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Table of Contents:

Articles:

  • Women in Politics
  • Electronic Voting Machines
  • Armed Forces Special Provisions Act
  • National Anthem
  • Inter State Water Dispute
  • Selected Articles from Various Newspapers & Journals

Current Affairs:

National Issues

  • Third quarter growth remained at 7% despite demonetisation
  • IMD predicts above normal temperature across country
  • India and US engage in issue of safety of Indians in US
  • Al Nagah-II 2017 between armies of India and Oman
  • Mallya’s extradition issue raised with U.K.
  • Law ministry asks for opinion about AIJS
  • The government is unlikely to be able to clean the Ganga by 2018
  • DRDO successfully carried out a test of an interceptor missile
  • Supreme court says govt is following its order on police reforms
  • DRDO signed deal for manufacturing High Nitrogen Steel
  • India to attend the next meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission
  • President said “universities must engage in reasoned discussion and debate
  • Half of the 4,096-km border India shares with Bangladesh has been fenced
  • NGT prohibited all camping activity on beaches along the Ganga
  • Railways will soon move towards Aadhaar-based online ticketing system
  • Dalai Lama’s Arunachal visit increases tension between India and China
  • Centre delay imposing Ecological Sensitive Area restrictions
  • India and South East Asian countries wants discussion on an ‘Access to Medicines’ report
  • SC expressed grave concern on farmers suicide
  • Sustainable tourism to be promoted in India
  • Major portion of the Kolleru Lake has dried up
  • Confusion over INS Viraat
  • MEA worried about safety of Indians
  • India runs out of life-saving HIV drug for children
  • UIADI dismissed reports of Aadhaar data misuse
  • Supreme Court asked why old notes deposition time reduced
  • Supreme Court indicated it may revive conspiracy charge against some leaders
  • Former Pakistani National Security Adviser admits of guilt in 26/11
  • CAG to audit of various aspects of demonetisation
  • Indiato procure HIV drug from Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • India had the highest bribery rate among the 16 Asia-Pacific countries
  • SC for facilitation of single persons also to embrace parenthood through surrogacy
  • Defence Ministry has initiated the process to procure lakhs of service medals
  • Scientists have developed a ‘nanodote’, low-cost molecular gel, to counter snakebite
  • India and other G4 nations open to innovative ideas on UN
  • For the conduct of free and fair polls multi phase polls will stay says CEC
  • Standing Committee says this year’s defence budget is not sufficient
  • India conveyed its concerns to Pakistan regarding the movement of terrorists
  • Women in organised sector to be paid maternity leave of 26 weeks
  • The Rajya Sabha passed the The Enemy Property bill
  • Linking the Godavari with the Penna on the cards
  • Odisha, Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand come together for elephant census
  • BJP wins crucial states of UP and Uttarakhand
  • Twelve CRPF personnel were killed in an ambush by Maoists in Sukma district
  • Justice Karnan says contempt of court notice by SC is an error
  • BIll to regulate surrogacy has some issues
  • All curbs on withdrawal due to demonetisation lifted by RBI
  • China says India and Pak entry into SCO will help security of region
  • Almost 20,000 women and children were victims of human trafficking in India in 2016
  • Manohar Parrikar to be sworn in as Goa Chief Minister
  • The ability to use computers remains low in the country
  • Mr. Parrikar’s sudden departure has put the brakes on Defence Ministry initiatives
  • The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016 passed by Lok Sabha
  • Indo-Bangladesh border fencing is almost complete
  • Union Cabinet approved ‘Special assistance measure’ for the successor State of A.P.
  • Scientists in India have uncovered a pair of 1.6 billion-year-old fossils
  • Supreme Court have arrived at a consensus on contentious issue in MoP
  • The government approved the National Health Policy
  • The Centre cleared the long-awaited National Health Policy 2017
  • Kochi with Nagpur and Ahmedabad selected for Mobilise Your City programme
  • Historically significant Varkala to get National Centre for Performing Arts
  • CAG says IT department not putting to use its tools against shell companies
  • EC rejected the “speculative, baseless and wide allegations” on EVM
  • Apart from zero-rated goods, four tax rates under GST
  • Five cities across the country will be the first to start using plastic bank notes of Rs. 10
  • Supreme Court Collegium has handed over the finalised Memorandum of Procedure
  • Separatist opposed the Pakistan’s move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth province
  • Ambitious project of NATGRID slow to move due to non-filing of posts
  • Govt proposed a labour code to provide social security cover to the entire workforce
  • ICAR and ICRISAT would work together on crop improvement and agronomy programmes
  • Bilateral exercises new way to increase strategic cooperation
  • India’s longest road tunnel to open soon
  • Central govt is planning for one lakh toilets in madrassas
  • More than one crore face arsenic contamination in West Bangal
  • World Bank wants Indus water treaty issue to be resolved
  • Tuberculosis control remains a major challenge in India
  • Poor health indicator states to get more share in National Health policy
  • Parliamentary panel described the traffic situation in the national capital as “alarming”
  • The proposed march of Jat protesters to Delhi called off
  • The four-month economic blockade in Manipur lifted
  • Recreation of the lost manuscript writing using ancient herbal ink
  • Uttarakhand High court declares Ganga and Yamuna river as living persons
  • Govt says illegal mining to be controlled through satellite imagery
  • India and Pakistan began discussions on the Indus Water Commission
  • Gallantry award ‘Kirti Chakra’ went to Major Rohit Suri
  • AICTE wants internship mandatory for technical education
  • Supreme Court suggested out-of-court settlement for Ram Janmabhoomi dispute
  • NDA government has proposed to make Aadhaar mandatory for ITR
  • India slipped down one place from 130 to 131 in Human development index
  • Dalai Lama made another outreach to the Chinese people
  • Cash transactions above Rs. 2 lakh became illegal
  • India and Pakistan agreed on redesigning the Miyar Hydroelectric project
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has defended the amendment to link Aadhaar with PAN
  • Ceasefire violations and casualties reduced post surgical strikes
  • Mars could once have had rings, and the Red Planet may regain them again
  • Centre is contemplating an institutional mechanism to improve safety in India’s dams
  • Jaw successfully reconstructed using 3D printer
  • Videoconferencing system introduced in Supreme Court to help under trials
  • TenkuThittu a dancer of Yakshagana school died
  • Traditional Knowledge Database Library will cease to exist
  • AI to set up aviation varsity in Hyderabad by 2020
  • Rajasthan government’s move to provide vitamin-enriched food to help children
  • Significant change to electoral funding norms
  • British authorities have started the legal process to extradite Mallya
  • Turnaround plan from public sector banks mandatory for capital infusion
  • ICHR to explore whether the Ram Setu is a natural or man-made
  • Health Ministry’s targets on TB are unrealistic due to current budgets
  • FIIs were quite bearish, both in debt and equity last year
  • National Security Adviser and his U.S counterpart committed to work together
  • Centre rejects claim that it has carved out larger Nagaland state
  • Anushree Pareek has become the first woman combat officer in BSFThe government is set to change a four-decade-old definition of blindness
  • Property will have a unique ID
  • Civil nuclear agreement between India and U.S. still in doubt
  • SC says using Aadhaar is a voluntary excercise
  • The monsoon is likely to be “below normal” in 2017, says Skymet
  • SC says Centre should address the “serious issue” of farmers suicide
  • Blood test diagnoses active TB cases with high sensitivity
  • Bipin Rawat, to be conferred the honorary title of General of the Nepalese Army
  • Large brain sizes in primates may have been a result of their diverse diet
  • Pellet guns may be used by security forces in Valley to disperse rioters
  • The Mental Health Bill passed in the Lok Sabha
  • The Centre informed SC that appointment of Lokpal is not possible now
  • IMD sends warning to states about Heat waves
  • Health of the citizen is more important than the commercial interests says SC
  • Delhi LG asked AAP to give 97 crore used for self promotion in govt ads
  • India took historic step towards implementing a new, consolidated GST
  • The new TB vaccine (VPM1002) to be tested
  • A new Road Accident Data Recording and Reporting Format has been rolled out
  • Attack on African nationals in Greater Noida took a diplomatic turn
  • Lok Sabha cleared the finance Bill after it rejected five amendments of Rajya sabha
  • Predictions by astrologers and analysts on results cannot be published says EC

International Issues

  • U.S. President called for adopting a merit-based immigration system
  • Sri Lanka to co-sponsor Human Rights Council session
  • UN criticised Sri Lanka’s slow progress in addressing wartime crimes
  • US temporarily banned travel from six Muslim-majority countries
  • Iraqi forces advanced in west Mosul
  • UN says South Sudan faces a risk of cleansing based on ethinicity
  • Commonwealth is launching an initiative to help tackle domestic violence
  • China came up with formula to defuse Korean Peninsula crisis
  • There will be no changes in the H-1B visa programme for skilled temporary workers
  • Commonwealth trade summit concluded
  • Japanese and U.S. navies are conducting joint exercises in the East China Sea
  • Chemical atack possibility in Iraq
  • Referendum on Scottish independence on the cards
  • U.K. Houses of Parliament passed the Brexit bill
  • Pakistan is planning to declare Gilgit-Baltistan region as its fifth Province
  • Military action against North Korea an option for U.S.
  • Finance ministers of G-20 dropped an anti-protectionist pledge
  • Official date for triggering Brexit is Mar 29
  • UN releases World Happiness report 2017
  • Amul Thapar nominated to court of Appeals
  • Sri Lanka’s persistent failure to probe war-era atrocities condemned by UN
  • China is in the middle of a complex diplomatic dance with West Asia
  • Three teams from engineering colleges in India ranked among the top 16 across Asia
  • Oil prices, slow global growth, ramping up private sector investment are challenges
  • Khalifa Masood named as responsible for attack on Westminster
  • Sri Lanka gets two more years for accountability mechanism for war crimes
  • Trump administration wants extra security for certain groups
  • President Donald Trump faced the biggest blow yet to his young presidency
  • British government wants access to encrypted messaging applications
  • U.S., allies, boycott disarmament talks
  • Trump to issue orders to backout from various commitments during Paris deal
  • Britain has formally triggered its departure from the EU
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit the U.S.

India & The World

  • India and Bangladesh to sign on defence cooperation during Hasina's visit
  • India has offered its biggest yet line of credit to Bangladesh

Economy

  • OECD threw its weight behind India’s rating upgrade
  • Govt to hold fresh auctions this year
  • OECD keeps India’s growth forecast to 7%
  • Core sector slows to 3.4% in January
  • Purchasing Managers’ Index shows growth in second month as well
  • Govt to push less cash economy even further
  • Demonetisation will be credit positive for India says Moody's
  • BASF will invest €3 billion between 2017-2021 in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Finance Ministry has advised state-owned banks to prepare a list of their non-core assets
  • The GST levy may go up to 40%
  • Australia wants India to become major buyer of its cotton
  • Services sector saw expansion in Feb
  • e-commerce faces too many policy challenges
  • U.S. could roll out a red carpet for Indian visitors
  • Law enforcement in the digital era
  • Centre gives nod to sell three SAIL plants
  • Centre is considering proposals to amend the definition of ‘start-up’
  • National Investment and Infrastructure Fund begun talks with two wealth funds
  • Government will soon unveil an alternative mechanism for clearing FDI
  • Members of EPF can now opt to move their retirement savings to NPS
  • FM asked ministries to gear up for speedier implementation of different schemes
  • India has conveyed its concerns over the ongoing H-1B visa issue to US
  • Centre has initiated talks with FMCG companies to sell their products online
  • World Gold Council expects a revival in demand for the yellow metal
  • The government is mulling opening more ‘border haats’
  • FM said that the electoral bonds will be made available ahead of the elections
  • Centre has issued draft rules to ensure confidentiality of electronic payments
  • India sees opportunity to enhance bilateral cooperation with U.S. in energy sector
  • PFRDA hopeful Centre may raise equity cap for pensions
  • Net direct tax collections up to February grew 10.7%
  • The country’s industrial production grew 2.7% year-on-year
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes is considering making PAN mandatory for TAN
  • TRAI recommended setting up an ‘Office of Telecom Ombudsman
  • India's commercial ties US could be restrained under Trump
  • The Centre has granted tax exemption for oil payments to Iran
  • RBI prohibited NBFCs from lending more than ?20,000 in cash against gold
  • India Ratings (Ind-Ra) has maintained a stable outlook for cotton textiles
  • Airtel payment bank has opened more than one lakh saving bank accounts
  • BRICS to consider a proposal for investment policymaking to boost investment
  • Retail and wholesale price inflation accelerated in February
  • The Centre unveiled a scheme to create export-related infrastructure
  • India’s goods exports rose again in February
  • Moody's says BJP poll win will be credit positive for India
  • DIPP wants start-ups to become Fast Track firms
  • Truck and bus drivers will soon have to undergo training in fuel efficient driving
  • Fresh DGCA norms for pilots taking naps
  • IDSA seeks action to stop unauthorised sale in e-commerce firms
  • The Centre should not permit imports of sugar this year says SISMA
  • Commerce dept wants benefits of keeping more than one IFSC in India
  • Four bills on GST cleared by cabinet
  • Paytm will offer insurance cover for money stored in its wallets
  • Bharatiya Manila Bank to merge with SBI
  • Demonetisation will start showing positive results on the banks
  • Centre is looking to ease FDI norms in Multi-brand Retail
  • Public sector banks able to recover fraction of loans to Vijay Mallya
  • India pressed for expediting the negotiation process for a global services pact
  • NCLT gives nod for Cairn-Vedanta merger
  • Centre is working on a ‘compliance report” of its flagship ‘Make In India’
  • Phone service providers to reverify through Aadhaar
  • Competition Commission of India has imposed a penalty of Rs. 591 crore upon CIL
  • Recapitalisation alone is not enough says Y.V. Reddy
  • Changes in the small savings schemes
  • Charges introduced by the banks
  • Only 14% of the airports and airstrips are equiped
  • Airport charges across all non-major airports are raised
  • India had 36.74 crore (367.48 million) Internet subscribers in September 2016
  • Govt is likely to come out with a set of measures for non-performing assets
  • Indian Railways will invest Rs. 12,000 crore in a common digital platform
  • Govt wants petroleum to come under GST
  • Social security benefits may be extended to anganwadi and Asha workers
  • The Centre is working on an industrial policy for backward areas of the northeast
  • Amid weak global trade, India reported a 10% growth in export-import
  • Workers with EPFO will be eligible to receive medical treatment from ESIC hospitals
  • Beginning April, passengers may be able to fly on as many as 128 routes
  • Consumer interest is imp. in policy and not revenue maximization says TRAI
  • Paper meals coupon provided by employers to go digital

Science & Technology

  • NASA’s ‘Europa Clipper’ set to launch in the 2020s
  • Great Barrier Reef is experiencing second straight year of mass coral bleaching
  • Indian researcher has been able to increase wheat grain yield by 20%
  • Despite high institutional delivery, breastfed children are still low
  • Using biofuels to help power jet engines can reduce particle emissions
  • GRAPES-3 experiment at TIFR’s Cosmic Ray Laboratory in Ootacamund is getting upgraded
  • A group of marine researchers from Kerala is attempting to combat corrosion of steel
  • Air Force will have 123 Tejas jets by 2024-25
  • Scientists have developed a new wireless Internet based on infrared rays
  • Large Hadron Collider accelerator helps in finding 5 new sub-atomic particles
  • Govt proposed a law to provide social security net to the 47.41 crore workforce
  • Rapid pace of melting of earth’s polar ice
  • Hubble space telescope has detected a supermassive black hole
  • Indian researchers found a new target that can be used for new antibiotics
  • A protein “switch” within the tiny capillaries of the brain controls the blood flow
  • Tupolev-142M anti-submarine warfare aircraft to be decommissioned
  • India in discussions with Sri Lanka and several Southeast Asian nations for Dhruv

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