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Issue : February 2017

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Table of Contents:

Articles:

  • Disability Bill
  • Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas
  • Training Events & Military Exercises
  • Renewable Energy
  • Jallikattu
  • Selected Articles from Various Newspapers & Journals

Current Affairs:

National Issues

  • Banks cu t lending rate after demonetisation
  • Centre will deposit Rs. 2,000 crore into the bank accounts of refugees from PoK
  • Deposits in Jan Dhan accounts doubled during Demonetisation
  • Supreme Court removed BCCI president
  • Service charge payment made optional
  • Appeal for votes on the basis of religion amounts to corruption
  • PM underlined the need to inculcate the concept of scientific social responsibility
  • Samajwadi party’s symbol to be decided by EC
  • Union budget to be presented away from convention
  • Justice Khehar sworn in 44th CJI
  • A new hurdle has come in the way of the Ken-Betwa river interlink project
  • Consensus on the critical issue of dual control still missing in GST
  • Election commission gave suggestion to improve elections
  • President says economy may face a brief slowdown due to demonetisation
  • Decision of Party symbol by EC
  • Rape definition in POCSO and IPC
  • GDP growth to be lower than expected
  • Aadhaar made mandatory for EPS
  • RBI has agreed to provide Rs. 1 billion in Rs. 100 notes to the Nepal Rastra Bank
  • 14th edition of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas got off the ground
  • EC has sought a response from the Centre on defering Union Budget
  • MEA may announce allowing online voting for Non-Resident Indians
  • The government has invoked Section 7 of the Aadhaar:
  • Mini grids can spur economic activity
  • Avian diversity to get a big boost in Kerala
  • Pravasisamman award to Portugal Prime Minister
  • Directorate of Revenue Intelligence says jump in smuggling of counterfeit currency
  • The Supreme Court dismissed a Telangana government petition
  • Supreme Court allows auditing of NGO’s
  • India on the threshold of becoming the world’s largest digitised Economy says PM
  • Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus urges legislation for poor’s bank
  • SC said political parties require donations from followers
  • EC released set of stringent guidelines
  • Tata sons picked N. Chandrasekaran as chairman
  • Central police forces in LWE areas don't get the special allowance
  • NITI Aayog called for review of provisions of RTE act
  • Nepal is facing financial crisis due to demonetisation
  • Chief of Army Staff promised a “suggestion and grievance” system
  • Jallikattu conducted despite SC ban
  • Indian bacteria resistant to all available antibiotics
  • Tribal population in Tripura protest for indigenous population issue
  • GST council arrived at concensus over administrative control over tax payers
  • Environment Ministry tasked a SC-appointed panel for pollution control
  • RBI raised the daily cash withdrawal limits from ATMs to Rs. 10,000
  • CSIR is in the process of setting up an innovation fund
  • SC asked Pollution Control Authority to inspect Pollution Under Certificate stations
  • Pakistan must walk away from terror if it wants talks says PM
  • Urjit Patel told more than 9 lakh crore came back to circulation
  • Pro-Jallikattu protests turned into mass movement
  • Tamil Nadu has maximum centrally approved houses for urban poor
  • PM said he would support Tamil Nadu government on the jallikattu
  • Debt Recovery Tribunal allowed banks to recover its dues from kingfisher
  • Alok Kumar Verma appointed as Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation
  • Centre cleared the Tamil Nadu’s proposal for an ordinance to hold jallikattu
  • Income Tax dept started examining individual deposits
  • PM said that India’s culture would never allow the radicalisation
  • Former Afghanistan President wants action against Pak based terror groups
  • Islamic State group has demolished more treasured monuments in Palmyra
  • Stir regarding jallikattu continues
  • Kudankulam second reactor attains maximum capacity
  • ISRO will set a record by launching 103 satellites:
  • Kambala’s traditional buffalo racing:
  • GPS to be mandatory for all commercial vehicles by year-end
  • Jallikattu verdict spurred a flood of animal right cases in SC
  • Indian model to predict impact of climate change
  • Delhi airport bags prestigious Golden Peacock Award:
  • Urdu lyricist Naqsh Lyallpuri dies at 89:
  • Indian railways to use drone for safety
  • Voilence broke out during jallikattu protest
  • Scientists have developed a novel psychological vaccine against fake news
  • Centre gets nod from SC and EC for budget
  • US President and Prime Minister Modi started new regime
  • After Jallikattu, kambala may also be allowed with ordinance
  • Political funding mostly from unknown sources
  • More common people in Padma awards category
  • India's corruption ranking does not improve
  • US finds true friend in India
  • Important agreements signed between India and UAE
  • Kerala will come up with all women police
  • According to new proposal provident fund for housing purposes
  • Facing serious charges Meghalaya Governor quits
  • Poll app launched for upcoming Manipur assembly
  • Havaldar Hangpan Dada gets Ashoka Chakra
  • All applications challenging Jallikattu to be heard on Jan 31
  • 23rd edition of CII Partnership started
  • Rural economy impacted due to drought and demonetisation
  • Supreme court says asks centre and states to explain farmers death
  • Nalanda University gets new Chancellor
  • U.S. President has banned people from seven Muslim-majority countries
  • Deal for four stealth frigates has run into trouble
  • U.S. technology companies are girding for changes to immigration policy
  • EC set rules in motion
  • RBI turned down EC's request to enhance withdrawal limit for candidates
  • Oil spil leads to death of marine animals
  • NavIC has developed a technical snag
  • Mann ki baat focussed on students
  • Supreme court appointed panel to head BCCI
  • Patnaik a 1985 batch IPS appointed Delhi Commissioner

International Issues

  • Another terrorist attack in Turkey
  • Sectarian violence in Myanmar
  • US President elect says North Korea would not develop nuclear missile
  • Bill backing key changes in the H1-B visa re-introduced in the U.S. Congress
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to visit the U.S.
  • Pakistan to wind up its special military courts
  • Next US Ambassador to India could be Ashley Tellis
  • Chinese submarine has docked at a port in Malaysia for first time
  • US is worried about range of Pak missiles
  • France is hosting more than 70 countries at a West Asia peace summit
  • China has handed over two ships to the Pakistan Navy
  • Trump says NATO has become absolete
  • Britain would leave the EU’s single market in order to restrict immigration
  • China’s President Xi Jinping warned against scapegoating globalisation for the world’s ills
  • Former Afghanistan President wants action against Pak based terror groups
  • Islamic State group has demolished more treasured monuments in Palmyra
  • Pakistan has engaged the World Bank, as facilitator of the IWT
  • Japan is threatening to take India to the WTO
  • Massive Antarctic ice shelf is breaking away:
  • Faster diagnosis of HIV:
  • A sunspot with centre twice the size of Earth:
  • Smart jacket to diagnose pneumonia by Ugandans
  • Mauritius PM announces that he would be stepping down:
  • Trump to make major changes
  • Oscars nominnations saw La La Land gets maximum nominations
  • Pakistan conducted the flight test of long range surface-to-surface missile Ababeel
  • China formally exited from TPP
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations sworn
  • Trump to suspend U.S. refugee programme
  • US determined to implement protectionist policies
  • Iraqi forces discovered a mustard chemical warfare agent
  • Judicial order stayed the deportation of people from seven countries
  • Miss France is Miss Universe

India & The World

  • India said China following double standards against terrorism
  • Russia providing special privilege to India
  • Growing Japan and India relationship
  • India says CPEC passes through its territory
  • Sri Lanka is in talks to offer the port of Trincomalee to India
  • Amended version of kyoto protocol ratified by India

Economy

  • Govt says black money will be used for welfare of public
  • CII feels demonetisation will lead to reduction in corporate tax
  • Manufacturing output dip in Dec
  • Core sector recorded a growth of 4.9 percent
  • Despite spending on welfare measures govt to meet fiscal deficit target
  • Foundry industries feel the heat of demonetisation
  • Paytm payments bank to become operational
  • RBI directed banks to supply 40 % to rural areas
  • TRAI issued a consultation paper on the issue of net-neutrality
  • More Banks cut lending rates
  • Services sector contracted for the second consecutive month
  • Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme to come
  • Telecom Commission has given approval to the second phase of Bharat Net
  • Indian Railways to get more than six per cent increase in gross budgetary support
  • Plantation Labour Act (PLA), 1951 to be amended
  • TRAI will soon form a joint committee with telecom operators to review tariff rules
  • The Centre would shortly introduce an exclusive scheme for women entrepreneurs
  • Loan disbursals by MUDRA slowed down due to demonetisation
  • Deposits data before and after demonetisation
  • Anti-avoidance tax rule
  • Centre’s flagship digital payment application BHIM safer than others
  • Finance Minister says tax collection number shows slowdown talks wrong
  • Private sector banks will be allowed in PF contribution
  • Insurance and pension regulators could invest in start-ups soon
  • Real estate sector lost Rs. 22000 crore due to demonetisation
  • Former RBI governors say RBI’s autonomy should be maintained
  • Rs. 25,000 cr. worth cash deals move to digital mode
  • On-road emission tests to be mandatory from 2020
  • In appraisal document for 12th 5 year plan NITI Aayogpredicts 8% growth
  • World bank says India’s growth to be 7%
  • Industrial output grows fast
  • Retail inflation eased for fifth straight month
  • Airtel payment bank became first bank to start operations in India
  • India imposed anti-dumping duty on steel products
  • NITI Aayog to soon come up with new poverty line
  • India’s trade deficit narrowed to $10.36 billion in December 2016
  • The number of unemployed people in India is expected to rise by 1 lakh in 2017
  • Inequality in India on te rise
  • CPI is likely to soften to 4.5% in 2017
  • Govt likely to come out with incentives including tax-related ones for start-ups
  • Demonetisation move could dampen India’s growth by 1% says IMF
  • India looking for trade facilitation in services
  • India’s domestic air passenger traffic grew 23.18% to about 10 crore
  • Govt is considering 100 % FDI through automatic route in single brand retail
  • Cabinet gave approval for package supporting small and medium enterprises
  • Regional connectivity plan nets proposals to revive 65 airports
  • The Centre has so far awarded prize money to over 3.81 lakh consumers
  • Tax department has asked banks to report deposits Rs. 10 lakh in a year
  • CCI has imposed penalties on three firms for bid rigging of tenders by Railways
  • Cooperative banks not authorised to accept deposits under PMGKY
  • Tax-free withdrawal limit for PF may rise:
  • Centre to scan misleading ads for traditional medicine:
  • SEBI to review the norms for removal of independent directors in listed companies:
  • Ministry of Power recommends- renewable energy be given a zero-rate tax status:
  • Aadhaar eKYC for outstation users buying SIM:
  • India rejects investment pact demand from EU
  • TRAI has recommended the use of Aadhaar-based e-KYC for verification
  • Report on revising the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act submitted
  • The Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for farmers interest waiver
  • The Cabinet gave approval for introduction of the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana
  • Final view on digital payments yet to be taken
  • All curbs on cash withdrawl to end by feb end
  • India to be fastest oil consuming country by 2035
  • General Anti Avoidance Rules will come to force on April 1
  • WTO pact set to lift world trade by $1 trillion
  • More than 111 crore people now have an Aadhaar number
  • Exporters’ wish-list for Budget include an Export Development Fund
  • Key sectors of manufacturing showing a dip in job creation
  • India’s trade with Iran is yet to be fully normalised
  • India Post has received payments bank licence from the Reserve Bank of India
  • The government is working on boosting infrastructure
  • Finance Ministry has agreed to contribute to a new dedicated railway safety fund
  • First Budget without seperate railway budget
  • UIDAI cautioned about sharing information with unauthorised agencies
  • Digitalisation to top the agenda of Gyan Sangam

Science & Technology

  • Leap second added to the Indian clock
  • Agni-IV successfully launched
  • World's tallest solar tower in Israel
  • India’s Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope found black hole
  • A solar-panel powered coach, the first of its kind in Jan Shatabdi
  • NASA will send two spacecraft to explore asteroids
  • China is setting up the world’s highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes
  • Diagnosing retinal diseases
  • Tweaking photosynthesis for a better crop yield
  • Second Scorpene submarine built in MDL
  • US army may use biodegradable bullets
  • India became an associate member of CERN
  • U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon, died
  • Gorillas, monkeys, lemurs and other primates are in danger of becoming extinct
  • Indian Space Research Organisation plans to fly GSLV- Mark III
  • GSLV’s cryogenic upper stage tested successfully
  • New glasses will auto focus
  • Human organs can be grown in pigs after some time
  • Indian Navy has launched a global hunt for a multi-role fighter aircraft
  • Saina Nehwal wins Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold:
  • Bolt looses one of his golds
  • Roger Federer wins his fifth Australian open

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