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Union Government, US sign MoU for cooperation in the field of traditional medicines

Published on: 25-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

It aims at collaborating, identifying, and development and dissemination of science-based standards in medicines field. It will promote the safety, quality and integrity of traditional medicines and botanical dietary supplements.

Union Cabinet approves introduction of Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016

Published on: 25-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The Bill will ensure effective regulation of surrogacy, prohibit commercial surrogacy and allow ethical surrogacy to the needy infertile couples.

Union Government launches 'Sugamya Pustakalaya' an e-Library for Persons with print Disabilities

Published on: 25-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

Sugamya Pustakalaya is an online library for Divyang and houses publications across diverse subjects and languages and multiple accessible formats.

Union Government formed Task Force to study structure of organised Group A Central Services

Published on: 24-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

The task force was constituted in accordance with the direction of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It will be headed by T Jacob who is an Additional Secretary in the Department of Personnel Training (DoPT).

Union Government, Maharashtra Government and AAI sign MoU on Regional Connectivity Scheme

Published on: 24-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

With this MoU, the Maharashtra Government formally agreed to provide the concessions required from the State Governments in the Regional Connectivity Scheme, thereby becoming the first state in the country to do so.

Maharashtra, Telangana sign pact to resolve long standing river water dispute

Published on: 24-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The pact to build irrigation projects will help in ending a long-standing dispute between Telangana and Maharashtra on utilization of Godavari water.

Union Government launched TARANG, e-Trans & DEEP to enhance transparency in power sector

Published on: 19-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

They were developed by Rural Electrification Corporation Transmission Projects Company Limited (RECTPCL), a subsidiary of Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd., under the Digital India initiative.

Union Government launched Smart Ganga City Scheme in 10 cities

Published on: 17-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 9 people agreed

The cities were chosen as part of the Phase-I of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) for infrastructure development for sewage treatment. The projects in these selected cities will be executed on hybrid annuity mode based on PPP model.

CCEA approves proposal of R&D project for development of AUSC Technology for Thermal Power Plants

Published on: 12-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

It will enable domestic industries to design, manufacture and commission higher efficiency coal fired power plants with indigenously developed technology and manufacturing processes.

HUPA approves construction of over 37000 houses for urban poor

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

Over 36000 houses for the economically weaker sections would be constructed in Karnataka with an investment of 1468 crore rupees & 759 houses would be built in Haryana at a cost of 23 crore rupees.

Rajya Sabha passed Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016

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

The amendments made to the Maternity Benefits Act aims to raise maternity leave for women from 12 weeks to 26 weeks. It is applicable to all establishments employing 10 or more persons.

Lok Sabha passes Employee’s Compensation (Amendment) Bill 2016

Published on: 11-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

This law provides payment of compensation to employees and their dependents in the case of injury by industrial accidents, including occupational diseases.

NITI Aayog ties up with US EIA to set up portal on energy data

Published on: 11-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

Niti Aayog also signed Statement Of Principle (SOP) with US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) of United Kingdom (UK).

Lok Sabha passes Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Published on: 11-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The bill will pave the way for employers in the textile sector to avail of the income tax benefit on additional employment provided the employee has worked for 150 days and not 240 days as mandated earlier.

Unit 1 of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant dedicated to nation

Published on: 11-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 4 people agreed

The reactors are being built jointly by Nuclear Power Corporation of India and Atomstroyexport company, a subsidiary of Rosatom (the regulatory body of the Russian nuclear complex).

Rajya Sabha passes Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws Amendment Bill, 2016

Published on: 10-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The Bill seeks to amend the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002, the Recovery of Debts due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993, the Indian Stamps Act, 1899 and the Depositories Act, 1996.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches 70 Saal Azaadi Yaad Karo Kurbani celebrations

Published on: 10-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 8 people agreed

The 70 Saal Azaadi, Yaad karo Qurbani campaign is aimed at developing a feeling in every person that nation is first and individual is secondary. It seeks to provide an opportunity for the people to recall the supreme sacrifices made by freedom fighters during freedom struggle.

Rajya Sabha passes Mental Health Care Bill, 2013

Published on: 09-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The Bill that repeals the Mental Health Act, 1987 states that every person shall have the right to access mental health care and treatment from services run or funded by the government.

Lok Sabha passes The Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014

Published on: 09-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The bill was passed by two-third majority, with 443 members voting in its favour and none against in the final vote. Introduced in Lok Sabha in May 2015, the Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha on 3 August 2016.

Union Government launches Swachh Survekshan-2017 to assess 500 cities

Published on: 08-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 6 people agreed

Cities will be ranked based on the reports by urban local bodies on the progress made towards construction of toilets, feedback of citizens and independent observation of sanitation levels.

Union Government launches nation-wide programme MAA for promoting breastfeeding

Published on: 06-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 11 people agreed

The practice of breastfeeding enhances immunity level in the child which will help reduce child mortality rate. Around 20 percent newborn deaths and 13 percent under-five deaths can be prevented by breastfeeding.

Difference in Goods & Services Tax Bill, 2014 and Proposed 2016 Amendments

Published on: 04-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

This article seeks to highlight the difference between GST Bill, 2014 and the amendments proposed to the bill in 2016 that was passed by the Rajya Sabha.

Aadhaar-linked e-Signature facility launched to digitise documents

Published on: 04-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 5 people agreed

With over a billion Aadhaar cardholders and about 25 million transactions taking place every quarter, digital signatures are expected to save time, money and paper.

CCEA approves upgradation of 13 existing Government Medical Colleges

Published on: 04-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 0 people agreed

The upgradation of medical colleges under PMSSY broadly involves strengthening of the existing departments as well as building Super Speciality Blocks / Trauma Centres as Centres of Excellence etc.

Rajya Sabha passes The Constitution (122nd Amendment) (GST) Bill, 2014

Published on: 04-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 15 people agreed

It will enable both the Centre and the States to simultaneously levy the GST, which will subsume all indirect taxes currently levied, including excise duties and service tax.

Union Cabinet approved Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Published on: 04-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 2 people agreed

It also has stricter provisions for offences like juvenile driving, drunken driving and driving without licence.

Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in Rajya Sabha

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

The Bill seeks to amend the Dentists Act, 1948 as well as the Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016. It seeks to introduce a uniform entrance examination for all dental educational institutions.

Parliament passes Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Published on: 02-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 3 people agreed

The Bill provide for conduct of uniform entrance examination for admission to all medical educational institutions at the undergraduate and post-graduate courses from next year.

Parliament passes National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Published on: 02-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

The Bill seeks to establish the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Andhra Pradesh as an institute of national importance under the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (NITSER) Act, 2007.

Lok Sabha passes Bill on Reconstruction of Financial Assets

Published on: 02-AUG-2016
Important for Exam: 1 people agreed

It will empower the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to examine the statements and any information of Asset Reconstruction Companies related to their business.

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