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Cauvery Verdict: SC reduces Tamil Nadu’s water share, Karnataka’s increased

1 day ago
In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court of India has increased Karnataka’s share of Cauvery water and reduced the share of Tamil Nadu by 14.75 tmcft water per year. The court stated that the decision to increase the water share of Karnataka was taken due to the 10 tmcft groundwater and 4.75 tmcft drinking water requirement for Bengaluru residents.

Ministry of Railways begins recruitment process for over 89000 posts

1 day ago
The Ministry of Railways has announced one of the worlds’ largest recruitment processes for over 89 thousand posts in Group C Level I & Level II categories. The posts under Group C Level-1 category include Track maintainer, Points man, Helper, Gateman and Porter in the age group of 18-31 years.

Government extends anti-narcotics scheme for 3 more years

2 days ago
The centre has extended its anti-narcotics scheme for the third time for 3 more years. The scheme aims to eliminate illicit drug trafficking and drug abuse, especially among the youth of the country. Its main strategy would include reducing both supply and demand.

Health Ministry approves MCI proposal to amend the Screening Test Regulations, 2002

3 days ago
The amendment has made the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance test (NEET) mandatory for even those who wish to pursue medical courses in foreign universities.

Union Government makes amendments in Small Savings Act

3 days ago
The amended provisions will add to the flexibility in operation of the Account under Small Savings Schemes.

India to host 2018 Theatre Olympics for first time

3 days ago
This 8th edition of Theatre Olympics will host 450 shows in 17 different Indian cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai.

NHAI to launch ranking system for toll plazas

Feb 13, 2018
The National Highways Authority of India has announced that it would be launching a ranking system of the toll plazas to create a competitive atmosphere, which will, in turn, improve amenities and overall convenience for highway users.

Dun & Bradstreet releases 'Port Logistics: Issues & Challenges in India’ report

Feb 13, 2018
Dun & Bradstreet Inc is a company that provides commercial data, analytics and insights for businesses.

Union Government releases India’s first ever Highway Capacity Manual

Feb 13, 2018
Nitin Gadkari has released India’s first-ever Highway Capacity Manual that will help expand India’s road infrastructure and pave the way for the construction of world class infrastructure that is safe, cost effective and environment friendly.

Union Minister JP Nadda launches National Deworming initiative 2018

Feb 12, 2018
Deworming may have very few side effects, however, children, especially those with high worm infections, might experience nausea, mild abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, and fatigue.

Centre, Delhi government join hands to curb pollution in Delhi NCR

Feb 9, 2018
The Union Environment Ministry along with Delhi would be launching a campaign to combat severe levels of air pollution in the National Capital Region. The campaign outcome is expected to help the Ministry to form a larger policy framework to deal with pollution throughout the year.

Union Government launches ASH TRACK Mobile App for management of fly ash

Feb 9, 2018
Fly Ash is a proven resource material for many applications of construction industries such as for production of Cement, bricks and tiles.

Union Cabinet approves auction of 60 Discovered Small Fields of ONGC, OIL

Feb 9, 2018
Out of these 60 un-monetised discoveries, 22 fields belong to of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Limited, 5 belong to Oil India Limited (OIL) and 12 are abandoned fields from the New Exploration and Licensing Policy (NELP) Blocks.

Budget 2018: List of all Schemes

Feb 9, 2018
The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced various schemes in the Union Budget 2018-19 on February 1, 2018. The Union Budget 2018-19 is the Modi government's last full year Budget in which the Finance Minister began his speech by highlighting the government's economic reforms undertaken in the last four years and its achievements.In this year budget, the government has announced several key schemes to uplift the poor and farmers. Here, we’ll see all the new schemes launched by the government.

Union Cabinet approves proposal for amendment to MSME Development Act, 2006

Feb 8, 2018
One of the key amendments changes the basis of classifying Micro, Small and Medium enterprises to ‘annual turnover’ from ‘investment in plant & machinery/equipment’. This will encourage ease of doing business and align the enterprises to the new tax regime revolving around GST (Goods & Services Tax).

Union Cabinet approves implementation of Prime Minister Research Fellows Scheme

Feb 8, 2018
Under this scheme, the best students who have completed or are in the final year of B. Tech or Integrated M.Tech or M.Sc. in Science and Technology streams from IISc, IITs, NITs, IISERs and IIITs, will be offered direct admission in PhD programme in the IITs/IISc.

Union Cabinet approves ratification of Minamata Convention on Mercury

Feb 8, 2018
India signed the Minamata Convention on Mercury on September 30, 2014. The Convention gives 5 years time to India to control and reduce emissions from new power plants and 10 years time for the already existing power plants.

Union Cabinet approves MoC between India and USA on Law Enforcement Training

Feb 8, 2018
India and United States share common interest when it comes to combat terrorism and transnational crimes and to prevent the continued growth of terrorist organizations. India and US also share a common interest in protecting the homeland against terrorist attacks.

Railways Ministry signs MoU with AYUSH Ministry to augment AYUSH services in Railway hospitals

Feb 7, 2018
The AYUSH health services will be augmented in B.R. Singh Hospital in Eastern Railway, Perambur Railway Hospital Southern Railway, Central Hospital of Northern Railway, JR Hospital in Western Railway and the Central Hospital of Northeast Frontier Railway.

Plastic or PVC Aadhaar Smart Card is not usable: UIDAI

Feb 6, 2018
People should not look out for Aadhaar smart card as it's just a trick of some unscrupulous elements to print Aadhaar on a plastic/PVC sheet and charge anywhere between Rs 50 to Rs 300 or more. In actual, there is no concept of smart or plastic Aadhaar card.

When two people get married, no one should interfere: Supreme Court against honour killings

Feb 5, 2018
The ruling came after activist Madhu Kishwar informed the Supreme Court about the recent murder of Ankit Saxena, a young man who was allegedly murdered by his lover's parents on the ground of honour killing. To this, the court emphasised that no one has any individual, group or collective right to harass a couple.

Union Government to launch KUSUM Scheme to encourage farmers for solar farming

Feb 5, 2018
The scheme was announced and highlighted by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Union Budget speech for the year 2018-19 while calling for 24x7 Clean and Affordable Power for All. It aims for decentralized solar power production of up to 28250 megawatt (MW) over a period of five years.

In Detail: Union Budget 2018-19 and Economic Survey

Feb 3, 2018
The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 1 February 2018 presented the Union Budget 2018 in the parliament. In the independent India, this is the 88th budget and the fifth of the Modi Sarkar.

IWAI signs project agreement with the World Bank for Jal Marg Vikas Project on Ganga

Feb 3, 2018
The signing of the project agreement follows the approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs for the implementation of the USD 800 million JMVP for capacity augmentation of navigation on National Waterway-1 (River Ganga) from Varanasi to Haldia.

Cochin Shipyard Limited signs MoU with USC for development of vessels

Feb 2, 2018
United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), a Joint Stock company, is the largest shipbuilding holding in Russia. It incorporates about 40 enterprises including shipyards which have been key contributors to the growth of inland waterways in Russia.

Union Government proposes key amendments to Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002

Feb 2, 2018
Section 45(1) of the Act has been amended in a move to de-link PMLA proceedings from those involved in scheduled offences pursued by other agencies. It proposes uniform applicability of bail conditions, instead of only those offences under the schedule which are liable to imprisonment of more than 3 years.

Key takeaways from Union Budget 2018

Feb 2, 2018
NITI Aayog will establish a National Programme to direct government's efforts in the area of Artificial Intelligence towards national development. The government will also explore use of blockchain technology proactively to boost digital economy. However, the government will not consider cryptocurrency as legal tender.

Union Budget 2018: Fiscal Expenditure & Taxation Reforms

Feb 1, 2018
No changes in personal income tax slabs. Majorly, the personal income tax collection comes from the salaried class. Around 1.89 crore returns were filed in 2017 and Rs 1.44 lakh crore was paid as taxes.

Union Budget 2018: Major Highlights

Feb 1, 2018
This year's budget session is crucial as it comes after government's two big financial decisions - demonetisation and the implementation of Goods and Services Tax. It will be also NDA government's last full budget presentation before next year's Lok Sabha elections.

Union Budget 2018: Infrastructure Sector

Feb 1, 2018
The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 1 February 2018 presented the Union Budget 2018 in the parliament. In the independent India, this will be the 88th budget and the fifth of the Modi Sarkar. This year's budget session is crucial as it comes after government's two big financial decisions - demonetisation and the implementation of Goods and Services Tax.

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