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Issue : March 2017

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Table of Contents:

Articles:

  • Budget 2017-18
  • Economic Survey
  • PARA
  • Maternity Benefit Bill, 2016
  • Selected Articles from Various Newspapers & Journals

Current Affairs:

National Issues

  • Economic survey points out positive s and negatives
  • Supreme Court refused to stay the new law on Jallikattu
  • New restrictions introduced in H-1B visa
  • President delivered address to the Parliament
  • Income tax reduced for earning between Rs. 2.5 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh
  • Political funding from unknown sources capped at 2000 rupees
  • Budget for reviving investment and generating jobs
  • PM Modi termed Budget as step for overall development
  • Budget has imprint of Prime Minister Modi
  • H-1B visa reforms could be blessing for Indians
  • U.S.-based NGO Compassion International to shut India's operations
  • All airlines will soon have to compulsorily submit passenger records
  • Telangana govt is redesigning projects related to irrigation
  • Supreme court puts status quo on Gujjar reservation
  • U.S. imposed sanctions on more than two dozen Iranian entities
  • India highlighted it’s commitment to the Palestinian cause
  • Controversial travel ban suspended by US
  • Assembly polls in Punjab and Goa saw a big turnout
  • Samples from the oil spill analysed by the Central Pollution Control Board
  • V.K.Sasikala to become next CM of Tamil Nadu
  • Govt says they want to end the practice of triple talaq
  • ISRO on the cusp of making history
  • India-Bangladesh talked about Ganga basin development
  • NGT sought the response of the Centre and State for compensation
  • Identification of mobile subscribers through an e-KYC allowed by SC
  • Japan's mission to clear space junk ended in failure
  • PM puts strong defence or demonetisation and surgical strikes
  • India is taking its first steps to evolve a policy on synthetic biology
  • US recognised India as major defence partner
  • Political crisis in Tamil Nadu deepened
  • India began the process for extradition of Vijay Mallya
  • Data analysis shows unarmed civilians fall victim to IED more
  • Aadhaar number mandatory for food subsidy
  • Central govt to provide 90% subsidy under HathkarghaSamvarthanSahayata scheme
  • National Women's Parliament bring the issue of women reservation in forefront
  • The government plans to set up a Defence Procurement Organisation
  • Govt says it will take steps to remove the black money
  • Govt forms panel for crackdown on shell companies
  • India made progress towards Ballistic Missile Shield
  • The immunity of pregnant women can be affected by the gender of the baby
  • People came to help stranded whales at New Zealand
  • National Women’s Parliament ended
  • President drawing less salary than a Joint Secretary in the Government of India
  • Naxalite groups continue to be “lethal and resolute” in using IEDs
  • The Bajaj Committee for Krishna River Management Board starts working
  • PM told ministers to furnish travel records
  • Justice Karnan remain defaint to SC orders
  • Manipur blockade to continue for some more time
  • Karnataka passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Bill, 2017
  • The Jammu and Kashmir government launched the e-Prison project
  • SC found Sasikala guilty in disproportionate assets case
  • Aero India 2017 took off in Bengaluru
  • SC clarifies its order on national anthem
  • Delhi-Centre issue to be taken by constitution bench
  • India created history by record 104 spacecraft launch
  • Government appointed five new judges to apex court
  • Army chief General Bipin Rawat warns of tough action
  • Terror attack on a popular Sufi shrine in Sindh province
  • Apex court gets tough on sex determination
  • Rajasthan students may will get lessons in water conservation
  • Proposal to build a wall along J&K dropped
  • Sureme court says there is no National song
  • Manufacturing Kamov-226T helicopters in India to start
  • Governor has discreation to call anyone even against popular will
  • Edappadi K. Palaniswami won the confidence of the assembly in T.N.
  • Towed artillery to be developed indigenously
  • Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams is running under heavy loss
  • Bihar says Farakka barrage is responsible for floods in Bihar
  • Against the backdrop of largescale protests Nagaland CM quits
  • The Centre to oppose bill to declare countries like Pakistan terror states
  • Vijay Mallya's custody sought under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty
  • Status report of investigation conducted by SIT into 1984 riots filed in SC
  • Amnesty expressed concerns over a range of human rights violations in India
  • India to strengthen surveillance of over 7,500-km coastline of the country
  • SC asks whether ISPs can identify those who upload obscene content online
  • United Kingdom has assured India of expeditious action on wanted persons
  • Scientists predict life expectancy will reach 90 years
  • EU team says Kashmir issue must be dealt internally in India
  • Three lakh Indian in US face risk of deportation
  • Apex court remain firm on construction of SYL
  • BJP continued its dominaance on Maharashtra
  • Kerala will soon have a sex offenders’ register
  • India to jointly develop a medium range surface-to-air missile with Israel
  • CBSE asked school buses should have a limit of 40 km/hour
  • Racial attack on Indians in US
  • India to throw open its border roads to help Bangladesh construct outposts
  • India likely to unveil its most powerful supercomputer of 10 petaflops
  • Enormous, glowing blob of gas in the distant universe spotted
  • Prime Minister reassured the people of Manipur
  • NASA to put astronauts on test flight of the deep space capsule Orion
  • About 30-35% of the annual crop yield in India gets wasted because of pests
  • India targets eliminating measles and controlling congenital rubella syndrome
  • India’s only active volcano is active again
  • Govt wants scientists to more focus on ‘science for the benefit of the people’
  • Memorandum of Procedure for appointment of judges to be finalised soon
  • Immigration restrictions to be highlighted by Foreign Secretary in U.S.
  • According to New World Wealth, Mumbai is the richest city in the country
  • The railways will soon manufacture its own high speed train sets
  • India has intensified efforts to increase Aerial surveeillance
  • Despite several difference India and China to find solutions
  • Moonlight movie won the top prize in academy awards
  • The Central Pollution Control Board says international studies are flawed
  • 3D organ-on-a-chip that can mimic the heart
  • India is one of the most “open economies in the world says FM
  • NASA plans to send its first robotic spacecraft to the Sun

International Issue

  • Bangladesh will push ahead with plan to relocate Rohingya refugees
  • Austria’s governing coalition has agreed to prohibit full-face veils
  • Pakistan puts travel ban on LeT terrorists
  • Despite opposition British PM firm on welcoming USA president
  • US says Iran is voilating UN resolution by conducting missile test
  • UK comes out with white paper for Brexit
  • US raising objections to settlement by Israel
  • More than one lakh visas revoked since travel ban
  • Sanctions over notorious Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar lifted by UN
  • Iran remain defaint of USA sanctions
  • Bangladesh decided to relocate refugees from Myanmar to remote island
  • China again blocks move against Masood Azhar
  • US gave assurances on one China policy
  • US President says new executive immigration might come
  • Hollywood musical La La Land leads the nominations for Britain’s Bafta awards
  • UN condemned North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test
  • Human Rights Watch says chemical gases used in Aleppo
  • Michael Flynn resigns as the National Security Adviser to Donald Trump
  • Sri Lanka's president initiates talks to end constitutional impasse
  • The Hindu Marriage Bill 2017, adopted by Pak senate
  • With an eye on South-China sea, China to build floating nuclear reactors
  • Around 3,50,000 children are trapped in western Mosul
  • U.S. hardens rules for deportation
  • UN Secretary-General raised the alarm about famine in Africa
  • Syrian peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations resumed
  • Iran’s Navy began an annual drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz
  • United States and China are about to become neighbours in Djibouti
  • US President for substantial increase in defence budget

India & The World

  • India and US agreed to expand coopera tion in defence
  • India rejects criticism from U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
  • Six nations to participate in conference for future of Afghanistan
  • India moved to stabilise ties with China
  • MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup is new High Commissioner to Canada
  • India and Afghanistan goes against the dominant view on Afghanistan process
  • India wants TNA to continue negotiating a political solution in Sri Lanka
  • Europe urged for six-month extension of bilateral investment with India

Economy

  • Core sector grew at 5.6% in december
  • The government has marginally revised GDP growth for 2015–16 to 7.9%
  • Economic survey recommends major reforms
  • Budget makes a paradigm shift in many ways
  • The government plans to divest Rs. 11,000 crore worth of stake in PSUs
  • RBI asks people to remain vigilant while using virtual currecny
  • Budget 2017-18, coming at a time of global uncertainty, is a pragmatic
  • Cabinet approved appointment of Sanjeev Sanyal as the Principal Economic Adviser
  • The increased focus on human capital development in Budget 2017
  • WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo’s to visit India
  • To exemption from paying gift tax from company employees
  • Cash transactions above 3 lakhs will attract penalty
  • Big measures for agriculture sector in Budget
  • Govt says outstanding issues to be taken with WTO
  • After abolition of FIPB, ministries to take up its role
  • Companies with turnover of less than Rs. 50 crore will pay tax at the reduced rate
  • Japan finding ways to increase FDI
  • Global economic order to shift to emerging economies
  • All Public sector banks to join BHIM app
  • Finance Minister says no disclosure of electoral bond purchasers
  • India to expedite negotiations on food security issues
  • Big jump in revenue collection during April - Jan period
  • After competitive biding solar tariffs at record low
  • Industrial output declined in december
  • Central Bank wants Banks to cut the rates further
  • SEBI laid out a road map for reforms for the financial year 2017-18
  • Railways Ministry is planning to consult the World Bank for investments
  • India’s future trade model would be formulated by Commerce Department
  • The government plans to come out with ‘Indradhanush 2.0’
  • Centre targeting big investment in start-ups of electronic sector
  • Centre puts the ball in states court for factories act amendment
  • Retail inflation eased in January
  • PSUs might sell power on exchanges without States’ nod’
  • Crude oil and minerals take WPI to over 5 percent
  • Trade unions oppose Centre’s proposed change to empower states
  • Lower growth in Information Technology sector
  • India’s goods exports recorded positive growth
  • The Cabinet approved the merger of State Bank of India
  • Reliance and Dassault come together for Rafale fighter jets
  • Reserve bank plans to rationalise the merchant discount rate
  • TRAI issued a consultation paper for review of tariff assessment process
  • Finance minister says remonetisation was very difficult
  • RBI Governor says economy will take V-shape recovery
  • India-Bangladesh trade affected due to poor connectivity
  • TRAI will review the rules of tariff assessment with regard to promotional offers
  • Vodafone and Idea meger will create India’s largest telecom firm
  • Solar energy has become the cheapest it has ever been in India
  • Govt has asked PSU's to perform
  • Finance Ministry started the process of listing three rail PSUs
  • Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Flipkart
  • PM Modi asks US to take farsighted aproach
  • Provident funds withdrawl made very simple
  • India signed an agreement with Japan on enhancing railway safety
  • Centre wants solar park capacity to reach 40000 MW
  • Salaries in India are expected to grow only 9.5%
  • Rising oil prices will not pose a serious risk to the economy says chief economic adviser
  • Applications for the fourth tranche of the Sovereign Gold Bond scheme
  • Industries will have to maintain only five registers for compliance
  • India's first-ever auction for wind energy projects
  • The creation of a ‘bad bank’ will help in resolution of stressed assets
  • India’s demonetisation led to huge cash shortages
  • The Indian Railways is mulling a new metric to measure its performance
  • Social Security Agreement ratified between India and Germany
  • Markets regulator SEBI is in favour of a major overhaul
  • Buy back options on boom in stock market
  • SEBI plans to further tighten the regulations for algorithmic trading
  • World Bank CEO described India as a “laboratory”, for the world to learn
  • Sunil Mittal said there is scope for further consolidation in the telecom sector

Science & Technology

  • Devices that can operate one million times faster than modern electronics
  • Solar-powered purifier developed by researchers
  • Anticancer agent promotes regeneration of damaged heart muscle
  • Decades old radioactive glass used to examine the Moon’s formation theory
  • Comet hunters have a chance to spot comet 45P
  • First indigenously built AEW&C, Netra, inducted in IAF
  • ISRO to create history with launch
  • 1.1 million people die prematurely each year due to air pollution in India
  • UAE looks to transport people to the Red Planet
  • Google a step closer to rolling out a network of balloons to provide Internet
  • First DNA computer capable of detecting several antibodies in the blood
  • Scientists have 3D-printed small, soft bio-bots with living tissues
  • Scientists have discovered why the crystallised iron core of the Earth remains solid
  • The risk of running out of rare earth metals led to deep sea mining
  • Scientists have spotted seven Earth-sized planets
  • African black rhinoceros face risk of extincti on

Sports

  • The Sports Ministry budget got a substantial hike of Rs. 350 crore
  • Ashwin quickest to reach 250 wickets

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