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Issue : May 2017

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Publisher : IASEXAMPORTAL.COM

Table of Contents:

Articles:

  • Draft Labour Code
  • Rail Development Authority
  • National Anthem
  • National Health Policy
  • Vienna Convention on Consular Relations

Current Affairs:

National Issues

  • Attorney-General to defend India in UNHRC
  • Turkey is keen on expanding defence industrial cooperation with India
  • Strict law will increase tax compliance says FM
  • Japan has selected former Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar for top honour
  • FICCI-India Sanitation Coalition prize to Aga khan foundation
  • Supreme court offered to set the stage for J&K talks
  • Maharastra govt to set up panel for welfare of transgenders
  • Tiny particles in polluted air can lead to heart attack
  • NITI Aayog says industry not doing enough to create jobs
  • India Sri Lanka to dicuss various important issues
  • India assured Nepal of all possible help for elections
  • No change in policy do deal with Naxals
  • India's longest bridge to come up over Brahmaputra river
  • All central universities to get free wi-fi
  • Govt examining the list of 51 names recommended by Collegium
  • Despite the increase of temp cases of H1N1 influenza increases
  • First underwater metro tunnel in the country inside the bed of Hoogly river
  • PM says Civil servants should change with changing times
  • SC refused to dwell on a petition seeking a judicial declaration on Kohinoor
  • Land attack variant of BrahMos supersonic cruise missile testfired
  • SC questioned the logic to make Aadhaar mandatory for filing income tax returns
  • The government is exploring the possibility of allowing all petroleum products
  • India has made a fresh request to the U.S. for the extradition of David Coleman
  • India has made a 15th request to Pakistan for consular access
  • India objects to Chinese arunachal move
  • Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe will visit India
  • The talks between India and the EU that were stalled
  • States to be consulted on BC panel Bill
  • ISRO invited scientists to suggest studies for a potential orbiter mission to Venus
  • India is likely to get ‘normal’ monsoon rains according to Met Dept
  • Australian 457 visa scheme scrapped
  • Prime Minister Modi held talks with U.S. NSA
  • Bharat Biotech to start the Phase I clinical trial of Zika virus vaccine
  • Task force framed on a road map for decriminalisation of politics
  • U.S. National Security Adviser Lt. General H.R. McMaster arrived in Delhi
  • Union Home Ministry said it would introduce less lethal “plastic bullets”
  • Supreme Court wants appearance of secretaries on issue of police vacancies
  • China is set to launch its first cargo spacecraft
  • U.S. National Security Adviser Lt. General H.R. McMaster arrived in Delhi
  • Union Home Ministry said it would introduce less lethal “plastic bullets”
  • Supreme Court wants appearance of secretaries on issue of police vacancies
  • China is set to launch its first cargo spacecraft
  • DST will be leading a Rs. 2,000-crore initiative to encourage more girls and women
  • GST to effect the citizens in many ways
  • Shia community wants AIMPLB to keep in mind the Quran, Shariyat and humanity
  • Consular access for Kulbhushan Jadhav sought
  • Second phase of operation clean money launched
  • Finance minister wants personal laws should conform to constitutional rights
  • SC puts Allahabad HC under scrutiny for long delays
  • Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan had been hit by US
  • Citizens have the right to access the Internet to gain information says SC
  • India and France will step up negotiations to expand the Scorpene submarine
  • Small entrepreneurs have raised some concerns over govt's proposal
  • Veteran diplomats says India had various options for Kulbhushan Jadhav
  • SLV received double customers since Feb
  • Curative petition filed by centre in AFSPA case
  • National Lok Adalatsettled nearly 6.6 lakh cases in one day
  • Budget session came to an end
  • Telangana to check the genuineness of the academic certificates of its students
  • Centre has no plans to grant Special Category Status to any State
  • HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill passed by Parliament
  • HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill passed by Parliament
  • Govt will ask restaurants to specify the size of a meal
  • Govt to allow the armed forces to buy several non-core items in the open market
  • Australian PM says Australia will supply Uranium to India very soon
  • SC questions those who use children as cover
  • Survey of India started a web portal named Nakshefor maps
  • Govt says polygamy is a social custom and not religious practice
  • Lok Sabha cleared amendments to motor vehicles act
  • Lok Sabha paved way for constitutional status for Backward classes commission
  • Agreements in the fields of energy and defence between India and Bangladesh
  • Govt is considering the introduction of a ‘no fly list’
  • CJI says parties should e kept accountable for unfulfilled promises
  • Indo-Mongolian Joint Military Exercise Nomadic Elephant at vairengte
  • Forest Advisory Committee imposed conditions on Ken-Betwa interlinking
  • PM wants to provide quality and affordable healthcare
  • IVRI in Bareilly in the process of collecting DNA samples of all wild animals
  • Fact checking tag by google to fight fake news
  • TRAI asked Reliance jio to withdraw summer surprise offer
  • West Bengal government is not yet on board on sharing of Teesta waters
  • About 6.4 million deaths worldwide was caused by smoking in 2015
  • Department of Science and Technology initiated Cyber Physical Systems programme
  • Four Bills essential for the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax paased
  • Kirti Chakra posthumously conferred on Lance Havildar Prem Bahadur
  • China says visit of Dalai Lama severely damaged ties
  • Govt clarified on deposits and withdrawal limits
  • 9 out of every 10 children aged 6-23 do not get an adequate diet in Bihar and Jharkhand
  • Govt wants BC commission to get constitutional status
  • India says it has sovereignty over Gilgit-Baltistan region
  • New guidelines for accreditation of 30 lakh NGOs handed over to SC
  • Union govt says Dalai lama’s visit is only religious
  • Uttar Pradesh govt waived off loan worth rupees 31 thousand crores
  • India rules out third party interference in Indo-Pak relations
  • Indian youth is becoming modern in appearance but less modern in their thoughts
  • IISc has been rated as the top higher educational institution of India
  • Besides the loss of revenue lakhs of people could loose job due to SC order
  • Six DU colleges made it to the list of top 10 educational institutions
  • A global alliance of tech industry to fight fake news
  • Defence Acquisition Council approved the purchase of Barak
  • Centre has sought public opinion on proposed amendments to RTI Act
  • PM made appeal to Kashmiri youth to leave terrorism
  • Election commission says EVM’s are temper proof
  • The government will soon launch the electoral bonds scheme
  • Centre to bring law for proper maintenance of parents
  • Election commission to buy next-generation EVMs
  • Grassoline — a biofuel derived from grass that could one day power aircraft
  • In a major crackdown, ED conducted searches on 300 shell companies
  • Financial assistance of 3,000 crore from NDRF to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka
  • Parity between military officers and their civilian counterparts to come
  • China asked India to exercise “restraint”
  • C clarified its verdict on making National and State Highways liquor-free zones
  • Anti-Romeo squad in UP asked to use only lawfull means
  • SC ordered to declare children affected by HIV as a ‘disadvantaged group’
  • Scientists found an unusual approach of removing antibodies from the blood

International Issues

  • UAE hardened military into Africa and elsewhere in the Middle East
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to visit Moscow
  • China bans some muslim names in western China
  • French presidential election to decide country's future
  • Madhesis declared that they would participate in the upcoming elections
  • Tougher requirements to gain citizenship of Australia
  • China wants India’s participation in the Belt and Road connectivity initiative
  • Turkish referendum gave sweeping powers to President
  • Turkish referendum gave sweeping powers to President
  • Mother of all bombs did huge damage to the IS
  • Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution condeming Syria
  • US President changes his stand on NATO
  • Chinese President urged US counterpart to peacefully resolve North Korea issue
  • G7 spoke against chemical attack in Syria
  • Nepal Govt tabled a new Constitutional amendment bill
  • China and Myanmar agreed a deal on a crude oil pipeline
  • Changed approach by US towards Syria throws many challenges
  • United states targeted a Syrian airbase
  • North Korea says it is ready to fight with US
  • First meeting between Trump and Xi
  • Trump administration to enforce laws related to H-1B programme
  • Saint Petersburg metro station probed as act of terror
  • Pakistan resumed its mass repatriation of Afghan refugees
  • Decision on Myitsone dam to come soon
  • U.S. not pressing for Bashar Al-Assad of Syria to leave power
  • India is among the 16 target countries in a review of trade ties by US
  • Brexit will present opportunities as well as challenges for India

India & The World

  • India strongly condemned attack in Afghanistan
  • India strongly condemned attack in Afghanistan
  • India and South Korea signed two agreements to build artillery guns
  • India and EU firmed up plans for holding the 14th bilateral summit
  • Consular access denied to Jadhav
  • Consular access denied to Jadhav
  • Dalai Lama compared China’s actions in Tibet to the regime of Cambodian dictator
  • India urged Myanmar to contain violence against Rohingya Muslims
  • UAV deal with Israel may get done during PM's visit
  • India and Malaysia agreed to cooperate to defeat Islamic State
  • China again warned India against visit of Dalai Lama

Economy

  • Turnaround of rupee is good news for coutry
  • Investment Trust (Inv-IT) finally arrived
  • Indians are slowly moving from investing in gold
  • India set to make FTA with Eurasian Economic union
  • Poor Internet connectivity is turning out to be a challenge for GST rollout
  • Deteriorating Health of PSBs lead to drastic steps by RBI
  • SC slams the tendency of country to evade taxes
  • SC wants government ought to frame a statutory law to regulate NGOs
  • Trincomalee port would not be sealed during PM Modi’s Sri Lanka visit
  • Defence Minister says global community should not differentiate between terrorists
  • Govt does not have any plans to bring agricultural income into Income tax
  • SEBI decided to grant a unified licence to brokers and clearing members
  • PM called for exploring new technologies for road and coal sector
  • India’s social sector subsidies should be reoriented says NITI Aayog
  • RBI Governor says consolidation of banks will reduce stressed assets
  • Fourteen state legislatures will approve their respective SGST laws by mid-May
  • NITI Aayog wants agriculture income to come with in personal income
  • New three plan to be discussed in NITI Aayog meeting
  • India and Indonesia have agreed to explore cooperation in areas like oil, coal
  • IT Minister has instructed NPCI to smoothen the refund mechanism for BHIM
  • Medcine industry says drug policy must be holistic
  • Crack down on the incidence of overbooking on domestic flights
  • Status quo on rates by MPC
  • Coal imports into the country are unlikely to rise
  • Private players will be able to bid for mines with about 100 million tonnes
  • Banks may not invest more than 10% of unit capital of REITs
  • SBI surpassed ONGC to become the country’s most valued state-owned firm
  • The pace of road construction rose to 22.5 km per day in 2016-17
  • The IMF trimmed India’s annual growth forecast by 0.4 percentage
  • A decline in the prices of fuel and manufactured products helped inflation
  • FSDC discussed the setting up of a Computer Emergency Response Team
  • IRDAI sweetens the pill for vehicle owners
  • A decline in the prices of fuel and manufactured products helped inflation
  • FSDC discussed the setting up of a Computer Emergency Response Team
  • IRDAI sweetens the pill for vehicle owners
  • Strong rupee keeping checks on gold prices
  • Technical textiles or functional textiles, a sunrise sector in the country
  • SBI aims to do 1 lakh crore digital transactions in 2017-18
  • All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation proposed GST rate of 1.25 % for the sector
  • Tea export declined in 2017
  • President granted his assent to the four enabling laws to GST
  • RBI come out with a revised prompt corrective action framework for banks
  • The country’s goods exports rose for the seventh consecutive month
  • Industrial production shrank to 1.2%
  • FRBM review committee says centre can hold fiscal deficit at 3% till 2020
  • Centre to close the gaps on virtual currencies
  • Passenger vehicles sales grew at the fastest pace in six years
  • PAN and TAN to come in one day to improve ease of doing business
  • Conventional means of providing healthcare must be aided with innovative ways
  • Bangladesh wants India to invest in countries infrastructure
  • Centre’s credit-linked interest subsidy scheme for home loan borrowers
  • U.S. investors are looking overseas for stronger earnings
  • India’s Internet economy is expected to reach to $250 billion
  • New H-1B guidelines could lead to more litigations
  • RBI kept the key policy rate, the repo rate, unchanged
  • Centre to secure legislative backing for the Rail Development Authority
  • Centre survey shows more than 60% faces call drop
  • 200 rupee note to come soon
  • India and the U.K. announced a joint Green Growth Equity Fund
  • India says it will deepen ties with U.K.
  • Gross tax collections grew about 18% in 2016-17
  • Nasscom believes changes in H-1B visa will not have much Impact on Indians
  • Commercial vehicle manufacturers hit hard by BS III ban
  • Purchasing Managers’ Index rose to 52.5 in March
  • Export-Import Bank of India, is looking to raise about $3 billion
  • India’s merchandise export is expected to cross $300 billion during the current fiscal
  • Industry concerned with anti tax avoidance rules
  • Government pins its hopes on Smart cities
  • India strongly goes against the protectionism
  • Growth of eight core sectors slipped to a more than one-year low
  • Fiscal deficit target exceeded to 113%

Science & Technology

  • IISC developed molecules to reduce survivability of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
  • Oxytocin hormone is involved in a broader range of social interactions
  • Geologists searching for an efficient and cheap way to remove carbon dioxide
  • IMD says the country is on an average 0.6 degree Celsius hotter than a century ago
  • A relatively large near-Earth asteroid will fly safely past Earth
  • Researchers found a novel way to recycle the mounting pile of electronic waste
  • Coastal States of India may not suffer from the massive Arabian Sea algal bloom
  • SpaceX successfully launched and then retrieved its first recycled rocket

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