: “Do you belong to one of the minority communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis, Sikhs and Christians?” The Centre has made the changes under Section 18 of the Citizenship Act, 1955.


SC issues notices to five States on amendments in 2013 Land Acquisition Act- 10/12/2018

A Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta issued notice to Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand governments for amending their States’ land acquisition laws to the extent that consent of farmers or land owners is not required before their land is acquired for projects like industrial corridors, expressways, highways, etc.


India test fires nuclear capable Agni-5 missile, 2nd test in six months- 10/12/2018

The surface-to-surface missile having a strike range of 5,000 km was launched at 1.30 p.m. from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Bhadrak district, said Defence Ministry sources.


IAF Conducts Combined Guided Firing Of Akash, Spyder, OSA-AK-M and IGLA Surface-To-Air Missiles- 09/12/2018

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, along with senior IAF officers, witnessed the exercise at Suryalanka for two days on Friday and Saturday.


India may follow in China's footsteps to use LNG to fight growing pollution- 09/12/2018

China's dramatic increase in liquefied natural gas imports over the past two years may have hogged the headlines, but India may well emulate its neighbour in switching to the cleanest and fastest-growing fossil fuel.


Supreme Court's interpretation of Constitution dangerous: Attorney General- 09/12/2018

The Supreme Court’s interpretation of a constitutional concept “can be very, very dangerous” Attorney General K K Venugopal has said, warning the court was granting itself vast power.


Climate actions can save India 3 times its GDP, but rich nations must pay- 08/12/2018

India can save three times its gross domestic product (GDP) and help the world save a million lives a year if it scales up its climate actions to help the global community limit global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (oC), said a World Health Organization (WHO) study released on December 5, 2018.


India to retain top position in remittances with $80 bn: World Bank - 08/12/2018

India will retain its position as the world's top recipient of remittances this year with its diaspora sending a whopping $80 billion back home, the World Bank said in a report Saturday.


Technology and Financial Innovation to drive the Ganga Cleaning Mission - 08/12/2018

A range of innovative technology and financial innovations will drive the Ganga cleaning program as was deliberated during the three-day India Water Impact Summit, that concluded on Friday in New Delhi.


'India third largest contributor to carbon emission'- 07/12/2018

Global carbon emissions are set to hit an all-time high of 37.1 billion tonnes of CO2 in 2018, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project.


UN launches new framework to strengthen fight against terrorism- 07/12/2018

Termed the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact, the framework is an agreement between the UN chief, 36 organizational entities, the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) and the World Customs Organisation, to better serve the needs of.


Cabinet approves Agricultural export policy to double farmers' income by 2022- 07/12/2018

In order to provide an impetus to agricultural exports, the Government has come out with a comprehensive "Agriculture Export Policy" aimed at doubling the agricultural exports and integrating Indian farmers and agricultural products with the global value chains.


India gets first witness protection scheme- 06/12/2018

The Supreme Court on Wednesday brought in place a witness protection regime in the country noting that one of the main reasons for witnesses turning hostile is that they are not given security by the State.


India inks pact with Iran to pay crude bill in rupee- 06/12/2018

India will import crude oil from Iran using a rupee-based payment mechanism, an industry person involved in discussions told Reuterson Thursday, adding that 50% of those payments will be used for exporting items to Tehran.


One in eight deaths in India due to air pollution: ICMR- 06/12/2018

One out of every eight deaths in India was attributable to air pollution in 2017, which now contributes to more disease burden in the country than tobacco consumption, revealed a report released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday.


India's wind power potential slumping due to warming of Indian Ocean: Study- 06/12/2018

The warming of the Indian Ocean due to global climate change may be causing a slow decline in India's wind power potential, according to a study.


5.8-tonne India's Heaviest Satellite GSAT-11 ready for launch- 04/12/2018

A team of top officials and engineers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), now stationed in the Guiana Space Centre, South America, is going over the last steps before it sees off the heaviest Indian communication satellite, GSAT-11, to its space orbit.


India’s military retains 4th spot in global ranking, Pakistan drops to 17 - 04/12/2018

While India has maintained its position among the top five nations in the Global Firepower (GFP) List 2018, Pakistan has slipped four spots to 17 from 13 in 2017.


India, UAE sign currency swap deal - 04/12/2018

India and the UAE on Tuesday signed two agreements, including one on currency swap, as external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj held exhaustive discussions with her counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan to step up cooperation in areas such as trade, security and defence.