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Monthly Current Affairs 2017

Maharashtra Government to launch ‘My Plant’ app to create database on tree plantation

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Maharashtra Forest Minister, Sudhir Mungantiwar has said that the government plans to launch a mobile app named ‘My Plant’ on 1 July 2017 that will help in recording data regarding tree plantations in the state.

Bengal's Kanyashree initiative wins United Nations Public Service Award

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Kanyashree Prakalpa is a targeted conditional cash transfer scheme aimed at retaining girls in schools and other educational and skill development institutions and preventing child marriage.

Maharashtra government urges employees to contribute a days salary for farmers families

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A government notification said, officials, including IAS, IPS and Forest officers, and the workers of the state government, semi-government bodies, and corporations to contribute a day’s salary to the chief minister’s relief fund in July to help families of farmers living in the suicide-prone regions.

Darjeeling Unrest: What is the Solution?

14 hrs ago
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Recently a fresh wave of protests and agitation errupted in Darjeeling. We have explored this whole phenomenon here.

Bill in US Congress seeks to revoke Pakistan's major non-NATO ally status

18 hrs ago
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A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives by two lawmakers that seeks to revoke Pakistan's status as a major non-NATO ally (MNNA) to the US.

Govt announces another 30 cities under Smart City Mission

19 hrs ago
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The Union government has announced another list of 30 cities for development as smart cities under Smart City Mission, taking the total tally of cities picked up so far to 90.

Regional Poets sweep up 16 Sahitya Academy Awards

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Regional language poets dominated the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar 2017 with sixteen awards in various languages.

Positive growth registered in foreign & domestic tourists in 2016

21 hrs ago
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Market Research Division of Ministry of Tourism aggregates information on domestic and foreign traveler visits to States/Union Territories (UTs) gotten from Departments of Tourism of different State Governments and UT Administrations. These numbers shows the result of 12.68% and 5.92% growth respectively for domestic and foreign traveler.

Union Cabinet approves amendment of Social Security Agreement between India and Netherlands

21 hrs ago
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The amended SSA between India and the Netherlands will strengthen the ties between the two countries.

Union Government launches VAJRA scheme to attract Indian scientists abroad

22 hrs ago
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The scheme aims to bring together the Indian scientists abroad and India-based researchers for conducting joint researches in India.

International Widows’ Day observed globally

22 hrs ago
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The International Widows’ Day was observed globally on 23 June 2017. The day is an opportunity for action towards achieving full rights and recognition for widows who dwell with an invisible status in majority of the world societies.

Amrut Scheme: 53 New Projects for 9 Cities Approved in Odisha

23 hrs ago
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The scheme, launched in nine urban places in the state since 2015-16 fiscal, has aimed at strengthening drinking water distribution network, development of sewerage system, storm water management and up-gradation of city transport system among others.

Congress-led opposition names Meira Kumar as presidential nominee

1 day ago
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Former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has been chosen by Congress-led Opposition as their presidential candidate to fight against BJP-led NDA’s Ram Nath Kovind.

Haryana declared as 5th Open Defecation Free state

1 day ago
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Haryana has 21 districts, 124 blocks, and 6083 gram panchayats and all of them declared themselves as ODF in formal declarations in Chandigarh.

ISRO launches Cartosat-2 along with 30 nano-satellites from Sriharikota

1 day ago
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Out of the 30 co-passenger nano-satellites, 29 belong to foreign customers from 14 countries. The lone domestic nano-satellite from an educational institution in Kanyakumari district.

Top-level bureaucratic reshuffle: Rajiv Gauba to be next Union Home Secretary

1 day ago
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Gauba, a 1982 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, will take over as Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Union Home Ministry with immediate effect.

TB patients have to submit Aadhaar details to avail cash benefits: Health Ministry

1 day ago
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A recent notification by the Union health ministry states that people suffering from tuberculosis will now have to submit their Aadhaar details to avail cash benefits from the government for their treatment.

Intel partners with International Olympic Committee

1 day ago
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The first Olympic Games activation will take place at the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 in South Korea in February 2018. The Intel technology will provide real-time virtual reality viewing of the Olympic Winter Games.

Uttarakhand becomes 4th state to be open defecation free

1 day ago
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Uttarakhand has become the fourth state to be open defecation free (ODF) in the country.

Indian anti-hunger activist Ankit Kawatra chosen for Queen’s Young Leaders Award

1 day ago
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At present, Feeding India works in 43 cities with 4500 volunteers and has served more than 8.5 million meals to vulnerable individuals such as children, women, old age citizens, disabled people et cetera.

Ministry of Electronics and IT launches webpage for smooth GST implementation

1 day ago
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The Union Ministry of Electronics and IT has launched a dedicated webpage to help companies in the IT services and electronics sector to adapt to the new GST regime.

ONGC and UNESCO join hands to get Chilika Lake heritage site tag

1 day ago
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In order to get world heritage site recognition, the lake should have outstanding global value in terms of biodiversity and eco-system.

Now Indian women can protect their profile pictures on Facebook with these new tools

1 day ago
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By triggering the Photo Guard, one can prevent the downloading, sharing, or sending of the photo in a Facebook message.

Sonam Kapoor's fashion label Rheson wins PETA Award 2017

1 day ago
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Her brand label Rheson was awarded for a line of bags made exclusively of vegan materials.

India to become most populated country in the world by 2024, says UN report

1 day ago
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In roughly seven years, around 2024, the population of India is expected to surpass that of China, according to a UN report.

Iraq: Islamic State blows up iconic al-Nuri mosque of Mosul

1 day ago
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The al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul is the same place from where Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS proclaimed a caliphate, a state governed in accordance to Islamic law or Sharia by a Caliph.

Vladimir Voronkov appointed as Under-Secretary-General of UN Counter-Terrorism Office

1 day ago
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At present, Vladimir Voronkov serves as the Russian Federation’s Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna.

NASA tests ROSA on Space Station for first time

1 day ago
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NASA engineers remotely attached the ROSA to the International Space Station’s robotic Canadarm2. ROSA will remain be attached to the Canadarm2 over seven days.

Kenneth I Juster to be next US Ambassador to India

2 days ago
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Juster, a lawyer from Harvard University, knows India well and was deeply involved in successful bilateral negotiations between the United States and India.

China unveils World’s first train that runs on Virtual Tracks

2 days ago
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China has unveiled the world's first ‘railless train’ that runs on a virtual track making use of a sensor technology instead of metal railway tracks.

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