PM Modi inaugurates Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence on September 29, 2018 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The conference saw participation from the Vice-Chancellors and Directors of more than 350 universities.
Indian Railways, Google Arts launch ‘Rail Heritage Digitisation Project’
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has launched the ‘Rail Heritage Digitisation Project’ of Indian Railways in collaboration with Google Arts and Culture Association. The first-of-its-kind project aims to showcase India’s rail heritage to the national and international audience in an online story-telling platform.
Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics inaugurated in Delhi
The Centre of Excellence for Data Analytics (CEDA) was inaugurated by Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi. The centre has been created to support government departments to unlock the hidden potential of the data that they are generating as a part of the governance processes and use it to improve the overall governance.
Petroleum Minister to launch SATAT initiative to promote compressed biogas as alternative fuel
The Union Petroleum Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan will launch the Sustainable Alternative towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative on the penultimate day of the ongoing Swachhta Hi Seva campaign to boost availability of more affordable transport fuels.
India, United Nations sign Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022
The Framework outlines the work of UN agencies in India to support the achievement of key development outcomes that have been identified in consultation with the government and are aligned to the national priorities.
Model Code will come into force on premature dissolution of state assembly: EC
In cases of premature dissolution of legislative assembly, the model code of conduct shall come into operation with immediate effect and continue to remain in force till completion of the election to constitute the new assembly.
Government approves constitution of High Level Advisory Group to review India’s global trade strategy
Union Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu has approved the constitution of a High Level Advisory Group (HLAG) to make recommendations for identifying opportunities and addressing challenges in order to find a way forward for India in the contemporary global trade scenario.
National Tourism Awards 2017: Ahmedabad, Mandu jointly win ‘Best Heritage City’ award
The National Tourism Awards 2016-17 were presented by Union Minister for Tourism (IC), K J Alphons on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, which is being celebrated globally with the theme ‘Tourism & Digital Transformation’.
NITI Aayog, UN sign Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022
NITI Aayog and United Nations have signed the Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) for 2018-2022 at an event in New Delhi. The framework outlines the development cooperation strategy between the Union Government and the United Nations country team in India.
Second Anniversary of Surgical Strike: PM Modi inaugurates Parakram Parv in Jodhpur
The Surgical Strike was conducted to prevent terrorists who were prepping to infiltrate and attack the Kashmir region and metros. As per reports, first-of-its-kind strike across the Pakistani border was based on specific intelligence reports.
Government constitutes Lokpal Search Committee headed by Justice Ranjana Desai
The members of the Search Committee are Justice Sakha Ram Singh Yadav, Ranjit Kumar, Arundhati Bhattacharya, Lalit K Panwar, Shabbirhusein S Khandwawala, A Surya Prakash and AS Kiran Kumar.
Ayodhya land dispute: SC declines to revisit its 1994 judgment and refer it to larger bench
The Supreme Court has declined to refer the 1994 Ismail Farooqui judgment that mosques are not integral to Islam to a larger constitution bench. The decision paves the way for the apex court to hear the main Ayodhya land dispute.
Second Anniversary of Surgical Strike to be commemorated as Parakram Parv on 29 September
Eleven days after the Uri attack that claimed 18 soldiers, Indian Army carried out a four hour Surgical Strike on the night of September 28-29, 2016 in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, inflicting heavy casualties on terrorists along with those protecting them.
Government hikes custom duty on 19 items including ACs, refrigerators
The Union Government has hiked customs duties 19 items, including jet fuel, ACs and refrigerators to curb imports of non-essential goods. The government doubled the import duty on ACs, Household refrigerators and washing machines less than ten kilograms to 20 per cent.
PM Modi, Cochin International Airport honoured with UN Champions of the Earth Award 2018
The UN Environment jointly awarded PM Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron in the Policy Leadership category for their efforts regarding the creation of the International Solar Alliance. PM Modi was also acknowledged for his unprecedented pledge to eliminate all single use plastic in India by 2022.
President clears ordinance to set up a board of eminent personalities to run MCI
President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to promulgate an ordinance that seeks to establish a committee to run the Medical Council of India until Parliament passes legislation to replace the body with a new commission.
India, Morocco sign MoU to enhance cooperation in MSME Sector
The MoU was signed during the bilateral meeting between India and Morocco. Alka Arora, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of MSME, led the official delegation along with CMD NSIC to Morocco and held bilateral meetings with Othman El Ferdaous, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Trade and Digital Economy of MoroccoAadhaar Verdict: Supreme Court upholds constitutional validity of Aadhaar Act; allows Aadhaar-PAN Linking
Union Cabinet approves National Digital Communications Policy 2018
At present, the world is witnessing an era of modern technological advancements in the Telecom Sector such as 5G, Internet of Things (loT), Machine to machine (M2M) communication, etc. Considering this transformation, the government felt a need to introduce a policy for the Indian Telecom Sector which can form the main pillar of Digital India by addressing emerging opportunities.
Finance Minister launches Financial Inclusion Index, Jan Dhan Darshak app
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched the Financial Inclusion Index after his annual performance review meeting with the CEOs of public sector banks in New Delhi. The index will be a measure of access and usage of a basket of formal financial products and services that includes savings, remittances, credit, insurance and pension products.
Supreme Court allows live streaming of court proceedings
The Supreme Court of India has allowed live streaming and video recording of court proceedings across the country. The top court stated that live streaming of court proceedings will bring accountability and transparency into the judicial system and serve the public interest.
Nagraj Case: No need to collect quantifiable data of backwardness to give reservation for SC/STs: SC
Justice Nariman clarified that there is no requirement to collect quantifiable data of backwardness of SC/STs to provide reservation in promotions, saying it was contrary to the decision in Indira Sawhney case. Moreover, it was held that the case need not be referred for consideration of larger Bench of 7 judges.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launches web portal for MSME banking credit space
The loans are undertaken without human intervention till sanction and or disbursement stage. The Portal sets a new benchmark in loan processing and reduces the turnaround time from 20-25 days to 59 minutes. Subsequent to the principle approval, the loan will be disbursed in 7-8 working days.
Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins Maldives Presidential Election 2018: In Detail
Maldives, an island country, has been caught in a geopolitical struggle between China, India and the West. As soon as the results were declared, messages of congratulations from major countries including the United States and India among others began to pour in; however, China has not yet reacted to the outcome of the election.
President Ram Nath Kovind confers National Sports Awards 2018
The Ministry received a large number of nominations for these awards this year. The nominations were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of a former Olympian, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, Sport Journalists, Experts and sports administrators.
Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, MP awarded best-performing states in ’Ease of Living Index’ 2018
The state of Andhra Pradesh has topped the ‘Ease of Living Index’ rankings launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. It was followed by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh. The three states were awarded best-performing states at the National Dissemination Workshop on September 24.
Supreme Court constitutes committee to look into jail reforms
The Supreme Court on August 27 had reserved its order on the issue of constituting a committee to deal with issues pertaining to jails and suggest reforms for prisons across the country. The bench was hearing a matter relating to inhuman conditions in 1,382 prisons across India.
MPs, MLAs cannot be restricted from practicing law: Supreme Court
In December 2017, petitioner Upadhyay had addressed a letter to Manan Kumar Mishra, Chairman of Bar Council of India, seeking banning of MPs and MLAs from practicing law. The letter reiterated the decision rendered by the Supreme Court in the case of Dr. Haniraj L. Chulani v. Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa, 1996, wherein it was held that a person qualified to be an Advocate, would not be admitted if he is in full-time or part-time service.
Political candidates cannot be disqualified on basis of criminal charges: Supreme Court
The Supreme Court has ruled that candidates cannot be disqualified from contesting elections merely because charges have been framed against them in a criminal case. The court also directed the legislature to consider framing a law to ensure decriminalisation of politics.
Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger resign
Social network giant Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012 for USD 1 billion, when the photo-sharing site was used by around 30 million people. Since then, Instagram’s reach has advanced with more than one billion users and has been widely considered as one of Facebook’s most successful acquisitions.
India has only 19 judges per 10 lakh people: Law Ministry
The Union Law Ministry had prepared a document in March 2018, as per which India has 19 judges per 10 lakh people on an average. The document reveals that while the subordinate courts have a shortage of 5748 judicial officers, the 24 high courts face 406 vacancies.
PM Modi inaugurates Sikkim’s first-ever airport
Sikkim’s first-ever airport was inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 24, 2018 at Pakyong. The development is a historic occasion for the entire northeast region of India. The airport is situated around 60 km from the Indo-China border and around 30km away from Sikkim’s capital city, Gangtok.
High-Level Committee recommends completion of stalled housing projects in Noida, Greater Noida
A high-level committee of the Uttar Pradesh Government has come out with recommendations that are aimed at providing a solution to the completion of homes in the stalled projects of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway.
Nepal to become world’s first country to double its tiger population
Nepal is set to become the first country in the world to double its tiger population as part of the World Wildlife Foundation’s (WWF) ‘Tx2’ programme which aims to double the number of tigers all over the world.
Government inaugurates National Orientation workshop on National e-Vidhan Application
NeVA is a member-centric, decentralised digital application that makes information available on digital platform about day to day functioning of Legislative Houses covering. NeVA, a Rs 739 Crore project, aims to bring legislatures on digital platform, covering all Houses.
India conducts successful test of Prithvi Defence Vehicle
India has conducted a successful test of its indigenously designed ballistic missile defense system off the coast of Odisha. With the test, India achieved a major milestone in developing a two-layer Ballistic Missile Defence system.
PM Modi inaugurates Jharsuguda Airport; flags off UDAN flight between Jharsuguda-Raipur sector
Jharsuguda Airport has been developed by the Airports Authority of India in collaboration with Odisha Government at an estimated cost of Rs 210 Crores with a contribution of Rs 75 Crores from the State.
Village Rockstars is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019
Village Rockstars tells the story of 10-year-old Dhunu, a young girl from a remote village in Assam, who dreams of owning a guitar and forming a rock band despite the awful financial situation at home.
PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana: All you need to know
Launched with an aim to help the poor and the economically deprived, the scheme will be available for 10.74 crore beneficiary families and about 50 crore Indian citizens. This scheme will strengthen the healthcare services in India. Around 13000 hospitals in the country have been coordinated for the implementation of the scheme.
SEBI eases KYC norms for Foreign Portfolio Investors
The market regulator relaxed the norms after considering the interim recommendations of the SEBI working group under the Chairmanship of Harun R Khan, a former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
1st General Assembly of International Solar Alliance to be held on 2 October
The International Solar Alliance was launched jointly by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande on the first day of the COP-21 summit at Paris in 2015.
Health Ministry ties-up with Dell, Tata Trusts to provide technology solution for NSD programme
To bring healthcare technology transformation in Comprehensive Primary Health Care NCD programme under the Ayushman Bharat, the Health Ministry is working with Dell as technology partner and the Tata Trusts as deployment partner. Dell developed the technology platform, while the Tata Trusts provided the implementation support of the NCD programme.
Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang passes away at 61
Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang passed away at the age of 61 on September 21 in a military hospital in Hanoi after a prolonged serious illness. According to reports, the Vietnamese leader had been suffering from a serious illness since the past few months and had travelled abroad several times for treatment.
Global TB Report 2018: WHO calls for urgent action to end TB
Underreporting and under-diagnosis of TB cases remains a major challenge. Of the 10 million people who fell ill with TB in 2017, only 6.4 million were officially recorded, leaving 3.6 million people undiagnosed, or detected but not reported.
India successfully test fires short-range Prahaar missile
India has successfully test-fired the indigenously developed surface-to-surface short-range tactical ballistic missile ‘Prahaar’ from the Odisha coast. The test launch was successful, as the missile travelled a range of 200 km before zeroing in on the target, achieving all mission objectives.
International Day of Peace 2018 observed globally
This year’s theme celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document in the history of human rights. The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948 as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
World Bank approves framework to support India’s transition to high-middle income country
The World Bank board has approved an ambitious five-year Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for India that is in line with India’s objectives of high, sustainable and inclusive growth. The framework sets the strategic focus for the World Bank’s engagement with India for the period FY18-22.
Ministry of Home Affairs, ISRO sign MoU to modernise Emergency Response
The Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response will address strategic level monitoring, situation awareness, command and control, preparedness and response in the diverse internal security situation and disaster related emergencies.
National Sports Awards 2018 announced; Mirabai Chanu, Virat Kohli to get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
This year, the Ministry received a large number of nominations for these awards. The nominations were considered by the Selection Committees consisting of a former Olympian, Arjuna Awardees, Dronacharya Awardees, Dhyan Chand Awardees, Sport Journalists, Experts and sports administrators.
PM Modi lays foundation stone of world-class convention centre in Delhi
The foundation stone of India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on September 20, 2018. The centre is being developed as a state-of-the-art centre to boost industrial development in the country.
Union Government launches India’s first National Registry of Sexual Offenders
India has launched a National Registry of Sexual Offenders, which will have the profiles of first time offenders as well as repeat offenders. The database would include names, photographs, residential address, DNA samples, fingerprints, Aadhaar and PAN numbers of convicted sexual offenders.
India and Morocco sign revised Air Services Agreement enabling greater connectivity
Indian designated carriers can operate any number of services to/from Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakesh, Agadir, Tangier and Fez in Morocco and similarly Morocco can operate any number of services to/from New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangaluru and Hyderabad.
President Ram Nath Kovind signs Ordinance banning Instant Triple Talaq practice
Now, the ordinance will be placed before the Parliament and the bill would still need to be passed by the Rajya Sabha as the Supreme Court had held that “re-promulgation of ordinances is a fraud on the constitution” and hence not allowed. It cannot become a “parallel source of legislation”.
Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna launched for unemployed insured persons
The Employee’s State Insurance has approved a scheme named ‘Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna’ for Insured Persons covered under the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948. The decision was taken by the ESI Corporation during its 175th meeting, which was held in New Delhi.
Assam NRC: Supreme Court orders resumption of filing of claims from September 25
A bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi amd R F Nariman said the process of filing claims and objections by the people who have been left out will commence on September 25, 2018 and will remain open for the next 60 days. The apex court granted this second opportunity to the citizens keeping in mind the “magnitude” of the issue.
Union Cabinet approves benefit package for ASHAs, ASHA facilitators
The Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved ASHA Benefit Package with effect from October 2018. Under the package, the amount of routine and recurring incentives for ASHAs will be increased from Rs1000 per month to Rs 2000 per month.
Two Koreas sign agreement on denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula
In a historic move, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have signed an agreement on denuclearisation, reducing military tensions and defusing crisis on the Korean peninsula.
Government modifies operational guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana
The State Governments will now have to pay 12 percent interest for the delay in release of State share of subsidy beyond three months of prescribed cut-off date submission by insurance companies.
Home Ministry launches ‘e-Sahaj’ portal for grant of security clearance to private firms
The introduction of ‘e-Sahaj’ portal is expected to make the process of security clearance much faster, transparent and easy to monitor. The various functionaries would be able to access the application and documents online and take timely decisions.
Union HRD Ministry presents Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017-18
The award was launched as a follow up to the Swachh Vidyalaya Initiative launched in 2014. Under Swachh Vidyalaya Initiative, a record number of 417796 toilets were constructed in 261400 schools, including 190887 girls’ toilets in one year up to August 15, 2015.
PM Modi, Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina jointly launch construction of Indo-Bangla Pipeline Project
The two leaders also inaugurated the construction of the third and fourth dual gauge rail lines of Dhaka-Tongi section and Double Line on Dhaka-Joydevpur section of Bangladesh Railway. This railway project would not only help carry passengers but also transport goods.
President launches logo, web portal for commemoration of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
The 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is observed in the form of two year long celebrations from October 2, 2018 to October 2, 2020 across the country and all over the globe.
Government organises All India Pension Adalat for pensioners’ welfare
The All India Pension Adalat is one of the largest exercises for pensioners’ welfare ever undertaken by the Government as part of good governance dedicated to central government pensioners. On the occasion, all the central government ministries would be conducting their respective pension adalats.
Despite progress, estimated 6.3 million children died in 2017: UN report
Despite substantial progress in reducing mortality among children, in 2017 alone, an estimated 6.3 million children and young adolescents died, mostly from preventable causes. The children under the age of 5 years accounted for 5.4 million of these deaths.
Vodafone Idea Board approves merger with Aditya Birla Telecom
The amalgamation will give management control to Vodafone Idea to run businesses of the subsidiaries, strengthen its financial position and raise resources against the assets owned by ABTL such as investments in mutual funds, Indus Towers stake including monetisation of such assets.
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to be first private passenger on SpaceX’s Lunar BFR Mission
The successful landing of Yusaku Maezawa on the Moon will enable access for commoners who dream of traveling to space. Till now, only two dozen people have been to the Moon, with the final Apollo Mission of 1972, marking the last time a human visited the moon.
70th Primetime Emmy Awards: Game of Thrones wins Outstanding Drama
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on September 18, 2018 at the Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles, California, United States. For the first time in almost 20 years, HBO didn’t dominate the Emmy Awards. The channel had to settle for a tie with Netflix with 23 awards each.
Government proposes merger of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank under Alternative Mechanism
The state-owned Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank will be merged to create the country’s third largest lender after the SBI and ICICI Banks, as part of efforts to revive credit and economic growth. The scheme of amalgamation, which will now be formed, will be laid before Parliament. However, it would require no change in the banking law.
Supreme Court lifts ban on Saridon, 3 other FDCs
The Supreme Court of India has allowed the sale of popular painkiller Saridon and three other banned fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) in medical stores across the country. The Fixed Dose Combination drugs are two or more drugs combined in a fixed ratio into a single dosage form.
India’s first ‘smart fence’ pilot project inaugurated
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has inaugurated the country’s first ‘smart fence’ pilot project along the India-Pakistan International Border in Jammu and Kashmir. The smart fence pilot project is expected to be a massive boon for monitoring security situations in border areas.
Union Power Ministry launches Chiller Star Labelling Program to improve energy efficiency
Through the chiller star labelling Program, it is estimated that more than 500 million units of electricity would be saved in 2019 along with Green House Gases (GHG) reduction of 0.5 million-ton equivalent of CO2.
Delhi, Seoul sign MoU to tackle air pollution, improve infrastructure
The Delhi government has signed a ‘Friendship and Cooperation Agreement’ with the Seoul Metropolitan Government to work closely in the fields of environment, tourism, waste water and solid waste management, infrastructure and public health.
DRDO conducts first successful test of man portable-anti-tank guided missile
India’s Defense Research and Development Organisation has conducted the first successful flight test of its new indigenously designed and developed man-portable anti-tank guided missile (MP-ATGM) at Ahmednagar test range in Maharashtra.
Indo-US joint military exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas 2018’ begins in Uttarakhand
This is the 14th edition of the joint military exercise hosted alternately by both countries. The two-week exercise will witness participation of about 350 personnel of the US Army and similar strength of Garud Division of the Indian Army.
National AIDS Control Organisation releases HIV Estimations 2017 Report
The HIV Estimations 2017 report is 14th in the series of HIV Estimations launched earlier under the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP). The first round of HIV estimation was done in 1998, while the latest round was done in 2015.
ISRO launches two UK satellites aboard PSLV-C42
The Indian Space Research Organisation has successfully launched its polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) C42 carrying two earth observation satellites for the United Kingdom. The mission is a commercial arrangement between the British company and Antrix Corporation Limited, which is the commercial wing of ISRO.
Government to convert 1.5 lakh primary health centers into wellness centers
Union Health Minister JP Nadda has said that 1.5 lakh Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and sub-centres will be converted into wellness centers by 2022. The wellness centres will facilitate screening of every individual aged 30 or above for blood pressure, diabetes, tuberculosis, breast cancer and leprosy among others.
PM Narendra Modi launches Swachhata hi Seva Campaign
The Swachhata hi Seva Campaign 2018, a mega countrywide campaign, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 15. The movement aims to generate greater public participation towards Swachhta.
Government announces steps to check rising Current Account Deficit, fall in rupee
The Union Government has announced a host of measures to check the rising Current Account Deficit (CAD) and the fall in rupee. The CAD widened to 2.4 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the first quarter of 2018-19 from 1.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017-18.
International Day of Democracy 2018 observed globally
The International Day of Democracy 2018 coincides with this year’s 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, highlighting the values of freedom and respect for human rights as essential elements of democracy.
Supreme Court modifies its order on dowry harassment; scraps Family Welfare Committees
A three judges’ bench led by the Chief Justice Dipak Misra withdrew the earlier direction issued in Rajesh Sharma case which stated that complaints under Section 498A of the IPC should be scrutinised by Family Welfare Committees before any legal action by police.
National Hindi Divas 2018 observed across India
The day marks the adaptation of Hindi language as the official language of India by the Constituent Assembly of India on September 14, 1949. As per the 2011 census, 43.63 percent of Indians speak Hindi as their mother tongue.
Global Climate Action Summit 2018: Indian cities, states step up climate action plans
Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), India’s leading manufacturer of utility vehicles and part of the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group, will venture to become a carbon neutral company by 2040. The residual emissions will be addressed through carbon sinks.
Jharkhand government introduces electric cars for official use
The state government of Jharkhand has introduced electric vehicles for official use. The energy department of the state got 20 such cars for its use. Use of electric vehicles will not only help curb pollution and protect the environment but it will also help save foreign currency.
Haryana assembly passes State Commission for SC Bill
The state assembly of Haryana has passed the Haryana State Commission for Scheduled Castes Bill, 2018, for development and safeguarding the interests of people belonging to the community. The bill was passed on the last day of the state assembly’s session.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi appointed as 46th Chief Justice of India
Justice Ranjan Gogoi has been appointed as the 46th Chief Justice of India. He will assume office on October 3, a day after present CJI Dipak Misra retires from the post.
Ministry of Steel presents secondary steel sector awards to 26 mini steel companies
In a first, the Ministry of Steel gave away secondary steel sector awards to 26 mini steel companies at a function in New Delhi. The awards have been instituted in order to encourage the secondary steel sector, as it plays a key role as a growth engine for the national economy.
Union Government launches National Scholarship Portal Mobile App
All the scholarships are being given directly into bank accounts of the needy students under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode through the National Scholarship Portal. The app ensures that there is no scope for duplication and leakage.
Trump signs new executive order imposing sanctions on foreign meddlers in US elections
US President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order imposing sanctions on any country or foreign individual found trying to interfere in the US elections. The sanctions not only cover the interference with the election or campaign infrastructure but also the distribution of propaganda and disinformation.
Tamil Nadu bans sale of e-cigarettes with immediate effect
The order says, “Although advertisements of electronic cigarettes claim they do not cause any harm, tobacco is the only legally available consumer product which kills people when it is used entirely as intended.”
Hunger reached ‘alarming’ ten-year high in 2017: UN report
A UN report has revealed that the number of undernourished people in the world has been on the rise since 2014, reaching an estimated 821 million in 2017, from around 804 million in 2016. The levels are same as almost a decade ago.
China plans bullet train from Kolkata to its Kunming City
The service is also expected to give a thrust to trade and commerce in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor. The BCIM project, initiated by China, is projected to run through Mandalay in Myanmar, Chittagong and Dhaka in Bangladesh, terminating in Kolkata.
ASI discovers 254 copper coins of medieval era at Khirki Mosque
This mosque lies on the southern periphery of the village Khirki, New Delhi. The mosque was built by Khan-i-Jahan Junan Shah, the Prime Minister of Firoz Shah Tughluq (1351-88) and is believed to be one of the seven mosques built by him.
Health Ministry prohibits manufacture, sale and distribution of Fixed Dose Combinations
The Union Health Ministry has prohibited the manufacture, sale and distribution of 328 Fixed Dose Combinations (FDCs) for human use with immediate effect. The Ministry has also restricted the manufacture, sale and distribution of six FDCs subject to certain conditions.
CCEA approves 100 percent electrification of Broad Gauge Routes of Indian Railways
The proposed electrification, which is mainly for missing links and last mile connectivity, will increase the operational efficiency, enhance the line capacity, and improve the average speed of trains.
Union Cabinet approves new umbrella scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan’ (PM-AASHA)
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved a new umbrella scheme ‘Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan’ (PM-AASHA). The scheme aims to ensure that farmers get remunerative prices for their produce as announced in the Union Budget for 2018.
Piyush Goyal launches ‘Rail Sahyog’ web portal
Indian Railways envisaged to construct toilets in circulating areas of all stations. These toilets will contain low cost sanitary pad vending machine and incinerator in female toilets; and condom vending machine in male toilets. The approximate Cost of one station will be Rs. 22-30 lakh.
EC removes NOTA option from Rajya Sabha, Legislative Council polls
The Election Commission of India (ECI) on September 11, 2018 withdrew the provision of NOTA (None of the above) option from ballot papers of the Rajya Sabha and the state’s Legislative Council polls as per the Supreme Court directive.
India, Sri Lanka conduct joint naval exercise ‘SLINEX 2018’
The sixth edition of SLINEX 2018, a joint naval exercise between the naval forces of India and Sri Lanka is currently underway in Trincomalee, a major port city of Sri Lanka. Three Navy ships from each side along with around 1,000 naval personnel from both countries are participating in the joint drill.
PM Narendra Modi announces remuneration hike for ASHA, Anganwadi workers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an increase in remuneration for those involved with the government’s Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) scheme and Anganwadi scheme. The hike will be effective from next month.
BARC’s Apsara Reactor recommissioned after 9 years
Apsara, the first research reactor of Asia, became operational in Trombay campus of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in August 1956. Apsara is a light water swimming pool-type reactor with a maximum power output of one megawatt thermal (MWt).
HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017 comes into force: In Detail
The Bill requires that no HIV test, medical treatment, or research will be conducted on a person without his informed consent. Every HIV infected or affected person below the age of 18 years has the right to reside in a shared household and enjoy the facilities of the household.
NITI Aayog, Intel and TIFR tie-up to set up Model International Center for Transformative AI
Based in Bengaluru, the Model ICTAI aims to conduct advanced research to incubate AI-led solutions in three important areas – healthcare, agriculture and smart mobility – by bringing together the expertise of Intel and TIFR.
United States announces closure of Palestinian mission in Washington
The United States has announced the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) mission in Washington DC. Explaining the move, the US state department said that the PLO leaders had failed to engage with US efforts to bring about peace with Israel.
Indian Army plans to reduce force strength, decides to cut 1.5 lakh jobs
Apart from reducing the force strength, the Army is also considering to do away with the rank of Brigadier and brigade headquarters as part of the officer cadre review. This move is expected to free up significant number of officers who will be available for field duties.
India’s combat aircraft Tejas successfully completes first-ever mid-air refuelling trial
In a first, Tejas, the advanced version of India’s indigenously produced Light Combat Aircraft was successfully refuelled mid-air by a Russian-origin Ilyushin-78 tanker. The mid-air refuelling was a part of a wet contact trial for LCA Tejas MK-1.
Government sets up panel of secretaries to look into e-Commerce issues
The booming online shopping space has largely been functioning without government regulations until a task force led by then Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia had put together the draft policy. However, the policy faced criticism over its suggestions dealing with data localisation, curbing deep discounting and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms.
Aadhaar not mandatory for booking International Parcel: Department of Posts
The Department of Posts has clarified that Aadhaar is not a mandatory document to be produced at the time of booking of an international parcel. It stated that it is mandatory to produce a copy of an identity proof acceptable for important transactions but that need not mandatorily be Aadhaar.
Fourth World Summit on Accreditation held
The 4th World Summit on Accreditation was inaugurated by the Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar at New Delhi on September 8. The summit was aimed at facilitating the exchange of information on various challenges being faced during the transition between input-output based accreditation to outcome-based accreditation.
Babri Masjid demolition case: Supreme Court seeks report from trial judge of Lucknow court
The Supreme Court on April 19, 2017 restored criminal conspiracy trial against senior BJP leaders LK Advani, M M Joshi, Uma Bharti and other senior BJP leaders in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case. The court ordered that separate trial courts at Rae Bareli and Lucknow should be clubbed and trials should be completed in two years by April 19, 2019.
Telangana’s Sadarmatt anicut, Pedda Cheruvu get Heritage Irrigation Structure status
The Sadarmatt barrage, across Godavari in Khanapur of Nirmal district, is an iconic structure installed by the then Hyderabad ruler Nawab Ikbal-ud-Dowla in 1891-92. While, Pedda Cheruvu tank is located on the outskirts of Kamareddy district and was built in 1897 during the rule of Mir Mahaboob Ali Khan, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad State.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma to step down in 2019, company CEO named his successor
Alibaba’s Jack Ma has announced that he would be stepping down as the head of the Chinese e-commerce giant in September 2019. He named the company CEO Daniel Zhang as his successor and said that he will work closely with him for the next 12 months to ensure a smooth transition of the chairmanship.
Delhi Government launches doorstep delivery of 40 services
The Delhi government has launched a scheme that will enable doorstep delivery of 40 essential government services such as caste and marriage certificates, driving license and new water connections in the first phase.
Ocean Cleanup foundation deploys 2000 ft long device to clean Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The cleanup system, “System 001”, headed to a location 240 nautical miles offshore for a two-week trial before moving towards the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean, to start the cleanup.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana to cover child cancer treatment
The Union Government has announced that the treatment of childhood cancer will be covered under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. Around 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres will also be opened across India by 2022 under the scheme.
PM Narendra Modi to unveil Sardar Patel statue on October 31: Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani
The Statue of Unity is a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This project was announced on October 31, 2013 by Narendra Modi, when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. For development of the project, Modi launched a country wide campaign to collect iron to build the Statue of Unity.
International Literacy Day 2018 observed globally
The Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) organised a panel discussion on the occasion of International Literacy Day. The panel was headed by chief guest HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and the guest of honour, Upendra Kushwaha.
Global Mobility Summit: PM Modi pitches for investments in e-vehicles manufacturing
The Prime Minister pitched for investment in the manufacturing of electric vehicles and the required charging infrastructure. He stated that the common public transport must be the cornerstone of mobility.
ISRO unveils space suit, crew model for Gaganyaan Mission
The orange-coloured prototype space suit was developed by the ISRO over the past two years at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. The suit can hold one oxygen cylinder, allowing an astronaut to breathe in space for 60 minutes.
India, France sign implementation agreement on ‘Mobilise Your City’
India and France have signed an implementation agreement on ‘Mobilise Your City’ (MYC) in New Delhi to support three Indian cities in their efforts to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions related to urban transport. The initiative is a part of an international initiative and was launched at 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) meeting in December 2015.
What is COMCASA Agreement?
COMCASA becomes particularly important as India is set to buy the combat version of Sea Guardian drones from the United States. The US would not have provided India with the weapon systems on the drone without COMCASA.
India, France sign MoU to form working group for Gaganyaan Mission
The Gaganyaan mission was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 72nd Independence Day speech. It is India’s first manned space mission that will be launched by ISRO by 2022.
Former RBI governor Bimal Jalan to head panel to select new Chief Economic Advisor
The Union Government has appointed former Reserve Bank of India governor Bimal Jalan as the head of the panel that has been tasked with selecting India’s next chief economic advisor (CEA). The government has received around 20 applications but the panel will be shortlisting applications from it and then set up interviews.
PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate India’s first Global Mobility Summit
India’s first-ever Global Mobility Summit – MOVE will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on September 7. The two-day summit, organised by Niti Aayog, will deliberate on steps to promote electric vehicles and shared mobility.
Dilbagh Singh appointed as DGP of Jammu & Kashmir; replaces SP Vaid
Singh replaces Shesh Paul Vaid, who was removed from the post and was appointed as the Transport Commissioner in the State’s General Administrative Department (GAD). Vaid, a 1986-batch IPS officer, was appointed as the Director General of Police in December 2016 and is due to retire in October 2019.
PM Jan Dhan Yojana to be made open-ended scheme with more incentives
The Union Government has decided to make the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) an open-ended scheme and added more incentives to encourage people to open bank accounts. The flagship financial inclusion scheme was launched in August 2014 for a period of four years.
Section 377 verdict: Supreme Court legalises homosexuality, partially strikes down Section 377
The Section 377 holds that whoever, voluntarily, has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, commits an unnatural offence. A person found guilty, under Section 377, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to pay a fine.
2+2 Dialogue: India-US sign historic COMCASA agreement
India and the United States signed the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) during their first-ever ‘two plus two’ dialogue, which was held in New Delhi. The key agreement will open up the way for the sale of more sensitive US military equipment to India.
India agrees to end PISA boycott; will participate in PISA 2021
India made its debut in PISA in 2009 with 16000 students from 400 schools across Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. However, students performed miserably in the 2009 test, placing India at 72nd among the 74 participating countries.
Telangana Cabinet passes resolution to dissolve Legislative Assembly
The Telangana Cabinet has passed a resolution to dissolve the Legislative Assembly and seek early elections. The legislative assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
Comparison between India post payments bank and post office saving account: Fact box
India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) was recently launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure financial inclusion of the rural population. The bank will have 650 branches and 3250 access points across the country.
What is Section 377 of IPC?
The article explores the controversy surrounding the Section 377 of IPC and traces the legal battle on its Constitutional validity. The section was decriminalised by a five judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court on September 6, 2018 in a historic judgement.
Cabinet approves establishment of permanent campuses of seven new IIMs
These IIMs will be established at Amritsar, Bodh Gaya, Nagpur, Sambalpur, Sirmaur, Vishakhapatnam and Jammu with a total expenditure of Rs 3775.42 crore (Rs 2999.96 crore as Non-Recurring and Rs 775.46 Crore as Recurring Expenditure).
Schools cannot deny admission for lack of Aadhaar: UIDAI
The announcement came after the UIDAI came to know about various instances where some schools are refusing admission in absence of Aadhaar Card. The move is expected to come as a major relief to parents and students who have been facing difficulties due to schools insisting on Aadhaar number during admission.
Google announces new AI Technology to fight online child sexual abuse
Google has announced that it is employing a new Artificial Intelligence technology to combat online spreading of contents involving child sexual abuse. The tool uses deep neural networks for image processing to help discover and detect child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.
Former Indian pacer RP Singh announces retirement from cricket
Former Indian pacer RP Singh has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. His international career spanned a period of six years and he played 82 matches across all three formats and picked up over 100 wickets.
International Day of Charity 2018 observed globally
The Day commemorates the death anniversary of Mother Teresa who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her charity work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress.
Delhi government raises prize money for Asian Games medal winners
The Delhi Government has increased the prize money for the players from the state who won medals for the nation at the recently-concluded 18th Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia. The CM also announced two new policies to promote sportspersons in the city.
PTI’s Arif Alvi wins Pakistan Presidential Election 2018
Alvi secured 212 votes in the joint session of the two houses of the parliament; 45 votes from Balochistan province; 41 from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province; 33 votes from Punjab province; and 22 votes from Sindh province.
Government approves proposal to increase wages of artisans by over 36 percent
This increase will also attract new and younger artisans to Khadi, who were earlier doubtful about their income comparing it to the wages given to the daily wagers under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (MNREGA).
Suresh Prabhu launches Coffee Connect app, Coffee KrishiTharanga services for coffee stakeholders
All these abovementioned initiatives are in line with PM Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative. The Coffee Board undertook key digital initiatives for the overall technological advancement of the coffee sector and value chain. These initiatives are aimed at benefiting all stakeholders in the coffee value chain.
International Women Entrepreneurs Summit begins in Kathmandu
The International Women Entrepreneurs Summit 2018 was inaugurated by the Vice President of Nepal Nanda Bahadur Pun in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal on September 3, 2018. The main objective of the 3-day summit is to bring together achievers, women business leaders, professionals, international service providers, resource organisations and experts on one platform.
CJI Dipak Misra recommends Justice Ranjan Gogoi as his successor
Justice Ranjan Gogoi gained limelight recently after he addressed a press conference on January 12, 2018 along with his three colleagues -– Justices J Chelameswar (since retired), Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph.
Banks with over 10 branches to have internal ombudsman: RBI’s Internal Ombudsman Scheme 2018
The customers of banks need not approach the IO directly as the banks themselves will escalate all complaints internally, which are not fully redressed to their respective IOs before conveying the final decision to the complainant.
National Nutrition Month observed across India to fight malnutrition
The National Nutrition Month is being celebrated across the country in September to mark the fight against malnutrition. The month will focus on adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers to eliminate the deficiencies prevailing in the Health sector.
Tsunami mock drill ‘IOWave18’ begins: India along with 23 countries participates in exercise
This tsunami warning exercise is being organised by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. It was the IOC that coordinated the setting up of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS) in the aftermath of December 2004 tsunami.
Alastair Cook to retire from International cricket after final Test against India
Alastair Cook, former captain of England’s national cricket team has decided to retire from international cricket after the fifth and final match against India at the Oval, starting September 7, 2018. Cook took over as captain from Andrew Strauss in 2012 and England went on to win 24 Tests under his charge.
Health Ministry releases draft rules on sale of drugs by e-pharmacies
The Union Health Ministry has released draft rules on sale of drugs by e-pharmacies to regulate online sale of medicines across the country. The rules aim to provide patients access to genuine drugs from authentic online portals.
Indus Waters Treaty: India, Pakistan agree to undertake Treaty mandated tours on both sides
During the meeting, technical discussions were held on implementation of various hydroelectric projects under the provisions of Indus Waters Treaty 1960 including Pakal Dul (1000 MW) and Lower Kalnai (48 MW) projects in Jammu and Kashmir.
Vodafone-Idea merger completed; creating India’s largest telecom service provider
The New Board of Directors comprises 12 Directors including six Independent Directors. Kumar Mangalam Birla is the Chairman.The Board appointed Balesh Sharma as the CEO of the Vodafone Idea Limited.
Asian Games 2018: India ends Asian Games campaign with best medal haul
The 18th edition of Asian Games concluded in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 2, 2018. India concluded its run at the Asian Games with a record show that boasted of a total of 69 medals, including 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze. The previous highest medal tally for India was at the 2010 edition in Guangzhou, China where they had finished sixth with 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze.
India, Nepal sign MoU on preliminary survey of railway line between Raxaul, Kathmandu
India and Nepal have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on conducting a preliminary survey of a railway line connecting Indian border town Raxaul to Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches India Post Payments Bank
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB), which seeks to leverage the expansive network of the postal department to ensure financial inclusion for the masses, at Talkatora Stadium in New Delhi
Law Commission floats Consultation Paper on family law reform
The Law Commission has floated a Consultation Paper on Family Law Reform. The paper discusses a range of provisions within all family laws, secular or personal and suggests a number of changes in the form of potential amendments and fresh enactments.
Home for widows ‘Krishna Kutir’ inaugurated in UP’s Vrindavan
The widows’ home ‘Krishna Kutir’ was set up by the Ministry of Women and Child Development under its ‘Swadhar Greh Scheme’. The Ministry started the ‘Swadhar Greh scheme’ to provide such facilities to abandoned women.
Uttarakhand HC declares fatwas as unconstitutional
The Uttarakhand High Court has declared fatwas as unconstitutional and illegal. The high court banned all the religious bodies and statutory panchayats in the state from issuing fatwas. The issuance of fatwa infringes upon the statutory rights, fundamental rights, dignity, status, honour and obligation of individuals.