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Table of Contents:


  • International Solar Alliance Cell and World Bank Signs Declaration for Promoting Solar Energy
  • Fund of Funds for funding support to Start-ups
  • Selected Articles from Various Newspapers & Journals

Current Affairs:

National Issues

  • All party meet to discuss Kashmir issue
  • First unit of Kudankulam started
  • Search operations still on for missing An-32
  • Opposition raised issues in Citizenship(amendment) bill
  • Centre says attacks on Dalits reduced in last two years
  • India to give third largest maternity leave
  • Differences between SC and Centre came out in open
  • 100 million for 100 million campaign for youth
  • Joint statement on Naga peace talk issued
  • Govt notifies significant changes to OBC list
  • Elephant corridors identified by WWF-India
  • State of Indian judiciary report points towards need for reforms
  • Tension between India and Pakistan continues
  • President delivers Independence Day speech
  • Ashok chakra and Shaurya chakra given to martyrs
  • CAG says Union owes more than 80000 crores to States
  • PM’s Independence Day speech mentions PoK and Balochistan
  • In a novel initiative by the Mysuru division of railways used drones
  • Committee says drones better to be used for crop estimation
  • Review petition filed by BCCI
  • SC refused to pass interim direction in NEET case
  • Ganga act will give final authority to centre
  • India says ready to talk but only on terror
  • Krishna water reallocation became contentious between riparian states
  • Supreme Court banned Dahi Handi celebrations pyramid above 20 feet
  • Stalemate over draft memorandum of procedures continues
  • P. V. Sindhu and Sakshi Mittal saved the pride of India
  • India clearly says to Pakistan to leave PoK
  • World oldest Tigress in the wild died
  • P. V. Sindhu looses on gold but created history
  • Afghanistan former President defends India’s comments on Balochistan
  • Set of guidelines to be included in the curriculum of UG medical courses
  • Deputy Governor Urjit Patel to be the next RBI governor
  • Maharastra protection of Internal security act to set up special security zones
  • Pink bollworm continues to create problem
  • Government is weighing options for pellet guns
  • Researchers have decided and predicted the brain activity
  • NASA look for origin of life
  • PM reached out to people of Kashmir
  • A move that would encourage witnesses to report accidents to the police
  • Road map for the power sector for the next five years to come soon
  • After PM's appeal now Home Minister to lead J&K mission
  • U.N. confirmed six address of Dawood in Pakistan
  • IITs may have 1 lakh seats by 2020
  • Bihar CM discussed flood situation with PM
  • Central Water Commission and the Central Ground Water Board could be merged
  • India began investigations to determine the extent of leak in submarine data
  • ISRO set to conduct air-breathing propulsion experiment using its RH-560 rocket
  • Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, banning commercial surrogacy in India cleared
  • Deforestation reduces summer rainfall in Ganga Basin, north-east
  • Home Minister says future of India and Kashmir is linked
  • More leaked documents on scorpene submarine published
  • India hardened its position on talks with Pakistan
  • China urged India to do more to reinforce peace and stability along the border
  • Haji Ali Dargah opened for women
  • Maharastra Govt to look for consensus on internal security bill
  • Task force for Olympic Games made by PM
  • PM stressed on need for anti-poverty programs
  • BRICS nations should develop arbitration mechanism says Finance minister
  • President says there should be no room for hatred in universities
  • Thalassaemia
  • PM touches imp. issues in Mann ki baat program
  • India became only the fourth nation to flight-test a scramjet engine
  • India is planning a major diplomatic outreach ahead of the UNGA
  • The U.S. will push for India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group
  • Bahrain government has offered to extend financial help to the Odisha family
  • Situations slowly eases in Kashmir valley
  • West Bengal Legislative Assembly passed a resolution changing the name of the State
  • Centre moves on vote totaliser machines
  • Expert committee on use of pellet guns has submitted its report to the Home Ministry
  • India and the U.S. signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement
  • National Crime Records Bureau comes out
  • India finds an ally in US against Terrorism
  • Number of rape offenders known to the victim shows an increase

International Issues

  • US supports India’s aid in Afghanistan
  • Difference between Russia and Ukraine on the rise again
  • China says India can still get NSG membership
  • India- China talks about India’s entry into NSG
  • World’s first quantum communication satellite to be launched by China
  • Massive human rights violation in Balochistan for decades
  • Stalled Myitsone dam project came under focus
  • After decades of delay Pakistan tabled Hindu Marriage bill
  • UNESCO denies report on ‘delisting’ of Dambulla temple
  • India performs unsatisfactory in broadband adoption
  • China gets new country, Myanmar, under Silk Road project
  • Turkey’s Minister says Fethullah gulden terrorist organisation has infiltrated India
  • PM Modi promises to stand by Afghanistan
  • Tension rises between Israel and Gaza
  • U.S.’s security assistance to Pakistan has slowed significantly
  • A powerful earthquake rattled Italy
  • UN investigation said that President Bashar carried out chemical attacks
  • Obama administration wants second term for Jim Yong Kim
  • Assassination attempt on German Chancellor
  • PM’s mention of human rights violations in Baloch praised by Baloch exile leaders
  • UN urged African nations to close a gender gap that also has economic cost
  • DCNS will go to court against publishing leaked documents on the Scorpenes
  • Boost to India’s diplomatic outreach for the Bay of Bengal economic zone

India & The World

  • Modernisation of Su-30 fighters made significant progress
  • India gets Bangladesh’s support over Balochistan
  • Non Aligned Movement meeting in September
  • BRICS women parliamentarians forum started at Jaipur


  • Cabinet approved foreign investment changes in NBFCs
  • Govt came up with new norms for appraisal and approval of public-funded schemes
  • Govt to boost connectivity in rural areas
  • Ease of doing business index will be improved after GST
  • TRAI introduced portal to allow mobile phone users to check the call drop rate
  • Inflation at two year high
  • Exports shrink again in July
  • Off-grid solar can meet India’s power demand
  • Govt to do away with the minimum educational qualification for public transport drivers
  • Centre may ease regulatory norms for Exim Bank, ECGC
  • IMF raised question marks over the ability of the RBI to target inflation
  • Next round of RCEP trade talks to begin in Vietnam
  • Moody’s says next central bank governor should continue tight policy
  • Wholesale Price index rose to 3.6 percent
  • Rajan stressed on the need to improve governance at public sector
  • The future of Internet in India report predicts big increase in Internet users
  • The government plans to set up 100 new cold chain projects
  • The Ministry of Mines unveiled a web portal for the easy access to information
  • India post to began operations as Payment bank from 2017
  • Central board of excise and customs to come up with Inter-state GST
  • Finance minister says in order to taxes to go down base must increase
  • More foreigners visiting India
  • NITI Aayog will soon come up with long-term policy to boost manufacturing
  • Government to finalise MPC members this month
  • India is home to the third largest number of technology-driven start-ups
  • The Centre is framing a policy to enable all major ports to develop inland waterways
  • Market remained cautious after Urjit Patel nomination
  • An authority to administer and manage its Digital Locker initiative
  • Govt might ban all cash transactions above 3 lakhs
  • New non-performing assets formation slowed
  • India is 7th wealthiest country in the world
  • Air passengers will soon be able to use Wi-Fi services on board
  • Cabinet approved the revised Double Taxat ion Avoidance Agreement with Cyprus
  • RBI has announced a raft of measures to boost investor participation
  • India-U.S. talks to focus on ways to improve the quality of goods and services
  • Unified Payment Interface become operational
  • With an aim to discourage cash transactions, govt has set up a high-level committee
  • Many back-end issues need to be addressed for early rollout of GST
  • Govt said India is keen to become a global hub for international arbitration
  • Trade ministers from WTO member nations to meet in Oslo
  • The journey ahead for introducing the GST may not be easy
  • Reserve Bank of India Governor says economic growth showing signs of picking up
  • Govt to share subsidy burden to replace old vehicles
  • U.S. to look into India’s concerns on visa fee hike
  • Reserve Bank made a strong case for providing more capital to public sector banks

Science & Technology

  • Cassini spacecraft has discovered steep-sided canyons on Titan
  • The Wildlife Institute of India will now house the country’s first repository on tigers
  • Climate change could bring back age old diseases
  • Bone marrow transplant to become lot easier


  • 22nd Olympic gol d for Phelps
  • Big dent to Indian medal hopes
  • Dipa Karmakar finished 4th in the vault final
  • Dipa, Jitu Rai nominated for the Khel Ratna
  • Usain Bolt makes it triple triple
  • National swimming coach S. Pradeep Kumar selected for Dronacharya Award
  • President honoured athletes
  • Good news for yogeshwar dutt

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