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Tea Board issued Version 5.0 of Plant Protection Code expanding list of Pesticides for use

Published on: 05-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The two new additions in the list are Emamectin Benzoate 5 SG and Flubendiamide 20 WG. The addition became mandatory from 1 January 2015.

CCEA approved REIL to delink from IL and become an independent CPSE

Published on: 03-FEB-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

Union Government will buy 51 percent of the IL shareholding. It will be about 6247500 shares of face value of 10 rupees each at book value of 77.09 rupees per share, as on 31 March 2015, a fair valuation comes to 48.16 crore rupees.

Set up committee on living conditions of nurses in private establishments: Supreme Court

Published on: 30-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The committee will investigate the living conditions and salary structure of over 3 lakh nurses employed in private hospitals and nursing homes across the country.

Union Government formed expert panel to review Specific Relief Act, 1963

Published on: 29-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The Specific Relief Act, 1963 provides for the law relating to certain kind of specific relief and has not been amended since its inception.

Union Government announced 1st batch of 20 smart cities from 11 States and Delhi

Published on: 29-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 17 people agreed

The 20 cities were selected through the Smart City Challenge competition that saw the participation of 1.52 crore citizens from 97 cities and towns.

Union Cabinet approved increase in Authorized Share Capital of NSFDC

Published on: 28-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

With this, the Authorized Share Capital of NSFDC is increased from 1000 crore rupees to 1200 crore rupees.

Union Government approved to set up solar energy panels over 10000 EWS houses in Tamil Nadu under PMAY (Urban)

Published on: 27-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 13 people agreed

Under this Scheme, The Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation will provide an assistance of 150000 rupees per house while the State Government will contribute 60000 rupees and the beneficiary’s contribution will be 43000 rupees

International Solar Alliance headquartered in India with United Nations as Strategic Partner

Published on: 27-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

India dedicated 5 acre land at NISE to ISA for hosting its Secretariat and also contributed 175 crore rupees for ISA corpus fund for an initial period of five years.

Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Amendment Act, 2015 came into force

Published on: 26-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 19 people agreed

The act came into force on 26 January 2016 to ensure more stringent provisions for prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.

67th India’s Republic Day celebrated

Published on: 26-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 16 people agreed

The parade witnessed participation of some of India’s most highly trained dogs from the army’s Veterinary Corps, after 26 years.

Union Government launched Sahaj Scheme for online booking of LPG cylinders

Published on: 25-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

The booking can be done through the unified web portal www.mylpg.in which is available in 13 languages.

India Submitted first Biennial Update Report to UNFCCC

Published on: 24-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

BUR contains national GHG inventory of India for the year 2010, prepared in accordance with the guidelines of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

MSDE, DoT signed MoU to develop National Action Plan for Skill Development in Telecom Sector

Published on: 23-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 7 people agreed

MSDE and DoT together have agreed to make concerted joint efforts towards skill development by facilitating mobilization of financial support under the National Ecosystem for Development of Telecom Skills.

Union Government notified stricter standards for Sugar Industry to minimise water pollution

Published on: 23-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

The standards were recommended by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) after consultations with industries and other stakeholders, as well as seeking comments from general public.

Union Government, World Bank signed Financing Agreement for Bihar Kosi Basin Development Project

Published on: 21-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

It is a loan for an implementation period of 5 years. Bihar Government will be the implementing agency.

Union Cabinet approved Policy on Promotion of City Compost

Published on: 21-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 10 people agreed

The policy primarily seeks to promote the use of city compost by bringing better coordination among various government departments and agencies.

Union Government released results from Phase-1 of NFHS-4 Survey

Published on: 20-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The National Family Health Survey-4 collected data on maternal and child healthcare, family planning, drinking water, sanitation, immunization, nutrition, and fertility rate.

Union Government to introduce new category of award for Most Film Friendly State/UT

Published on: 19-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

The decision to create a new category of award was taken as part of the government’s effort to promote the Indian film industry and India’s Soft Power.

Sikkim declared first organic farming state of India

Published on: 19-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 31 people agreed

The declaration was made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi while inaugurating the Sikkim Organic Festival 2016 in Gangtok, Sikkim.

Union Government launched 4 Mobile Health Services to strengthen public health infrastructure

Published on: 17-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

These m-Health services are Kilkari, Mobile Academy, M-Cessation and TB Missed Call initiative.

Union Government released Draft for the Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2015

Published on: 14-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

The draft states that transgender persons who by birth do not belong to Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes may be declared as Backward Class. They will be entitled for reservation under the existing ceiling of OBC category.

Union Cabinet approved Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana to boost the farming sector

Published on: 14-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 41 people agreed

Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the New Crop Insurance Scheme,‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’ to boost the agricultural sector.

Kerala became first State to achieve 100% primary education

Published on: 14-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 21 people agreed

The success of Kerala in achieving total primary education can be attributed to the Athulyam Scheme which was implemented for over 15 years in two stages.

20th National Youth Festival inaugurated in Naya Raipur

Published on: 13-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The five day long annual festival is celebrated by the Union Government in partnership with a state government on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Union Railway Ministry inaugurated implementation of E-enabled Track Management System

Published on: 12-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated implementation of E-enabled Track Management System (TMS) and Mobile Application of TMS on Indian Railway at Rail Bhawan in New Delhi.

Supreme Court suggested Parliament to enact separate law for child rape

Published on: 12-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The court suggested for a separate law to award more severe punishment for those who commit child rape.

Union Government unveiled measures to improve road safety

Published on: 12-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The measures are aimed at reducing number of  road accidents by half by 2019.

Union Government launched an online initiative to engage LPG consumers and citizens

Published on: 10-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 14 people agreed

It launched two online discussion forums namely Citizen Friendly Services and Increasing LPG Coverage in the Country.

President promulgated Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance, 2016

Published on: 09-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The amendments will help is dealing with the loopholes of the Enemy Property Act, 1968 and ensure that the enemy properties that have been vested in the Custodian remain so.

French soldiers to march down Rajpath on Republic Day 2016 along with Indian troops

Published on: 09-JAN-2016
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

This is the first time that a foreign army will participate in the 26th January Parade, since 1950.

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