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Table of Contents

Current Affairs January 2017 ............................................................................. 3


Current Affairs February 2017 ........................................................................ 37
Current Affairs March 2017 .............................................................................. 65
Current Affairs April 2017 ................................................................................ 98
Current Affairs May 2017 ............................................................................... 130
Current Affairs June 2017 .............................................................................. 156
Current Affairs July 2017 ................................................................................ 186
Current Affairs August 2017.......................................................................... 214
Current Affairs September 2017 .................................................................. 244
Current Affairs October 2017 ....................................................................... 281
Current Affairs November 2017 ................................................................... 320
Current Affairs December 2017 ................................................................... 355

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Current Affairs January 2017

INDIAN AFFAIRS

• The Supreme Court asked set to re-introduce the Vote Verifier Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in Electronic
Voting Machines (EVMs) for 100 % transparency in elections. The VVPAT in EVM would ensure free and
fair polls besides sorting out disputes.
• The Gujarat government has introduced India’s first Student Startup and Innovation Policy to provide
financial support to enable the students in developing their innovative ideas
• Maharashtra Government led by Chief Minister Devandra Fednavis launched India’s largest Public wifi
service, “Mumbai Wifi” on January 9, 2017 to digitally empower the residents of the state. Mumbai Wifi is
also considered as one of the largest wifi facility in the world.
• Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu on January 10, 2017 launched a Non Fare Revenue Policy to
boost up additional revenue and reduce its dependence on traditional revenue system such as passenger and
freight traffic.
• Union Minister of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines PiyushGoyal, dedicated the World’s
Largest Street Light Replacement Programme in New Delhi to the nation on January 9, 2017.
• Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stone for the construction of a new campus of
the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) at Kondapavuluru village of Gannavarammandal in Krishna
district, Andhra Pradesh on January 9, 2017 in presence of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu
Naidu and Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu.
• The Assam government will be shortly launching its indigenously-developed e-Wallet, Tokapoisa.in to enable
the people of the state for hassle-free online transactions in local language.
• India’s first state-wide call centre facility the Maharashtra forest department launched by Maharashtra state
Forest Minister forest minister SudhirMungantiwar at Goregaon in Mumbai on January 6, 2017.
• Maharashtra Government has declared to ban the use of Purse Seine Nets for fishing across Maharashtra
from January 1, 2017 to safeguard the Fingerlings, a fish species.
• Seeking Votes in the name of caste, language or religion is Corrupt and not Permissible: SC. A 7-judge
constitution bench passed the judgment in the 20 year old Hindutva case which questions whether a religious
leader’s appeal to his followers to vote for a particular political party amount to electoral malpractice
under Section 123 of the Representation of People Act.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 104th Indian Science Congress at Tarakarama Stadium of Sri
Venkateswara University in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh on January 3, 2017. The theme for the five-day event
is ‘Science and Technology for National Development’. The Congress would conclude on January 7, 2017.
• The trial run of India’s first 700 MW Pressurized Heavy Water Reactor(PHWR) at Kakrapar, Gujarat, is
expected to take place in middle of 2017.
• The Union Government has kept interest rates on Small Savings Schemes like PPF and KisanVikasPatra,
SukanyaSamriddhi Account and Senior Citizens Savings Scheme unchanged for the January-March quarter.
• Maharashtra Government Unveils the Portrait of Social Reformer ‘Prabodhankar Thackeray at Brihanmumbai
Municipal Corporation (BMC) on January 2, 2017 and paid rich tributes to him.
• The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved many new projects at an estimated cost of
over Rs 370 crore for its ongoing Ganga rejuvenation programme in Haridwar and Varanasi and also decided
to include six more cities towns under surface cleaning exercise of the river using trash skimmers.
• In order to encourage competition for improving sanitation standards in the respective area, the government
started, SwachhSurvekshan 2017 from January 4, 2017. The survey will be conducted by Quality Council of
India to rank 500 cities across the country on cleanliness.

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• Assam and Telangana signed a pact with the Power Minister, Piyush Goyal to join the UDAY scheme on
January 4, 2017 in New Delhi in a bid to improve the performance of state run power distribution companies
(DISCOM). With the joining of Assam and Telangana, the total states covered under the scheme rose to 20.
• The National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench on January 3, 2017, issued an interim stay on any construction
activity in relation to the Pune Metro rail project passing through the Mula-Mutha river bed in the city.
• The 11-day world’s largest open air theatre festival ‘Reign of King Kansa’ began in Bargarh district, Odisha.
• Election Commission of India Announces Assembly polls Dates for Five States namely Goa, Uttarakhand,
Manipur, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.
• The 350th Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti was celebrated across the world on January 5, 2017.Marking the
occasion, a huge festival known as Prakash Utsav also known as Prakash Parv has been organized in Patna,
Bihar– the birth place of the Guru.
• Prime Minister Modi released a commemorative postage stamp to mark the occasion of 350th birth
anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.
• Ministry of Commerce & Industry Launches IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police and IPR Awareness
Campaign for school Children
• The Union Government has approved an assistance of Rs. 1782.44 Crore for drought-affected Karnataka on
January 5, 2017. Besides, the committee also approved a grant of Rs. 209 crore to Uttarakhand which had
been hit by floods in 2013, based on the report.
• Japan’s Ambassador to India Mr.KenjiHiramatsu, informed about Japan’s intention to help India with the
development of Chennai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi as smart cities.
• The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has dedicated a stretch of road in New Delhi to Guru
Govind Singh on January 5, 2017. The road between Block A and Block B at Sector 15 in Rohini was named
after Guru Gobind Singh to commemorate his 350th birth anniversary.
• India and Kazakhstan signed a Protocol to amend the existing Double Taxation Avoidance Convention
(DTAC) between the two countries on January 6, 2017 in New Delhi.
• Union Minister of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Shri Kalraj Mishra inaugurated
a Workshop on MSME Cooperation amongst Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Member countries on
January 19, 2017 in New Delhi.
• The Supreme Court on January 19, 2017 said that Divorce granted by any ecclesiastical tribunals or ‘Church
Courts’ under Christian personal law will not be taken as valid. It said that Church Courts cannot veto the
statutory law of divorce.
• According to a statement by NITI Aayog, till date over 3.81 lakh consumers and 21,000 merchants have been
declared as the winner of the NITI Aayog’s lucky draw schemes namely Lucky Grahak Yojana (LGY) for
consumers and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana (DVY) for merchants. It also stated that daily as well as weekly
prize money worth Rs 60.90 crore has been declared at 24 Digi-Dhan Melas organized across the country.
• The Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, on January 19, 2017 announced that the under UDAN
(Ude Desh Ke Aam Naagrik) Scheme is likely to take off in February 2017.
• The Central Government has sanctioned special assistance of Rs 2,207.30 crore to Jammu & Kashmir during
2016-17 in order to help the state to complete the area-specific schemes in speedy manner.
• The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation led by Uma Bharti has
formed a Negotiations Committee on January 19, 2017 to determine the availability and utilization of waters
of the river Mahanadi and its tributaries.
• Dharamsala town in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh has been declared as the second capital city of the
state by the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on January 19, 2017.
• 28th Dantan Gramin Mela was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee in Midnapore district in West
Bengal on January 20, 2017. The mela display the rural handicraft skills of the people of the region and the
different goods ranging from textile to terracotta.
• The Child Sex ratio at birth (SRB) in the State of Haryana crossed the 900-mark in the year 2016 for the first
time in almost two decades. In December 2016, the SRB in the state was 914.
• The Notifications regarding the single phased Assembly elections in Punjab and Goa was issued by
the Election Commission on January 11, 2017 to start the process of filing nomination papers in the state.
• The state government of Kerala has been directed by the Supreme Court to pay Rs.500 crore as compensation
to 5,000 victims suffering various types of deformities, health issues and other complication due to the use
of Endosulfan pesticides in the state.
• The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has proposed draft rules Prevention of
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Cruelty to Animals (Dog Breeding and Marketing Rules, 2017), to regulate dog breeding centres in the
country.
• The Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu presented the Power
Budget on January 12, 2017 with strategy to focus on addressing the purchase liability and put reforms as the
core agenda for the power sector. The first power budget was presented six months ago. This is the second
power budget that provides a transparent accounting system for the sector. In 2016-17, the government spent
Rs 12,000 crore on power purchases and liquidating past liabilities.
• The Union Minister of state for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh while addressing
the 29th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (Scova) in New Delhi on January 12,
2017 informed that the minimum pension for central government employees has been increased to Rs. 9,000
per person and ex-gratia amount has been increased from Rs. 10-15 lakh to Rs. 25-35 lakh.
• The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog has called for a review of the provisions of
the Right To Education (RTE) Act that specifies that children who don’t perform well cannot be held back up
to class VIII regardless of his performance.
• The Ken-Betwa River Linking Project received clearance from the green panel and Tribal Affairs Ministry on
January 13, 2017. The ambitious Rs. 9,393 crore project aims to transfer surplus water from the Ken River to
the Betwa basin through concrete canals to irrigate India’s worst drought-prone Bundelkhand region. The
project will benefit Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in terms of meeting irrigation, drinking water and
electricity needs of people across 6 districts in the two states.
• As per the data released by the Ministry of agriculture, as on January 13, 2017, the total area under which Rabi
crop was sown 2017 was calculated to be 616.21 lakh hectares as compared to 581.95 lakh hectare in January
2016.
• The Supreme Court on January 16, 2017 allowed Mumbai based 22 year old pregnant lady with 24 weeks of
Pregnancy to abort her baby as continuation may risk her life.
• The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development on January 4, 2017 issued a guideline regarding the
Adoption Regulations 2017. These new rules will be effective from January 16, 2017. The Adoption
Regulation 2017 implements the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. It has been
framed by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) to be mandatory under section 68 I of the
Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and will replace the existing Adoption Guidelines, 2015.
• The Election Commission (EC) on January 16, 2017 gave its decision that Chief Minister of Uttar
Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav would be the owner of the Samajwadi Party Symbol “Cycle” and also acknowledged
him as the national President of the party.
• The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MOP & NG) inaugurated one month long oil and gas
conservation campaign “Saksham-2017” at a function in Unity College, Dimapur in Nagaland on January 16,
2017.
• The Union Cabinet has given its approval for India to become the full-fledge member of the International
Vaccine Institute (IVI) Governing Council. As a part of the membership India will have to contribute an
amount of US $ 5,00,00 to the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), Seoul, South Korea.
• The Union Cabinet also gave the approval for introduction of the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2017 to
repeal 105 Acts.
• The Union Cabinet has approved the 12th Plan Proposal of the DARE/ICAR Plan Scheme for
the ‘Establishment of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI)- Jharkhand’.
• The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave its ex-post facto approval for the
Augmentation of the Corpus of Credit Guarantee Trust Fund for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE), a
package set up for supporting Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs).
• Cabinetapproved amendment in the Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS) to attract
investment in electronics manufacturing.
• Madhya Pradesh government lead by Shivraj Singh Chouhan has launched Aanandam programme of the
newly-formed Aanand Department to help the poor and the needed person.
• The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) has launched a full-fledged postgraduate diploma course
in the Urdu language journalism on January 17, 2017 to promote Urdu Language in IIMC.
• The Jammu & Kashmir Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on January 19, 2017 for the return
of Kashmiri Pandits and other migrants to the Valley. Hundreds of Kashmiri Pandit families had left the
Valley when militancy broke out in 1989.
• Karnataka government lead by Siddaramaiah , has decided to allow the sale of white kerosene in open
market. An official order was issued by State Food and Civil Supplies Minister UT Khader on January 18,
2017.

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• The Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (EDS) was launched under the New Economic Development
Policy (NEDP) by Lalmalsawma in Mizoram, Mizoram Chief Secretary on January 19, 2017. The State
government has allocated Rs.2 Crore for New Economic Development Policy (NEDP)
• The Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched ‘Mission 41K’ on January 17, 2017 to revamp the
existing railway system.The mission aims to save the Indian Railways’ expenditure of Rs 41,000 crore on
energy consumption over the next 10 years.
• The Ministry of Railway has proposed the Finance Ministry to create a non-lapsable safety fund
named ‘Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh’ over five years with initial corpus of Rs. 20000 crore and contribute a
portion to fund it in the upcoming Budget 2017 to be presented on February 1.
• Meghalaya’s first ever Apparel and Garment Making Centre was inaugurated on January 30, 2017 jointly
by Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani and Chief Minister of Meghalaya Dr. Mukul Sangma near
Ampati in South West Garo Hills.
• The Union Minister for Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, Narendra Singh Tomar announced on January
31, 2017 that the Ministry of Defence is set to open its Defenc eUnit in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh.
The unit would be set up in Kailaras and Sabalgarh tehsil areas and span over 969.735 hectare of land at a cost
of Rs. 1500 crore.
• Bangalore based Start-up firm E-paathsala has launched an integrated accreditation and ERP technology
solution for the colleges and universities to enable them better manage their multiple accreditation standards in
an easy, efficient and fast manner and bridge the gap identified for specific accreditations.
• Income Tax Department (ITD) lead by ‎Sushil Chandra has launched Operation Clean Money on January 31,
201 to verify the cash deposited in the banks during November 9th to December 30th 2016.
• The Union Cabinet also gave the approval for introduction of the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2017 to
repeal 105 Acts.
• The Union Cabinet has given its approval for India to become the full-fledge member of the International
Vaccine Institute (IVI) Governing Council. As a part of the membership India will have to contribute an
amount of US $ 5, 00, 00 to the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), Seoul, South Korea.
• The Union Cabinet has approved the 12th Plan Proposal of the DARE/ICAR Plan Scheme for
the ‘Establishment of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI)- Jharkhand’.
• The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave its ex-post facto approval for the
Augmentation of the Corpus of Credit Guarantee Trust Fund for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE), a
package set up for supporting Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs).
• Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, O. Paneerselvam has send a draft ordinance to the centre seeking an amendment
to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and removal of “bull” from the list of “performing”
animals. This will ensure that provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act will not apply to the
bull.
• The state Government of Bihar led by Nitish Kumar launched a ‘Nasha Mukt’ (Addidction-Free) State
Campaign with the formation of world’s largest human chain across the state.
• Government of India Think Tank NITI Aayog together with International bodies World Economic Forum,
World Intellectual Property Organization and the Cornell University will develop an India Innovation Index to
rank the Indian states so as to develop an innovative spirit among them.
• The Indian Railways has decided to set up a $5 billion Railways of India Development Fund (RIDF) so as to
support commercially viable projects in railway sector in India. The World Bank would fund 80%
RIDF while 20% fund would be raised by the Indian railways itself and managed independently by a non-
government entity.
• A special task force (STF) for women safety has been reconstituted under the Chairmanship of Lieutenant
Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal to review the decisions taken by the Delhi Police and other departments regarding
women’s safety on January 20, 2017.
• India’s passenger train speed will be increased to 200 km per hour with the help of Russian Railways and
budget of the high speed train will be shared between the two countries in the ratio 50:50.
• The Chief Minister of Jharkhand Raghubar Das presented the state’s annual budget for 2017-18 on January
23, 2017 under the theme of “Garib Kalyan Varsh”. The main focus of the budget is on agriculture, education
and skill development, rural development and eliminating poverty. The Minister has presented a budget
worth Rs 75,673.42 crore out of which Rs 57,861.32 crore would be revenue expenditure and Rs 18,812.10
crore would be capital expenditure.
• The Indian postal department released a special stamp cover titled “Golden girls of India – Pride of
Nation” in Agartala. The special covers feature the 2016 Olympic medalist gymnast Dipa Karmakar,
shuttler PV Sindu and wrestler Sakshi Malik.
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• Tamil Nadu assembly unanimously passed the Jallikattu Bill to replace the ordinance issued on January 21,
2017 to allow the states traditional sport. The bill amends the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act,
1960, making Jallikattu a permanent sport in rural Tamil Nadu.
• The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the Indian Institute of
Management(IIM) Bill, 2017 on January 24, 2017 that aims to declare IIMs as Institutions of National
Importance.
• The Union Cabinet gave its ex-post facto approval on for interest waiver for the two months of November and
December, 2016 for farmers accessing short term crop loans from Cooperative Banks.
• The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the proposal of India Trade Promotion Organisation
(ITPO) for redevelopment of Pragati Maidan by setting up of a world class Integrated Exhibition-cum-
Convention Centre (IECC) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
• The Union Cabinet has decided to transfer the role of advising the government on how to utilize the
proceeds from disinvestment from the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) to
the Department of Economic Affairs.
• The Supreme Court directed the government to replace the current practice of giving three-times-a-week
dosage norm of tuberculosis (TB) drugs with a daily dosage norm within a period of nine months to curb
relapse and deaths during treatment.
• The Union Ministry of Steel, headed by Chaudhary Birendra Singh has come out with a Draft National Steel
Policy 2017 to increase the supply of domestic coking coal and cut the dependence on imports.
• The National Girl Child Day celebration on January 24, 2017 in New Delhi was marked by the release
of National Action Plan for Children, 2016 (NPAC). NPAC has been developed by the Ministry of Women &
Child Development.
• The Andhra Pradesh under Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has announced Rs 100-crore fund of funds to
invest in Fintech startups.
• The Government of Assam led by Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal agreed to a proposal by the Royal
Government of Bhutan for setting up of a Consulate General Office in Guwahati and also conveyed this
decision to the Union Ministry of External Affairs.
• The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has decided to set up weather stations in 660 districts of the
country for better and prompt weather forecasting with major focus on rain-fed and non-rain-fed areas to give
crop specific advisories
• The Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Jairam Gadkari,inaugurated a 3-
lane Brahmaputra Bridge at Saraighat in Guwahati.
• The Karnataka state cabinet on January 28, 2017 approved amending Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Bill,
1960 Act to legalize the Kambala and Bullock Cart Race which is a traditional festival held annually in
Karnataka.
• The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has launched climate change programme to assess the status,
distribution and conservation of pheasants and finches in the Central Himalayas. This programme is funded
by Oracle and facilitated by CAF-India.

PLACES IN NEWS

• The 9th edition of the world’s fastest growing film festival, Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) began on
7 January 2017 and will conclude on January 11, 2017 at the Golcha Cinema in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The two
other venue were the festival would take place are the Manipal University, Jaipur and the Rajasthan
PraudhShikshanSamiti (Rajasthan Adult Education Association).
• The PBD began on January 7 in Bangalore with the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. The theme of Youth
PBD was ‘Role of Diaspora Youth in the Transformation of India’.
• The first DigiDhan Mela in the state of Andhra Pradesh was launched by the Urban Development and
Information Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu along with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu
Naidu in Vijayawada on January 9, 2017 at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Stadium.
• The World famous 11-day gala festival BargarhDhanuaJatra began in western Odisha. All rituals were
performed before Goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of the event.
• A 7 day International Kite Festival is inaugurated by Gujarat Governor, OP Kohli and CM Vijay Rupani at the
Sabarmati riverfront, Ahmedabad on January 8, 2017.
• The Fourth Assam International Agri-Horti Show began in Guwahati, Assam on January 6, 2017. The Chief
Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the programme.
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• The 2017 Island Tourism Festival began at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands on January 6, 2017.
The 10-Day Event was inaugurated by the Lieutenant Governor of Island, JagdishMukhi at the ITF Ground.

• The Delhi Airport on January 10, 2017 informed that has adopted a unique performance and
benchmarking digital platform, ARC, and claims that it is first in the world to adopt such platform.
• The world’s first ‘Gender Literature Festival’ is scheduled to be held in Patna, Bihar in the second week of
April, 2017 to create a platform, to exchange ideas, and to share and learn experiences of renowned people in
the field of gender literature.
• The State Election Commission (SEC) of Uttar Pradesh has decided to include, for the first time, voter’s list
printed in Urdu which was so far only printed in Hindi and English. In Uttar Pradesh about 46 constituencies
in 22 districts will have voters’ list printed in Urdu as well as Hindi & English, where Assembly elections will
be held in February 2017. But in case of a dispute, the Hindi version of the rolls will be held as valid.
• The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the first solar-powered boat of the state water
transport department, “Aditya” on January 12, 2017 at a function held in Vaikom boat Jetty in Kerala.
• The three day International Kite Festival was inaugurated by Delhi Tourim Minister Kapil Mishra at Dwarka’s
DDA Ground in New Delhi on January 14, 2017. The festival was organised by Delhi Tourism department
• The annual camel festival was held in Bikaner, Rajasthan from January 14-January 15, 2017 in the presence
of domestic as well as foreign tourists. The two-day festival was organised by the Rajasthan Tourism
Department and the Bikaner district administration. The District Collector, Ved Prakash flagged off a
procession from Junagarh which ended at Karni Singh Stadium in Bikaner, Rajasthan.
• The first edition of the ABU International Television Dance Festival (AIDF) organized by the Asia-Pacific
Broadcasting Union (ABU) was held in Hyderabad from January 13 to January 15, 2017 to create a bridge
between young people from different parts of the world through dance.
• Kozhikode Corporation was declared as the first Elderly-Friendly Corporation in Kerala. The state
government has planned to setup Senior citizen’s club, Day care centres as a part of Vayomitram project for
the welfare of the elder people in the state
• Mawlynnong village in the East Khasi Hills district of the Meghalaya state has become a role model for
cleanliness said by the Secretary of the village. Mawlynnong was awarded the prestigious tag of ‘Cleanest
Village in Asia‘ in 2003.
• Kangra village in Himachal Pradesh achieved the geo-tag 100 per cent of the assets generated under the
MGNREGA said by Himachal Pradesh CM Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.Kangra was the first district in
India to achieved this target. It would help people in integrated development of all sectors like agriculture,
irrigation, education, health etc.
• The 10th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) was inaugurated on January 19, 2017 at the
historic Diggi Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan. The theme of the 10th edition of JLF is The Freedom to Dream: India
at 70. JLF is considered as the ‘Greatest Literary Show on Earth’
• Bihar formed the world’s largest human chain in the state on January 21, 2017 by holding hands of each other
in order to express unity and support towards liquor ban. The human chain was about 11,292 km comprising
of two crore citizens.
• Assam State Governor Banwarilal Purohit inaugurated the Arogya Mitra conference on January 21, 2017 at
Silchar. The three day conference has been organised by the south Assam zone of the NGO, Keshab Smarak
Sanskriti Surabhi at the campus of Veterinary College, Ghungoor.
• The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, Syed Nasim Zaidi on January 22, 2017 informed that the
state government of Goa has opted for an initiative involving electronic transmission of postal ballot to service
voters in the upcoming assembly polls. This initiative will make Goa the first state in the country to do so.
• The Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju laid the foundation stone for an Integrated Check-Post (ICP) on
January 24, 2017 at the Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya.
• Madhya Pradesh Announces Total Ban on Polythene Bags from May 1, 2017.
• The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar inaugurated India’s first Post Office Passport
Seva Kendras (POPSK) at Metagalli post office in Mysuru on January 25, 2017. The second POPSK
simultaneously opened in Gujarat.
• The three-day long Brahmaputra Literary festival began in Guwahati, Assam on January 28, 2017. The
festival has been by the State Government jointly with the National Book Trust.
• India’s first multi-sports museum, Fanatic Sports Museum (FSM), was inaugurated on January 29, 2017 at the
Ecospace in New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata jointly by Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Abhinav Bindra,
Deepa Malik and Devendra Jhajaria

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FOREIGN VISITS

• Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan 3- Day Visit to India


The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the Chief Guest at the 68th
Republic Day Celebration on January 26, 2017 in New Delhi. He is the Deputy Supreme Commander of the
UAE armed forces.
• India and UAE Signs 14 Agreements to Strengthen Bilateral Cooperation on elevating bilateral ties to a
Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
• In order to further boost strategic ties, India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed 14
agreements on January 25, 2017 after the delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Hyderabad House, New Delhi.
• The area of MoUs included defence, comprehensive strategic partnership, shipping, agriculture, prevention
and combating human trafficking and other allied sectors.
• During the first half of 2016, the bilateral trade between the UAE and India was calculated at USD 17 billion.
Out of this, UAE’s import from India rose to USD 11 billion while the non-oil exports to India reached USD 6
billion during the same period.
• The two countries aims at increasing trade by 60 percent to US$ 100 billion, reaching US$ 368 billion by
2020.
• Central Power Sector PSU & Central Transmission Utility, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
(PGCIL), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority
(ADWEA) & its group of companies on January 25, 2017 in Gurgaon, for cooperation in power sector.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

• The world’s highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes which is located 5,250 meters above sea level to
come up in Roof of the World or Tibet by China with an investment of USD 18.8 million. It is expected to be
operational by 2021.
• The British Treasury has decided to introduce a new 12-sided one-pound coin at end of March 2017 and scrap
the 30 year old one pound coin by October 2017. It will feature the 5th coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
• A Laser walls and smart sensors will be soon installed at the Indo-Bangla International Border in West
Bengal especially in the porous riverine and unmanned terrain that do not have proper fencing to keep a tight
vigil to check infiltration and terrorism.
• The United Nation Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed a resolution drafted by Russia on December
31, 2017, to end the nearly six-year conflict in Syria and called for peace negotiations through
nationwide Syrian ceasefire.
• India and Sri Lanka Agrees to find permanent solution to the fishermen issues
• Pakistan’s Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights chaired by NasreenJalil approved the much-
awaited Hindu Marriages Bill on January 2, 2017 while the National Assembly passed the Hindu Marriage
Bill in September 2016.
• China has launched its first freight train to London. The train will travel for about 18 days and more than
12,000 km before reaching its destination in Britain.
• Supreme Court of Nepal Gives Go Ahead Nod to Government on crucial Constitution amendment billto
accommodate the demands of the agitating Madhesi and ethnic groups.
• Finland become 1st country in world to pay basic income to randomly picked citizens on national level
• China Launches the World’s Longest Bullet Train Shangri-la of the World. The train left Kunming at 11:05
a.m to cover the 2,760-km trip to Beijing and took around 13 hours.
• Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Saudi Arabia’s Haj
and Umrah Minister Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten inked an agreement on January 11, 2017 in
Jeddah to hike the India’s annual Haj quota by 34,500
• The first and only underwater sculpture museum of Europe, Museo Atlantico, has been inaugurated on
January 10, 2017 off the Canary Island coast of Lanzarote. The museum has been created at a depth of
between 12 and 15 meters on the ocean floor and will be accessible to scuba divers and visible to glass-bottom
boats.
• India Ranked Low on Being an Influencer in Global System. India has achieved a very low rank of 2 among
the countries across the world while the list was topped by countries such as US, UK, Japan.
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• Switzerland based World Economic Forum announced a partnership with the UCSB’s Marine Science
Institute to improve health of world’s oceans and maritime resources on January 20, 2017 to protect
world’s USD 2.5 trillion ocean economy.
• Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed a 1-trillion yen (8.7 billion dollars) aid package to
the Philippines for the next five years to improve economic and political relations between the two island
nations.
• Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inaugurated the renovation of the Katas Raj Hindu temple in Chakwal
district in the Punjab Province of Pakistan on January 11, 2017 as a part of the policy to establish Pakistan’s
identity as a minority-friendly country. The work includes installation of a water filtration plant in the Amrat
Jal area.
• Russia has amended its laws permitting lot of their Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to enter into
long-term agreements for spares and support for military equipment supplied to India
• The Russian health ministry has announced plans to ban the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2015 as a
part of its effort to combat smoking from 2017 to 2022. With this move, Russia will become the first country
in the world to completely phase out tobacco.
• According to the ILO report ‘World Employment Social Outlook: Trends 2017‘, Global unemployment is
expected to rise by 3.4 million in 2017 and economic growth at 3.4 per cent this year and 3.6 per cent in 2018
• Ecuador was on January 13, 2017 appointed as the new Chairman of the United Nations Group of 77 which
promotes the interests of the 134 developing countries it represents at the United Nations, including
China. The country took over from Thailand which focused on how to implement the 17 UN goals for 2030 to
promote development and good governance, and preserve the environment.
• The US President Barack Obama on January 13, 2017 announced to end of a 20-year economic embargo on
Sudan by lifting trade and financial sanctions to build up ties with the Sudanese government.
• Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on January 15, 2016 agreed upon
their commitment to deepen cooperation on maritime security and deepen defence ties.
• A baby girl was born in Ukraine on January 5, 2017 using the new technique of three-person IVF called
‘pronuclear transfer’.
• The suggestion of the newly elected American President Donald Trump that the “One-China” policy is
negotiable has been highly criticized by China. Spokesman of China’s Foreign Ministry Lu Kang said
that ‘One China’ policy is non-negotiable.One China Policy means that there exists only one
“China” irrespective of the fact that two government claim to be the real China . The two are People’s
Republic of China (PRC, Mainland China) and Republic of China (ROC, Taiwan).
• The US House of Representatives has introduced a legislation on January 30, 2017 making it mandatory to
raise the minimum salary of the H-1B visa holders to more than double at USD 1,30,000 from the previous
USD 60,000.
• Ireland has become the first country in the world to divest coal, oil and gas investments from Ireland Strategic
Investment Fund. The bill was passed in the Irish parliament by gaining 53 votes out of 90. It was introduced
by Deputy Thomas Pringle.Hong Kong has withdrawn the visa-on arrival facility for Indians travelling to
Hong Kong effective from January 23, 2017.
• In a move to decrease dependence on vegetable imports from India, the Nepal Government has launched a 10-
year plan on January 22, 2017 to boost domestic production.
• The parliament of Turkey approved a constitutional reform on January 21, 2017 to strengthen the powers of
the presidency by introducing presidential rule in the country and has led the way for a referendum on the
issue by the public.
• In an effort to become the super powerful occupier of green energy, China has built the world’s biggest solar
park, Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, in the western province of Qinghai. The park spans over 27 square km of
area and can produce 850 MW of power which is enough to supply up to 200,000 households.
• The new US president, Donald Trump signed a formal executive order on January 23, 2017 to withdraw the
country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, thus keeping his promise made during his
presidential campaign.
• Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to jointly monitor the fragile cease-fire between the Syrian regime and
rebels to find a political solution of ending the six-year conflict.
• United States President Donald Trump signed an executive order to enable construction of a 2,000-mile
wall along the southern US border with Mexico.
• The annual “Surya Namaskar Yajna” or “Health for Humanity Yogathon” has been recognized in the US
House of Representative on the occasion of its 10th anniversary.
• After being sworn in as the President of United States on January 20, 2017, Donald Trump held his first
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summit with a foreign leader, British Prime Minister Theresa May on January 27, 2017 in his Oval Office.
• The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Judicial
Department, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued a resolution to set up a Personal Status and
Inheritance Court for non Muslims in Abu Dhabi.
• American President Donald Trump has signed an executive order on January 27, 2017 to temporarily ban
visas for refugees belonging to seven Muslim-majority countries namely Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan,
Syria, and Yemen. However, the ban would not apply to diplomats and members of international
organizations.

SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

• The Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shri ShripadYessoNaik inaugurated the International
Conference on “Yoga for Diabetes” which began in New Delhi on January 4, 2017.
• The All India Conference of Chairpersons and Chief Executive Officers of states and union territories’ Waqf
Boards has been inaugurated by Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on December 7,
2017 in New Delhi
• The 20th National Conference on e-Governance (NCeG) was held from January 9-10, 2017
in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. The theme for the conference was Internet of Things and e-Governance.
• The two-day Assam Biotech Conclave 2017 began in Guwahati, Assam on January 5, 2017 at a city hotel. The
Conclave will have the closing ceremony on January 6, 2017
• Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the 8th edition of the International Conference & Exhibition
on Reinforced Plastics (ICERP) on January 10, 2017 at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)
in Mumbai, India.
• The 3 day international conference on Disability Communication ICDC-2017
held at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini in Mumbai, Maharashtra from January 9-11, 2017 with curriculum
outline of disability communication for the University of Mumbai
• The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in association with Corps of Signals of Indian Army is organizing
DEFCOM 2017 on March23-24, 2017. The theme of the 2017 DEFCOM is Digital Army Infrastructure and
Skilled Human Resource.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a two day visit to Gujarat from January 9-10, 2017 to inaugurate
the eighth edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit 2017 at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar,
Gujarat on January 10, 2017.The theme of the three day Summit is “Vibrant Gujarat: Connecting India to the
World”
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid foundation stone of redevelopment of Gandhinagar Railway station.
• Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first international exchange –India INX — at the International Financial
Service Centre (IFSC) of GIFT City in Gandhinagar.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi also inaugurated Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show organised at helipad
ground in Gandhinagar on January 9, 2017.
• Prime Minister inaugurated the Nobel Prize Series exhibition at Gujarat Science city near Ahmedabad on
January 9, 2017 . This exhibition featured works of nine Nobel laureates from across the world who were
invited by the Gujarat government to be a part of the Vibrant Summit.
• As a part of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, the Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani addressed the ‘Make
in Gujarat’ theme seminar on Trends and Innovation impacting the Textile Value Chain on January 12,
2017.The minister also witnessed signing of MoUs worth Rs. 8,835 crore in textile sector.
• A joint state was issued between Rwanda President Paul Kagame and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on
January 10, 2017 at the Gujarat Global Investors Summit to raise the level of bilateral cooperation to a
strategic partnership.India extended a $120 million credit to bring over 41,190 hectares of cultivable land
under irrigation in the African country for the development of Export Targeted Irrigated Agriculture Project.
• The Gujarat government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) worth Rs 67,000 crore with
the National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit on
January 12, 2017 for component manufacturing for the Ahmedabad-Mumbai bullet train project.
• Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2017 saw as many as 25,578 MoUs signed between various sectors. As compared to
the previous edition of the event, this time 2500 more MoUs were signed.
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• The third National conference “Jal Manthan-III” was inaugurated by Union Minister for Water Resources,
River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti in New Delhi.
• Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the second edition of Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi on
January 17, 2017. The conference has been organized by the Ministry of External Affairs and Delhi based
prestigious think tank Observer Research Foundation. The theme of the three day conference is “The New
Normal: Multilateralism in a multipolar world”.
• The 58th edition of India International Garment Fair (IIGF) was inaugurated by the Union Textiles Minister
Smriti Zubin Irani on January 18, 2017 in New Delhi. The three day long fair has been organized by Apparel
Export Promotion Council India.
• The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 was held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland from January 17-
20, 2017.The theme of 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 is Responsive and Responsible
Leadership.
• India and UAE held the first meeting of their strategic dialogue on January 20, 2017 in New Delhi in an
attempt to finalise the cooperation agreement.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Dehradun to inaugurate the Combined Commanders Conference.
• The 29th Kerala Science Congress was inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on January
28, 2017 at the APJ Abdul Kalam hall in the Mar Thoma College in Thiruvalla. The main theme of the
congress is ‘Genomics in health and disease’.
• The first edition of the North East Investors Summit was inaugurated on January 29, 2017 by the Union
Textiles Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani in Shillong, Meghalaya. Theme: Exploring Opportunities in North
East Region.

RANKING & REPORTS

• According to HSBC Expat survey 2016, India ranks third among the countries offering the highest average
annual salary to expatriates. Switzerland topped the list to offer highest average salary of about $188,275 a
year to expats while Hong Kong was listed third.
• According to latest data released by Finance Minister ArunJaitley, 26 crore three lakh accounts have been
opened under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) across the country till date. 15.86 crore accounts
are opened in rural area and 10.17 crore accounts opened in urban area.
• India dropped to 92nd rank in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) released by INSEAD in
partnership with The Adecco Group and the Human Capital Leadership Institute of Singapore (HCLI). Last
year India stood at 89. The list was topped by Switzerland.
• India has been ranked at 60th position among 79 developing economies with a score of only 3.38 in
the Inclusive Development Index (IDI) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The list has been topped
by Lithuania among the 79 developing countries.Besides the developing economies, the WEF also released
the Inclusive Development Index of the advanced economies. The list has been topped by Norway among 30
advanced economies.
• India’s IT Hub, Bengaluru has been ranked at the top position in the 2017 City Momentum Index released
by Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting being held in Davos. The index
identifies the most dynamic cities of the world.
• India has been placed at 78th position in the Passport Index 2017 with a visa-free score of 46 that was released
on January 12, 2017. Germany was placed at the top with a visa-free score of 157, Singapore and Sweden both
stood second with a visa-free score of 156. Singapore overtook South Korea to become the highest ranked
Asian passport.
• According to the 2016 Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), developed by a non-governmental
organisation, Pratham, Himachal Pradesh was found to be best performing state in India on the education front
as compared to the rest of the states.
• Telangana has been ranked at second spot in the `Cashless India Scorecard’ released on January 26, 2017 and
prepared by Walnut app to measure the growth level in digital payments in the country post
demonetization. The top three states in the scorecard were Gujarat, Telangana and Haryana respectively with
the highest growth in going cashless.
• India has been ranked at 79th spot out of 176 countries in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for the year
2016 released on January 25, 2017 by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI).
New Zealand and Denmark jointly shared the first position as the least corrupt nations while Somalia was
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• India at Sixth Position among Eight Great Powers of 2017 List by American Foreign Policy Magazine. The
list has been topped by US.
• According to the latest Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, released globally by the Lauder Institute,
Pennsylvania University, US on January 27, 2017, the Delhi based Observer Research Foundation (ORF) has
been ranked as the top think tank in the China, India, Japan and the Republic of Korea category.

BANKING & FINANCE

• Following ICICI and Yes bank, the private sector lender Axis Bank has also joined the group as the third bank
to use block chain solutions in its operations.
• India’s second largest private sector lender HDFC Bank has launched a human shaped robot named IRA at its
Mumbai branch to help the assist the customers in banking activities.
• SBI has waived Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) on debit card transactions for all small merchants with
annual turnover of up to Rs 20 lakh for one year.
• Kolkata based UCO Bank has launched its prepaid card ‘UCO Suvidha ’ by R.K. Takkar, MD & CEO, UCO
Bank, and Executive Directors, Charan Singh and G. SubramaniaIyer.
• Public sector lender Bank of Baroda has announced a partnership with CNX Corporation (CNX) to
provide collateral management services towards the loans against warehouse receipt sanctioned to
the farmers through the network of the bank’s branches across the country. This will benefit the farmers from
distress sale of their commodities
• A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an interest subvention for home loans of up to Rs. 12
lakh and asked banks to keep the poor and middle class at the focus of their activities many PSUs and private
banks reduced their benchmark lending rate by up to 1.48 percent on January 3, 2017.
• The Reserve Bank of India on January 3, 2017, directed all the banks to supply atleast 40 percent of the
notes to the rural branches since currency notes in rural areas was not adequate to meet the requirements of the
population.
• HDFC has tied-up with artificial intelligence firm Niki.ai to launch a chatbot
called OnChat on Facebook’s Messenger platform, that will allow users to recharge phones, pay utility bills,
book cabs from Ola or Uber etc., through a chat.
• Coca-Cola India partners the State Bank of India to enable digital transactions over 2.6 million retailers and
5000 distributors in conducting business transactions digitally.
• Germany based Munich Reinsurance Company is planned to open its branch office in Mumbai to provide the
property-casualty, life, health reinsurance markets across India.Munich Re is one of the first foreign
reinsurers to receive approval for a dedicated branch in India following the 2015 amendment of the Insurance
Bill.
• Yes Bank has entered into a tie-up with Bajaj Electricals for vendor financing using blockchain
solution. There is an over 70 per cent cost reduction because of blockchain and the payback for our
investments is 6-8 months.
• Cooking gas customers can now avail an upfront discount of Rs 5 on every refill booked and paid for online.
Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum have begun offering the price discount to cooking gas
customers.
• Mobile commerce and payments company, Paytm received the final approval from the Reserve Bank of
India on January 3, 2017 to launch Paytm Payment Bank. Paytm Payments Bank Ltd is expected to start its
operation in next 30-60days with its first branch in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
• Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has tied up with Life Insurance Corporation of India
(LIC) to give a boost to the venture capital ecosystem for MSMEs.
• The 16th edition of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) meeting was held on January 5,
2017 in New Delhi under the Chairmanship of the Union Finance Minister ArunJaitley.
• Online automobile marketplace Droom has tied up with Axis Bank to provide quick sanction of loans on
both new as well as used cars. Loans will be provided for up to 85% of the value of the car with a tenure of 1-
5 years.
• According to the Income Tax Department released Up to Rs. 2.5 lakh or more in savings account during the
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report all cash deposits and fixed deposits made above Rs 10 lakh during the year. Central Board of Direct
Taxes (CBDT) has also sought details of all such deposits made since April 2006.
• According to a notification published by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on January 18, 2017, RBI has
planned to increase the focus on IT & Cyber Security in a move to combat the increasing threat of cyber-
security issues arising after the governments Digital Payment initiative.
• India’s central banking institution, Reserve Bank of India(RBI) has imposed a penalty of Rs 75lakhs on
Bombay Mercantile Co-operative Bank for violations of norms related to KYC and anti-money laundering.
• The World Bank on January 11, 2017 cut the India’s GDP growth for 2016-17 fiscal ending on March 31,
2017 to 7 percent from its previous estimate of 7.6 percent due to demonetization.
• Indian Standard on gold hallmarking has been revised by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) on January 9,
2017 and has been made effective for implementation with effect from January 1, 2017. From now the
hallmarked gold jewellery will be available in three grades: 14 carat, 18 carat and 22 carat. These caratage
would also be mentioned on the jewellery besides the fineness for the convience of the customers.
• HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company launched a new policy, Trade Credit Insurance Policy, on January
9, 2017 to which safeguards businesses against the risks of non-payment for the goods or services delivered to
the buyers. India’s third largest private sector non-life insurance provider informed that the policy would offer
cover against payment defaults and insolvency, apart from providing political risk cover to exporters.
• HDFC Bank introduced digital wallets to install point of sale (PoS) terminals at counters in temples of Tamil
Nadu. Five temples in Kanyakumari district in southern Tamil Nadu have introduced digital wallets and PoS
to enable their devotees pay donations
• Citibank India has launched a Voice Biometrics Authentication for its phone banking customers on January
10, 2017 that would allow clients to use their voiceprints for authentication rather than remember multiple
PINs or respond to questions through current practice of interactive voice response (IVR) used for verifying
their identities.
• NITI Aayog has projected the GDP growth rate of 8 Percent for 2016-17 based on the appraisal document for
the Twelfth Five-Year Plan. The estimate does not take into account the impact of demonetization.
• Airtel Payments Bank started its nationwide operations on January 12, 2017 with an initial investment of Rs
3,000 crore and offering an interest rate of 7.25 per cent for savings accounts. The bank was launched
by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. This is the first payments bank which will be opened across 29 states in
India to provide financial services to the millions who are outside the banking system.
• State Bank of India has signed a pact with the State General Reserve Fund of Oman (SGRF), a Sovereign
Wealth Fund to infuse $50 million in private equity fund Oman India Joint Investment Fund (OIJIF) while the
SGRF would infuse $150 million.
• The tax department signed a Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreement (BAPA) with Indian subsidiary of a
Japanese trading company to include rollback provisions to reduce litigations by providing certainty in
transfer pricing on January 13, 2017. Now the total number of BAPAs entered into by the CBDT is increased
to 8.
• The SEBI Board announced its decision to reduce the fees payable by broker by 25 percent as a part of
calibration of various other fees collected by the regulator from different market intermediaries. It has decided
to lower the fees from Rs 20 per crore of turnover to Rs 15 per crore of turnover to reduce the overall cost of
transaction.
• National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has declared Rs 54.90 crore prize money to over 3.42
lakh winners for NITI Aayog’s lucky draw schemes Lucky Grahak Yojna (LGY) and Digi-Dhan Vyapar
Yojna (DVY).
• BSNL has launched its Customer Acquisition and Customer Communication Management (CACMS)
project that aims to digitalize business process to ensure faster service, accurate customer responses and
customer satisfaction.The project provides an Aadhar based e-KYC (Know Your Customer) service for
immediate activation of new mobile connections across the country.
• The Capital market regulator of India, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on January 14 tightened
the norms associated to Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) of Indian companies to prevent large number of
unlisted company to get listed by merging with a very small company for personal motive and protect the
interest of the Public shareholders in the listed companies and give them a greater say in the merger with
unlisted subsidiaries.
• As per the data released by the President of Note Mudran Limited Employees Union, A Ramdass, the RBI
Note Mudran printing press in Mysuru printing highest number of currency notes in December breaking all its
past record.It printed 10.9 million currency note in a day that even broke the world record made an American
currency printing press of printing 8.7 million notes in a day.

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• India Signs Financing Agreement with World Bank for US$ 48 Million for “Nagaland Health Project” to
improve health services and increase their utilization by communities in targeted locations in Nagaland.
• Future Group’s fashion and lifestyle departmental store Central joined with SBI Card launched a second co-
branded credit card to offer benefits to consumers in the premium lifestyle and fashion space on January 16,
2017.
• The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has formed a 8 member committee
headed by Amitabh Chaudhry, CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company to review life insurance
product regulations on January 16, 2017. The committee will analysis the existing framework of IRDA-
linked and non-linked insurance product regulations
• As per a report titled ‘An economy for the 99 per cent’ released by rights group Oxfam on January 16, 2017,
the richest 1 percent of the population in India holds 58 percent of the country’s total wealth which is higher
than the global figure of 50 percent. The report found that since 2015, the richest 1 percent population in
India has continued to own more wealth than the rest of the countries.
• According to the World Economic Outlook report, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on January 16,
2017 has lowered the India’s GDP growth rate for the current fiscal year by one point to 6.6 percent from its
previous estimate of 7.6 percent due to the effect of demonetization on consumption and expenditure.
• Private sector lender YES BANK in collaboration with T-Hub, Anthill and Lets Talk Payments launched a
unique business accelerator program “YES FINTECH” to provide start-ups a platform for creating sustainable
and market ready products as well as provide innovative banking solutions to the customers.
• YES Bank has launched a first of its kind unique Customizable Savings Account to enable the customers to
design an account as per their convenience. Mumbai based bank has become the first bank in India to launch
such type of account that enables the customer to choose various features of a savings accounts that suits one’s
own lifestyle.
• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) from January 16, 2017 has increased the limit of cash withdrawal from
ATMs to Rs 10,000 per day from the current Rs 4,500 with immediate effect. However the bank made no
changes to the weekly withdrawal limits which is Rs 24,000. Besides, the total limit to withdraw from current
accounts has also been increased to Rs 1,00,000 per week from the current limit of Rs 50,000 per week which
will also be applicable on the overdraft and cash credit accounts.
• Contributing to the Government’s Digital India Campaign, a small lake island Karang in Manipur has been
declared as the country’s first cashless island by the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information
Technology on January 13, 2017.
• The Foreign Ministry spokesperson of China, Hua Chunying on January 17, 2017 informed that thirty more
countries have applied for joining the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) besides 57 founding
members.It was officially established with 57 founding members and authorized capital of USD 100
billion. China is the largest shareholder of the bank having 26.6 percent voting shares. India is the second
largest shareholder with 7.5 percent followed by Russia 5.93 percent and Germany with 4.5 percent.
• Based on the United Nations report on World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2017 released on
January 17, 2017, India’s economy is projected to grow by 7.7 percent in the fiscal 2017 because of being the
fastest growing large developing economy.
• The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on January 18, 2017 cleared that income declared under Pradhan
Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna (PMGKY) would not be entitled to get any credit by way of advance tax paid or
the tax deducted at source (TDS) or tax collected at source (TCS). This is in contrast to the earlier Income
Declaration Scheme (IDS) under which these credits were allowed.
• London’s insurance giant Lloyd has received the final approval from the Insurance Regulatory and
Development Authority (IRDA) on January 19, 2017 to set up its first branch in India.
• New Delhi based Punjab National Bank signed a memorandum of understanding(MoU) with India Post
Payments Bank(IPPB) to provide technology platform for pilot launch of IPPB on receipt of regulatory nod
from the Reserve Bank of India.
• Washington based World Bank has sanctioned Rs 1,376 crore for upgradations and improvement of the
Tripura power system network on January 19, 2017. This was announced by Tripura’s power minister Manik
Dey.
Economic Survey 2016-17
The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley presented the Economic Survey 2016-17 in the Parliament on January
31, 2017 that provides a base for the government to prepare the annual Budget.
• The survey has been authored by Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian.

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Important Highlights of the Economic Survey 2016-17


GDP Growth
The Economic Survey has estimated that the GDP growth rate for FY18 will be in the range of 6.75 percent to 7.5
percent.
• The growth rate for the current fiscal has been estimated at 7.1 percent from the previous 7.6 percent by the
Central Statistics Office. This estimate does not take into account the effect of demonetization.
• Fixed investment (gross fixed capital formation) to GDP ratio (at current prices) is estimated to be 26.6 per
cent in 2016-17 as compared to previous 29.3 percent.
Government Revenues
• The survey stated that the indirect taxes grew by 26.9 percent during April-November 2016.

Inflation
• As per the Consumer Price Index (CPI), inflation remained under control for the third successive financial
year. The average CPI inflation was 5.9 percent in 2014-15, 4.9 percent in 2015-16 and 4.8 percent during
April-December 2016.
• Based on Wholesale Price Index (WPI), inflation was 2.0 per cent in 2014-15 and lowered to (-)2.5 percent in
2015-16. During April-December 2016 it averaged to 2.9 percent.
• The private sector lender Lakshmi Vilas Bank in partnership with Bangalore based fin-tech startup
firm Fisdom, has launched a mobile application “Mission FINFIT” to offer the customers of the bank financial
planning and personal wealth management services based on Robo advisory.
• As per the announcement by Reserve Bank of India on January 30, 2017, the daily withdrawal
limit from ATM will be removed with effect from February 1, 2017. However the weekly limit to
withdraw Rs. 24000 from savings account will still continue. Besides, the Central bank has also removed the
cash withdrawal limit from current accounts/ cash credit accounts/ overdraft accounts with immediate effect.
• India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) started its operations on January 30, 2017 with the pilot services launched
in Raipur and Ranchi. The total paid up capital of the bank is Rs. 800 crore and the government has already
infused Rs. 275 crore.
• Based on the latest Economic Outlook Survey report released by FICCI on January 30, 2017, the India’s
GDP is projected to grow 6.8 percent this fiscal which is 0.5 percent points less than FICCI’s previous
estimate of 7.3 percent.
• As per the report of the rating agency, ICRA, the bank credit growth rate is likely to float between 5-6
percent in the current fiscal year.
• The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval on January 18,
2017 to exclude States/Union-Territories (with Legislature) except Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi, Kerala and
Madhya Pradesh from National Small Savings Fund (NSSF) investments effective from April 1, 2016.
• Kerala Gramin Bank has launched a novel programme called FI@School at Assisi Vidyanikethan Public
School, Kakkanad to propagate financial literacy among school children on January 20, 2017. The bank has
appointed magician Gopinath Muthukad as the brand ambassador for FI@School.
• The GST Council has decided that tax evasion of upto than Rs. 2 crore would be bailable offense to ensure
that the trader gets immediate bail while the non-bailable offenses would be limited to ‘forgery and non-
deposit of collected taxes with the exchequer within the stipulated time frame. Current tax evasion upto Rs 1
crore used to be bailable offense.
• The Cooperative banks have been barred by the Government on January 20, 2017 from accepting deposits
under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme (PMGKDS) to stop any misuse of the deposited
amount.
• Mumbai based dairy firm Kwality Ltd has signed an MoU with Bank of Baroda on January 20, 2017 to
provide Rs. 4000 crore loans to one lakh farmers out of the established networks from whom the company
procures milk.
• Punjab National Bank (PNB) has launched a Contactless Credit Card named PNB Wave N Pay on January 21,
2017 in New Delhi to further enhance its digitalization initiative.
• Varanasi-based Utkarsh Micro Finance started operating its banking business as Utkarsh Small Finance Bank
to cater to the needs of the poor mainly in the northern belt. The bank will offer 6% interest on savings bank
accounts while deposit rates for one year would be 8.25-8.50% which is about 150 basis points higher than
State Bank of India.
• Reserve Bank of India has declared that rescheduling the period of payment of education loans due to the
inability of the borrower because of unemployment will not be treated as restructured accounts for computing
NPAs. Banks can allow three rounds of extension periods, each not more than 6 months, during the entire
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lifecycle of the education loan, to be applicable only on unemployment/underemployment borrowers.


• Wholesale reinsurance provider Swiss Re has received approval from the Insurance Regulatory and
Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to open a branch in the city.
• The Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (BCSBI) has announced an initiative as per which it would
organise “Know Your Rights” programme in select urban and rural areas of the country to enhance awareness
on Banking Codes at the grassroot level among the people.
The programme, ‘interalia’ involved skit and a puppet show to describe the banking codes to over 100
participating women in simple language.
• The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave its post-facto approval on January
24, 2017 allowing National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) to raise approx. Rs.
20,000 crore from the market for on-lending to Cooperative Banks.
• France on January 24, 2017 issued its first “Green Bonds” with a record sale of worth seven billion euro (USD
7.5 billion) thus leading a significant way towards establishment of a genuine market in renewable energy
bonds.
• The Reserve Bank of India has prohibited the Indian entities on January 25, 2017 from making direct overseas
investments in any entity that is located in 'non co-operative countries and territories', as identified by the
inter-governmental body Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
• The State Bank of India has launched a new wealth management product named “SBI Exclusif”
in Kochi, Kerala. Later it will be rolled out in other cities of the state during the course of the year.
• Mangaluru based private sector bank Karnataka Bank Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the
leading agricultural equipment/implements manufacturer Tirth Agro Technology Pvt Ltd, Rajkot, on January
25, 2017 in to finance farmers for agri mechanisation.
The Tirth Agro Technology Pvt Ltd manufactures agricultural implements under the brand
name ‘Shaktiman’. It has a network of more than 685 dealers and 42 distributors across India.
• The Government on January 27, 2017 informed about its plan to launch the biometric based Aadhaar
Pay payment platform in few weeks for BHIM App.
• India’s fastest loan giving app for young salaried professionals, CASHe has partnered with Paytm on January
27, 2017 to allow its users to deposit cash transfers from CASHe to their Paytm wallets.
CASHe offers multiple loan options ranging from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 payable over 15, 30 and 90 days.
• The India Post has received the final license from the Reserve bank of India to start its operation as payment
bank with the name India Post Payment Bank (IPPB). AP Singh has been anointed as the interim MD and
CEO of the India Post Payment Bank by the government.
• The Reserve Bank of India on January 29, 2017 informed that the Foreign Exchange Reserves of India rose
by 932.4 million dollars to 360.775 billion dollars for the second consecutive week ended January 20.
• Future Generali India Insurance Company (FGII) announced an agency tie-up with Pune based Bank of
Maharashtra on January 30, 2017.

BUSINESS

• German airline company Lufthansa has become the first carrier to launch commercial operations with Airbus
A350 to India after it announced that the first flight to Delhi from Munich on this aircraft will be operated on
February 11, 2017.
• The state government of Rajasthan led by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has collaborated with the American
MNC Cisco to develop the state capital Jaipur as the second startup destination after Bengaluru.
• The General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR) which was scheduled to be implemented from April 1, 2014, will
now scome into effect from April 1, 2017 (Assessment Year 2018-19).
• The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) on January 2, 2017 directed that Service charges billed by
restaurants are optional and it is up to the customers to pay it. The decision comes after the department cited
complaints that hotels and restaurants are levying an additional 5 to 20% in bills in name of tips, regardless of
the kind of service provided
• Solar power producer Azure Power commissioned 150 MW solar power project in Punjab, which is its largest
in North India.
• Output growth of India’s Core sector slows to 4.9% in November 2016
• Google India on 4 January 2017 has launched two new initiatives named My Business and Digital
Unlocked for the small and medium businesses in India.

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• The Government on January 5, 2017, imposed an anti-dumping duty ranging from USD 6.30 to USD
351.72 per tonne on imports of jute and its products from Bangladesh and Nepal for five years.
• The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of Rs. 207 crore on seven major cement
companies on January 19, 2017 for being involved in bid rigging and cartelisation to get tenders in Haryana
government orders.
• IBM has become the first company to break the US patent record by receiving 8,088 patents in 2016 with a
rate of 22 patents per day. The achievement also marked the 24th consecutive year of the computer hardware
giant’s innovation leadership.
• Digital Services firm Atos and NASSCOM Foundation has collaborated on January 11, 2017 to
launch National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) centers at Vadodara, Gujarat to conduct skill development
programs in the area of Information Technology.
• The national carrier Air India (AI) has launched a ‘Fly For Sure’ scheme on January 11, 2017 that will ensure
that passengers reach their destination the desired day without the need to buy expensive last-minute tickets in
case of missing booked flight.
• Mahindra Asset Management Company Pvt. Ltd (MAMCPL) launched an open ended scheme Mahindra
Mutual Fund Dhan Sanchay Yojna scheme to generate long-term returns through investment in equity and
debt. The scheme will close on January 24, 2017 and will open again for continuous sale and repurchase from
February 8, 2017.
• According to the latest factory output and inflation data Index of Industrial Production (IIP)
released by the statistics office showed industrial production at a one-year high of 5.7% in November 2016.
• NTPC Ltd signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding on January 12, 2017 with Rajasthan Rajya
Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd and Rajasthan Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd in the presence of chief minister Vasundhara
Raje in Jaipur to takeover of Chhabra Thermal Power Plant under asset-for-equity deal.
• India based Budget carrier SpiceJet and US based aircraft manufacturer Boeing has signed a deal worth $22
billion (Rs 150,000 crore) for the purchase of up to 205 aircraft on January 13, 2017. This is one of the largest
orders ever made in the airline history. The agreement also provided a big boost for Boeing in India.
• Wholesale Price Index (WPI) inflation rose to 3.39 percent in December 2016 breaking the record of last three
months. Thfe rise was due to increase in prices of manufactured items. WPI based inflation
in vegetables declined by 33.11 percent in December 2016 mainly because of a substantial fall in price of
onions which stood at -37.20 percent.
• Government owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited(BHEL) has commissioned new 500 MW Thermal
Unit in West Bengal on January 16, 2016. This was the second 500 MW at Sagardighi Thermal Power Station
(TPS) Phase II project in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.
• The Public Sector Oil Companies including HPCL, ONGC and the GAIL have signed MoUs on January 27,
2017 with the Andhra Pradesh Government to invest 1.65 lakh crore in several projects of the state especially
the Krishna-Godavari basin.
• American worldwide online transportation network company Uber has launched two-wheeler aggregation
service UberMOTO , Upon that one can hire two-wheelers for short-distance commute at cheaper rates to
provide the last-mile connectivity from and to the upcoming Metro railway stations.
• The Electronic commerce company Flipkart has been ranked at the top position in the nationwide consumer
study titled ‘The Indian E-tailing Leadership Index’ conducted by research firm Red Seer Consulting.
• Digital Payment Platform, FreeCharge has launched a Mutual Funds investment facility on its platform in
partnership with Reliance Mutual Fund on January 20, 2017.
• According to the annual 50 Most Innovative Companies survey report published by the management
consulting firm BCG (Boston Consulting Group), , Apple Inc. has been named as the World’s Most
Innovative Company in 2016. This is the 11th time that the report has been revised since it first appeared in
the year 2004.
• UK-headquartered Vodafone India signed an MoU with the West Bengal government to invest Rs 3,000 crore
for capacity augmentation and new business initiatives over next three years.
• Moving towards the Make in India initiative, the Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh inaugurated the
new Universal Rail Mill at Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) of Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) on January 23,
2017 and flagged off the mills first and world’s longest single rail of 130 meters from the new Universal Rail
Mill(URM).
• Telangana based India’s largest incubator for start-ups, T-Hub has launched a ‘GIS Innovation Hub’ (GIH) in
collaboration with Esri India on January 23, 2017 for the start-ups belonging to the capital Hyderabad.
• American aerospace major Boeing Corporation launched the “Boeing India Engineering & Technology
Center” (BIETC) on January 24, 2017 in Bengaluru in a bid to enhance its aerospace innovation in global
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emerging market like India.


• India's largest online travel portal MakeMyTrip has launched the first ever social luxury travel
magazine called 'Luxury Travel Times'.
• Nokia Indian operation has bagged a contract worth $500 million (Rs 3,650 crore) from Mumbai based
Vodafone for deployment and expansion of 4G network in the country.
• The Aditya Birla Group on January 27, 2017 announced its plans to invest Rs 7,000 crore in the next two
years in Andhra Pradesh.
• Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd(HPCL) and GAIL India Ltd signed a pact with Andhra Pradesh for setting up
a Rs 40,000 crore petrochemical plant in the state. The 50:50 joint venture will set up a 1.5 million tons
Ethylene Derivatives plant.
• Indian-American entrepreneur, philanthropist and venture capitalist Gururaj Deshpande has decided to
launch India’s largest startup incubation centre at Hubballi (earlier Hubli) in Karnataka.
• Reliance Defence Signs Contract with Ministry of Defence to Construct 14 Fast patrol Vessels for Indian
Coast Guard worth Rs. 916 crore.
Kakinada SEZ Ltd (KSEZ), a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL), signed several MoUs with
various companies during the CII Partnership Summit 2017 held on January 27-28, 2017 at Visakhapatnam,
Andhra Pradesh. The MoU aimed at setting up World Class manufacturing units at the Kakinada SEZ in
Andhra Pradesh spread over 8,500 acres at a cost of Rs. 47000 crore.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

FIFA Best Player of the Year 2016


The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Best FIFA Women’s Player Award Carli Lloyd.
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach Award Claudio Ranieri.
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach Award Silvia Neid.
The FIFA Puskás Award 2016 MohdFaizSubri.
The FIFA Fair Play Award Atletico National.
The FIFA Fan Award Dortmund fans and Liverpool fans.
The FIFA lifetime achievement award Falcao.
The FIFA FIFPro World11 Neuer, DaniAlves, Pique, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric,
Kroos, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo.
• Four Indian–American scientists have been selected by the US President Barack Obama on January 10, 2017
for the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).
• An IIT Kharagpur alumnus, ParagHavaldar, has won the prestigious Scientific & Technical Awards popularly
called the `Technical Oscar’ by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences for the development of
expression-based facial performance-capture technology at Sony Pictures Imageworks.
• La La Land, an American romantic musical comedy-drama film, broke the record at the 74th Golden Globe
Awards on January 8, 2017 by winning in every category of award it was nominated.
• The Bollywood Actor Amitabh Bachchan was honoured by the US Embassy on January 8, 2017 for his
immense contribution to the India-US partnership on tuberculosis (TB).
• Pakistan MamnoonHussain honoured Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar JavedBajwa with
Nishan-e-Imtiaz to recognize his valuable servicesin Islamabad.
• The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) was awarded with “Best Performing
Power Distribution Utility in Power Sector” by Central Board of Irrigation & Power (CBIP).Punjab is first
state to provide unique phone number 1912 for registration of all types of complaints across 24X7 by phone
and sms.
• The 2017 edition of the Forbes’ list of super achievers under the age of 30 features about 30 Indian-
Origin Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders who made outstanding contribution towards transforming the
world.
• Bollywood actor, Shah Rukh Khan, commonly known as SRK, has been named for the 4th Yash Chopra
Memorial Award. The award would be presented to the actor at a function in Mumbai on February 25,
2017. The actor will receive Rs 10 lakh, a gold medal, and a certificate as part of the award.

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• ISKCON’s Govardhan eco village in Thane district has been conferred with the UNWTO Award for
Innovation in the category of Non-Governmental Organisations(NGO) at he annual United Nations World
Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism at Madrid in Spain on
January 19, 2017. Govardhan eco village become the first village in India has recognized by UN in the NGO
sector.
• President Barack Obama on January 12, 2017 presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest US
civilian honour) to the Vice President of US Joe Biden. The vice-president had no idea that he will be getting
the award and the award came as a surprise to him.
• The 2017 Crafoord Prize has been conferred upon two American and one Japenese scientists for their
fundamental discovebries in immune regulation. The awardees of the scientific prize include Japan’s Shimon
Sakaguchi of Osaka University, Fred Ramsdell from the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in San
Francisco, and Alexander Rudensky of the New-York-based Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of
America.
• Darpan Basak & Ankit Kumar won the Young Travel Photographer Of The Year (TPOTY) award 2016.
62nd Filmfare Award 2017 Winner list
Award Winner
Best Film Dangal
Best Director Nitesh Tiwari for Dangal
Best Actor (Male) Aamir Khan for Dangal
Best Actor (Female) Alia Bhatt for Udta Punjab
Best Actor (Male) in a Short Film Manoj Bajpayee for Taandav.
Best Male Debut Diljit Dosanjh for Udta Punjab.
Best Female Debut Ritika Singh for Saala Khadoos.
Best Director Debut Ashwini Iyer Tiwari for ‘Nil Battey Sannata’
Best Film People’s Choice Khamakha
Best Short Film (Fiction) Chutney
Best Short Film (Non-fiction) Matitali Kusti
Best Actor (Female) in a Short Film Tisca Chopra for Chutney.
Best Dialogue Ritesh Shah for Pink.
Best Screenplay Shakun Batra, Ayesha Devitre Dhillon for Kapoor
& Sons
Best Story Shakun Batra, Ayesha Devitre Dhillon for Kapoor
& Sons
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) Rishi Kapoor for Kapoor & Sons.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) Shabana Azmi for Neerja.
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award Shatrughan Sinha.
Best Music Director Pritam for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
Best Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya-‘Channa Mereya’,Ae Dil Hai
Mushkil
Best Male Playback Singer Arijit Singh for the song Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Best Female Playback Singer Neha Bhasin for ‘Jag Ghoomeya’ from Sultan
Best Visual Effects Red Chillies for Fan
Best Editing Monisha Baldawa for Neerja
Best Costume Payal Saluja for Udta Punjab
Best Action Shyam Kaushal for Dangal
Best Background Score Sameer Uddin for Kapoor & Sons
Best Choreography Adil Shaikh for ‘Kar Gayi Chull’ from Kapoor &
Sons
RD Burman Award for New Music Talent Amit Mishra for ‘Bulleya’ from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Best Cinematography Mitesh Mirchandani for ‘Neerja’
Filmfare Critics Award
Best Film Neerja
Best Actor (Male) Manoj Bajpayee (Aligarh) and Shahid Kapoor (Udta

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Punjab)
Best Actor (Female) Sonam Kapoor for Neerja
Award Winner
Best Film Dangal
Best Director Nitesh Tiwari for Dangal
Best Actor (Male) Aamir Khan for Dangal
Best Actor (Female) Alia Bhatt for Udta Punjab
• Kiran Doshi won The Hindu Prize 2016 on January 15, 2017 at the 7th edition of The Hindu Lit for Life
festival 2017 held in Chennai from January 14-16, 2017.
• The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has registered Sitalpati or
cool mat from the Cooch Behar district, West Bengal as an “intangible cultural heritage”.
• Jacob Polley, a British Poet was Conferred with the 2016 T.S. Eliot prize for poetry at a ceremony at the
Wallace Collection gallery in London on January 16, 2017 for his poetry collection “Jackself”.
• The National Bravery Awards 2016 has been conferred upon 25 children that include 13 boys and 12 girls.
Among the 25 awards, four awards have been given posthumously.
• The Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra won her second People’s Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic TV
Actress at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on January 18, 2017.

• A film directed by Ajay Saklani in a Himachali dialect “Saanjh” has won the best feature film award at
international Borrego Springs Film Festival held in California, US on January 16, 2017. Saanjh is the first
Himachali film has gets international recognition in 100 years of the Indian cinema.
• Three Indian-origin persons have been awarded Australia’s highest civilian honor this year for their
contributions in the field of medicine and work towards the community. Purushottam Sawrikar, a Sydney-
based medical practitioner, Makhan Singh Khangure from Perth and Vijay Kumar received the award for his
significant service.
• Dr. A Keshav Krishna, a scientist at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad has been
selected for the 2016 National Geoscience Award in recognition of his work in the field of geo-environmental
studies in Applied Geosciences. Besides, Dr. N. Purnachandra Rao, Chief Scientist at the National
Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), has been selected for 2016 National Geoscience Award for
recognition of his work in the field of Geophysics.
• 3 Soldiers from Rashtriya Rifles Awarded Sena Medal for Encoutering Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani. The
awardees include Major Sandeep Kumar, Captain Manik Sharma and Naik Arvind Singh Chauhan.
• Over 3.5 lakh people in Gujarat created a world record on January 21, 2017 by singing the National Anthem at
an event of installation of idol of goddess Khodiyar at a newly-built Khodal Dham temple in Kagvad town in
Rajkot district.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the National Bravery Awards 2016 in New Delhi on January 23, 2017
and distributed bravery awards to 25 young recipients. Among the 25 children, 12 were girls and 13 boys out
of which 4 awards were given posthumously.
• Delhi International Airport Ltd.(DIAL) has bagged the prestigious Golden Peacock Award on January 20,
2017 for Corporate Social Responsibility in the transportation sector under the aviation category for the year
2016.
• In a bid to promote digital transaction in Assam, the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal on
January 22, 2017 announced the launch of ‘Chief Minister’s Award’ while inaugurating the Digi Dhan Mela
in the state.
• Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was awarded the first ever Hugo Chavez Prize for Peace and
Sovereignty by the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on January 18, 2017 at the Presidential Palace
in Miraflores, Caracas, Venezuela. The Peace Prize has been named in honor of late Venezuelan leader Hugo
Chavez who served as the 64th President of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013.

Complete list of Padma Awards 2017


• This year the President of India has approved Padma Awards to 89 persons. Out of these 19 are women, 5
awardees are from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs while 6 are posthumous awardees.
• The Award includes 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees.
PADMA VIBHUSHAN
No. Name Awarded For State
1 Shri K J Yesudas Art-Music Kerala
2 Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Others-Spiritualism Tamil Nadu
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3 Shri Sharad Pawar Public Affairs Maharashtra


4 Shri Murli Manohar Joshi Public Affairs Uttar Pradesh
5 Prof. Udipi Ramachandra Rao Science & Engineering Karnataka
6 Late Shri Sunder Lal Patwa (Posthumous) Public Affairs Madhya Pradesh
7 Late Shri PA Sangma (Posthumous) Public Affairs Meghalaya
PADMA BHUSHAN
No Name Awarded for State
8 Shri Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Art-Music Rajasthan
9 Prof. (Dr.) Devi Prasad Dwivedi Literature & Education Uttar Pradesh
10 Shri Tehemton Udwadia Medicine Maharashtra
11 Shri Ratna Sundar Maharaj Others-Spiritualism Gujarat
12 Swami Niranjana Nanda Saraswati Yoga Bihar
13 H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Literature & Education Thailand
(Foreigner)
14 Late Shri Cho Ramaswamy (Posthumous) Literature & Education – Tamil Nadu
Journalism
PADMA SHRI:
No. Name Awarded for State
15 Smt. Basanti Bisht Art-Music Uttarakhand
16 Shri Chemanchery Kunhiraman Nair Art-Dance Kerala
17 Smt. Aruna Mohanty Art-Dance Odisha
18 Smt. Bharathi Vishnuvardhan Art-Cinema Karnataka
19 Shri Sadhu Meher Art-Cinema Odisha
20 Shri T K Murthy Art-Music Tamil Nadu
21 Shri Laishram Birendrakumar Singh Art-Music Manipur
22 Shri Krishna Ram Chaudhary Art-Music Uttar Pradesh
23 Smt. Baoa Devi Art-Painting Bihar
24 Shri Tilak Gitai Art-Painting Rajasthan
25 Dr. Prof. Aekka Yadagiri Rao Art-Sculpture Telangana
26 Shri Jitendra Haripal Art-Music Odisha
27 Shri Kailash Kher Art-Music Maharashtra
28 Smt. Parassala B Ponnammal Art-Music Kerala
29 Smt. Sukri Bommagowda Art-Music Karnataka
30 Shri Mukund Nayak Art-Music Jharkhand
31 Shri Purushottam Upadhyay Art-Music Gujarat
32 Smt. Anuradha Paudwal Art-Music Maharashtra
33 Shri Wareppa Naba Nil Art-Theatre Manipur
34 Shri Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary Civil Service Telangana
35 Shri T.K. Viswanathan Civil Service Haryana
36 Shri Kanwal Sibal Civil Service Delhi
37 Shri Birkha Bahadur Limboo Muringla Literature & Education Sikkim
38 Smt. Eli Ahmed Literature & Education Assam
39 Dr. Narendra Kohli Literature & Education Delhi
40 Prof. G. Venkatasubbiah Literature & Education Karnataka
41 Shri Akkitham Achyuthan Namboothiri Literature & Education Kerala
42 Shri Kashi Nath Pandita Literature & Education Jammu & Kashmir
43 Shri Chamu Krishna Shastry Literature & Education Delhi
44 Shri Harihar Kripalu Tripathi Literature & Education Uttar Pradesh
45 Shri Michel Danino Literature & Education Tamil Nadu
46 Shri Punam Suri Literature & Education Delhi
47 Shri VG Patel Literature & Education Gujarat
48 Smt. V Koteswaramma Literature & Education Andhra Pradesh
49 Shri Balbir Dutt Literature & Education Journalism Jharkhand
50 Smt. Bhawana Somaaya Literature & Education Journalism Maharashtra
51 Shri Vishnu Pandya Literature & Education Journalism Gujarat
52 Dr. Subroto Das Medicine Gujarat

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53 Dr. (Smt.) Bhakti Yadav Medicine Madhya Pradesh


54 Dr. Mohammed Abdul Waheed Medicine Telangana
55 Dr. Madan Madhav Godbole Medicine Uttar Pradesh
56 Dr. Devendra Dayabhai Patel Medicine Gujarat
57 Prof. Harkishan Singh Medicine Chandigarh
58 Dr. Mukut Minz Medicine Medicine Chandigarh
59 Shri Arun Kumar Sharma Others-Archaeology Chhattisgarh
60 Shri Sanjeev Kapoor Others-Culinary Maharashtra
61 Smt. Meenakshi Amma Others-Martial Art Kerala
62 Shri Genabhai Dargabhai Patel Others-Agriculture Gujarat
63 Shri Chandrakant Pithawa Science & Engineering Telangana
64 Prof. Ajoy Kumar Ray Science & Engineering West Bengal
65 Shri Chintakindi Mallesham Science & Engineering Andhra Pradesh
66 Shri Jitendra Nath Goswami Science & Engineering Assam
67 Shri Daripalli Ramaiah Social Work Telangana
68 Shri Girish Bhardwaj Social Work Karnataka
69 Shri Karimul Hak Social Work West Bengal
70 Shri Bipin Ganatra Social Work West Bengal
71 Smt. Nivedita Raghunath Bhide Social Work Tamil Nadu
72 Shri Appasaheb Dharmadhikari Social Work Maharashtra
73 Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal Social Work Punjab
74 Shri Virat Kohli Sports-Cricket Delhi
75 Shri Shekar Naik Sports-Cricket Karnataka
76 Shri Vikasa Gowda Sports-Discus Throw Karnataka
77 Smt. Deepa Malik Sports-Athletics Haryana
78 Shri Mariyappan Thangavelu Sports-Athletics Tamil Nadu
79 Smt. Dipa Karmakar Sports-Gymnastics Tripura
80 Shri P R Shreejesh Sports-Hockey Kerala
81 Smt. Sakshi Malik Sports-Wrestling Haryana
82 Shri Mohan Reddy Venkatrama Bodanapu Trade & Industry Telangana
83 Shri Imrat Khan (NRI/PIO) Art-Music USA
84 Shri Anant Agarwal (NRI/PIO) Literature & Education USA
85 Shri H.R. Shah (NRI/PIO) Literature & EducationJournalism USA
86 Late (Smt.) Suniti Solomon (Posthumous) Medicine Tamil Nadu
87 Shri Asoke Kumar Bhattacharyya Others-Archaeology West Bengal
(Posthumous)
88 Dr. Mapuskar (Posthumous) Social Work Maharashtra
89 Smt. Anuradha Koirala (Foreigner) Social Work Nepal
• The Reliance Foundation Founder and Chairperson Nita Ambani has been honored by the Metropolitan
Museum of Art (The Met) in New York on January 24, 2017 for her philanthropic work in the areas of
education, sports, healthcare, rural transformation, urban renewal, disaster response, women empowerment
and promotion of the arts.
• Damodar Valley Corporation received NTPC award 20015-16 from Union Power Minister, Piyush Goyal
• List of Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards 2016
The President of India approved the conferment of Jeevan Raksha Padak Series of Awards 2016 on 36
persons on January 25, 2017.

List of Awardees
Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak
No. Name State
1 Ms. Roluahpuii (Posthumous) Mizoram
2 Shri Shishir Kumar Yadavannavr (Posthumous) Karnataka
3 Shri Vadmitra Choudhary, (Posthumous) Uttar Pradesh
4 Shri Rakesh Kumar CN (Posthumous) Karnataka
5 Shri Suresh NB (Posthumous) Kerala
Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak

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No. Name State


1 Shri Mrigesh Narayan Barua Assam
2 Dr. C. Gopakumar (Posthumous) Kerala
3 Shri Govind Laxman Tupe Maharashtra
4 Shri Churchill Mizoram
5 Smt. Roluahpuii Mizoram
6 Shri Bir Bajrangbali Pandey West Bengal
7 Master Maurice Yengkhom Manipur
8 Master Shivansh Singh (Posthumous) Uttar Pradesh
Jeevan Raksha Padak
No. Name State
1 Shri Yashwant Kumar Pisda Chhattisgarh
2 Shri Dara Singh Haryana
3 Shri Dinesh Kumar Himachal Pradesh
4 Shri Ratheeshan Nambolan Kerala
5 Master Anandhakrishnan A Kerala
6 Master Akhil K. Shibu Kerala
7 Shri Tejesh Brijlal Sonawane Maharashtra
8 Shri Manoj Sudhakarrao Barahate Maharashtra
9 Shri Isac Lalrinchhana Mizoram
10 Shri Lalmohan Mohanta Odisha
11 Kum. Nazia Uttar Pradesh
12 Shri Pankaj Kumar Pandey Tamil Nadu
13 Shri Anoop Mishra Uttar Pradesh
14 Shri Kapil Kumar Shishodia Uttar Pradesh
15 Shri Neelkant Ramesh Harikantra Maharashtra
16 Shri Manohar Mahato West Bengal
17 Shri Balen Rajbongshi West Bengal
18 Shri Dharmendra Kumar Yadav West Bengal
19 Master Kamlesh Pradhan Chhattisgarh
20 Kum. Angelica Tynsong Meghalaya
21 Master Sai Krishna Akhil Kilambi Telangana
22 Shri Tshewana Thinlay Lachungpa Sikkim
23 Shri Altaf Ahmed Khan Jammu & Kashmir

• Dr.Gullapalli N Rao, Founder and Chairman, L V Prasad Eye Institute, has been selected as one of two
inductees for the prestigious 2017 Ophthalmology Hall of Fame instituted by the American Society of
Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).
• The Union Ministry of Defence announced the result of the Republic Day Parade – 2017 on January 28, 2017.
For this the Ministry appointed three panels of judges for honoring the participants of the event with the
awards in different categories. In Service Category, Madras Engineer Group has been selected as the best
marching contingent while in the Para-Military Forces category, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF)
were adjudged as the best performers.
• Iris Mittenaere of France was crowned as the Miss Universe 2017 in the international beauty pageant event
which was held on January 29, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines organized by the Miss
Universe Organization.
• The First ever National Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 was presented by the Union Home Minister Shri
Rajnath Singh at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi on January 30, 2017.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

Name Post
BCCI President Anurag The Supreme Court has removed from the Office
Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke
Prof. David R. Syiemlieh Chairman of Union Public Service Commission
Air Marshal SB Deo Vice Chief of the Air Staff of Indian Air Force

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ShivpalYadav AkhileshYadav Dismisses him and appoints NareshUttam as


Party’s Chief
SanjivRanjan (concurrently) Ambassador of India to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay
Kamala Harris
Ami Bera
US Congress Members. Ro Khanna
Raja Krishnamoorthi
PramilaJayapal
Paul Ryan re-elected Speaker of US House of Representatives
Robert Lighthizer Chief Trade Negotiator
JovenelMoise President of Haiti
SurekhaMarandi Executive Director Reserve Bank of India
Ivan Rogers(resigns) Britain’s Ambassador to the EU Anil Jalali HR
Head for Capgemini India Operation
Karan Bajwa Managing Director IBM India
S Padmanabhan Chairman of Tata Power
Sir Tim Barrow Britain’s ambassador to the EU
Kalyan Krishnamurthy Flipkart’s new CEO
Kumar Sharadindu MD & CEO of SBI Pension Funds
Virat Kohli Gionee brand ambassador
Ranbir Kapoor Brand Ambassador For Asian Paints’ UltimaProtek
Pakistan’s Gen. Raheel Sharif Head of Islamic Military Alliance
David Rudisha International Ambassador of Stanchart Mumbai
Shalabh Seth CEO of Ola Fleet Technologies
Daniel Ortega Nicaragua’s President for Third Consecutive Term
Dr. Ausaf Sayeed High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Seychelles
Vikram Pawah President of BMW Group India
Jimmy Adams, former captain New director of West Indies cricket
Housing’s ex-CEO Jason Kothari chief strategy and investment officer of Snapdeal
Manish Tewari Senior fellow of US think tank Atlantic Council
Rajesh Gopinathan Chief Executive Officer of TCS
TCS CEO N. Chandrasekaran Tata Sons chairman.
Ashish Shelar Maharashtra Cricket Association president
Sanjeev Srinivasan CEO, MD Bharti AXA General
Antonio Tajani President of European Parliament
Birender Singh Yadav High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Sierra Leone
Rajeev Singh Interim CEO of Prasar Bharati after S C Panda
Alok Kumar Verma Director of CBI
Adama Barrow Official President of Gambian
Ashok Warrier Ambassador of India to the Central African Republic
Bishwadip Dey High Commissioner of India to Grenada
AIFF president Praful Patel FIFA finance committee
Anurag Thakur Himachal Olympic Association Head
Birender Singh Yadav Ambassador of India to the Republic of Burkina Faso
Ashok Warrier Ambassador of India to the Republic of Congo
Vishal Kaul Chief Operating Officer (COO) of OLA
Nikki Haley U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Anerood Jugnauth (resigns) Mauritius Prime Minister
Indo American Ajit Pai FCC, US communications regulatory agency-chairman
Uttam Dhillon Special assistant to the President on ethics and compliance
matters-White House position.
Rex Tillerson Secretary of State US
Derk Segaar Director of United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
Virender Sehwag Kings XI Punjab Brand Ambassador
Siddhartha Murarka Institute of Company Secretaries of India –Chairman
Mike Pompeo – US Central Intelligence Agency -Director
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V Shanmuganathan (resigns) Meghalaya Governor


Dushyant Chautala Table Tennis Federation of India President
Ashok Amritraj UN in India Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable
Development Goals.
AP Singh Interim Head of India Post Payment Bank
Amulya Patnaik Delhi Police Chief
Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit Additional charge of Meghalaya
Nagaland governor PB Acharya Additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh
Dr. Vijay Pandurang Bhatkar VC Nalanda University
Chadian foreign affairs minister African Union Commission head
Moussa Faki Mahamat

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

• The largest online residential real estate brokerage firm PropTiger.Com and Housing.Com announced a
merger on January 10, 2017 to create India’s largest online real estate services company.
• Hyderabad based pharmaceutical manufacturing company AurobindoPharma has inked an agreement to
acquire Portugal’s Generis Farmaceutica SA from Magnum Capital Partners for a consideration of 135 million
euros.
• PVR Ltd has informed Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India that the Delhi
High Court has approved merger of two of its subsidiary companies with it, effective from April 1, 2015.
• Business process management company, WNS Global Services announced acquisition of US-based Denali
Sourcing Services for $40 million.
• The government has decided to sell its entire 51% stake in Pawan Hans Ltd to a strategic buyer and transfer
the management control of the helicopter service operator.
• ICICI Prudential Life Insurance has acquired 8.41 per cent stake in Fino Paytech Ltd (FPL) for a total
consideration of Rs 100 crore
• US based Google is announced to acquire Twitter’s mobile application developer platform Fabric for an
undisclosed amount on January 19, 2017
• American multinational technology company Microsoft has acquired Sweden-based company Simplygon to
accelerate innovation in enabling 3D for everyone.
• The Competition Commission of India (CCI) approved the proposed merger of online travel
firm MakeMyTrip’s Indian travel business with rival Ibibo Group. The closing of the transaction is expected
to be around January 31, 2017.
• The U.S. healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson on January 26, 2017 informed about its intention to buy
Switzerland based bio-pharmaceutical firm, Actelion, for $30
billion (27.9 billion euros).
• Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s financial arm, Ant Financial on January 26, 2017 reached an agreement
to acquire U.S money transfer company MoneyGram for USD 880 million.

MoUs

• Union Cabinet led by PM Modi approved signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India
and Kenya on bilateral cooperation in the field of Agriculture and Allied Sectors.
• India and Pakistan signs agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations and Facilities
• The Union Cabinet under PM Modi approved signing of an agreement between India and Uruguay for
cooperation and mutual assistance in Customs Matters.
• The Union Cabinet also gave its approval for signing of an agreement for cooperation in the field
of Agriculture and allied sectors between India and Portugal.
• Telanagana Government Signs MoU with Civil Aviation Ministry for Regional Connectivity Scheme
• Arunachal signs MoU with NDDB to promote dairy development, According to the MoU, NDDB will
conduct a survey related to milk production and consumption and identify areas of intervention in Arunachal
Pradesh.
• The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of US and Development Partnership Administration (DPA) of
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fields of developmental activities and assist the third world countries.


• The Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with
the National Yuva Cooperative Society to set up 1,000 ‘Janaushadhi Kendras‘ under the Pradhan Mantri
Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) scheme to provide medicines at an affordable price.
• India and Sri Lanka has signed an MoU on January 13, 2017 for the construction of 3000 rain water
harvesting systems in northern Jaffna District of Sri Lanka at a cost of 30 crore Sri Lankan Rupees.
• Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signed an upgraded
defence agreement to boost cooperation between their militaries. Beside with this they also reaffirmed their
support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement the 12-nation trade pact
• Ministry of AYUSH has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with the Advertising Standards
Council of India (ASCI) to curtail malpractices in the advertisement of AYUSH drugs in New Delhi on
January 20, 2017
• The Indian Railways signed a joint venture agreement with the state government of Jharkhand on January 20,
2017 for the development of railway infrastructure in the State. It is the 9th State to form a Joint Venture
Company with the Ministry of Railways. Earlier Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha,
Haryana, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat have already signed JV agreement with Ministry of Railways.
• The Union government under PM Modi gave approval for the ratification of the Second Commitment Period
of the Kyoto Protocol on containing the emission of Green House Gases (GHGs) which was adopted in 2012.
Till date, 65 countries have ratified the Second Commitment Period.
• The Central Water Commission (CWC) under the Ministry of Water Resources River Development and
Ganga Rejuvenation signed two separate MoUs with IIT Madras and IIS Bengaluru on January 27, 2017 in
New Delhi.
• The Telangana government on January 27, 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with French
Aero campus Aquitaine to set up a world-class aero skills academy in the city in collaboration with academia
and industry of the state.
• India and France signed White Shipping Agreement on January 19, 2017 in New Delhi to enable information
sharing on maritime traffic and maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
• Mauritius along with Gabon, Hungary, Indonesia, Lithuania, Malta and the Russian Federation signed the
Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for Country-by- Country Reporting (CbC MCAA). Now the
total number of signatories increased to 57 while India signed the agreement in May 2016.

SCHEMES

• Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh launched a new health scheme, ArogyaRaksha
Scheme at Tummalapalli Kalakshetram in Vijayawada to provide the medical treatment to the people of the
Above Poverty Line at Rs. 1200 premium per annum.
• The Telangana Government announced a new scheme on January 6, 2017, to provide financial assistance
of Rs. 1000 per month to poor single women in the state.
• Karnataka Bank has launched has launched a group Personal Accident Insurance Scheme for all its Saving
Bank (SB) Account holders. The insurance scheme is named “KBL Suraksha” and provides insurance cover
for accidental death.
• The Tamil Nadu Government signed an MoU with the Ministry of Power on January 9, 2017 to join the Ujwal
DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme. With the agreement Tamil Nadu has become the 21st state to
join UDAY scheme.
• Madhya Pradesh government inaugurated a first of its kind scheme of the country, “Digital Dakiya” in Indore
on January 14, 2017 to encourage cashless transaction in the state.
• The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has received 45 initial proposals coming in from 11 bidders covering
more than 200 regional routes under Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) said by Civil Aviation Minister P.
Ashok Gajapathi Raju on January 18, 2017.
• As a part of government’s commitment for financial inclusion and social security the Union Cabinet has given
its post-facto approval to launch Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana 2017 (VPBY 2017) on January 24, 2017.
The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) would be the implementing body of the scheme during the
current financial year.
• The Union Cabinet approved a new scheme for promotion of Rural Housing. The scheme would be
implemented by National Housing Bank. The Government would provide net present value of the interest
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Institutions (Scheduled Commercial Banks, NBFCs etc.) and interest subsidy to every rural household who
takes a loan of upto Rs. 2 lakhs and is not covered under the Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojana (Grameen),
PMAY(G).
• The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan launched the IT Project, e-Health Kerala which is
named Jeevan Rekha on January 25, 2017 at Peroorkada Model Government Hospital.
• Arunachal Pradesh launched ‘Dulari Kanya’, a special scheme to check infant mortality in the state, under
which the government will deposit Rs 20,000 in the bank account of a girl child, born in any government
hospital.
COMMITTEE

• Ministry of Sports Constitutes Committee to suggest improvements to National Sports Code. The committee,
which will be chaired by Sports Secretary, InjetiSrinivas, will submit its report within one month on the basis
of suggestions and feedback given in these meetings so that sports bodies act according to the public
expectations for the promotion of sports in the country.
• The minority affairs ministry lead by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi formed a high-powered six-member
committee on January 12, 2017 to look into whether giving subsidy has benefits to Hajj pilgrims.The decision
has been taken in light of a 2012 Supreme Court order on gradually reducing and abolishing subsidy given to
pilgrims by 2022.
• An Expert Group Committee under the Chairmanship of former Finance Secretary Shri Sumit Bose presented
its report on the Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) to the Minister of Rural Development, Shri
Narendra Singh Tomar on January 13, 2017 for better planning and identification of beneficiaries and for
generating priority list of beneficiaries under its programmes.
• A committee formed by the IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) has recently given its suggestion to create 20
percent reservation seats for the girl students in IITs out of the total number of seats available. The committee
headed by professor Timothy Gonsalves recommended the supernumerary seats to address the issue falling
number of female students entering the institute.
• Vinod Rai, the former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) was appointed as the head of
the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) administrative committee by the Supreme Court on January
30, 2017. The court also named historian Ramachandra Guha, Vikram Limaye, Managing Director of IDFC
and Diana Edulji, former women test cricket captain as the member of the 4-membered committee
• A committee has been constituted by the Centre on January 22, 2017 to frame uniform rules for the states to
avoid delay in proper implementation of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPD) Act across the country.
The Committee will be headed by Secretary from Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
(DEPwD).
• N.K. Singh Committee on Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Presents its Report to the
Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

• ISRO Chairman Kiran Kumar and CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall signed a partnership agreement in
satellite launch technology in the presence of visiting French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault in
Bengaluru.
• A Chinese rocket Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) successfully launched three satellites into space in its first
commercial mission on January 9, 2017 from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu. The KZ-1A
is an advanced version of the Kuaizhou-1 rocket with improvements in adaptability. It is a low-cost solid-
fuelled carrier rocket with high reliability and short preparation period and was designed to launch low-orbit
satellites weighing less than 300 kg.
• The Union Health Minister J P Nadda is all set to introduce the measles-rubella vaccine (MR) from February
2017 in five states and Union territories in the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) to provide
preventive medications to every child born in India.
• Pakistan successfully test-fired its first Submarine-Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM), Babur-3, on January 9,
2017 from Indian Ocean. The missile Babur-3 which was fired from an underwater, mobile platform, hit the
target with precise accuracy. It is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 450km.
• Astronomers, using data from India’s Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), have discovered two of the
most powerful phenomena in the universe – a supermassive black hole and the collision of giant galaxy

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clusters about two billion light years from Earth. This cosmic double whammy is found in a pair of colliding
galaxy clusters called Abell 3411 and Abell 3412 located about two billion light years from Earth.
• An extra second was added to the Indian clock at 5:29.59 hours at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) on
January 1, 2017 as the atomic clock was struck at 23:59:59 the previous night.
• India successfully conducted the test firing of the nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile, Agni IV from
the Abdul Kalam Island, Balasore, off the Odisha coast on January 2, 2017 at about 11.50 a.m.Agni IV is
a two-stage solid-propelled, surface-to-surface ballistic missile which is designed to carry a payload of 1-tonne
up to a distance of 4,000 km.
• Space Exploration Technologies Corporation or SpaceX has released a new teaser mage of the world’s most
powerful rocket Falcon Heavy rocket which will ferry a crewed Red Dragon capsule on Mars in 2018.
• The Minister of State for Minority Affairs (I/C) and Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched
a Mobile App on January 2, 2017, at Haj House in Mumbai that will provide information and facilitate e-
payments for the pilgrimage.
• The District Administration of Ludhianahas developed a mobile application named “ECI360” for the benefit
of voters, candidates, election staff as well as the Election Commission of India(ECI).
• Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy and
Mines, PiyushGoyal launched the Web Portal and the Mobile App for Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana
(UDAY) scheme on January 4, 2017.
• Scientists in Ireland have discovered a brand new organ named Mesentery, inside the digestive system which
was not known till date.
• The first anti-missile interceptors for the Arrow 3 Missile Defense System was inducted into the Israel
Defense Forces on January 18, 2017 by both Israel’s Defense Ministry and the US Missile Defense Agency
during a ceremony held on the Palmachim Air Base.
• The US military launched a Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO Flight 3 mission on January 20,
2017. Under the mission, Geo-3 satellite has been send into the space mounted on Atlas V rocket from
Florida where it will detect any possible missile attack to meet national security threats.
• As per a study published in Comptes Rendus Palevol and conducted by the Researchers from Midwestern
University, Human Appendix which is regarded as a vestigial organ can actually serve an important biological
function.
• The Stanford Bioengineers including Indian Origin among them have created a ultra-low-cost, human-
powered centrifuge device that is capable to separate blood into its individual components in only 1.5 minutes.
• The National Green Tribunal has directed the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) under
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to test cosmetic products containing microbeads and submit a report in
four weeks.
• The American rocket manufacturing company SpaceX launched 10 satellites into orbit on a two stage Falcon
9 Rocket on January 14, 2017 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base on the California coast. The satellites
were a part of the NEXT Mission of the communications company Iridium.
• The Commerce Secretary has launched a mobile app named ‘SEZ India‘ for Special Economic Zones
(SEZs). SEZ India app will be used for SEZ Developers & Units transactions and track the
• Tamil Nadu government lead by O.Panneerselvam has launched a mobile application ‘Pinakin‘ to provide
information of famous destinations in Tamil Nadu. The app will provide information on world heritage tourist
spots like Mammalapuram, the Big Temple in, Thanjavur and Gangai Konda Cholapuram and soon it will
include other places in the state.
• According to a research work published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), a
multidrug-resistant organism has been indentified known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae
(CRE) which is resistant to all available antibiotics. NDM-1 was first discovered when a Swedish patient was
infected in 2009 in India.
• World’s largest social networking platform, Facebook on January 15, 2017 announced to introduce Fake
News Tools for Germany Facebook to help the residents in combating the spread of unrealistic news stories.
• Researchers from Tohoku University in Japan have claimed that they have discovered the unidentified
element that formed the 5 percent of earth’s core after Iron and Nickel leading to new ways for better
understanding of earths formation.
• Indian state-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has launched
mobile TV service ‘Ditto TV‘ and ‘Limited Fixed Mobile Telephony’ in New Delhi on January 16, 2017.
• The world’s ultralight high-performance mechanical watch RM 50-03 was inaugurated on January 16, 2017 at

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the 27th edition of the Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva.
• A first of its kind robot journalist named Xiao Nan on January 18, 2017 made debut in the world of journalism
by writing a 300-character-long article in just a second. The article written on the Spring Festival travel
rush was published in the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily.
• The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has given its approval to explore an iron-rich
asteroid “16 Psyche” as a part of its mission to learn more about the history and composition of the celestial
body.
• The Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched a dedicated web portal
‘ShaGun’ on January 18, 2017 for continuous monitoring of the elementary education scheme Sarva Shiksha
Abhiyan (SSA) and promote the development of education sector of India.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully realigned the orbit of its Mars Orbiter Mission
‘Mangalyaan’ on January 19, 2017 since it could not withstand long duration eclipse.
• The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) led by ‎Dr. Harsh Vardhan commissioned a very high
resolution of 12km global deterministic weather prediction model, Ensemble Prediction System (EPS), on
January 16, 2017 that will be used to generate operational weather forecasts. This system would be beneficial
to overcome the problem of uncertainties in the forecasts.
• Scientists have discovered an exoplanet named Wolf 1061 located around 14 light years away from Earth that
could be the habitable planet in the future after Earth.
• Researchers from Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a customizable soft
robotic sleeve to encase a diseased heart and help it beat.
• A Bengaluru start-up TeamIndus proposes nameplate on the Moon for Rs.500. Indians are being offered the
opportunity to leave their name on the moon, for a price.
• Indian scientists at the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR), lying between Sabarmati River in Gandhinagar
and Amul Diary have taken steps to make use of plasma for healing not only humans but also the earth.
• Scientists at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in the U.S. made a research work in which they have
developed a new method of medical testing for faster diagnosis of diseases like HIV, Lyme disease, syphilis
and rotavirus infections.As per the research published in the journal “Small”, researchers combined cutting-
edge nanoscience with a magnetic phenomenon to create the method for speedy medical tests.
• Transportation app Uber will soon launch its on-demand food delivery app ‘UberEATS’ in the Indian
market. UberEATS is currently available in 58 cities globally, including Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong
Kong and Taipei.
• The Minister of Commerce & Industry, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman launched Rubber Soil Information System
(RubSIS) on January 23, 2017 in New Delhi to provide the detail about the soil quality to the rubber growers
to enhance productivity besides reducing the cost of production.
• The Multiplex chain operator PVR has launched a theatre on demand service ‘VKAAO’ on January 20,
2017. Vkaao is an online platform that will enable consumers to watch any movie of their choice at a theatre
of their choice. It would empower the viewers to choose what they want to watch, when and where.
• Scientists from Stanford University are trying to find an innovative solution to deal with the shortage of
human transplant organs like hearts, kidneys, livers, lungs and other organs. Thus they conducted a study
wherein the scientists made an attempt to grow mouse pancreases in rats and then use them to cure diabetes in
mice.
• Japan successfully launched its first military communications satellite on January 24, 2017 from Tanegashima
Space Centre, Japan on an H-2A rocket, to boost the broadband capacity of its Self Defence
Forces.The Kirameki-2 is an X-band communications satellite with a 15-year lifespan built by DSN
Corporation for the Japanese Ministry of Defense.
• The Police Department of Pune has launched a Mobile App “Beat Marshall Monitoring Mobile App” to trace
the location of the patrolling teams from police stations.
• U.S. scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have announced the development of the first stable
semi synthetic organism, “Escherichia coli bacteria” on January 23, 2017 that has DNA made up of both
natural and artificial bases.
• According to the Experts from Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) based in United Kingdom, Bread, chips and
potatoes should be cooked to a golden yellow colour, rather than brown, to reduce our intake of a chemical
called Acrylamide which could cause cancer.

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• Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully tested its indigenously developed Cryogenic engine
designated as C25, on January 25, 2017 for 50 seconds at ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) at Mahendragiri
in Tamil Nadu. The cryogenic engine has been developed for use in the Upper Stage of GSLV Mk III rocket,
which is scheduled to be launched within the first quarter of 2017.
• Scientists from US-based Oregon State University (OSU) has recently discovered insect preserved in amber
that is believed to have been existed 100 million years ago and is entirely different from the existing groups.
• Based on a study report published in the journal Cell on January 26, 2017, an International Team of Scientists
from United States have created a Human-Pig Hybrid in a research project paving way to address shortage of
organ for transplantation.
• The atomic clocks on the first satellite IRNSS-1A of the NAVIC, an indigenously built satellite system has
developed technical complications. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)Chairman, A.S. Kiran
Kumar informed that one of the three crucial rubidium clock on IRNSS-1A spacecraft failed six months ago
while the other two failed subsequently.
• The Indian Weather Satellite, INSAT-3DR, launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in
September 2016, has led to a remarkable achievement in Indian weather forecasting. The Next Generation
INSAT-3DR, will enable detecting Farm Fires.
• Based on a study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, an unusual action of a small, six billion old,
so called vampire star, has been captured by ASTROSAT, India’s first dedicated multi-wavelength space
observatory that was preying on bigger celestial body.

DEFENCE

• Country’s oldest union, the Maritime Union of India (MUI), representing Indian Merchant Navy Officers
since 1939, has launched an android based mobile app named MUI.
• Russia finally delivered 4 Sukhoi Su-35 Fighter Jets to China on December 25, 2016, after a delay of two
years. The Su-35 is an advanced version of the Su-30s operated by the Indian Airforce.
• The Indian Army is successfully conducted the user-validation trials of indigenous artillery gun Dhanush in
the Himalayas so that they are ready to be inducted into the Army.
• Border Security Force (BSF) has launched its 14 day operation Sard Hawa at the western international border
of Rajasthan on January 15, 2017 to check the instances of infilteration due to the dense fog in the area.
• China has handed over two ships to Pakistan Navy on January 15, 2017 in order to ensure joint security along
the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Gwadar port.
• INS Khanderi, India’s second French-designed Scorpene-class diesel-electric attack submarine was launched
in Mumbai on January 12, 2017 at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL).
• The China’s Navy commissioned a sophisticated electronic reconnaissance ship CNS Kaiyangxing or Mizar
to North Sea Fleet in Qingdao, Shandong province on January 10, 2017. The new ship with hull code 856 is
capable of conducting all-weather, round-the-clock observation on multiple targets. The ship is so
sophisticated that only a few countries, such as the US and Russia, are capable of developing it.
• India successfully test-fired the Guided Pinaka Rocket from Launch Complex-III of the Integrated Test Range
(ITR) launch pad at Chandipur off coast Odisha. The Guided Pinaka is a modified version of the Pinaka
rocket mark-II which has evolved from Pinaka Mark-I. Pinaka rocket mark-II is equipped with a navigation,
guidance and control kit. The modified version has considerably enhanced the strike range and accuracy of
Pinaka.
• The Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX), an annual Indian Navy exercise kicked started on
January 24, 2017 off the Western Seaboard. The last edition of the exercise was conducted in January 2015.
TROPEX 17 exercise is aimed at testing combat readiness of the combined fleets of the Indian Navy, and the
assets of the Indian Air Force, Indian Army and the Indian Coast Guard.
• INS Vikramaditya, India’s biggest aircraft carrier ship has become the country’s first warship to have
an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) onboard the vessel. The ATM has been installed by the State Bank of
India (SBI) and will become operational from January 21, 2017. It will be operated through satellite link.
• In a move to rapidly expand its naval fleet, China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy commissioned its 31st
stealth warship on January 22, 2017. With the commissioning of the 31st Type—056 class corvette
warship, CNS Ezhou, China has become the world’s largest fleet of modern corvettes.
• The Guided Pinaka was successfully test fired from the Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur for a further
enhanced range. The Pinaka Rocket Mark-II, equipped with Navigation, guidance and control kit, was
transformed into a guided Pinaka.

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• Pakistan successfully conducted the first test flight of the surface-to-surface ballistic missile
(SSM), ‘Ababeel’ on January 24, 2017.
• The Chief of Army staff Gen Bipin Rawat launched a Whatsapp helpline number on January 27, 2017 to
receive grievances of army personnel. The Whatsapp number where soldiers can post their complaints is +91
9643300008. The number will be shared with all soldiers and the number will remain at Rawat’s office.
The Indian Navy has officially issued a Request for Information (RFI) on January 17, 2017 to procure new
carrier-based multirole warplane. The Navy intends to procure 57 naval fighter aircraft from a foreign
supplier for its rapidly growing fleet of aircraft carriers.

ENVIRONMENT

• As per the annual census conducted by the Wildlife wing of the Forest Department the number of migratory
birds in the Chilikalake, Odisha has substantially gone up this year. According to Chilika Wildlife
DFO, 88,264 more birds have visited the brackish water lake this year than the last year. Last year, 8,58,855
birds were sighted in the lake while the number has gone up to 9,47,119 this year.
• Scientists from the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have discovered a new species of ginger in the Andaman
and Nicobar Islands. The new species named as Zingiberpseudosquarrosum belongs to genus Zingiber.
• According to a US wildlife conservation agency, long-nosed bat and gypsum wild buckwheat and Kuenzler
hedgehog cactus are removed from the list of endangered species.
• According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list, more than half of
the world’s wild species including apes, monkeys, lemurs and lorises are now on the verge of extinction.
• A team of researchers from Singapore, France and Indonesia in a study found the evidence of the possibility of
formation of a new plate boundary on the floor of the Indian Ocean in the Wharton Basin.
• Scientists have concluded a gibbon living in the tropical forests of south west China is a new species of
primate. It has been named the Skywalker hoolock gibbon, means “Heaven’s movement”.
• Hope Island become graveyard for Olive Ridleys turtles after the wildlife wing of the Forest department have
spotted 54 carcasses on the shores of Hope Island in just one month. So far 152 carcasses are spotted in Hope
Island.
• Delhi has been declared free from H5N8 avian influenza commonly known as Bird Flu by the Animal
Husbandry Department of the Delhi government on January 13, 2017
• As per a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists from University of Bonn in Germany has found
that there must have been a connection between the separated India, Europe and Asia about 54 million years
ago.
• According to a new study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers have discovered that
the widely used Indian spice named Long Pepper has the potential to be used as a cancer treatment drug.The
Indian long pepper contains a chemical called Piperlongumine (PL) that could stop the body from producing
an enzyme that is commonly found in tumors in large numbers.
• The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on January 13, 2017 released its statement of climate of India,
2016 and informed that the year 2016 was the hottest year since 1901 for the country.
The West Bengal State Department of Fisheries has announced to protect the endangered Hisla Fish from
getting extinct and thus has proposed to introduce law to arrest anyone found in illegal catching, buying or
selling of Hilsa fish weighing less than 500 grams.
• Scientists have discovered three new lesser known diseases namely Mers, Lassa fever and Nipah virus that
could cause the next global health emergency. To overcome this to happen, Coalition for Epidemic
Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has contributed a sum of $460 million for the development of the vaccine
against these would-be deadly disease.
• A Canadian Biologist named Dr. Vazrick Nazari, has discovered a new species of moth in a densely populated
part of southern California and named it after US President-elect Donald Trump.
• According to World Meteorological Organisation’s ,recent report 2016 was the hottest year with an average
temperature 1.1 degrees Centigrade (2 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than in pre-industrial times.
• Indian has partnered with the British experts over a project that aims to study the air pollution level in
Delhi and health problems associated it. The project ‘ASAP-Delhi: An Integrated Study of Air Pollutant
Sources in the Delhi National Capital Region’ would be led by University of Birmingham and would also
involve experts from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, the Indian National Physical Laboratory and
the University of Surrey.
• Scientists from European Southern Observatory (ESO) have discovered a sunspot with dark and contorted

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centre which is about twice the diameter of the Earth.The team observed an enormous sunspot at wavelengths
of 1.25 mm and 3 mm using two of ALMA’s receiver bands.

SPORTS

• Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain clinched the men’s singles title of the 2017 Chennai Open on January 8, 2017
defeating Daniil Medvedev 6-3 and 6-4 to claim the first ATP tournament of the season.
• AbbuAmmaz (8), a class 2 student from Jammu and Kashmir has bagged the gold medal in Thai Boxing
Championship at the national level.
• Mumbai youngster, Shreyas Mehta, won the Scottish Junior Open Squash championship at Edinburgh on
January 9, 2017. Mehta defeated Colombia’s Juan Jose Torres Lara 9/12.
• Indian pair of Rohan Bopanna and JeevanNedunchezhiyan captured men’s doubles title defeating India’s
DivijSharan and Purav Raja in Chennai Open.
• Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli are the only two batsmen to feature in the top 5 of the ICC rankings in all
three formats of the game.
• Rising Indian squash star Velavan Senthilkumar created history by winning the first-ever all-Indian
Boys’ Under-19 final at the British Junior Open in Sheffield.
• Sergey Karjakin of Russia defeated Norway’s Magnus Carlsen in a tie-breaker to win Gold in the World Blitz
Chess Championship title in Doha, Qatar on December 30, 2016. Russia’s DaniilDubov ckinched the Bronze
medal.
• The former Australian Captain Ricky Ponting will join Australia’s coaching staff as an assistant to coach the
team for next month’s home Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.
• China’s Grand Slam Champion Li Xiaoxia Announces Retirement from Table Tennis
• Australian Cricketer Arthur Morris Inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.Morris, who became
the 82nd player to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, was given the honour posthumously. The
opening batsman passed away at the age of 93 on August 22 in 2015.
• Indian Women Football Team won their fourth consecutive (South Asian Football Federation) SAFF
Women’s Championship title defeating Bangladesh 3-1 in the finals at the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri,
West Bengal on January 4, 2017.
• Indian Cricketer, Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as the captain of the Indian team in limited over
formats on January 4, 2017, just ahead of the ODI series to be against England in January 2017. However, he
will still be available for selection as a wicketkeeper-batsman for the One Day and T20I series series.
• Robert Marchand a 105 year old man has made a record by cycling 22.547km (14 miles) in 1 hour. In 2012 he
had already set a record of cycling 26.927km in 1 hour.
• Indian Skipper, Virat Kohli was officially named as the Indian Cricket Team’s New Captain for all the three
formats on January 6, 2017 at Mumbai.
• Russian rhythmic gymnast, Yana Alexeyevna Kudryavtseva, announced her retirement at the age of 19,
following several leg injuries including a fracture in the left foot during the 2016 World Cup in Kazan, Russia.
• Rajasthan Cricket Association in an Emergent General Meeting (EGM) accepted all the reforms recommended
by the Lodha Committee as per Supreme Court directive.The Apex court had given six months deadline to
BCCI to implement the recommendations.
• The Captain of Indian men’s Hockey Team, PR Sreejesh was selected as a member of International Hockey
Federation (FIH) Athletes’ Committee on January 11, 2017 by the FIH Executive Board. Cue sports
Ace Pankaj Advani clinched the 3rd Kolkata Open National Invitation Snooker Championship 2017 on
January 8, 2017 organised by the West Bengal Billiards Association at the Bengal Rowing Club.
• Asian games Bronze-Medallist boxer, Sarita Devi is set to become the first ever female boxer from India to
step into the world of professional boxing.
• The Indian 7’2” basketball player Satnam Singh Bhamara has shown interest in the World Wrestling
Entertainment (WWE). He visited one of the WWE’s Performance Centre facility at Orlando, Florida and
participated in a training session alongside various other new recruits of WWE.
• The 14th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon took place on January 15, 2017. The full marathon was
flagged off from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in South Mumbai at 7.20 AM by a host of dignitaries.Alphonce
Simbu of Tanzania took 02:09:32 time to clinch first position in men’s elite category while Kenya’s Bornes
Kitur won the women’s title by completing the distance in 02:29:02.
• The Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel inaugurated the Khelo India National
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level Competitions on various sports for Under-14 and Under-17 children on January 15, 2017 in New Delhi.
• The NCR Punjab Royals won the Pro Wrestling League Season 2 on January 19, 2017 defeating two-time
finalists Haryana Hammers 5-4 in the finals at the K D Jadhav Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.
• The Indian Women’s boxing team coached by Gurbax Singh Sandhu was placed third at the 6th Nations Cup
held in Vrbas, Serbia on January 15, 2017. India won total six medals comprising of one gold, four silver and
one bronze. Kazakhstan won the tournament at first spot followed by Russia at second in the elite category.
• Chennai Smashers won the Premier Badminton League season 2 title after defeating Mumbai Rockets 4-3 in
the final match held at Siri Fort Complex in New Delhi.
• Mercedes named the new teammate Valtteri Bottas who replaced Formula One world champion Nico
Rosberg on January 17, 2017
• Tajikistan’s chess player Grandmaster (GM) Farrukh Amonatov won the 15th Parsvnath Delhi International
Chess tournament on January 16, 2017. The player scored 8.5 points out of 10 to win after a draw with the
Indian counterpart GM Diptayan Ghosh in the 10th and final round who scored 8 to be placed at second
position.
• Cricket icon Kapil Dev was inducted into Legends Club ‘Hall of Fame’ at the Cricket Club of India on
January 17, 2017.Former India player and Legends Club president Madhav Apte presented Kapil with a
citation.
• Pakistani batsman Babar Azam became the fastest player in Pakistan’s One Day International (ODI) history to
score 1,000 runs in 21 innings during the 3rd ODI against Australia at WACA Ground in Perth, Australia on
January 19, 2017.
• The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba Group entered into
a long-term partnership through 2028 on January 19, 2017 at the World Economic Forum in Davos,
Switzerland. This makes Alibaba the worldwide sponsor of Olympic
Games through 2028.
• According to data released by the world football governing body FIFA on January 12, 2017, the Indian
football team jumped six places up to 129th in January 2017 which is the best FIFA ranking in over a decade.
The top 3 positions remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany holding first, second and third
place respectively.
• Gujarat won its maiden Ranji Trophy title on January 14, 2017 by 5 wickets after beating Mumbai at
the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Man of the Match: Parthiv Patel.
• The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has taken away the Olympic gold medals from three Chinese
women weightlifters for doping at 2008 Beijing Games. This bans China from International Championship for
one year. They three weightlifters were Cao Lei in the 75-kilogram class; Chen Xiexia at 48kg; and Liu
Chunhonog at 69kg.
• Indian footballer Jayesh Raimalani has signed a deal through Indo-Spanish football venture called Spaindia to
join the Spanish Football Team, Club Esportiu JUPITER (CE JUPITER) based in Barcelona.
• The official emblem of St. Petersburg for the 2020 Euro Cup football tournament was unveiled in St.
Petersbur.The logo depicts the Palace Bridge which has established itself as one of the most iconic sites in the
city.
• Dhruv Sunish won ITF Juniors title at the Dakshin Kalikata Sansad clay courts. The under-18 India number
two, who had lost in the finals of the Chandigarh Grade 3 ITF Juniors in the first week of 2017 and 2 ITF
Juniors in 2016, played flawlessly to drub the Kazakh 6-2 6-3
• Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal clinched the 2017 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold women’s single
title in the summit clash in Sibu, Malaysia on January 22, 2017. The top-seeded London Olympics bronze-
medallist, defeated 18-year-old Thai Pornpawee Chochuwong, 22-20 22-20.
• Bengal won the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy 2016-17 season against Delhi in the final at the Feroz Shah
Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on January 22, 2017.
• Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman in the world to score 1,000 runs as captain in One-Day Internationals
(ODIs) on January 22, 2017 in the third ODI against England at the Eden Gardens. The 28-year-old batsman
took 17 innings to reach the landmark, breaking the earlier record set by South Africa’s AB deVilliers which
was achieved in 18 innings.
• Ronnie O’Sullivan won a record seventh Masters title against Joe Perry 10-7 in the final at London’s
Alexandra Palace. Perry, in his first Triple Crown final at the age of 42, led 4-1 but missed a straightforward
red for a 5-1 lead.
• The All India Football Federation (AIFF) launched its first ever Indian Women’s League (IWL) on January
24, 2017 in order to make football a professional sport for women in the country. The first edition of the
league will be played from January 28 to February 14 at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi.
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• The International Cricket Council (ICC) on January 25, 2017 named four women to be inducted in the strong
group of B to conduct the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 in February 2017 in Colombo. The ICC
Women’s World Cup 2017 will be held in England and Wales from 24 June to 23 July 2017.
• Top seeded Ace cue Pankaj Advani won his seventh national title in the finals of Manisha National Billiards
and Snooker Championship on January 24, 2017 at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana, Pune. He defeated Rupesh
Shah 5-1 in the final. Earlier Adavani beat Brijesh Damani in the semifinals on January 23, 2017 to enter the
finals.
• Japan based sumo wrestler Kisenosato was promoted to the highest rank of the wresting, "Yokozuna" on
January 25, 2017 after winning his first title at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a 14-1 record.
• Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt will have to hand back one of his nine Olympic gold medals won in the 4x100m
relay event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to his Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter who was tested positive
for a banned substance.
• The Tokyo Olympic Committee has now announced that Son Goku, a cult anime character from Dragonball
Z, will serve as one of its brand ambassadors.
• The TOP Committee has been reconstituted by the Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and
Sports Shri Vijay Goel to identify and support potential medal prospects for 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games
under the “Target Olympic Podium” scheme.
Australian Open-2017 Overview
The 105th edition of the Australian Open tournament 2017 was held at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia from January 16 to January 29, 2017.
Title Winners Runners
Men’s Singles Roger Federer Rafael Nadal
Women’s Singles Serena Williams Venus Williams
Men’s Doubles Henri Kontinen /John Peers Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
Women’s Doubles BethanieMattek-Sands /Lucie Andrea Hlaváčková/Peng Shuai
Safarova
Mixed Doubles Abigail Spears /Juan Sebastián Croatia’s Ivan Dodig/Sania Mirz
Cabal
• Siliguri based Abul Hossain won the Kolkata Full Marathon on January 29, 2017 by completing the race
in 02:34:02. He defeated Kolkata lad Biswanath Pal who ran in 2:39.16. Paritosh Roy finished third with a
timing of 02:52:48 seconds.
• The 2016 Olympic Silver Medallist PV Sindhu clinched her maiden Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold
women’s singles title on January 29, 2017 at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium in Lucknow. She
defeated Gregoria Mariska of Indonesia 21-13, 21-14 to win her first medal of the year.
Overall India won three titles in the tournament out of five events.
The Men’s Single title was won by National Champion Sameer Verma who beat B Sai Praneeth 21-19, 21-16.
• Two of Australia’s greatest top-order batsmen, David Boon and Matthew Hayden, and the brilliant women’s
all-rounder Betty Wilson will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame (ACHoF) at the 2017
Allan Border Medal ceremony in Sydney.
• The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports constituted an 8-membered committee on January 30, 2017 that
would work to prepare an action plan for the next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020, 2024 and
2028. The committee had many members which includes badminton coach Pullela Gopichand,
Shooter Abhinav Bindra.

OBITUARY

• Polish-born sociologist Zygmunt Bauman dies in UK at age 91


• Former German President Roman Herzog Dies Aged 82
• Iran’s ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a dominant figure in the country’s politics since the 1980s, has
died at the age of 82.
• Veteran All India Forward Bloc leader and former West Bengal minister Saral Deb passed away.
• Eminent jurist Weeramantry Passed Away in Sri Lanka
• Mario Soares, Portugal’s former president and PM, dies at 92
• Former Minister of Nagaland and former President of Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) K V Pusa passed
away in Kohima on January 2,2017.
• Former French skier Jean Vuarnet Dies at 83
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• Pioneering Art Critic, John Berger Dies at 90 in Paris


• Karnataka Cooperation & Sugar Minister H S Mahadeva Prasad passes away.
• Renowned Sitar maestro Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan died at his Bandra residence in Mumbai.
• GangumeiKabui, Former Manipur Minister, Historian Passes Away
• Veteran actor Om Puri passed passes away
• An American jazz and pop singer and pianist Buddy Greco was dead in Las Vegas, USA .
• Veteran British war correspondent Clare Hollingworth, who reported the news that World War II had started,
died on January 10, 2017 at the age of 105 in Hong-Kong.
• Former MRF director KM Philip passes away.
• Renowned Author and Director of “The Exorcist” William Peter Blatty dies aged 89.
• Chinese linguist and Famous Linguist known as Father of Pinyin Zhou Youguang died on January 14 2017 in
Beijing.
• UNC Nobel Laureate Oliver Smithies dies at age 91.
• Renowned Actress Gita Sen Passes Awayin Kolkata of cerebral hemorrhage. She was 86.
• The commander of Apollo 17 and the last man who walk on the moon, Astronaut Eugene Cernan has passed
away in Washington D.C, USA.
• Senior Congress leader and former state minister of Chhattisgarh, Tarun Prasad Chatterjee passed away in
Raipur,Chhattisgarh on January 17, 2017. He was 68.
• National award-winning filmmaker Deepak Roy dead at 67.
• C.V. Vishveshwara, Pioneer of Black Hole Discovery Dies at 78.
• Renowned Political And Social Activist Mangal Negi Dies At 86.
• Former Chief Minister of Punjab Surjit Singh Barnala Dies at 91.
• Former Minister of Maharashtra Chandrakant Chhajed passes away.
• Urdu poet, lyricist Naqsh Lyallpuri dies at 88
• US Actress Mary Tyler Moore Dies At 80
• Russian Ambassador to India, Alexander M Kadakin passes away
• Hollywood Legend & Harry Porter actor John Hurt dies at 77
• Veteran journalist Devdutt passed away
• French Actress Emmanuelle Riva Dies aged 89
• Father of Pac-Man Masaya Nakamura Dies at 91

BOOKS & AUTHORS

• Book on Dr. Kalam titled “The People’s President: Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam” released by the Vice President,
Shri M. Hamid Ansari in the presence of the Union Minister for Finance and Corporate, ArunJaitley. The
book has been written by Shri S.M. Khan who served as the Press Secretary to President Kalam.
• Akhada : The Authorized Biography of Mahavir Singh Released. Akhada is the authorized biography
of Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former wrestler and a coach. The book is written by sports
journalist SourabhDuggal and was released on 21 December 2016 at the Chandigarh Press Club.
• Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar released a book on cyber vocabulary named Cyber
Pathshala authored by BJP leader and writer Tarun Vijay on January 10, 2017 at World Book Fair at Pragati
Maidan in New Delhi.
• The autobiography of the veteran Indian actor Rishi Kapoor titled “Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor
Uncensored” was released on January 15, 2017.Rishi Kapoor has written this ‘uncensored’ book along
with Meena Iyer and the title is published under Harper Collins.

IMPORTANT DAYS

• Nation pays homage to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 120th birth anniversary on 23 January 2017. It
was on this day in 1897, Netaji was born in Cuttack, Odisha.
• The National Girl Child Day was celebrated on January 24, 2017 at a special function organized by
the Ministry of Women & Child Development in New Delhi with focus on celebrating the achievements by
nation’s daughters during 2016.
• Election Commission of India celebrates 7th National Voters’ Day on January 25 with theme “Empowering
Young & Future Voters”
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• India celebrated its 68th Republic Day on January 26, 2017. The Theme of 2017 Republic Day is: Skill India
and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.
Important Highlights of Republic Day 2017
Chief Guest: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi- Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
• On the occasion of Republic Day, the President approved 398 Gallantry awards and other Defence
decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others.
• President Pranab Mukherjee awarded the Ashok Chakra on January 26, 2017 to Havaldar Hangpan
Dada posthumously for killing four terrorists who had infiltrated into north Kashmir in May 2016. The award
was received by his wife Chasen Lowang at Rajpath.
• Dr. Mahesh Sharma Inaugurates ‘Bharat Parv’ at Red Fort, Delhi.
• The Hans Raj College of Delhi University hoisted the ‘monumental’ flag on January 25, 2017 on its campus
on the occasion of the 68th Republic Day celebrations, making DU the first public university in the country to
get a monumental flagpole.
• The state government of Assam under Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, for the first time
organised Farmer’s Martyrs Day on January 27, 2017 at Patharughat in Darrang district to pay homage to 140
persons who lost their life in 1894 peasants’ uprising at Patharughat.
• The World Leprosy Day was celebrated on January 29, 2017 all over the world.
• The National Immunization Day was observed on January 29, 2017 to spread awareness about eradicating
polio.As a part of the day, President Pranab Mukherjee launched the pulse polio programme on January 28,
2017 by administering polio drops to children aged below five years at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
• India observed the Martyrs Day or Shaheed Diwas on January 30, 2017 to commemorate the death
anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi who was assassinated on January 30, 1948 by Nathuram Godse.
• The 12th Raising Day of National Disaster Response Force(NDFR) is celebrated today(January 31, 2017)
to commended the NDRF for its efforts during disaster response
• National Youth Day also known as Yuva Diwas is celebrated every year with the great joy and enthusiasm in
India on January 12 since 1985 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the maker of
the modern India. The theme of this year’s Festival is ‘Youth for Digital India’ and the Mascot of the festival
is Lado.
• The Indian Army celebrated its 69th Army Day on January 15, 2017. The day is celebrated every year on
January 15 to respect the Lieutenant General of India, K. M. Cariappa (Kodandera Madappa Cariappa) who
was the first Indian Army’s Commander-in-Chief.
• Outgoing US President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation to declare January 16 Religious Freedom
Day on January 13, 2017.
• Tamil Nadu government celebrate the birth centenary of Former CM of Tamil Nadu, M G Ramachandran on
January 17, 2017
• The United Nations 70th General Assembly has recognized the year 2017 as the International Year of
Sustainable Tourism for Development.
• Google Dedicates Doodle to SavitribaiPhule’s 186th Birth Anniversary on January 3
• Every year World Braille Day is observed on 4th January across the world to commemorate the birthday
of Louis Braille who is credited with inventing the Braille language which helps blind people to read as well
as write.
• The 12th World Hindi Day was celebrated on 10 January 2017 across the world to honour our Indo-Aryan
language.

Current Affairs February 2017


INDIAN AFFAIRS

• The Union Budget Presented on Februray 1, 2017 instead of usual practice of being presented on last day of
February.Merger of Railway Budget with the General Budget and abolition of Planned & Non-Planned
Expenditure.The total Budget expenditure allocated for 2017-18 is Rs. 21.47 lakh crores. The total
expenditure in Budget for 2017-18 has been allocated Rs. 21.47 lakh crores. Capital expenditure increased
by 25.4% compared to the previous year. Jaitley also gave tax relief for overseas investors in some bonds and
scrapped Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to make it easier for doing business in India.
• The Union Cabinet gave its approval to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 Bill to make

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changes the list of Scheduled Castes in Odisha. Besides, the cabinet also approved amending the Constitution
(Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964 to change the name of the Union Territory Pondicherry
to Puducherry.
• The Union Cabinet approved introduction of the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment)
Bill, 2017 in Parliament on February 1, 2017.
• The Indian Policy Think Tank, NITI Aayog together with Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion
(DIPP) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has launched a first of its kind online portal, India
Innovation Index in India to rank the states on the basis of innovation.
• Noted Indian singer Neeti Mohan to collaborate with UN for women empowerment project titled “Music To
Inspire – Artists UNited Against Human Trafficking” which is managed by the UNODC. Neeti is the first
Indian female singer to collaborate with UN.
• Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017 (Demonetisation Bil)was introduced in the Lok
Sabha on February 3, 2017 by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.The Bill provides for holding, transfer
and receiving of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, which were demonetized after November 8, 2016, as
a criminal offence and punishable with a minimum fine of Rs 10,000.
• A Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has been set up by India and Norway to speed up
the research and development for epidemics.
• One of the India’s international border, 3,323-km-long India-Pakistan border runs through four states, Jammu
and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Punjab and Gujarat .will have smart fencing. The fencing method will have a multi-
tier security system in case of any infiltration bid or attempts to cut the fence, security personnel will get an
alarm.
• President Pranab Mukherjee opened the annual ‘Udyanotsav‘ of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 4,
2017.The Mughal Gardens will remain open for general public from February 4, 2017 to March 12, 2017.
• Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs inaugurated the programme on ‘Inner Strength and Disaster
Resilience’ on February 3, 2017 in New Delhi. The programme was organised by National Disaster Response
Force (NDRF).
• The Bihar government has introduced the transgender as a third category to opt for and appear in the Board
exams conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB). It is for the first time that the Board will
conduct the exams for the transgender category in 2017 after it was recognized by Supreme Court in 2014.
• The Supreme Court bench consists of Chief Justice J S Khehar and justices N V Ramana and D Y
Chandrachud instruct the centre to prepare a policy for the eradication of leprosy within four weeks on
February 3, 2017. Leprosy or Hansen’s disease (HD)caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae or
Mycobacterium lepromatosis.
• The Union Human Resource Development Ministry led by ‎under Prakash Javadekar is set to constitute
a National Testing Agency (NTA) which will be responsible for conducting examinations for higher and
secondary education.
• The Railway Ministry is set to develop the first ever railway line in Andaman and Nicobar Island that
currently has no rail network.The Ministry of Railway is set to approve the project that will construct 240-km
broad gauge railway line connecting Port Blair with Diglipur, the largest town on Andaman Island. It will
connect the two islands with bridges and stations along the coast.
• The Supreme Court has directed the central government on February 6, 2017 to link the phone numbers of the
entire mobile users, with their Aadhaar Number within a period of one year.
• The Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma presented the state Budget for the session 2017-18 on
February 7, 2017 in the state assembly.The budget was based on the theme “Resurgent Assam”.As per the
Minister the state Budget 2017-18 was Rs. 2,349.79 crore deficit Budget. The budget presented merged Plan
and Non-Plan expenditures.
• The Lok Sabha passed the Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017 on February 7, 2017 which allows for
payment of wages digitally or through cheque directly into the account of workers. The Payment of Wages
(Amendment) Bill is in line with the government’s cash-less economy.
• In a first of its kind move, the Supreme Court has issued a contempt notice on a sitting judge of Calcutta High
Court, Justice CS Karnan for making allegations of corruptions against the Supreme Court and Madras High
Court judges.
• The Ministry of Railways launched the first phase of Station Redevelopment Programme on February 8, 2017
for commercial development of 23 stations across India. The total outlay of the project in the first phase is
expected to be worth Rs 9,000 crore.
• The Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar introduced the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) Bill, 2017
in the Lok Sabha on February 9, 2017 to provide 20 prestigious Management Institutes powers to grant

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degrees. As per the Bill, IIMs would be declared “institutions of national importance” and the Board of
Governors will be the principal executive body of each IIM. Till now IIM had been registered as societies and
were unable to grant degrees, including PhD, to their students.
• The central government has made the Aadhaar mandatory for receiving the subsidised foodgrains from
the ration shops in a bid to better achieve the target of Rs. 1.4 crore subsidy under the food security law.
• The Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananthkumar inaugurated
the Orientation Programme for the district heads of National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS) in New Delhi
on February 10, 2017 to launch the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) in the country.
• With the successful operationalization of the two pilot projects of utilizing Head Post Offices as the Passport
Seva Kendra, the government has now decided to further launch the programmes in 56 more facilities across
India.
• The Union Government has planned to up a Defence Procurement Organisation (DPO) in a move to integrate
and streamline the long and complex process of defence acquisitions. The committee would be headed by
former Director of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow, Dr. Pritam Singh. DPO will function
under the Defence Ministry.
• The second edition of the Hunar Haat was inaugurated by the Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs
(Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on February 11, 2017 at State
Emporia Complex, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, and Connaught Place in New Delhi. The theme of the 2nd
Hunar Haat is Craft Aur Cuisine Ka Sangam.
• The Ministry of Human Resource Development on February 10, 2017 said that from 2018 there would be
a single entrance examination for admission in all engineering and architecture colleges for undergraduate
courses.
• The Karnataka assembly unanimously passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment)
Bill, 2017 on February 13, 2017 to legalize the conduct of “Kambala” and bullock cart races in Karnataka.
• The Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya launched the National Career
Service (NCS) for youths and Jeevan Praman facility to EPFO pensioners through Post Offices at DakSadan
in Hyderabad on February 12, 2017.
• According to a notification by the Haryana government on February 14, 2017, no person shall be allowed to
consume liquor at a place which has not been licensed or authorised under the Punjab Excise Act,
1914, except at one’s own dwelling.
• The Jammu & Kashmir government launched an E-Prison project on February 13, 2017 at NIC Centre Civil
Secretari at Jammu to digitalize the record about the jail inmates.
• Shivraj Singh Chouhan lead by Madhya Pradesh government has decided to constitute Madhya Pradesh
Tourism Board for expansion of facilities at tourist spots and draw investment in the sector.
• The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave its
approval to award contract in 31 contract areas under Discovered Small Fields Policy 2016 undertaken last
year.
• The Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat inaugurated a Campaign againstDrug Addiction on
February 15, 2017 organized by Shimla Press Club in Shimla. The campaign aims to make the state drug free.
• A ‘Science Express’ train named ‘Science Express Climate Action Special’ was flagged off from Safderjung
Railway Station in New Delhi on February 17, 2017 on a seven-month journey to spread awareness
about climate change. The journey will conclude at Gandhinagar station on September 8.
• The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has made it mandatory for the College and
University students to have possession of Aadhaar Card issued by UIDAI to avail benefits under the Central
Sector Scholarship Scheme.
• The newly appointed Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi Palaniswami won the trust vote in the
Assembly on February 18, 2017 where 122 MLAs voted for him, while 11 voted for O Panneerselvam.
• The state government of Maharashtra has approved a Rs. 250 crore Cloud Seeding Programme to experiment
whether cloud seeding produces sufficient rain. Seeding is a technique which involves spraying chemicals into
clouds.
• An initiative by the government of Madhya Pradesh, “Mil Banche MP” (Let MP read together)
programme was held in all the primary and middle government schools of the Madhya Pradesh on February
18, 2017 to increase knowledge and the understanding about language among students..
• The Bihar Cabinet amended the Bihar Government Servants’ Conduct Rules 1976 and approved the Bihar
Judicial Officers Conduct Rules, 2017 under which the no officials of the state government would be allowed
to consume liquor either in the state or outside the state and not even abroad.
• Union Defence Ministry has approved 38 additional coastal radar stations with the cost of Rs 800 crore to
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enhance coastal surveillance on India’ over 7500 km long line.


• The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved investment proposal for generation
component of 900 MW Arun-3 Hydro Electric Project in Nepal by state owned SJVN Limited.
• The BJP Administration in Gujarat presented a main stream budget with overall layout of Rs 1,72,179 crore
for 2017-18, which is Rs 20,327 crore more than last year.
• Union government aims to bring high-speed digital connectivity to every village by 2018 and is profound to
share proficiency in the area with other nations.
• Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had unveiled the new Antyodaya Express, a fully unreserved train for
the common man with specially designed colourful coaches. The first Antyodaya Express will be
plied between Mumbai and Tatanagar, and the second will be between Ernakulam and Howrah shortly.
• Union Women and Child Development Minister Sanjay Maneka Gandhi has unveiled the setting up of a
compensation fund under Nirbhaya scheme to make available financial help to children who are victims of
sexual crimes.
• As a part of the Central Scheme ‘Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY)’,
the Ministry of Urban Development has approved development of 6 km long Bet Dwarka Darshan
Circuit in Gujarat at a cost of Rs.16.27 crore.
• The Gujarat Assembly passed the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and
Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution)(Gujarat Amendment), Bill, 2017 on
February 23, 2017 to put a total ban on all the hookah bars in the state.
• The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the World
Integrated Medicine Forum on Regulation of Homeopathic Medicinal Products: National and Global
strategies in New Delhi on February 23, 2017.
• The Central government has granted permission to raise the number of workdays under the Mahatma Gandhi
Rural Employment Guarantee scheme in Tamil Nadu from the existing 100 days to 150 days.
• The Aam Aadmi Party led Delhi government approved a hike of around 37% in the minimum
wages for unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled persons on February 24, 2017 in New Delhi.
• The Central Board of Secondary Education headed by ‎Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi has issued comprehensive
guidelines on safety of children in school buses.
• The Centre has formulated the infrastructure policy to promote living close to mass public transport corridors
like metro, monorail and bus rapid transit (BRT) on February 26, 2017
to address the challenges of urbanisation. The new Policy seeks to promote Transit-Oriented
Development (TOD).
• Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated a medical project Rajasthan Heart Attack Treatment
programme (RAHAT) on February 25, 2017 at the Eternal Heart Care Center Hospital in Jaipur.
• Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off the fourth Humsafar clan of trains and first
Antyodaya clan of trains through video conferencing from Rail Bhawan on February 27, 2017. Sri
Ganganagar – Tiruchirappalli Humsafar Express (Weekly) (via Krishnarajapuram, Pune, Ahmedabad) and
Ernakulam – Howrah Antyodaya Express (Weekly) (via Salem, Katpadi, Visakhapatnam)
• The Ministry of IT and Electronics (MEITY) has taken the the responsibility NITI Aayog to promote the
digital transactions in India.
• The Bihar State finance minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui presented the Rs 1.60 lakh crore budget for 2017-18
Union Budget 2017-2018 Q&A PDF Download

with no proposals of any fresh tax on February 27, 2017. A Rs 14,555 crore revenue surplus budget of Rs
1,60,085.69 crore is Rs 15389.42 crore more than 2016-17 budget estimate of Rs 1,44,696.27 crore.
• The state Finance Minister of Odisha Pradeep Kumar Amat presented the State Budget for 2017-18 fiscal in
the session of Orissa Legislative Assembly on February 27, 2017. Total Budget Outlay: the state presented a
total budgetary outlay of Rs. 1,06,911 crore while merging non-plan and plan expenditure.
• India and Israel celebrated 25 years of establishment of their diplomatic relations on February 28, 2017.
Marking the occasion, a logo was unveiled jointly by Amar Sinha, Secretary (Economic Relation) and Daniel
Carmon, lsraeli Ambassador to India, at the lndira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi.

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PLACES IN NEWS

• Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurates the 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela is also
known as ‘Cashless Melain Faridabad, Haryana on February 1, 2017.The mela will end on 15th February,
2017.
• The 19th edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav or International Drama Festival kicked off on February 1, 2017
in New Delhi. The 21 days annual theatre festival will conclude on February 21, 2017 and would take place at
five different cities including New Delhi, Kurukshetra, Pune, Agartala, Hyderabad and Patna during the
course of time.
• The Centre of Integrative Oncology (CIO) was inaugurated by Dr. Saumya Swaminathan, Secretary,
Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare & Director General, Indian Council for
Medical Research and Shri Ajit M. Sharan, Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH at the National Institute of Cancer
Prevention and Research (NICPR) at Noida on the 3rd February, 2017.
• India’s first Centre of Excellence in Automation Technology was inaugurated by the Gujarat Technological
University at its campus at Vishwakarma Government Engineering College in Ahmedabad on February 3,
2017.
• In a move to encourage active participation in the assembly poll especially by women voters, the government
of Goa on February 4, 2017 conducted a unique experiment, which involved giving away 600 pink
teddy bears to first time women voters across the state.
• Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurates the State’s first Smart Police Station at
Nagarampalem in Guntur city in Amaravati on February 6, 2017.
• The Telangana government launched India’s first social innovation centre the ‘Kakatiya Hub For Social
Innovation’ in Nizamabad on February 6, 2017.
• Arunachal Pradesh became the first state in the northeast to implement e-Cabinet solution for the state cabinet
members. “e-Cabinet is a powerful tool that the Arunachal Pradesh government plans to use to streamline its
decision-making process,”
• Gujarat has become the first state in India to establish Cashless system for distribution of food grain to the
beneficiaries under NFSA (National Food Security Act).
• The three day long International Desert Festival 2017 started with great enthusiasm on 8 February 2017
in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
• The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur is starting India’s first inter-disciplinary School
on Quality and Reliability (Q&R) in India.
• India’s first cashless township “Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals (GNFC) township”was
inaugurated by Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani on February 13, 2017
• India’s first floating elementary school particularly for drop outs has been inaugurated on Loktak lake at
Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok floating village in Manipur on the occasion of World Wetlands Day
on February 2, 2017.
• France based UNESCO organised the two-day Nature Fest at the World Heritage Site Great Himalayan
National Park (GNHP) at Sairopa in Kullu district from February 11, 2017.
• The International Monetary Fund (IMF) launched its first fully integrated capacity development centre, South
Asia Training and Technical Assistance Center (SARTTAC) in New Delhi on February 13, 2017.
• West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee declared Kalimpong as 21st district of West Bengal on February 14, 2017.
The new district is from Darjeeling.
• The Union Government chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on February 15, 2017 approved
setting up of Food Legumes Research Platform (FLRP) at Amlaha, Sehore in Madhya Pradesh for meeting the
emerging food security challenges.
• The Indian Panorama Film Festival kicked off in Port Blair on February 15, 2017. The five day film festival
has been organized by the Directorate of Information, Publicity & Tourism, Andaman & Nicobar
Administration in association with the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Directorate of Film
Festivals/IFFI, New Delhi, Govt of India.
• The Kerala cabinet gave its in-principle approval on February 15, 2017 for setting up a Greenfield
Airport at pilgrim centre Sabarimala located at the Periyar Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghat mountain ranges
of Pathanamthitta District, Kerala.
• The Khajuraho Dance Festival kicked off at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh from February 20, 2017. The seven
day festival will conclude on February 26, 2017. The dance festival is conducted every year by the Madhya
Pradesh Kala Parishad.
• Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has decided to set up Ayurvedic research institute and Kerala Blood
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Bank society of International standards in Kerala during the 13th five year plan. Ayurvedic research institute
will be set up at the cost of Rs 300 crore at Kannur.
• The Kerala government also plan to launch the country’s first sex offenders registry which will contain all
identification details of sex offenders and would be kept in public domain
• Punjab government lead by Parkash Singh Badal has imposed the one year ban on the manufacture, storage,
sale or distribution of food products containing tobacco or nicotine like gutkha and pan masala
• The first of its type festival, the National Folk Festival of Kerala (NFFK 2017) has been organized in Kerala
starting from February 24, 2017 to be held for three days in three different locations in the capital
city Thiruvananthapuram.
• The centuries old two-day long Liker and Leh Dosmochey festival started in Ladakh Region of Jammu and
Kashmir on February 24, 2017.
• On the occasion of Mahashivratri, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 112-feet-tall Lord Shiva statue
at Isha Foundation in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu on February 24, 2017. The statue is dedicated to “Adiyogi”, an
incarnation of Lord Shiva who is considered to be the first of yogis.
• India’s first hill station bicycle path was inaugurated in Darjeeling on February 25, 2017.
The 20 km long cycle route is developed at an altitude of over 2,000 metres and runs through thick pine
forest and Senchal wildlife sanctuary. The path also provides a view of the third-highest mountain in the
world, Kanchenjunga.
• The High Court of Bombay has joined hands with Goa Government and National Informatics Centre (NIC)
has launched online payment of court fees through e-payment gateway in Goa.
An e-payment of court fees would be available for District and Sessions Courts as well as all subordinate
Courts in the coastal state.
• India’s first integrated Heliport was inaugurated by the Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on
February 28, 2017 at Rohini in North Delhi.The Heliport is the first of its kind facility in South Asia for rotor
wing aircraft including their landing and takeoff and has been built by state-owned Pawan Hans Ltd.

FOREIGN VISITS

Vice President Hamid Ansari’s 5-day Visit to Rwanda & Uganda.


• This was the first high-level bilateral visit to Uganda from India since 1997 and first high-level visit to
Rwanda. Ansari was in Rwanda from February 19-20 while reached Uganda on February 21.
• During the visit, India and Rwanda signed three MoUs on February 21, 2017 in the field of innovation,
aviation and visa requirements.
• During his 2 day visit to Rwanda, Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari launched the India-Rwanda
Innovation Growth Programme to strengthen ties in Science, Technology and Innovation between the two
nations.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

• The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched an appeal for the year 2017 on January 31, 2017 for USD 3.3
billion to help over 48 million children across the globe who are driven from their homes due to conflict,
disasters and climate change.
• Right to Information (RTI) Act has come into effect in Sri Lanka from February 3, 2017. RTI was one of the
major announcements made by the present Sri Lankan government ahead of the 2015 election.
• Tesla Motor Inc. and Southern California Edison have jointly launched World’s largest energy storage
facilities on January 30, 2017 at the utility’s Mira Loma substation in Ontario, California.
• Israel Government decided to build 3000 units for Jewish settlers in the West Bank, and in occupied East
Jerusalem.
• India is invited as the Guest country for the upcoming 2017 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum
which was scheduled to be held from June 1 to 3, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the St
Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). India & Russia are working on the “bilateral aspect”
during Modi’s visit o Russia
• Kuwait has banned the Visas for five Muslim majority countries on February 1, 2017 over security issues. The
five countries include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The suspension of the Visas was taken to
stop illegal entry of Islamic terrorists in the country.

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• Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May successfully held the first stage of passing the Bill in the Parliament on
February 1, 2017 to pull Britain out of the European Union. The Bill would now allow the government to
trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty which the Supreme Court ruled that she could not take that
decision alone.
• Iran government on February 3, 2017 banned the United States wrestlers from participating in the freestyle
World Cup to be held in February 2017 as a counter-move against President Donald Trump’s executive order
suspending visas for Iran.
• The United States President Donald Trump imposed a new sanction on February 3, 2017 on Iran in a move to
punish Tehran for its latest ballistic missile test.
• The Qatar Airways has launched the World’s longest scheduled commercial service to ply between Doha to
Auckland. The inaugural service of Flight QR920 took off on February 5, 2017 from Doha and will take 16
hours and 20 minutes to travel 14,535 kilometers to reach Auckland in New Zealand.
• Mexico and Turkey on February 3, 2017 agreed to speed up negotiations on bilateral free trade agreement
facing US President threat to leave North American Free Trade Agreement.
• According to a new study conducted by scientists in collaboration with the UN Food and Agricultural
Organization (FAO), two new groups of wheat rust have been identified that posed threat to wheat produced
in Africa, Asia and Europe in 2016. As per the data, the two new groups have been identified as yellow rust
and stem rust.
• In an effort to strengthen the bilateral relations between India and UAE, the Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS)
Samudra Pavak made a goodwill visit at the Mina Al Rashid (Dubai Port) from February 4 to 7, 2017.
• Israel passed a controversial law retroactively on February 6, 2017 to legalize about 4,000 settler homes built
on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.
• China has surpassed Germany to become the world’s largest producer of solar energy after nearly doubling its
installed photovoltaic capacity in 2016.
• Shaikha Mozah Al Maktoum, one of the female members of the ruling family of Dubai, has become the first
woman commercial pilot of Dubai. The announcement was made by her family members on Instagram saying
that she was on her first assisted flight as a commercial pilot for Emirates.
• Shawna Pandya an Indian-origin woman will become the third woman after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita
Williams to go into space in 2018. Dr Shawna Pandya is a neurosurgeon working as a general physician at
the Alberta University Hospital in Canada.
• India presented the proposed Trade Facilitation inServices (TFS) Agreement to the World Trade Organisation
(WTO) Director General Roberto Azevedo and India Inc. on February 9, 2017 in an event organized by
Confederation of Indian Industry in New Delhi.
• 2017 BRICS association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to be held in Xiamen, China in
September 2017. The summit will be held under the theme “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter
Future “
• The world’s longest elevated cycle path has been opened in Xiamen, China which can handle about 2,023
cyclists with a speed limit of 15 miles per hour. The path is five miles long and 16 feet wide having 11
entrances and connects to 11 bus stops and two underground rail stations.
• India has become one of the nine members of the new ‘Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal,
Newborn and Child Health’ that aims to improve the quality of care for new mothers and babies.
• The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a $110 million appeal on February 15, 2017 to
help two million acutely malnourished children across Sudan including hundreds of thousands living in
conflict areas. Sudan is home to around 13 percent of all children suffering from acute malnutrition across
Africa. Two million children under five in Sudan are acutely malnourished.
• The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has unveiled plans to build the first city on Mars by 2117. The
announcement was made by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime
Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown
Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces on the sidelines of the World Government
Summit in Dubai on February 14, 2017.
• India has sanctioned a soft loan of US dollar 340 million to Nepal for various infrastructure development
programmes on February 19, 2017. Under this programme Mahalaki bridge and 15 roads will be constructed
in various parts of Nepal.
• Venezuela and Libya have been suspended from voting in the UN General Assembly in for the second time in
two years due to huge sum of unpaid dues by the nations to the UN Body. As per the data, Venezuela would
have to make a minimum USD 24 million payment to get under the two-year threshold for getting its voting
rights restored. On the other hand Libya has to make a minimum payment of USD 6.5 million.
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• Russia and Iran have agreed a roadmap to jointly produce nuclear fuel. The announcement was made by the
head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi on February 25, 2017.
• Australia and Indonesia restored their full military ties on February 26, 2017 during the visit of Indonesian
President Joko Widodo to Australia to boost ties with the country.
• The European Union member states have approved the visa-free travel for Georgia on February 28, 2017 to
facilitate cooperation of Georgia with the European Union. The approval was granted after agreeing
safeguards to prevent any upsurge in illegal arrivals from the Georgians.

SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

• The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation’s (SAARCs) 53rd Programming Committee
Meeting began on February 1, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The two day meeting was attended by joint
secretary/director general of the eight member nations.
• The 17th session of the senior officials’ meeting of the BIMSTEC was held on February 7, 2017
in Kathmandu. The delegates of the seven member nations attended the meeting to review the progress made
by the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).
• A high-level consultation was held between India and Russia on January 31, 2017 in New Delhi to share
views on threats posed by terrorism. The two sides agreed to comply with the UNSC 1267 Sanctions
List processes for blacklisting various terrorists and entities.
• Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu was inaugurated the Digital Radio or All
Round Table Conference in New Delhi on January 31, 2017to stimulate the interests of the key Indian
stakeholders in the public phase launch of the project to digitise radio in India, following the successful
installation of DRM digital radio transmitters by All India Radio (AIR).
• The Ministry of External Affairs in coordination with the Department of Atomic Energy is hosting
the Implementation and Assessment Group Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism
(GICNT) from February 8-10, 2017 at the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi.
• In a first of its kind initiative, National Women’s Parliament was organized by the Andhra Pradesh Legislative
Assembly in association with MAEER’s MIT School of Governance at Pavithra Sangamam in Amravati,
Andhra Pradesh with an aim to empower women based on the theme: ‘Empowering Women — Strengthening
Democracy’.
• The second edition of the International Spice Conference began at Kovalam in Thiruvananthapuram district
of Kerala from February 12, 2017. The theme of the conference is “21st Century Spic Industry-Disrupt or be
Disrupted”
• India has decided to conduct Conference with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to share
experiences and ideas from the member countries on preventing radicalization and promoting deradicalisation.
• The Ministry of External Affairs and Gateway House are co-hosting the Second Gateway of India
Geoeconomic Dialogue from February 13-14, 2017 in Mumbai. The theme of the conference is “Where
Geopolitics meets Business”.
• The 11th biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition – Aero India 2017 kicked off at
the Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru, Karnataka on February 14, 2017.
• The Indian aerospace and defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has launched a new communication
radio for the Indian Armed Forces, called STARS-V Mk III, at the Aero India 2017 show on February 16,
2017.
Aero India 2017
• The 11th biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition – Aero India 2017 was held at
the Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru, Karnataka from February 14-18, 2017.
• Bangalore based defence manufacturer and technological services provider Alpha Design Technologies Pvt.
Limited (ADTL) signed a USD 30 million deal with Israel’s Elbit Systems on February 17, 2017 at Aero India
2017.
• Reliance Aerostructure Limited (RAL) has entered into a Joint Venture with Rafale fighter jet
manufacturer Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL) to become the key player in the execution of offset
obligations between India and France for the purchase of Rafale jets.
US-based defence technology and research leader Raytheon Company has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with Tata Advanced Systems on February 17, 2017 to jointly produce Stinger air defence
missile components.
• The International Coin Fair was inaugurated at Kanakakunnu Palace in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on
February 13, 2017 by the Kerala state Minister for Tourism, Cooperation and Devaswoms Kadakampally
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Surendran.
• The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated the Indian
Seed Congress 2017 in Kolkata on February 12, 2017. The theme of Seed Congress is “Seed of Joy”.
• Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Science Dr. Harsh Vardhan has inaugurated the three day
International Conference on “NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries” (NxGnMiFu-2017)
in New Delhi on February 15, 2017
• The two day Global Investors’ Summit (GIS) 2017 was held at Khelgaon in Ranchi, Jharkhand from February
16-17, 2017 with the brand name ‘Momentum Jharkhand’ to promote industrial activity in Jharkhand and
establish the state as one of the prime investment destination of Eastern India.
• Jharkhand Signs 209 MoU with different companies at Concluding Day of Global Investors Submit.
• The two-day South Asian Speakers’ Summit was inaugurated by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra
Mahajan in Indore, Madhya Pradesh on February 18, 2017. This will conclude with the adoption of an ‘Indore
Declaration‘ at a closing ceremony on February 18, 2017
• India on February 15, 2017 participated in a conference organized to discuss Afghanistan’s future in
Moscow along with 5 other nations. The six nations in the conference included Russia, India, Iran, Pakistan,
China and Afghanistan.
• Third National Biodiversity Congress (NBC) 2017 held Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on February 22, 2017 to
identify practical evidence based case studies at regional level to support the plan of action.
Theme: “Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Sustainable Development” with four sub-themes.
• Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar attended the first India-China Strategic Dialogue to be held in Beijing to
reinforce bilateral ties amid hectic meetings to resolve differences over Beijing’s reluctance to support India’s
NSG bid as well as a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar.
• China is hosting the first official BRICS Sherpas Meeting in Nanjing -Jiangsu Province on February 23 and 24
under its chairmanship. The meeting is focusing on the theme of “Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future”
upon considering the current international situation.
• The 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) began in Mobile World Capital Barcelona on February 27, 2017
and will conclude on March 2, 2017. MWC is the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, organised
by the GSMA. The global tech industry gathers to get participate in new smartphone
launches, VR and AR developments, chipsets and wearables.

RANKINGS & REPORTS

• The 2017 Financial Times Global MBA ranking was released on January 30, 2017. This year 4 Indian
Business Schools have been listed in the World’s 100 best Full Time MBA Programme List.The top position
was secured by INSEAD for the second consecutive year.
• In the 5th Annual International Intellectual Property Index released by US Chambers of Commerce’s Global
Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) on February 8, 2017, India has been ranked very poor at 43rd position out
of 45 countries.The Index has been topped by United States with a score of 32.6
• Leading professional services firm JLL has once again been named to FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Most
Admired Companies list of 2017 based on their reputation for innovation, top talent and global
competitiveness.
• India has been ranked 143 out of 186 economies in the annual Index of Economic Freedom 2017 released by
top US based Think Tank, The Heritage Foundation.The Index measures the degree of economic freedom in
the countries of the world. Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand are the top three nations in the Index
respectively.
• The National Regulatory Authority of India (NRAI), the vaccine regulating authority of India, has been given
the highest ratings by global health body World Health Organization for vaccine regulations on February 17,
2017.
• According to a report released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on February 20,
2017, India emerged as the world’s largest importer of major arms during 2012–16. As per the report, India
accounted for 13 percent of the global total sales.The total volume of international transfers of major weapons
has grown continuously since 2004 and increased by 8.4 per cent between 2007–11 and 2012–16.
• India’s largest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been rated as one of the top three
most-valuable brands in the information technology (IT) service sector by Brand Finance, the leading global
brand valuation firm.
• According to the recent data, infant mortality rate in the country has been registered at 42 deaths of kids per
1000 births while Puducherry was having 11 deaths of children per 1000 babies born said by Director of
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Health and Family Welfare Services K V Raman on February 27, 2017. Top 3 states : Goa ranked first,
followed by Kerala and Puducherry.
• The state government of Haryana has set up an online system called the Sex Ratio Monitoring Dashboard to
monitor the sex-ratio in Panipat district as part of the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme.
• According to the New World Wealth report released on February 21, 2017, Mumbai, the financial capital of
India has been named as the Richest Indian city with a total wealth of $ 820 billion.

BANKING & FINANCE

• Fiscal deficit in the first nine months of 2016-17 touched 93.9 per cent of the Budget target against 87.9 per
cent for the same period a year ago. The fiscal deficit stood at 87.9 per cent in the corresponding nine months
a year ago, as per 2015-16 Budget estimates.
• HSBC has estimated the GDP growth rate of India at 7.1 percent for the year 2017-18 which is up from
the 6.3 percent in the year 2016-17.
• National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on February 2, 2017 sanctioned a loan
amount of Rs. 157 crore to the Government of Haryana to undertake drinking water project.
• The Government of India has signed a USD 201.50 million credit agreement with the World Bank on
February 1, 2017 to improve the quality and equity of engineering education across several states in India.
• As per the data released by the Minister of State for Finance Santosh Gangwar in the Lok Sabha on February
3, 2017, Public Sector Banks (PSBs) witnessed a bad loan at 9.83percent of the gross advances in the financial
year (FY) 2015-16, while the bad loans for Private sector banks were capped at 2.70 percent of the advances.
• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on February 2, 2017 permitted the NRIs to have access to the exchange
traded currency derivatives (ETCD) market. This will enable the NRIs to hedge the currency risk due to
making investment in India.
• The Reserve Bank of India has directed banks on February 3, 2017 to waive off transaction charges and lower
interest rates on credit cards as a move to encourage digital transaction.
RBI has decided that customers would not be levied any charges by banks and prepaid payment instrument
issuers for transactions up to Rs. 1,000 settled on Immediate Payment Service (IMPS), Unstructured
Supplementary Service Data (USSD) and Unified Payments Interface (UPI) till March 3, 2017.
• India’s second largest private sector bank, HDFC, has planned to increase the fee for savings account holders
doing cash transaction in order to encourage digital mode of payment. The bank on has reduced the third party
transaction limit to Rs. 25000 a day. Earlier this limit was Rs. 50000. Besides, it has also reduced the number
of free transactions at branches from 5 to 4.
• Public sector lender Bank of Maharashtra has partnered with insurance company Cigna TTK Health to market
the insurer’s products in the bank’s branches across the entire country
• India’s third largest private bank, Axis Bank has tied up with Earthport Plc, a cross-border payment network,
to enable faster outbound cross-border payments for its customers through Earthport’s state-of-the-art global
payments network. Axis Bank has become the first bank in India to connect with Earthport’s global payments
network, which spans over 60 countries.
• The Ujjivan Small Finance Bank officially started its operation on February 6, 2017 with 5 pilot branches
in Bengaluru. Samit Ghosh is the MD and CEO of the Ujjivan Small Finance Bank.
• The PNB Housing Finance Limited (PNBHFL) and CREDAI West Bengal, has signed an MoU on February
6, 2017, wherein CREDAI-Bengal would train 1000 construction workers in Kolkata and nearby villages. The
MoU aims to address the need to speed up the construction pace for quicker delivery and hand-overs.
• Private sector lender IDFC Bank has collaborated with fintech startup IndiaLends to enable first time
borrowers who do not have a credit history to take loans.

Sixth Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Review of RBI for 2016-17.


Key Policy Rates
1. Repo Rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF):6.25 percent (Unchanged)
2. Reverse Repo Rate under the LAF: 5.75 percent (Unchanged)
3. Marginal Standing Facility (MSF): 6.75 percent (Unchanged)
4. Bank Rate: 6.75 percent (Unchanged)
5. Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR): 4 percent (Unchanged)
6. Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR): 20.50 percent (Unchanged)
7. RBI had projected the headline inflation at 5 percent in Q4 of 2016-17 in December.
8. The RBI has projected GDP growth in the current fiscal at 6.9 percent. It expects the growth to

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recover sharply in 2017-18 and reach 7.4 percent.


9. RBI has projected the GVA growth for 2016-17 at 6.9 percent from the existing 7.1 percent.
• The Reserve Bank of India on February 8, 2017 informed about its decision to set up a separate Enforcement
Department to effectively monitor bank in case they violate regulations. The Enforcement Department will
start operations from April 1, 2017.
• Private sector lender Federal Bank Limited has partnered with Commodity Online, a leading online data and
information portal for the distribution of loans against warehouse receipts and collateral management services
across the country.
• The Private sector lenders HDFC Bank started operating its Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) on February
7, 2017 to ease the bill payment service for the customers. Along with HDFC, Kotak Mahindra Bank also
went live with the BBPS service.
• Fertiliser major IFFCO and Bank of Baroda have signed an MoU on February 7, 2017 to launch co-branded
debit cards for farmers in a bid to promote cashless transactions in the rural area.
• Bank of America Corp has opened three completely automated branches over the past month with no working
employee wherein customers can use ATMs and have video conferences with employees at other branches.
• As a part of its disinvestment plan for 2016-17, the central government sold 2 percent of its stake
in ITC to Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) on February 7, 2017 and earned Rs 6,690 crore.
• The Union Cabinet approved the merger of the State Bank of India with its 5 subsidiary banks namely State
Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur; State Bank of Hyderabad; State Bank of Mysore; State Bank of Patiala and State
Bank of Travancore.
• Bank of Baroda is planning to launch a supply chain financing product for the Micro, Small and Medium
Enterprises (MSME) in the diamond industry to boost their existence in the sector.
• Union Government has decided to launch ‘Indradhanush 2.0’ for recapitalisation of public sector lenders so
that the banks remain solvent and fully comply with the global capital adequacy norms namely Basel-III.
• Government has allocated an amount of Rs 500 crore to India Post Payments Bank for the financial year 2017-
18 to help it in setting up 650 branches across country by September 2017. As per Output-Outcome
Framework for Schemes 2017-18 for the Department of Posts released on February 13, 2017, out of the
allocated amount, Rs. 125 crore has been allocated as “capital infusion into corporate entity for India Post
Payments Bank” and Rs 375 crore as “grant in aid to India Post Payments Bank (IPPB)”.
• According to the global financial services major Nomura, the GDP growth of India is estimated to remain low
at 5.7 percent in the January-March quarter due to the effect of demonetization of high value currency.
• The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of the World Bank Group has partnered with Finance
Industry Development Council (FIDC) to conduct training programmes for Non Banking Finance Companies
(NBFCs).
• IDFC Asset Management Company launched an open-ended fixed income fund named Credit Opportunities
Fund on February 13 in Mumbai which is expected to raise the revenue of the company in the range of Rs 300
crore-500 crore within the NFO period itself.
• Life insurance firm, HDFC life launched a traditional life insurance plan, Pragati, on February 15, 2017
for low income group people.
• The Reserve Bank of India has decided to reimburse banks Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) charges on debit
cards used by citizens for payment with effect from January 1, 2017. In December 2016, the government had
decided to absorb the merchant discount rate (MDR) charges in respect of debit card transactions for making
payments to it to encourage people to use digital payments post demonetisation.
• Mumbai based Citi Bank has launched instant chat services for customers named Citibank Online (CBOL) on
February 16, 2017. With this India become the first country in Asia Pacific within the Citi network to have
this kind of service.
• The Reserve Bank of India increased the gold loan limit for RRBs (Regional Rural Banks) to Rs 2 lakh from
the current Rs 1 lakh on February 16, 2017 to help the farmers and artisans have access to credit who are
willing to pledge gold as collateral.
• The Name and Shame Campaign initiated by Catholic Syrian Bank Employees and Retirees against
willful Defaulters in Kerala have started paying dividends. As per the bank, of the 30 defaulters identified with
dues of more than Rs. 50 lakh each, about 10 borrowers have approached the bank with settlement proposals
and the bank has also received firm assurance for payments worth Rs. 25 crore from defaulters.
• The Union government has increased the Cash Credit (CC) limit for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
(MSMEs) to 30 percent of turnover from the existing 20 percent to encourage them to conduct businesses
digitally.
• Bangalore based Public sector Canara Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with
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the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry on February 17, 2017 to operationalize the Higher
Education Financing Agency (HEFA).
• Leading global payments and technology firm, Mastercard is set to provide payments processing
solution to Airtel Payments Bank. The payment processing platform will enable the Airtel Payment Bank in
providing various payment services like switching, card management along with support for reconciliation and
dispute management processes.
• Mangaluru based private sector lender Karnataka Bank Ltd launched National Pension System (NPS) at its
corporate office in Mangaluru to provide financial security at old age by giving regular income in the form of
pension. Under the scheme, one can contribute to NPS while earning and eventually start receiving pension on
his/her attaining the age of 60 years to meet their financial needs.
• Mumbai based State Bank of India(SBI) has signed Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with India’s
largest interior infrastructure company Greenply Industries to grow its channel financing business of Greenply
Industries on electronic platformon February 18, 2017.
• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has permitted Multilateral Financial Institutions (FIs) to invest in rupee
denominated bonds commonly known as ‘Masala Bonds’ issued by Indian entities.
• In an effort to extend the services to neighboring countries and enhance market share, leading United Arab
Emirates (UAE) payments solutions provider OMA Emirates has entered the Indian Market, beginning with
the acquisition of mobile point of sale (mPOS) firm MobiSwipe.
• The Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) launched a series of digital offerings for its customers on February
19, 2017 which also marks the 75th Foundation Day of the bank. The OBC bank introduced a new version of
mobile banking in the form of mobile app under the name ‘Oriental Batuaa’ to provide banking services
through app.
• The GST Council approved a law to compensate states for any loss of revenue from the implementation of
the Goods and Service Tax (GST) in the first five years, on February 18, 2017 at the 10th GST Council
Meet at Udaipur. The compensation bill will be taken to Parliament in 2nd half of Budget Session to be held
from March 9, 2017.
• The country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) rebranded its corporate website as “bank.sbi” from the
earlier “sbi.co.in” on February 19, 2017. Now bank.sbi is the highest domain protocol commonly known
as generic top level domain (gTLD). With this, SBI has become the first banking organization in India to
adopt gTLD for its internet presence.
• Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has given its approval to IRB InvIT Fund, to
raise Rs 4,300 crore through an initial public offering (IPO). IRB InvIT Fund is an investment trust sponsored
by IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited, an Indian highway construction company headquartered in
Mumbai.
• Magaluru based Karnataka Bank Ltd has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Daimler India
Commercial Vehicles Pvt Ltd (DICV) on February 20, 2017 to extend finance to customers for the purchase
of commercial vehicles manufactured by the company.
• Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), the retirement body of India introduced single page
composite claim form that enable its subscribers to withdraw money from their PF account at an ease.
• Hyderabad based non-banking finance company Microfinance institution Bharat Financial Inclusion
Ltd launched an instant loan approval at a village near Bassi in Jaipur district, Rajasthan
• Lucknow based Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with Bengaluru based Vijaya Bank for providing concessional finance to micro and
small enterprises (MSEs) to promote and strengthen the units in the MSE segment
• Guragon based Domestic rating agency ICRA reported that the gross value added (GVA) is set to slip to 6.2
per cent in the third quarter from 6.9 per cent and GDP growth will decline to 6.5 per cent from 7.2 per cent.
• Oriental Bank of Commerce has signed a corporate agency agreement with Chennai based general insurance
provider Cholamandalam General Insurance Company for distribution of insurance products on February 22,
2017.
• International Monetary Fund come up with India’s growth projection which predicted slow 6.6 per cent in
2016-17 fiscal due to “temporary disruptions” caused by demonetisation.
• The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a 375-million-dollar loans and
grants on February 23, 2017 in New Delhi to develop 800-km Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor.
• The government has announced to bailout IDBI Bank with Rs. 3,000-crore capital infusion to enable the bank
to have better capital-adequacy ratio and further enhance credit growth. The financial assistance will help the
bank to maintain stability.
• Dena Bank has unveiled a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) enabled banking card on February 23, 2017
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at its Mumbai branch to identify a valued customer entering the bank having RFID card by displaying the
complete information about that customer on the managers desktop.
• Public sector banks United Bank of India (UBI) has signed agreement with Indian Railway Catering and
Tourism Corporation(IRCTC) for railway ticket booking facility.
• An economic think-tank, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has lowered India’s
GDP growth to 6.9 percent for the fiscal 2016-17 compared to previous estimation of 7.6 percent. The decline
in the growth forecast is based on the demonetization effect.
• Moody’s Investors Service report released on February 23, 2017 states that despite the currency
demonetisation drive by Government of India, the country will continue to be the fastest growing
economy among G-20 countries in 2017.
• According to the data by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) in India grew 18 percent during 2016 to attract $46 billion as compared to $39.32 billion in
2015.
• Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp (SBG) on February 24, 2017 entered into a definitive agreement with Foxconn
Technology Group (Foxconn) of Taiwan to establish a joint venture through Softbank Group Capital Apac Pte
Ltd at an estimated cost of $1.2 billion.
• The Government of India launched the 7th tranche of the Sovereign Gold Bonds on February 27, 2017 and it
will be the last offering for 2016-17.The Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17–Series IV will be issued by
the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on behalf of Government of India.
• An expert committee set up by SIDBI, Venture Capital Investment Committee (VCIC) has sanctioned Rs 300
crore to fund managers who would invest in startups, thus taking the total sanctions in 2016-17 to over Rs
1,100 crore.
• In order to expand its business across the country, Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company has tied up with
Mumbai-based Dena Bank on February 27, 2017 to provide its insurance product to the large customer base of
the bank.
• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up an 11 member Inter-disciplinary Standing Committee on Cyber
Security on February 28, 2017. The committee will be chaired by RBI Executive Director Meena
Hemchandra.
• Lucknow based Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and India’s first small finance bank
Capital Small Finance Bank (CSFB) signed Memorandum of Understandingto enable it to provide loans at a
concessional rate to MSMEs.
• Kumbakonam-based private sector lender Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) has tied up with Centrum Group on
February 27, 2017 in which the bank will refer its High Net Worth Individuals (HNI) to Centrum for wealth
management and family office services.
• American Express, a global leader in payment solutions has launched an electronic payment platform linked to
corporate card, Buyer Initiated Payments (BIP) on February 27, 2017 to eliminate payment through cheques or
drafts.
• The Economic Survey Report by Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has
estimated the India’s GDP growth at 7 percent for 2016-17 on February 28, 2017.
• Canara, HSBC and Oriental Bank of Commerce Life Insurance launched iSelect term plan to expand its online
product suit. The term iSelect plan provides enhanced protection cover for the family at an affordable
premium.
BUSINESS

• Arnab Goswami, managing director and editor-in-chief of ARG Outlier Media has changed the name of his
proposed news channel Republic into Republic TV.
• The Union Health Minister, JP Nadda, notified the Medical Devices Rules, 2017 on February 2, 2017 to ease
the norms related to manufacturing medical devices in India and promote domestic industry.
• In the latest Global 500 rankings of most valuable and powerful brands across the globe, Sundar Pichai’s
Google has surpassed Apple to achieve the top position. The Brand Finance Global 500 list published on
February 2, 2017 had featured Apple as the top brand for continuous five years.
• A premium digital marketing agency LIQVD ASIA collaborate with iKarmik.com, has launched India’s First
Ever Online Exhibition gateway – ExFirst.com to provide designers and retailers an opportunity to reach out
to consumers across the country.
• Tata Motors Launches new Sub-Brand TAMO as an Incubator to Develop Futuristic Vehicles. TAMO will act
as a start-up to develop new and innovative products.
• The Susheel Kumar, Coal Secretary, Ministry of Coal, has informed that India has planned to allow the non-
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state mining companies for the first time in four decade to mine and sell coal. China is the World’s top coal
producing market followed by United States. India stands at third position.
• San Francisco-based taxi-hailing platform Uber has launched a new service under the name UberHIRE on
February 6, 2017 that will enable the customers to hire the taxi for the day on hourly basis.
• The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) under the Department of Revenue entered into four more
unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) on February 6, 2017 with the tax payers so as to provide them
a certainty regarding transfer pricing.
• C K Birla Group-owned Hindustan Motors have signed a deal with French carmaker Peugeot SA Group on
February 10, 2017 to sell its iconic Indian car brand “Ambassador” to Peugeot for Rs. 80 crore.
• As per the data released by the Central Statistics Office, the India’s Industrial Output contracted by 0.4
Percent in December 2016 as compared to previous year due to demonetization.
• The centre on February 10, 2017 approved setting up the Electronic Development Fund with a total corpus
of Rs. 6,831 crore to support entrepreneurship and innovation in electronics and IT.
• Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T), an Engineering and construction major has entered into a Joint Venture
with European defence major MBDA Missile Systems on February 13, 2017.
The main aim of the JV is development of missiles in India under the Make in India initiative while procuring
the missile systems from abroad.
• The Global Gene Corp and Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) launched an Indian
Beacon on February 14, 2017 for Indian genomics data to enable the scientists in developing more effective
drug delivery systems.
• AirAsia became the first foreign airline to begin its operations from Srinagar international airport in Jammu
and Kashmir on February 19, 2017. Srinagar has The Sheikh-ul-Alam International Airport since last five
years, but no foreign airlines had yet operated services from there.
• US based IT giant Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Indian electronic commerce company Flipkart Group
CEO Binny Bansal has announced a “strategic partnership” on February 20, 2017.
• Bangalore based Indian food-products corporation Britannia has signed an MoU with Greece’s cakes and
confectionery major Chipita for exploring certain business opportunities on February 22, 2017. This is the first
joint venture after Britania’s tie-up with New Zealand’s Fonterra Dairy and and dairy giant Groupe Danone
SA dissolved in 2009.
• Oricon Enterprises Ltd (OEL) is planned to build a manufacturing facility in Odisha with an investments of Rs
100 crores. This facility will be used to manufacture new packaging products.
• The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding(MoU) with the IoT Acceleration Consortium (ITAC) Japan on February 22, 2017 to
address digital technology shifts and accelerate IoT (Internet of Things) adoption at a global level across the
industry.
• Centre has notified the protocol amending the India-Israel tax treaty to provide for exchange of information on
tax matters including bank details with a view to check black money flows which will come into force effect
in India from fiscal year beginning April 1.
• A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 22,
2017 approved Rs. 17,000 crore missile deal with Israel to protect India’s airspace from enemy aircraft and
drones. Under the deal, India and Israel will jointly develop a Medium Range Surface-To-Air Missile (MR-
SAM) system for the Indian army.
• The World Trade Organization’s (WTO’s) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) came into force on February
22, 2017 which required two-third of the member nation to ratify the agreement to be into effect.
• Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh announced on February 23, 2017 that Rajasthan has become the second
largest crude oil producer in India with 90 lakh tones oil annually and Mumbai is the largest producer of crude
oil in India which accounts for half of the domestic oil production.
• Food technology start-up Gorb has partnered with online cab aggregator Ola on February 24, 2017 to offer
food to consumers at discounted rates in Mumbai.
• Leading E-Commerce firm, Paytm launched its new application on Android under the name Paytm Mall and a
website called paytmmall.com on February 27, 2017. The Paytm Mall app aims to offer a combination of the
Mall and Bazaar concepts to Indian consumers for online shopping.
• American IT MNC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced its partnership with Tata

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Communications on February 27, 2017 at the World Mobile World Congress 2017 organized in Barcelona to
roll-out its Internet of Things platform, “the LoRa network”.
• GIFT City has signed a pact with Dubai International Financial Centre for exchanging views and expertise in
the fields of banking and financial services as well as regulatory practices on February 28, 2017
• LTE mobile network operator Reliance Jio has announced a collaboration with the networking giant Cisco to
expand Jio’s existing multi-terabit capacity with the first All-IP converged network in India.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

• An IT Risk Assessment and Digital Security Services Providing Firm, Lucideus, was awarded the best IT
Startup under the IT (Information Technology) and ITES (Information Technology Enabled Services)
category on January 30, 2017 during the National Entrepreneurship Awards 2016.
• Rajasthan and Telangana are bagged the eGovernance awards for Excellence under the state category at
the CSI -Nihilent eGovernance Awards held in Coimbatore on January 31, 2017.Odisha and Nagaland bagged
the Award of Recognition for the year 2016
• Gurgaon based airline, SpiceJet made record by winning awards in three prime categories at the Asia One
Awards held in Singapore.The low-cost airline was honoured as the ‘Asia’s Greatest Brands – 2016’ at the
function. Global Asian of the year’, 2016- Managing Director of SpiceJet, Mr. Ajay Singh.
• The England Test captain Alastair Cook was honored with the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the
British Empire (CBE) by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, London on February 4, 2017.
• Renowned Indian-origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor was honored with the prestigious $1 million 2017
Genesis Prize on February 6, 2017 by Israel for his utmost contribution for Jewish community.
• The state government of Arunachal Pradesh launched the Arunachal Civil Service Awards on February 6,
2017 in a bid to encourage good governance in the state. The award consists of a medal, a scroll and cash
awards of Rs 1 lakh for an individual and Rs 5 lakh for an organization or a group.
• Hyderabad based Dr P Raghu Ram, President of Association of Breast Surgeons of India (ABSI) has been
honored with the prestigious Dr B C Roy National Award for ‘outstanding service in the field of socio medical
relief’ for the year 2016.
• GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, has
been honored with the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Chairman’s Order of Merit for its focus on
environmental sustainability. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport was also awarded for becoming the first
airport in Asia Pacific to become carbon neutral.
• Famous Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a Guinness World Record on February 10, 2017 by
building World’s tallest Sand Castle at the Puri beach in Puri. The castle is 48 feet and 8 inches (14.84 metre)
in height. The sand sculpture was built with theme of World Peace.
70th British Academy Film Awards
Award Winner
Best Film La La Land
Best Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
Best Actor Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
Best Actress Emma Stone (La La Land)
BAFTA Fellowship Mel Brooks
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Curzon Cinemas
59th Annual Grammy Awards
Award Category Winner
Album Of The Year Adele for ’25’
Record Of The Year ‘Hello’ by Adele
Song Of The Year Hello by Adele and Greg Kurstin
Best Rap Album ‘Coloring Book’ by Chance The Rapper
Best Urban Contemporary Album ‘Lemonade’ by Beyonce
Best Country Solo Performance Maren Morris for ‘My Church’
Best Rock Song ‘Blackstar’ by David Bowie
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance ‘Stressed Out’ by Twenty One Pilots
Best Pop Vocal Album ’25’ by Adele
Best Traditional Pop Vocal ‘Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin’ by Willie
Album Nelson
Best Pop Solo Performance Adele for ‘Hello’
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• Jamaica’s sprinter Usain Bolt won the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ award at the Laureus World Awards or the
‘Oscar of Sports’ held in Monaco on February 14, 2017. Bolt received his award from legendary Michael
Johnson. This is the fourth time that the world’s greatest sprinter has won the honor. Earlier in 2009, 2010 and
2013 too he won the award. In women’s category, Simone Biles won the ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ trophy
for her outstanding performance in Rio Olympics 2016 winning 4 gold and 1 bronze medal.
• Indian professional hockey player Sandeep Singh has been honored with an Honorary Doctorate Degree by
Desh Bhagat University, a private educational institution in Amloh, Fatehgarh Sahib District of Punjab on
February 14, 2017. He is the second Indian hockey player to receive this award. The only first player
was Dileep Tirkey, former captain and sitting Member of Parliament, to receive an honorary degree for
sporting excellence from Sambalpur University in 2010.
• India’s premier health institute the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi was awarded
the first prize of the Government’s Kayakalp Award under the Central Government Hospitals category on
February 15, 2017 in New Delhi for maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene.
• An Indian-origin Scotland Yard officer Shand Panesar along with his colleague Craig Nicholson was honored
with the 2017 Outstanding Bravery of the Year Award on February 10, 2017 in central London during a
special award ceremony of the Total Excellence in Policing Awards.
• Renowned Hindi litterateur and playwright Surendra Verma has been selected for 2016 Vyas Samman for his
novel Kaatna Shami Ka Vriksha Padma Pankhuri Ki Dhar Se. This novel was published in the year 2010.
• Thrissur based South Indian Bank(SIB)’s MD and CEO of the bank, V.G. Mathew has received the ISO
27001: 2013 certification from Venkataram Arabolu, Managing Director, BSI Group India for Information
Security Management System (ISMS) of SIB on February 16, 2017.
• Mangalore based public sector lender Corporation Bank was awarded the 2017National MSME Excellence
Award on February 10, 2017 at a function in New Delhi.
• Melody Queen and Nightingale of India, b has been conferred with the 2017 Legendary Award by the Brand
• Laureate for giving a unlimited memorable hits and soulful melodies in Hindi film music.
• Indian Cinema movie “Newton” directed by Amit Masurkar was honored with the Art Cinema Award in the
Forum Segment at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival held from February 9-18, 2017 in Berlin,
Germany.
• Katamati Iron Mine, owned by Tata Steel, was conferred with the Best Green Organisation of the Year
Award on February 18, 2017 at the Global Green Future Leadership Awards in Mumbai.
• The commerical banking company Karnataka Bank has won two ‘IBA-Banking Technology’ awards
in Mumbai on February 21, 2017
• Virendra Sharma, an Indian-origin British MP was conferred with the first Dr Stya Paul Memorial Award on
February 22, 2017 for his outstanding contribution to India-UK ties.
• Vivek Chaand Sehgal, Chairman of auto parts maker Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd, has been named as
the Indian Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 by consulting firm, EY formerly known as Ernst & Young. Besides,
Infosys Ltd co-founder Nandan Nilekani was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award for heading the
Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) for the Aadhaar project.
FIH Hockey Stars Awards- 2016
• Best Male Player of the Year Award (2016)- John-John Dohmen (Belgium)
• Best Female Player of the Year - Netherlands’ Naomi van
• Best Male Goalkeeper of the Year: David Harte(Ireland)
• Best Female Goalkeeper of the Year: Maddie Hinch(Britain)
• Rising Male Star of the Year: Arthur Van Doren(Belgium)
• Rising Female Star of the Year: Maria Granatto(Argentina)
• Male Coach of the Year: Danny Kerry(Great Britain)
• Female Coach of the Year: Karen Brown
• Male Umpire of the Year: Christian Blasch
• Female Umpire of the Year: Laurine Delforge
• Three poets from Maharashtra have been conferred with the Vishakha Awards on February 26, 2017 at the
Kalidas Kalamandir Hall in Maharashtra during the occasion of Marathi Bhasha Gaurav Din.
• Japan has unveiled the world’s first robot table tennis tutor FORPHEUS (Future Omron
Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonised automation with Sinic Theoretics) which has
the ability to play the game better than humans. It has been listed in the Guinness World Record for being
the First robot table tennis tutor for its unique technological intelligence and educational capabilities.

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89th Academy Award (Oscar Award)--Winners


Award Category Winner Movie
Best Picture Moonlight
Best Actres Emma Stone La La Land
Best Actor Casey Affleck Manchester By The Sea
Best Director Damien Chazelle La La Land
Best Supporting Actress Viola Davis Fences
Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali Moonlight
Best Original Screenplay Kenneth Lonergan Manchester By The Sea
Best Adapted Screenplay Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney Moonlight
Best Cinematography Linus Sandgren La La Land
Best Original Score Justin Hurwitz La La Land
Best Original Song Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul La La Land
Best Sound Editing Sylvain Bellemare Arrival
Best Foreign Language Film Asghar Farhadi The Salesman
Best Film Editing John Gilbert Hacksaw Ridge
Best Visual Effects Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. The Jungle Book
Jones and Dan Lemmon
Best Production Design David Wasco and Sandy Reynolds Wasco La La Land
Best Sound Mixing Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Hacksaw Ridge
Mackenzie and Peter Grace
Best Documentary-Feature Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow O.J.: Made in America
Best Animated Feature Film Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Zootopia
Spencer
Best Animated Short Film Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer Piper
Best Documentary-Short Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna The White Helmets
Subject Natasegara
Best Live Action Short Film Kristof Deak and Anna Udvardy Sing
Best Make-Up and Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini Suicide Squad
Hairstyling and Christopher Nelson
Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood Fantastic Beast and Where To Find
Them

ESPNcricinfo AwardsWinner list


Category Winner
‘Captain of the Year Virat Kohli
Test Batting Performance of the Year Ben Stokes
Test Bowling Performance of the Year award Stuart Broad
ODI Batting Performance of the Year Quinton de Kock
ODI Bowling Performance of the Year award Sunil Narine
T20 Batting Performance of the Year award Carlos Brathwaite
T20 Bowling Performance of the Year award Mustafizur Rahman
Batting Performance of the Year award Hayley Williams
Bowling Performance of the Year award Leigh Kasperek
• As a part of delivering recognition to Women’s in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has
for the first time introduced a separate category of Lifetime Achievement Awards for Women in the
upcoming BCCI Annual Awards 2016-17. For the award, BCCI has chosen former Indian
skipper Shanta Rangaswamy on February 28, 2017 who has become the first receiver of the award under the
category.
• The Radhanagar beach on the Havelock Island in the Andamans and Nicobar Islands(8 th spot) has featured
among the top 10 in the ‘World’s Travellers’ Choice Award-Winning Beaches’ by TripAdvisor. The first spot
was gained by Baia do Sancho Fernando de Noronha in Brazil.

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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

Name Name of the post


Anushka Sharma First female ambassador of the campaign ‘Swacch Bharat
Abhiyan’
Pirojsha Godrej Chairman, Adi Godrej to be Chairman Emeritus- Godrej Properties
Rex Tillerson US secretary of state
CAG Suman Saxena, Whole-time members in Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of
Mukulita Vijaywargiya India
Navrang Saini
IDFC MD Vikram Limaye CEO & MD of National Stock Exchange (NSE)
Achamkulangare Gopinathan UN Joint Inspection Unit
Economist Sanjeev Sanyal Principal Economic Adviser
Anand Kumar Gupta Director of NTPC
Arun M Kumar Chairman and CEO of KPMG India
Sasikala Natarajan AIADMK Legislative Party leader
Jonathan Bullock(quits) Boards of Ola and Snapdeal
Satish Menon CEO of Kings XI Punjab
Arundhati Bhattacharya Ambassador for its SBI PO recruitment ad
Ashok Gulati,
Manish Sabharwal, Non-Official Directors On RBI Central Board
Rajiv Kumar
Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo New President of Somalia
Satinder Sartaaj UNO’s Blue Heart Campaign against trafficking
Hemant Bhargava LIC’s Managing Director
Ajay Tyagi SEBI Chairman
Subir Dutta Ambassador of India to the Republic of Madagascar
Frank Walter Steinmeier President of Germany
Sandeep Jajodia President of Assocham
Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey President of ICAI

Ravi Shankar High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Rwanda


Shigenori Shiga (Steps Down) Toshiba’s Chairman
Tehmina Janjua First Women Foreign Secretary of Pakistan
France’s Jean-Pierre Lacroix UN peacekeeping chief
Edappadi K Palaniswami Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Vikas Swarup Next envoy to Canada
1.Madras HC Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan
Kaul 5 new judges to Supreme Court
2.Rajasthan HC Chief Justice Naveen Sinha
3.Kerala HC Chief Justice Mohan M
Shantanagouder
4.Chhattisgarh HC Chief Justice Dipak Gupta
5.Karnataka HC judge S Abdul Nazeer.
Norman Isaac First Indian Technical Delegate of International Basketball
Federation
Neelam Damodharan , Atanu Kumar Das EDs in Bank of India.
K Swaminathan ED in Indian Overseas Bank.
Ashok Kumar Pradhan ED in United Bank of India.
P Ramana Murthy Executive Director of Central Bank of India.
Fareed Ahmed Khan ED in Punjab and Sind Bank.
M K Bhattacharya ED of Indian Bank
S Harishankar EDs of Allahabad Bank
Government Cuts SEBI’s Chairman-Designate
Ajay Tyagi’s Tenure by Two Years
Renu Pall Ambassador of India to Montenegro

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Ranganathan, Mehta Non-Official Director in IOB, PNB


TR Zeliang (Resigns) Nagaland Chief Minister and Shurhozelie Liezietsu elected in
place
Diego Maradona Ambassador Role at FIFA
Narinder Chauhan Ambassador of India to the Republic of Philippines
Dr Neelu Rohmetra First Woman Indian Institute of Management Director
Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh
Mehriban Aliyeva Azerbaijan First Vice President
Govind Rajan Quits FreeCharge Chief executive office
Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre Head of Cauvery Tribuna
Cressida Dick First woman to lead Scotland Yard
Abhijit Sarkar Vice President of Asian Hockey Federation
Hassan Ali Khaire Prime minister Somali
Shilpa Shetty Swachh Bharat Brand Ambassador
Birender Singh Yadav Ambassador of India to the Republic of Togo
Kabir Bedi Brand ambassador of Sightsavers
Author Neil Gaiman U.N. Goodwill Ambassador
Normani Kordei American Cancer Society Global Ambassador
Former CM T R Zeliang Finance Advisor to Nagaland government
ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

• Technology giant Google has announced to sell its Terra Bella business which includes a group of SkySat
Earth imaging satellites to an imaging start-up, Planet Labs on February 3, 2017.
• Finland multinational communications and information technology company Nokia announced to buy
telecoms software firm Comptel for 347 million euros ($370 million) on February 9, 2017.
• Ahmedabad based India’s first listed ecommerce startup Infibeam has announced to merger agreement with
India’s largest payment aggregator company CC Avenue on February 14, 2017. The value of the deal is
expected to value the online payment gateway at about Rs 2,000 crore.
• An electrical equipment company, Havells India has announced to acquire Lloyd Electric & Engineering for
its consumer durables business for around Rs 1200 -1500 crore on February 17, 2017
• An American multinational technology company Apple has announced to acquire Israel-based start-up
“RealFace” for an undisclosed amount on February 20, 2017. The amount of the deal will be ‘several million
dollars’.
• India’s largest domestic telecom operator Bharti Airtel has signed an agreement with Telenor South Asia
Investments to acquire Telenor India Communications. The amount of the deal is not yet finalised.

MoUs

• India and Sri Lanka has signed an MoU on February 2, 2017 for the construction of a multi-ethnic tri-lingual
school in a north central district of the island nation.
• The Union Ministry of Railways has signed an MoU with an Italian Firm Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane Group
(FS Group) for technical cooperation in rail sector on February 2, 2017 with focus on safety operations.
• Tripartite MoU signed among M/o of Tourism, M/s NPCC & NBCC and Govt of J&K for Implementation of
Tourism Projects In J&K.
• India and Austria signed a protocol on February 6, 2017 to amend the existing bilateral taxation treaty
for Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion.
• The 23rd session of the International Conference & Exhibition on Terrestrial & Satellite Broadcasting was
held at the Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, New Delhi from February 2- February 4, 2017.The theme of
the event was Hybrid Technologies in Broadcasting – New Opportunities.
• Union Cabinet apprised of Framework Agreement between India and Vietnam on cooperation in the
exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful purposes
• The Union Cabinet was also informed about the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of
Cooperation in the field of science, technology and innovation between India and France to ensure exchange
of best practices and technology.
• The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on February 8, 2017 approved signing
a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Senegal in the field of Health and Medicine.

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• India and the United States have agreed to maintain the pace of their partnership especially in the area of the
defence ties. The Defence Secretary James Mattis held a telephonic conversation with the Indian Defence
Minister Manohar Parrikar with the commitment to further strengthen the bilateral defence cooperation made
in recent years.
• Union Minister of Civil Aviation, Shri Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Lord Ahmad from U.K. have
signed a MoU to ease restrictions on the number of scheduled flights between the two countries to trade and
tourism.
• The Cabinet approved the signing of Air Services Agreement between India and Rwanda which will enable
the airlines of the two countries to operate services in each others’ territory.
• The CA Institute’s Accounting Research Foundation (ARF) has signed an agreement with Indian Railways
for the national rollout of accrual accounting in Railways on February 19, 2017. The agreement will be valid
for 18 months.
• India, Croatia signs agreement to boost bilateral trade & enhance economic cooperation
• The Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd (RDEL) has signed a Master Ship Repair Agreement
(MSRA) with US Navy on February 13, 2017 to perform repair and alteration services for US Navy’s Seventh
Fleet vessels.
• The multinational Airbus Group division Airbus joined hand with Telangana government, National Skill
Development Corporation India and Aerocampus France for establishing a Centre of Excellence at
at Begumpet Airport for aerospace skill development in Hyderabad
• Tata Motors Ltd and Microsoft India entered into strategic agreement on February 16, 2017 to collaborate on
the technology front for making driving a more personalized experiences for the customers. As per the
agreement, Microsoft will make use of its IoT (internet of things), AI (artificial intelligence) and machine
learning technologies to develop a highly personalized, smart vehicle for the customers.
• Mumbai based Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) and Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange have
signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore areas of cooperation on February 16, 2017.
• Odisha based National Aluminium Company Limited(NALCO) has signed Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi on February 16, 2017
• Malaysia-based low-cost airline AirAsia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Odisha
government on February 17, 2017 to start two-way direct international flights from Bhubaneswar to Kuala
Lumpur.
• Cabinet approves MoU between India and Australia for promotion and development of cooperation in civil
aviation security.
• Union Cabinet has approved the signing of Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Greece which
has the potential to spur greater trade, investment, tourism and cultural exchange also in line government’s
developments in the civil aviation sector.
• Cabinet approves signing of an Agreement between India and Poland on cooperation in the field of agriculture
and allied sectors.
• India and Japan ink pact on rail safety to enhance railway safety in the Indian Railways with focus on railway
track and rolling stock safety.
• Minister for Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu and Member of the Parliament of Ukraine and
Chairman of the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine Mr. Iurii Artemenko have
agreed to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries through the medium of Cinema in
New Delhi on February 27, 2017.
• India and Germany ratified a comprehensive Social Security Agreement (SSA) on February 24, 2017 to
improve investment flows between the two countries. The SSA which was signed on October 12, 2011 while
the instruments of ratification were exchanged on February 24 will be effective from May 2017.
• India Signs MoU with Bangladesh to provide financial assistance of Taka 240 mn for development of Sylhet
city.
• Pakistan and Turkey has signed 10 agreements to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields, including
exchange of financial intelligence relating to money laundering, hydrocarbon and defence cooperation.
• The world’s second largest card payment organization Visa has signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) with Andhra Pradesh government to make Vishakhapatnam as India’s first ‘less-cash’ city
• Technology giant Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu has signed
agreement to utilise Microsoft Azure Stack for AP government state data centre at the ‘Microsoft Future
Decoded’ held in Mumbai.

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SCHEMES

• The Ministry of Women and Child Development has clarified that there is no provision for individual cash
transfer component in Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme.The Scheme simply focuses on generating awareness
about girl child and changing the mindsets and deep rooted patriarchy of the society and improve the
efficiency of welfare services for girls.
• The Union cabinet led by PM Modi has given its approval on February 1, 2017 to extend the tenure of loans
under the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Mission from
the current 15 years to 20 years. Besides the scheme has been introduced for the middle income group
(MIG) category and an initial allocation of Rs. 1000 crore has been made at Budgetary Estimate stage in 2017-
18 for the proposed CLSS for MIG.
• Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Launches Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY)
in Assam to double the farm income by 2022 which also marks the 75 anniversary of India’s
Independence.The total financial outlay of the CMSGUY scheme is Rs. 30,000 crore.
• Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das launched energy efficient fans and LED tube lights under the ‘Unnat
Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All’ (UJALA) scheme in the state.
• The Union Ministry of Commerce under Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the pilot Revenue Insurance
Scheme for Plantation Crops (RISPC) on February 8, 2017 to protect the growers of plantation crops from the
twin risks.
• Cabinet approves Rs. 2,351.38 crore ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ to make 6 crore
rural households digitally literate by March 2019.
• Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar Adopts Donja village in Osmanabad, Maharashtra under the Sansad Adarsh Gram
Yojna to transform the undeveloped village into a model one.
This is his second village after successfully transforming the lives of villagers in Puttamraju
Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh.
• The Supreme Court has introduced the Middle Income Group (MIG) Scheme for the middle income group
people whose gross income is not exceeding Rs. 60,000 per month or Rs. 7.5 lakh per annum.
• The Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) okayed revised norms for the Scheme for
Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects with the production target enhancement to
40,000 MW from the present 20,000 MW.
• India’s first fully organic state Sikkim has joined the union government’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana
(UDAY) as 22 nd state , UDAY will in turn hand it an overall benefit of Rs 356 crore.

COMMITTEES

• A six-member committee has been formed by the government to look into the matter of how to improve
the Haj Poilcy of India and also deal with the issue of reducing and abolishing the subsidy to the pilgrims.
• The Ministry of AYUSH has constituted a 16-member committee under the chairmanship of Dr. H.R.
Nagendra, Chancellor, S-Vyasa University, to prepare a Yoga Protocol for Diabetes Control.
• The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has constituted a sub-committee of Central Advisory
Board of Education (CABE) under Chairmanship of Telangana’s Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari to
look into issues related to girls education\
• A committee has been formed by the government to accelerate the process of the implementation of Namami
Gange programme under which it plans to make the River Ganga free from waste by 2018. The committee
would comprise of Ministers of Water Resources, Environment and Forest, and Drinking Water and
Sanitation as its members and will be responsible to meet at least once every fortnight.
• A 33 member committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister N
Chandrababu Naidu for the speedy implementation of the Sagarmala Project in Andhra Pradesh. Sagarmala
project aims to improve the state’s coastline and inland waterways
• In an effort to pull out black money from shell companies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has constituted a
task force comprising members of various regulatory Ministries and enforcement agencies. The task force
would work under the co-chairmanship of the Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia and the Corporate Affairs
Secretary Tapan Rayto monitor the actions taken by various agencies.
• The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has set up a 11 member scientific panel to
frame final regulations on fortification of foods and prepare strategies to address malnutrition problem.

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

• Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden have created the world’s first heat-driven transistor. The
transistor is first in the world that changes its state by a heat signal rather than conventional electrical signal.
• Scientists from China’s Northwest A&F University have developed a genetically modified form of cows that
are more resistant to bovine tuberculosis (TB).
• The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has dismissed 12 websites and 12 mobile
applications available on Google Play store that were offering Aadhaar-related services illegally.
• Juno spacecraft sent by US space agency NASA , orbiting the planet Jupiter has completed a close flyby of
Jupiter for the fourth time on February 2, 2017. Juno is currently in a 53-day orbit and its next close flyby of
Jupiter will occur on March 27, 2017
• Oncologists in United States successfully implanted World’s smallest pacemaker,Micra Transcatheter Pacing
System (TPS), in a patient in US. The pacemaker TPS is as much as a vitamin capsule in size and provides the
most advanced pacing technology.
• The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) informed that the indigenous development of Telemetry &
Telecommand Processor (TTCP) has been realised and now with the help of Indian industry its
productionisation will be initiated.
• An international team of researchers from China, Russia, and the United States conducted computer modeling
to create a thermodynamically stable compound of sodium and the noble gas helium, Na2He, which has a
fluorite-type structure and is stable at high pressures.
• A team of scientist at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) along with a private lifeguard
agency appointed by the Goa government is conducting a new study to understand the phenomenon of ‘killer
rip tides’ to safeguard beaches in Goa.
• The Union Power and coal Minister Piyush Goyal launched the TAMRA (Transparency, Auction Monitoring
and Resource Augmentation) portal and Mobile Application in New Delhi on February 10, 2017.
• A team of Scientists from the United States and India in a study found that consuming litchi and then skipping
the dinner can cause a very low blood glucose level, lower than 70 mg/dL, which may eventually lead
to death especially in children.
• India’s first Metal 3D printing provider Intech DMLS Limited has launched the country’s first indigenously
developed Jet Engine Series under the brand name Poeir Jets.
• The United States and Japan successfully conducted a flight test of a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block
IIA from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, off coast Hawaii on February 3, 2017.
• The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched 104 satellites in one go from
the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on February 15, 2017. The 104 satellite
included a 714 kg Cartosat-2 Series satellite for earth observation, two Indian nano satellites INS-1A and INS-
1B and 101 international nano satellites. Of the 101 satellites, 96 of these belong to USA and one each
belongs to Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland and United Arab Emirates.
• Scientists from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a thermally conductive rubber material which is
an innovative discovery for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics.
• The Scientists from University of Western Australian have mapped the molecular structure of a protein that
protects the superbugs from all the antibiotics including Colistin, which is an antibiotic used when all other
treatments fail. The scientist found that the protein EptA provides resistance to the bacteria even against last
resort antibiotic Colistin.
• A team of Scientists at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia
have developed the world’s strongest material, Graphene using soyabean to make it commercially more
viable.
• The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted the final ground testing of its
indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage engine (C25) for GSLV Mark III rocket at ISRO’s Liquid
Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu on February 17, 2017.
• India Vetiver Network (INVN) has been launched at Tamil Nadu Agricultural
University in Coimbatore to protect the environment using vetiver
• In order to focus on deep space missions, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has
proposed to set up of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes that will work to develop
technologies having potential to extend human presence deeper into the solar system.
• The Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard launched sophisticated rockets during a military exercise that started on
February 20, 2017 in Iran’s central desert.
• The California-based SpaceX onboard its Falcon 9 rocket launched a robotic Dragon cargo ship with about
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5,500 pounds (2,500 kg) of supplies and science experiments toward the International Space Station on
February 19, 2017 from Launch Complex 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
• The state run Airports Authority of India, along with International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched
its e-billing solution for airport operators and air navigation services providers across the world.The e-billing
solution, SKYREV360 developed by in-house experts the electronic billing solution for data, e-invoicing and
collection of tariff from the airlines is being used by the AAI for several years now.
• Russia successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft Soyuz-U booster rocket carrying the Progress cargo
ship MS-05 spacecraft blasted off as scheduled from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch complex
in Kazakhstan.
• The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has launched a mobile application for Goods and Services
Tax (GST) to inform the taxpayers of the latest updates on GST among others
• The NASA scientists have accidently made finding of living microorganisms stuck inside crystals for as long
as 60,000 years in a Naica mine, a working lead, zinc and silver mine in the northern Mexican state of
Chihuahua.
• Mahindra Agri Solutions Ltd (MASL), a part of Mahindra & Mahindra has launched a mobile app
‘MyAgriGuru‘for farmers on February 24, 2017. It is launched as a part of Government’s target to double the
farmer income by the year 2022.
• A team of researchers at the Indian Institute Of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT Kgp) have designed ‘Physically
Unclonable Functions’ (PUF) based on fingerprint generator circuits to protect Internet of Things
(IoT) infrastructure from being hacked.
• Government owned airline firm Air India started the maiden flight of its newly leased aircraft, Airbus A320
Neo on February 23, 2017 which took off from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi to
reach Chennai International Airport with 161 passengers on board.
• Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment company ZTE made an announcement that it has
launched a next generation 5G IT baseband unit (BBU). The announcement was made at the Mobile World
Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on 26 February 2017.
• The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has planned to send its first robotic spacecraft to
the Sun in 2018 which will get as close as within six million kilometers to investigate its atmosphere.

DEFENCE

• China has tested successfully a new version of a missile Dongfeng-5C missile which can carry up to 10
nuclear warheads from the Taiyuan Space Launch Centre in Shanxi province, and flew to a desert in western
China.
• Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding- in-Chief, Western Naval Command inaugurated the
Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence and Surveillance System (IUHDSS) on February 3, 2017 in
Mumbai.
• A nationwide military operation ‘Radd-ul-Fasaad’ was launched by Pakistan Army on February 22, 2017 to
eliminate terrorists and ensure security of Pakistan’s borders.
• The five days multinational Aman-17 naval exercise kicked off in Karachi on February 10, 2017 where 37
countries took part. The Aman-17 is the fifth such exercise hosted by Pakistan every alternate year since 2007.
• The 2017 Cobra Gold Military Exercise kicked off at the Sattahip Royal Thai Marine Corps Base in Chonburi
Province, Thailand on February 14, 2017. Cobra Gold 2017 is the 36th edition of the multinational drill and is
co-organized by United States and Thailand. It will expand regional cooperation and collaboration for disaster
relief.
• India successfully test-fired its Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile from launching complex-IV
of Dhamara Abdul Kalam defence base off Odisha coast on February 11, 2017 under its Ballistic Missile
Defence Programme. The successful testing leads India towards achieving a robust two layered Ballistic
Missile Defence (BMD) system. It will strengthen India’s position in the exclusive club of US, Russia and
Israel.
• Indian Navy’s survey class vessel INS Sarvekshak has become the first ship in India to be fitted with solar
power system on board. The ship has been equipped with 18 sheets of solar panel of 300 Watt which is
capable of generating 5.4 kW power.
• The second ocean going sailboat of Indian Navy “Tarini” was successfully inducted by the Navy on February
18, 2017 at a ceremony held at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool in presence of Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of
Naval Staff. It is the second sailboat after INS Mhadei of Indian Navy.
• Fast Patrol Vessel ICGS AYUSH built by Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) was commissioned at the Naval
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Base in Kochi on February 18, 2017 by the AVSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Southern Naval
Command, Vice-Admiral A R Karve.

ENVIRONMENT

• A team of researchers has discovered a fossil in the Shaanxi Province of China, which they believe is the
prehistoric ancestor of humans that existed about 540 million years ago.
• Based on an analysis done by the scientists of a Martian meteorite in Africa, evidence of existence of at-least 2
billion years of volcanic activity on Mars have been uncovered. The meteorite known as Northwest Africa
7635 was discovered in 2012. The scientist from United States found it to be a type of volcanic rock called
a shergottite.
• Scientists from University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa have found a small continent submerged deep
under the Indian Ocean that was once located between India and Madagascar. On researching the piece of
rocky crust on the island of Mauritius created by volcanic eruption, scientists discovered a material Zircon that
is known to be nearly 2 billion years old. However, Mauritius is only 8 million years old.
• Scientists have discovered a new species of Ghost Shark in Belize, which was previously unknown. It is
the 50th species of ghost shark discovered and has rabbit-like teeth with bulky head.
• Qatar recorded the lowest ever temperature in the history of the country on February 5, 2017 with a
temperature of 1.5 degree Celsius (35 degree Fahrenheit).
• Scientists from Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) confirmed
through clinical testing that Neurocalyx calycinus, a medicinal plant has multiple curative properties.
• According to a new census carried out by the Odisha State Forest and Environment department on January 20,
2017 in, the team has sighted as many as 181 endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in the state.
• Reserves of Uranium have been found in Meghalaya over a large area around Domiasiat, Wahkyn,
Lostoin among others.The project has the potential to generate huge amount of nuclear fuel for the atomic
power plants of the country.
• The famous Nilambur teak which is internationally known for its superior quality and elegant appearance is
soon to get added to the list of the Kerala produces that have Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
• The state government of Assam has decided to set up a Wild Sanctuary to grow Muga cocoon in an effort to
give more exposure to Muga, Eri and Silk Products. The programme have been launched under the Assam
Silk Outreach Mission to promote products made of Muga, silk and Eri.
• A Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush has been spotted in the high mountainous region of Nepal by Friends of
Nature (FoN) reasearchers and then confirmed by the bird experts Carol Inskipp and Hem Sagar Baral.
• Scientists from United Kingdom have discovered high levels of human-made pollutants, including chemicals
that were banned in the 1970s in the tissues of the marine creature that lives deep inside the Pacific Oceans.
• India is on its way to catch up with China in terms air pollution related deaths and even can surpass China if
necessary steps are not taken. This was concluded by the 2017 State of Global Air report released on February
14, 2017 by the Health Effects Institute (HEI) and Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at
University of Washington and University of British Columbia. As per the report, almost 1.1 million
people died in India in 2015 because of air pollution. That was slightly below China’s record but could
surpass the neighbour.
• According to the Monthly Analysis of Global Temperatures report published by the NASA scientists at
Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), New York, January 2017 has been recorded as the third warmest
January in 137 years of modern record-keeping.
• The sea ice floating around the Antarctica has contracted to the smallest value as compared to the past years.
This area is smallest when compared to all available data in satellite records dating back to 1979.
• A Lost Continent that sunk about 100 million years ago has been discovered underneath New Zealand by the
scientists. Zealandia, a lost continent submerged in the southwest Pacific Ocean, is large enough to be
recognized as a separate continent.
• A team of scientists led by Abhay Mudholkar, from CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (CSIR-NIO) in
Goa on February 17, 2017 informed that India’s only live volcano in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has
started erupting smoke and lava again.
• Noted Scientist also called Frogman of India as professor SD Biju from Delhi University (DU) and his team
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discovered four new miniature species, now listed among the smallest known frogs in the world. This findings
surprised the scientists as the relative abundance of these new miniature species of seven new frog species
belonging to the genus Nyctibatrachus, commonly known as Night Frogs in the Western Ghats global
biodiversity hotspot in India.
• Astronomers have spotted at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away from
the sun with similar size to earth. The seven exoplanets were spotted around dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1.
• In a first of its kind development of a cross-border zip line in the world, a an international zip line named
as Limite Zero has been created to connect Spain and Portugal.
• As per the data by Indian Council of Agricultural Research scientists, over 30-35 percent of the annual crop
yield in India is destroyed because of pests. Among these pests, the major threat to the crops in India is posed
by nematodes which have caused loss to about 60 million tonnes of crops annually or 10-12 percent of crop
yield each year.
• 20 high-yielding varieties of plant species have been developed by three different institutes under the Indian
Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) Dehradun.
• The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court comprising Justices A.Selvam and P.Kalaiarasan directed the
Tamil Nadu government on February 27, 2017 to enact a Law with prohibitory and penal clauses within two
months to remove prosopis juliflora (Seemai Karuvelam) trees in the state.

SPORTS

• Jamaican cricketer Andre Russell(28) has been banned from all cricket for a year over a doping code violation
by the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission on February 1, 2017.
• India defeated England by 75 runs to clinch the Twenty20 International series 2-1 on February 1, 2017 played
at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. 23-year-old Yuzvender Chahal was named the man of the series for
taking eight wickets and giving away only 85 runs. He also
became the first Indian bowler to record a five-wicket haul in the history of Indian cricket.
• Indian badminton player Lakshya Sen has created history after he attained World No. 1 Rank in the
latest Junior Badminton World Federation (BWF) ranking on February 2, 2017.
• English professional footballer Frank Lampard announced his retirement from professional soccer on
February 2, 2017 ending his 21-year-old career.
• Olympic game medals will be made from recycled mobile phones for the year 2022 to promote sustainability
said by 2020 Olympic Games organizers, Japan.
• Indian Squash Team outclassed Rival Pakistan 2-0 in the lost in the second round match of Pool A at the
18th Asian Junior Team Squash Championship 2017 in Hong-Kong on February 2, 2017.
• Indian cueist Pankaj Advani clinched his 29th Indian National Snooker Championship title on February 2,
2017 at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana, Pune.
• Virat Kohli Tops T20 batsman list in the Latest ICC rankings with 799 points. He is followed by Aaron Finch
of Australia at second position with 771 points and Glenn Maxwell of Australia is third. Virat is
ranked Second in Tests and Third in ODIs. This makes him the only Indian batsman to be raked in top five
among all formats.
• Sports Minister Vijay Goel laid the foundation stone of the India’s first Center of Excellence for Para
Sports to help para athletes in showcasing their skills and talent further both at the national and international
level in Gujarat on February 5, 2017
• Basketball Federation of India on February 5, 2017 announced that India will host FIBA Women’s Asia Cup
basketball tournament in July 2017 in Bengaluru. India also set to host the FIBA U-16 Women’s Asian
Championship from October 22 to 28 in Hyderabad
• Veteran Achanta Sharath Kamal won the men’s singles title after defeating Soumyajit Ghosh. This is
Kamal’s seventh national crown at the 11Even Sports Senior Table Tennis Nationals hels at the Manesar
Sports Club in Haryana. Madhurika Patkar won the women’s singles title against six-time national champion
Poulomi Ghatak.
• India’s boy team defeated Malaysia 2-0 on February 5, 2017 in Hong Kong to clinch the gold medal at
the Asian Junior Squash championship..
• Alastair Cook has resigned as England Test captain after a record 59 matches in the role, the England and
Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on 05-02-2017.
• On February 5, 2017, Iran lifted up the ban it had imposed on United States Wrestlers, thus allowing them to
participate in the Freestyle World Cup to be held in Iran in February 2017.
The Billiards and Snoooker Federation of India (BSFI) on February 6, 2017 informed that India will host
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the World Billiards Championship for the next four years.


• The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the World Governing Body for Track and
Field events, on February 6, 2017 informed that Russia has been barred from the 2017 summer World
Athletics Championships in London.
• Sourabh Verma defeated Lakshya Sen 21-13, 21-12 to clinch the Men’s Singles title in the 81st Senior
National Badminton Championships held in Patna on February 7, 2017. In the women’s singles category,
second seed Rituparna Das beat Reshma Karthik 21-12, 21-14 to clinch the championship.
• 21-year-old Mohit Ahlawat became the first batsman in the world to score a 300 in a T20 match on February
7, 2017. While the match had no official status and was only a local match played in Delhi.
• Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba created the world’s record by becoming the fastest athlete to complete the
women’s indoor 2,000 metres at the indoor Miting Internacional de Catalunya meeting in Sabadell, Spain on
February 7, 2017.
• Cheteshwar Pujara broke the long-standing record on the first day of the Hyderabad Test match against
Bangladesh on February 9, 2017 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, by taking his season
tally to 1,605 in just 21 innings.
• The official Mascot for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup India tournament was revealed on February 10, 2017
in New Delhi at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The mascot was unveiled during the launch of Mission XI
Million programme. A clouded leopard named Kheleo with young and charismatic face has been launched as
the Mascot.
• Virat Kohli became the first player to score double century in four consecutive Test series on February 10,
2017 while playing against Bangladesh in Hyderabad. He also became the second captain to score four double
centuries for his country.
• The Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goyal launched the Mission XI Million,
the biggest school sport outreach programme, in New Delhi on February 10, 2017 in the presence of President
of AIFF Shri Praful Patel.
• Indian off-spin specialist Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest cricketer to take 250 wickets in Test
matches. He achieved this feat in his 45th test match against Bangladesh on 12 February 2017, when he
dismissed captain of Bangladesh team Mushfiqur Rahim at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in
Hyderabad.
• India defeated Pakistan by 9 wickets to clinch the T20 World Cup for Blind tournament on February 12, 2017
at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
• The National Basketball Association (NBA), an American professional basketball league, is creating a brand
new e-sports league called NBA 2K e-League in partnership with Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., the
developers of the popular NBA 2K video games. This is the first time that a professional sports
organization will operate an e-sports league. The competitive gaming league will be launched in 2018.
• Netherland native Germaine de Randamie defeated Holly Holm (7-3) to claim the UFC Women’s
Featherweight Champion at the UFC 208 in Brooklyn, New York on February 11, 2017.
• The England and Wales Cricket Board named Joe Root as England’s Test captain on February 13, 2017 who
will take over Alastair Cook.
• Australian cricketer Adam Voges has decided to retire from all formats of international cricket after playing
his last match as captain of the team Prime Minister’s XI against Sri Lanka in Canberra on February 15, 2017.
• Jehan Daruvala became the first ever Indian to claim the New Zealand Grand Prix at the Chris Amon Circuit
in Manfeild, New Zealand on February 12, 2017.
• Haryana defeated Railway (33-27) to win the first edition of the three-day Pandit Deen Dayal
Updhyay All India National Style Kabaddi Championship held at Motilal Nehru School of Sports, Rai,
District Sonipat, Haryana on February 11, 2017.
• Mumbai based Kush Bhagat has been awarded the Candidate Master (CM) title by the World Chess
Federation body, FIDE on February 14, 2017 for his outstanding performance in Western Asian Youth Chess
championship 2016 at UAE.
• The Left-handed opening batsman of Pakistan Nasir Jamshed on February 13 has been provisionally
suspended from all forms of cricket by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for violating its anti-corruption
code.
• Indian ace shuttler PV Sindhu achieved her career best Badminton World Federation (BWF) women’s single
ranking by being placed at 5th spot on February 15, 2017. Previously the top seeded player was placed at sixth
position.
• India won the silver medal at the Women’s Asian Rugby Sevens Trophy on February 18, 2017 held
at Vientiane, Laos. South Korea won gold medal by beating India 29-0 in the finals. India won five matches
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and lost in one.


• Bangalore has been chosen to host the next Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Zone group-1 tie
against Uzbekistan from April 7 to 9, 2017.
• Following the path of Indian boxing sensation Vijender Singh, Olympic quarterfinalists boxers Akhil Kumar
and Jitender Kumar are also stepping up to enter professional boxing.
• Athelete Sandeep Kumar of Haryana won the gold medal in the Men’s 50km event of the National Race
Walking Championships held in New Delhi on February 18, 2017.
• Indian international cricketer Virat Kohli became the first Indian sports person had signed an eight-year deal
worth Rs 100-crore endorsement deal with a sports apparel brand Puma on February 20, 2017. Kohli now join
the list of global ambassador for the brand likes of Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Thierry Henry.
• For the first time in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction, two Afghanistan players were
selected by the franchise on February 20, 2017 during the IPL Auction 2017. Mohammad Nabi became the
first player from Afghanistan to be picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs. 30 lakhs. On the other hand his
teammate Rashid Khan was signed by Mumbai Indians for an amount of Rs. 4 Crores.
• Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the 44th edition of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament by
defeating Belgian David Goffin 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 on February 19, 2017 in Rotterdam.
• Legendary Pakistani cricket Shahid Afridi announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on
February 19, 2017 putting an end to 21-year career.
• The National Rifle Association of India(NRAI) announced that India will be hosting the Combined World
Cup for shooting in 2019 during the meeting held in New Delhi.
• Indian Women’s team pipped South African Women’s by one wicket in a crunch Women’s cricket World Cup
qualifier final at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo after All round show from Harmanpreet Kaur that helped the
side to deliver the victory.
• German Sportswear giant Adidas announced its ties up with FIFA U-17 World Cup Local Organising
Committee for the Mission XI Million programme.
• In a blow to South African Communist Party led by Jacob Zuma administration South Africa’s High Court
obstructed the government’s attempt to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).
• After nail biting World Cup qualifier match Indian Women’s Cricket Captain added another feather by
claiming no 2 position in the ICC batswomen’s rankings. The top batter Harmanpreet Kaur was placed in
the tenth spot after clinical performance in the recent past.
• Former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara created record on February 23, 2017 to become the 16th
player worldwide and 2nd Asian Batsman to play 1000 matches across all forms of Cricket. The only Asian to
become the first to achieve the feat was former Sri Lankan player Mahela Jayawardene.
• Addressing a press conference in New Delhi on February 22, 2017 Union Sports Minister Vijay
Goel announced that the first Gramin Khel Mahotsav will be held from March 25-31, 2017 in New Delhi.
• The 61 Cavalry won the Army Polo Championship on February 24, 2017 by defeating Army Service
Corps (ASC) at the Delhi Cantt’s Army Equestrian Centre Polo Ground.
• India made historic start at the sixth Asian Para-Road Cycling Championship by winning all the three
medals in the 12.8 Km Individual Time Trial on the opening day of the tournament at Bahrain on February 25,
2017.
• Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin surpassed India’s former legendary allrounder Kapil Dev to become
the highest wicket-taker in a home Test season. Ashwin has scored 67 wickets from 10 Tests in 2016-17
season played in India.
• Rio Olympian Thanackal Gopi won the Men’s Full Marathon title in the second edition of the IDBI Federal
Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon on February 26, 2017. He finished the marathon in 2:15:37. In Women’s
category, Monika Athare from Nashik won the full marathon by completing the distance in 2:39:08 to bag her
maiden title. She too has qualified for the World Championship.
• Indian Badminton ace Saina Nehwal has been named to represent the panel of International Olympic
Committee’s Athletes’ Commission (AC) in the Badminton World Federation (BWF). She would join the
BWF Athletes’ Commission as a representative of the IOC AC.
• Second-seeded French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated his fellow mate Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-4 to
win the finals of Open 13 Marseille in France on February 26, 2017. This was his 14th career title at the
indoor event and 2nd title of the year 2017. Earlier on February 20, 2017 he won the ABN Amro World
Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam by defeating David Goffin.
• Bhubaneswar-based team Kalinga Lancers beat Dabang Mumbai 4-1to win their maiden Hockey India
League title in Chandigarh Hockey Stadium on February 26, 2017. Fuerste Moritz was awarded as the ‘Man
of the Match’. Last year Kalinga Lancers lost in finals to Jaypee Punjab Warriors
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• Top seeded Indian shuttler duo Tarun Kona and Alwin Francis won the Men’s Double title at the 2017
Uganda International Series by defeating Aatish Lubah and Georges Julien Paul of Mauritius, 21-8, 21-14 on
February 26, 2017 at MTN Arena Lugogo, Kampala.

OBITUARY

• Former Union Minister E Ahmad passes away


• Veteran theatre personality Asim Basu passes away
• Former CBI Director Joginder Singh passes away
• Bangladesh Awami League Leader Suranjit Sengupta Dies
• Eminent litterateur Pathani Patnaik passes away at 89
• Renowned Pakistani Urdu Author Bano Qudsia Dies at 88
• Freedom fighter Racharla Samrajyam Dies at 98.
• Indian National Army Veteran Nizamuddin Passes Away at 116
• Script-Writer Alan Simpson dies at 87
• MRI pioneer and Nobel laureate Sir Peter Mansfield passes away at 83
• Eminent journalist and Laughter Persona Pandit Dharmsheel Chaturvedi Dies
• Former Dutch Football Player Piet Keizer Dies at 73
• Jiro Taniguchi, a Japanese manga legend Dies at 69
• Veteran Journalist T V Parasuram Passed Away
• Winning Legendary Jazz Singer Al Jarreau Dies at 76
• Senior Journalist Yudhisthir Joshi Passes Away
• Former MP Jambuvantrao Dhote passes away
• Veteran RSS Activist Gangadayal Awasthi Passes Away
• Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir Dies at the age of 68
• Dick Bruna Creator of the Cartoon Rabbit Miffy Dies at 89
• Bengali singer Banasree Sengupta passes away
• Norway Nobel Committee Chairwoman Kullmann Dies At 65
• Hindi novelist Ved Prakash Sharma passes away
• Former Mohun Bagan Goalkeeper Shibaji Banerjee Passes Away
• Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin has died in New York City. He was 64.
• Noted bureaucrat, columnist and director of the Institute of Economic Studies, V. K. Srinivasan was passed
away in Hyderabad. He was 76.
• Nobel-winning economist, mathematician Kenneth J Arrow has died in USA on February 23, 2017. He was
95.
• Former Union Minister P. Shiv Shankar passed away in Hyderabad on February 27, 2017. He was 89.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

• Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu will release the annual year book ‘India-2017’ and
‘Bharat-2017’ at a function in New Delhi on 6th February 2017. Minister of State for Information and
Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore will also be present on the occasion.
• The book titled “Veerappan, Chasing the Brigand”, authored by Shri K. Vijay Kumar, Senior Security
Adviser, Ministry of Home Affairs, was released by the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh in New
Delhi on February 8, 2017.
• The Union Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan released the world’s first
comprehensive Braille atlas for nearly 50 lakh visually challenged people in India on February 10, 2017 in
New Delhi. The Braille Atlas has been prepared by National Atlas and Thematic Mapping Organisation
(NATMO) under Department of Science & Technology
• An actor turned politician Hema Malini’s journey from an actor and filmmaker to a politician is being
chronicled as an authorised biography titled ‘Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl. The biography is written
by author-columnist Ram Kamal Mukherjee.
• Former Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh’s biography, ‘The People’s Maharaja‘, written by Khushwant
Singh was released on February 21, 2017 in Chandigarh.
• Prime Minister, Narendra Modi was released the book titled “Judicial Reforms – Recent Global
Trends” published by EBC in association with IIFL at Rashtrapati Bhawan. This is compiled and edited under
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the stewardship of Justice Dalveer Bhandari, Judge of the International Court of Justice and the President of
the Indian International Law Foundation (IIFL).

IMPORTANT DAYS

• Every year World Wetlands Day is observed on 2nd February to marking the date of the adoption of
the Convention on Wetlands or Ramsar Convention on 2 February 1971. This year’s theme: Wetlands for
Disaster Risk Reduction.
• The World Cancer Day is celebrated annually on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its
prevention, detection and treatment.The theme of 2017 World Cancer Day is We Can, I Can.
• The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is a United Nations (UN) campaign
held on February 6 to stop genital mutilation to girls and women.
• 2017 Theme: “Building a solid and interactive bridge between Africa and the world to accelerate ending FGM
by 2030.”
• The Natonal Deworming Day (NDD), a School and Anganwadi based Mass Deworming Programme was
observed in all the states and Union Territories of India on February 10, 2017. The day is celebrated annually
on February 10 since 2015 in all the schools across India to stop the infections due to Soil Transmitted
Helminths (STH) or worms infections among the children.
• The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was observed on February 11, 2017 to recognize the
achievements of women in science and inspire and engage women and girls in science. The theme of 2017
International Day of Women and Girls in Science is “Gender, Science and Sustainable Development: The
Impact of Media”.
• World Radio Day is observed annually on February 13th across the world with the theme of Radio is
You which puts the spotlight on audiences, ensuring their views and diversity are represented on the airwaves.
• Every year the National Productivity Council (NPC) has been organizing observance of its Foundation Day on
February 12 as “National Productivity Day” and the ensuing week from February 12-18 as
“National Productivity Week” throughout the country. The theme for 2017 National Productivity Week
(NPW) is “From Waste to Profits-through Reduce, Recycle and Reuse”.
• Every year, 20th February is observed as World Day of Social Justice to recognize the need to promote efforts
to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment and the Theme: “Preventing conflict and
sustaining peace through decent work”
• 74th Central Excise Day is observed on 24th February, 2017 to mark the enactment of the Central Excise and
Salt Act in 1944.
• Chandra Shekhar Azad‘s 86th death anniversary or Martyrdom Day was observed on 27th February, 2017.
• National Science Day is celebrated every year on 28th February to mark the discovery of the Raman
Effect by Sir Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman on 28 February 1928. This year with the Theme: “Science and
Technology for Specially Abled Persons”

Current Affairs March 2017


INDIAN AFFAIRS

• Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar launched the week
long Swachh Shakti Saptah at national level on March 1, 2017 in Gurugram, Haryana to highlight the role of
women in Swachh Bharat Mission and to recognize their leadership.
• The Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar has informed that the
number of ODF (Open Defecation Free) districts in India has crossed 100, making it a milestone achievement
under the Swachh Bharat Mission. Besides, over 1.7 lakh villages over the country has also become ODF.
• The Ministry of Women & Child Development is observing the Swachhta Pakhwada from March 1, 2017 to
March 15, 2017 and raise awareness about Swachh Bharat Abhiyan among women and children.
• The Madhya Pradesh Finance Minister Jayant Malaiya presented Rs.1,85,564.27 crore Budget for 2017-2018
in the state Assembly on March 1, 2017. The Minister announced Deendayal Rasoi Yojna and allocated a sum
of Rs 10 crore for creating necessary infrastructure to implement the scheme in order to provide food at
subsided rate to the poor in urban areas. The Year 2017 is the birth centenary year of Pandit Deendayal
Upadhyaya and will be celebrated as ‘Garib Kalyan Varsh’.
• Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has launched a portal named after late chief Minister
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Jayalalithaa ammakalviyagam.in which will be a hub of learning, interaction, opportunity, and connection on
the occasion of her 69th birth anniversary celebrations.
• Union Health Ministry led by J P Nadda announced that it had approved 4000 Post Graduate seats in medical
colleges and hospitals across the country for the academic session 2017-18.
• The Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated four key freight sector initiatives on
March 2, 2017 at National Rail Museum, New Delhi to attract more freight towards Railways.
• The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unanimously cleared the
crucial Central GST (CGST) and Integrated GST (IGST) draft bills on March 4, 2017 during its 11th meeting
at Vigyan Bhavan.
• The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development in its notification on February 28, 2017, made it
mandatory for the students across the country to have an Aadhaar number for getting the their midday meals.
• As per the new business plan 2017-18, unveiled by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on March 2, 2017,
railway will soon make Aadhaar number compulsory for booking railway tickets online.
• In a cabinet meeting on February 28, 2017, the Assam government led by the Chief Minister Sarbananda
Sonowal decided to make Sanskrit a compulsory language for students up to class 8 in the state.
• The West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill, 2017 was passed
by the state legislative assembly on March 3, 2017 with full support.
• The West Bengal government has given an official status to Kurukh language in the state which has been
listed as an endangered language by the UNESCO. The language was given the official status on February 21
on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day.
• The Maharashtra government led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has decided to implement
the Maharashtra City Taxi Regulations 2017 to regulate the web-based taxi services in the state.
• North Eastern state Tripura has agreed to supply an additional 60 MW to Bangladesh over the 100 MW of
power the north-eastern state is supplying to the neighbouring country.
• The Haryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu presented the proposed budget of Rs 1,02,329.35 crore for
the fiscal 2017-18 on March 6, 2017 in the state assembly.
New Schemes
• Deenbandhu Haryana Gram Uday Yojana: Develop 1,500 villages with populations between 3,000 and 10,000
to be implemented in three years with an outlay of Rs 5,000 crore. The scheme is funded by NABARD and
during the current fiscal Rs 1,200 crore to be spent.
• Mangal Nagar Vikas Yogna to be implemented with outlay of Rs 1,000 crore for maintenance of existing
infrastructure.
• Saksham Scheme to provide up to Rs 9,000 earning potential for unemployed youth and 5 percent rebate for
use of the Bhim app
• The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the
proposal for revival of 50 un-served/under-served airports/airstrips of the State Governments, Airports
Authority of India (AAI) and Civil enclaves on March 6, 2017.
• The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has also approved the Revised Cost Estimate-I of 400 MW
Koteshwar Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in Uttarakhand.The estimated completion cost of the project is Rs.
2,717.35 crore and is being implemented by Tehri Hydro Development Corporation (THDC) India Limited.
• The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has also given its approval for India’s
accession to the Customs Convention on International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR Carnets (TIR
Convention) and for completion of necessary procedures for ratification, for its entry into force.
• The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ex-post facto approval for
settlement of Legacy Food Cash Credit Accounts (upto crop season 2014-15) of Punjab Government for food
procurement operations.
• The High Court of Manipur on March 3, 2017 declared the economic blockade in Manipur called by United
Naga Council (UNC) as illegal.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a special commemorative postage stamp on 100 years of Yogoda
Satsang Math on March 7, 2017
• The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh presented the annual budget of Rs 76,032 crore for 2017-18 in
the state legislative assembly on March 6, 2017.The main focus of the budget is on digital inclusion and
infrastructure development and on welfare of poorest of poor and inclusive growth.
• Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah launched a comprehensive web-based
platform Pratibimba to showcasing the government’s performance and achievements to the citizens on March
7, 2017.
• The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Government of Delhi presented Rs 48,000 crore tax-free budget for 2017-18 on
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March 8, 2017 with main focus on improving education, transport, health and water distribution.
• Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje who also holds the Finance portfolio, presented Rs.1,66,000-
crore state budget for 2017-18 in the Legislative Assembly on March 8, 2017 with focus on aiding farmers
and promoting tourism in the state.
• Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched 24*7 helpline number 181 to assist women in distress on the
occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017.
• The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha by voice vote on March 10,
2017 that will benefit about 1.8 million women working in organized sector.The bill seeks to increase
the maternity leaves to 26 weeks by amending the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961 that provides for 12 weeks of
maternity leave.
2017 Assembly Election Results -Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur
State Party which formed Govt Chief Minister Governor
Uttar Pradesh Bhartiya Janta Party(BJP) won 325 Yogi Adityanath (21 st Shri. Ram Naik
seats of the 403 seats CM)
Uttarkhand Bhartiya Janta Party(BJP) Won 57 of Trivendra Singh Rawat Krishna Kant
the 70 constituencies (Eighth CM) Paul
Punjab Indian Nationtal Congress won 77 of Capt. Amarinder Singh, V. P. Singh
117 (26th Chief Minister) Badnore
Manipur BJP formed Alliance Govt after winning Nongthombam Biren Najma A.
17 seats in the 60 Seats Assembly. Singh (12th Chief Heptulla
Congress won 28 seats. Minister)
Goa ( First time - BJP formed Alliance Govt after winning Manohar Parrikar Mridula Sinha
entire state in India 13 seats in the 40 Seats Assembly:
which saw the Congress won 16 seats.
implementation of
VVPAT)

• The Arunachal Pradesh Finance Minister Chowna Mein presentedan Rs 285 crore deficit budget for the 2017-
18 fiscal in the state Assembly with focus on women empowerment, infrastructure development and law &
order.In the budget estimate of 2017-18, the state is projecting a revenue receipt of Rs 14,599 crore and
a capital receipt of Rs 1,436.75 crore. This is an increase of over 15 percent from the budget estimates of
2016-17.
• Rajya Sabha passed a bill on March 10, 2017 by voice vote to amend a 49-year-old law regarding claims of
succession or transfer of properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan and China in the 1960s or later .
• The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has made six subjects mandatory for class 10th standard
board exams from 2017-18 instead of five subjects which includes two languages, social science, mathematics
and science.
• The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 was passed in Lok Sabha on
March 10, 2017. The bill seeks to make changes in the existing laws on civil matters of admiralty jurisdiction
of courts (jurisdiction of courts of law over cases concerning ships or the sea), proceedings on maritime
claims, and arrest of ships.
• Central Railway zone of Indian Railway unveiled India’s first air-conditioned rail ambulance on 9 March
2017. The four-coach air conditioned ambulance will be station at Kaylan (Maharashtra) and has been made
by modifying AC coaches used for passenger services.
• The Telangana State Finance Minister Etala Rajender presented the budget estimate of Rs. 1,49,646-crore for
2017-18 on March 13, 2017 in the state assembly.The Rs 4,471.30 crore revenue surplus budget mainly
focuses on the development and welfare measures.The 2017-18 budget is Rs 15 lakh crore more when
compared to Rs 130 lakh crore in the 2016-17 Budget.
• The Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the Footwear Design and Development
Institute (FDDI) Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha on March 14, 2017 in order to declare the FDDI as an Institution
of National Importance (INI).
• The Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Sushri Uma
Bharti introduced Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Lok Sabha on March 14, 2017
to set up a single permanent tribunal to effectively resolve inter-state river water sharing disputes.
• The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Mukul Sangma, who also holds charge of Finance department,
presented Rs 1236 crore deficit budget for the financial year 2017-18 on March 15, 2017 in the state assembly
with focus on development expenditure.

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• The Andhra Pradesh Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu presented Rs 1,56,999 crore budget for the
financial year 2017-18 in the Legislative Assembly on March 15, 2017.The proposed budget for 2017-18 is
about 15.70 percent more than the budget for 2016-17.
• The Executive Committee (EC) of National Mission for Clean Ganga has given approval for 20 new
projects worth nearly Rs 1,900 crore during a meeting held on March 2, 2017. Out of the 20 projects, 13 are
in Uttarakhand, and rest in Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
• The Centre has also approved to increase the Dearness Allowance (DA) to Central Government employees
and Dearness Relief (DR) to pensioners to 4 percent from the existing rate of 2 percent with effect from
January 1, 2017.
• The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved. Introduction of
the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Public Private Partnership (IIIT PPP) Bill, 2017; to grant
statutory status to the 15 Indian Institutes of Information Technology set up under Public Private Partnership
and declare them as Institutions of National Importance.
• The Cabinet has also approved the National Health Policy 2017 to address the current and emerging
challenges which arise due to the changing socio-economic, technological and epidemiological landscape.
• Cabinet Approved for the special assistance measure for the successor state of Andhra Pradesh by way of
dispensation in funding of Externally Aided Projects (EAPs). It also approved funding of irrigation component
of Polavaram project.
• The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the proposal for opening of 50 new Kendriya
Vidyalayas (KVs) under Civil / Defence Sector in India.The total project cost based on Kendriya Vidyalaya
Sangathan (KVS) norms for the proposed 50 new KVs is Rs.1160 crore.
• The Tamil Nadu Finance Minister D Jayakumar presented a tax free and revenue deficit budget for the fiscal
2017-18 on March 16, 2017 in the state Legislative Assembly.Total Revenue Receipts (TRR): Rs 1,59,363
crore and Total Expenditure: Rs 1,75,293 crore and Revenue Deficit pegged at Rs 15,930 crore.
• Goa Chief minister Manohar Parrikar won the floor test in the Goa state assembly with 22 legislators
support out of legislators out of 40-member House while the opposition Congress has only 16 votes.
• The Goods and Service Tax (GST) council headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley cleared the State GST
(SGST) and Union Territory GST (UTGST) laws during its 12 Council meet on March 16, 2017. The Council
will take up the exercise of fitment of various commodities in the GST tax slabs of 5 percent, 12 percent, 15
percent and 28 percent.
• The Lok Sabha passed the Demands for Grants of Ministry of Defence for 2017-18 on March 17, 2017 after
negotiating with the opposition. In 2017-18, the Ministry of Defence has been allocated Rs 3,59,854
crore (including pensions) for expenditure across the various services, production establishments and research
and development organisations.
• The Union Ministry of Labour & Employment has proposed a preliminary draft of Labour Code on March 16,
2017 to provide social security cover to the entire workforce in the country including self-employed and
agricultural workers.
• The Punjab government led by new Chief Minister Amarinder Singh chaired his maiden Cabinet Meeting on
March 18, 2017 and announced to provide 33 percent reservation for women in all government jobs. The
reservation would apply even in the contractual appointments of women in the state government jobs.The
representation of women in Panchayati Raj Institutions and urban local bodies would go up from 33 percent to
50 percent.
• With the coming of the new BJP government in Manipur, the five-month-long economic blockade imposed
by United Naga Council (UNC) on two National Highways of Manipur finally came to an end on March 19,
2017.
• The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the four supporting GST
legislations on March 20, 2017.The four supporting legislations are the Compensation Law, the Central-GST
(C-GST), Integrated-GST (I-GST) and Union Territory-GST (UT-GST).
• The government has planned to soon launch India's state of the art dictionary depicting the sign languages
used by hearing and speech impaired people across the nation to bring uniformity and bridge the
communication gap.
• The Assam state government lead by Sarbananda Sonowal has approved the recommendation of the Seventh
Pay Commission and also decided to give the six months’ arrear salary to its employees before the ensuing
Bohag Bihu.This new pay structure would be effective from April 1, 2016.
• The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) has celebrated it's fifth foundation day on
March 20-21, 2017 with the theme “BIRAC@5: Impacting the Biotech Ecosystem”.
• The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) (Prevention
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and Control) Bill, 2014, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on March 21, 2017 by voice vote.The Bill aims to
prevent and control the spread of HIV and AIDS by providing treatment and prohibiting discrimination
against persons afflicted with it, placing obligations on establishments to safeguard their rights.
• The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation on March 21, 2017 approved construction
of new 1,17,814 affordable houses under the Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana (Urban) for the benefit of urban
poor in six States namely Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Kerala and Karnataka.
• The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its
approval for development of 403 kms of National Highways in Meghalaya and Mizoram.
• The Cabinet Committee has also approved the Deepening and Widening of Mumbai Harbour Channel and JN
Port Channel (Phase-II) project with fresh estimates.
• The Union cabinet, in its meeting chaired by PM Modi has decided to amend the Constitution for setting up
the National Commission for socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NSEBC) as a constitutional body
for socially and economically backward classes.
• The Union Cabinet approved amendment to National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act,
1981 to enable the Central Government to increase the authorized capital of NABARD from Rs. 5,000 crore to
Rs. 30,000 crore.
• Gujarat State Assembly passed Gujarat Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 2017 amending Gujarat
Animal Preservation Act, 1954. The bill seeks adopting stringent measure for stopping illegal slaughter of
animals protected by the law
• The government also gave its approval to amend the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education
(RTE) Act, 2009 on March 22, 2017.The amendment is to ensure that all teachers, in service as on March 31,
2015, acquire the minimum qualifications prescribed by the academic authority to extend the period for such
training for four years up to 31st March, 2019.
• The Union Cabinet led by PM Modi approved the following proposals with regard to the Fund of Funds of
Start-ups (FFS) which was established in June 2016 with a corpus of Rs. 10000 crores.
• Further, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the closure/winding up of CREDA HPCL
Biofuel Ltd (CHBL) and Indian Oil- Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA)
Biofuels Limited (ICBL).
• The Ninth Gorkhas celebrated 200-years of its raising in Secunderabad, Telangana on March 16, 2017. The
first battalion of the Ninth Gorkhas was raised by the British government in 1817 as the ‘Fatehgarh Levy’.
• The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an advisory on March 22, 2017 to the chief secretaries,
administrators of all state governments, UT administrations and secretaries of all ministries to ensure
strict compliance of the provisions contained in the 'Flag Code of India, 2002' and 'The Prevention of Insults
to National Honour Act, 1971'.
• The Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented Rs 13,048
crore annual budget for the year 2017-18 in the state Assembly on March 24, 2017.
• The move which is followed by the difference in opinion between Animal Welfare Board of India
(AWBI) and Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the Central government made a bright move to
combine both by appointing senior official of MoEF to chair AWBI.
• As Indian government is trying to digitize the whole of India through DIGITAL INDIA campaign, Bihar state
made a good move to help this by providing free-Wifi for students in colleges and universities which will be
helpful for the student studies.
• On the event of demonetization, more number of Jan Dhan accounts came into existence and it is seeded
through Aadhaar card numbers. Out of this, Andhra Pradesh tops the list with most number of aadhaar cards
linked with Jan dhan accounts.
• The Government of India has given its approval to the action plan of Food Corporation of India (FCI) for
construction of 10 Million MT capacity steel silos by FCI as well as State Governments in Public Private
Partnership (PPP) mode in a phased manner (3 phases) by the end of year 2019-20.
• The government of India has made another move to make Aadhar card mandatory for getting new mobile
connections. By this new move nearly 1.1 billion telecom subscribers will have to go through a new
verification exercise and a total of Rs 1 billion amount must be spent by the telecom industries.
• Andhra Pradesh and Telengana get India’s first Mobile Clinic Service which is launched by Employees State
Insurance Corporation (ESIC). This service is flagged off by The Union Minister for Labor and Employment,
Bandaru Dattareya.
• The four holy cities of Hindus namely Ayodhya, Mathura, Varanasi and Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh are to be
provided with 24*7 power supply on the event of its chair took by Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of UP.
The state government also banned the usage of PAN and TOBBACO products in Schools, Colleges, Hospitals
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and other Government buildings. On the account of this, the officers are made to take a pledge of
spending 100 hours a year for cleanliness.
• The Finance Minister of India, Mr. Arun Jaitely introduced four bills on Goods and Service Tax (GST) on
March 27, 2017. These bills mainly focus on the Central Goods and Service Tax (CGST) bill which will
amalgamate all the indirect central government levies.The four bills are Central Goods and Service Tax
(CGST) Bill,Union Territory GST Bill,Integrated-GST Bill andGST (Compensation to States) Bill.
• On March 27, 2017 a bill stating the inclusion of Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and
Manufacturing (IIITDM)-Kurnool as an Institute of National Importance is introduced in Lok Sabha.
• With the growing dependence on Aadhaar card for all kinds of monetary and social benefits, the Supreme
Court of India on March 27, 2017 ruled out that Aadhaar card cannot be made mandatory for central welfare
schemes. However, the apex court also accepted that it can’t stop the government from linking the Aadhaar
card for opening bank accounts or filing tax returns.
• Union defence ministry has given approval for implementing comprehensive military reforms which was
primarily based on a recommendations made by the Lt General (retired) DB Shekatkar committee.
• Once again, the protest against hydrocarbons exploration in Tamil Nadu’s Neduvasal village is grabbing
media attention. Following the signing of contract by Government of India with GEM Laboratories on
27th March 2017, the local villagers have intensified their protest which started a few months ago.
• The Government of India is soon to amend the definition of Blindness to bring it in line with the definition
stated in World Health Organization’s (WHO) criteria. As per National Programme for Control of Blindness
(NPCB), in India, a person unable to count fingers from a distance of six metres is categorised as “blind”.
• Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016 has secured parliamentary approval as Lok Sabha on 27th March 2017, passed
the Bill through a voice vote. Earlier in August 2016, Rajya Sabha had passed the Bill with 134 official
amendments.
• Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu presented deficit in budget of Rs 1437.84 Crore for the Fiscal
Year 2017-18 (FY-18) on March 28, 2017. He added that the total income (gross receipt) for the State
government will be Rs16657.26 crore and expenditure at Rs 16365.17 crore.
• In a first of its kind move, the Supreme Court has directed the High Courts of all the states and union
territories to install close circuit (CCTV) cameras without audio recording to increase transparency in court
proceedings.
• The Supreme Court of India has also ruled out on March 29, 2017 that no vehicles which are Bharat Stage-IV
emission non-compliant will be registered or sold in the country after April 1, 2017.
• On 30th March 2017, the Indian parliament passed Finance Bill 2017. The passage of this bill before the
beginning of next financial year justifies Govt.’s move of advancing the date of presenting Union Budget and
thus will lead to early implementation of proposals.
• To commemorate the Centenary year of Cub Scouts in India and abroad, Minister of Communications and
Minister of State for Railways, Shri Manoj Sinha released a Postal Stamp on Cub Scouts on March 30, 2017.
• India, the world’s third-largest oil consumer has now joined International Energy Agency (IEA) as an
associate member.With India’s inclusion, IEA now has 70% of world’s energy consumption under its ambit.
• The Himachal Pradesh State Assembly on 30th March 2017 passed the annual budget for the financial year
2017-18 and the related Appropriation Bill. Owing to this, the state govt. is authorised to spend Rs 37,939
crore from the consolidated fund.
• The state government of Chhattisgarh has announced to implement the Seventh Central Pay Commission for
the state government employees from April 1, 2017, the beginning of new financial year. The implementation
is expected to benefit 2.5 lakh state government employees with hiked payment.

PLACES IN NEWS

• Jammu and Kashmir’s first smart tribal village Habbi has inaugurated by Ch ZulfkarAli,
J & K Minister for food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Ch ZulfkarAli on March 6 2017 in J & K.
• PM Modi Inaugurates Petrochemicals Complex at Dahej & Extradosed Bridge Across River Narmada at
Bharuch in Gujarat.
• Bhagoria Festival, also known as Bhagoria Haat Festival, celebrated by the tribal people of
the Indian state Madhya Pradesh began on March 6, 2017 in Jhabua district.

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• India’s largest flag was inaugurated on March 5, 2017 by Anil Joshi, Cabinet Minister of Punjab, on the tallest
flag post at the Indo-Pak Attari Border in Amritsar just 150 m away from the border.
• The Andhra Pradesh State Cabinet during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on
March 2, 2017 approved proposals to rename the Vijayawada Airport and the Tirupati Airport.
• State-run National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has installed India’s largest floating Solar
Photovoltaic (PV) Plant of 100 kWp at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP)
at Kayamkulam in Kerala on March 10, 2017.
• The Union Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare Minister Shri Radha Mohan Singh laid the foundation stone of
the Banana Research Centre at Gorole, Vaishali, Bihar Centre on March 11, 2017 to fulfill the aspirations of
the local banana growers.
• The North Delhi Municipal Corporation launched India’s largest municipal waste-to-power plant of 24
megawatt (MW) at Narela-Bawana in New Delhi on March 10, 2017.
• Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated a Crime and Criminal Tracking Network &
Systems (CCTNS) in Shimla on March 15, 2017 to connect all the police posts in the state with each
other. Thus Himachal Pradesh has become the first state in India to link its police posts in various districts
with CCTNS.
• India’s first home made train for Western Railway Fleet, Medha was flagged off for its maiden run by the
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, via videoconferencing from Dadar to Borivali at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
on March 18, 2017.
• The longest road tunnel of India built at Chenani in Jammu's Udhampur district has successfully completed
its trail run and is ready for public opening. The 9-km-long tunnel passes through the Himalayas and is a part
of the 286-km-long four-lane project on Jammu- Srinagar National Highway.
• Assam government has launched initiative to develop the World’s largest river island, Majuli into country's
first ever Carbon Neutral district by 2020 as well as a biodiversity heritage site to preserve its rich heritage and
legacy.
• Moving on the footprints of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi, BJP-ruled state of Jharkhand too
announced to impose ban on illegal slaughterhouses in the state on March 27, 2017.The state government has
given 72 hours to slaughterhouses to shut their illegal businesses in case they failed to obtain licence from the
relevant authorites.
• The state government of Uttarakhand has been strictly directed by the Uttarakhand High Court on March 28,
2017 to stop all the mining activities in the state with immediate effect for a period of four months.
• The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the five-day Namami Brahmaputra River Festival
in Assam on March 31, 2017. The inaugural edition of the festival aims to showcase the trade, tourism and
rich cultural practices of Assam as well as is a tribute to the Brahmaputra River .

FOREIGN VISITS

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s Visit to United Kingdom and Nepal


• The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was on a 5 day visit to United Kingdom from February 24-28, 2017
particularly to represent India at the royal event of 2017 UK-India Year of Culture. He was followed by a high
level delegation nominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
• As a part of the visit, Jaitley delivered a lecture at the London School of Economics on the theme
‘Transforming India: Vision for the Next Decade’, on February 25 and spoke about India’s desire to be a more
open economy.
• Jaitley also attended the market opening ceremony at the London Stock Exchange followed by a Roundtable
meeting with foreign investors on February 27.
• Jaitley visited the historic reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II to launch the UK-India Year of Culture
2017 at Buckingham Palace.
• The Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, opened the London Stock Exchange (LSE) during a special
ceremony on February 27, 2017.
• Queen Elizabeth II hosted a reception on February 27, 2017 in Buckingham Palace to launch the 2017 UK-
India Year of Culture.
• Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley addressed Nepal Investment Summit 2017 at Kathmandu during his day-
long visit to Nepal. The Minister will convey key note address at the Investment Summit 2017 with the theme
'Harnessing Investment Opportunities in Nepal.

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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

• Russia and China vetoed a UN resolution on February 28, 2017 to impose sanctions on Syria over the alleged
use of chemical weapons during the six-year war. This was the Russia’s seventh veto to protect the Syrian
government from UN Security Council action.
• Ukraine’s self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, state in eastern Ukraine, will use the Russian ruble as
its official currency, along with the Ukrainian Hryvnia.
• The Syrian troops on March 2, 2017 successfully recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group for the second time in a year with support from Russian forces and
warplanes.
• As per the report by the Border Security Force (BSF), India has completed the process of fencing half of
the 4,096 km of border area which it shares with Bangladesh and expects to finish fencing the rest by 2019.
• Sweden’s coalition government of Social Democrats and Greens instituted a military draft for both men and
women to tackle the deteriorating security environment in Europe and around Sweden.
• The International Monetary Fund reached a preliminary agreement with Ukraine on an updated Memorandum
of Economic and Financial Policies on March 4, 2017. The agreement will pave way for the IMF’s Executive
Board to consider the third review of the arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) and disburse
fresh aid of $1 billion (0.9 billion euros) to Ukraine in the first half of March 2017.
• People’s Republic of China has increased its defence budget by 7% for 2017, the lowest increase in seven
years and second year in row. In real terms, the defence budget of the world’s largest armed forces, the
People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is likely to be close to the $ 145 billion-mark.
• According to the Financial Times shows latest analysis, China’s banking system has overtaken the
Eurozone to become the world’s biggest by assets.Chinese bank assets hit $33 trillion against $31 trillion for
the eurozone.
• US State, Hawaii has become the first state to file a lawsuit against Donald Trump’s revised travel ban on 6
Muslim majority countries.
• The fifth edition of the mega cultural festival ‘India by the Nile’ (IBN) began in Cairo, Egypt from March 8,
2017. It is the largest foreign festival in Egypt.
• The Pakistan’s Law Minister Zahid Hamid introduced two constitutional amendment bills in the National
Assembly (lower house) on March 10, 2017 for the revival of the military courts that had ceased to function
on January 7, 2017 after the expiry of their two-year term.
• The Pakistan government is set to conduct its first national census in 19 years from March 15, 2017 for proper
allocation of funds and resources. For the census programme, an amount of Rs 18.5 billion have been
allocated by the government.
• Jatiya Sangsad, the Parliament of Bangladesh unanimously adopted a resolution on March 11, 2017 to declare
March 25 as Genocide Day in remembrance of the brutality carried out by the Pakistani Army in the “Black
Night” of March 25, 1971.
• In a bid to encourage women participation in workforce, Saudi Arabia has for the first time decided to launch
a Girl’s Council.
• India along with other South East Asian Region countries signed a ‘Call for Action’ on March 16, 2017 to
end tuberculosis (TB) and pledged to take efforts to end the disease by 2030. The ‘call for action’ was signed
by the Health ministers of the WHO’s South-East Asia Region countries and the World Health
Organization (WHO) on the concluding day of the two day ministerial meeting towards ending TB in the
region that began on March 15, 2017.
• New Zealand’s Whanganui River on March 15, 2017 became the first river in the World to get the legal
rights as possessed by a human being. The third largest river of the country has gained its own identity with all
the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person after a 170-year battle.
• Sangin town in Helmand province of Afghanistan has been captured by the Taliban group after a year-long
battle with the Afghanistan Force. The officials have confirmed that the forces have been withdrawn from the
area and Sangin is now in militant hands.
• Sri Lanka has been granted the two years of extension it sought from the UN Human Rights Council
(UNHRC) on March 23, 2017 to set up a mechanism to probe alleged war crimes committed during the 37-
year civil war which ended in May 2009. The two year extension was approved by total 40 countries by
adopting UNHRC resolution in Geneva.
• The British Parliament tabled a motion on March 23, 2017 stating Pakistan’s move as illegal to declare
the Gilgit-Baltistan region, bordering Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, as its fifth province.
• With the growing tensions with Afghanistan, Pakistan has started constructing a fence along the Afghan-
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Pakistani border to restrict the Islamist militants from Afghanistan to cross the border and launch attacks on
Pakistani soil. The announcement was made by Pakistan's Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa on March 25,
2017.
• Montenegro, a tiny Balkan country, is set to become the 29th member of the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization (NATO) soon after US senate ratifies its pending membership.
• Doing away with former US President Barak Obama’s initiative to combat climate change, President Donald
Trump has signed an executive order on March 29, 2017 to scrap Clean Power Plan that aims to reduce carbon
emission by power plants.
• The military operation under the name "Euphrates Shield" undertaken by the Turkish troops in northern
Syria about seven months ago for national security, finally concluded on March 29, 2017.
• American Astronaut Peggy Whitson floated outside the International Space Station (ISS), which makes
the eighth career Space-Walk by her on March 31, 2017. By this walk, Peggy Whitson broke the record of
seven Space-Walks which was previously held by American Astronaut Sunita Williams.
• Central America’s smallest nation, El Salvador became the first country in the world to ban Metals
Mining nationwide. This was made into a law, which was passed by the Law-makers of that country.

SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

• The 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit, an inter-governmental regional group of 10
countries was held in Islamabad, Pakistan on March 1, 2017 under the chairmanship of Prime Minister of
Pakistan Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. The theme of the summit was “Connectivity for Regional Prosperity”.
• Vice President Hamid Ansari was on a two-day visit to Indonesia to attend the 21-nation Indian Ocean Rim
Association (IORA) Summit in Jakarta, Indonesia from March 6-7, 2017.♦ Theme: ‘Strengthening Maritime
Cooperation for a Peaceful, Stable and Prosperous Indian Ocean’
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand via Video
Conferencing and voiced that there is ample substantiation that practicing ancient yoga to keep the fight
against stress and life-style related issues.
• Union Minister of Steel Chaudhary Birender Singh presided over the hair the proceedings of maiden regional
conference of Eastern States at Gangtok, Sikkim on 2nd March, 2017. The maiden regional conference will be
on the theme of ‘Enhancing steel consumption in India’
• A day long National conference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan was inaugurated by Sushri Uma Bharti, Union Minister
for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation in New Delhi on March 7, 2017
• India to host its first mobile congress with a special focus on reaching out to the South East Asian markets
at Pragati Maidan on 27th September 2017. This was announced by Rajan S Mathews, COAI Director General
• The three day long ‘Destination North East-2017’ festival was inaugurated in Chandigarh on March 6, 2017
by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region
(DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh.
• The International Yoga Festival was inaugurated on March 8, 2017 by the Union Information and
Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi.
• The 10th edition of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV
2017) was held in New Delhi from March 7-9, 2017.The three-day long conference was organized by
the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, in collaboration with United
Nations University and UNESCO.Theme: Building Knowledge Societies: From Digital Government to Digital
Empowerment.
• President Pranab Mukherjee has inaugurated the two day 12th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa
Project Partnership on March 9, 2017 in New Delhi.The first conclave has held in 2005.
• The three-day annual Krishi Unnati Mela was inaugurated by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh
at the Indian Agriculture Research Institute in Pusa, New Delhi on March 15, 2017 to provide information on
new farm schemes and technologies and other welfare scheme that will help to double the farmer’s incomes
by 2022.
• The International Conference on the Vision Zero and its relevance to Occupational Safety and Health (OSH),
began on March 15, 2017 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
• The first edition of the Haryana Sahitya Sangam began on March 17, 2017 at Indradhanush
Auditorium, Panchkula in Haryana. The three day event was inaugurated by the Chief Minister Manohar Lal
Khattar and has been organized as a part of the Haryana Swarna Jayanti celebrations.
• The three days International Buddhist Conference was held at the Rajgir International Convention Center
(RICC) of Nav Nalanda Mahavira Deemed University, Rajgir, Bihar from March 17-19, 2017. Theme: The
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main theme of the conference was: Buddhism in the 21st Century – Perspectives and Responses to Global
Challenges and Crises.
• The two day G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meet began in Baden-Baden, Germany on
March 17, 2017 to strengthen economic resilience in finance, digitalization and promote investment in Africa.
• The Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel was invited as the Chief Guest at the
two-day Global Millennium Summit in Dubai on March 18, 2017. The Global Millennium Summit is a first-
of-its-kind initiative where an Indian institute has organized an International Summit. The theme of the
summit is ‘Future of this Millennium’.
• Make InIndia Conference Held In Houston.This conference is conducted on 25th March, 2017 for two days
with the theme “Make in India- The Inside Story”
• The second India-UAE conference on globalisation, organised by All India Management Association
(AIMA)was held in Dubai to promote cooperation between the two countries. Theme: "Resetting
Globalisation: Collaborating in a Fast Changing World.
• The Ministry of Culture is organizing the 5th Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (RSM) 2017 from March 23-31,
2017 in the North Eastern Region of India.
• The three day 18th edition of FICCI Frames was inaugurated by Bollywood actor Jacqueline Fernandez in the
presence of Union Information and Broadcasting Secretary Ajay Mittal on March 21, 2017 in Mumbai.
Theme: ‘Digital: Divide or dividend'
• 23rd Conference of Auditors General of Commonwealth Countries and British Overseas Territories held in
New Delhi. Theme: “Fostering Partnerships for Capacity Development in Public Audit”
• The National Theatre Festival 2017 was held in Tagore Theatre in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala from March
16-24, 2017.
• The 2017 International Diamond Conference was held from March 19-20, 2017 at Hotel Hyatt, Mumbai.The
two day conclave was organized by Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council of India
(GJEPC). Theme: Mines to Market 2017
• As per the information given by the officials of Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA), 105th Indian
Science Congress is to be hosted by Osmania University (OU), Hyderabad from January 3 to 7 next year.
• The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Mar 25 2017 conducted the World Conference on Environment at the
country’s capital, New Delhi. The two day conference concluded with a high note in urging the importance for
the sustainable development balancing which is the need to protect the environment.
• Third meeting of G20 Framework Working Group (FWG) is hosted by India from March 28 to March 29,
2017 at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh under the G-20 German Presidency. The meeting is co-hosted by Department
of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India and Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The meet is
arranged to discuss the challenges before the global economy and their possible solutions.
• The 9th edition of the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) is scheduled to be held
in Vancouver, Canada from September 9-15, 2017. Theme: Culture Environment: Weaving New Connections
• The United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons,
Leading Towards their Total Elimination, began at New York from March 27-31, 2017.However, India
abstained from voting on that resolution along with China and Pakistan. Britain, France, Israel, Russia and the
US protested the UN resolution voting no against the ban.

RANKINGS & REPORTS

India’s health index:


• As per the latest health survey by the government, India’s health index has shown a notable
improvement over the last decade including an improvement in sex ratio at birth and a decline
in infant mortality rate.
• As per the survey report, the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) saw a decline from 57 to 41 per 1,000
live births between NFHS-3 (2005-06) and NFHS-4
• As per the survey, the sex ratio at birth (number of females per 1,000 males) improved from 914 to
919 at the national level over the last decade with the highest in Kerala (1,047), followed by
Meghalaya (1,009) and Chhattisgarh (977).Haryana also witnessed a significant increase from 762
to 836.
• The institutional births increased by 40 percent from 38.7 percent in NFHS-3 to 78.9 percent in
NFHS-4.
• The Total Fertility Rate (TFR) declined to 2.2 children per woman from 2.7 in NFHS-3. This rate
shows that the country is moving closer to target level of 2.1.
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• The report stated that the Children within the age of 12-23 months have been fully
immunized (BCG, measles and 3 doses each of polio).
• According to the fourth edition of the Annual Survey of India’s City Systems 2016 by Bengaluru-based
advocacy group Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala has been
ranked as the top Indian city to manage urban governance. London and New York, which top the global
benchmarks.
• Kerala has achieved the maximum number of enrollment and registrations under the Goods and Services Tax
(GST) regime when compared to other states of India.
• According to the GSM Association report released in Barcelona, India will lead the world in Smartphone
adoption with a net addition of 350 million connections in 2016-20. The report was based on the estimates of
the GSMA Intelligence Consumer Survey 2016 conducted across 56 countries on the mobile usage trend.
• According to the Global Corruption Barometer for the Asia Pacific Region released by Transparency
International on March 7, in Berlin for 16 Asia Pacific countries, India tops the list for being the most corrupt
nation. According to the survey, about 69 percent of the population in India paid bribe to get their work done
it was the lowest in Japan (0.2%).
• The Times Higher Education (THE) released its Asia University Rankings 2017 on March 16, 2017.The top
rank in the Asia University Rankings was attained by the National University of Singapore (NUS) for the
second consecutive year.According to the 2017 ranking, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has
been ranked best Indian University and has been placed at 27th position among the universities in Asia.
• Singapore based Changi Airport was named as the World’s Best Airport for the fifth consecutive year at
the 2017 Skytrax World Airport Awards on March 14, 2017 held at the Passenger Terminal EXPO
in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
• According to the Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey released on March 14, 2017, Vienna, the
capital of Austria has topped the list of cities offering the highest quality of life for the eighth year in a
row.Baghdad was ranked the worst place at 230 to live due to continuous violence in the city.In
India, Hyderabad emerged as the best city in terms of living standards among Indian cities for the third year in
a row.
• India ranks 148 in 2017 UN Women in Politics Map in New York.The Women in Politics 2017 Map is the
visual representation of women’s political empowerment in executive government and parliament as on
January 1, 2017. As per the report, the top nations that have high representation to women in the government
and parliament includes: Rwanda, Bolivia, Cuba, Iceland, Nicaragua, Sweden, Senegal, Mexico, Finland and
South Africa.
• The annual World Economic Forum’s 100 Young Global Leaders list released for the year 2017 have given
place to five Indians for their innovative approaches.
Five Indians Include
1. Vijay Shekhar Sharma: Founder & CEO PayTm
2. Shruti Shibulal: The Tamara Hospitality
3. Ambarish Mitra: Founder and CEO of Blippar, a mobile phone app
4. Hindol Sengupta: Editor-at-large, Fortune India
5. Rwitwika Bhattacharya-Agarwal: Founder and CEO of Swaniti Initiative.
• An Indian-American CEO, Sandeep Matharani, has been ranked 4th on a list of top 25 overpaid CEOs in the
United States, as per the report by US based NGO ‘As You Sow’.Sandeep Matharani, CEO of General
Growth Properties, Chicago was paid a total compensation of USD 39.2 million in 2016. According to the
report, he was overpaid by USD 26 million.The list was topped by Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS.
• According to the 2017 Bloomberg Global Health Index of 163 countrues released on March 20,
2017, Italy has been ranked as the healthiest country on Earth with a health score of 97.44 out of 100.
• As insisted by our Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Mr. M.Venkaiah Naidu, 500 cities and
towns that account for the 65% of India’s urban population are to be credit rated by Atal Mission for
Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). Out of these 500 cities, 94 cities got its rating from
AMRUT.
• According to the 2017 Worldwide Cost of Living Index released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on
March 21, 2017, four Indian cities are among the cheapest cities to live in globally.As per the
report, Singapore was the most expensive city to live among 133 for the fourth consecutive year while Almaty
in Kazakhstan was the cheapest city in the world, placed at the bottom of the list at 133.
• According to the report released by Forbes, India has fourth highest number of billionaires in the World and
the Indian group is led by Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani. The list is topped by Bill Gates with $
86 billion revenue.

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• According to the UN Development Programme’s Human Development for Everyone’ Report 2016, released
on March 21, 2017 in Stockholm, India has been ranked at 131 out of 188 countries in the 2016 Human
Development Index (HDI). The Ranking list is topped by Norway.
• India has been placed at 87th position among 127 countries in the global Energy Architecture Performance
Index (EAPI) 2017 by World Economic Forum released on March 22, 2017.The 5th annual index has been
topped by Switzerland while Bahrain is ranked the lowest at 127th.
• Fortune Magazine released their fourth annual ranking of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders 2017 on March 23,
2017. State Bank of India’s Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya has been ranked 26 among 50 leaders while
Indian-origin physician Raj Panjabi, founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, have been placed at 28th
position.The list has been topped by Theo Epstein, the President of Baseball Operations at Chicago Cubs.
• India which is rising high in the field of aviation now attained a still higher position by pushing Japan back,
achieving a 3rd spot in domestic air traffic behind USA and China.USA topped the list with 719 million
passengers in 2016, which is followed by China with 436 million passengers. India attained 3rd spot with 100
million passengers in 2016.
• India’s standing on various parameters in Global Nutrition Report 2016 that puts Anemia among Women in
170 th place out of 185 countries and Under-five stunting prevalence at 114 th place and Under-five wasting
prevalence at 120 th spot among 132 odd nations.

BANKING & FINANCE

• The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has planned to further tighten the regulations for
algorithmic trading to minimise instances of misuse of such systems.
• India & World Bank Signs USD 63 Million Financing Agreement for Tejaswini: Socio-Economic
Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women Project
• The Government of India has officially notified the law that makes holding of more than 10 scrapped
notes punishable with a minimum fine of Rs 10,000. The law was signed by President Pranab Mukherjee on
February 27, 2017.
• Reliance General Insurance is one of the leading private general insurance companies of India has announced
a bancassurance tie-up with Catholic Syrian Bank on March 1, 2017. Now RGI will offer its insurance
products to Catholic Syrian Bank’s customers across its branches in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
• India’s leading private banks including HDFC Bank, ICICI, and Axis they will charge a minimum of Rs 150
per transaction for cash deposits and withdrawals at bank branches beyond four free transactions in a month.
• Long-term life insurance provider HDFC Life has launched of an exclusive Data-Led Group Term Insurance
Plan in partnership with personal finance app“ET Money” of Times Internet on February 27, 2017.
• The Vice-Chairman of the Special Investigating Team (SIT) on black money, Justice Arijit Pasayat on March
2, 2017 announced that an amount of Rs. 70,000 crore of black money has been so far detected through
different schemes of the government.
• The Government of India has directed all the banks to provide mobile banking facility to all customers
by March 31, 2017.The decision is an effort of the government to boost the digital payment system.
• India’s largest lender has State bank of India has revised service charges various transactions, as well as cash
deposits and for failing to maintain monthly average balance in their savings accounts.The lender announced
that three cash deposit transactions will be free in a month, beyond three transactions the bank will charge Rs
50 plus service tax for each transaction from April 1, 2017.
• The Reserve Bank of India has clarified that currency notes which have messages scribbled on it are legal
tender bank branches that refuse to exchange soiled notes from people will have to pay a penalty of Rs 10,000.
• The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) has proposed to increase
the insurance premium to 50 percent for cars, motor cycles as well as commercial vehicles from April 1.
• K V Thomas, Chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has come out with a solution of “Naming and
Shaming” big corporate houses which default on repayment of bank loans to help financial institutions get
back their money. According to the government data, the Non Performing Assets (NPA) of the scheduled
commercial banks was about Rs. 6.8 lakh crore in September 2016.
• National People’s Congress, (NPC) of China has set its GDP growth target at around 6.5 per cent for 2017,
compared with a target range of 6.5 to 7 per cent last year.
• The country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has decided to reintroduce penalty on non-maintenance
of minimum balance in accounts to be effective from April 1, 2017. In case of failing to maintain Monthly
Average Balance (MAB) in saving accounts, penalty of up to Rs. 100 plus service tax would be levied.
• The Union Finance Ministry has given its in-principle nod to allow Public Sector Banks (PSUs) to offer stock
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options to their employees from 2017-18.However, the Employee Stock Option Plans (ESOPs) can only be
given by those banks which have earned substantial profit as well as made remarkable improvement in
managing NPAs.
• Bengaluru based Vijaya Bank has recently opened it’s 2000th Branch in Tirupati by Sri Chadalawada Krishna
Murthy, Chairman, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.
• Mumbai headquartered HDFC Bank has launched India’s first AI(artificial intelligence) based banking
chatbot Electronic Virtual Assistant (EVA) for customer services .
• Mumbai based HDFC Life has launched India’s first life insurance chatbot to help users choose the most
suitable life insurance plans and solutions on March 7, 2017.
• The US based global rating agency Fitch on March 7, 2017 estimated India’s GDP to grow by 7.1 percent in
the fiscal 2016-17. However, the rating agency also projected the growth to see upward trend at 7.7 percent in
both 2017-18 and 2018-19.
• ESAF Microfinance Company has issued Commercial Papers (CP) worth Rs.330 crore. Private Sector Banks
and NBFCs can subscribe for the CP.
• IDFC Bank has launched India’s first biometric-based payment system “Aadhaar Pay” on March 7, 2017 in
New Delhi.
• Karur based Karur Vysya Bank’ s Chief Executive K. Venkataraman has rolled-out of three technology
services FASTag, UPI and BBPS on March 8, 2017.The FASTag, United Payments Interface (UPI) is a
mobile app and BBPS (Bharat Bill Payment System) will make utility bill payments such as electricity bills,
water charges and gas cylinders, among others, at a single site instead of accessing multiple sites.
• Mumbai based State Bank of India has launched a new facility ‘Work from Home’ to enable its employees to
work from home on March 7, 2017. This facility was launched after ‘Work from Home’ policy was recently
approved by the Board of the bank.
• The the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has extended the last date of submission of Digital
Life Certificate through Jeevan Pramaan Patra up to 31st March 2017 from 28th February 2017.
• SBI recently announced that penalty for non-maintenance of Minimum Average Balance (MAB) from April 1,
2017. Government asked SBI to reconsider charges. Arundhati Bhattacharya, SBI chief clarify that
the condition of maintaining minimum balance will not be applicable to the Jan Dhan accounts
• The Reserve Bank of India on March 9, 2017 notified that it is soon going to issue Rs. 10 denomination
notes with enhanced security features for circulation.Besides, RBI also notified that all the banknotes in the
denomination of Rs 10 issued in the past will also continue to be legal tender.
• The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued a draft rule titled Information Technology
(Security of Prepaid Payment Instruments) Rules 2017 on March 8, 2017 for digital wallet firms like Paytm,
FreeCharge and Mobikwik.
• Indian payment and commerce company Paytm has withdrawn the 2 percent fee on adding money to mobile
wallets using credit cards on March 10, 2017, just two days after imposing the fees.
• Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (Ujjivan SFB) has opened its six new branches at the Silicon Valley of
India, Bengaluru on March 9, 2017 said by Samit Ghosh, MD &CEO, Ujjivan Small Finance Bank
• The Reserve Bank of India has amended the provision for disbursement of loan by NBFC against the gold on
March 9, 2017 in line with the provisions of the Income Tax Act.As per the new provision, the Non-banking
Financial Company (NBFC) cannot lend more than Rs 25,000 in cash against gold as against the earlier Rs 1
lakh.
• The German Development Bank (KfW) and Uttar Pradesh based Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
has signed a loan agreement for €200 million with a four year moratorium and a 12-year repayment period.
• Mangalore based Karnataka Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pune based Bajaj
Allianz General Insurance Company for General Insurance business on March 10, 2017
• The State Bank of India on March 11, 2017 has legally incorporated SBI Infra Management Solutions Pvt.
Ltd. (SBIIMS Pvt. Ltd.) as a wholly owned subsidiary of SBI. SBIIMS Pvt. Ltd. will now manage
the premises and estate related matters of SBI.
• Private sector lender Yes Bank has signed three projects to provide payments-related solutions to smart cities.
The bank finds it as a good business opportunity. Yes Bank has currently ties up with Udaipur, Nashik and
Puducherry for the introduction of digital payment systems under the smart city initiative.
• In order to comply with the pace of remonetization, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to remove
the restrictions on cash withdrawals from Saving Bank accounts (including accounts opened under PMJDY) in
a two step process. Effective from March 13, 2017, there will be no limits on cash withdrawals from Savings
Bank accounts.
• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is set to open up the Unified Payment Interface (UPI) platform for digital
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wallets firms as part of the government’s digitisation campaign.


• An international financial institution, World Bank has agreed to provide loan to develop internal transmission
arrangements of the upcoming Rewa Ultra Mega Solar (RUMS) project in Madhya Pradesh. RUMS become
India’s first solar power project of the country to receive a loan under CTF.
• The country’s largest lender, State Bank of India announced a One-Time Settlement (OTS) scheme worth Rs
6,000 crore on March 14, 2017 for tractor and farm mechanization loans to improve the loan recovery. Under
the scheme, the loans disbursed before 2011 and falling in the doubtful or loss assets category as of September
30, 2016 would be considered.
• India’s contribution to the United Nations has increased to Rs 244 crore from Rs 157 crore during the fiscal
year 2016-16 said by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
• HDFC Bank in collaboration with National Securities Depository Limited (NSDL) has launched an
instant Digital Loan against Securities (LAS) product on March 15, 2017.
• Private insurer Future Generali India Insurance Company (FGII) has announced tie-up with Kolkata
based UCO Bank for its products on March 15, 2017 to provide a window at its bank branches for marketing
FGII’s offerings.
• The market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) reviewed advertisement guidelines for
mutual funds on March 15, 2017, with regard to disclosing performance-related information about such
products.
• India’s public sector banking and financial services company State Bank of India(SBI) and real estate
developers’ body CREDAI have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which is valid for a period
of 3 years to jointly conduct various initiatives towards development of the realty sector and to promote
housing for all.
• The World Bank has approved a $175 million loan on March 15, 2017 to India for the National Hydrology
Project to improve India’s ability to forecast floods and reduce the recurring chances of floods and droughts.
• Kerala’s first private sector bank ESAF Small Finance Bank was launched by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi
Vijayan in Thrissur, Kerala on March 17, 2017. This bank is promoted by ESAF Microfinance and
Investments (P) Ltd and it is targeted to open 85 branches in unbanked rural centres in first year.
• Kolkata based Bandhan Bank has signed an agreement with a payment solution provider Avenues India Pvt
Ltd on March 16, 2017 to provide merchants with seamless access to point-of-sales (POS) and payment
gateway products.
• As per a data presented by Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar in the Parliament on March
17, 2017, in 2016 a total of 29 lakh debit cards were subjected to malware attack through ATMs that were
connected with the switch of Hitachi.
• The Reserve Bank of India has got the approval from the Central Government to conduct the field trial of
plastic banknotes of Rs. 10 denomination prior to introducing it as legal tender. The field trial will take place
across five cities having diverse geographical and climatic conditions. These cities include Kochi, Mysore,
Jaipur, Shimla and Bhubaneswar.
• State run United Bank of India on March 16, 2017 received a capital infusion of Rs 418 crore from the Centre
as a part of its turnaround-linked capital infusion plan.
• CASHe, a fin-tech product promoted by Aeries Financial Technologies has entered into a strategic partnership
with Rubique, an online marketplace for financial products on March 16, 2017.
• The Union Ministry of Finance has given the green signal to the turnaround-linked Rs.8,586-crore capital
infusion plan to support 10 weak and non-performing public sector banks (PSBs).
• Essar Steel's Nand Niketan township at Hazira, Gujarat has become the first private township to go cashless
with the help of Mumbai-based financial technology company, The Mobile Wallet (TMW). TMW will
provide smartphone based application for mastercard-enabled mobile walletsand the wallet is powered
by RBL Bank Ltd.
• Mumbai based ICICI Bank launched first banking mobile application ‘Mera iMobile’ to provide agricultural
information in 11 Indian languages for rural people without internet connection to access banking services and
get information on agricultural services.
• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has proposed to cap the upper limit for Pre-paid Payment Instruments at Rs
1 lakh on March 20, 2017 due to the growing usage of PPIs for purchase of goods and services as well as
funds transfer.
• The Government of India has decided to merge Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) with India’s largest lender,
the State Bank of India (SBI) to ensure greater banking services outreach to larger number of women at a
faster pace.All the 103 branches of BMB and business of approximately Rs. 2,000 crore would be merged
with SBI.
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• Samsung Electronics officially launched the mobile payment service, Samsung Pay in India on March 22,
2017. With this, Samsung becomes the first company to launch a mobile payment service in India, ahead
of Apple Pay or Android Pay.
• The Government of India has proposed to lower the limit of cash transaction from Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 2 lakh per
month to further tighten and discourage payments by cash as well as curb black money. The new limit will be
effective from April 1, 2017.
• The Russian VTB Bank has announced its intention to close its only office in India as part of its ongoing cost
optimisation strategy.However, the bank will continue operations in the country and further develop their
partner and client network in the country.The VTB Bank was launched in India in New Delhi in April 2008.
• India and ADB Sign $350 Million Loan for Upgrading 1,500 kms of District Roads in State of Madhya
Pradesh.
• Assam govt, SBI sign MoU over housing, educational loan at subsidized interest rates
• Kerala based South Indian Bank has introduced Aadhar-based UPI mobile application SIB M-Pay on March
23, 2017 to promote cashless digital transactions.
• Chennai-based Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) will get Rs 1,100 crore capital infusion from the Government.
This was confirmed by Finance Ministry on March 22, 2017. This was approved after the bank achieved the
parameters set by the government as part of a turnaround-linked capital infusion plan.
• The World Bank signed US dollar 100 million credit agreement with the Centre and the state government
of Uttarakhand on March 23, 2017 in New Delhi to improve quality of health care services in all 13 districts of
the state.
• The Financial services company Tata Capital has launched a mobile application ‘myLoan’ to offer personal
loans to young and mobile savvy audience. The maximum limit of the loan is Rs.13 lakh.
• The Office of the Insurance Ombudsman, Delhi was awarded ISO 9001:2015 certification by Standardisation,
Testing and Quality Certification (STOC), under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology,
for Quality Management Standard (QMS) on March 24, 2017 in New Delhi.
• Mangaluru based Karnataka Bank has launched a new card option for its premium and HNI (high net worth
individual) customers in line with the bank's digital banking initiative.The novel card named
‘MoneyPlantTM RuPay International Platinum Debit Card’ can be used for domestic and international cash
withdrawals and purchases.
• Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) will sanction a loan worth 13K Crore Rupees for
clean energy projects in FY18, which plays the major role in reducing the pollution in India.
• On December 31, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an interest subsidy scheme named
as ‘Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme for Middle Income Groups, CLSS-(MIG) for the tax-paying middle class
population, aspiring to have their own pucca house.Besides, for the implementation of the scheme, Repco
Home Finance Ltd (RHFL) signed an agreement with National Housing Bank.
• Bengaluru based Vijaya Bank has inked an Mou with Italian vehicles manufacturer Piaggio Vehicles, on
March 27, 2017 for providing financial support for the purchase of vehicles under Small Road Transport
Operators (SRTO) scheme in Bengaluru.
• Mangaluru based private sector lender, Karnataka Bank achieved a landmark installation of 10,000 Point of
Sales (PoS) terminals on March 27, 2017.Besides, an android mobile app, ‘PoS Manager’ was also provided
to enable the merchants in monitoring and keep a track of their counter transactions.
• In what can be considered as a path breaking development on financial inclusion front, Odisha became the
first Indian state to extend banking facilities to masses in unbanked areas through Self- Help Groups (SHGs).
• Manipal headquartered Syndicate bank opens 40 ‘Ananya’ transformed branches, digitally on March 27, 2017.
The branches were inaugurated in the presence of Arun Shrivastava, its Managing Director and CEO.In
addition to that, bank also launched its first micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) hub in Bangalore.
• Mumbai based private sector lender, ICICI Bank partnered with Truecaller app on March 28, 2017 to launch
a (Unified Payments Interface) UPI-based mobile payment service called ‘Truecaller Pay’.
• In backdrop of demontisation, a question was raised in Rajya Sabha asking the Govt. to clear its stand on
status of virtual currencies including Bitcoin in India. Reply mentioned that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has
cautioned about potential legal, financial and security risk arising on account of holding, investing or trading
in virtual currencies including Bitcoin.
• Tata AIA Life Insurance have partnered with Tata Teleservices Limited (TTSL) to launch m-Insurance for the
prepaid customers of the Telecom Company. Beginning with, the pilot launch has been made in Andhra
Pradesh and Telengana and eventually would cover other states.
• India’s largest Public Sector Lender State Bank of India has launched a unique credit card ‘SBI Card
Unnati’ on March 28, 2017. This new brand credit card targets at all SBI customers, including Jan Dhan
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account-holders across the country.


• Mumbai based Axis Bank has signed an agreement with Wells Fargo, America’s third largest bank by asset, to
offer real time remittances by Indian Diaspora in US back to their relatives in India.
• Private sector lender, Kotak Mahindra bank has launched an innovative account opening system on March 29,
2017 under the name 8-11 which can be used from anywhere and anytime. The name 8-11 is inspired from the
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s November 8 demonetization move.
• The Government of India has signed USD 350 million loan agreement with the New
Development Bank (NDB) on March 30, 2017.Development and up gradation of road project in Madhya
Pradesh to improve transport connectivity in the interior regions of the state and boost economic activity.

BUSINESS

• The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has signed 10 unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) in
past one week with Indian taxpayers to provide certainty in transfer pricing. Out of these 10 agreements, 2 are
Bilateral APAs with the United Kingdom and Japan while 7 agreements have rollback provisions in them.
• According to data released by the Commerce and Industry Ministry on February 28, 2017, the growth of eight
core sectors slowed down to a five-month low of 3.4% in January 2017 due to contraction in output of refinery
products, fertiliser and cement.
• The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) signed a technology transfer agreement with
Jindal Stainless (Hisar) Limited (JSHL) on March 1, 2017 for manufacturing High Nitrogen Steel (HNS).
• The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), will house its regional entrepreneurship
centre at Bengaluru based Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (CCAMP), a biotechnology innovation
incubator.
• Social networking giant Facebook has launched a new initiative named SheLeadsTech to
support startups which are founded or co-founded by women population.
• The Central government has approved outright sale of state-owned SAIL’s three special steel units – Alloy
Steels Plant (ASP), Salem Steel Plant (SSP) and Visvesvaraya Iron and Steel Plant (VISP) on March 5, 2017
• The government notified the Trade Mark Rules, 2017 that came into force from March 6, 2017. The Rules
2017 will replace the former Trade Mark Rules 2002 and will streamline and simplify the processing of Trade
Mark applications.
• India has announced an Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) on March 7, 2017 for conducting oil and gas
exploration in India.
• CBDT signs another APA with subsidiary of a Japanese Company taking the total APAs entered into by the
CBDT to 141
• Indian Public Sector Undertaking company National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has
commissioned of 45 MW solar capacity at Bhadla in Rajasthan. Now the the total installed capacity of the
project is increased to 160 MW.
• Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Executive Director of the UNEP, Erik Solheim have signed a Letter of
Intent (LOI) with Nairobi based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to formalise joint
cooperation in the area of environmental conservation in Indian Railways.
• Korea’s Hyundai Engineering Co has signed a deal worth 3 billion euros (USD 3.2 billion) with an Iranian
investment fund on March 13, 2017 to invest in a major Iranian oil project. This agreement covers
construction of the second phase of the Kangan Petro.
• Chennai Port Trust and the Government of Puducherry has signed Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) for
handling EXIM cargo originating from Puducherry Port hinterland on March 15, 2017 in New Delhi.
• Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited owned by the Government of India partnered with Karnataka Power
Corporation Ltd (KPCL) has commenced commercial operations of its first highest-rating coal-
based supercritical thermal power plant 800 MW unit.
• Two Indian companies namely Tata Steel Limited and Wipro Limited have been named in the list of World’s
Most Ethical Companies 2017 by American think tank Ethisphere Institute. Wipro is one among the two
Information technology category firm named in the list. The other firm in that category is US based Xerox
Corporation.

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• The Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan unveiled the new National Building Code on March 16,
2017 in New Delhi. The revised code has been prepared by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) under the
aegis of the Consumer Affairs Ministry.
• Dehradun based Indian multinational oil and gas company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited
(ONGC) has planned to invest Rs 21528 crore to develop India’s deepest gas discovery in UD-1 find by 2022-
23.
• The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) was asked the Telecom Regulatory
Authority of India (TRAI) to re-examine the approval for Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd’s free offers Welcome
Offer and Happy New Year Offer which will continue till the end of March 2018.
• In a bid to regulate the environment violators, the Union Environment Minister, Anil Madhav Dave has
decided to recommend closure of industrial projects if the developers are found to have started the
construction without the mandatory environment clearance (EC).
• France based Aircraft maker Airbus will set up Asia’s first training facility for pilots and maintenance
engineers in New Delhi.The centre will formed by the European aviation major Airbus.It is expected to
be operational by the end of 2018.
• India and Russia have inked two pacts for long-term maintenance support for Sukhoi-30MKI jets on March
17, 2017 during the India-Russia Military Industrial Conference in New Delhi.
• Boeing Co and the U.S. government have signed a $3.4 billion contract on March 16, 2017 under which
the US Army and an international customer outside US will acquire the latest Apache attack helicopter, the
Apache ‘E’ variant. The contract to acquire AH-64E Apache will span over a period of five years.
• A Maharatna Company, National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) commissioned the second unit
of 660 MW of Mouda Super Thermal Power Station Stage-II on March 19, 2017.
• India and Mauritius have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to execute a US $ 20 million
(Rs.130 cr) social housing project in Mauritius during Vice-Prime Minister and Minister of Housing and
Lands Showkutally Soodhun's visit to India on March 20, 2017.
• The Government of India is set to increase the nuclear power generation capacity in India to nearly 15,000
MW by 2024. The information regarding the same was delivered by Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh
in the Lok Sabha on March 22, 2017. The minister also informed that in 2014, India's nuclear
power generation capacity was 4,780 MW.
• The Government of India has officially notified the third Protocol amending India-Singapore Double Taxation
Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) on March 23, 2017.The third DTAA will come into force from April 1, 2017.
• New Delhi based Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has commissioned a 250 MW coal-based thermal
power unit at North East's largest coal based power plant Bongaigaon Thermal Power Station (TPS) in Assam
on March 23, 2017.
• The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of Rs 591 crore which is a well reduced fine
over Coal India Ltd for its misconduct of agreement in fuel supplies.
• The Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) is to be renamed as Central Board of Indirect Taxes &
Customs (CBIC) under the new regime of GST which is to be rolled out from July 1. It has been approved by
our Finance minister Arun Jaitely.
In addition to that existing training establishment, to be renamed as National Academy of Customs, Indirect
Taxes and Narcotics will have an all-India presence.
• In the event to strengthen the Indian Air Defense system, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd has finalized the major
plan to manufacture nearly 1000 military helicopters and over 100 planes in the upcoming years. For making
things easier HAL and Russian defense firms have finalized a Joint Venture agreement for production of light
weight multi-role 'Kamov 226T' helicopters in India which will replace the aging fleet of Cheetah and Chetak
choppers.
• Paytm, one of the fastest growing mobile wallet and e-commerce industry in India has achieved a new
milestone by becoming the sole member of Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI).
• The state owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited commissioned a 55 Mega Watt (MW)
Bhadla Solar Power Project in Rajasthan on March 27, 2017. The power generating giant has planned a
capacity addition of about 1,000 MW through renewable resources by 2017.
• As per data revealed by Central Electricity Authority of India (CEAI), India has become a ‘Net Exporter’ of
electricity for the first time in history. This remarkable feat was accomplished by exporting 5,798
Million Units to Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar against import of around 5,585 Million units from Bhutan
for the period from April 2016-February 2017
• The Central Government has imposed 10 percent import duty on wheat and Turdal (Arhar) with immediate
effect from March 28, 2017.
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• State-run power generator NTPC Ltd commissioned another 260 MW Bhadla Solar PV Project in
Rajasthan on March 25, 2017.With this commissioning, the total installed capacity of NTPC has become
40,522 MW while that of NTPC has become 47,293 MW.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

• Restricted for release by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Indian movie, Lipstick under My
Burkha was awarded the third annual Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival 2017 on March 1, 2017.
Indian filmmaker Alankrita Shrivastava directed Lipstick under My Burkha.
• INHS Asvini, Mumbai was conferred with the Raksha Mantri’s Trophy and Citation for the best Service
Hospital in the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2016 on March 2, 2017 by Defence
Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar.
• New Delhi based Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has bagged the annual ‘Visitor’s Award’ for the best
University in the country amid the string of controversies. Besides Deepak Pant from Central University of
Himachal Pradesh has won the Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ while the Visitor’s Award for ‘Research’ has
been jointly won by Shyam Sunder from Banaras Hindu University and Niranjan Karak from Tezpur
University.
• Sri Lanka has bagged the most “Popular Tourism Destination” Award for the second consecutive year at
the International Travel Fair (GITF) Travel Fair in Guangzhou, China.
• Eminent Malayalam author and journalist M P Veerendra Kumar was presented the 30th Moortidevi award by
Bharatiya Jnanpith organisation in Kozhikode Kerala.
• Karnataka based Canara Bank has received medals in the Collateral Awards Category at the 11th Global
Communication Conclave held in Bangaluru on March 6, 2017
• Kerala’s playback singer Vaikom Vijayalakshmi created a new world record on March 5, 2017 by playing the
maximum number of songs in the shortest time on Gayathri veena during a programme in Kochi.
List of Winners of BCCI Annual Award 2017
Award Winner
Col. CK. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award Rajinder Goel, Padmakar Shivalkar
BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award For Women Shantha Rangaswamy
BCCI Special Award VV Kumar, Late Ramakant Desai
Polly Umrigar Award Virat Kohli
Dilip Sardesai Award (For India’s Best Cricketer In The West Indies Ravichandran Ashwin
Series 2016)
Jagmohan Dalmiyra Award (Best Woman Cricketer (Sr.) Of 2015- Mithali Raj Of Railways
16)
Jagmohan Dalmiyra Award (Best Woman Cricketer (Jr.) Of 2015- Deepti Sharma Of Uttar Pradesh
16)
Best Umpire In Domestic Cricket In 2015-16 Nitin Menon
Best Performance In BCCI Domestic Tournaments Of 2015-16 Mumbai Cricket Association
• As per the THE ‘Best Small Universities in the World 2017’ ranking released by Times Higher Education
(THE )on March 7, 2017, IISc has been placed at 8th position among the list of top 10 global universities.
The list is topped by US based California Institute of Technology
• GMR led Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) has secured first position in the world in the
prestigious Airports Council International (ACI)-Airport Service Quality (ASQ) survey in the 5-15 million
passengers per annum (MPPA) category for the year 2016.
• Bollywood Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has won the best actress award at the International Film Festival
and Awards of Australia (IFFAA) for her movie Sarabjit. Directed by Omung Kumar, Sarabjit was the biopic
on Sarabjit Singh who was an Indian farmer who was convicted of terrorism and spying in Pakistan and was
sentenced to death.
• Former director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Lalji Singh has been selected for
‘SERB Distinguished Fellow’ award by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) to support his
research.
• Noted Konkani author Mahabaleshwar Sail has been honored with the 2016 Saraswati Samman for his
novel ‘Hawthan’. The 74-year-old Sail’s novel Hawthan was published in 2009 and was shortlisted from 22
books written in various languages.
• The popular actress Viola Davis was awarded the 2017 Artist of the Year Award by Harvard Foundation

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during its 32nd annual Cultural Rhythms Festival in Memorial Hall’s Sanders Theatre at Harvard University
in Cambridge on March 4, 2017.
• Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat was conferred with the honorary degree
of Doctor of Science (DSc) by Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University on its 8th convocation
ceremony in Nagpur on March 9, 2017.
• 2017 IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award won by the Indian Institute of Technology-
Madras(IIT-M) for its solar-direct current (DC) inverter system.
• Thailand’s Model, Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin was crowned Miss International Queen 2016 on March 10,
2017 in the 12th edition of the beauty pageant event in Pattaya City, Thailand.
• An Indian-American teen Indrani Das(17) won the US’s oldest and most prestigious science and math
competition Regeneron Science Talent Search Awards Gala on March 16, 2017. Arjun Ramani(18) from
Indiana won the third place honours worth USD 150,000 for blending the mathematical field of graph theory
with computer programming to answer questions about networks.
• Mumbai based Central Bank of India won the first prize in the implementation of Official Language Policy in
the western region for the year 2015-2016 at the Official Language Conference of Central and Western
Regions in Udaipur.
• Eleven Indian women were honored with the ‘Women Icons’ Award among 25 Asian Women on March 17,
2017 in Singapore for dedicating their lives to social work.
• An Indian-American computer scientist, Anshumali Shrivastava, was honored with the National Science
Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Award for his research on redesigning current machine-learning processes.
Shrivastava, who is currently working an assistant professor of computer science at Rice University, hopes to
come up with clever algorithmic strategies to enable faster, more scalable computations required by big data
and machine-learning technologies.
• Maggie MacDonnell, a Canadian school teacher was awarded the 2017 Global Teacher Prize worth $1
million on March 19, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Major Rohit Suri, the leader of the army team that carried out surgical strike in PoK in 2016, was presented
the Kirti Chakra by President Pranab Mukherjee during the military investiture ceremony held in the Durbar
Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 20, 2017.
• Bengaluru based ABB India has won the India Smart Grid Foundation (ISGF)'s "Smart Technology of the
Year 2016"award for restoring the crucial power infrastructure of Sharavathi hydropower plant in Karnataka
• Yves Meyer, a French mathematician, was honored with the 2017 Abel Prize, given by Norwegian Academy
of Science and Letters, for his contribution in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets on
March 21, 2017 in a ceremony in Oslo, Norway.
• The 26 year old English singer-songwriter and record producer Ed Sheeran from UK will be honoured with
the Songwriters Hall of Fame's 2017 Hal David Starlight Award.Sheeran will receive the award at the 48th
Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on June 15, 2017 in New York.
• Ravish Kumar, the senior executive editor of NDTV India, was awarded the inaugural Kuldip Nayar
Journalism Award at New Delhi’s India International Centre on March 19, 2017 in recognition of his
outstanding contribution in the world of Journalism.
• Six Indian-Americans individuals have been nominated among a total of 88 recipients for the prestigious Ellis
Island Medal of Honour 2017, the highest civilin award in the US for immigrants. Notably Indra Nooyi,
Fareed Zakaria,Dinesh Paliwal, Dr Annapoorna S Kini.
• Indian photographer and photojournalist Raghu Rai has conferred with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the
Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu at 6th National Photography Awards. Rai
was honoured for his remarkable contribution in the field of photography.
• In recent news, UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) has added five
Indian cities in its list of tentative world heritage site.
• Aditya Puri, HDFC Bank Managing Director has made it to the list of the world's 30 best chief executive
officers (CEO), published by American financial magazine Barron's. The top position has been secured by
Mary Barra of General Motors, Gary Dickerson of Applied Materials is on the second spot, Stephen Hemsley
on third.
• T-Hub, one of the largest start-up ecosystem builders in India have bagged four “Acumen global
awards, 2017” by bringing up four startups to be emerging as the first choice of top Indian startups. This
competition is mainly meant for the emerging startups.The award function was held in Kenya.
• Veteran actor Anupam Kher was felicitated with the Kala Ratan Award by Panjab University in Chandigarh at
its 66th convocation on March 25, 2017.The 62 year old actor received the honour by the Vice President of
India, Shri Hamid Ansari for his contribution in the field of cinema and arts.

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• International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) adopted Govardhan Eco Village has received
the 11th Water Digest Water Awards under the category "Best Water NGO-Water Education" in New Delhi.
• Tamil Nadu based Karur Vysya Bank has been honored as the ‘Best Small Bank for 2016’ on March 28, 2017
at a function in Mumbai. The Bank was adjudged by Business Today in association with KMPG in Small
Bank category with balance sheet size of less than Rs. 1 lakh crore.
• The Indian origin English film director and screen writer Gurinder Chadha gets Sikh Jewel Award, 2017 for
her contribution to the British film industries for the past 3 decades. She received this award from UK Defense
Secretary Michael Fallon at the Vaisakhi Dinner organized by the British Sikh Association.
• The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented Dr. B. C. Roy National Awards and Hari Om Ashram
Alembic Research Awards at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on March 28, 2017.
• On 28th March 2017, Indian-origin British Cabinet Minister, Priti Patel received Pravasi Bharatiya Samman
Award (PBSA) in London from Y K Sinha, the Indian High Commissioner to United Kingdom (UK).
• Indian Installation Artist Sitaram Swain was presented the 2017 Glenfiddichs Emerging Artist of the
Year award on March 25, 2017 at Bestcollegeart Gallery at Lado Sarai, New Delhi.
• On March 28, 2017 Airports Authority of India (AAI) was awarded with Dainik Bhaskar's India Pride Awards
2016 -17 for "Excellence in Infrastructure Development" in the category of Public Sector Undertaking. In
addition to that, National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited also won the India Pride Awards 2016
-17 for "Excellence in Performance in the Power Sector” in the category of Public Sector Undertaking.
• Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) on March 30, 2017 named SV Sunil as the Asian Player of the Year
2016 and Harmanpreet Singh as Asian Promising Player of the Year 2016 (Junior team).

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

Appointee Designation
Nand Kumar Sai Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes
Gopal Baglay spokesperson of External Affairs Ministry
Shri Sudeep Lakhtakia Additional charge as DG CRPF
R Subramania Kumar Additional charge of MD & CEO of IOB
JS Deepak Ambassador to WTO
Amjad Hussain B Sial secretary general of SAARC
Hassan Saleh Sudan’s prime minister
P K Purwar MTNL CMD
Baichung Bhutia (Sacked) AIFF advisor
D. Bala Venkatesh Varma Ambassador of India to Andorra
Pradeep Nair Regional director for India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka- Ford Foundation
Donald Tusk European Council president
Park Geun-hye (removed) South Korea’s President
Vishwanath Mahadeshwar Mumbai Mayor
Bill Thomas Global Chairman KPMG
Sachin Tendulkar Ambassador of women’s World Cup 2017
Manjeev Singh Puri Indian envoy to Nepal
Narendra Kumar New Chairman of Central Water Commission
Sam Ghosh (Quits) Reliance Capital’s CEO
Justice Thottathil Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court.
Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan
Justice Navaniti Prasad Singh Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court.
Justice Hemant Gupta Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
Justice Rajendra Menon, Chief Justice of the Patna High Court.
Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court.
Mark Tucker New Chairman HSBC
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Defence Minister-Additional Charge
Amitabh Bachchan New Brand Ambassador OnePlus India
Manohar Parrikar Goa Chief Minister.
Nongthombam Biren Singh CM Manipur
Devang Mody CEO Reliance Commercial Finance
Babul Supriyo Vice-President Of FIFA U-17 World Cup LOC

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Justice Sharma Upalokayukta of Assam


Seema Verma A top healthcare position in the Trump administration
Shashank Manohar (resigns) ICC chairman
Amarinder Singh Chief Minister of Punjab
Bibhu Prasad Kanungo Deputy governor of RBI
Mallikarjun Kharge Public’s Account Committee Chairman
BV Papa Rao, Jwala Gutta Governing body of Sports Authority of India (SAI).
Subhankar Roy Chowdhury Heaad HR for Asia Pacific for Lenovo
Trivendra Singh Rawat Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
Manhar Valji Bhai Zala Head of Safai Karamcharis Commission
Yogi Adityanath Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
Keshav Prasad Maurya and Deputy Chief Ministers of UP
Dinesh Sharma
Shahid Afridi Ambassador of Blind Cricket World Cup
Sun Pharma’s Dilip Shanghvi Member on RBI’s western board
Jason Kothari FreeCharge CEO
Mahesh Kumar Jain, IDBI Bank's MD & CEO
Kishore Piraji Kharat CEO of Indian Bank.
Kumar Mangalam Birla Merged entity Chairman of Vodafone and Idea.
ICMR head Soumya UN group on antimicrobial Resistance Member
Swaminathan
Madhabi Puri Buch SEBI Whole-Time Member
Upendra Tripathy Full Time Interim Director General of ISA
P.V. Sindhu Ambassador of PepsiCo's sports drink Gatorade
Ankur Khanna New Chief Financial Officer of ICC
T S Anantharaman Part-time chairman of Catholic Syrian Bank
Tanushree Pareek BSF woman field officer
Carrie Lam Chief Executive of Hong Kong
Dr. Randeep Guleria Director of AIIMS Delhi
Siddhartha Upadhyay Governing body of Sports Authority of India
David Beasley New head of World Food Programme by UN
Sima Kamil First Woman Chief of United Bank Limited (UBL)—Pakistan
AB de Villiers. Brand Ambassador- Montblanc International
Iqbal Surve Head of SA's BRICS Business Council
Vanaja N Sarna New Chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs
Pakistani American Ali Javed First Muslim of New York City Police Department (NYPD) on Emergency
Mohan Das Government Terminates Service of Coal India’s Director

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

• American multinational corporation Cognizant has pocketed a deal to acquire Japanese digital firm Brilliant
Service Co for an undisclosed amount.
• Pakistan government on March 2, 2017 approved the merger of Federally Administered Tribal Areas
(FATA) with its northwestern province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
• Bharti Airtel and Millicom International Cellular SA (Millicom) have entered into an agreement for Tigo
Ghana Ltd and Airtel Ghana Ltd to combine their operations in Ghana.
• Mumbai based Software services firm Tech Mahindra Ltd has signed a definitive agreement to acquire US-
based healthcare information technology consulting company CJS Solutions Group LLC for $110 million on
March 6, 2017.
• Technology giant Google has announced to acquire a start-up Kaggle which hosts a number of data scientists
for an undisclosed amount at the Cloud Next 2017 conference on March 9, 2017.
• Intel has announced a deal under which it will buy Israeli technology company Mobileye for $15.3 billion.
Mobileye provides anti-collision, driver assistance, and autonomous driving solutions. Intel will buy all the
shares of Mobileye at $63.54 per share in cash.
• Mumbai based IndusInd Bank announced to acquire 100 per cent stake in brokerage firm IL&FS Securities
Services to regulatory approvals on March 14, 2017

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• Parliamentary panel on March 16, 2017 suggested merging state-run telecom firms BSNL and MTNL for their
long-term survival and success.The decision regarding the merger was taken by the Committee on
Petitions chaired by BJP MP Bhagat Singh Koshyari in Lok Sabha.
• State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has signed definitive agreements to buy Gujarat State
Petroleum Corporation’s (GSPC) entire 80% stake in KG-basin natural gas block for $1.2 billion.
• India’s Idea Cellular Ltd approved its merger operation with Vodafone India Limited (VIL)
excluding Vodafone’s 42% stake in Indus Towers Ltd on March 20, 2017. It will create India’s largest
telecom company with a total revenue of over Rs80,000 crore. After merger, Vodafone will hold 45 percent in
the combined entity while Idea promoters will hold 26 percent in the combined entity.
• The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has approved the merger of wireless operations of Reliance
Communications and Aircel to create a combined entity with assets worth Rs 65,000 crore. Reliance and
Aircel have announced its merger operation in September 2016.
• New Delhi based global telecommunications services company Bharti Airtel has signed an agreement with
Mumbai based Internet service provider Tikona Digital Networks to acquire its 4G business in 5 circles for Rs
1,600 crore but the amount of acquisition is not disclosed and now it is moved for regulatory approvals.
• India’s largest online retailer Flipkart is planning to acquire eBay India’s operations as part of its latest capital
raising programme of $2billion.The move is an effort of the e-commerce firm to strengthen its position against
the rising threat from the global competitors such as Amazon and China's Alibaba.
• Indian Auto parts maker Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd (MSSL) on March 27, 2017 announced that it has
acquired 93.75 percent of stake in Finland's PKC Group for 571 million euros ($619.4 million).
• Amazon the World’s biggest E-commerce industry has confirmed its acquisition of Souq.com, the company
from Dubai headed by Ronaldo Mouchawar which has 8.4 million products.The value of the deal is not
revealed but it is higher than USD 800 million tabled by Emaar Malls. By this deal with Amazon, Souq.com
will have access to Amazon’s global platform and its faster delivery systems to cut delivery times.

MoUs

• A renewed agreement between Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir has been sealed for the completion of
the Shahpur Kandi Dam project, work on which was halted two years ago following a dispute.
• India and Oman have decided to enhance bilateral cooperation between their navies on March 2, 2017 during
the visit of Indian Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lamba to Oman to discuss strategically important regional
issues.
• The Union Cabinet gave its ex-post facto approval for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
between India and Portugal on cooperation in the field of IT&E which was signed on January 6, 2017 in New
Delhi.
• The Union Cabinet gave its ex-post facto approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
on Renewable Energy between India and Portugal.
• The Cabinet also gave its ex-post facto approval for signing of the Definitive Agreement on Oil Storage and
Management between Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Ltd (ISPRL) and Abu Dhabi National Oil
Company (ADNOC) of UAE.
• The Union Cabinet led by PM Modi approved signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
between India and the United Nations Entity of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-
Women).
• Cabinet Gives ex-post facto approval to the MoU between India and UAE in the field of providing Energy
Efficiency Services.
• India and Belgium sign Protocol amending the India-Belgium Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement and
Protocol.
• Search Engine Giant Google India and Telangana government have inked a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) aimed at supporting the digitisation efforts of the state.
• Online cab aggregator Ola has signed MoU with Government of Madhya Pradesh on March 4, 2017 to impart
training to 25,000 youths in the state.
• The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and
Ganga Rejuvenation has signed an MoU with Rotary India in New Delhi on March 1, 2017.
• Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has signed an MoU on March 10, 2017 with National Skill Development
Corporation (NSDC) and National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) for skill development of its
serving/retired personnel and their family members.
• The Union Cabinet gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Lal
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Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie and Namibia Institute of Public
Administration and Management (NIPAM), Namibia on March 15, 2017.
• Cabinet apprised of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) signed between India with Indonesia for
cooperation in youth and sports matters and Kyrgyz Republic for cooperation in the field of youth
development.
• Cabinet approves revised MoU with Bangladesh to set up Border Haats
• Cabinet approves of MoU between India and Bangladesh on Aids to Navigation (AtoNs)
• India and Brazil have finalised text of the Social Security Agreement(SSA) on March 16, 2017. It will be
effective from 2018. This is the first SSA agreement between the BRICS Countries. Till date, India has signed
Social Security Agreements (SSAs) with 18 countries.
• Australia Research Institute Signs Agreement with Indian Railways for Infrastructure Support
• China and Saudi Arabia officials on March 17, 2017 have signed Memorandums of Understanding(MoU) and
Letters of Intent(LoI) potentially worth about $65 billion during Saudi King Salman’s visit to China.
• During the meeting, the cabinet approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between
the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-ln) under the Ministry of Electronics and
Information Technology and the US Homeland Security Department on cooperation in the field of Cyber
Security.
• Govt. of Jharkhand Signs Tripartite MoU with AAI, DRDO for Development of Deoghar Airport in
Jharkhand to complete the international airport project in Deoghar worth Rs 300 crore within a time period
of two years.
• The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with
the Indian Army on March 28, 2017 to address the technological gap in the armed forces.
• Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen launched the island's first ever home-grown submarine project on March 21,
2017 at a naval base in southern city of Kaohsiung because the island faces rising navy threats from China as
relations deteriorate. To this effect a MoU has been signed for the project between the navy, Taiwanese
shipbuilder CSBC Corporation and the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, which
develops combat system integration.
• India has signed a renewed Petroleum Trade Agreement with Nepal on March 27, 2017 to supply petroleum
products to Nepal with prompt service. The supply agreement was signed between State-owned Indian Oil
Corporation (IOC) and Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) for a period of five years. The agreement will be
effective from April 2017 to March 2022.
• Indian autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Food Safety and
Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) signed an agreement with carbonated soft drink maker from
USA, Coca-Cola to train 50,000 street food vendors under FSSAI's project named 'Clean Street Food’

SCHEMES

• The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami launched a Housing Scheme on March 9, 2017 for
construction of concrete houses for the economically poor section of the society.The project is estimated at Rs
1,580 crore and will be implemented by the state government with financial assistance from the Center.
• Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced Tirtha Darshan Scheme on March 3, 2017 during the
ongoing budget session of the Haryana Assembly.Under the scheme, senior citizens of Haryana
domicile above the age of 60 years belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families will be able to go on a
Pilgrimage within the country at government expense.
• Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government has come up with an initiative to extend the mid-day meal
facility for the girl students upto class 12 in all Delhi government schools.The initiative makes Delhi the “first
state” in the country to serve midday meal up to class 12.
• The Union Health Minister J P Nadda has announced that an amount of Rs. 756 crore has been approved by
the government under a scheme for the treatment of 786 lakh cataract patients over the period of 5 years.
• The Arunachal Pradesh government has launched a new scheme Adarsh Gram Yojana that is in accordance
with the basic philosophy of the Prime Minister “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas” (Collective Efforts Inclusive
Growth).
• The Union government has launched Mission Fingerling on March 11, 2017 to achieve Blue Revolution with
the holistic development and management of fisheries in the country.
• The Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched a new scheme named Trade Infrastructure
for Export Scheme (TIES) on March 15, 2017 for developing export linked infrastructure and boost the
competitiveness of India’s shipments.
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• The Minister of State for Textiles, Shri Ajay Tamta informed the Lok Sabha on March 16, 2017 that the
Government has approved a new scheme, Solar Energy Scheme, to provide financial assistance/capital
subsidy to small powerloom units, for installation of Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) plant.
• The power ministry has informed that a total of 26 states have now become the part of the Ujwal DISCOM
Assurance Yojana (UDAY) with the recent entry of Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura for the revival of
debt stressed Discoms.
• The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh officially launched the LED Lights, Energy Saving
Fans Distribution scheme on March 29, 2017. As the part of the scheme, LED tube lights and energy-efficient
fans are distributed to promote energy saving.The distribution of LED tube lights and energy saving fans is
carried out under Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All (UJALA) scheme.
• In a written reply to question raised in Lok Sabha, Ram Kripal Yadav - Minister of State for Rural
Development mentioned that Central Govt. has approved the construction of 1 crore houses under Pradhan
Mantri Awaas Yojana-Grameen (PMAY-G) with the financial outlay of Rs 81,975 crore during the period
of 2016-17 to 2018-19.
COMMITTEE

• An 18 member panel constituted by the government has recommended necessary legal and policy framework
to protect the interests of the migrants in the country. The panel headed by Shri Partha Mukhopadhay has
suggested to enable the migrants to avail benefits of Public Distribution System (PDS) in the destination State
by providing for inter-State operability of PDS.
• The high level Committee has been formed to examine the working of the regulatory bodies Central Council
of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and Central Council of Homoeopathy(CCH). The committee will be headed
by Arvind Panagariya,Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog.
• The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has constituted a 3 member committee on March 20, 2017 to
identify those Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers and other junior-rank officers of the Income Tax
department who are on unauthorised leave or are absconding, so that strict disciplinary action could be
initiated against them.
• The issue in sharing of water from river Krishna between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana is to be looked after
by Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) as informed by Minister of state for Water Resources and
River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan in Lok Sabha.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

• A rocket carrying a classified U.S. satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office blasted off
from California. The satellite called NROL-79 is described only as a national security payload for the NRO
that has been put on space. The Mission did not reveal much information about the satellite.
• President Pranab Mukherjee awarded the prestigious President’s ‘Standard’ to 125Helicopter Squadron and
“Colours” to Mechanical Training Institute (MTI) at the Tambaram air base, near Chennai on March 3, 2017.
• Iran’s advanced S-300 air defence system, delivered by Russia following a July 2015 nuclear deal after years
of delay, is now operational state said by State television. The S-300 air defence system has been tested
successfully in the presence of government and military officials.
• Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Anil Madhav Dave, launched the web portal for obtaining
Coastal Regulation Zone clearances in New Delhi.The interactive Portal is for obtaining clearances required
from the Ministry under the “Coastal Regulation Zone” (CRZ) by the Project proponents which Minister also
termed the launch of the portal as a good example of ‘Ease of Doing Business’.
• The Central Board of Secondary Education has come up with a mobile application named Exam Locator,
which will help students locate their examination centre on the basis of their roll number corner for class X or
XII examinees.
• Sentinel-2B satellite developed by European Space Agency (ESA) was launched on March 7, 2017 as a part of
European Union Copernicus environmental monitoring system. The satellite weighing 1.1 tonne was lifted
into the orbit from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 01:49 GMT on 7 March using a Vega
rocket.
• Virbhadra Singh led Himacha Pradesh government has launched mobile app and website titled ‘MeraHunar
HP’ or ‘My Talent’ to help skilled and semi-skilled workers find jobs.
• A team of researchers at IBM has created the world’s smallest magnet using a single atom which can store one
bit of data on it. Currently, hard disk drives use about 100,000 atoms to store a single bit. The breakthrough
was published in the journal Nature on March 8, 2017.
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• The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran successfully test-fired a domestically
produced ballistic missile Hormuz-2 from a navy vessel on March 9, 2017.
• The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of an incredible massive galaxy named as UGC
12591 which is located under 400 million light-years away from the Earth.
• Chandrayaan-1, India’s first unmanned lunar spacecraft, which was generally considered lost, has been
discovered by the NASA scientists still orbiting the Moon.
• The women safety app ‘Ammavin Aran‘ which means ‘mother’s fortress’ was launched by
the AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran on March 9, 2017 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
• The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on March 9, 2017 officially announced the name
of its upcoming mission to explore the Jupiter mysterious moon. The mission to explore
the habitability of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa will be called as Europa Clipper.
• SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket conducted its third flight of the year on March 16, 2017 to launch a commercial
communications satellite in the geosynchronous transfer orbit. The launch took off from NASA’s Launch
Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and carried the EchoStar 23 communications satellite into
orbit.
• Scientists at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in United States have for the first time in the world,
discovered a way to accurately predict whether a child has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by analyzing
a blood sample.
• Japan space agency JAXA launched a new spy satellite Radar 5 from a launch site in the country’s southwest
on March 17, 2017. The information-gathering satellite Radar 5 is lifted off with H-2A rocket.
• The final year computer engineering students at Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT)
Pune and technology giant IBM have developed a robot named Chintu to assist senior citizens in their
everyday tasks. Chintu is about 58 cm (2 feet) tall robot, weighing over 5 kilograms.
• Anang Tadar, a Class XI student of New Galaxy Academy, Nirjuli, Arunachal Pradesh has invented a unique
pair of goggles that uses ultrasound and infrared sensors to help the visually impaired detect obstacles on their
path.
• Megastar Amitabh Bachchan launched the World’s first mobile Application named ‘ABC of Breast
Health’ during an event organized by the Ushalakshmi Breast Cancer Foundation at Mumbai’s JW Marriott
Hotel on March 15, 2017. The app is launched for both IOS and Android versions and is available in Apple
and Google Play Store for free download.
• Netherlands Scientists from Eindhoven University of Technology have developed infrared rays based Wi-Fi
system whih is 100 times faster than the Wireless Fidelity networks.
• The Scientists at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), have discovered a new system of five
particles all in a single analysis using the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, Large Hadron
Collider (LHC).
• The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) commissioned two major facilities, a Hypersonic Wind
Tunnel and Shock Tunnel at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre at Thiruvananthapuram on March 20, 2017.
• Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is set to become the first academic institutions in India to receive
a supercomputing facility of 1 Peta-flop computing power under the National Supercomputing Mission
(NSM).
• The GRAPES-3 Experiment, a telescope located at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research’s (TIFRs) Cosmic
Ray Laboratory in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu is getting upgraded. The GRAPE 3 telescope became famous in
2015 when it detected the effect of a solar storm that hit the earth in June 2015.
• The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is set to send its next-generation atomic
clock into space by the end of 2017 which is a key advance for safely navigating future human exploration of
the solar system.
• The World’s Largest Artificial Sun Sets Up in Germany to come up with the optimal setup for concentrating
natural sunlight to power a reaction to produce hydrogen fuel.Synlight is a system composed of a huge
collection of 149 individual film projector spotlights with honeycomb-like setup, assembled at a single place
to produce about 10,000 times the intensity of the natural solar radiation on Earth's surface.
• The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched MoPNG e-
Seva, a dedicated grievances redressal platform across Social Media on March 24, 2017.
• Researchers from the University of Glasgow have developed a unique technology that would make it possible
to use the sun's energy to charge the Prosthetic Limbs rather than using batteries as is done currently. The new
study was published in the March 22 issue of the journal Advanced Functional Materials. The scientists are
the first to develop a model for solar-powered prosthetic skin.
• The recent launch of Online Film Certification System of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) by
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Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, reasserts Modi Govt’s commitment to promote
‘Digital India’ and ‘Ease of Doing Business’.The online film certification system named ‘E-
Cinepramaan’ will come into effect from 1st April 2017 replacing the earlier system of physical submission.
• The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) officially declared that it has launched four teams to the 36th
scientific mission to Antarctica on March 22, 2017. The mission has been organized by The National Centre
for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR), Ministry of Earth Sciences and Government of India.
• An international team of astronomers has identified a Brown dwarf which is believed to be with
the purest composition and the highest mass. The research team was led by Dr ZengHua Zhang of the Institute
of Astrophysics in the Canary Islands.The dwarf is identified as SDSS J0104+1535, is a member of the so-
called halo - the outermost reaches - of our Galaxy, made up of the most ancient stars. The scientists report the
discovery in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
• According to a new study conducted by the scientist at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research
(NCAR), similar planetary waves that exist in the atmosphere high above the Earth surface may also exist on
Sun.
• The Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS), which is the new Weather Monitoring
System to Indian Navy, is launched to use by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on March 29, 2017. The
IAAMS was launched at Rajali Air Station in Tamil Nadu.
• Mr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region launched
the Online Vigilance Clearance System and E-Service Book in New Delhi on March 30, 2017.
• Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A), the federal agency of the United States Department of Health and
Human Services approved the first drug to treat Severe Multiple Sclerosis. The drug called Ocrevus will be
sold by Genentech Company owned by the Swiss pharmaceutical major Roche.
• The government has launched two new Android based Apps- echallan and mParivahan, to provide
transparency in enforcement of traffic rules as well as enable the citizens to report any traffic violation or road
accident.
• Suresh Prabhu, the Minister of Railways launched a high speed free Wi-Fi service for the visitors at National
Rail Museum, New Delhi on March 30, 2017.
• Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa officially launched the e-billing system for the Indian
Air Force (IAF) called Aviation Turbine Fuel-Digital Issue and Payment (ATF-DIP) in New Delhi on March
28, 2017. The new system of ATF-DIP will be implemented from April 1, 2017.
• Bangaluru based ACT Fibernet has launched a wired broadband internet service having a speed of 1 Gigabit
per second with the pilot service in Hyderabad.
• Dr Jitendra Singh, the Minister of State for the Development of North Eastern Region officially released the
information that Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has developed the four types of Lithium ion (Li-
ion) batteries. The batteries are used for satellite operation and launching of vehicles into space.
• India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar launched an Android and iOS based app named 100MB Cricket on
March 30, 2017 in Mumbai, which is dedicated to the Master Blaster himself. The app has been developed by
Pune-based technology firm JetSynthesys.
• Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) successfully launched it Falcon 9 from space launch
complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida and retrieved it on March 30, 2017. The rocket was used to
launch SES communications satellite into space.

DEFENCE

• India successfully conducted the test-fire of its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor Advanced Air
Defence (AAD) missile, capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude.
• The Indian navy successfully test- fired indigenously built Kalvari class submarine an anti-ship missile for the
first time, which reflects further bolstering India’s naval prowess. The weapon was fired from the first vessel
in the series of six Scorpene-class submarines and it successfully hit a surface target during the trial in the
Arabian Sea.
• The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over three defence products for
induction into the Indian Army in a formal ceremony on March 2, 2017 in New Delhi.

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The products developed in DRDO’s laboratory include


1. Weapon Locating Radar (WLR) SWATHI
2. NBC Recce Vehicle
3. NBC Drugs
• Indian Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier, INS Viraat was decommissioned on March 6, 2017 at a solemn
ceremony in Mumbai after nearly 30 years of service for Indian Navy.The ship which is famously known as
the ‘Grand Old Lady’, was with the British Royal Navy since 1959 before the Indian government bought it for
Rs 6.5 crore in 1987.
• INS Tillanchang, a Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC) was commissioned into the Indian Navy by Vice
Admiral Girish Luthra, the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Western Naval Command,
at Karwar, Karnataka on March 9, 2017.
• United States and South Korean troops started their large-scale annual military drill named Foal Eagle on
March 1, 2017.The aim of the military exercise is to test their defense readiness against the threat from North
Korea.
• Indian Navy will set up meteorological facilities and impart training for the Myanmar Navy, which will help
offset increasing Chinese presence in its neighbourhood.
• The two-week long India-Nepal joint military exercise ‘Surya Kiran-Xi‘ begins in
Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand on March 7, 2017.
• A 14 days long joint military training exercise AL NAGAH-II, of the Indian Army and the Royal Army of
Oman kicked off on March 6, 2017 at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh. This is the second edition of the joint
military exercise between the two countries. The first edition was held at Muscat, Oman in January 2015.
• India Successfully Conducts Maiden Tests of Extended Version of BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile from a
test range off the Odisha coast on March 11, 2017. The strike range of the missile has been enhanced from 290
km to 450 km and is capable of carrying a warhead of 300 kg.
• Pakistan Navy has successfully test-fired ground-to-sea missile from the coastal region on March 16,
2017.The missile is equipped with modern technology avionics, secured a hit on a target placed at sea with a
high degree of accuracy.
• Recently DRDO (Defecnce Research and Developmental Organisation), has provided the INDIAN
NAVY with three new naval systems to enhance its operation.This was handed over by our Defence minister
in-charge Mr. Arun Jaitely and accepted by our Chief of Naval staff Mr. Sunil LanbaThese naval system
include
1. USHUS –II SUBMARINE SONOR
2. DIRECTING GEAR FOR HULL-MOUNTED SONAR ARRAY
3. INTERNAL NAVIGATION SYSTEM FOR SHIP APPLICATION
• Indian Navy Conducts Successful Test-Firing of Surface-to-Air Missile from INS Vikramadityafrom 21 to 23
March in the Arabian Sea.
• On 28th March 2017, INLCU L51, first of the eight ships of the LCU MK IV Class was commissioned into
the Indian Navy by Vice Admiral Bimal Verma, AVSM, Commander-in-Chief, Andaman and Nicobar
Command at Port Blair.
• After 29 illustrious years of service, TU142M aircraft has been de-inducted from the Indian Navy. A special
farewell ceremony was organised on 29th March 2017, at INS Rajali, the premiere Naval Air Station located
in Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu.

ENVIRONMENT

• The global news agency, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been barred by the Indian Government
from shooting in any of its 50 tiger reserves for a period of five years. The ban was imposed by the National
Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on February 27, 2017.
• The Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) under the Ministry of Environment and Forests coordinated
nationwide ‘Operation Thunder Bird’ from January 30 to February 19, 2017 to combat illegal trade of wildlife
animals in the country.
• The National Green Tribunal has passed an order on March 2, 2017 prohibiting all camping activity on
beaches along the Ganga which fall within 100 meters from the middle of the river during lean season flow
from Shivpuri to Rishikesh, a hub for eco-tourism and river rafting.
• According to the findings by United States based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the Earth’s
mantle is about 60 degree Celsius hotter than as previously thought by the scientists.
• For the first time ever, the Government of India has launched a comprehensive and scientific “across-the-

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river” survey in the River Ganga to determine the population of aquatic life surviving in the River including
the endangered Gangetic dolphin.
• According to research published in the journal Nature on March 1, 2017, scientists have discovered the oldest
known fossil in Canada which is believed to be as old as 3.7 billion years old or even 4.3 billion years old.
• According to the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)-2017 report about 45 percent of country’s total bird
spices were reported in Himachal Pradesh.
• Intense Tropical Cyclone Enawo was the strongest tropical cyclone that hit in the northeast of the Madagascar.
• In a bid to adhere to its global commitment on Global warming India launched the country’s latest plan to
phaseout one of the key refrigerants Hydrochlorofluorocarbon. The HCFC is being used in various sectors
including refrigeration, airconditioning and foam manufacturing.
• Ludhiana based Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has developed India’s first genetically
modified varieties of cotton whose seeds could help the farmers in saving the cultivation cost.
the three as PAU Bt 1 and F1861 were developed by PAU, while RS2013 was developed at Rajasthan
Agricultural University (RAU), Bikaner.
• Four States namely Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have decided to jointly conduct a
synchronised Elephant census from May 9-12, 2017.
• A team of scientists at CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) in Visakhapatnam have discovered 3
new canyons in the depths of Bay of Bengal close to Kovvada in Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh on
March 10, 2017.
• In the first set of survey for the year 2017, scientists in Australia have revealed that the iconic Great Barrier
Reef is experiencing mass coral bleaching for a second year in a row for the first time.
• As per the study conducted by United States based scientists, rapid loss of Arctic sea ice in recent decades is
partly driven by natural variation and not just global warming caused by human activities.
• A team of scientists have discovered the world’s first fluorescent frog in Argentina that emits soft green,
yellow and red light under normal light, but gives off a bright blue and green glow in the dark.
• Scientists from Swedish Museum of Natural History have found two kinds of fossils resembling red algae in
uniquely well-preserved sedimentary in Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh. One type is thread-like, the other one
consists of fleshy colonies.This algae is 1.6 billion years old which will be the oldest evidence of plant-like
life found on the Earth.
• The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the International Crops Research Institute for the
Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have signed an agreement on March 16, 2017 in New Delhi to work together
for crop improvement and agronomy programmes for grain legumes and dryland cereals.
• According the report presented in Lok Sabha by Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation Mahendra
Singh Tomar, West Bengal was the top most state of India having highest number of arsenic-affected persons
as on March 4, 2017. The total number of arsenic-affected persons in the state was more than 1.04 crore.
• A trans-boundary river of Asia Ganga along with river Yauna has recognised as the ‘first living entity of
India’ by the Uttarakhand High Court on March 20, 2017.Recently New Zealand government had declared
145km long Whanganui River as a first living entity of the world
• The National Green Tribunal’s southern bench, comprising of Justice P Jyothimani and expert member P S
Rao, on March 20, 2017 suspended the environmental clearance for the India-based Neutrino Observatory
(INO) project to be set up in Tamil Nadu for research on high energy and nuclear physics.
• A group of four birdwatchers have sighted Australia’s most mysterious species, The Night Parrot, in Western
Australia (WA) which was believed to be extinct. The discovery was made by Adrian Boyle, Nigel
Jackett, George Swann and Bruce Greatwich from Broome, in WA who dedicated 7 years of their life in
locating the bird.
• First vertical garden of India has setup at the Hosur Road Electronics City Flyover in Bengaluru to control the
pollution level of the city.It will also act as a sound proofing barrier. The world's first vertical gardens were
setup in China.
• The world's largest capstone has been discovered by the Archaeology Department of Telangana on March 21,
2017, after excavating an ancient human burial site in Narmeta village, Siddipet district. The capstone
weighing 40 tonnes was so huge that required large crane to lift it.
• Cyclone Debbie Hits Australian Coastal Resorts; Causes Huge Damage
• The Senate of Argentina unanimously voted favoring a Bill on March 29, 2017 by 58-0 to legalize the use of
cannabis oil and other derivatives obtained from marijuana, for medical use.
• The Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh is the first tiger reserve in India to get the official mascot named
‘Bhoorsingh the Barasingha’.

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SPORTS

Rio Open 2017 Winner List.


Title Winner Runner
Men’s Single Dominic Thiem (Austria) Pablo Carreno Busta (Spain)
Men’s Double (Spain) Pablo Carreno Busta/Pablo Juan Sebastián Cabal / Robert
Cuevas (Uruguay) Farah (Colombia)
• 2017 World Women’s Youth Boxing Championship will be hosted by India in November for the first time
since 2010.This was announced during the AIBA commissions meeting held in New Delhi on March 1, 2017
• Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO Mobiles has bagged the Indian team sponsorship rights for a five-
year period starts on 1st April 2017 and continues until 31st March 2022, The Mobiles major will cough
out INR 1079 crore for the duration of their contract having beaten the only other bid of INR 768 crore
(approx USD 115 million) from Vivo, another smartphone manufacturer.
• Indian Spin duos Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin jointly claimed at No.1 in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers
in what is the first time of two spinners the top spot. Both stood at the top at 892 points.
• Indian women’s hockey team beat Belarus 3-1 in their fifth test to clinch the five-match Test series 5-0 on
March 8, 2017 in Bhopal.
• Kripa Shankar Bishnoi, a former Indian wrestler has been appointed as an international match referee
by United World Wrestling (UWW), the sport’s global governing body.
• The All India Football Federation (AIFF) appointed Portugal’s Luis Norton de Matos as the head coach of
the India U-17 World Cup team on March 1, 2017 for the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017.
• Australian women cricketer Sarah Coyte has announced her retirement from all forms of cricket with
immediate effect to combat mental health issues.
• The Indian men’s Rugby team, led by skipper Gautam Dagar, piped Pakistan by 14-12 to claim the 7th rank at
the Asia Men’s Rugby Sevens Trophy held at Aspire Rugby Field in Doha, Qatar.
• India’s women’s hockey team led by Ritu Rani defeated Belarus 3-1 to clinch their third consecutive win in
the five-Test Series held in Bhopal. This will be warm-up tournament ahead of their Hockey World League
Round 2 tournament in Canada scheduled this April.
• Russian Tennis star Maria Sharapova has been granted wild card Italian Open as makes her return from a
doping ban. The Rome tournament runs from May 15 to May 21.
List of Winners of the ISSF Shooting World Cup 2017.
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 China 6 6 0 12
2 Italy 2 3 0 5
3 Australia/Japan 2 0 1 3
5 India 1 2 2 5

ISSF Shooting World Cup


• Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu bagged the first ever gold medal in the newly included 10m pistol mixed event at the
ISSF Shooting World Cup.
• India’s Pooja Ghatkar clinched bronze medal in the women’s 10m air rifle event in the International Shooting
Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup.
• India’s Deepak Kumar gave an impressive performance in the Men’s 10m Air Rifle at the ISSF World Cup in
New Delhi.
• Jitu Rai won gold medal in the 50-metre free pistol event on March 1, 2017 in the ISSF World Cup at the Dr.
Karni Singh Range, Tughlakabad, New Delhi. Jitu created a new world record with 230.1 points.
2017 Dubai Tennis Championships
Category Winner Runner
Men’s Singles Andy Murray (United Kingdom) Fernando Verdasco(Spain)
Women’s Singles Elina Svitolina(Ukraine) Caroline Wozniacki(Denmark)
Men’s Doubles Netherlands Pair Rohan Bopanna (India) / Marcin
Jean-Julien Rojer / Romania Horia Tecău Matkowski (Poland)
Women’s Doubles Ekaterina Makarova(Russia) / Elena Andrea Hlaváčková (Czech Republic) /
Vesnina(Russia) Peng Shuai ( China)

2017 Brasil Open – Overview


Title Winner Runner
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Singles Uruguay Pablo Cuevas Spain Albert Ramos Viñolas


Doubles Brazil Rogério Dutra Silva New Zealand Marcus Daniell / Brazil
/ Brazil André Marcelo Demoliner

2017 Mexican Open – Overview


Category Winner Runner
Men’s singles Sam Querrey (United States) Rafael Nadal (Spain)
Women’s singles Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) Kristina Mladenovic (France)
Men’s Doubles Jamie Murray / Brazil Bruno Soares John Isner / Spain Feliciano López, (United
(United Kingdom Pair) States Pair)
Women’s Doubles Darija Jurak (Croatia) / Anastasia Verónica Cepede Royg (Paraguay) / Mariana
Rodionova (Australia) Duque Mariño (Colombia)
• Chris Bertish, a South African surfer and a sailor became the first person in the world on March 9, 2017 to
cross the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard after completing an epic 4,050-mile voyage alone at sea.
• In the latest FIFA ranking for the month of March Indian Football team dropped two places and is now ranked
at 132nd spot as compared to 130 in February FIFA ranking. The rankings were released on 9 March
2017.Argentina is at the top in FIFA ranking with 1644 points, followed by Brazil at second spot with 1534
points and Germany at third spot with 1443 points.
• Top seeded Lee Chong Wei won his fourth All England Championship in men’s singles event by beating Shi
Yuqi from China21-12, 21-10 at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England on March 12, 2017.
• SSP Chawrasia became the only Indian Golfer to retain his Hero Indian Open title for the second year in a row
with a remarkable seven-stroke win in New Delhi on March 12, 2017. The Hero Indian Open held at the
redesigned DLF Golf and Country Club redesigned DLF Golf and Country Club carries an enhanced prize
purse of USD 291,660.
• Punjab defeated Railways by a 2-1 in a Group B final round league match of the 71st Santosh Trophy football
tournament on March 13, 2017 in Goa.
• The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on March 13, 2017 confirmed a lifetime ban on Sergei
Portugalov from sports for his role in providing illicit substances to Russian athletes.
• Two times Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell Shand announced her retirement from international
cycling on March 14, 2017.
• The Committee of Administrators, constituted by the Supreme Court to manage the affairs of the cricket
board, finalized and uploaded a new constitution for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on
March 18, 2017. However, the constitution prepared is not permanent. The Mumbai Cricket Association and
the Saurashtra Cricket Association which were Full Members earlier were downgraded to Associate
membership.
• Swiss Professional Tennis Player Roger Federer won his fifth BNP Paribas Open Tennis Tournament crown
on March 19, 2017 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, California by defeating his fellowmate Stan
Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5. However in Women’s singles format Elena Vesnina defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova.
• Tamil Nadu won the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2017 at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on March 16, 2017 by
beating Bengal by 37 runs in the finals.
• India’s Billiards Champion Vidya Pillai settled for silver medal in the 2017 World Women Snooker
Championship held in Safra Toa Payoh, Singapore on March 20, 2017.The 39 year old lost to Hong
Kong's Ng On Yee, who won the gold with 5-4 lead.
• India’s KT Irfan won the bronze medal in men’s 20km race walk event at the Asian Race Walking
Championships in Nomi, Japan on March 19, 2017. The 27 year old Army athlete clocked an
impressive 01:20:59 to clinch the title.
• Indian Cricketer Cheteshwar Pujara(29) became the first Indian batsman to face 500 balls in the second
innings of the 3rd Test against Australia at Ranchi. Pujara has played 525 balls in his 202 run innings. With
this he breaks Rahul Dravid's record who faces 494 balls in 2004.
• India’s spin-bowler Ravindra Jadeja has attained the top spot in the list of the Test bowlers as per the
latest ICC Test Ranking released on March 21, 2017.
• Indian shooter Ankur Mittal won the gold medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation Shotgun
World Cup in the men’s double trap event at Acapulco, Mexico on March 23, 2017.Mittal beat Australia’s
James Willet with a score of 75 out of 80 while Willet managed 73.
• The 9th edition of Fazza International IPC Athletics Grand Prix Competition began in Dubai, UAE on March
20, 2017 and concluded on March 23, 2017.
• The Bakshi Stadium in Srinagar will soon be transformed into modern football stadium as per the norms of
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the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The estimated cost for developing of the
stadium is Rs 48 crore
• Indian team finished in a high note in the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games with a triumphing 73
medals held in Austria between March 18 and March 24. These games are meant for the specially-able person
and India finished as a special team with 89 participants.India finished the games with an overall medal tally
of 37 gold, 10 silver and 26 bronze with total tally of 73 medals.
• Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel beat Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton to win the 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian
Grand Prix on 26 March 2017 at Albert Park in Melbourne.
• Miami open tournament that has been taking place from March 20th, 2017 has witnessed a wonderful game of
the season in which Rafel Nadal has came out with a winning note against 31st seeded player, German
veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber. With this win he has registered a win in his 1000th match which is very big
achievement in his career.
• West Bengal beat Goa (1-0) to clinch the 71 Santosh Trophy for a record 32nd time on March 26, 2017 at
the GMC Bambolim Stadium, Goa.
• Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha, has been selected to host the 2017 Men’s Hockey World League
Final as well as the Men’s World Cup in 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium.
• Shaun Tait, Australian fast bowler officially announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on March 27,
2017, thus ending his 15-year career at the competitive level.
• The Indian shuttle players Purva Barve and Varun Kapur bagged double delight by winning in the Li Ning-
Israel Open 2017 which was held at Sports Hall, Rishon LeZion in Israel. The Pune based players brought
home the momentum for which the whole nation would be proud of.
• India stayed strong in its No.1 spot in ICC test rankings, after a marvelous win against West Indies in West
Indies and followed by a successful home season. On 28th March, 2017 India clinched its final test series in
home against Australia this season and retained its ICC Test Championship Maze.
• Gaurvi Singhvi, the 14 year old Udaipur girl became the first to swim across Bandra Worli Sea Link to the
Gateway of India route in Arabian Sea in a record time of 6 hours and 30 minutes. She also swam across that
route by breaking an earlier record.
• Argentinean footballer Lionel Messi received a 4-match ban after using insulting words at an assistant referee
in the match against Chile held on March 24, 2017. The top scorer for his country, Messi was found guilty for
violating the Act 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee (FDC)
• Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy the Indian men doubles team won the title at the Vietnam
International Challenge Badminton tournament at Hanoi on March 27, 2017. This title is
their 4th International Challenge title
• Tamilnadu State cricket team won the Deodhar Trophy by beating India Red on March 29, 2017. By this win,
Tamilnadu State cricket became first state team to win all the Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) senior level matches.
• Srinath Narayanan, the 23-year-old Chess player from Chennai, Tamilnadu is in his track of becoming
the 46th Grandmaster in the history of this sport. The milestone was achieved by him after defeating GM
David Anton Guijarro from Spain at the Sharjah Masters 2017 chess tournament held on March 29, 2017. The
45th Grandmaster title was held by Aryan Chopra from New Delhi. He is currently the grandmaster in the
world.
• Elvan Abeylegesse, the 34 year old Turkish long-distance runner stripped of Two Olympic silver medals and
One Championship medal after she was found positive in re-analysis of an in-competition doping test which
was done on August 25, 2007.
• Bookie link in Pakistan Super League T20- Pakistan bowler Mohammad Irfan banned for 1 year
• 22nd Asian Athletics Championships will be hosted by Bhubaneswar which is going to be conducted
from July 6, 2017. The information was announced by Asian Athletics Association (AAA). The venue was
decided after the 86th Council Meeting of AAA. Continent flagship event will be held in Kalinga Stadium in
Bhubaneswar. The event has the ending ceremony on July 9, 2017.

OBITUARY

• Renowned Gujarati Writer Tarak Mehta Dies at 87


• Senior Congress leader & RS MP Haji Abdul Salam passes away
• Veteran politician, former MP Yumnam Yaima Singh passes away
• French football legend Raymond Kopa passes away
• Former IFS and MP Syed Shahabuddin dies
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• Liver transplant surgical pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl dies


• Former Haiti President Rene Preval dead at age 74
• Rabi Ray, former Lok Sabha Speaker, passes away
• Bengal’s Popular Folk Singer Kalikaprasad Bhattarcharya Dies
• Veteran journalist Arvind Padmanabhan passes away
• Gravitational Waves Pioneer Ronald Drever Dies at 85
• Former Puducherry Minister M Chandrakasu passes away
• Hungarian–American and Chemistry Nobel laureate George Olah dies aged 89
• John Surtees, British F1 Legend Dies At 83
• Former DSA President Sood Passes Away
• Noted Film Director Diphan Dies At 45.
• Filmmaker and Children’s Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal Dies at 51
• Former Car Racer Ashwin Sundar Died in Car Accident
• Nobel laureate poet and playwright Derek Walcott Passes at 87
• Pioneer of Rock n Roll, Chuck Berry Dies at 90
• Meteorologist Sikka Passes Away
• Former Rajya Sabha member Pyarimohan Mohapatra passes away
• Gujarati poet Chinu Modi passes away
• Former Liverpool captain and coach Ronnie Moran was passed away in UK on March 22, 2017. He was 83.
• The billionaire philanthropist and former head of Chase Manhattan Corp, David Rockefeller has died in USA .
He was 101.
• Noted Tamil litterateur Thiagarajan popularly known as Asokamitran passes away
• .Eminent Jurist and Senior Advocate, Tehmtan R. Andhyarujina passed away on March 28, 2017 in Mumbai
at the age of 84.
• Renowned playwright Arun Sarma Passes at 86
• Former Punjab Agriculture Minister Gurdev Singh Badal passed away on March 28, 2017 at Dayanand
Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. He was 85.
• Indian-Origin South African Anti-Apartheid Activist Ahmed Kathrada Dies
• Kerala Based Historian Namboodiri Passes Away

BOOKS & AUTHORS

• Former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra released book titled Numbers Do Lie, 61 Hidden Cricket Stories which
takes a different look at stats. This book was wriiten and edited by Chopra and his analysis team.
• Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has launched his autobiography named ‘My Story’ in Kolkata in the
presence of former Indian cricketer Saurav Ganguly.This book was triggered by how he was affected by Phil
Hughes’ death when India were touring Australia in 2014-15
• The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh has launched the book
titled “50 Years – The Great Indian Milk Revolution” to commemorate National Dairy Development Board’s
(NDDB) Golden Jubilee year on March 23, 2017. This book suumarize NDDB's remarkable 50-year
journey and the value it has created for millions of dairy farmers in this country.
• Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Bipin Rawat released a book titled ‘Home of the Brave’ on March
27, 2017 in New Delhi.The book highlights the history of the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), the Counter
Insurgency Force of the Indian Army.
• A book on the history of Indian Railways titled “Indian Railway-The weaving of a National Tapestry” was
inaugurated by the Union Minister of Railways, Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on March 30, 2017.The book
has been jointly authored by Shri Bibek Debroy (Member, NITI Aayog), Shri Sanjay Chadha (Joint Secretary,
Ministry of Commerce) & Ms. Vidya Krishnamurthi.

IMPORTANT DAYS

• World Civil Defence Day is celebrated on 1st March every year across the world to commemorates the entry
into force of the ICDO Constitution as an intergovernmental organisation in 1972. 2017 Theme: “Together
with civil defence against disasters”.
• The Zero Discrimination Day is observed on March, 01 2017 across the world to combat all forms of
discrimination since 2014. 2017 Theme : “Make Some Noise For Zero Discrimination”.
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• National Defence Day is celebrated on March 3 every year. across India to commemorate the day, world’s
largest and tallest Indian tricolour was unfurled at Town Park in Faridabad.
• World Wildlife Day was observed each year on 3rd March since its proclamation by the United Nations
General Assembly on 20 December 2013. This year with the Theme “Listen to the young voices” to provide
incentives to the youth to tackle conservation issues.
• World Hearing Day is observed on each year on March 3rd to promote hearing since its pronouncement in
2007. The theme for World Hearing Day 2017 “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment” reflects to
the economic impact of hearing loss.
• 46th National Safety Week Campaign was commenced from 4th March 2017 to 10th March 2017 to renewing
the commitment of employees and general public to work safely throughout the year. Theme: “Keep Each
Other Safe”
• Odisha observed the 101st birth anniversary of former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik on March 5, 2017. As a
part of the occasion, the mini-marathon was flagged off by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik from Biju
Patnaik Park in Bhubaneswar which ended at the Kalinga Stadium.
• International Women’s Day is celebrated by the Governments, NGOs and other Organizations worldwide on
March 8 every year since 1900.The theme adopted by the United Nation for 2017 is Women in the Changing
World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.
• On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Swachh Shakti
2017 – A Convention of Women Sarpanches, at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.
• The National Archives of India celebrated its 127th Foundation Day on March 11, 2017 at Janpath, New
Delhi. National Archives of India is an Attached Office under the Ministry of Culture and established on 11
March 1891 at Calcutta.
• Commonwealth Day is celebrated annually across the Commonwealth of Nations on the second Monday in
(March 13, 2017). Theme: A peace-building Commonwealth
• Every year, World Consumer Rights Day is celebrated on March 15th to pay more attention to promote basic
rights of consumers. 2017 Theme: ‘Building a Digital World Consumers can Trust’.
• The US state of Kansas has declared to observe March 16 as “Indian American Appreciation Day” to honour
Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla who was killed in an apparent hate crime on February 22, 2017.
• The International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide on March 20 since 2013 to educate and increase
public awareness of the benefits of happiness since 2013.This year the United Nation is using the Smurfs
through “Small Smurfs Big Goals” campaign to promote its 17 sustainable development goals on the
International Day of Happiness.According to the 2017 World Happiness Report by the Sustainable
Development Solutions Network, Norway has been ranked as the happiest country of the world among 155
nations. India was placed at 122nd position in the World Happiness Report.
• World Sparrow Day is celebrated every year on March 20 across the world since 2010 to raise awareness
about the importance of birds dwelling in urban areas.
• The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is celebrated every year on 21st March
to encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination. 2017
Theme: Racial profiling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migration.
• Every year on 21st March is observed as International Day of Forests proclaimed by United Nations(UN)
across the world to promotes the importance of forests and trees in our lives.Theme: Forests and energy. This
year theme highlight the importance of wood energy in improving people's lives, powering sustainable
development and mitigating climate change.
• UNESCO designated World Poetry Day is observed on 21st March to encourage a return to the oral tradition
of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry.
• UN designated World water day is observed on March 22, 2017 in various country to raise awareness of the
importance of conserving and managing water resources. 2017 Theme: Why Waste water?
• World Meteorological Day is observed annually on March 23 annually in various part of the world to
remember the World Meteorological Organization's establishment on 23rd March with the
Theme: 'Understanding Clouds'.
• 86th Martyrs' Day of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Shivaram Observed on March 23 2017
Every year, March 23 is observed as Shaheed Diwas or Martyr’s Day by India to commemorate the death
anniversary of three of India’s freedom struggle heroes namely
• 2017 Martyr’s Day marks the 86th death anniversary of the courageous leaders.On the occasion of Shaheed
Diwas 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tributes to the three freedom fighters remembering their
courage & sacrifice.
• Every year World Tuberculosis Day is observed on March 24 across the world to commemorates the day in
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1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the
cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. Theme: Unite to End TB
• International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members Observed on March 25.
• The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is
observed annually on March 25, 2017. Theme: "Remember Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and
Contributions of People of African Descent".
• Bangladesh observed its 47th Independence Day on March 26, 2017 to commemorate the country's
declaration of independence from Pakistan in 1971.
• The 2017 Earth Hour was observed worldwide on March 25, 2017. This year marks the 10th anniversary of
the event.Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It was
started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, more than 7,000 cities and towns across
172 countries worldwide are engaged in the nobel cause.
• The 2017 World Theatre Day was observed worldwide on March 27, 2017, a day observed to draw attention
to the power of the stage.

Current Affairs April 2017


INDIAN AFFAIRS

• Finance Ministrylowers interest rates on small saving schemes like PPF, KVP and Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
by 0.1 per cent for April-June quarter
• With this approval, quantitative ceiling on exports of organic agricultural and organic processed products has
been squashed. However quantitative ceiling will still prevail on organic lentils and pulses owing to its acute
shortage in the domestic market.
• In a bid to make the ‘Regional Connectivity Scheme’ operational; Civil Aviation Ministry has selected 27
proposals from 5 airlines to operate 128 routes across the country, connecting 31 unconnected airports. It
added that first regional flight under UDAN scheme will start operating from April 2017 , these are Air
Deccan, Air Odisha, Alliane Air, SpiceJet, Trujet.
• Pawan Hans, the National chopper operator is all set to launch its “Dilli Darshan” rides from April 1, 2017
with a 10 minute chopper ride costing Rs 2499 per person. In addition to that, the Chopper operator also
offers a 20 minute helicopter ride for Rs 4999.
• Indian railways has announced the 5 Green Corridors under which Barmer Munawab and Pipad Road-Bilara
rail routes in Rajasthan have been declared by North Western Railways as Green Corridors under “Swachh
Rail- Swachh Bharat” mission.
• The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved amendments to the New Urea Policy–
2015 on March 31, 2017. The policy is effective from June 1, 2015 to March 31, 2019.
• The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved the amendments in the Mega Power Policy
2009 on March 31, 2017. Total of 25 projects comes under this policy.States under these projects are Jammu
and Kashmir, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura.
• On 31st March 2017, President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Finance Bill 2017. Thus, all financial
and taxation related provisions as announced in Budget 2017 have now attained a legal status.
• Union Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Rs 98.35 crores for tourism development in Assam.
The amount sanctioned will be used under the scheme of Swadesh Darshan. The cities to be developed are
Tezpur, Majuli and Sivasagar.
• In a bid to promote electric mobility and manufacturing of electric/hybrid vehicles and their components,
Central Government constituted National Board for Electric Mobility (NBEM) on 3rd April 2017.
• In its ongoing efforts to combat the problem of declining child sex ratio in the state, Haryana State Govt. has
announced to provide one-time grant of Rs 21,000 to all those families whose third girl child was born after
August 24, 2015 under the currently operational 'Aapki Beti Humari Beti' scheme.
• Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari has announced the first North
East Express Highway project at the closing ceremony of the 'Namami Brahmaputra' festival on April 4,
2017.This 1300 Km highway project will be implemented with an outlay of Rs 40,000 crore in Assam.
• Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath declares Rs 36,359 crore farm loan waivers at its first cabinet
meeting on 4thApril 2017. Upon this waive off crop loans of up to Rs 1 lakh of small and marginal farmers in
the state.
• Union Cabinet approved a proposal to set up a regulator for Indian Railways to recommend passenger and
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freight fares and set the performance benchmarks.This entity will be named Railway Development Authority
(RDA) and will be based in New Delhi. Rs.50 crore has been earmarked to set up the authority. Its functions
will be regulated by Railway Act, 1989.
• Union Home Ministry’s proposal for extending the implementation of the Crime and Criminals Tracking
Network and Systems (CCTNS) project for one year till March 2018. CCTNS aims to create a national
database of crimes and criminals. The Allocated funds for this is Rs. 2,000 crore.
• West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on March 4, 2017 declared Jhargram as the 22nd district of
Bengal and it has been bifurcated from West Midnapore.
• The Finance Act, 2017 introduced Section 139AA of the Income-tax Act, 1961 which states that mandatory
quoting of Aadhaar /Enrolment ID of Aadhaar application form, for filing IT returns and application for
allotment of Permanent Account Number(PAN) with effect from July 1.
• The Madhya Pradesh Government-run Maharshi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan plans to launch one year diploma
course from July 2017 known as “Diploma in Purohityam “ for teaching priesthood.
• The agreement was signed between representatives of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and
the ASE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of ROSATOM State Atomic Energy Corporation of Russia on the
final settlement of Kudankulam 1.
• Union Govt. has decided to revive its 45-year-old North Koel river irrigation project with an objective to
provide irrigation facilities to over one lakh hectare of farm land in Jharkhand, specifically in Daltonganj and
Palamu region along with neighbouring districts of Bihar. The pending work on this project will be completed
at an estimated cost of Rs 1,622 crore.
• This was for the first time in the history of Haryana , the sex ratio has touched the 950 mark. Haryana CM
Manohar LalKhattar said that the sex ratio at birth stood at 950 girls to 1000 boys.
• The union government declared Kerala as a drought hit state along with 7 other states and announced a
drought relief package of Rs 24000 crore to drought affected areas as well. The Government has allowed 50
additional working days under The NATIONAL RURAL EMPLOYMENT GURANTEE SCHEME. Seven
states which are included along with Kerala are Tamil Nadu, Karnataka,Uttarkhand, UttarPradesh,
AndhraPradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
• The Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri Venkaiah Naidu launched 352 housing projects in
53 cities.
• On April 7, 2017, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the three-
day National Children’s Film Festival (NCFF) at VUDA Children’s Arena in Visakhapatnam, Andhra
Pradesh.
• President Pranab Mukherjee will draw lots for Lucky Grahak Yojana (3 Mega Prizes for worth Rs. 1 crore, Rs.
50 lakh, Rs. 25 lakh – for consumers) and Digi Dhan Vyapar Yojana (3 Mega Prizes worth Rs 50 lakhs, Rs.
25 lakh, Rs. 12 lakh – for merchants) at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bahvan.
• The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 26 projects worth Rs 2,154.28 crore under the
Centre’s ‘Namami Gange’ programme, focusing to reduce the river’s pollution.
• After Jhargram, West Burdwan has declared as 23rd district of West Bengal by West Bengal CM Mamata
Banerjee as a "Bengali New Year gift to the people."
President three day Visits to West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar
• President was the Chief Guest at 52nd Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) –
Calcutta.
• Followed by In Jharkhand, Ranchi, President laid foundation stone of Rabindra Bhawan and Haj House. Other
functions and ceremonies attended by President in Jharkhand included: Inauguration of 44 Kms Deoghar -
Basukinath Solar Street Light Project, laying foundation stone of Software Technology Parks of India (STPI)
Centre and Employees State Insurance Corporation Hospital.
• The President concluded his three-day tour on 03 rd April by visiting Vikramshila University Monument,
Museum at Vikramshila, Shyama Charan Lahiri Peeth and Gurudham-Bounsi in Bihar.
• An exhibition titled “Swachhagraha – Bapu Ko Karyanjali – Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshani” inaugurated by PM
Narendra Modi at National Archives of India (NIA) in New Delhi. This exhibition has been organised to mark
100 years of Champaran Satyagraha, which was Mahatma Gandhi’s first experiment in using non-violence
and non-cooperation as methods to protest.
• AYUSH Minister Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the International Convention on World Homoeopathy Day
in New Delhi on April 10 and the Theme of the convention: “Enhancing Quality Research in Homoeopathy
through scientific evidence and rich clinical experiences”
• On April 10, 2017, Lok Sabha passed 123rd Constitution Amendment Bill, 2017 with 360 members voting in
favour and two members voting against it. This amendment bill seeks to grant constitutional status to
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National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes.


• The Survey General of India (Nakshe Portal ) completes 250 years on 10th April, 2017. The center launched a
website which allows the public access to 3000 maps which are prepared by Survey General of India. It also
made a subscription to Aadhaar mandatory for the service.
• On April 10, 2017, Lok Sabha passed The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill 2016 by voice vote. This bill
amends the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
• After passed by Rajyasabha The Parliament has passed the Constitution (Schedule Castes) Order
(Amendment) Bill 2017. It was already passed by LokSabha in March 2017.The Bill seeks to amends the
constitution (Schedule Castes) order, 1950 and the constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964.
• Ministry of Rural development has released nearly 23,500 crore rupees to the States under Mahatma Gandhi
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS)
• Parliament passed Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
(AIDS) (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017 to ensure equality for HIV positive persons in spheres of
education, employment and treatment.
• The Kerala government has announced to make Malayalam language mandatory in all schools in the state.
• Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh impose liquor ban in Chhattisgarh after his meeting with Bihar Chief minister
Nitishkumar.Chhattisgarh has now become the second state to declare a ban on alcohol.
• Cabinet approves signing of Framework of Understanding between India and Bangladesh on Cooperation in
the hydrocarbon sector.
• Cabinet approves implementation of Supreme Court’s Judgment regarding Target Plus Scheme (TPS) under
Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2004-09
• Cabinet approves setting up of Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) at Visakhapatnam in Andhra
Pradesh. IIPE will be built at a cost of over Rs. 655 crore.
• Cabinet approves setting up of a Special Purpose Vehicle to be called Government e-Marketplace (GeM SPV)
• In order to safeguard the economic interests of Jute farmers, Govt. has hiked the Minimum Support Price
(MSP) for raw Jute from Rs. 3200/- per quintal in previous season to Rs. 3500/- for 2017-18 season.
• The Pilot Project has been launched by State-owned fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum
Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL), for daily price revision in five select cities
from May 1 that owns nearly 58,000 petrol pumps in the country.
• A unique programme“Ammaku Vandanam”will be launched by the Andhra Pradesh in the government
schools to pay tribute to mothers.
• With a motive to enlighten children in naxal-affected areas of Jharkhand’s Palamau district, Jharkhand Police
has initiated Tare Zameen Par program to encourage children to lead happy lives.
• After UP's Anti Romeo Squad Harayana launches Operation Durga. Haryana announced the launch of Durga
Vahini - police squads it aims to stop harassment of women on public spaces.
• ‘Operation Meghdoot' the code-name for an Indian Armed Forces operation, was launched 33 years back. A
Platoon of four Kumaon led by then Captain Sanjay Kulkarni planted the first Indian Flag on Siachen Glacier
at Bilafond La which began Operation Meghdoot.
• The safety measures that are recommended by the Ministry of Women and Child Development for the safety
of women commuters who avails cab services have been included in the new Taxi Policy Guidelines.
• On April 14, 2017, during his Nagpur visit, PM Narendra Modi launched a less - cash township model,
developed by Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd (GNFC), across 81 townships in 12
States.
• Urdu to be included in NEET exam the common test for admission from 2018-2019
into medical college announced by the Supreme Court.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He felicitated the family members of 16 freedom
fighters who were martyred during the Paika Rebellion.
• Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh announced the prohibition of the names of any Ministers, MLAs on the
foundation stone.All the schemes that are announced by the CM or any other minister, MLAs and other
officials from now would be dedicated to the people of Punjab.
• ASCI (Advertising Standards Council of India) have released a set of guidelines for celebrities. As per the
guidelines Celebrities who endorse for the advertisements should take care of that the advertisements should
not be misleading and deceptive.

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• Maharashtra has become the first state to launch a special awareness drive to ensure that transgenders in the
state register as voters in larger numbers. It is to be noted that 15th April is celebrated as ‘Third Gender
Day’ to commemorate Supreme Court judgement in 2014 to recognise transgenders as ‘Thrd Gender’.
• Uttar Pradesh has decided to set up 40 Yoga wellness centers in 40 districts across the state in this current
year. The International Yoga Day (IYD) is celebrated across the world on 21 June.
• Under rural employment program (MGNREGA) Ministry of Rural Development achieved a milestone by
successfully geotagging 1 crore assets. It started in 2006-07 and each year a huge number of rural assets are
created under MGNREGA. All the assets created under the program will be geotagged.
• The Telangana legislature has passed the bill to hike reservation for Muslim and STs
For Muslim 4% to 12% increment and for Scheduled tribes 6% to 10%.
PM Narendra Modi’s two day visit to Gujarat.
• PM inaugurates Multi-Speciality Hospital, Diamond Manufacturing Unit in Surat
• At Bajipura village in Tapi district of Gujarat, PM Modi inaugurated a fully automated cattle feed plant
of SUMUL Dairy.
• In Botad district of Gujarat, PM Modi inaugurated Phase-I of Link 2 pipeline canal of the
ambitious Saurashtra-Narmada Avtaran Irrigation (SAUNI) Yojana by formally releasing the Narmada water
in Krushna Sagar Lake.
• In Silvassa, PM inaugurated Passport Seva Kendra, Jan Aushadhi Kendra and Solar Photo Voltaic Plant.
• The Centre launched a training programme for Women Panchayat leaders to skill and administers them so that
they can give special emphasis on efficient usage of funds for achieving their overall development.
• The country's oldest IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) is going to introduce Vastu Shastra classes for its
architecture students. Classes will be introduced from August, 2017. VastuShastra has its beginnings in Rig
Veda.
• Union Cabinet has given its approval for procurement of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) Units
for use in the General Elections, 2019.
• Cabinet has given its approval for Ex-post facto approval for Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-third
Amendment) Bill 2017 and (ii) National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017
• In order to ensure prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income, Union Cabinet has given its
approval for signing of a Protocol amending the Convention between India and Portugal for avoidance
of double taxation.
• The Union Cabinet has decided to impose a ban on the use of red beacons atop vehicles of government
officials and VIPs. This rule will be effective from May 1, 2017.
• Union Cabinet has approved a proposal of extending stock limits on sugar traders by another six months till
October 2017.
• Power Purchase agreement (PPA) has signed between Delhi Metro Railways Corporation (DMRC) & Madhya
Pradesh Power Management Company (MPPMC) with Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Limited, the implementing
agency for the ‘world’s largest single site solar power project’, the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project
(UMSPP, 750MW) in Bhopal.
• According to the report of “Youth in India” the sex ratio in India falls to 898 girls for 1,000 boys in 2031 from
939 in 2011.
• PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate a mega event Textiles India showcase the country as a global sourcing hub
in Gandhinagar on June 30, 2017.
• Indian Govt. has extended the ceasefire with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Reformation (NSCN-
R) for one year till April 27, 2018. This decision was taken during a meeting between Ceasefire Supervisory
Board of the NSCN-R and Union Home Ministry officials held in New Delhi.
• ‘Inter-Ministerial Consultation on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Containment’ was held on April 19, 2017
in New Delhi. At this meeting, Union Health Minister J P Nadda announced the finalization of India’s
comprehensive and multi-sectoral National Action Plan to combat Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).
• Punjab Govt. took a decision to set up ‘Book banks’ in all schools .The old students would be asked to submit
their old books which would be afforded to needy children free of charge.
• The Supreme Court (SC) of India in April 2017 set a benchmark for maintenance to be paid by a husband to
his former wife. The court has mentioned that 25% of his net salary to be given to his ex-wife for
maintenance.
• Central Govt. has unveiled a draft model law ‘Agricultural Produce and Livestock Marketing (Promotion and
Facilitating) Act (APLM), 2017’. This draft model seeks to liberalise the trade in agri-products and livestock
and will thereby help in doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

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• The second quarterly review meeting on the Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) was held at Mata Vaishno Devi
Shrine, in Katra, Jammu and Kashmir. 10 places Gangotri, Yamunotri Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain, Char
Minar, Hyderabad, Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi, Goa, Adi Shankaracharya’s abode Kaladi in
Ernakulam, Gomateshwar in Shravanbelgola, BaijnathDham, Devghar, Gaya Tirth in Bihar and Somnath
temple in Gujarat.
• The subscribers of Atal Pension Yojana (APY) can now have online access to their statement of
transaction (e-SOT) and Permanent Retirement Account Number (e-PRAN).
• The International Road Federation (IRF) has announced that India is set to host the 18th World Road Meeting
(WRM 2017) on November 13. The theme of World Road Meeting is ‘Safe Roads and Smart Mobility: The
Engines of Economic Growth’.
• The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has become the India’s First public hospital to start
plaque brachytherapy facility for the treatment of eye tumours.
• The Yogi Adityanath government has set up an anti-land mafia task force in Uttar Pradesh.
• The Haryana chief minister 'Manohar La lKhattar' has announced to change the name
of Ballabhgarh to Balramgarh. The name Ballabgarh is a corruption of Balramgarh (the fort of Balram).
• Central Asian country, Kazakhstan has opened its consulate in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This consulate will
cover Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
• Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation has
sanctioned 1, 00,537 houses for urban poor.
• The government of Pondicherry announced that the farmers in the Union Territory will be getting free power
supply for pump sets used for irrigation purpose. The scheme is expected to benefit around 7000 farmers.
• Bihar State Legislature has ratified the Constitution Amendment Bill on Goods and Services Tax (GST) on
April 24, 2017
• On 23 April 2017 “The India Post”has released a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Coffee as bring
aFragrance Stamp in Bengaluru.
• The Sumi Baptist Church Zunheboto (SBCZ) is in the northeastern state of Nagaland, India. It is finally set for
dedication after almost a decade since its construction began.
• According to survey based on 20 states karnataka is the most corrupt state in the country. The Centre for
Media Studies (CMS) released its 11th round of the the annual corruption study ‘CMS India Corruption Study
2017'.
• Chhattisgarh passed Goods and Service Tax (GST) Bill on April 28th 2017 and become the fifth state in the
country after Bihar, Jharkhand, Telangana and Rajasthan.
• Union Health Minister JP Nadda has launched the Test and Treat policy for Human Immunodeficiency Virus
(HIV) patients. Under this policy anyone who is tested and found positive will get the treatment free of cost.
• Kerala is the first state to conduct the country’s first-ever transgender one-day athletic meet in
Thiruvananthapuram.
• Bhilar village in Maharastra will become India’s first ‘book village’. It will be started from 4th May, 2017.
• On April 23, 2017, Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog, Mr. Arvind Panagariya presented a glimpse of ‘India
2031-32: Vision, Strategy and Action Agenda’ to Governing Council of NITI Aayog, chaired by Prime
Minister Narendra Modi.
• Rajasthan assembly passed the Rajasthan Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 and thereby became the third
state assembly after Telangana and Bihar to adopt this comprehensive indirect tax reform
• Jharkhand assembly passed the Jharkhand Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017. A one-day special session of the
assembly was convened to take up the GST bill.
• Belgium has become the first country to open an honorary consulate office in Gujarat International Finance
Tec-City (GIFT City).
• Haryana will become the first Indian state to invite all Twitter and Facebook users to interact with the Chief
Minister Manohar Lal.
• M Venkaiah Naidu has inaugurated the function to commemorate HUDCO’s 47th Foundation Day in New
Delhi on April 25, 2017. HUDCO has completed 47 years of existence in providing housing and basic
infrastructure across the country.
• On April 24, 2017, Mumbai Port Trust announced plans to construct India’s first and longest sea ropeway to
connect Mumbai mainland with famous Elephanta Island in Arabain Sea. The 8-km long ropeway connecting
Elephanta Island with Mumbai will begin from Sewri (Eastern Edge of South Mumbai).
• On April 24, 2017, Central Govt. has submitted an expert panel report in the Supreme Court which suggests
tagging of cows with Aadhar-like unique identification (UID) number in order to ensure better protection for
them and check smuggling.
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• Thaawarchand Gehlot inaugurates Photo exhibition “The Paths We Walk” on April 24, 2017 in New Delhi.
• UP Government will set up a Central university for Divyangs in the state.

PLACES IN NEWS

• The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi inaugurated the India’s longest Chenani-Nashri All-weather road
tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on April 2, 2017. The tunnel is among the longest highway
tunnels of length 9.2Km in Asia. The tunnel was built at a cost of Rs 2519 crore in an altitude of 1,200
meters above sea level.
• India’s first International Centre for Foot and Mouth Disease (ICFMD) has been inaugurated by Union
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh at Argul near Bhubaneswar in Odisha on 1st April 2017.
• First bio-gas bus with flat Re 1 fare inaugurated in Kolkata. Phoenix India Research and Development Group
in Kolkata has designed a bus that will run on biogas produced from cow dung.
• The Jammu & Kashmir state government has banned the usage of polythene bags which is manufactured
below 50 microns from April 3, 2017.Violator of the Act will be liable for punishment up to one month in jail
or fine of Rs 5000 or both.
• The festival of Goddess Budhi Thakurani called Berhampur Thakurani Yatra begun in southern Odisha
on April 3, 2017. The month long festival will be celebrated by the weaving community, known
as Devangiris.
• PM Modi Lays the Foundation Stone of a Multi-Modal Terminal on River Ganga at Sahibganj in Jharkhand.
This 5.8 km long 4-lane bridge will be built by National Highways Authority of India at an estimated cost of
Rs 2,266 crore.
• Vriksh is organising the country’s first ever micro-drama festival , Thespis which is scheduled to be held at
the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in Delhi. Theatre director is actor Ajith G Maniyan.
• The Uttar Pradesh government led by Yogi Adityanath has given its approval to building a music village
named 'Bismillah Khan Sangeet Gram' to honour of legendary Shehnai player Ustad Bismillah Khan.This
project is planned to develop at Varanasi.
• A court of the financial commissioner headed by Ashok Khemka IAS officer has ordered summons in
a property dispute case on WhatsApp to one of the respondents who shifted to Kathmandu.
• On April 15, 2017, Himachal Pradesh celebrated its 70th Foundation Day. It came into existence in
year 1948 post merger of 30 odd princely states. On the occasion of the 70th foundation day of Himachal
Pradesh, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh launched an 'Unemployment Allowance Scheme' at a state level
function in Chamba.
• On April 14, 2017, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation-stone for Dr B
R Ambedkar Smriti Vanam (memorial park) with 100 cr budget in state’s de facto capital Amaravati.
• The Madhya Pradesh government has planned to ban Plastic and Polythene bag from 1st of May. It has been
done because of the numbers of cow death across the state.
• A Bihar government has set up a special court for speedy trial for those cases which are registered against
violation of the law. The judge of the Special court has been appointed to Justice Trilokinath Tiwari.
• According to Assamese Calendar Rongali Bihu celebrates on the month of April which usually falls on
13th and 14th of April.The first day known as Goru Bihu that is purely dedicated to cattle.The Rongali Bihu
marks the agricultural New Year and is celebrated as a festival of Prosperity.
• For the first time in Indian Railway’s history Habibganj station in Bhopal has been handed over to Private
firm to be operated by it.
• President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Kempegowda Festival in Delhi. This foundation was founded on
17th April 2016.
• Suresh Prabhu flagged off the trial run of new glass roof coaches of Vistadome between Visakhapatnam and
Arakuon on April 16, 2017. The 2 coaches will run on the Vizag-Araku route while 2 will be sent to Jammu
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• UP government renames Gorakhpur and Agra airports. The Gorakhpur Airforce Station has been renamed as
Mahayogi Goraknath Airport.It was named after the founder of the Nath monastic movement. The Agra
Airport will be renamed after RSS ideologue Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay airport. The Department of
Disabled Welfare will now be known as 'Divyang Jan Vikas Empowerment'.
• The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has conducted first-of-its-kind State-level mock
exercise on forest fire in Uttarakhand. It is a 3 day event and started on 18th April 2017.
• Northeast India’s largest Information Technology (IT) hub has been inaugurated in Tripura’s capital city
Agartala on April 24, 2017. It is the sixth IT hub in the Northeast region.
• The country’s first electric taxi trial in the country would be launched in Nagpur from May 24. The first
project of this kind will be undertaken by Nagpur Municipal Corporation.
• The decision to raise all-women battalion comes after it was observed that girl students were throwing stones
at security forces in Srinagar.
• Andhra Pradesh has now established a welfare board for transgender persons in the state. Andhra Pradesh has
launched Hijra Transgender Welfare Board at the Sri Venkateshwara University in Tirupati.
• Uma Bharti - Union Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister launched
Centre’s extensive water conservation programme for drought prone areas of country. The programme was
launched at Bandri in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh.

FOREIGN VISITS

Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak’s five day visit to India
• MoUs that were signed in presence of Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak and Indian Prime
Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi:
• A revised Air Service Agreement, which was in effect since 1974 and MoU on Cooperation in Fertiliser and
mutual recognition of educational qualifications, sports, Malaysian Human Resource Fund/ Pembangunan
Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB) and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad.
• MoU on technology development in the field of Palm Oil signed between Institute of Chemical Technology
(ICT), India and Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)
• MoU on implementation of 4th Generation Technology Park in Andhra Pradesh, signed between Andhra
Pradesh Economic Development Board and MIGHT Technology Nurturing Sdn. Bhd (MTN)
Indian Army Chief conferred with Nepal Army honorary title in Kathmandu
• General Bipin Rawat, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) has visited Nepal and Bangladesh from March 28,
2017 to April 2, 2017 on his first foreign visit.
• On his visit to Nepal, the Army Chief was presented with Honorary General of the Nepalese Army title by the
President of Nepal on March 29, 2017.
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina’s four day visit to India
• In a bid to strengthen bilateral ties, India and Bangladesh signed 22 agreements for cooperation in various
areas viz. civil nuclear cooperation, cyber security, media, judicial sector, peaceful uses of outer space,
defence, information technology, electronics and transport connectivity.
• PM Modi announces $4.5 billion line of credit to Bangladesh and also India Commits $500 Million for
Bangladesh Military
• With an aim to promote people-to-people ties and increasing connectivity, third bus service between Kolkata
and Dhahka via. Khulna (in Bangladesh) has been launched. The distance covered by bus following this route
will be 409 km.
• On April 10, 2017, top leaders of Indian and Bangladeshi business firms signed agreements worth $9 billion
which mainly focused on energy requirements of Bangladesh.
• PM Modi and Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina jointly released the Hindi translation Sheikh Mujibur
Rahman's autobiography - "The Unfinished Memoirs".Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of Sheikh Hasina, was
popularly known as ‘Bangabandhu’.

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Australian PM Turnbull arrives in New Delhi on 4-day visit


• India and Australia inked six pacts after comprehensive talks between PM Narendra Modi and visiting
Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull in New Delhi. The two leaders discussed a range of bilateral, regional and
international issues.
• List of MoUs signed between India and Australia:
1. MoU on Cooperation in Counter-Terrorism and Organised crime
2. MoU on Cooperation in Sports
3. MoU for Promotion and Development of Cooperation in Civil Aviation Security
4. MoU on Cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine
5. MoU on Cooperation in the field of Environment, Climate and Wildlife
• India and Australia have agreed to hold a bilateral maritime exercise named ‘AUSINDEX’ in the Bay of
Bengal in 2018. Besides, holding joint exercise of Special Forces in later half of 2017 has also been agreed
upon.
• On April 10, 2017, Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and Indian PM Narendra Modi, jointly
inaugurated TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre (TDNBC)Gurugram through a video conference.
• Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launched Sports Partnership in Mumbai with an aim to increase
cooperation in sports among India and Australia.
President of Nepal, Bidya Devi Bhandari’s visit to India
• Bidya Devi Bhandari, the first female President of Nepal, was on an official visit to India from 17th to
21st April, 2017.
• During Ms. Bhandari’s visit, both sides assessed the implementation of ongoing cross-border connectivity
projects including development of Terai roads, cross-border railway lines, integrated border check posts, and
cross-border pipeline for carrying petroleum products which is first of its kind in South Asia.
• Both sides also reviewed bilateral energy cooperation, including development of 5,723 crore Arun 3 power
project in Nepal and Muzaffarpur-Dhalkebar high capacity transmission line.
Vice President Hamid Ansari’s five days visit to Armenia & Poland
• India signed three agreements with Armenia in the field of cultural co-operation, youth affairs and peaceful
use of outer space.
• India, Poland ink pact on agriculture
• India and Poland signed an agreement on the exchange of information and technology in the agriculture
sector. From the Indian side, the agreement was signed by Minister of State of Small Industries Giriraj Singh.
• Polish leadership reiterated its support to India's bid for Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership, Missile
Technology Control Regime (MTCR) issue and a permanent seat in the expanded UN Security Council.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's five days visit to USA
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley along with Mr. Urjit Patel and Mr. Shaktikanta Das attended the G-20 Finance
Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting in Washington D.C. The discussion in this meeting focused upon
following areas:
1. Financial Sector Development and Regulations
2. International Financial Architecture
3. Global Financial Governance
4. Compact with Africa (framework for supporting private investment, including in
infrastructure in African continent)
During the meeting with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raised the issue of
tightening of the H-1B visa norms. Earlier he had raised this issue with US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

• Israel government approved the establishment of a new settlement within West Bank for the first time in more
than two decades on March 31, 2017. In addition, the government also laid the groundwork for further
expansion and the law is intended to prevent future evacuations.

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• South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program of Asian Development Bank (ADB)
accepts Myanmar as its 7th member in 2017.
• According to a new report released by World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), India's travel and tourism
sector ranks 7th in the world in terms of its total contribution to the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
• On April 3, 2017, the Dispute Settlement Body of World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreed to set up a panel
for resolving a dispute pertaining to imposition of safeguard duty on imports of Japanese steel products by
India.
• Germany is the first NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) state to launch a “self-contained” cyber
command unit to protect from growing attacks. The Bundeswehr’s Cyber and Information Space (CIR) boasts
a status of army, navy, and air force.
• As a part of its ongoing effort to curb the spread of fake news and fabricated articles, leaders from Tech
industry and academic organizations joined together with $14 million to create an awareness of news literacy
and make trust in social media.
• Iceland ranks first on the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Gender Gap Index, followed by fellow
Nordic nations Norway, Finland and Sweden.50 percent of Women are law makers in Iceland Parliament.
• Nobel Peace Prize winner from Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai is set to become the United Nations’ youngest-
ever ‘Messenger of Peace’. She has been selected for this honour by United Nations current Secretary
General Antonio Guterres.
• Uruguay is set to become the first country to allow recreational marijuana to be sold in pharmacies in July.
The country is trying for nearly four years to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana
• A Pakistani army court awarded death sentence to Indian national Kulbhushan Jhadav who was arrested last
year on charges of spying.
• The first rail freight service from U K to China has departed on a journey of 7500 mile from Essex. Thirty
containers will carry British goods which include whiskey, soft drinks, vitamins pharmaceuticals and baby
products.
• The Hundredth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram was celebrated in London to retell
Gandhi’s story with some interesting visual elements to the Internet generation.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now become the most followed world leader on photo-sharing app
Instagram with a massive 6.9 million followers, Donald Trump has emerged the second most followed leader
with 6.3 million followers.
• Saudi Arabia raised $9 billion in its first global Islamic bond issue. The sale of Islamic bonds known
as Sukuks.
• US drops largest nuclear bomb in Afghanistan area populated ISIS members. The US has dropped the "mother
of all bombs" GBU-43 bomb - the largest non-nuclear weapon.
• India and Nepal have agreed to solve their border disputes by a Joint Survey of Boundaries.The survey of the
entire border between Kheri in UP and Kanchanpur in Nepal has been done to resolve the border disputes
• Five prominent Madhesi parties in Nepal have united to form a new united party named the Rastriya Janata
Party,It is the fifth largest party in Nepal’s Parliament.
It has been announced that leaders of the five parties will lead the Rastriya Janata Party by rotation.Madhesis
account for 50% of Population of Nepal.
• As mentioned by officials of National Grid, April 21, 2017 was Britain’s first ever working day without coal
power since the Industrial Revolution. All coal-fired power plants went offline from April 20, 2017.
• Cuba and Morocco has signed an agreement to re-establish diplomatic ties after a time period of 37 years. The
two governments have also agreed to forge political, economic and cultural cooperation.
• India with 12 other members was elected to the Committee for Programme and Coordination (CPC), a
subsidiary body of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
• First India Indonesia Energy Forum was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on April 20, 2017. Mr. Piyush Goyal -
Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines and Mr. Ignasius Jonan -
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia took part in this forum.

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• The China Overseas Port Holding Company would carry out all the development work on the Gwadar port on
the Arabian Sea.
• Federica Mogherini a European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is agreed
to strengthen cooperation for counter-terrorism with India. EU is one of the India’s largest trading
partners with bilateral trade in goods that reach to 85 billion dollars in 2016.
• Rodrigo Duterte, the President of Philippines has won this year’s TIME magazine's Readers' Poll of the 100
most influential people in the world. Duterte received 5% of total ‘YES’ votes.
• Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a historic referendum on Sunday in the biggest overhaul of
modern Turkish politics and the opposition not satisfied about the result. The 'Yes' campaign won 51.4
percent of the vote against 48.6 percent for 'No'.
• Australia abolishes 457 visas programme largely used by Indians. Its objective is to tackle the growing
unemployment in the country.
• US President Donald Trump signs executive order to tighten H-1B visa programme.
• China has announced its official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh and has strong protests with India
over the Dalai Lama’s visit to the frontier state. It was aimed at declare China’s claim over Arunachal
Pradesh. The official names of the six places using the Roman alphabet are Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri,
Qoidengarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bumo La and Namkapub Ri.
• The 14th edition of United Nations International Day of Vesak will be hosted by Sri Lanka from May 12-14,
2017.The PM Narendra Modi will be the chief guest for UN Vesak Day.
• A set of four rare stamps, featuring the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi has fetched 5 lakh pounds at an auction
which is so far, the highest price ever paid for Indian stamps. The auction was held in United Kingdom, the
purchaser is a private Australian collector.The record price for a stamp sold at an auction is 7.4 million
pounds.
• The United Nations will be going to issue special stamps commemorating the International Yoga Day on June
21, 2017 said by India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin.
• Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has made broad changes to Citizenship laws for new
applicants. Under this announcement the removal of 457 visa program for foreign workers that was used
majorly by the Indians. It was done to tackle the growing unemployment in the country.
• A freight train has introduced which connects Russia with China. It arrived in Ganzhou an inland city in
Jiangxi province that will carry goods from Moscow.
• China and Iran have signed the first agreement on the reconfiguration of Iran's Arak reactor. The deal was
concluded between the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and a Chinese company at the official
ceremony in the Austrian capital Vienna.
• The 24th Arabian Travel Market begins in Dubai. This year the event will focus on the latest industry trend of
experiential travel.
• On April 28, 2017, office of United States Trade Representative (USTR) released 2017 edition of ‘Special 301
Report’. In this report, India has once again been placed in the ‘Priority Watch List’ for not providing
adequate protection to Intellectual property Rights (IPR).
• The first freight train linked China directly to the United Kingdom and arrived in the eastern Chinese city of
Yiwu on April 29th 2017 after a 12,000-kilometre (7,500-mile) trip, becoming the world’s second-longest rail
route.
• Peggy Whitson is the first woman to command the space station twice. She holds the record for most
spacewalks conducted by a female astronaut. It will break Jeff Williams’ standing United States record of 534
cumulative days in space.
• Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan became the first Indian actor to deliver TED speech in Vancouver, Canada.
• El Salvador became the first country in the world to ban metal mining. The law was favoured by nearly 80
percent of the El Salvadorian population.
• A Pakistani court allowed Hindus to worship at a Shiva temple in Abbottabad district which had banned to
them for 20 years.

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SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

• South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Finance Ministers’ Meeting held in New Delhi. The
strategic vision document titled “SASEC: Powering Asia in the 21st Century” will supplement the SASEC
Operational Plan 2016-2025, which was released in May 2016.
• The national conference on Communicating India 2017 held in New Delhi on April 5, 2017.
A day-long conference was based on the three main themes1.Telling India's story to the world
2.Communicating via Journalism and3.Dialogue with Diaspora.
• The 19th Commonwealth Forestry Conference (CFC), 2017 begins at Forest Research Institute (FRI) in
Dehradun, Uttarakhand on April 3, 2017. The members from 49 Commonwealth countries will be present at
the conference.
• 9th UK-India Economic and Financial Dialogue held in New Delhi which was led by Finance Minister Arun
Jaitley and UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond.
• Tow-Day National TB Summit, for raising awareness and increasing momentum to fight against TB is being
held in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh on 7th and 8th April. The TB Summit will conclude with a will
pledge their support for ‘TB free India by 2025’.
• The 136th Mega-Conference of World Parliamentarians has begun in Dhaka on April 1, 2017.The conference
was inaugurated by Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina. She will also release a commemorative
postage stamp and launch Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) web television.
• The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh chaired the 11th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-
State council. The 11th Standing Committee meeting of the council will discuss the recommendations of the
Punchhi Commission on Center-State relations.
• A two-day meeting of BRICS special envoys on Middle-East was held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on
11th and 12th April 2017. This was the second such meeting of BRICS envoys on Middle-East.
• G-7 Foreign Ministers meeting held in Lucca, Italy.Latest conflicts in Syria, dominated the G-7 foreign
ministers meeting.
• A ministerial conference of G20 ministers in charge of digitalisation was held on 6th and 7th April, 2017
in Dusseldorf, Germany. This was the first such meeting of G20 ministers responsible for digitalisation.
• On April 17, 2017, President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated 3rd edition of the Global Exhibition on Services
(GES 2017) at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
• Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh inaugurates India Steel 2017 in Mumbai.
• The international conference on “Dara Shiko” held on April 27 and 28. The theme of this conference
is Reclaiming Spiritual Legacy of India.
• The Global Mobile Internet Conference(GMIC), organized by the Great Wall Association (GWC) held from
27th April to the 29th April 2017 at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing, China.

RANKINGS & REPORTS

• Union Human Resource Development Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar announced ‘India Ranking 2017’ based
on National Institutional Ranking Framework.
Toppers of India Rankings 2017 (NIRF 2017):
Category College/Institute/University
Overall Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Management Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
Universities Indian Institute of Science Bangalore
Colleges Miranda House (Delhi)
Pharmacy Jamia Hamdard (Delhi)

• India has been ranked 3rd in the doping violation report published by the World Anti-Doping Agency
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(WADA) for the year 2015. The report stated that, 117 athletes from India have been punished after testing
positive for banned substances. The top spot is held by Russia.
• India has ranked 40th out of 136 countries on Global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017
published by World Economic Forum (WEF). This marks a commendable jump of 12 spots as compared to
previous year’s rank. The list is topped by Spain.
• India has ranked 9th out of 41 countries in bribery and corrupt practices in businesses as per the EY (Ernst &
Young) Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) Fraud Survey 2017. Countries which rank higher
than India in this survey are: Ukraine, Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Kenya, South Africa and Hungary.
• The Haldia Port of West Bengal has emerged as the cleanest ports among Indian ports on sanitation
parameters.The ranking of all the 13 Indian ports was conducted by the Quality Council of
India. Haldia and Vizag ports receive the first and the second rank.
• Amnesty International published the review stated that China executed the most people in 2016, followed by
Iran and Saudi Arabia. The china alone killed thousands of people when 23 countries together executed
1032, the MENA region has executed the majority of 852 numbers.
• Actress Alia Bhatt has featured in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. She is the only Bollywood actress who has
made it to this year. The actress has got a place in Forbes Under 30 Asia list.
• The World Health Organization has published the Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and
Drinking-Water (GLAAS) 2017 report that nearly 2 billion people worldwide using Contaminated Water.
• India ranked at 8th position in the 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index. US
has topped A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index for the fifth year in a row.
• India’s Current Account Deficit is expected to grow by 1.6% from 0.5% in this fiscal year: Nomura
• This year Margot Robbie has been featured in Time's 100 Most Influential People Of 2017.Margot Robbie is
an Australian actress. She started her career in his late 2000s.
• In Time’s 100 two Indians are on the list Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar
Sharma.
• In the latest World Economic Outlook (WEO), International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut down India’s
growth forecast for year 2017 by 0.4 percentage points to 7.2 %.
• As per figures revealed by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), India has
become world’s fifth largest military spender in year 2016. India’s military expenditure for 2016 was $55.9
billion, which marks 8.5% growth over 2015 figure. US retained its position as largest military spender in the
world.
• India ranks 136th among 180 countries in the 2017 ‘World Press Freedom Index’ released by Reporters Sans
Frontières (RSF) also known as Reporters Without Borders. In 2016 India ranked 133rd on this index. Norway
ranked first on the index. It replaced Finland which was holding the top spot since past six years.
• Mumbai and Chennai have ranked among the top 20 tourist destinations in Asia Pacific Region as per
the Mastercard Asia Pacific Destinations Index 2017.
In terms of total expenditure by international tourists, Singapore hosted the highest spending visitors at $254
per day. For the entire APAC region, overall tourism expenditure stood at $244.9 billion

BANKING & FINANCE

RBI – First Bi-Monthly Monetary Policy Statement for financial year 2017-18.
Policy Repo Rate 6.25% Unchanged - since 4th October 2016
Reverse Repo Rate 6.00% Hiked by 25 basis points. Earlier it was 5.75%
Marginal Standing Facility Rate 6.50% Reduced by 25 basis points. Earlier it was
6.75%
Bank Rate 6.50% Reduced by 25 basis points. Earlier it was
6.75%
Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) 4.00% Unchanged – since 9th February 2013
Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) 20.50% Effective from 1st January 2017
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GDP growth has been forecasted at 7.4% for current fiscal as compared to 6.7% in 2016-17.
Gross Value Added (GVA) growth has been forecasted at 7.4% for current fiscal as compared to 6.7% in
2016-17.
• Having commenced operations from 1st April 1935, India’s central bank, Reserve Bank of India
(RBI) celebrated 82nd Establishment Day on 1st April 2017.
• On March 31, 2017, Japan made a commitment with India for providing Official Development
Assistance (ODA) for Infrastructure projects in India. Japan is providing India with 371.345 billion yen (about
Rs 21,590 crore) under the financial year 2016-17.
• Private sector Karnataka Bank in collaboration with SBI Card launched co-branded credit cards for Karnataka
Bank customers on March 31, 2017. Two types of credit cards are launched namely1.Karnataka Bank
Platinum SBI card and2.Karnataka Bank Simply SAVE SBI.
• On April 1, 2017, State Bank of India (SBI) successfully merged with its five associate banks and Bharatiya
Mahila Bank. By this merger, SBI entered the league of Top 50 Global Banks which ranks 44th and a balance
sheet size of Rs 41 lakh crore along with the new logo.
• The New Development Bank (NDB) backed by BRICS has invested a total of USD 1.5 billion through 7
projects in the year 2015 and 2016. The information was shared by NDB president K V Kamath during the
second annual meeting of the bank on April 1, 2017.
• Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Santosh Kumar Gangwar informed Lok Sabha that Reserve
Bank of India (RBI) is planning to set up a separate in-house Enforcement Department which will be
operational from 3rd April 2017.
• The Central government has decided to make tax evasion of over Rs 5 crore under the proposed Goods and
Services Tax (GST) regime as a non-bailable offence. Earlier, the tax evasion of over Rs 2.5 crore was
proposed by the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.
• Market leaders ICICI Bank and Axis Bank sold Rs 1800 crore worth loans of paper maker Ballarpur
Industries to Edelweiss Asset Reconstruction Company.
• India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has cleared a proposal to introduce new currency notes
of Rs 200 on April 3, 2017.
• Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank Ltd. has become the seventh entity to receive a final licence from Reserve
Bank of India (RBI) for carrying out the business of payments bank in India. Aditya Birla Idea Payments
Bank Ltd. will be launched in the first half of year 2017.Its headquarters is in Mumbai.
• The currency of the Internet, Biticoin and other digital currencies have recognised as a payment method by
Japan with effect from its new fiscal year. It was recognised under new banking law of Japan but it is not a
legally-recognized currency.
• The Government of India and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a $175 million loan agreement
to support construction of high voltage transmission systems. The project will improve the capacity and
efficiency of interstate transmission networks, particularly in transmitting the electricity generated from the
new solar parks to the national grid.
• India recorded a growth rate of 7.4% in this fiscal year and it expects to be 7.6% in the next financial
year. Despite the effect demonization India’s growth grew from 1% to 7.4%. India is the fastest growing
economy ahead of China mentioned by the ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB).
• RBI allow banks to invest in REITs And InvITs and enables faster money transfer by finetuning NEFT
Network.
• The Income Tax Department clarified that the Rs 2 lakh cash transaction limit will not be applicable on
withdrawals from bank, cooperative bank or a post office savings account. Section 269ST in the I-T Act, the
Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said the restriction shall not apply to withdrawal from banks and post
offices.
• Private Sector Lender. HDFC Bank Ltd., announced the launch of its Unified Payments Interface (UPI) on
Chillr. Henceforth the HDFC Bank UPI will be available on Chillr, in addition to the bank’s Mobile Banking
app.
• RBL bank announced the opening of its IFSC banking unit at Gujarat International History of RBL
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Bank Finance Tec-city called Gift city. It opens the opportunity door for our clients and can show their
potential growth overseas.At present GIFT IFSC has already crossed the $2.5 billion.
• South Indian Bank made an agreement with Flyworld Money Exchange to facilitate remittances by Indian
migrants in Australia. NRIs in Australia could enjoy quick and cost-effective remittances to India using
the SIB Express facility.
• FINO Paytecha primarily a business correspondent received a license to launch a Payments Bank by RBI. It
inked a deal with ICICI group companies to distribute Insurance products and also tied up with Exide Life
Insurance to sell products through distribution channel.
• ESAF Small Finance Bank has launched a social deposit scheme called Hrudaya Deposit that provides
customers an opportunity to be a part in social welfare projects. An individual or a legal entity can join the
Hrudaya deposit scheme with a minimum deposit amount of Rs 15 lakh and for a minimum period of 2 years.
• The Bank Board Bureau has recommended that government bring reforms in the compensation process in
Public Sector Banks similar to Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs).
• To promote financial transactions the Kerala based NBFC Manappuram Finance with launch its own prepaid
cards. It tied-up with Yes bank.
• The Department of Posts has joined hands with the State Bank of India to promote cashless transactions like
'SBI buddy e-wallet' and POS machines. The installation of SBI Buddy e-wallet and POS Machines will make
the transactions easy through digital payments and cashless transactions in post offices.
• RBI has given an approval to Amazon India to launch its own digital wallet or pre-paid payment
instrument (PPI) in India. This move by the RBI is believed an Amazon to enter India’s fast-growing digital
payments business.
• World Bank has approved a $375 million loan to India for developing its first waterway project - The National
Waterway 1. Under this project, a navigable stretch of 1360 km will be developed on River Ganga from
Varanasi (in Uttar Pradesh) to Haldia (in West Bengal). The loan has maturity of 17 years and grace period of
7 years.
• Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Union
Budget for financial year 2016.Loans extended under the PMMY during 2016-17 have crossed the target of Rs
1.8 lakh crore.
• On April 14, 2017, the Income Tax department launched second phase of ‘Operation Clean Money’ under
which it will probe over 60000 individuals including 1300 ‘high risk’ individuals.
RBI- Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework
To ease bad debt in the system, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had revised Prompt Corrective Action (PCA)
framework for banks which will be effective from April 1, 2017. The revised framework is applicable to all banks,
including foreign banks and small banks.
Parameters Risk Threshold 1 Risk Threshold 2
Capital Adequacy Ratio below 10.25% or common equity tier –I below 7.75% or common equity tier –I
(CAR) (Falls) (CET1) capital ratio falls below 6.75% (CET1) capital ratio falls below 5.125%
Net Non-Performing Above 6% above 12%
Assets (NPA) (Rises )
Leverage Ratio (falls) Below 4% below 3.5%
Time Two consecutive years of negative Return on Three consecutive years of negative Return
Assets (RoA) on Assets (RoA)
Consequences Restriction on dividend distribution. Restriction on expansion of
Promoters/Owners (or parent organisation in branches(domestic as well as overseas)
case of foreign banks) will have to infuse

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more capital
When Breach in Risk Thersold 1-Common Equity Tier –I (CET1) capital ratio falls below 3.625% in combination
with NPA above 12% for four consecutive years of negative Return on Assets (RoA)

• IRDAI unveils portal for insurers to sell policies online. The portal name is isnp.irda.gov.in. All the Insurance
companies, Brokers and Corporate agents now can sell insurance policies through online platform.
• The Bank Board Bureau (BBB) has developed a Governance Reward and Accountability (GRAF)framework
for the public sector banks.
• As per ‘Migration and Development Brief’ released by World Bank, India is world’s largest remittance
recipient for the year 2016. Remittance inflows to India amounted to $62.7 billion in 2016. However, there has
been a drop of 8.9% as compared to $68.9 billion received in 2015.Global remittances amounted to $575
billion in 2016, which is a 2% drop as compared to $582 billion remitted in 2015.
• Filing of declarations about tax payment and deposits under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan
Yojna (PMGKY) has been extended up to May 10 for black money holders.
• Nirjuli village-1 in Papum Pare district was declared as the first digital village of Arunachal Pradesh. It aims
to improve connectivity to speed up socio-economic development of the masses.
• EPFO( Employess Provident fund Organisation) has decided to reduce the interest rate on Provident Fund
Deposits to 65% from 8.8%.
• State Bank of India (SBI) surpassed ONGC to become the most valued public sector undertaking (PSU) state-
owned firm in terms of market valuation.
• Punjab National Bank (PNB) has launched three new products for its customers on the occasion
of 123rd foundation Day. PNB Headquarter is in New Delhi and was founded on 12th April 1895.
• A new Memorandum of Understanding has signed between The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Royal
Monetary Authority of Bhutan.
• The Reserve Bank has started a new office at Raipur for Chattisgrah and for Jammmu.Focus is to look into the
grievances of residents and entities.
• ICICI Bank Data Centre has become country’s first Platinum rated project under IGBC Green Data Centre
Rating System. Main objective of becoming partner with IGBC is to bring the Green Building movement in
the country.
• The RBI has allowed banks to invest up to 10 per cent of the unit capital of a Real Estate Investment
Trust (REITs) or Infrastructure Investment Trusts (InvITs).
• India contributes USD 250000 to the United Nations programme for helping countries to hold elections and
develop their electoral systems.
• Au Financiers India is a non-banking finance company that has converted into a small finance bank and
called AU Small Finance. AU NBFC had a network of 300 branches spread across 10 States — Rajasthan,
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Goa
• Payment Technology company will going to launch Payments bank FinoPaytech. It helps to facilitate
NABARD to help the rural bank digitization drive in the states of Haryana, MP, Bihar, Gujarat and
Maharashtra.
• World Bank predicts India’s gross domestic product (GDP) to 7.2% in the 2017-2018 from 6.8% in this fiscal
year.Title of the World Bank report is “Globalization Backlash”. According to Globalization Backlash India’s
economic growth will rise to 7.7% in 2019-2020.
• The central bank of India the Reserve Bank is set to issue new Rs 10 and Rs 5 coins. Rs 10 Coin has been
minted to celebrate 125th year of National Archives of India. Rs 5 coins to celebrate 150th anniversary of
Allahabad High Court.
• Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on 26 April 2017 issued draft guidelines on cross border Merger and
Acquisitions transactions. The draft regulations will be known as 'Foreign Exchange Management (Cross
Border Merger) Regulations'.
• Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), a self-regulatory organization and industry association of the
microfinance industry in India launched the financial literacy mobile app for microfinance clients on April 25,
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2017.
• GIC Re has become the first re-insurer company to open an office at India’s first International Financial
Services Centre (IFSC) at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City).
• International Monetary Fund has mentioned the Goods and Services Tax(GST) to be implemented from July
1, 2017. GST would help raise India’s medium-term growth to above 8%.
• This small Panchayat ward in Kerala has become the first one to go digital in the country.
• As per a new financial norm, all bank accounts opened between July 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015, as well as
investments made during this period in mutual funds and Insurance schemes will freeze if FATCA
compliance has been not filed by April 30, 2017.
• On April 28, 2017, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said that all the existing asset reconstruction companies
(ARCs) must have a minimum Net Owned Fund (NOF) of Rs100 crore by March 2019. Minimum NOF of Rs
100 crore for ARCs was proposed by RBI in the first bi-monthly monetary policy review for FY 2017-18.
• Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has barred resident as well as non-resident Indians (NRIs)
from making investments through participatory notes (P-Notes).
• Paytm launched ‘Digital Gold’ on its platform to allow customers to buy and sell gold through electronic
platform. It is the first wealth management product that was launched in partnership with gold refiner MMTC-
PAMP.
• Yes Bank, a Private sector lender has announced a tie up with Paisabazaar.com. Under which the bank will
offer conditionally approved loans to the existing customers.

BUSINESS

• On March 31, 2017, 1,000 MW Atomic Power Reactor has begun its 1 year period of warranty operation
at Kundankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu. This was the 2nd unit to be successfully
launched for commercial operation out of 4 units. The information was announced by the Russian builders.
• National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) successfully crossed the 50 GW power generation
capacity on April 1, 2017.
• National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), the drug price regulator increased price of stents by
around 2 percent effective after taking into account the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) on April 1, 2017.
• For the first time, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on April 2, 2017 assigned a task of making two
Full Multi-Crore Heavy Duty Satellites to Alpha Design Technologies, a private sector high-tech defense
equipment supplier. A sum of Rs 400 crore is signed up with the company to give India its first large private
satellite.
• Central government has approved the procurement of a fresh batch of Barak surface-to-air missiles for its
naval warships on April 3, 2017. The missiles will be procured under buy global category from Rafael
Advance Defense Systems Limited of Israel at an approximate cost of 77 million USD.
• A landmark contract for Alternate Fuel was signed by Indian Railways with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
for constructing the 2 Megawatt roof top solar power plant under the government's incentive scheme.
• Israel Aerospace Industries signs $2 billion with India. This is the largest arms deal in the history of Israel's
defense industries.The deal made a $1.6 billion contract to deliver a medium-range surface-to-air missile
defense system(MRSAM), and a $400 million contract for a long-range surface-to-air missile defense
system(LRSAM).
• India set to become the world’s largest steel producer after China while boosting exports to the highest ever.
India becomes the “Bright Spot”for growth in the global steel industry. India will overtake Japan as the second
biggest producer by 2019.
• The agreement of 2 MWp Roof Top SPV Systems to be installed at Diesel loco Modernization
Works (DMW), Patiala was signed between Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited BHEL & IROAF (Indian
Railways Organisation for Alternate Fuels).
• Nokia inks Mous with Airtel and BSNL to bring 5G network in India. 5G connectivity is expected to take
place during 2019-2020.
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• India and Georgia signed a joint statement on the launch of Joint feasibility study on the bilateral free trade
agreement.
• US-based tech giant Cisco has launched its fifth global cyber range lab in Gurugram, Haryana with an aim to
train Indian firms and government agencies on real-world cyber attacks. The facility was inaugurated
by National Cyber Security Coordinator Gulshan Rai.
• The Central Processing Centre in Benglaru gets new pin code for taxpayers benefit. The new pin code is-
560500-while the CPC earlier old pin code was--560100.
• The RBI has allowed Aditya Birla Group firm Grasim Industries to raise the foreign shareholding to 49%
from 30%.
• A Wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, The TAL Manufacturing Solutions has launched a Made-In-India
Robot.TAL Brabo is the first robot which is deliberately designed in India.It is designed for manufacturing
units across the world.
• The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the PM Narendra Modi has given its approval for
listing of the following 11 Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) on stock exchanges.
• The government has approved guidelines on service charge. It is not mandatory for customers to pay service
charges in hotels and restaurant bills according to the Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas
Paswan.
• “Quality Mark” Award Scheme for dairy Cooperatives has been initiated to promote and encourage
enhancement of safety, quality and hygiene of milk and milk products manufactured by dairy cooperatives
(National Dairy Development Board (NDDB)).
• Reliance Industries CEO Mukesh Ambani has regained its status as India's most valued firm by market
capitalization. Reliance Industries has overtaken Tata Group's crown jewel TCS.
• The government has raised over Rs 1,200 crore through the sale of 9.2 per cent stake in Nalco National
Aluminium Company Ltd (Nalco) is the first disinvestment of the current fiscal that has started on April 1.
• BHEL (Bharat heavy electrical ltd.) has commissioned 2 units of 270 MW at Rattan India Nashik Power ltd.
This is the project of 270 MW unit commissioned by BHEL in Phase-1 of the project. The 5*270 MW
Thermal Power project located at Sinnar in Nashik district of Maharashtra.
• The Red chillies farmers of Andhra Pradesh has to suffer a lot due to the price crash of chillies from Rs
12000-14000 per quintal last year to below Rs 5,000 per quintal this year at the Guntur Chilli market yard
• The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has planned to build a new oil terminal at Motihari in Bihar to Nepal from
the planned pipeline up to Amlekganj in Nepal.
The 69-km Motihari-Amlekganj pipeline will be built at a cost of Rs.325 crore.
• India has replaced Japan as the world’s second-largest importer of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).Import of
LPG, which is mostly used as cooking fuel in India, during 2016 -17 was 11 Million Tonnes.
• Indian mangoes will be imported to Australia for the first time after protocols were revised to allow the Asian-
grown fruit into the local economy.
• For a period of five years India has imposed an anti-dumping duty of up to USD 135.40 per tonne on
imports of a chemical used in foam making from Thailand.
• Brazilian aerospace major Embraer has partnered with state owned Air India to maintain its brand of private
and business jets in the entire South east Asian region.
• The Tamil Nadu government signed an agreement with Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL). It is
aimed to implement the Centre's rural internet connectivity programme"Bharatnet”.
• Infosys a global leader in consulting, technology and outsourcing has launched the next-generation services
called Infosys Nia.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

• N Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh has been selected for the US India Business
Council (USIBC) award. The award is to be presented at the 2nd Annual West Coast Summit to be held in
Menlo Park, California on May 8, 2017.
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• Dawit Isaak, an imprisoned Eritrean-Swedish journalist has been chosen for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano
World Press Freedom Prize 2017 dedicated to promoting press freedom. The award is to be presented on May
3, 2017.
• Lance Havildar Prem Bahadur Resmi Magar of Gorkha Rifles has been conferred with Kirti Chakra by
President Pranab Mukherjee at the defence investiture ceremony in New Delhi.
• Asha Khemka, an Indian-origin educationist in the United Kingdom (UK) has been named the 'Asian
Businesswoman of the Year' at the 5th annual Asian Business Awards Midlands, which honours the
outstanding achievements of local Asian businesses. The award ceremony was held at Edgbaston cricket
ground in Birmingham, UK.
• NTR National Film Award for the year 2012 and 2013 were announced at the Film Development Corporation
office in Hyderabad by Andhra Pradesh government. Each NTR award winners will get Rs.5 lakh and a
citation.
NTR National Film Award 2012: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam(Singer)
Raghupathi Venkaiah Film award - Kodi Rama Krishna(Director)
NTR National Film Award 2013: Hema Malini(Actor)
64th National Awards - List of winners
Category Film Awardee/s
Best FEATURE FILM Kasaav (Marathi) Director: Sumitra Bhave & Sunil Sukthankar
Producer: Sumittra Bhave, Sunil Sukthankar &
Mohan Aghase
BEST POPULAR FILM Sathamanam Bhavathi Director: Satish Vagesna Producer: V.Venkata
PROVIDING WHOLESOME (Telugu) Ramana Reddy
ENTERTAINMENT
BEST FILM ON SOCIAL ISSUES Pink (Hindi) Director: Anniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Producer: Rashmi Sharma Films
BEST FILM ON ENVIRONMENT Loktak Lairembee Director & Producer: Haoban Paban Kumar
CONSERVATION/ (Manipuri)
PRESERVATION
BEST CHILDREN’S FILM Dhanak (Hindi) Director: Nagesh Kukunoor Producer:
Drishyam Film
BEST ANIMATION FILM Mahayodha Rama Director: Rohit Vaid
(Hindi) Producer: Contiloe Pictures Pvt. Ltd.
Animator: Deepak S.V
NARGIS DUTT AWARD FOR Dikchow Banat Palaax Director: Sanjib Sabha Pandit Producer:
BEST FEATURE FILM ON (Assamese) Canvascope
NATIONAL INTEGRATION
BEST ACTOR Rustom (Hindi) Akshay Kumar
BEST ACTRESS Minnaminungu – the Surabhi C.M
Firefly (Malayalam)
BEST CHILD ARTIST a). Kunju Daivam a) Adish Praveen
(Malayalam) b) Sahaj b) Nur Islam and Samiul Alam
Pather Gappo (Bengali) c) Manohara. K
c) Railway Children
(Kannada)
• Judge Tej Bahadur Singh Family Court Judge Created Guinness World Record – 6065 Cases in 327 working
days.This is also the highest number of cases ever disposed of in the country.
• Colson Whitehead wins Pulitzer prize in Fiction for The Underground Railroad. This is the 101st edition of
Pulitzer Prizes.
• Professors from Japan, USA to be honoured for promoting Hindi.26 writers including 2 Japanese and
American Professors will be privileged for Hindi Sevi Samman by President Pranab Mukherjee for their
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efforts to promote the language.


• On April 12, 2017, President Pranab Mukherjee conferred National Geoscience Awards 2016 on 27 bright
Geo-scientists of India. The awards were conferred at a ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhawan. Young
Scientist Award – 2016: Dr. Abhishek Saha, NIO, Goa
• President Pranab Mukherjee presented Scope excellence awards to honor the outstanding Central Public
Sector enterprises.
• An Indian software engineer Abdulqadir Rashik has won the top prize at a global challenge for an open-source
tool.
• Veteran actor Dilip Kumar was honoured with the Living Legend Lifetime Award by the Punjab Association.
• The Union Ministry of Agriculture has selected Himachal Pradesh for the Krishi Karman Award 2015-16 for
increase in food grains production.
• American Helicopter Society (AHS) International has awarded 'World's Outstanding Aerospace Engineer
Leadership Award' to Dr. Arvind Sinha - an India-born aeronautics engineer, currently based in Australia.
• Tirupati Jain is an environmental enginner who won a Cartier Women’s Initiative Award.She has chosen by
an Independent International Jury.The Awardee will receive $100000 prize money.
• The 6th edition of M.S. Swaminathan Award for honouring outstanding contribution in the field of agriculture
has been given to Rayappa Ramappa Hanchinal - Chairperson of Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers
Rights Authority.
• Bollywood Superstar Shah Rukh Khan was honoured with a tribute at the ongoing 60th San Francisco
International Film Festival (SFIFF) in USA.
Krishi Karman Award Winners
Madhya Pradesh (MP) For highest production of wheat.
Tamil Nadu (Category I) Food grains production is higher than 10 million tones
Himachal Pradesh food grains production is between 1 – 10 million tones
Tripura Category III Food grains production is lesser 1 million tonnes.
Meghalaya Commendation award for total food grains production.
• Veteran Bollywood actress Saira Banu and actor Jackie Shroff have been named by Maharashtra State Govt.
for Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement Award and Raj Kapoor Special Contribution award respectively.
• The Giuseppina (Giusi) Nicolini has awarded the peace prize by UNESCO. She is the mayor of the Italian
island of Lampedusa.
• British Pop singer turned fashion designer, Victoria Beckham has been made an Officer of the Most Excellent
Order of the British Empire.
• 91 year old gynaecologist Dr Bhakti Yadav, the first woman doctor from Indore has received the Padma Shri
Award at her home.
• Golf Industry Association awards 2017 has been won by Golfers Aditi Ashok, S.S.P Chawrasia and Ali
Sher on 20th April 2017. Aditi Ashok has given the award for Outstanding Achievement. SSP Chawrasia has
given the award for the Men's Player of the Year (2016).
• The Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd (GNFC) won the prestigious Golden Peacock
Award. It was given on 19th April 2017.
• Indonesia Island Bali has been presented with 2017 Travelers' Choice Awards by American travel website
company TripAdvisor.
• Bengal film Journalists Association Awards (BFJA) has been given to Veteran actress Moushumi Chatterjee.
It is a lifetime achievement award. The BFJA is the oldest association of film scribes in the country.
• All India Radio (AIR) Aizawl has been honoured with the prestigious "Lelte Award". Lelte is a popular
Weekly Magazine in Mizoram which hit the stand since 1983.
• Shambhavi Puraskar, 2017 has been persented to Hari Sankar Rout for his noteworthy contribution
towards social change.
• On April, 17, 2017, D.V. Sadananda Gowda - Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation,
conferred the Dr. Paduru Gururaja Bhat Memorial Award 2017 on historian and archaeologist Prof. A.V.

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Narasimha Murthi in Udipi, Karnataka


Aniruddhan Vasudevans has been chosen for Sahitya Academy award.He is chosen for his novel "One Part
Woman", a translation of Perumal Murugans controversial Tamil novel "Maadhorubaagan".
• Raj Kumar, a Hindu youth from Pakistan has been selected for the prestigious ‘Emerging Young Leaders
Award’ given by the US State Department for the positive role played by youngsters in building sustainable
peace.
• The Dinanath Mangeshkar Awards has been given to Actor Aamir Khan and kapildev cricketer. It is
the 75th Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award.
• National Safety Council’s ‘NSCI Safety Awards’ for the year 2016 were presented by Mr. Bandaru
Dattatreya - Minister of State (Independent Charge), Labour & Employment on April 20, 2017 in New Delhi.
The Winners of Sarva Shreshtha Suraksha Puraskar are as follows:
Sector Awardees
Manufacturing Sector IOCL- Digboi Refinery
National Fertilisers Ltd., Panipat, Haryana
NPCIL, Kaiga Generating Station 3 & 4, Kaiga, Uttar Kannada,
Karnataka
Construction Sector L & T Ltd., Rawatbhata, Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
MSME Sector Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Electricals & Electronics, Bhiwandi,
Thane, Maharashtra

• Japan has selected former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar for this year’s 'Order of the Rising Sun' award for
his contribution to strengthening of bilateral ties between Japan and India.
• Sudarsan Pattnaik is an internationally renowned sand artist. He won the jury prize gold medal at the 10th
Moscow Sand art Championship at Kolomenskoye, Moscow in Russia. The theme for the competition
was "The world around us".
• Legendary filmmaker and actor Kasinathuni Viswanath conferred prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award
• Two Indian-American, Ritu Raju and Sundeep R Muppidi selected for ACE fellowship
• World’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp was get the ‘Indian MNC of the year‘. It was given
by All India Management Association.
• The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented CII President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement to
Mr. Rahul Bajaj and CII foundation Woman modal Award in New Delhi.
• Srishti Kaur of India has been crowned Miss Teen Universe 2017 at Managua. Srishti won after beating 25
contestants from across the world. She also bagged an award for the best national costume.
• Vani Jairam a versatile playback singer was received the Ghantasala national award. It was instituted by
the Ghantasala National Art Academy.
• Dileep K Nair, the youngest ever chancellor of any university in India has received Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar
International Foundation Kerala State award for the year 2016-17 for excellent performance in the field of
education.
• 65 year-old social activist, Prafulla Samantra has been announced as one of the six winners of 2017 Goldman
Environmental Prize.
• P C Chandra Puraskar has been given to Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on 23 April 2017.
• Actor Rajkummar Rao-starrer film ‘Newton’ in April 2017 won the best film honour at the 41st Hong Kong
International Film Festival (HKIFF).
• Bhubaneswar the capital city of Odisha has been selected for the 2017 Pierre L'Enfant International Planning
Excellence Award by American Planning Association (APA). Bhubaneswar has become the first Indian city to
win this award.
• Kerala-born, UAE-based entrepreneur Yusaffali MA’ food processing plant ‘Y International (UK) Ltd’ in
Britain has won the prestigious Queen's Enterprise Award 2017 for its exceptional contribution to the UK's
trade, industry and economy. ‘Y International (UK) Ltd’has been chosen for this award in ‘International
Trade’ category.
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• Yes Bank has won the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock Innovative Product Service Award 2017’.
• Karnataka Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Depthas bagged e-Puraskar Award. They receive for the
best performance in empowering panchayats by using Information and Communication Technology tools, for
2016-17.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

Name Designation
Tapan Singhel (re-appointed) Bajaj Allianz General CEO
Ajit Kumar Srivastava & Shabri Bhattasali CBDT members
Mahabaleshwara MS MD and CEO of Karnataka Bank
Achim Steiner Administrator of UNDP
Justice Gita Mittal Acting Chief Justice of Delhi HC
Actress Kristin Davis UNHCR goodwill ambassador
B Venugopal, Sunita Sharma Govt MDs at LIC
Harbhajan Singh Ambassador for ICC Champions Trophy (among Eight
)
Sheela Patel named by the UN chief to panel on Urban development
Gynaecologist Dr Duru Shah President of the Indian Society for Assisted
Reproduction (ISAR).
Himanta Biswa Sarma Badminton Association of India's interim President
Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) chairman
Vinay Shah MD & CEO of LIC Housing Finance
B.N. Mohapatra Railway Financial Commissioner
Iran bars Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from running for President
Nita Ambani Member of IOC’s important commissions
Shri Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar DG, CRPF
Shri RK Pachnanda DG, ITBP
Yushra Mardini UNHCR goodwill ambassador
T Krishnakumar Coca-cola India’s new chief
Ilir Meta President of Albania
Mridul Gehlot President of kabaddi federation
Rajiv Kumar Chander Permanent Representative to Geneva UN offices from
India.
Lenin Moreno Ecuador President.
Indira Banerjee New Chief Justice of Madras High Court
Mahesh Kumar Jain IDBI bank MD and CEO
K Kharat MD and CEO of Indian Bank
MS Dhoni CEO of Gulf Oil for 1 day
Brayan Jimenez banned for life-time by FIFA
DGP Geetha Johri Gujarat’s first woman police chief
Aliza Knox (quits) Twitter’s VP of Asia Pacific
Prithika Yashini India’s first transgender police officer Tamilnadu
Police Dept
Malvika Sinha New Executive Director of RBI
Kenichi Yokoyama New Country Director of India Resident Mission of the
Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Quatrro's Raman Roy CEO of NASSCOM

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Rishad Premji vice chairman of NASSCOM


Former Supreme Court judge Shiva Kirti Head of Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate
Singh Tribunal(TDSAT).
Mukta Dutta Tomar New Ambassador of India to Germany
Anuja dhir First non-white circuit judge at Old Bailey in London
Smita Sandhane MD of Saraswat Co-operative Bank.
S.N. Subrahmanyan CEO -Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T)
Foreign Coaches in Athletics
Name Sports
Dave Smith (Australia) Race walking
Galina P Bukharina (USA) 400m and 400m relay
Dmitry Kislev (Russia) Masseur
Elmira Kisleva (Russia) Masseur.

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

• ICICI Venture is planning to do a new project by investing $20 million to acquire a considerable stake
in Theobroma, owned and managed bakery, patisserie and chocolate based in Mumbai, India.
• Flipkart announced its biggest funding and it is buying eBay’s Indian operations and marked drastic moves by
the country’s largest online retailer. It builds a ‘mahagathbandhan’ of global tech giants to counter Amazon.
This buy was a part of its mega fund raising of $1.4 Bn.
• Natural resources major Vedanta Ltd. merger with subsidiary energy firm Cairn India has become effective.
• Anil Agarwal buys 11.4% of minor Anglo American and becomes the 2nd largest holder in Anglo
American.Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal has become the second largest shareholder in Anglo American after
acquiring the shares of 11.44 per cent of the British mining group
• HCL Technologies ,India's fourth largest software services will acquire US- based Urban Fulfillment Services
(UFS) for up to $30 million (over Rs 193 crore) in cash to boost its mortgage business process
outsourcing(BPO) business.

MoUs

• Cabinet approves MoU between Forum of Regulators and the National Association of Regulatory Utility
Commissioners.
• Union Cabinet has Cleared Revised Air Service Pacts With Malaysia, Serbia in accordance with the latest
template of International Civil Aviation Organisation and have factored in the recent developments in civil
aviation sector.
• The Agreement was signed between Indian Ministry of Rural Development and Centre on Integrated Rural
Development for Asia and the Pacific (CIRDAP). The CIRDAP centre will be setup at National Institute of
Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRD&PR), Hyderabad.
• Cabinet approves MoU between India and Australia on cooperation in the field of Health and Medicine
• Ahead of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's official visit to India from April 7 to 10, Indian cabinet
approved various bilateral MoUs with Bangladesh. These MoUs pertain to cooperation in following areas:
• Agreement on Audio Visual Co-production:
• MoU on cooperation in the field of Mass Media:
• MoU on passenger cruise services on the coastal and protocol routes:
• Cabinet approves MoU between India and France on Technical Cooperation in Civil Aviation
• Cabinet approves Air Services Agreement between India and Georgia
• Air Services Agreement (ASA) between India and Georgia has been approved by Union Cabinet chaired by
the PM Modi.

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• Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing a Collaborative Agreement with French National Research
Agency (ANR), France for supporting the Belmont Forum Secretariat. The estimated expenditure to support
Belmont Forum Secretariat (currently hosted at ANR) from January 2015 to December 2017 will be Euro
40,000.
• Cabinet apprised of the MoU with Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane S.P.A. of Italy on Technical Cooperation in
the Rail Sector.
• India-UK Agree on New Areas of Economic Cooperation.
• US President Donald Trump and President of the People's Republic of China & Chairman of the Central
Military Commission, Xi Jinping have agreed to pursue a '100-day plan' aimed at reducing the US trade deficit
with China.
• A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of justice between India and the North
African country, Tunisia has been approved by the Union Cabinet.
• The MOU has signed between NSFDC and the Development Commissioner (Handlooms).The main objective
of signing this MOU is to help and promote production and marketing of high value quality Handlooms
products among Scheduled class weavers.
• A MoU has signed between the Indian academy of Highway Engineers and the University of New South
Wales, Australia. The agreement is signed to bring the innovation in the transportation sector.
• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signed an MoU with the Bank of Guyana on "Supervisory Cooperation
and Exchange of Supervisory Information". The MoU was signed with an aim to promote greater co-operation
and share supervisory information.
• A MoU has signed between CII and 3 Singapore Universities at the ASEAN-India Business Forum held in
Singapore. The MoUs signatories are Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore
and Singapore Management University.
• The MoU has signed between Indian space Research Organization (ISRO) and Bharat Heavy electrical
Limited (BHEL) to develop low-cost lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles and also an agreement of
buyback commitment for such batteries.
• HPCL and Rajasthan Govt. sign revised Rs 43129 crore Mou for Barmer refinery
• India and the Republic of Korea (RoK) have signed an Inter-governmental Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) for Defence Industry Co-operation in Shipbuilding.
• Maharastra govt. sign MoU with Railways to expand Green cover & Railways to set up Rs 200 Crore Solar
Power Plant. The Indian Railways is looking to set up a solar power plant in Bhilai (Chhattisgarh) where it has
spare land, through Railway Energy Management Company Limited (REMCL)
• SBI and CREDAI have signed an agreement to provide loans at a concessional rate to builders as well as
customers for affordable housing projects. SBI will provide 10 basis points concession to home buyers
and 10-35 basis points to CREDAI’s developer members.
• TERI, French firm sign MoU for 'Clean India'to strengthen India’s waste management capabilities a Delhi-
based green body, a French waste company and a Geneva-based innovation foundation have joined hands with
one another.
• A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between BBNL, Department of Posts and BSNL.
It provides broadband connectivity of BharatNet to Post Offices in rural areas.

SCHEMES

• Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment launched, first of its kind “Rashtriya
Vayoshri Yojana” in Nellore; Andhra Pradesh aimed to make life comfortable for senior citizens of India. This
scheme has been launched for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices to Senior Citizens
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belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) category who suffer from age related problems viz. hearing
impairment, low vision, dental problems etc.
• Union Textiles Minister, Ms. Smriti Irani launched PowerTex India Scheme on 1stApril 2017 at Bhiwandi in
Thane district of Maharashtra. It is a gamut of schemes aimed at development of powerloom sector in India
with a special focus on small powerloom weavers. The scheme was simultaneously launched at 45 locations
across India.
• The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Government of India (GoI)
and Mizoram under the scheme Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). The agreement was signed for
operational improvement of the State’s Power Distribution Department. The state becomes 27th State to join
UDAY scheme.
• As per a notification issued by Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, benefits to given to mild
hybrid vehicles under FAME India scheme have been withdrawn with effect from 1st April 2017. The
notification also clarified that decision does not apply to sales of mild hybrid vehicles made to retail
purchasers up to 31st March 2017.
• The number of people benefitting from the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana for providing (Liquefied
Petroleum Gas) LPG connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) households has crossed 2 crore mark. This
feat has been accomplished in less than a year’s time since its launch.
• Union Cabinet has approved closure of the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana (MGPSY). This
scheme was launched in 2012 to provide insurance, resettlement expenses and other social security needs of
blue collar workers going abroad for work to Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries.
• Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has launched subsidized meal scheme at Rs.5 in
Gwalior. This scheme helps people to get economical nutritious and good quality food under the Deendayal
Rasoi Yojana at cheaper rates. It is launched in 49 districts across the state.
• The Government has reduced the number of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) from 66 to 28 and effective
from the financial year 2016-2017. Centrally Sponsored Schemes are implemented by state governments of
India but are funded by Central government with a defined State government share.
• The Uttar Pradesh State Govt., headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has stalled the Samajwadi Pension
Scheme of the previous Samajwadi Party Govt. under Akhilesh Yadav.
• Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has announced that her ministry will soon approach
the Cabinet for the approval for an umbrella programme ‘Scheme for Agro-Marine Produce Processing and
Development of Agro-Processing Clusters (SAMPADA) with 6000 crore.
• Andhra Pradesh CM relaunches Adarana, a scheme for improving traditional occupations.It includes modern
tools, technology, marketing, and financial support that are for the artisans.
• MOU has been signed between Uttar Pradesh government and Centre for the “Power for All” to provide
electric connection to every house and agriculture field by 2019. The cost of the project will be 40 thousand
crore and 20 thousand crore will be spent till 2018.
• Maharashtra State Govt. has announced ‘Advanced Farming – Enriched Farmer’ scheme, with an aim to
increase farmers’ income by cutting production cost and increasing the output. The scheme will be launched in
the upcoming kharif season.
• The Bengal government has launched the scheme for unorganized sectors and self-employed people.5 crore
people will get benefit from the Social Security Yojana and around 1 crore will get direct benefit.
• Haryana extends Accidental insurance cover to all residents. One of the most prominent schemes of Modi
government Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) has been implemented by the Haryana
government.
• Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launches Pro bono Services, Legal Aid Schemes, Nyaya Mitra
The CPI (M)-led LDF government in Kerala has decided to provide pension to former circus artistes in the
state.
• On April 26, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged-off first UDAN flight from Shimla to Delhi under
the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). PM Modi also flagged off UDAN flights from Kadapa (Andhra
Pradesh) to Hyderabad and Nanded (Maharashtra) to Hyderabad through video conferencing link.
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COMMITTEE

• The Government has set up an inter-ministerial committee to monitor the regional air connectivity scheme
UDAN which seeks to make flying affordable by connecting unserved and under-served airports.
• The committee constituted to prepare draft Ganga Act submitted its report to the Union Minister of Water
Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to Uma Bharti in New Delhi. The Chairman of this
committee is Justice Shri Girdhar Malviya.
• Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance has made an Inter- Disciplinary Committee chaired
by Dinesh Sharma, to examine existing framework regarding Virtual currencies.
• On Implementation of 7th pay commission in educational institutions after teachers associations the HRD
ministry forms a committee headed by Higher education secretary, Kewal Kumar Sharma

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

• Researchers from the University of Birmingham and Newcastle University in the United Kingdom have found
a drug to fight against drug resistant superbugs on April 1, 2017. The process was clearly explained by Tony
De Soyza, Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University.
• The Madhya Pradesh government has launched mobile application MP e-Nagarpalika to provide various
municipal services online. The App was launched by Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh
Chouhan.The mobile app is the part of Rs 225-crore e-nagarpalika project, under which all municipal services
would be made available online on a unified web platform.
• A group of scientist from India has discovered indications of a massive planet orbiting a low mass X-ray
binary star system. The planet was discovered by scientists from Raman Research Institute,
Bangalore and University of Delhi. The X-ray binary star system is named as MXB 1658-298.
• Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas officially launched the low
emission Bharat stage (BS)-IV Grade fuel in Bhubaneswar on April 1, 2017. The launch was made on the
special occasion of Utkal Diwas which is the foundation day of Odisha.
• Online tax filing portal ClearTax.com announced that it has developed a technology platform to help
businesses comply with the provisions of GST law.
• Morocco King Launches Final Stage of Largest Solar Plant in The World. The plant is based on photovoltaic
(PV) technology, which spanned over an area of 137 hectares (1.37 square km).The cost of this plant is
nearly 75 million U.S. dollars.
• The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir launched the website,
http://npdrr2-mha.net.in, during the meeting of National Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (NPDRR). This
is an exclusive website to share all information related to the NPDRR.
• The Department of Science and Technology (DST) under Union Ministry of Science and Technology has
initiated a Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) programme.This programme has a financial outlay of Rs. 3000
crore, out of which Rs. 100 crore have been earmarked in the current financial year itself.
• The Government is going to geo-tag all the agricultural assets in the country for better land and crop
management. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh is going to sign a Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) with National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), ISRO, for geo-tagging the agriculture land created
under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVA) in the country.
• Astronomers have detected an atmosphere around the super-Earth GJ 1132b marks the first time that an
atmosphere has been detected around an Earth-like planet.
• Scientists have discovered a protein which helps to make vaccinations provide protection from diseases such
as cancer, HIV, and influenza before they have a chance to establish within the body.
• Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the web portal and mobile application named “Bharat ke
Veer” to enable the willing donors to contribute towards the family of soldiers who sacrificed his/her life in
line on duty.
• NASA's Kepler space telescope have discovered a Venus-like planet orbiting a dim star and located 219 light-
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years away.This new planet is slightly larger than Earth, and it tightly embrace its low-temperature star
called Kepler-1649, encircling it every nine days.
• Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has launched an mobile application named ‘e-Sewa’ to provide
information about more than 250 schemes and programmes of 30 different departments
• Power Minister Piyush Goyal has launched the 'Urja Mitra' mobile application and Rural Feeder Monitoring
Scheme on April 11, 2017 in New Delhi.While Urban Jyoti Abhiyaan (Urja) app which was launched in June
2016 to monitor service delivery to consumers in towns.
• Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah launched a Mobile App ‘Suraksha’ for the safety of women in the city.
• NASA scientists have released a new global composite map of planet Earth at night as observed in 2016.
These maps show the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of human settlement across our planet.
Satellite images of Earth at night are referred to as “night lights”.
• The High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) completed the experiment of the Belle-II
Tsukuba, Japan.
• On April 14, 2017, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu launched a new mobile app CM
Connect, at Secretariat at Velagapudi near Vijaywada. This mobile app runs on Microsoft’s Kaizala
platform and will be useful in receiving feedback from the public directly on any given issue.
• Researchers of CSIR National Institute of Oceanography have developed a platform of Robotic that can be
located at any depth from 0 to 200 meters.
• On April 14, 2017, Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh launched two web applications to
check corruption and keep track of government activities. Digital Application for Review by Public And
Nation (DARPAN): This web application would upload details of projects right from the initial stage till
sanction of fund and photos of work-in-progress from sites.
• NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has detected gases on Enceladus and some earth- based bacteria are founded.
Enceladus is an icy moon of Saturn which hides an ocean and sprays water into space.
• Google has launched a new food delivery and home services App called Areo for the Indian market.It allows
user to order food or scheduled appointments with a local beautician, plumber, and painter, cleaner. It is
currently operated in Bangalore and Mumbai.
• Team of scientists, including Indian origin researchers Rahul Satija from New York University and Karthik
Shekhar from Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in the US, have identified new types of blood cells in the
human immune system.
• Harayana launches mobile app Kilkari to create awareness among pregnant women
• The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has successfully test fired. It is a land-attack version with an
extended range increased from 290 km to 450 km.
• Union HRD Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar launched a portal and a mobile app of Rashtriya Uchchatar
Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) in New Delhi. He also released the Booklet “Digital Launch of Projects; Rashtriya
Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)”
• Leading bot platform Gupshup has announced the launch of ‘InterBot’, a first of its type platform that enables
bot-to-bot communication. Ability to communicate will give bots human-like capabilities to transact, co-
ordinate, compete, collaborate and negotiate with each other.
• Mongolia has launched its first satellite Sat-1 Mongol on 19th April 2017.It is 1227 megahertz satellite.
• Amazon.com Inc. launched its content-streaming Fire TV Stick in India.The Fire TV Stick runs a customized
version of Android and has support for Android apps and games.
• China has launched its first unmanned Cargo Spacecraft named Tianzhou 1. It is programmed to conduct
scientific experiments after reaching China’s second space station.
• Malaysia Airline has become the first to use new satellite-based real-time global aircraft tracking
• ISRO has launched a solar calculator app that can calculate the benefits of installing solar panels in different
regions of the country. This app has been created by the Space Application Center (SAC). At present this app
can be downloaded from ‘New and Renewable Energy’ section at sac.gov.in.
• India has successfully test-fired 3000 kilometre range Agni-III ballistic missile. It has launched from Abdul

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Kalam Island off Odisha coast. It can carry a warhead of 1.5 tonne which is protected by carbon all composite
heat shield.
• Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M Venkaiah
Naidu launched MyMSME Mobile App on 27 April 2017. Its aim is to access information on all schemes
implemented by the Ministry and as well as apply for any of them.
• The National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) has successfully launched a super pressure
balloon to conduct near space scientific investigations. It is the the fifth attempt and it was launched from
South Island Wanaka Airport, New Zealand.
• China carried out maiden glide test of its first amphibious aircraft AG600, the largest in the world, in the
southern Chinese city of Zhuhai.
• On April 30th 2017,Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced South Asia Satellite will be launched on
May 5 and describing it as India's "priceless gift" to its neighbours as 'sabka sath, sabka vikas' (cooperation of
all, development for all) concept.
• NASA’s Cassini spacecraft completed its final close of Saturn’s moon Titan and has now started its final set
of 22 orbits before jumping into Saturn on September 15, 2017 and completed its 20-year long journey.
• By using an “artificial womb” the extremely premature babies could be kept alive in future. After a successful
study involving unborn lambs scientists plan to test in humans.
• China has launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on 26 April 2017. It helps in transferring the ship
from a dry dock into open water in Dalian, a port city in China’s Liaoning Province.
• Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) has launched an application
named Kaapi Soil Health Management and Monitoring (Kshemam).

DEFENCE

• INS Darshak, the Indian Navy's hydrographic survey ship is on a two-month deployment in the Sri
Lankan waters since March 3, 2017. INS Darshak was commissioned on April 28, 2001 at
Visakhapatnam under Eastern Naval Command of Indian Navy.
• INS Chennai a P 15A Guided Missile Destroyer of Indian Navy was dedicated to the city of Chennai on April
17, 2017.The ship has a complement of about 45 officers and 395 personnel.
• First ever Joint military exercise begin between Nepal and China named Sagarmatha Frienship 2017 in
Kathmandu.
• India- Mongolia military exercise training has started at Vairengte in Mizoram. Christened “Exercise Nomadic
Elephant- XII”aimed at training troops in operations like counter-terrorism and counter insurgency.
• The National Nuclear security Administration (NNSA) and US Air force have conducted a test of a
modification of the B61 atomic bomb.B61-12 bomb was tested without a nuclear warhead.
• On April 28, 2017, Indian Coast Guard ship, ICGS Varad, the eight in the Vikram-class offshore patrol vessel,
was decommissioned at Chennai Port. ICGS Varad was in service for 27 years.
• Indian Air Force introduced its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft into the 221 Squadron, ‘Valiants’, at its
base in Punjab to enhancing the IAF’s capabilities. Su-30 MKI is a state-of-the-art all-weather multi-role
fighter jet.
• A "joint doctrine" envisaging deeper operational synergies among the army, navy and air force was unveiled
on April 25, 2017. The three defence services will now follow a unified approach to deal with all possible
security challenges including conventional and proxy wars.
• The Indian Navy began a joint maritime exercise Varuna with the French Navy at the Mediterranean Sea. The
exercise was begun on 24th April 2017 and will be ended on 30th April 2017. It aims at deepening combat
coordination between the two navies.

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ENVIRONMENT

• Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have identified a soil fungus which uses enzymes to
rapidly break down plastic materials. The research was published in the journal called Environmental
Pollution.
• The new tree-living species named Kani maranjandu has been found by Scientists from University of Kerala
in Kerala. It was stated in the Journal of Crustacean Biology.
• India's first DNA bank for wild animals will be setup by the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) at
Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh.It was informed by R K Sharma,director of IVRI.
• As per a report titled `Not For Sale`, published by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), nearly 30% of
World Heritage Sites are plagued by poaching, illegal logging and fishing.
• A temperate rocky 'Super-Earth' planet has been discovered.Temperate planet known as LHS 1140b is 39 light
years from Earth.
• Scientists have unearthed five ancient dinosaur egg fossils in China dating back to 70 million years.
• NASA scientists have discovered a new planet- OGLE-2016-BLG-1195lb- that has the same mass as Earth
and orbits its star from the same distance as Earth orbits the sun. The newly discovered planet is nearly 13,000
light-years away and orbits a small star.
• Scientist Federica Bertocchini and his colleagues of the Institute of Biomedicine and Biotechnology of
Cantabria in Spain have found that a caterpillar commercially bred for fishing bait has the ability to
biodegrade polyethylene.

SPORTS

• New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott has confirmed his retirement from international cricket on March 30,
2017. He will retire from cricket after playing his last T20 series against England.
• Joyciline Jepkosgei of Kenya broke three world records by winning the Prague Half Marathon in Czech
Republic on April 1, 2017. Defending champion Violah Jepchumba and Fancy Chemutai, both from Kenya
finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
33rd edition - Miami Open 2017 at Crandon Park, Florida in USA - An Overview
CATEGORY WINNER’s RUNNER’s
Men’s single Roger Federer(Switzerland) Rafael Nadal (Spain)
Women’s single Johanna Konta (Great Britain) Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
Men’s doubles Łukasz Kubot (Poland)/ Marcelo Melo Nicholas Monroe (USA)/Jack
(Brazil) Sock (USA)
Women’s doubles Gabriela Dabrowski (Canada) /Xu Yifan Sania Mirza (India)/Barbora
(china) Strýcová (Czech Republic)
• Rio Olympics silver medalist P V Sindhu won championship in India Super Series tournament on April 2,
2017. She defeated the Olympic champion Carolina Marin from Spain in straight sets 21-19, 21-16.
• Mashrafe Mortaza(33) who led the Bangladesh international cricket team for One day and Twenty20
international matches has announced retirement from T20Is in Colombo.
• A right handed Indian international cricketer Virat Kolhi(28) was named as the Leading Cricketer in the
World for the year 2016 by Wisden India Almanack. Kohli also features on the cover of the 2017 edition of
the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Besides Ellyse Perry of Australia has been named as Leading Woman
Cricketer in the World.
• After two decades, the Indian football team has risen to 101st from 132nd in the latest FIFA rankings which
was released on April 6, 2017. Brazil retained its top position.
• Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu achieves a career-best world number two ranking in the latest
Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings list. Badminton World Federation rankings as Chinese Taipei’s
Tai Tzu Ying stayed at first position.
• US based National Basketball Association (NBA) has launched its first basketball school in Mumbai, India on
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April 7, 2017.More schools will be opened in India and around the world in this year. The school was opened
as part of a multi-year agreement with India On Track (IOT).
• The IPL team owned by Royal Challengers Sports Private Ltd, Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) joined
hands with the gaming entity Nazara Games have announced the launch of online cricket game named RCB
Star Cricket on April 7, 2017
• India has finished the Thailand International Tournament with two medals includes 1 gold medal and 1
bronze medal in Bangkok on April 8, 2017. Indian boxer K Shyam Kumar (49kg) won a gold medal for the
second time in Thailand International Tournament.
• Former captain of the Pakistan cricket team Younis Khan(39) has announced to retire from international
cricket matches after the 2017 test series against West Indies which will be ending on May 14 in Jamaica.
• Indian team stood top at the Asian Youth Chess Championship in Tashkent,
Uzbekistan. They elevated our country with 12 medals, including four gold medals.
• Mercedes team Driver Lewis Hamilton wins Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix for Mercedes
• The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has granted affiliation to the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), a long-
standing tie made between the two bodies.
2017 Malaysia Super Series Premier –Overview
CATEGORY WINNERS RUNNERS
Men’s Singles Lin Dan Lee Chong Wei
Women’s Singles Tai Tzu-Ying Carolin Marin
Men’s Doubles Marcus Fernaldi Gideon & Kevin Sanjaya Fu Haifeng & Zheng Siwei
Sukamuljo
Women’s Yuki Fukushima & Sayaka hirota Huang Yaqiong & Tang
Doubles Jinhua
Mixed Doubles Zheng Siwel & Chen Qingchen Lu Kai & Huang Yaqiong
• Marouane Fellaini (Belgian professional) becomes the first Muslim to captain Manchester United. He is the
world’s most expensive player.
• The US, Mexico and Canada finally announced the details for a joint bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.It
would be the first World cup hosted by three nations and the first jointly hosted World Cup.
• The Indian School team beat Malaysia 5-1 to lift the title at the Fifth Asian School Hockey Championship in
Bhopal at the Aishbagh Stadium. Indian Alishan Mohammad scored 2 goals and converted a penalty corner
and a penalty stoke in the goal.
• Pankaj Advani has won his 7th Title by defeating Sourav Kothari in the Asian Billiads Championship held in
Chandigarh . PankajA dvani is the 16th time world champion. Advani defeated Sourav Kothari by 6-3 in the
finals.
• Sai Praneeth has won the Men’s Single at Singapore Open Badminton championship. Srikanth is the first
Indian to won a Superseries title after defeating K Srikanth in Singapore.
• Former Ranji cricketer Tushar Arothe has been appointed as the coach of the Indian women’s cricket team.
• Cricket, Skateboarding, Sambo and Surfing are among the sports which have been removed from the 2018
Asian Games to be held in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia. Total number of events has been reduced
from 493 to 431.
• Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) won a Baharain Grand Prix by defeating Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).It was held at
Baharain International circuit Baharain.Sebastian Vettel belongs from Germany.
• Pullela Gopichand a National Badminton coach daughter has won both single and double crown at the
Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix in Jakarta. Gayatri teamed up with Samiya in doubles title and win
over Indonesian players of Kelly Larissa and Shelandry Vyola.
• Chris Gayle became the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket. He accomplished this feat while
playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL), 2017
match.
• Visually impaired Indian runner Sagar Baheti completes historic Boston Marathon

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• International Cricket Council (ICC) has named former Indian Cricket Team Captain, Sourav Ganguly and
former Australian Cricket Team Captain, Ricky Ponting as commentators for the upcoming Champions
Trophy, scheduled to be held in England from 1-8 June 2017.
• Five Indian Badminton players have been upgraded in the latest BWF rankings released on April 20, 2017.
Notably PV Sindhu: Moved to number 3 position. Last week she was at number 5 position. Saina
Nehwal: Ranked at number 8 position. Last week she was at number 9 position.
• Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has launched a new feature called Video gaming as a full sport at the 2022
Asian Games which is scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China from September 10 to September 25, 2022.
The 2018 Asian Games will be held in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia.
• 101-year-old Man Kaur has won Gold Medal for 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in
Auckland on April 24, 2017. Including this, she has won 17 Gold Medals so far.
• Sandhya Agarwal, former captain of the Indian women’s Test Cricket team has been offered honourary life
membership of ‘Marylebone Cricket Club’ (MCC) in recognition of her distinguished service to the game.
• Indian shot putter Manpreet Kaur has clinched gold in the Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet. It was held in
Jinhua, China. Manpreet also qualified for the IAAF World Championships to be held in August 2017
in London.
• On April 28, 2017, Indian professional snooker player Pankaj Advani, won silver at the Asian Snooker
Championship at Doha, Qatar. He lost the finals to China's Lv Haotian by 3-6.
• Actress Gul Panag has become the first Indian woman to drive a Formula E racing car. She drove the
M4Electro at the Circuit de Calafat in Catalonia,Spain. The M4Electro is a Mahindra fourth generation
Formula E race car.
• Jehan Daruvala becomes 1st Indian to take pole in FIA F3 European Championship in Monza, Italy.
• Nadal wins Men’s Singles and Bopanna and Cuevas Lift men’s doubles in the Monte Carlo Masters
• Haryana beats Kerala at the National Youth Athletics Meet at Hyderabad Kerala was at the top place for the
last five years but now Haryana emerged champions with 166.5 points.
• India has won 16 medals at US Open karate Championship and grabbed 3 gold 2 silver and 11 bronze
medals.The US Open Karate Championship was held in Las Vegas.It was held from April 12 to April 16.

OBITUARY

• Ajey Jhankar – The Noted Scriptwriter passed away


• Pop art pioneer James Rosenquist dies at 83
• Kishori Amonkar a Hindustani classical vocalist passed away
• Gilbert Baker – The LGBT rainbow flag creator passed away
• Comedian Don Rickles dead at 90 in USA
• Roland founder and music pioneer Ikutaro Kakehashi dies aged 87
• Spain’s First Female Defence Minister Carme Chacon Dies
• Ex-Union minister and Badminton Association of India chief Akhilesh Das Gupta dies in Lucknow.
• Veteran Malayalam actor Munshi Venu passes away
• Pioneering Canadian HIV/AIDS researcher Mark Wainberg passes away
• Former J&K Governor Girish 'Gary' Saxena Dies
• Computer pioneer Robert W. Taylor dies at 85 in California
• Italian Emma Morano last known survivor of 19th Century dies
• Former Bihar minister Narsingh Baitha is dead
• Veteran journalist Nora Chopra no more
• Germaine Mason has died at the age of 34. He is a British Olympic silver medallist.
• The rock and Jazz fusion guitar pioneer Allan Holdsworth has died at the age of 70 in USA
• Former Andhra Pradesh minister Devineni Rajashekhar passes away
• Top Maoist Leader Narayan Sanyal Passes Away

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• Ali Mohammad Naika Senior National Conference (NC) leader and former speaker of Jammu and Kashmir
Legislative Assembly passed away.
• Vinod Khanna a Bollywood actor and politician was expired at the age of 70.
• Begum Yaman K. Khan has passed away. She is a famous sufi singer and daughter of legendary Sitar Maestro
(late) UstadVilayat Ali Khan.
• The Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, Jonathan Demme passed away on 26 April 2017. He
was 73.
• Tamil actor Vinu Chakravarthy passes away at 71
• Legendary Serbian writer for children, Rasa Popov, passed away.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

• President Pranab Mukherjee has released the book on Draupadi authored by Veerappa Moily in New Delhi on
April 7, 2017. The book titled 'Flaming Tresses of Draupadi' was written in both English and Kannada and it
is published by Rupa.
• Vice President receives first copy of the book titled ‘Hope in a challenged democracy: An Indian narrative’
authored by Shri Ashwini Kumar
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi released a book ‘Matoshree’ authored by Sumitra Mahajan.The book
‘Matoshree’ covers the life and times of legendary Devi Ahilyabai Holker who ruled the Holkar Empire
spread over the Malwa region from 1767 to 1795.
• The Dalai Lama released a book named - 'Ocean and Blue Mountains' published by department of Karmik and
Adhyatmik Affairs (DoKAA) in presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu and other dignitaries.
• Salman Khan launched the autobiography of Asha Parekh, The Hit Girl, with well known author and
journalist Khalid Mohamed who was the co-author of the biography.
• The author Arjun Gaind launched his book on Punjab, Building the land of five rivers. On the occasion of
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu a panel has organized a discussion in which there is a discussion of
Punjab’s history, heritage, culture and growth.

IMPORTANT DAYS

• World autism Awareness Day is observed on 2nd April every year by United Nations (UN) member countries
to raise awareness about autism and problems faced by people suffering from it. World Autism Awareness
Day Theme 2017: ‘Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination’
• The International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action was celebrated on April 4,
2017. The theme of this year was “Needs driven. People Centered”
• 54th National Maritime Day is celebrated on 5th April 2017 since 1964 to mark the day when the first voyage
of the SS Loyalty, the first ship of Scindia Steam Navigation Company towards United Kingdom from
Mumbai on this day in 1919.
• The United Nation proclaimed 6th April as International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on August
23, 2013. The day also coincide with the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.
• World Health Day observed on 7th April with theme 'Depression: Let's Talk'.
• President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the first NIMCARE World Health Day Summit 2017 in New
Delhi on April 7, 2017. ‘Unite for a Healthy Mind’ was chosen as the slogan of the summit.
• Every year 12th April is celebrated as International Day of Human Space Flight to mark the day when the first
human space flight, carried out by Yuri Gagarin on 12 April, 1961.
126th birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar- April, 14
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a day-long visit to Nagpur for a series of programmes to commemorate
126th birth anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, the chief architect of Indian Constitution. Firstly, PM
Modi visited sacred Deekshabhoomi and paid tributes to Dr. Ambedkar.
• PM releases 2 special commemorative postal stamps - Deekshabhoomi and the twin pictures of Lord Gautam
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• PM Modi inaugurated several units of thermal power plants across Maharashtra, including three super-critical
units (660 MWX3) at Koradi, two units (500 MW X 2) at Chandrapur and one of 250 MW at Parli.
• PM Modi formally launched BHIM-Aadhaar platform for merchants at a function organized by the Niti Ayog
at Mankapur Indoor Stadium in Nagpur.
• In a bid to encourage cashless transactions through the BHIM-Aadhar platform, PM Modi has announced two
incentive schemes.Rs. 495 crore has been allocated for the above mentioned Referral Bonus and Cashback
schemes, which will be operational till October 14, 2017.
• The Prime Minister also graced the 100th and final Digidhan Mela in Nagpur.PM also laid the foundation
stones for IIM-Nagpur, new AIIMS and Indian Institute of Information Technology.
• On April 20, 2017, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the two-day 11th Civil Services Day
function in New Delhi.
• World Heritage day is celebrated on 18th of April every year.It’s been chosen to tie in with the UN’s
International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
♦ Theme of the World Heritage day is Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism.
• The World Book and Copyright Day was celebrated on 23 April 2017 across the globe.
♦ 2017 Theme is Quotes Wishes Slogans Greetings.
• Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and it is celebrated every year on April 22. It is celebrated in more than
193 countries by over a billion people every year.
♦ Theme of Earth day is 2017 is Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy.
• The World Book and Copyright Day was celebrated on 23 April 2017 across the globe.
♦ 2017 Theme is Quotes Wishes Slogans Greetings.
• Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 and it is celebrated every year on April 22. It is celebrated in more than
193 countries by over a billion people every year.
♦ Theme of Earth day is 2017 is Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy.
• World Intellectual Property Day (WIP) is observed on 26th April. Theme for 2017 - "Innovation – Improving
Lives".
• International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day is observed on April 26, 2017.
• World Malaria Day (WMD) 2017 was observed globally on 25 April 2017 with the theme "Malaria
prevention: let’s close the gap". First malaria vaccine to be tested in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi in 2018
announced by WHO.
• PM Modi released 23 volumes of Vachana of Basavanna & other saints on social reformer's birth anniversary
• The Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare 2017 was observed on 29 April 2017 by the
United Nations (UN). This day will provide an opportunity to pay tribute to the victims of chemical warfare.
• World Immunization Week 2017 is being observed across the globe between 24 April and 30 April
2017. The theme for the 2017 World Immunization Week is ‘VaccinesWork.’Its objective is to achieve the
2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
• National Panchayati Raj (PR) Diwas has observed on April 24 every year.
• World Day for Safety and Health at Work is annually observed on 28 April. It has been observed by
the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003. 2017 Theme for World Day for Safety and Health at
Work: Optimize the collection and use of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) data.

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INDIAN AFFAIRS

• The Minister for Human Resource and Development, Prakash Javadekar has launched Students for soldiers- a
nationwide Vidya – Veerta Abhiyan. The portraits of Param Veer Chakra decorated soldiers were handed over
to the Vice Chancellors of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Jamia Milia Islamia, Jammu and
IIT Delhi.
• The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act - RERA has come into effect from May 1, 2017.
Government’s objective behind this Act is to protect home buyers and bring in overall transparency in the real
estate sector which will encourage genuine private developers.
• Indian Railways to introduce premier Tejas Express between Mumbai and Goa in June
• Uttar Pradesh has launched an ambulance service for cows. Gauvansh Chikitsa Mobile Vans’ has launched to
rescue ill or injured cows. Uttar Pradesh is the second state after Madhya Pradesh to have an ambulance
service for cows.
• Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha has mentioned that Central Government is planning to
build an aerotropolis in Assam and has sought 2,000 acres from the state government for the purpose.
• Punjab State Government under Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has made Aadhaar Cards mandatory
in place of Ration Cards for all Financial Assistance Schemes.
• Centre declares entire Assam as disturbed area under AFSPA for three more months
• Maharashtra Health Minister Deepak Sawant has announced that the state has tied up with World Health
Organisation (WHO) for eradication of Rubella measles. The vaccination drive for the same will start
from March 2018 under which, children in Maharashtra aged between 9 months to 15 years, will be
vaccinated for Rubella.
• The Ministry of Civil Aviation has released draft rules for a "national no-fly list" of unruly passengers for all
domestic carriers. This draft is an amendment to the existing Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR), a set of
rules on unruly and disruptive passengers.
• Under IBBI (Information Utilities) Regulations, 2017 the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI)
constitutes Technical Committee to lay down Technical Standards for the performance of core services and
other services. The committee will be headed by Dr. R. B. Barman (Chairman, National Statistical
Commission).
• For paying pending salaries of primary teachers in Jammu and Kashmir Union Human Resource Development
Minister Prakash Javadekar has sanctioned Rs 200 crore.
• eVIN (Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network) project of Union Health Ministry has become global best
practise in immunisation. Representatives from Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal and Thailand are on
a visit to India to study the project.
• India opens small arms manufacturing unit in Madhya Pradesh in a joint venture with Israel.
• The Kesla-II limestone block in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh with an estimated reserve of 215 million
tonnes has been auctioned at 96.15 per cent of Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) prices, thereby becoming
India’s most expensive limestone block. This deal will fetch revenue of Rs 11,894 crore to
the Chhattisgarh government.
• Odisha’s Sualgiri and Swalgiri communities have been notified as Scheduled Castes. It is followed by the
President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent to a new law
• World's highest railway bridge that is expected to be 35 metres taller than the Eiffel Tower will be built
on Chenab River in Jammu & Kashmir within next two years. The arc-shaped bridge will have a height of 359
m above the river bed. 315 km long bridge will connect Bakkal (Katra) and Kauri (Srinagar).
• The Ministry of Ministry of Textiles celebrated Swachhta Pakhwada. It is celebrated between 1st and 15th
May, 2017.Seminar on the theme "Waste to Wealth" to be organized
• Jharkhand will become the second state in the country to announce its financial year from January to
December. Madhya Pradesh was first state to adopt the new financial year.
• This year Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has decided to launch two new circuits of its
flagship luxury train Maharajas' Express.The luxury train will be running on two new tour circuits named as
‘Southern Sojourn and ‘Southern Jewels’.
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• Odisha will introduce boat ambulance service in four districts where people face difficulties in getting health
service.The boat ambulance service will be available in Koraput, Malkangiri, Kendrapara and Kalahandi
districts.
• Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flags off Naharlagun-Guwahati Shatabdi Express. He also laid the foundation
of the Murkongselek-Pasighat broad gauge line in Arunachal Pradesh.
• On May 3, 2017, Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved wide-ranging economic
measures and MoUs with foreign countries.
• The cabinet has cleared the nonperforming asset (NPA) resolution package that includes an ordinance to
amend the Banking Regulation Act for empowering the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to deal with bad assets in
an effective manner.
• Union Cabinet has given gave ex-post facto approval to the signing the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC)
with Japan on Railway Safety. This MoC was signed in February 2017.
• Union Cabinet has approved modifications in the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission
(CPC) relating to the method of revision of pension of pre-2016 pensioners and family pensioners.
• Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to signing of MoU with Malaysia on development of a urea
and ammonia manufacturing plant in Malaysia.The plant will be built at an estimated cost $2.1 billion.
• Union Cabinet has approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in area
of Civil Aviation with Spain.
• With an objective to encourage domestic manufacturing, Union Cabinet has approved the policy for providing
preference to Domestically Manufactured Iron & Steel Products (DMI&SP) on Government procurement.
• Cabinet approves MoU signed in 2011 and Renewal of MoU between the Institute of Chartered Accountants
of India and Higher Colleges of Technology, United Arab Emirates
• Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given approval
for Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters (SAMPADA) for
period 2016-20.SAMPADA is an umbrella scheme incorporating ongoing schemes of the Ministry of Food
Processing Industries. Financial outlay for SAMPADA is Rs. 6000 crore.
• Cabinet approves MoU on Third Line of Credit of US $ 4.5 billion to Bangladesh for implementation of
developmental projects
• Cabinet approves MoU between the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Defence Services
Command and Staff College, Mirpur, Dhaka for Cooperation in Military Education
• Union Cabinet has given its approval for the declaration of Vijayawada Airport in Andhra Pradesh as
International Airport. The decision is in accordance with the provisions of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation
Act, 2014.
• Haryana and Madhya Pradesh cabinet gave its approval to a draft bill for implementation of the Goods and
Services Tax in the state.The GST will be implemented from 1st of July.
• On May 3, 2017, Mr. Nitin Gadkari – Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, inaugurated two
exhibitions, ‘The Highway Saga: Past Present & Future’ and ‘Safe Road & Inter State Highways
Transforming India (SRISHTI)’ in New Delhi.
• In a bid to cut down consumption of unhealthy food products and reducing the rising burden of chronic
diseases like cancer and diabetes, Indian food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
(FSSAI) has proposed a set of measures, including tax, strict labelling norms and ban on advertisements of
such products.
• PM Modi launches integrated case management system of Supreme Court in presence of CJI
• The National Book Trust (NBT) has launched Panchayat PustakMela. Its aim is to organize regular book fairs
in rural areas across the country. The NBT will start to host book fairs bodies in the Maoist-hit areas
of Chhattisgarh.
• IRCTC has offered delivery of rail tickets allowing passengers to make payment through any payment mode,
including cash.
• Maharashtra Govt. has imposed a ban on the sale of junk food in school canteens.
The Centre has asked all states to link prisons with courts through video conferencing.
• The Supreme Court sentenced Calcutta high court judge C.S. Karnan to six-month imprisonment for contempt
of court.
• Haryana government has decided to gather a detailed data of every resident and issue a smart IDs for every
house in Haryana.
• Industrial promotion body DIPP and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) have signed an
agreement to establish Technology and Innovation Support Centres in the country.

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• Border Security Force (BSF) has set Invisible' laser walls to bolster security along border Pakistan in J-K. The
198 km India-Pakistan international border will use a newly developed Invisible laser technology.
• Health Minister J P Nadda launches new Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine for pneumoniain Mandi District of
Himachal Pradesh.
• Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has decided to disclose information like marks obtained and
educational qualifications of candidates who appeared in the final stage of examination (interview) but were
not recommended.
• The Election Commission of India has launched National Contact Centre. The National Contact Centre is
operated on a National Grievance Redressal System Software.
• The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is located 10 km from the city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. The 2017 hunting
festival “BishuParv” was observed in Jharkhand.
• The Income Tax department has launched a new e-facility to link a person's Aadhaar with the Permanent
Account Number (PAN). It is a mandatory procedure for filing I-T returns.
• IIT Kharagpur collaborates with British Geological Survey to turn Varanasi into smart city
• Centre will spend Rs 11,000-crore on roads in Naxal affected areas. It will provide road connectivity to 44
Naxal-affected districts. The project will be implemented under the PradhanMantri Gram SadakYojana.
• Indian Railways will install about 19,000 high definition CCTV cameras at 983 stations across the country to
strengthen security of passengers including women at rail premises.
• On May 15, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘Narmada Seva Mission’, which enlists steps to be
taken for the conservation of the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh.
• The West Bengal government has made the Bengali language mandatory in all schools.
• National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States and the Indian Space Research
Organisation(ISRO) would jointly inspect the excavation being carried out at an archaeological site
in Haryana's Fatehabad district.
• Chitale Committee on desiltation of River Ganga has come up with several recommendations such as
establishing annual sediment budgets to guide de-silting activities, morphological and flood routing
studies and study of reach wise sediment transport processes.
• Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), along with other leading research funders and international
NGOs will adopt UN health agency's recommendations to register and publicly disclose results of all clinical
trials they fund, co-fund, sponsor or support.
• Government's decision to set up 10 atomic power plants to generate 33,400 jobs, Rs 70,000-crore opportunity.
• The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad has become South India’s first airport to go 100% LED-
lit.
• The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved a collaborative mission between industry
and academia called Innovate in India empowering biotech entrepreneurs and accelerating inclusive
innovation.
• The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising
representatives of all states has finalised tax rates on 80-90% of goods and services under four brackets (5%,
12%, 18% and 28%). Essential items of daily use have been kept in the lowest bracket of 5%. GST will
replace 16 current levies (7 central taxes and 9 state taxes), consequentially creating India as one market with
one tax rate.
• A semi-mechanised car park, the first of its kind in Jammu and Kashmir has inaugurated by Chief Minister
Mehbooba Mufti.
• A team of Pune doctors successfully performed country's first womb (uterus) transplant on a 21-year-old
Solapur woman on 18th of May.
• Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal to establish Indian
Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) - Assam with 100% outlay of central government. IARI-Assam will be
constructed on 587 acres land provided by
• Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India
and Australia on Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism and Transnational Organized Crime.
• Cabinet approves Agreement between India and Tajikistan on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs
Matters
• Cabinet approves Faculty Exchange Agreement between National Defence College, New Delhi and National
Defence College, Dhaka, Bangladesh
• Cabinet approves Amendment of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958
• Cabinet approves amendment of the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Act, 1971 to
enable summary eviction proceedings in Residential Accommodation
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• Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to Pan-India implementation of Maternity Benefit
Program which was announced by PM Modi in his address to the nation on December 31, 2016.
• The Andhra Pradesh Legislature on 16th of May has passed a Bill to appoint Olympics winner shuttler PV
Sindhu as a Group-1 officer in the government by amending the state public services Act.
• Shri BandaruDattatreya the Minister of State for Labour& Employment(IC) has launched an EPFO’s Citizens’
Charter 2017 and e-court management system in Bangalore.
• As per the directions of the Supreme Court, Union Ministry of Women and Child Development has developed
a manual titled “Living conditions in Institutions for Children in conflict with Law”. The
Manual has been framed within the purview of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act,
2015 and Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Model Rules, 2016.
• India’s AnshuJamsenpa has become the first woman to conquer Mount Everest twice within five
days. AnshuJamsenpa along with Nepali climber Furi Sherpa scaled the peak at 8:00 am on 21st of May.
• Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flags off high-speed Tejas Express between Mumbai-Goa in North
Goa on May 22.
• The Madhya Pradesh government has announced a total ban on sand mining in Narmada River.
• Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu inaugurated free Wi-Fi facility at 28 Railway Stations on 21st of May. It
has inaugurated in Konkan Railway from Kudal Railway Station in Maharashtra.
• The Delhi Police has launched the Bicycle Patrols for better policing on 30 May 2017. It was launched by
Union minister of Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir.
• Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has inaugurated a solar power plant of 16 MW capacity at the Ordinance
Factory in Telangana’s Medak on 30 th May, 2017. The solar power plant at Medak has been set up at a cost
of Rs 105 crore by Bharat Electronics Limited.
• Sankhyiki Bhawanis the new office of (NSSO) has been inaugurated in New Delhi. India is participating in
the current phase of International Comparison Programme (ICP) with reference to 2017.
• M Rajeevan, Secretary of Ministry of Earth Sciences has announced that India is all set to launch ‘Deep Ocean
Mission’ by January 2018. Deep Ocean Mission’ will improve India’s position in ocean research field.
• All 12 major domestic ports in India will soon switch to renewable energy to meet their entire power
requirements. Indian Government is planning to install 150 mw of solar power and 50 mw wind power
generation capacity by year 2019.
• Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri
Piyush Goyal launched the Saral Eindhan Vitaran Application (SEVA aimed at increasing the Consumer
Connect as well as the Transparency and Accountability in Coal dispatch.
• The Maharashtra government has decided to form ‘good morning’ squads to curb open defecation in all
villages and districts across the State.
• Prime Minister NarendraModi laid the foundation stone for 6 projects related to development of Kandla port.
It’s total cost worth Rs 993 crore.The Kandla Port Trust is named after Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, who
stood for the uplift of all sections of the society.
• Shri Manoj Sinha launches BSNL’s satellite phone service and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Telecom Skill
Excellence Award Scheme & Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan Scheme
• "Swachh Bharat App” has been launched in National Museum under Ministry of Culture by the Minister of
State (I/C) for Culture & Tourism Dr Mahesh Sharma. The main focus of this “Swachh Bharat App” is to
basically involve people actively to become part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Movement).
• The Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Dr. Mahesh Sharma) has inaugurated an exhibition on “Return
of the Three Stone Sculptures from Australia to India” in National Museum New Delhi.
• External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, Electronics and Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar
Prasad and Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar jointly inaugurated the integration
of eSanad with ‘Parinam Manjusha’.‘Parinam Manjusha’ is CBSE’s digital academic repository which allows
students to find their mark sheets and other certificates online.
• Union Cabinet has given its approval to raise Bonds of Rs. 2360 crores for renewable energy through
the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) during the 2017-18.
• Union cabinet has approved phasing out of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB).Now onwards
processing of applications for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and seeking approval of the Government will
be handled by the concerned Ministries/Departments in consultation with the Department of Industrial Policy
& Promotion (DIPP) under Union Ministry of Commerce.
• Chief Minister of Puducherry, V Narayanasamy presented Rs.6945 crore tax-free budget for the fiscal 2017-
2018. Total budget outlay of Rs.6945 crore comprises Rs. 4,445 crore for non-plan head and Rs. 2,500 crore
under plan.
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• The J&K government has launched an e-clinics service for farmers on 24th of May, 2017. It is being launched
with an aim to double farmers’ income by 2022.
• As per new rules notified by the Environment Ministry, Government has banned the sale of all kinds of cattle
for slaughter at animal markets across the country. This new rule has been notified under Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act of 1960.
• Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has launched a JE immunisation drive in 38 districts on
25 May 2017. It has been launched to eradicate Japanese Encephalitis (JE). The number is 18001805544.
• Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched a 'ShivarSamwad Sabha to reach out to farmers
in the state and to address their issues.Nearly 4,000 elected representatives of the party will participate in the
campaign.
• Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel flagged off the Slum Yuva Daud to mark the beginning of
the Adopt Slum Campaign in New Delhi. It was initiated by the Ministry of Youth Affairs &
Sports and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan.
• According to World Health Organisation (WHO) report India has detected first three Zika-affected patients all
from Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
• Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan launched Drinking Water and Sanitation Ministry’s ‘Darwaza
Band’ campaign for promotion of toilet usage across the country.
• Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari has laid foundation stone of eight connectivity projects worth Rs 1,117.03
crore at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai on May 30, 2017.
• 12-year-old Odia girl Padmalaya Nanda to represent India at 'Little Miss Universe2017' beauty pageant, in
Batumi, Georgia.

PLACES IN NEWS

• Madhya Pradesh became the first state in India to switch to the January-December financial year from
existing April-March cycle. This practice of April-March financial year was adopted by the British
Government in 1867.
• A massive ''cordon and combing'' operation had been launched by the security forces in south
Kashmir’s Shopian district by seeing the growing attacks on policemen and incidents of bank robberies.
• Maharashtra becomes first Indian state to use Automated Weather Stations
Devendra Fadnavis a Maharashtra chief minister has inaugurated the state’s first automatic weather station at
Dongargaon in Nagpur.
• On May 1st 2017 ,India’s second tallest flag pole has been inaugurated in Kolhapur at Western Maharashtra.
The pole which is 303 feet high has been constructed at the Police Garden located opposite of Superintendent
of Police headquarters in the Kasaba Bawada area.
• On May 2, 2017, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu flagged-off Western Railways' first Humsafar Express
between Ahmedabad and Chennai at a function held in Udvada town in Valsad district of Gujarat.
• West Bengal is the only state which did not take part in the government's Swachh Survekshan Survey 2017.
• Kochi in Kerala is likely to get a Blind Football Academy (BFA), the first ever exclusive academy for
differently-abled talents in the country soon.
• Venkaiah Naidu, Tamil Nadu CM inaugurated 7.4 km long stretch of Chennai Metro Train service
• Nagpur will be the first Indian city to get electric radio cabs. It will be started from 26th of May. It will be
launched by Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari.
• Yogi Adityanathgovt to merge local bodies of Mathura-Vrindavan, Ayodhya-Faizabad
• Telangana first state to have logo for vehicles driven by persons with hearing impairment
• On May 7, 2017, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highway, Nitin Gadkari inaugurated India’s first bio
refinery plant for renewable fuels and chemicals at Rahu in Pune district of Maharashtra.
• Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has shifted its strategic anti-Maoist command headquarters
from Kolkata to Chhattisgarh. Its aim is to bring focus on combing operations in Chhattisgarh.
• Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattarannounced that Bhindawas bird sanctuary in Jhajjar would be
developed as a tourist resort.
• India’s capital Delhi gets its first ever fully air-conditioned bus stand.
• Orange alert' issued as heat wave intensifies as the temperature rose beyond 45 degrees in five towns and 40
degrees in other 16 places yesterday, the Bhubaneswar met office issued the alert.
• Two centres of the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) will be set up in west
and south Haryana. These centres will help me

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• India's first Aquatic Rainbow Technology Park (ARTP) will be set up in Chennai.
Tamil Nadu is the second largest exporter of ornamental fish after West Bengal.
• Union Cabinet has given its approval for establishment of new All India Institute of Medical Sciences
(AIIMS) at Kamrup, Assam. It will be set up under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) at
the cost of Rs.1123 crore.
• India’s first underwater rail tunnel has completed ahead of schedule. India’s first underwater rail tunnel was
being constructed under the Hooghly river. The construction of the tunnel was jointly undertaken by Afcons
Transtonnelstroy and Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd.
• On May 26, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest river bridge, the Dhola-Sadiya
bridge. This bridge has been named after late legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika. Sadiya was the birth place of
Bhupen Hazarika. It has been built at a cost of about Rs 2,056 crore over river Lohit, a tributary of the
Brahmaputra.
• PM Modi laid the foundation stone for an Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) at Gogamukh in
Dhemaji district of Assam.
• Nagpur earned the distinction of becoming India’s first city with electric mass mobility system as Maharashtra
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with Union Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari flagged off
taxi aggregator Ola's electronic vehicle (EV) services in the city.
• On May 28, 2017, Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal and Union Urban Development Minister, M
Venkaiah Naidu flagged off Heritage Line of Delhi Metro through video conferencing at Metro Bhawan in
Delhi. Union Minister of Science and Technology, Harsh Vardhan was also present at the event.
• The Manipur government has declared Dailong village of Tamenglong district as a Biodiversity Heritage Site
of the state.
• The Goa State government has decided to ban buying and selling of plastic bags below 50 microns.Goa Chief
Minister Manohar Parrikar implemented the law with the fine of Rs 500 and then the fine will be subsequently
raised to Rs 5,000.

FOREIGN VISITS

Turkish President Erdogan to arrive New Delhi - 2-day India visit


• India-Turkey Business Summit was held on May 1, 2017 in New Delhi. President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip
Erdogan along with his 150-member business delegation took part in this summit.
• After the talks, following three agreements were signed between Indian and Turkey:
• An agreement on cultural exchange programme for 2017-2020.
• MoU on cooperation in training, signed between Foreign Services Institute (FSI) of India and the Diplomacy
Academy of Turkey.
• MoU on cooperation in the area of information and communication technologies (ICT) and India, Turkey
Agree To Boost Cooperation in Combating Terror.
Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s 5-day visit to India
• India and Sri Lanka signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on economic cooperation in New
Delhi.The objective of this MoU is to achieve “greater economic, investment and development cooperation in
a progressive manner”.
Projects included in the India – Sri Lanka MoU on Economic Cooperation:
• Construction of 500-mega watt (MW) capacity power plant that will run on regasified liquefied natural gas
(LNG).
• LNG terminal and a Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) will be constructed in Colombo.
• A 50-MW solar power unit at Sampur in the Trincomalee District of Sri Lanka.
• Creation of industrial zones or Special Economic Zones (SEZs) at specific locations in Sri Lanka.
• Projects to improve road connectivity in Sri Lanka.
• Upgradation of railway tracks and purchase of rolling stock and a container terminal in Colombo Port through
a joint venture.
• Besides cooperation in above listed projects, India and Sri Lanka will also jointly develop the 99 oil tanks
housed in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.
President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades - 5-day visit to India:
India and Cyprus signed following 4 agreements:
• Executive programme on culture, education and scientific cooperation for the period 2017-2020. This
agreement was exchanged between Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj and Cyprus Finance
Minister, Harris Georgiades.
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• A work plan under a programme of cooperation in agriculture for the period 2017-2018.
• Cooperation in the area of merchant shipping.
• Agreement to boost air services between the two countries. This agreement was exchanged between Indian
Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Anupriya Patel and Cyprus Minister of Transport and
Communications, Marios Demetriades.
• Cyprus is the 8th largest foreign investor in India. Cumulative foreign direct investment (FDI) from Cyprus
stands at USD 8.5 billion.
Finance Minister ArunJaitely’s 3-day visit to Japan
• Mr. Jaitley attended the annual Meeting of Board of Governors' of Asian Development Bank in Yokohama,
Japan.
• Theme of 50th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors was “Building
Together the Prosperity of Asia”
• India and Japan affirm plans to strengthen their defence cooperation amid rising tension in Asian region
PM Narendra Modi’s two day visit to Sri Lanka
• During this visit, he participated in the International Vesak Day celebrations,on 11th and 12th May 2017 the
biggest festival of Buddhists and attended several other programmes.
• The theme of this year’s celebration was “Buddhist Teachings for Social Justice and Sustainable World
Peace”.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a multi-specialty hospital at Dickoya in NuwaraEliya district of
Sri Lanka.
Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas four day visit to India
India and Palestine signed five MoUs
India and Palestine signed following five MoUs post delegation level talks between Palestine President Mahmoud
Abbas and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi:
(i)Visa exemption for diplomatic passport holder
(ii)Agricultural cooperation
(iii)Cooperation in field of IT & Electronics
(iv)Cooperation in health sector
(v)Cooperation in the field of youth affairs and sports
Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth’s 3 day visit to India
India has announced USD 500 Million assistance in form of Line of Credit to Mauritius, which will be used for
various projects.
India and Mauritius signed following 4 agreements after extensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and
his Mauritian counterpart Pravind Jugnauth:
• Setting up of a civil services college in Mauritius
• Cooperation in ocean research
• USD 500 million Line of Credit (LOC) agreement between the SBM Mauritius Infrastructure
Development Company and Export-Import Bank of India and Maritime Security Agreement
This bilateral maritime accord will strengthen cooperation and capacities to effectively manage conventional and non-
conventional threats in the Indian Ocean. India and Mauritius have also agreed to strengthen their wide-
ranging cooperation in hydrography for a secure and peaceful maritime domain.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

• 15th edition of WFH International Musculoskeletal Congress (IMC) held in Seoul.


• The 27th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group is being held from 1st to 12th of
May 2017 at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.
• Turkey, Russia and Iran has signed ‘safe zones’ deal for Syria to encourage an agreement between the Syrian
government and the rebel forces. The deal was signed by the heads of the delegations that represents the three
ally countries during peace talks in Kazakhstan’s capital city, Astana.
• A team of Chinese scientists led by renowned quantum physicist Pan Jianwei have announced that they have
built the world's first quantum computing machine that is 24,000 times faster than its international
counterparts.
• India will organise cultural festival in Egypt to mark 156th birth anniversary of Rabindranath
Tagore. Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC), the cultural wing of the Indian Embassy in Cairo
will organise this festival from 8th -12th May 2017, which will feature a dance show, film screening, a play
and painting competition.

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• India redrawing BBIN transport plan as Bhutan withdraws. BBIN (Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal) Motor
Vehicles Agreement (MVA) is an ambitious sub-regional transport project.
• Dubai has become the first city in the world to get its own Microsoft-designed font. It was created in
partnership with Microsoft. It was launched on May 1st 2017.
• India unanimously elected to head UN-Habitat, the United Nations’ Human Settlements Programme. In the
past, India held the presidency of UN-Habitat in 1988 and 2007.
• India has planning to replace its Maitri research station in Antarctica with a new one in the next three to four
years.
• During the two-day India-US Maritime Security Dialogue in Rhode Island, US, top Indian and American
officials exchanged views on maritime developments in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
• World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
• The United States (US) Govt. has approved the sale of $ 75 million worth high-tech chemical protective
clothing for the Indian armed forces that will protect Indian soldiers against biological and chemical warfare.
• 19th Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation held in Rome
• Indians 6th biggest private spenders on health among low-middle income nations. Indian Government
ranked 147 among 184 countries on this parameter.
• The headquarter of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of Organization of
Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will inaugurate in Saudi Arabia. The Independent Permanent Human Rights
Commission (IPHRC) is a branch of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
• India has launched the process to export 'Ujala to the United Kingdom with affordable 'Made in India' LED
bulbs.Ujala is globally one of the largest efficiency programmes and being run by Energy Efficiency Services
Ltd.
• China and the member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to a
framework on code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea.
• A 14-year-old Indian-American student,PranayVarada has won the prestigious National Geographic Bee
competition. He gets $50,000 in scholarship and other prizes.
• MukeshAmbani, a Reliance Industries Chairman has topped the Forbes list of ‘Global Game Changers’.
• AnshuJamsenpa from Arunachal Pradesh on 16th of May scaled the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest for
the fourth time.
• India and other solar rich countries including Argentina, Burkina-Faso, Chad, France, Ivory Coast, Mali,
Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Sénégal, Uganda and Yemen have jointly supported commissioning of a study to
define and structure a Common Risk Mitigation Mechanism (CRMM) for solar power generation projects in
solar rich countries.
• The Jaipur Literature Festival was inaugurated in London on 21st of May, 2017. At the festival South Asia's
literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas, dialogue and debate are presented.
• Jordan’s Azraq has become the world's first refugee camp powered by renewable energy.
• On May 22, 2017, a UN conference on eliminating nuclear weapons published its first draft text. This draft
was strongly opposed by nuclear armed states including US.
• Japan is going to build a war museum at MaibamLokpaChing in Manipur’s Bishenpur district.
• The Dubai Police has recuited UAE’s First Robocop. It is used to chase down suspects and nab parking fee
dodgers.It is a smart intelligent system and it can easily protect people from crime.
• Taiwan’s constitutional court has declared that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry. This is first
such rule in favour of same sex marriage in Asia.
• 47-year-old Kami Rita Sherpa scripted history by becoming the third climber to scale Mount Everest for a
record 21 times. He became one of the three climbers in the world to hold the record for most of the summits
on Mt Everest. Earlier, Apa Sherpa and Phurba Tashi Sherpa have scaled the highest peak 21 times.
• 5th edition of Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) took place from 22nd to 26th May 2017,
in Cancun, Mexico. Construction began on world’s largest telescope the European Extremely Large Telescope
(ELT), in Chilean desert on 26 May 2017. The telescope will be located in Chile's Atacama Desert.
• The first-ever women television channel “Zan TV (or Women’s TV)” has started in Kabul,
Afghanistan.Founder of Zan TV is Hamid Samar.
• The world’s smallest nation, Nauru has ratified the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework Pact. Five
more afrrican nations Djibouti, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Somalia and Ghana signed the International Solar
Alliance (ISA) framework agreement on the sidelines of African Development Bank (AfDB) meeting in
Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
• 70th World Health Assembly (WHA70) was held from 22nd to 31st May 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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SUMMITS & CONFERENCES

• Nitin Gadkari inaugurates India Integrated Transport and Logistics Summit 2017 in New Delhi. On the first
day itself, 34 MoUs worth Rs 2 lakh crore were signed at India Integrated Transport & Logistics Summit.
• External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has inaugurated the eighth conference of head of missions in Delhi.
• 4th National Standards Conclave was held in New Delhi on 1st & 2nd May 2017. Organised by: Department
of Commerce, Government of India in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Bureau of
Indian Standards (BIS) and the National Accreditation Board for Certification Bodies (NABCB).
• The 13th International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) experts will be held on November 27 to December 2,
2017 in Hyderabad. The theme of IPC is 'Towards healthy societies'
• Inter-Ministerial Delegation Participated in Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm Conventions in Geneva. Theme of
these meeting was: "A future detoxified: sound management of chemicals and waste"
• First Videsh Sampark held in Telangana.
• Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the 28th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council on 12th of
May in Chandigarh.
• Ahmedabad is going to host biggest International Yoga Day event on 21st June.
• 26th Meeting of the Governing Council of UN-Habitat with the Theme of “Opportunities for effective
implementation of the New Urban Agenda” which began in Nairobi, Kenya on May 8, 2017.
• India hosted 52nd Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) from 22nd to 26th May 2017
in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. This is the first time that the Annual Meetings of AfDB were held in India.
• Union Minister for Communications Manoj Sinha has announced that the Mobile Congress 2017 (IMC 2017)
in New Delhi is scheduled from 27th to 29th September 2017. This is the first time India is all set to host its
own mobile mega show.
• The 2017 Arctic Energy Summit (AES) will be held in Helsinki, Finland from September 18-20 2017.
• Rajnath Singh (Home Minister) inaugurated the second meeting of National Platform for Disaster Risk
Reduction (NPDRR) in New Delhi on 15 May 2017. The theme of NPDRR is Disaster Risk Reduction for
Sustainable Development: Making India resilient by 2030.
• On May 17, 2017, first meeting of the National Steering Group and other knowledge partners was held
in NITI Aayog. This meeting was co-chaired by Amitabh Kant – CEO of NITI Aayog and Ratan P Watal -
Principal Adviser, NITI Aayog.
• India boycotted the two-day conference on China’s "One Belt One Road" (OBOR) initiative, which was held
in Beijing on 14th and 15th May 2017. The project aims to connect China with Eurasia through land-
based "Silk Road Economic Belt" (SREB) and ocean going "Maritime Silk Road" (MSR).
• G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meet was held in Bad Neuenahr, Germany from 18-19 May
2017.Germany chaired the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meet, as it currently holds the G20
presidency.The meeting focused on the theme “Towards an Inclusive Future – Shaping the World of Work”.
• 43rd G7 summit was held on May 26–27, 2017 in Taormina, Sicily, Italy. The summit was attended by leaders
of G7 countries viz. US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and Canada as well as the representatives
of European Union.The theme of the Italian G7 presidency in 2017 is "Building the foundations of renewed
trust."
• On May 22, 2017, Dharmendra Pradhan - Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural
Gas, co-chaired the 2 nd India-OPEC Institutional Dialogue at the OPEC headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
• 3rd Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Inter-sessional Ministerial Meeting was held on
21-22 May 2017 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
• A two-day ‘Startup India Summit’ was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 23rd and 24th May 2017. This summit
was held by the Consul General of India (CGI) in Dubai and Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi in partnership
with iSPIRIT, a nonprofit think tank and was supported by TiE Dubai, a nonprofit association dedicated to
fostering entrepreneurship.
• The 28th edition of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit has started in Brussels Belgium on
May 24 and 25, 2017. The top agenda of the meeting was terrorism. The 2018 NATO summit will be held
in Istanbul, Turkey.
• India’s Ministry of External Affairs hosted the 'India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development
Conference’ in Suva, Fiji.
RANKINGS & REPORTS

• Indore in Madhya Pradesh emerged as the cleanest city and Gonda in Uttar Pradesh ranked at the bottom as
the dirtiest city in Swachh Bharat survey-2017.
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• As per a latest report titled ‘Illicit Financial Flows to and from Developing Countries: 2005-
2014’ compiled by US-based think tank Global Financial Integrity (GFI), an estimated $770 billion in black
money entered India while $165 billion exited the country during 2005-2014.
• As per latest edition of Sunday Times Rich List, Indian-origin Hinduja Brothers (Srichand Hinduja and
Gopichand Hinduja) have topped the 2017 list of the richest people in the United Kingdom (UK).
Their estimated fortune stood at £16.2 billion marking a £3.2 billion hike over previous year’s estimate.
• As per 'The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017' released by UN Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Indian economy is expected to register 7.1% GDP growth in
2017 and 7.5% in 2018.
• Global agency Fitch Ratings has affirmed India's long-term foreign- and local-currency rating at 'BBB. Fitch
forecasts India’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth to accelerate to 7.7% in FY17 and FY18, from
7.1% in FY16.
• Kerala has secured first rank and Bihar has ranked last on this year’s Public Affairs Index (PAI), compiled on
basis of a survey by Bengaluru-based think-tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC). The survey was based on 10
themes, 26 focus subjects and 82 indicators.
• India has ranked 26th in World Bank's electricity accessibility ranking for the current year. This marks a
remarkable jump of 73 places from 99th rank in 2014..
• As per Savills Tech Cities 2017 rankings, Bengaluru has been adjudged as the most affordable city having the
lowest cost of living out of 22 tech cities across the world.
• As per 2016 Indian Exclusion Report (IXR) released by the Centre for Equity Studies (CES) in New Delhi on
May 10, 2017 Dalits, Adivasis and Muslims continue to be the worst-hit communities in terms of exclusion
from access to public goods.
• Yusuff Ali, Sanjeev Chadha Among Top 100 Indian Business Leaders
• India has ranked 24th in terms of International Tourist Arrivals (ITA) for 2014 and 2015 as pre revised
rankings of World Tourism Barometer by World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).
• Indian has ranked 2nd among 40 countries on ‘Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index’
2017 released by Ernst and Young (EY). This marks an improvement of one spot as compared to 3rd rank in
2016.
• India has ranked 154th among 195 countries on healthcare index in Lancet medical journal’s report
titled 'Global Burden of Disease'. Performance of countries was assessed for a period of 25 years from 1990-
2015, based on death rates from 32 diseases that could be avoided by effective medical care.
• As per a joint report titled “Financial Security for India’s Elderly—The Imperatives” from CRISIL
and pension regulator Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), by 2050 every
5th Indian will be in their 60s as against every 12th at present.
• Railway station survey - Andhra's Visakhapatnam cleanest, Bihar's Darbhanga dirtiest
• United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) mentioned that number of children travelling alone has increased
five–fold since year 2010. According to the new UNICEF report titled “A Child is a Child: Protecting children
on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation”, at least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated
children were recorded in some 80 countries in the combined years of 2015 and 2016, up from 66,000 in 2010
and 2011.
• Mumbai, Delhi and 7 other Indian cities have featured in the list of top 300 global cities which are the focus of
commercial activity and interest. This list has been compiled by real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle
(JLL). On Commercial Attraction Index, New York has ranked 1st, whereas in terms of Economic Size,
Tokyo has ranked 1st. Notably Mumbai is placed at 17 th spot.
• Mumbai, Delhi and 7 other Indian cities have featured in the list of top 300 global cities which are the focus of
commercial activity and interest. This list has been compiled by real estate services firm Jones Lang LaSalle
(JLL). On Commercial Attraction Index, New York has ranked 1st, whereas in terms of Economic Size,
Tokyo has ranked 1st. Notably Mumbai is placed at 17 th spot.
• India Ranks Third Highest Globally In Internal Displacement Numbers as per Global Report on Internal
Displacement (GRID) 2016, released by Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian
Refugee Council (NRC), nearly 2.4 million people in India after China (7.4 displacement million) and the
Philippines(5.9 million) were internally displaced due to conflict, violence and disasters in 2016.
• According to the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) in May 2017 India overtook Japan to become the
second-largest steel producer in the world in 2016.
• As per the Asia Pacific Tax Complexity Survey conducted by professional services firm, Deloitte, India has
the second most complex taxation system in the Asia-Pacific Region only behind China.
• Two Indian cities Mumbai and Kota have been named among the world's most crowded cities. According to
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World Economic Forum (WEF) citing UN Habitat data the list is topped by Dhaka.
• Taj Mahal is the only Indian monument which has featured in the list of top 10 Global Landmarks,
by Traveller’s Choice. Taj Mahal has secured 5th position on this list.The list is topped by Angkor Wat in
Siem Reap of combodia.
• HDFC is the only Indian company to be named among the top 10 consumer financial services companies in
the world.The list is topped by global major American Express.The HDFC rank is 7thin the list.
• As per ‘India Development Report’ released by World Bank on May 29, 2017, India ranks 120th among 131
countries in terms of women participation in the workforce.

BANKING & FINANCE

• On May 5, 2017, Reserve Bank of India announced that rate of interest on the Floating Rate Bonds, 2024
(FRB 2024) for the half year May 7, 2017 to November 6, 2017 has been fixed at 6.30% per annum.
• To enable timely decision making, RBI has been decided that, now onwards the decisions agreed upon by a
minimum of 60% of creditors by value and 50% of creditors by number in the Joint Lender’s Forum
(JLF) would be considered as the basis for deciding the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) under the 'Framework
for Revitalising Distressed Assets in the Economy’. Earlier the decision for CAP depended upon agreement by
a minimum of 75% of creditors by value and 60% by number.
• India’s foreign exchange (Forex) reserves have increased to touch a lifetime high of $372.73 according to RBI
, the Cental Bank of India.
• President promulgates ordinance on empowering RBI on bad loans resolution. To initiate insolvency
proceedings for the recovery of bad loans the government gave wide-ranging legislative powers to the Reserve
Bank of India (RBI) to issue directions to lenders. The much-awaited ordinance to amend the Banking
Regulation Act 1949 was announced by President Pranab Mukherjee.
• Singapore based Fintech startup FinMomenta has announced the launch of Tachyloans. It is a first digital
lending platform in India for individuals as well as businesses. Borrowers can avail loan at lower interest rates
starting from 11.5 percent per annum.
• Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has approved $ 160 million loan for a power project in Andhra
Pradesh.India is the second largest shareholder of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) after China.
• Ujjivan Small Finance Bank has started its operations in Pune. Its total branches now come to 30 across the
country. It has started its operations from 4 locations. The four locations are Swargate, Pimpri, Akurdi and
Hadapsar.
• Asian Development Bank predicts 7.4% in the current fiscal year 2017-18 and 7.1% in the fiscal year.It is
projected by ADB that India market is more deregulated and have open the paths to welcoming to FDIs. ADB
forecast 7.6% growth for next year.
• Securities and Exchange Board of India has finalised norms for issuance and listing of green bonds. Green
bonds help to meet an ambitious target India has of building 175 gigawatt of renewable energy capacity by
2022.
• India’s foreign exchange (Forex) reserves have increased by $1.25 billion on April 21, 2017 according to the
Reserve Bank of India(RBI).
• On May 2, 2017, ICICI Bank said it has made 100 villages digitally-enabled in 2017 and plans to transform
500 more by the year-end.The 100 villages which have been transformed into 'ICICI Digital Villages' are
located across 17 states in India.
• Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance has launched India’s first insurance product that can be bought at a point of
sale (PoS). The product has been named ‘PoSSaralNivesh’.
• Reserve Bank of India (RBI) extended the deadline for companies undertaking billing business under
the Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) by seven months to December 31, 2017. The extension has been
granted on account of difficulties expressed by various entities in meeting the deadline.
• Securities markets regulator Sebi has permitted subscription to mutual fund (MF) schemes through e-wallets.
• The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has raised Rs. 3000 crore through Masala
Bonds at London Stock Exchange. Funds raised through these Masala Bonds will be used for constructing
roads and transport infrastructure in India.

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• In a bid to keep a check on "errant" NGOs, especially those receiving foreign funding, Union Home Ministry
has asked as many as 5,845 organisations to open their accounts in banks having core banking facilities. This
will enable security agencies to have real-time access to all relevant details.
• The Finance Ministry has set up an "Investor Facilitation Platform". It will provide information about stocks
of public sector units. The platform that launched by the DIPAM is developed and maintained
by PRIME Database.
• LIC Housing Finance launches new home loan product Griha Siddhi. It will offer interest rate of 40 per cent
up to Rs 25 lakh and for loans up to Rs 1 crore the interest rate will be 8.50 per cent per annum for the
borrowers.
• The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has initiated an action on IDBI Bank that will restrict bank from hiring,
opening branches and giving big ticket loans.
• India's first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) and International Finance-Tec City (GIFT) signed
an agreement with Gujarat National Law University (GNLU).
• DishaMicrofin has received the final license from Reserve Bank on 12th of May to operate as a small finance
bank.
• State Bank of India the country's largest public sector lender has announced that it will start levying charges of
Rs 25 for every withdrawal done at its automated teller machine or ATM kiosks.
• The International Monetary Fund has predicted India to grow at 7.7% in 2018-2019.India’s growth is expected
to 7.2 per cent in the 2017-18 fiscal year.
• Private sector bank Yes Bank announced its tie-up with Cashkaro to launch India’s first Card Linked
Offers (CLO) cash-back proposition.
• Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has initiated "prompt corrective action" (PCA) on Kolkata-based public sector
lender UCO Bank on account of high bad loans and negative return on assets. UCO bank is the second Bank
after IDBI Bank against which PCA has been invoked by RBI.
• Karnataka Bank Ltd has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Life Insurance
Corporation (LIC) of India for selling life insurance products of LIC.
• Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Punjab National Bank (PNB) signed a $100 million loan
agreement to finance large solar rooftop systems on industrial and commercial buildings throughout India.
• The Reserve Bank of India will soon circulate one rupee notes while the existing notes and coins will also
continue.The new notes will be in Pink-Green colour with the representation of the one rupee coin on the
reverse of the note. The new notes will bear the bilingual signature of economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta
Das.
• According to the Moody India’s economic growth will accelerate to 7.5 per cent in current fiscal and will help
in achieving the 8 per cent of GDP growth rate in about four years.
• HDFC Life has announced the launch of an artificial intelligence-based application named SPOK. SPOK will
help organization in increasing operational efficiency.
• Paytm launched its Payments Bank on May 23, 2017, and thereby became third entity (after Airtel Payments
Bank and India Post Payments Bank) to commence operation as Payments Bank. However, services of Paytm
Payments Bank are currently available only via invitation. The first physical branch of Paytm Payments Bank
is in Noida.
• As per United Nations’ “World Economic Situation and Prospects as of mid- 2017” report, India’s Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) growth forecast for FY 2017 has been revised downwards to 7.3% as compared to
7.7% projection made in January 2017.
• In a first of its kind transaction in India, Kotak Mahindra Bank enabled end to end trade financing for one of
its clients by applying the blockchain technology.
• As per latest Economic Outlook Survey by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and
Industry (FICCI), Indian Economy is expected to grow at 7.4% for the fiscal year 2017-18. The survey has
also mentioned minimum level of 7.0% and maximum level of 7.6%.
• HDFC Life has tied up with Catholic Syrian Bank. It includes selling of life assurance and other insurance
products and services by banking institutions.
• To promote financial inclusion, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has allowed the opening of mini branches or
banking outlets across the country without taking permission from the regulator. It is applicable to
all domestic scheduled commercial banks except Regional Rural Banks. According to RBI norms banks need
to open atleast 25 per cent of their banking outlets in a year in unbanked rural centres.
• Fedral Bank has launched a new trading platform called “Selfie” for customers. Federal bank has launched in
association with Geojit.
• Karnataka Bank Ltd has signed an agreement HDFC Capital Asset Management Ltd (HDFCAML). The main
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aim of signing the agreement is to sell the mutual fund products of HDFCAML.
• Government has announced that 'entertainment tax' levied by states has been subsumed in the GST and thus,
taxation on cable and DTH services shall come down post the roll-out of GST from July 1, 2017.
• The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has signed two unilateral advance pricing agreements
(APAs) with Indian taxpayers in a bid to reduce litigation by providing certainty in transfer pricing.
• The Reserve Bank of India on 22nd may 2017 had declared that it will reconstitute and expand the oversight
committee to deal with rising bad loans. It is framing the process for resolution under the Insolvency and
Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (IBC).
• Bank of Baroda (BoB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IFFCO. The debit cards has
a facility of overdraft of Rs 2,500 in special savings bank account.
• State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a National Hackathon for developers, start-ups and students. The main
aim to launch National hackathaon is to come up with innovative ideas and solutions for the banking
sector. The hackathon has named 'Code For Bank'.
• On May 25, 2017, Reserve Bank of India announced that it has decided to permit all licensed co-operative
banks having their own ATM network to issue semi-closed prepaid payment instruments PPIs like mobile
walletsup to a limit of Rs 10,000.
• As per “fDi Report 2017”, compiled by fDi intelligence, a division of the Financial Times, India has retained
its position as world’s top greenfield Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) destination for the second consecutive
year. Attracting $62.3 billion FDI inflows in 2016, India remained much ahead of China and the US.
• According to World Economic Forum study the size of retirement savings gap in India is expected to touch
$85 trillion by 2050.The savings gap is the amount of money required in each country.
• RBI has decided to observe the week June 5-9, 2017 as Financial Literacy Week across the country. The
literacy week will focus on four broad themes that is KYC, Exercising Credit Discipline, Grievance
Redressal and Going Digital (UPI and *99#).
• Goldman Sachs and Citigroup are among the 5 merchant bankers selected by Department of Investment
and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) to manage Government’s 3% stake sale in Indian Oil Corporation
(IOC).
• As per “India Development Report” by World Bank, Indian economy is expected to grow at 7.2% in FY 2017-
18 as compared to 6.8% in 2016-17.
• The Employees Provident Fund Organisation has announced a hike in investment limit in Exchange Traded
Funds (ETFs) from 10% to 15 per cent. The decision was taken during the meeting of the Central Board of
Trustees (CBT) on 29th of May.

BUSINESS

• Facebook has launched its “Express Wi-Fi” in India. This WiFi service is available through 700 hotspots in 4
states.Express Wi-Fi is a program of Facebook’s global initiative to enlarge internet connectivity. It will
include the states of Gujarat,Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Meghalaya.
• Wipro has disclosed its new brand identity. The new brand identity addresses its business requirements and
drive future opportunities in this digital era.
• Uber Technologies Inc. has started its food delivery service UberEATS in Mumbai. The company has
appointed Bhavik Rathod as the head of the food delivery business.
• On May 3, 2017 Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved National Steel Policy
2017 which aims to make India self sufficient in steel production.

Goals of National Steel Policy 2017:


 To achieve 300MT steel production capacity by year 2030-31.
 To achieve 255 MT steel production by year 2030-31.
 To reduce import dependence on coking coal from current 85% to around 65% by 2030-31.
 To increase finished steel per capita consumption from current 61 kgs to 158 Kgs by 2030 – 31.
• Google has announced the new "Solve for India" initiative for tier-2 cities.Entrepreneurs will now have the
opportunity to learn directly from Google engineers.
• India has imposed an anti-dumping duty on 47 steel products for 5 years.
• New-look Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) were unveiled on May
12, 2017. The base year for the Indexes in the new series is 2011-12. In the previous series, the base year
was 2004-05. The revision of the base year has been done after a period of 8 years.
• Andhra Pradesh inks deal with HCL Tech to set up Rs 500 crore research facilities in Vijayawada.
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• Bharti Airtel has announced a strategic partnership with taxi aggregator Ola.It aims to offer a range of
exciting digital services to customers.
• 11 Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) have featured in Forbes Magazine’s 'Midas 2017' which ranks world’s 100
best venture capitalists in the technology space. ‘Midas 2017’ has been compiled by evaluating venture
capitalists’ portfolio during past five years.
• The three Indian companies -- Gitanjali Gems, Titan and PC Jeweller -- have been named in the list of top 50
luxury companies.It was topped by Louis Vuitton.
• Anti-dumping duty imposed on certain glasses from Iran and aluminum radiators from China in order to
protect the domestic industry from cheap imports.
• Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIM-K) has recently launched ‘LIVE’, a business incubator and
entrepreneurship development centre. ‘LIVE’ stands for Laboratory for Innovation, Venturing and
Entrepreneurship.
• Turbo Megha Airways, the Hyderabad-based airline became the first private airline to get a licence to fly
under UDAN, the government scheme for subsidized regional flights.
• Cab aggregator Ola has announced the launch of its 'Progressive Web App' (PWA).Ola becomes the first ride
hailing app in the APAC region to use PWA technology.
• As per a latest report, released by Brand Finance on May 17, 2017, Tata Group is India’s most valuable
brand, carrying an estimated brand value of $13.1 billion.
• The Finance Ministry has imposed definitive anti-dumping duty on ‘clear float glass’ imports from Iran.
• BHEL has commissioned a 250 mw thermal unit in Maharashtra. The project is owned by Maharashtra State
Power Generation Company (Mahagenco).
• Solvent Extractors Association, premier vegetable oil Association, said FSSAI has issued notification dated
15th May, 2017, permitting addition of vegetable fats (from sal, kokum, mango kernel, palm oil, mahua oil
dhupa, phulwara, dharambe, etc) to a maximum 5 per cent of the finished product.
• Twitter has introduced a new customizable Direct Message Card for businesses.
• Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd.(RIL) is the highest ranked Indian firm in 2017 Forbes ‘Global
2000’ list. Total 58 Indian companies have featured in this list. Reliance Industries ranked 106th on 2017
Forbes ‘Global 2000’ list. Among Indian companies, Reliance Industries was followed State Bank of India at
244 and ONGC at 246.
• The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) has amended the definition of a Startup. An entity
will be considered as a Start-Up if its turnover is less than Rs 25 crore.
• Apple has opened its first store in Southeast Asia at Singapore. Apple already has almost 500 stores globally
with more than a million visitors daily.
• The government has announced the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) to grant Industrial
licences to defence manufacturers. DIPP will
now process the applications for grant of licence for manufacture of defence items.
• Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) has inaugrated the largest integrated steel plant of Odisha with the
commissioning of the country's largest blast furnace at Angul. The plant was set up at an investment of
about Rs 33,000 crore.
• Indian Oil Corp (IOC) has overtaken Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) to become India's most profitable
public sector undertaking (PSU).

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

• Saqib Majeed, a Srinagar-based freelance photographer has won the prestigious 2016 Wisden-MCC
(Melbourne Cricket Council) Cricket Photograph of the Year. He won this award for a stunning image, which
captured boys playing cricket in the Nishat Gardens in Srinagar.
• Sanjay Pratihar has been chosen for the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal for the
Young Scientist Award for the year 2017.
• On the occasion of the 50th annual world fest houstan international film festival awarded the special jury remi
award to Indian actress Shabana Azmi and singer-poet Satinder Sartaaj on 3 May 2017.Shabana Azmi got the
award for her starring role in Hollywood film 'The Black Prince'.
• Bengaluru FC (Bengaluru Football Club) skipper Sunil Chhetri, who scored seven goals in the recently
concluded edition of the I-League football tournament, has won the most coveted Hero of the League award.
• 3 India-origin scientists, Krishna Chatterjee, Subhash Khot and Yadvinder Malhi are among the distinguished
scientists from across the world, to have been elected Fellows of UK Royal Society for their outstanding
contributions to science.
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• Sachin Tendulkar conferred with Fellowship Award at the 7th annual Asian Awards in UK.
• Union Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Vijay Goel announces changes in the National Youth
Awards (NYA) on 3rd May 2017. Increase in the number of the awards under National Youth Award.The
prize money is now Rs 200000 with a Trophy and Certificate.
• A Kolkata-based Micro Finance Institution, Village Financial Services has bagged MSME Banking
Excellence Awards 2016, instituted by the Chamber for Indian Micro, Small & Medium
Enterprises (CIMSME).
• 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards Winners List-in Pasadena, Los Angeles, US. Mario Lopez and Sheryl
Underwood hosted the ceremony.
2017 Daytime Emmy Awards Winners List
Category Winners
Outstanding Talk Show – Entertainment The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Outstanding Talk Show – Informative The Dr. Oz Show
Outstanding Morning Program Good Morning America
Outstanding Culinary Program Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse
Outstanding Drama Series General Hospital
Outstanding Game Show Host Steve Harvey – Family Feud
Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team The Young and the Restless
Outstanding Game Show Jeoprady!
Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team General Hospital
Outstanding Entertainment Program in Spanish Destinos
Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host Steve Harvey – Steve Harvey
Lifetime Achievement Award Mary Hart
• On May 2, 2017, Tamil Nadu State Government honoured social worker Padma Venkataraman with the
states "Avvaiyar Award" for 2017. Padma Venkataraman is the daughter of former President of India, the
late R Venkataraman.
• Former president and Chairman of Nicco group of CII Rajive Kaul was conferred with the Order of
Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal of the Republic of Korea.
• Actress, Emma Watson became the first person to win the MTV Movie and TV Awards’ new gender-neutral
Best Actor in a Movie award for her performance as Belle in “Beauty and the Beast.”
• London Child actor Sunny Pawar has been chosen for the Rising Star Award. The award will be presented to
Sunny at the 7th Annual Asian Awards.
• KonkonaSensharma has bagged the best director for her debut film ‘A Death in the Gunj’ awards at New York
Indian Film Festival.
• Former India batsman V V S Laxman was awarded an honorary life membership to the Marylebone Cricket
Club (MCC) on 11 May 2017.
• ICICI Bank Chief ChandaKochhar receives 'Woodrow Wilson Award' for global corporate citizenship
• The President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee presented the ‘Presidential Awards for Classical Tamil’ for the
years 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 at RashtrapatiBhawan, New Delhi.
• Tholakpiyyar AwardWoinner: Dr.R.Kalaikkovan
• N'GoloKante named Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year. N'GoloKante is a French
professional footballer.
• Maharashtra's Govardhan Eco Village has won the "Smart Village" award for being a sustainable project in
rural Maharashtra.
• Baahubali 2 is the first Indian movie to cross Rs 1000 croremarkwith its worldwide collections.
• Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presented the 2014 Indira Gandhi Peace Prize to the Indian Space
Research Organisation (ISRO) at a function in New Delhi.
• Britains Indian-origin steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta has bagged a top global award ‘CEO of the Year’for his
successful acquisitions.
• An Indian boy Prashant Ranganathan has won the top Intel Science Award in US. It is the world's largest pre-
college science competition in the US.Prashant has won in the category of environmental engineering for his
project on bio-degradation of pesticides.
• Reliance Jio, the wholly owned subsidiary of MukeshAmbani-led Reliance Industries has received TM
Forum's 'Digital Service Innovator of the Year Award' 2017.
• Two wildlife conservationists from India, Sanjay Gubbi of Karnataka and Purnima Barman of Assam are
among the six winners of this year’s prestigious Whitley Awards, which are popularly referred to as ‘Green

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Oscars’.
• Indian scientist Shrinivas Kulkarni has won the prestigious Dan David prize for his contribution in the field of
astronomy.
• David Letterman has won Mark Twain Prize 2017 for American humour on 17th May.
• Two Indian peacekeepers, Rifleman BrijeshThapa and Private Ravi Kumar are among the 117 military, police
and civilian personnel to be honoured with the prestigious Dag Hammarskjold Medal by the United
Nations posthumously for their courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.
• Thespian Soumitra Chatterjee and India’s longest serving boss Y.C. Deveshwar have been conferred with
the BangaSamman. It is the West Bengal’s highest civilian award, by Chief Minister MamataBanerjee.
• Aravind Kumar Rengan, Assistant Professor in Department of Biomedical Engineering at Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT) - Hyderabad has been awarded the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA)
medal in the Young Scientist category for 2017.
• Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling was conferred with the first Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
Lifetime Achievement Honour in Public Service by President Pranab Mukherjee.
• The 112 feet tall 'Adiyogi' Lord Shiva steel statue has been declared the world's largest bust by the Guinness
Books of World Records. It is situated in Coimbatore at the Isha Yoga Centre.
• A 44-year-old Nepalese mountaineer Lhakpa Sherpa has broken her own world record for the most Everest
summits by a woman after scaling the world’s tallest peak for the eighth time.
• The GVK group-run Mumbai airport has become the world’s busiest single-runway airport. The GVK group-
run Mumbai airport handles 837 flights a day and in terms of the number of passengers also, the city airport
tops with 45.2 million people flying in and out in fiscal 2017
• Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has received the International Humanitarian Award at the second
annual Asian Voice Charity Awards
• Cochin Port Trust has bagged two Best Performance Awards from the Ministry of Shipping. Cochin Port has
received the award for the highest growth in operating surplus.
• Young Indian Cartoonist Rohan Chakravarty wins top conservation award for issues related to Wildlife,
Environment
• Drake has beaten the Adele's record and was the big winner at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.
• Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Gujarat and ITC Ltd has won the Porter Prize 2017.
• Author Jhumpa Lahiri wins PEN/Malamud Award 2017.PEN/Faulkner Foundation has announced that
Professor of Creative Writing Jhumpa Lahiri is the recipient of the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence
in the Short Story.
• Tata Motors was awarded 'HR Innovation of the Year' for its significant contribution to skill development in
the automotive sector at the Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards on May 30, 2017.
• The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee has presented the Dr. Ambedkar National Awards or the years
2011, 2012 and 2014 on May 26, 2017 in New Delhi.
• The Pune city police have won the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Smart
Police Award for the year 2017.
• Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for the year 2016 has been awarded to Satyabrata Rout. Satyabrata Rout has
been given this award for developing a unique method of teaching and practising direction and design, which
has been achieved through a long and continuous work experience with eminent theatre practitioners and
scholars.
• The Ruben Ostlund-directed satire ‘The Square’ has won the top prize at the 70th Cannes Film Festival 2017.
• Professional football player Lionel Messi has won the European Golden Shoe for a fourth time. Playing
for FC Barcelona, Lionel Messi scored 37 goals this season. With the fourth Golden shoe to his name, Messi
has equalled Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo’s record.
• Actress Priyanka Chopra has received the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNS

Appointee Designation- Organisation


Usha Ananthasubramanian MD&CEO -Allahabad Bank
R Subramania Kumar MD&CEO -Indian Overseas Bank
DinabandhuMohapatra MD&CEO -Bank of India
RajkiranRai G MD&CEO -Union Bank of India
Sunil Mehta MD&CEO -Punjab National Bank

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R K SankaraNarayana MD&CEO -Vijaya Bank


M O Rego MD&CEO -Syndicate Bank
Mr Anthony Lianzuala Controller General of Accounts (CGA)
Shobana Kamineni Firrst Woman President of Confederation of Indian
Industry
Soumen Ghosh MD, Financial Services-- Bharti Enterprises
Mallikarjun Kharge Parliamentary Affairs Committee
Braj Bihari Kumar Chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science
Research (ICSSR)
Prabhat Kamal Bezboruah 1st Non-IAS to head tea board
Hubert Minnis Prime minister- Bahamas
Vinay Mohan Kwatra Ambassador to France
Justice Mudgal Chairman of FIFA Governance Committee
Mark Lowcock United Nations’ new humanitarian aid chief
Sanjay Mitra Defense Secretary
Kochi Metro Rail Ltd has announced to employ 23
members from the transgender community.
Sohail Mahmood, Pakistan's -new High Commissioner to India
R K Mahajan, Mahender Singh CBEC members

Amitabh Bachchan WHO goodwill ambassador for Hepatitis


V K Saraswat JNU Chancellor
VenuRajamony India's ambassador to Netherlands
Moon Jae-in South Korea President
Taranjeet Singh Country Director for India- Twitter
Emmanuel Macron(39) France’s youngest President
Harsh Vardhan Additional Charge Of Environment Ministry
Anil Dua CEO of Dish TV India
A German policewoman BibianaSteinhaus First female referee in Europe’s top leagues.
Debjani Ghosh Independent director Yes Bank
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani won re-election by a wide margin.
Edouard Philippe Prime Minister of the France
Aisha Mughal - First ever transgender lecturer in Quaid- Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations
i-Azam University in Islamabad Framework Convention on Climate Change
(UNFCCC)
Anurag Mehrotra MD of Ford India
Air Marshal PN Pradhan Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff
Dr S Christopher DRDO chief
First Indian-born woman Rehana Ameer City councillor of London Corporation
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Ethiopia) Director-General of the World Health Organization
(WHO)
Shuva Mundal Group General Counsel of Tata Sons.
Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' (Resigns) Nepal Prime Minister.
P V Sindhu Badminton World Federation Athletes’ Commission
Google's Rajan Anandan Chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of
India (IAMAI).
According to Union Minister Jitendra Singh, the government has forced 129 government officers to retire for non-
performance in the past few months.

Socialist Lenin Moreno President of Ecuador


Anurag Tripathy Secretary of CBSE
Amul Thapar Second Indian-American judge of US Court of Appeals.
Jaideep Mazumdar Ambassador of India to Philippines
Rakesh Kapur Chairman International Fertiliser Association
Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi Chairman of National Commission for Minorities
Ananya Kamboj Young journalist at the global Football for

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Friendship (F4F) Social Programme in Russia.


Vani Sarraju Rao Ambassador of India to Finland
Manipur Governor, Najma Heptulla Jamia Chancellor
Shubhalaxmi Panse and Pradip Shah Members of Banks Board Bureau
George Kurian Vice-Chairperson Of National Commission for
Minorities
ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS

• Online classifieds company Quikr India Pvt. Ltd has acquired home services start-up Zimmber (Rejuvenate
Solutions Pvt. Ltd). It is about $10 million in an all-stock deal.
• Techmagnate, India’s leading Digital Marketing Agency acquired BlogX. It is the India’s largest blog
conference where bloggers and content managers connect.
• The Indian Railway will acquire EOTT systems to run trains without guards. Its total cost is Rs 100 crore for
acquiring sophisticated equipment to run 1000 trains without guards. The End of Train Telemetry (EoTT)
equipment is used to establish communication between the locomotive driver and the last wagon of the train.
• Apple becomes first company to hit $800 bn valuation mark & Apple acquires sleep-tracking app 'Beddit' a
finish company.
• Paytm has signed a non-exclusive term sheet to acquire Snapdeal-owned payments platform FreeCharge.
Paytm-FreeCharge deal could be finalised at $45 million to $90 million.

SCHEMES

• The Haryana government has decided to open canteens that offer meals at subsidized rates for workers.
Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) is a Government of India sponsored scheme to provide highly subsidized
food to millions of the poorest families.
• The Memorandum of Agreements (MoAs) for purchase of 1000 MW wind power under MNRE’s first wind
auction Scheme was signed between PTC India. According to MoAs for meeting their non-solar RPO
(Renewable Purchase Obligations) UP to buy 449.9 MW, Bihar-200 MW, Jharkhand-200 MW, Delhi-100
MW, Assam-50 MW and Odisha-50MW of wind power.
• Under the new ‘Muktijodha scholarship’ scheme India will give Rs. 35 crore rupees to children of freedom
fighters in Bangladesh in the next five years.
• Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced SAMADHAN, a new strategy to wipe out left – wing terror.
(SAMADHAN – Smart Leadership Aggressive Strategy Motivation and Training Actionable Intelligence
Dashboard KPIs and KRAs Harnessing Technology Action Plan for each Theatre No access to financing.
• Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced following incentives for journalists at the "Swarna
Jayanti Journalists' Meet" in Panchkula: Rs 10,000 monthly pension scheme, for those who are above 60 years
and have completed 20 years in the profession. A life insurance covers of Rs 10 lakh and a cashless media
claim policy of Rs 500,000.
• Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the launch of the new scheme SAMPADA (Scheme for Agro-
Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters) which will bring value addition of
agriculture produce and will thereby increase farmers’ income. PM announced this scheme at a ceremony for
laying the foundation stone of Indian agricultural research institute in Gogamukh in Assam.Financial
Outlay: Rs. 6000 crore.
MoUs

• Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and the Union Skill Development Ministry have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up 100 driver training institutes.
• Reliance Corporate IT Park Limited (“RCITPL”) it is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries has signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SAP to launch ‘SARAL GST’ solution for taxpayers.
• Goa government has decided to sign memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Centre under Pradhan
Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) to provide subsidised medicines in the state.
• The Government of Jharkhand and Oracle has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cloud-
based citizen services.
• Indian Navy and Space Application Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad have signed a Memorandum of Understanding
on Data Sharing and Scientific cooperation in the field of Meteorology and Oceanology.
• BSNL has inked agreements with Facebook, MobiKwik and Disney Land in order to popularize the internet
and its value added services among its customers. According to the agreement Facebook, BSNL will facilitate
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connectivity for Facebook’s `Express Wi-Fi Program’.The service of Express Wi-Fi is now available via 700
hotspots across four states of Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Meghalaya.
• Andhra Pradesh government inked a pact with Singapore for developing an area of 6.84 km at capital
Amaravati as startup area on 15th of May.
• The Preferential Trade Agreement, (PTA) between India and Chile has come into effect from 16th of May.
• IIT Kharagpur’s Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness has signed a MoU with Madhya
Pradesh government’s ‘RajyaAnandamSansthan. It is a Department of Happiness.
• Cabinet apprised of MoU between India and Bangladesh on cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space
• Cabinet approves Joint Declaration of Intent between Germany and India regarding cooperation in the sector
of alternative medicine
• Cabinet approves MoU between Spain and India on cooperation in the field of Organ Transplant Service
• India and Kazakhstan Pact of Transfer of Prisoners Comes Into Effect
• India-Australia pact for transfer of each other's sentenced prisoners has come into effect with the ratification
of the treaty by both the countries. The pact was signed by India and Australia on November 18, 2014.
• India has signed an MoU with FIJI on Defence Cooperation on May 29, 2017. The MoU will include in
defence industry, military training, humanitarian assistance and disaster management.
• Prasar Bharati has signed an agreement with Moroccos Societe Nationale de Radio diffusionet de Television
(SNRT).The MoU has been signed to step up cooperation in the broadcasting sector.
• Amul has signed an MoU with ISRO for fodder Acreage estimation. Under the Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU), ISRO will help in identification between food crops and fodder crops at village level.
• Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has signed a $ 630 million deal with the Indian State-owned aerospace
and defense company Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL).

COMMITTEE

• The government has set up a high-level task force to compute timely data on employment situation in the
country. According to a task force has been created under the chairmanship of Aayog's vice chairman Arvind
Panagariya with labour secretary Sathiyavathy, secretary statistics T.C.A. Ananth, Pulak Ghosh of NITI
Aayog and Manish Sabharwal as members.
• A Mother’s Day gift has given for lakhs of children and their moms in Uttar Pradesh. Maa committee is
formed to check mid-day meal quality in UP schools. Maa committee will aim to get nutritious food prepared
in hygienic conditions.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

• Researchers from Oxford University have developed a synthetic, soft tissue retina which closely mimics the
natural human retinal process. This breakthrough could lead to development of new, less invasive
technologies that more closely resemble human body tissues and will help in treating degenerative eye
conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa.
• An Ariane 5 rocket that carries two telecommunications satellites for South Korea and Brazil blasted off on
5th May. The rocket launched at 6:51 pm (2151 GMT) from Europe's space port in Kourou, The first satellite,
SGDC, separated from the rocket just over 28 minutes after lift-off.The second, KOREASAT-7, was placed in
orbit a little more than 36 minutes from launch.
• India's first of its kind, indigenously developed high temperature drop tube reactor (DTR) system has been
installed by NTPC Energy Technology Research Alliance (NETRA).
• Indian GSLV Rocket lifts off successfully with South Asia Communications Satellite. GSAT-9 was launched
using ISRO’s GSLV-F09 rocket. The Satellite built at a cost of 235 crore.
• The world’s biggest X-ray laser has generated its first beam of light. It will allow scientists to get a glimpse of
new materials, drugs and chemical reactions at the atomic level. The 3.4-kilometre-long European XFEL, that
is located in underground tunnels in Germany, will help in new era of European research.
• The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) recently demonstrated a solar hybrid electric car, which has
been designed and developed using in-house resources, at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC),
Thiruvanathanapuram.
• The world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has restarted
circulating beams of protons for the first time in 2017.
• Researchers at a university in Sweden have developed world’s fastest camera called FRAME (Frequency
Recognition Algorithm for Multiple Exposures). This camera can capture five trillion frames per second.
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• Scientists of IIT Roorkee have used Indian summer fruit, Jamun, to create low cost and more efficient solar
cells. Gratzel cells is a thin film solar cells made of a porous layer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) coated
photoanode.
• The Indian Railways is set to make use of the Radio-Frequency Identification tags (RFID) for tracking of
wagons, coaches and locomotives.RFID tags have a lifespan of 25 years. For the first phase the Railways have
sanctioned Rs 57 crore.
• US based rocket manufacturing company SpaceX successfully launched and landed a rocket carrying
carrying NROL-76 for US intelligence from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida on May 1, 2017.
• Defence Minister Arun Jaitley handed over a number of devices to National Security Guard (NSG), Delhi
Police and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). The device includes 'E-Nasika', which is a hand-held
equipment.
• Department of Telecom (DoT), Ministry of Communications has launched Tarang Sanchar.It is a web portal
for Information sharing on Mobile Towers and EMF Emission Compliances.
• The first Chinese-built passenger jet C919 has made it maiden flight. The C919 is a twin-engine airliner
designed to compete with the Airbus 320 and Boeing 737.
• India test fired ‘Spyder’ surface-to-air-missile at a test range in Odisha.It has been acquired from Israel.It can
strike enemy targets within a range of 15 km and at heights between 20-and-9,000 metres
• Home Minister Rajnath Singh has launched a Mobile-based grievance redressal application for central
paramilitary personnel, development. Rajnath Singh has also launched an exclusive BSFMyApp for the
personnel of the Border Security Force.
• India's INS Tarkash marks 'UK India Year of Culture'. Tarkash had arrived at its final docking point in Britain
on the river Thames at West India Docks in Londons Canary Wharf to mark UK India Year of Culture.
• Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh, launched e-KrishiSamvad at
KrishiBhawan in New Delhi for welfare and development of agricultural stakeholders in India.
• On May 11, 2017, indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, successfully test fired Beyond
Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile. The success of this test asserts that LCA Tejas can now be loaded with
missiles having BVR capabilities.
• China tests 'Lunar Palace' as it eyes moon mission. Four postgraduate students entered a 160-square meter
simulated space cabin, called the "Yuegong-1" or "Lunar Palace," on 10th of May, 2017.
• On May 12, 2017, a massive ransomware cyber attack dubbed 'WannaCry' hit hospitals, major companies and
government offices in 99 countries.
• Venkaiah Naidu a Union Information and Broadcasting Minister has announced a round-the-
clock Doordarshan channel for Jharkhand.Jharkhand has been given the most film-friendly award by the
National Film Awards.
• West Bengal based Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, (IIEST) has created the country's
first smart grid project that will generate power from renewable sources of energy.
• ArunJaitley the Union Minister of Finance has launched the Portal of Operation Clean
Money https://www.cleanmoney.gov.in. in New Delhi.
• A18-year-old boy from Tamil Nadu has created the world’s smallest satellite named ‘KalamSat’. It is
developed by RiftahSharook. The main role of the satellite will be to demonstrate the performance of 3-D
printed carbon fibre
• Researchers of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi have developed the device ‘Naso filters’. It is capable of
restricting up to 95% of dust and air pollutants. It is the cheapest Naso filter available costing Rs 10.
• A team of scientists from the United States have discovered a possible cure for all five known Ebola viruses,
one of which severely damage West Africa in recent years.
• As per the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited the first flight of prototype-two of India’s indigenous basic trainer
aircraft, Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) was successful.
• Haryana government has launched e-textbook portal for school students.
• SpaceX launched a communications satellite for London-based mobile broadband company – Inmarsat.
Inmarsat-5 F4 satellite, built by Boeing, blasted off atop aFalcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral,
Florida, US on May 15, 2017.
• US military conducted a successful missile defence test involving a simulated attack by an intercontinental
ballistic missile (ICBM).Firstly an ICBM-type missile was fired from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall
Islands toward the waters at south of Alaska.
• Scientists at IIT Kharagpur have developed with a new technology known as ‘soil-to-soil’ manufacturing
technology. It is used for manufacturing cheaper, quicker and pollution-free.
• NASA and ISRO will collaborate to build Earth - imaging satellite NISAR.It has launched the world’s biggest
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and most expensive earth imaging satellite. It total cost $1.5 billion.
• An extremely rare bag used by NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong to collect the first dust samples from the
Moon may fetch up to USD 4 million at an auction in the US.
• Airlander 10 is the world’s largest aircraft and has successfully completed a test flight by flying for a total of
180 minutes in Cardington, UK. It combines technology from airplanes, helicopters and airships.
• The world's highest gain high-power laser amplifier that could amplify sounds from rustling of leavesto that of
a jumbo jet. It has been developed in the UK.
• China has launched national satellite navigation and positioning system on 28th of May.
It will be compatible with other satellite navigation systems, such as the Bei Dou Navigation Satellite System
and Global Position System (GPS).
• Defence Minister Arun Jaitely has launched an Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) set up in Chitradurga
in Karnataka.The total cost is Rs 1,300 crore.
• Sourabh Ghosh from the Department of Textile Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi
has been successful in 3D bioprinting of cartilage using a bioink.It is the first time that permanent cartilage
similar to natural ones has been developed.
• HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has launched an anti-ragging mobile app UGC app introduced by the
University Grants Commission on 29th of May 2017.
• India's Global Positioning System (GPS), the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS),
alternatively named NavICis going to be operated from 2018.

DEFENCE

• Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system is now operational in South
Korea. The system has attained initial intercept capability which will be augmented by end of 2017 on arrival
of new components.
• Indian Army successfully test-fired Block III version (an advanced version) of the Brahmos land-attack cruise
missile in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
• India’s nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface Agni-II ballistic missile was test-fired from the Wheeler Island
Odisha coast on May 4, 2017. Agni-II ballistic missile has a strike range of 2000 kilometers.The test was
aimed at re-establishing the operational effectiveness of the weapon system.
• Indian Navy Decommissions Minesweepers - INS Karwar and INS Kakinada at the Naval Dockyard
in Mumbai in presence of Indian Navy Chief Sunil Lanba.
• The Army has decided to re-introduce Cordon and Search Operations (CASO) as a "permanent feature" of its
campaign against militants. CASO will be carried out in a major way in militancy-hit areas of Kulgam,
Pulwama, Tral, Budgam and Shopian in south Kashmir.
• The 29th series of India–Indonesia CORPAT is scheduled from 9th to 25thMay 17. The opening ceremony
being conducted from 09 -12 May 17 at Port Blair.It will be conducted under the aegis of Andaman and
Nicobar Command.
• "Jordan, US launch major military exercises “ Eager Lion”
• Philippine and U.S. troops begin smaller scale joint military exercise. It major focus will be on disaster
response, humanitarian assistance and counter terrorism.“Balikatan" or "Shoulder-to-Shoulder" 12 day
military exercises were led by Defense Secretary DelfinLorenzana and U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim.
• The 24th bilateral exercise Simbex 17 between Indian Navy and Republic of Singapore Navy has commenced
in South China Sea.
• Joint HADR Exercise commences at Naval Station Karwar.The Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and
Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise began on 18 May 2017.The exercise is being conducted by Indian Navy’s
Western Naval Command. It is named as 'KaravaliKarunya'.
• Indian army has received two M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzer artillery guns from BAE Systems, US. These
two guns have been procured under Indian Government’s deal with US Government for total 145 M777 guns.
• Indian Navy frigate INS Ganga is placed in non-operational category from 28th May 2017, followed by
decommissioning, after 32 years of service.

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ENVIRONMENT

• Madhya Pradesh government has passed a law in the state to give recognition to Narmada River. A special
session of the state Assembly passed the resolution granting the 1312-km-long Narmada.
• Andhra Pradesh's Banganapalle mango got Geographical Indication registration from the Geographical
Indications Registry.
• A group of archaeologists discovered the remains of a nearly 4000 year old model garden outside a tomb in
the ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes known as Luxor.
• Archaeological workers have unearthed an ancient human burial site with at least 17 intact mummies near
the Nile Valley city of Minya in Egypt.
• Scientists using NASA telescopes have detected "a strong water signature" in the atmosphere of Neptune-
sized planet. HAT-P-26bs atmosphere is relatively clear of clouds and has a strong water signature.
• New Butterfly Species found in Israel for 1st time in 109 Yrs. It is named Acentrias fritillary.
• A newly discovered organismfound on the International Space Station has been named after APJ Abdul
Kalam by NASA.The name of the bacterium is Solibacilluskalamii and the species name is after Dr Abdul
Kalam and genus name is Solibacillus which is a spore forming bacteria.
• Henderson Island is a remote place in the South Pacific that has been found to be the most polluted place on
the planet. It will have 37 million pieces littered on its beaches. It is a part of the UK's Pitcairn Islands
territory.
• An Earth-Like Planet called Proxima B orbiting the closest neighbouring Star, Proxima Centauri.It is
about 4.2 light years (25 trillion miles) away from Earth likely to have liquid water and also support alien life.
• The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)on May 15th 2017 officially launched the “Year of Polar
Prediction”, in Geneva, Switzerland.
• Green court NGT bans open defecation, waste dumping on Yamuna floodplains. A fine of Rs 5,000 on people
who will violate the rules and regulations.
• According to a new study it is found that there is a sharp increase in biological activity on the continent in the
last 50 years.Due to climate change the plant life on Antarctica is growing rapidly.
• The UN Environment OzonAction’s Compliance Assistance Programme has organised
an “Ozone2Climate” Technology Roadshow.
• The Cobra Lily is rediscovered in Nilgiris after 84 years. The incredibly rare Arisaematranslucens commonly
known as the cobra lily.
• Super-Earth’ found 21 light years away may host alien life. Scientists at Astrophysics Institute in the Canary
Islands have found a planet which may be habitable and can host liquid water.
• NASA’s Juno spacecraft has discovered the Earth-sized cyclones at the poles of the Jupiter.
• The new species of a fossil pliosaur (large predatory marine reptile from the 'age of dinosaur') has been found
in Russia.
• The newly discovered glass frog was found in the Amazonian lowlands of Ecuador. Scientists have discovered
a remarkable new species of glass frog whose beating heart can be seen right through its chest.
• A deep depression in the Bay of Bengal has been declared intensified into a tropical cyclone named Mora. It
is a second cyclone in the Bay of Bengal after Maarutha.
SPORTS

• Annual update of ICC Twenty20 International team rankings was released on May 1, 2017. India has dropped
two places to slip to fourth position.With 118 points India is behind Pakistan (121 points), England (121
points), and New Zealand (125 points). Pakistan is behind England by fraction of a point and is positioned at
No.3.
• Indian table tennis player Soumyajit Ghosh has bagged both the singles and doubles gold at the Seamaster
2017 ITTF Challenge Chile Open in Santiago, Chile.Men’s singles final was contested between two Indian
players, Soumyajit Ghosh and Anthony Amalraj, in which Soumyajit clinched the title.
• On April 30, 2017, Spanish professional tennis player, Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem of Austria in the
final to win the Barcelona Open for a record 10th time. This victory also marked Nadal's 71st tournament win
in his career.
• Mercedes’ Finnish driver, Valtteri Bottas claimed his first Formula 1 victory, taking the flag at the Russian
Grand Prix after a close chase from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who finished at second position.
• On April 30, 2107 Joshna Chinappa created history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the Asian Squash
title with a thrilling win over compatriot Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the women's final held in Chennai, India.

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The title match lasted for 78 minutes.In the men's final of 19th Asian Squash Championship in Chennai,
India’s Saurav Ghosal lost to Hong Kong’s Max Lee to finish second best.
• On April 30, 2017, Aizawl FC, a small team from Mizoram, created history by becoming the first club from
north-east to win the I-League title.
• On May 6, 2017, Indian Boxer Shiva Thapa won a silver medal at the Asian Boxing
Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He lost the final match to Elnur Abduraimov from Uzbekistan as he
got injured at the beginning of the match.
• Great Britain has won 26th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup Hockey tournament by
defeating Australia in the final match by 4-3. The final match was held on May 6, 2017 in Ipoh, Malaysia.
• Indian tennis player Leander Paeshas won Tallahassee- United States Challenger Men’s Doubles title on
30th April 2017. Leander Paes and his partner Scott Lipsky from America defeated Leonardo Mayer and
Maximo Gonzalez.
• In the latest FIFA rankings the Indian football team has raised to be ranked 100th for the first time ever in over
two decades. Top3: 1.Brazil 2. Argentina3. Germany
• The National Basketball Association (NBA) -the governing body of Basketball in US inaugurated its first ever
academy in India in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
• Indian fast bowler, JhulanGoswami now holds the record as highest wicket-taker in women’s one-day
international. In her career total to 181 wickets in 153 matches. She thereby broke Australia’s
CathrynFitzpatrickthe’s world record of 180 wickets.
• The South African government had lifted a ban on the country's rugby union after it made progress improving
racial diversity in the sport. It gets approval to bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup.
• India claimed a gold medal and a bronze medal at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix being held in Beijing,
China.
• Grand Prix of Liberation: Heena Sindhu wins bronze, India come back with 7 medals. In the women’s 10m
Air Pistol Heena Sindhu won a bronze medal. India ended the Grand Prix of Liberation Plezn 2017 shooting
championships with seven medals.
• Hockey Him (Himachal) defeated Hockey Mizoram in the 7th Junior National Hockey Championship 2017
(Women).The match was held at the AisbaghStadium Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
• Indian javelin thrower Devender Singh qualified for the World Championships in London.
• Harpreet Singh has bagged bronze medal in Greco-Roman weight divisions in the Asian Wrestling
Championship. It was held at the K.D. Jadhav arena in the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi.
• Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik unveils logo, Mascot for 22nd Asian Athletics Championship. Olly Turtle is the
mascot of 22nd Asian Athletics Championship Bhubaneswar 2017.
India’s Performance at Asian Wrestling Championship, New Delhi
Indian wrestlers bagged total 10 medals (1 Gold, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze).This marks an improvement as compared to 9
medals won by India in previous edition of this Championship in Bangkok.
1. Gold Medal Winner (Men Wrestler) – BajrangPunia
2. Silver Medal Winners (Female Wrestlers) – Sakshi Malik, VineshPhogat, DivyaKakran and Sarita
3. Silver Medal Winner (Men Wrestler) - Sumit
4. Bronze Medal Winners (Female Wrestlers) – Jyoti and RituPhogat,
5. Bronze Medal Winner (Men Wrestler) – Harpreet Singh and Anil Kumar
• Indian motor racing driver Arjun Maini became the first Indian to win a race in the GP3 Series in Barcelona,
Spain.
• Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem to win Mutua Madrid Open at LaCajaMágica in Madrid, Spain. This is
Nadal’s fifth Mutua Madrid Open title win and 30th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.
• Amul will be prime sponsor of the New Zealand cricket team in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy. It will
start from June 1 in England.
• Lewis Hamilton has won the Spanish Grand Prix in the Formula One championship. It is Hamilton’s 55th
career win and second wins of the season.
• Indian squash player RamitTandon won his first professional title in squash on 14 May 2017.He beats his
Indian counterpart, Kush Kumar in the Sys Open 2017.
• India women’s cricket team openers Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut became the first-ever pair to share a
record 320-run partnership in One-Day International. This feat was accomplished in a match against Ireland at
Potchefstroom during the quadrangular series in South Africa.
• R.R. Laxman of Integral Coach Factory won the All India Open Rapid World Chess Federation (FIDE) Rating
Chess Tournament.
• India retained its No.1 position on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings.
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• Indian Grandmaster PentalaHarikrishna registered his first win at the Moscow FIDE Grand Prix.
• Mohammad Anas from Kerala has breaked the national record in men's 400m race and won a gold medal at
the third leg of the Indian Grand Prix Athletics Meet in New Delhi.
• The International Cricket Council (ICC) has hiked the prize money for 2017 Champions Trophy by $500,000,
making it $4.5 million with a winner’s share of $2.2 million.
• Vaishnavishone a Coimbatore girl won 2 gold medals in the first Asia level yoga competition in Thailand. She
has won in the junior category (13 to 15 years).
• Indian Grand Master PentalaHarikrishna won against Russian GM Ian Nepomniachtchi. The FIDE Grand Prix
was held in Moscow.
Italian Open 2017 – Overview
Category Winner Runners-up
Men’s Singles Alexander Zverev (Germany) Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
Women’s Singles Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) Simona Halep (Romania)
Men’s Doubles Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France) Ivan Dodig (Croatia)
Nicolas Mahut (France) Marcel Granollers (Spain)
Women’s Doubles Martina Hingis (Switzerland) E Makarva (Russia)
Y Chan (Taiwan) E Vesnina (Russia)

• In the South Asian Junior Table Tennis championship India has won 10 gold medals. A proud moment for
India. The South Asian Junior Table Tennis championship was held in Mount Lavinia, near Colombia in Sri
Lanka.
• Indian cricketers Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, have featured in this
year’s ESPN World Fame 100 list. Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo topped this year’s ESPN World Fame 100
Rankings
• Bengaluru FC beat Mohun Bagan 2-0 to be crowned the Federation Cup champions at the Barabati Stadium in
Cuttack, Odisha.
• In the 10 the Edition of Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated Rising Pune Supergiant
(RPS) in the Grand Finale by a margin of 1 run to win the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 title. This final
match of IPL 20217 was played at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
• India's R Vaishali won the women's title in the Asian Continental Blitz Chess Championship in Chengdu,
China, on May 21, 2017.
• Sweden won the Ice Hockey World Championship title for the 10th Time. Sweden won a championship with
a 2-1 goal.
• A High-Level Committee on 7-member Scouts and Guides has submitted its Final Report to Minister for State
(Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports, Vijay Goel with various recommendations.. A committee
was headed by Harsh Malhotra.
• IT major HCL will host the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017, in the Asian circuit for the U/18
category in association with the Maharashtra State Lawn tennis Association in pune.
• Ravichandran Ashwin an Indian spinner was bagged with International Cricketer of the Year award at the
CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017 on 24 May 2017.
• Egyptian swimmer Omar Hegazy has become the first amputee to swim across Red Sea’s 20 kilometer Aqaba
Gulf from Egypt to Jordan.
• Football club Manchester United has won the Europa League title after defeating Ajax Amsterdam in the final
match.
• South Korea defeated China won badminton's Sudirman Cup for the first time in 14 years on 28th of May,
2017. It was held in Gold Coast Australia.
• Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel had won Monaco Grand Prix on 28 May 2017.
• India’s Chadalavada Anandha Sundhararaman Bhavani Devi has become first Indian to win a Gold Medal in
an International fencing tournament. She participated in the sabre event of the Turnoi Satellite Fencing
Championship held at Reykjavik in Iceland.
• Arsenal won its 13th FA Cup with a 2-1 victory over Chelsea the Premier League champion on 27 May 2017.
The match was held at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
• Harmanpreet Kaur becomes the first Indian women cricketer to play in England’s T20 league
• India captain Virat Kohli is the only cricketer from the country to feature in the top 10 of the ICC Players
Rankings for ODIs. He holds on third spot in the batsman's chart. The top three batsmen -De Villiers (874),
Warner (871) and Kohli (852) are separated by just 22 points.

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OBITUARY

• Former Mauritanian junta Chief Ely Ould Mohamed Vall dies of heart attack.
• Leila Seth, first woman judge of Delhi High Court, dies.
• Ex-Madhya Pradesh minister Pratap Singh Baghel passes away
• Dronacharya awardee Wrestler Capt Chand Roop passes away.
• German painter AR Penck dies at 77.
• Renowned climber Ueli Steck dies near Mount Everest
• 86-Year-Old Nepali Mountaineer Min Bahadur Sherchan dies on Mt Everest
• A Legendary Pakistani sitar player Ustad Raees Khan died . He was 77.
• Stanley Weston, co-founder of interactive TV programming company ACTV died on 1st May at 84 years old.
• Former Maharashtra Minister Arjun Tulshiram Pawar passed away
• P.R. Ramasubrahmaneya Rajha, Chairman of Ramco Group, an industrialist has passed away in Rajapalayam
on May 12, 2017
• Finland's first leftist president, MaunoKoivisto who oversaw Finland’s entry into European Union, passed
away on May 12, 2017, at the age of 93.
• Himachal Pradesh Cabinet Minister Karan Singh has passed away on 12 May 2017. He was 59.
• Stanley Greene, Teller of Uncomfortable Truths, Dies at 68.
• Union environment minister Anil Madhav Dave has passed away. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha from MP
in August 2009.
• Veteran actress ReemaLagoo has passed on 18thMay 2017 at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai.
• Chris Cornel the renowned American musician, singer and songwriter, has recently passed away at Michigan,
United States. He was 52.
• Former Puducherry CM Ramaswamy passes away
• Rammohan Rao, who had served as a media adviser to four prime ministers and former Principal Information
Officer (PIO), passed away at the age of 83.
• Dasari Narayana Rao is a well-known filmmaker and producer has died. He was 75 years old.
• Noted film producer and wife of Kannada thespian Rajkumar, Paravathamma Rajkumar passed away after a
prolonged illness on May 31, 2017 in Bengaluru.
• Real-life hero Matthunny Mathews who inspired 'Airlift' dies in Kuwait.
• Sir Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dies aged 89.
• Former DGP of Punjab Kanwar Pal Singh Gill passes away at 82
• Pakistani music director Wajahat Attre dies.
• Former Mumbai Cricketer Kiran Ashar No More.
• Italian fashion designer Laura Biagiotti dies at 73.
• Gregg Allman, the soulful singer-songwriter and rock n' blues pioneer has died at the age of 69.
• The Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega died on May 29, 2017 at the age of 83.
• A former Prime Minister of Greece Constantine Mitsotakis had died on 30th May 2017.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

• Minister for Information & Broadcasting Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu released a set of books titled ‘Swachh
Jungle kikahani – DadikiZubani’ published by Publications Division.
• Aamir Khan has launched actress Asha Parekh's autobiography ‘The Hit Girl’ on April 30, 2017. Asha Parekh
is a Bollywood actress, director, and producer.
• The President of India Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of book ‘Metaphysics, Morals and Politics’ in
Kolkata, West Bengal. The book is authored by Professor Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay.
• The Prime Minister NarendraModi has released a book series written by the Agricultural Scientist Dr. M.S.
Swaminathan.The series is titled – M.S. Swaminathan: The Quest for a world without hunger.
• President of India receives books ‘Jnan, a-Janan and Bijnan: Popper-erJnantatta’ and
‘SamudraBanijjerPrekshiteSthalaBanijjya
• The President of India Pranab Mukherjee receives books ‘Jnan, a-Janan and Bijnan: Popper-erJnantatta’ and
‘SamudraBanijjerPrekshiteSthalaBanijjya, Bharat MahasagarAnchal, 1500-1800’.
• President Mukherjee has attended the programme of launch of a book, India's Indira- a Centennial Tribute’. It
has been edited by Anand Sharma, a senior Congress leader.
• Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has released the book ‘India 2017 Yearbook’. It is authored by the Union
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Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi.


• The world’s first philosophical novel on God was presented by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju. IAS
officer Haulianlal Guite has published a philosophical novel for God titled “Confessions of a dying mind: the
blind faith of atheism.The book is termed as “the world’s first philosophical novel for God“.
• A new book "Winning like Virat: Think & Succeed like Kohli" by Abhirup Bhattacharya. It discloses the
secrets of the cricketer's consistent form, while attempting to decode his philosophy towards life.
• President of India receive books ‘Mann Ki Baat: A Social Revolution on Radio’ and ‘Marching with a Billion
- Analysing Narendra Modi’s Government at Midterm’
Marching with a Billion- Analysing Narendra Modi’s Government at Mid-term written by UdayMahurkar a
journalist.
• President has received two copies of the book Colour Atlas of Oral Implantology” and “Conservative
Dentistry – basics. The Colour Atlas authored by Dr. Prafulbali & Lanka Mahesh.
• A unique and detailed publication by Lincoln Reang, named ‘Mapping with respect to Particularly Vulnerable
Tribal Groups in Tripura’, is being published by the Tribal Research and Cultural Institute.

IMPORTANT DAYS

• UN marks first World Tuna Day with calls to conserve it. The United Nations marks the first World Tuna Day
on May 2, 2017.
• World Press Freedom Day is celebrated on 3 May 2017.It celebrates the fundamental principal of Press
Freedom.Theme of the World Press Freedom Day is ‘Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in
advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies’.
• International labour Day is being observed on 1st of May. It is celebrated to pay tribute to workers’ sacrifices
in achieving economic and social rights all over the world. Theme of Labour Day is “Celebrating the
International Labour Movement”.
• May 2, 2017 was observed as Ganga Swachhta Sankalp Divas by National Mission on Clean Ganga
(NMCG) at twelve locations: Kanpur, Bithoor, Allahabad, Devprayag, Varanasi, Patna, Bhagalpur, Kolkata,
Raj Ghat (Hardoi), Sahibganj, Srinagar (Uttarakhand), and Vidhur Kuti (Bijnor).
• Prime Minister NarendraModi released a commemorative stamp on the 1,000th birth
anniversary of Saint Ramanujacharya on May 1, 2017 in New Delhi.
• International Fire fighters' Day (IFFD) is observed on May 4. It was instituted after proposal emailed out
across the world on January 4, 1999 due to the deaths of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a bushfire
in Australia.
• World Asthma Day is an annual event organized on May 2 every year by the Global Initiative for Asthma
(GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.
• World Migratory Bird Day 2017 is observed on 10th of May every year. The World Migratory Bird Day 2017
theme is “Their Future is our Future- a Healthy Planet for Migratory Birds and People”.
• World Red Cross day is celebrated on the 8th of May. Theme of the World Red Cross day is Less Known red
Cross Stories.Henry Dunant was the founder of the Red Cross as well as the founder of International
Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
• International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12th of May every year.The theme of 2017 International Nurses Day
(IND) is “Nursing: A voice to lead – Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.
• The National Technology Day 2017 was observed on 11th of May, 2017 in India with the theme Technology
for inclusive and sustainable growth. The day is commemorated to mark the anniversary of Pokhran nuclear
tests of 1998.
• The Uttar Pradesh government is planning to declare "no school bag day" on Saturdays in all the state-run
schools.
• Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation observed for victims of World War II. Time of remembrance and
reconciliation was observed globally on 8-9 May 2017.
• World Fair Trade Day takes place on the second Saturday of May each year to bring together the fair trade
movement in a global day of activation for real change. 2017 theme: 'Human Chains for Fair Trade and the
Planet'
• Every year , second Sunday of May is celebrated on May 14 as Mother's Day across the world to honour the
mother to honour mothers and motherhood. 2017 theme: “Every Mother knows”
• The 2017 International Day of Families was observed across the world on 15 May 2017.The 2017
International Day of Family theme is “Families, education and well-being”.
• The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development was observed on 21 May 2017.
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• The Anti-terrorism Day was observed on 21st of May 2017 across our country to make the people aware of
the anti-social act of terrorism and its impact on human suffering and psyche. It is celebrated to commemorate
the death anniversary of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
• The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day has observed on 17th of May 2017.The day is
observed with the theme "Big Data for Big Impact," focuses on the power of Big Data for development.
• Every year, 17 May is observed as World Hypertension Day (WHD) since 2005 to promote public awareness
of hypertension and to encourage citizens of all countries to prevent and control this silent killer, the modern
epidemic. 2017 theme for the Day is Know Your Numbers.
• International Museum Day is observed on 18th of May 2017. The Theme of International Museum Day 2017 :
"Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.
• World AIDS Vaccine Day observed on May 18, 2017. The day, also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day,
is observed annually.
• Metrology is the scientific study of measurement. World Metrology Day is an annual celebration to mark the
signing of the Metre Convention on May 20, 1875, by representatives of 17 nations. Theme for World
Metrology Day 2017 is“Measurements for transport”.
• The Government of India (GoI) has declared 16th May as National Dengue Day by Ministry of Health and
Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India.
• 2017 International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOT)is observed on May 17 with
the Theme of Families.
• The World Biodiversity Day also known as International Day for Biological Diversity. It is observed
on 22nd May every year. The theme for 2017 for World Biodiversity Day is “Biodiversity and Sustainable
Tourism”
• Every year, World Turtle Day is celebrated across the world on May 23. This day is sponsored since 2000
by American Tortoise Rescue.
• The International Day of Action for Women’s Health is observed on May 28.
• The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers has been observed on 29 May.The theme for the 2017
International Day of UN Peacekeepers is “Investing in Peace around the World.
• World No-Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed every year across the world on 31 May. The theme for World
No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development".

Current Affairs June 2017


INDIAN AFFAIRS

• BJP leader and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher has released the stamp on the commemoration of Balwant Gargi
centenary on 31st of May by the Panjab University.
• The Indian Railways has introduced a facility on 1st of June of Buy Now, Pay Later service for passengers
to book tickets online first and make payment for the reservations within a window of 14 days.
• The Uttar Pradesh Government has extended the retirement age of doctors from 60 to 62 years.This move has
been taken in the view of non-availability of medical practitioners across the state.
• ‘T-Wallet’, the official digital wallet of Telangana State was launched on June 1, 2017 by Telangana IT
Minister K.T. Rama Rao. T Wallet is available as an ‘Any Time, Any Where’ digital payment option for
everyone.
• During the occasion of State Formation Day , Telangana Chief Minister Chandrasekhar Rao has announced 6-
point comprehensive plan for farmers on June 2nd 2017 in Secunderabad which includes 8 thousand rupees
cash assistance per acre per annum to each farmer in the state nd 24/7 continuous electricity supply.
• Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul has launched the Vidya-VeertaAbhiyan on 3rd of June 2017 in the state
by presenting Vice Chancellors of universities with the portraits of Param Vir Chakra recipients.
• The three-day festival Making of Developed India (MODI) fest was launched in Andhra Pradesh on 2 June
2017. It begins to celebrate the successful completion of the three-year rule by the Modi government.
• Post roll-out of Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1, 2017, Gold will be costlier, whereas biscuits,
footwear up to Rs. 500/- and apparel up to Rs. 1000/- will become cheaper. Packaged and branded food items
will be taxed 5%, tendu leaves at 18% and bidi at the highest rate of 28%. However, unlike cigarettes, there
will be no cess on bidi.
• The Indian Railways is going to reduce emission by 33 per cent in the next 10-12 years. The Railways will
going to involve with green initiatives undertaken by the public transporter. It will reduce emission through
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sustained energy efficiency measures and maximum use of clean fuel by 2030
• The Aadhaar card has been made mandatory for government subsidy on purchase of kerosene and benefits of
Atal Pension Yojana. It was announced by PM Modi on 4th of June, 2017
• The government launched the solid waste segregation at source in the National Capital Region (NCR) on
5th of June, 2017
• Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat said that Women to be allowed in combat roles in Indian Army. Currently
women are allowed in medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering wings of the Army.
• Cabinet has approved the initial public offer of Indian Renewable EnergyDevelopment Agency, enabling it
to mobilise funds for the clean energy sector.Under the listing proposal, IREDA will issue fresh 13.90 crore
shares, increasing the paid up share capital of the company from Rs 784 crore to Rs 923 crore.
• The Government of Kerala has implemented a green protocol for weddings more nature-friendly. With the
implementation of the green protocol, the use of plastic and other non-degradable articles including disposable
glasses, plates and thermocol decorations would be prohibited at marriage functions.
• Union Government has launched a Skill for Life, Save a Life Initiative on 6th of June. Its aim is to promote
skill development in the health sector. Under this initiative, various courses will be initiated targeting specific
competencies for healthcare professionals as well as for general public.
• The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill 2017 has cleared by the Union Ministry of
Law and Justice on June 8, 2017. The bill was passed by Karnataka Legislative Assembly to exempt kambala
and bullock-cart racing from the ambit of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 on February 13,
2017
• The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has announced the setting up of 18 sectoral groups to ensure a
smooth roll-out of the GST on 9th of June, 2017
• NITI Aayog has launched ‘SATH’ program with state governments for furthering the agenda for cooperative
federalism. Acronym ‘SATH’ stands for ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital’.
• Supreme Court has ruled that it would be mandatory for all Aadhaar holders to link the unique identity
number with the PAN for filing income tax returns.
• The Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy (CCRYN)has initiated Yoga Awareness
Drive through Mascots and Flash Mobs (YogMob).It has been launched to increase popularity of Yoga
especially among the youth.
• The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has launched a 24×7 helpline – Madadgaar – at Srinagar’s Tagore
Hall. The helpline is the first of its kind in Kashmir with a toll free number (14411).
• External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has inaugurated Know India Programme (KIP) for young overseas
Indians at a function in New Delhi.
• Sushma Swaraj has announced the opening of 149 new Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSKs). It will
be set up in the second phase.
• Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) the administrative authority of Atal Pension
Yojana (APY) has now introduced “APY@eNPS” which involves a complete digital enrolment process.
• The centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram in Gujarat has celebrated at the Nehru Centre on
17th of June. Gopalkrishna Gandhi will inaugurate two galleries titled 'My Life is My Message' and 'Charkha.'
He will also release two books titled 'Letters to Gandhi' and 'Pioneers of Satyagraha.'
• The 22nd European Union Film Festival (EUFF) has opened at Siri Fort auditorium on 10th of June, 2017 with
the screening of Estonian film Cherry Tobacco in New Delhi.
• The Tamil Nadu government has announced free education for the transgender community in all the colleges
of state's Manonmaniam Sundaranar University.
• The industry department has said that it has established a GST facilitation cell which will be headed by
Sudhansu Sekhar Das on 17th of June 2017. It has been set up to address any tax issue that can come up in
sectors related to the DIPP.
• The Rajasthan government has raised the insurance cover by 1 lakh to 6 lakh for farmers who avail crop loan
from cooperative banks in the State. It aims to bring around 25 lakh peasants under the scheme.
• The Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DrJitendra Singh DoNER)has announced the
launch of, “Hill Area Development Programme” (HADP) for Northeast in Imphal (Manipur). The programme
aims to bridge the gap between the hill and valley districts in terms of infrastructure, quality of roads, health
and education.
• In order to make legal aid easily accessible to the marginalized communities and citizens living in rural areas,
Government of India has launched the ‘Tele-Law’ pilot project on June 11, 2017.Under the first phase, the
‘Tele-Law’ scheme will be launched as a pilot across 500 CSCs in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
• Goods and Services Tax (GST) council lowered rates on 66 goods and services, including Insulin, schoolbags,
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colouring books, construction items, pickles and mustard sauce. In a bid to promote regional cinema, cinema
tickets costing up to Rs. 100 will be taxed at 18% and ticket costing more than Rs. 100 at 28%.
• Indian Railways to induct 40,000 refurbished coaches by 2023, earmarks Rs 8,000 crore. The aim is to make
available 40,000 new look coaches in the railway fleet by 2023.
• Meghalaya state assembly unanimously passed a resolution opposing the Centre's notification banning the sale
and purchase of cattle at animal markets for slaughter and demanded its withdrawal as it would impact the
economy of the state and the food habit of its people.
• According to the Minister of state for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said that the Centre has approved
proposals for setting up of 100 Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH) hospitals across the
country.
• The Central Government will provide interest subvention of 5% per annum to all prompt payee farmers for
short term crop loan up to one year for loan up to Rs. 3 lakhs borrowed by them during the year 2017-18.The
Central Government will provide approximately 20,339 crore as interest subvention for 2017-18.
• Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to introduce a Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill,
2017.It will complement recently enacted the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 for the insolvency
resolution of non- financial entities.
• Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu has launched Mission Retro-Fitment to enhance the passenger experience
by upgrading the existing fleet of coaches. Mission Retro-Fitment is a program of railways to upgrade the
level of furnishing & facilities in the coaches of Indian Railways. The mission aims to induct about 40,000
coaches with upgraded interiors by 2022-23.
• 'Anuyatra’, an empowerment programme for the differently abled launched by Kerala government. It aimed at
bringing the differently abled to the mainstream and making the state differently abled-friendly.
• The Central Statistics Ministry is set to change the base year of national accounts to 2017-18 from 2011-
2012.It is set to change after completion of the household consumer expenditure survey and labour force data
by the end of 2018. CSO has changed the base of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and Wholesale Price
Index (WPI) to 2011-12 from 2004-05.
• Union Health Ministry has launched an Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) across the country on
15th of June 2017.It has been launched to reduce child deaths due to diarrhoea. Nearly 12 crore children will
be covered during the programme.