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National Trachoma Survey Report 2014-17 released: India declared free from Trachoma

1 day ago
The survey findings indicate that the active trachoma infection has been eliminated among children in all the survey districts with overall prevalence of only 0.7 per cent. This is much below the elimination criteria of infective trachoma as defined by the WHO.

Supreme Court agrees to examine adultery provision in IPC

2 days ago
The Supreme Court of India has decided to look into whether the Indian Penal Code (IPC) provision of adultery, which treats only the man as an offender and the married woman as a ‘victim,’ is patronising and commodifies women.

Australian parliament passes same-sex marriage bill

2 days ago
To allow the same-sex marriage, the Australian Parliament voted for same-sex marriage bill with majority, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticised ballot survey that strongly endorsed the change. With this passage of the bill, the definition of marriage was changed by the Australian parliament from solely between a woman and a man to “a union of two people” excluding all others. It will also make the same sex marriage a legal right for its citizen.

National Minorities Commission to study possibility of giving minority status to Hindus

2 days ago
The National Commission for Minorities has set up a three member committee to study the matter to give minority status to Hindus in eight states including Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.

Union Health Ministry and Rotary India sign MoU for achieving immunization target

3 days ago
The MoU will provide support and accelerate the efforts under Polio Eradication Programme, Routine Immunization including Mission Indradhanush and Intensified Mission Indradhanush. Both the sides will collaborate for social mobilization of beneficiaries, especially in urban slums and in underserved areas having no mobilizers.

India, Cuba sign MoU for enhanced cooperation in health sector

3 days ago
India and Cuba on 6 December 2017 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced cooperation in the health sector. One potential identified area of cooperation is pharmaceutical and biotechnology, as Cuba has made remarkable strides in the field of bio-technology and pharmaceuticals.

Narendra Modi is most tweeted about world leader after Trump

Dec 6, 2017
According to the figures released by Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the most tweeted about world leader after US President Donald Trump this year. The micro blogging site stated that Modi with 37.5 million followers is the second most tweeted about world leader, after Donald Trump.

The 6th International Tourism Mart 2017 inaugurated in Assam

Dec 5, 2017
The 6th ‘International Tourism Mart’ (ITM) was inaugurated by Assam’s governor Jagdish Mukhi in Guwahati, Assam. The mart aims to put special emphasis on India’s ‘Act East Policy’, blossoming ties with ASEAN and the larger east Asia region, which is home to the world’s rapidly growing economies and India’s emerging tourism markets.

Union Cabinet approves setting up of National Nutrition Mission

Dec 2, 2017
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the setting up of National Nutrition Mission (NNM) with a three year budget of Rs.9046.17 crore starting from 2017-18.

SC directs all States, UTs to set up trauma centre in every district

Dec 1, 2017
The Supreme Court of India has issued a string of directions on road safety and asked all the states and Union Territories to set up a trauma centre in each district of the country and make safety norms a part of the school curriculum.

Niti Aayog to set up special cell for women entrepreneurs

Dec 1, 2017
Niti Aayog has announced that it would be setting up women's cell to help women entrepreneurs. The cell will be handholding women entrepreneurs on matters such as financing and intellectual properties. It will act as a catalyst and facilitator for women start-ups that are viable and bankable.

Passengers can now book Rail Tickets from counters through UPI/BHIM App Payment System

Dec 1, 2017
UPI integrates multiple bank accounts into a single mobile application by merging several banking features, enabling seamless fund routing & merchant payments into one place. For convenience of the users, a UPI App called BHIM has been developed.

FSSAI issues detailed guidelines on recall of food products

Dec 1, 2017
The FSSAI (The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India), Food safety regulator, asked the companies to frame a proper plan to recall food products from markets if found unsafe. It also asked the companies to inform the authority about the same. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) released the guidelines on recalling of food products. The purpose of these guidelines is to help food business operators (FBOs) outline a proper recall plan and apply them when the situation demands.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Italy for cooperation in Phytosanitary issues

Dec 1, 2017
The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Italy for cooperation in Agriculture and Phytosanitary issues. The cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

One year of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana- Gramin: A Report

Nov 30, 2017
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Gramin), under which a target of completing one crore new houses by 31st March 2019 was set, was launched on 20th November 2016 from Agra.Of this target, 51 lakh houses are to be completed by 31st March 2018. To meet the target of 51 lakh houses under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (Gramin) by March 2018, the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), in partnership with the State Governments, has taken many steps, including setting a month-wise target for completion of houses.

PM Narendra Modi launches Hyderabad Metro Rail Project

Nov 29, 2017
The first phase of Hyderabad Metro Rail project has 24 stations in 30-km stretch between Miyapur and Nagole. Hyderabad metro rail is the largest project of its kind in the world in the public-private-partnership (PPP) mode. The trains will run from 6 am to 10 pm initially and later it will be rescheduled to 5:30 am to 11 pm depending on the traffic and demand.

No guidelines on how to investigate cases of dowry harassment: Supreme Court

Nov 29, 2017
In July 2017, the two judge Supreme Court bench comprising Justices A K Goel and UU Lalit ruled that the police cannot arrest the accused without conducting a preliminary inquiry under dowry harassment cases. The court held that arrests in dowry harassment cases, where the maximum punishment is up to 7 years in jail, cannot be made on a belief that the accused may have committed the offence.

NSDC,THSC sign MoU with Airbnb to boost alternate hospitality sector

Nov 29, 2017
The National Skill Development Corporation and Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skill Council sign a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbnb. The MoU aims to provide hospitality skills training to hospitality micro-entrepreneurs in India.

Former DEA Secretary Shaktikanta Das appointed as India’s G 20 Sherpa

Nov 28, 2017
Former Secretary in Department of Economic Affairs Shaktikanta Das has been appointed as India’s G 20 Sherpa till December 31, 2018 for the Development Track of the G20. The decision came from the government as a result of suggestion from the Former Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to find a full-time Sherpa for G20 talks as India's role is expanding in the global arena.

PM Narendra Modi launches UMANG App

Nov 24, 2017
Whether one needs to pay utility bills, file income tax, book a gas cylinder, know about your Provident fund account or have Aadhaar related query, UMANG provides all these services. The app was developed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) and National e-Governance Division (NeGD).

Union Government promulgates Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017

Nov 24, 2017
The ordinance aims to promote cultivation of bamboo in non-forest areas to achieve twin objectives of increasing the income of farmers and also increasing the green cover of the country.

Union Government promulgates ordinance to amend Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016

Nov 24, 2017
The Ordinance aims to prevent unscrupulous, undesirable persons from misusing the provisions of the Code. The amendments aim to bar individuals who are wilfully defaulters and are associated with non-performing assets or are habitually non-compliant, therefore, pose a risk to the company.

Union Government sends a proposal to UN for declaring year 2018 as International Year of Millets

Nov 23, 2017
Millets can help tackle the health challenges such as obesity, diabetes and lifestyle problems as they are gluten free, have a low glycemic index and are high in dietary fibre and antioxidants. Moreover, in times of climate change, they will be the last crop standing and will be a good risk management strategy for resource-poor marginal farmers.

Union Cabinet approves Wage Policy for workmen in Central Public Sector Enterprises

Nov 23, 2017
The Wage revision of unionized workmen is decided by trade unions and managements of CPSEs in terms of guidelines issued by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) for wage negotiations.

Union government initiates 'safe-city' plan for women in 8 metropolitan cities

Nov 23, 2017
The Union government has initiated the process of formulating comprehensive 'safe-city' plans for women in eight metropolitan cities of the country. The plan will be implemented in cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Lucknow and Hyderabad.

Union Cabinet approves continuation of Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs Scheme

Nov 23, 2017
With the continuation, the training programs, research activities and projects conducted by the Institute will enhance the skill sets resulting in increased employability of students as well as professionals.

Cabinet approves India-Russia agreement on cooperation in combating terrorism

Nov 23, 2017
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval for signing of an agreement on cooperation between India and Russia to combat all forms of terrorism and organised crime. The cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Union Cabinet approves India's Membership for European Bank for Reconstruction & Development

Nov 23, 2017
The minimum initial investment towards the membership of EBRD will be approximately 1 million Euros. This assumption is based on India's decision to buy the minimum number of shares (100) required for obtaining the membership.

Cabinet approves agreement between India and Philippines on cooperation in customs matters

Nov 23, 2017
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the signing and ratifying of an agreement between India and Philippines on cooperation and mutual assistance in customs matters.

Cabinet approves expansion of umbrella scheme ‘Mission for Protection and Empowerment for Women’

Nov 22, 2017
The Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave its approval for expansion of the schemes of WCD Ministry under umbrella Scheme ‘Mission for Protection and Empowerment for Women’ for a period 2017-18 to 2019-20.

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