Current Affair For Year “2017”

11th July – World Population Day

Date: July 14, 2017

There are some 7.5 billion people in the world. By 2050, the world population is likely to become nine billion. India, the second most populous country, has some 1.3 billion people and is expected to take the top position by overtaking China by 2050. Amidst increasing numbers, concerns over feeding the population and sustaining the resources are on top of the mind o...

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Ministries and departments- Government of India

Date: July 05, 2017

The Ministries and Departments under Government of India is a topic mentioned under the Governance section of UPSC Civil Services Mains GS 2 paper. Though the number and name of ministries may change with each government, the overall framework will remain the same. Under normal circumstances in each government, there will be separate ministries for Finance, Defense, Home Affairs, External Affai...

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GST roll-out – Complete information

Date: June 30, 2017

Goods and Services Tax (GST), a historic tax reform, will come into effect from tomorrow i.e.1st July, 2017. GST will completely transform the Indirect Taxation landscape in the country involving both the Central and State levies. In a departure from the normal practice, GST will be administered together by the Centre and States.

To commemorate the historic occasion, a function will...

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Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor

Date: June 28, 2017

Government’s announcement for the plan of construction of ten new Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) of 700 MWe capacity vindicates the confidence in the indigenous PHWR technology which has been built over a period of nearly four decades. The performance of the present sixteen indigenously built PHWRs is demonstrated by an average capacity factor of abou...

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Role of P C Mahalanobis in Nation Building

Date: June 28, 2017

In the words of Prof. Mahalanobis “Statistics must have a clearly defined purpose, one aspect of which is scientific advancement and the other human welfare and national development.” And in both the aspects his contribution has been immense. He is rightly referred to as the chief architect of Indian statistical system as well as father of statistical science in India. What started ...

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City Liveability Index launched:Quality of life in 116 major cities to be assessed

Date: June 23, 2017

In yet another major initiative, the Ministry of Urban Development today launched the ‘City Liveability Index’ for measuring the quality of life in 116 major cities including smart cities, capital cities and cities with a population of above one million each.

The Index, a Common Minimum Reference Framework to enable the cities know where they stand in terms of quality of lif...

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30 more smart cities announced; takes the total to 90 so far

Date: June 23, 2017

Central government today announced another list of 30 cities for development as smart cities taking the total cities picked up so far to 90 under Smart City Mission launched on June 25, 2015.

Announcing the new batch of smart cities at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation here today, Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu s...

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PSLV-C38 Successfully Launches 31 Satellites in a Single Flight

Date: June 23, 2017

ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 successfully launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty ninth consecutively successful mission of PSLV.

PSLV-C38 lifted off at 0929 hrs (9:29 am) IST, as planned, from the First Launch Pad. After a flight of about 16 ...

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David Grossman :Man Booker International Prize 2017

Date: June 16, 2017

David Grossman’s “ambitious high-wire act of a novel”, A Horse Walks into a Bar, set around a standup comic’s rambling and confessional routine in an Israeli comedy club, has won the Man Booker International prize for the year’s best fiction in translation.

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Monsoon and its impact on Indian economy

Date: June 15, 2017

Indian economy is vitally linked with the monsoon because of its water resources. A large part of the country gets more than 75% of the annual rainfall during the four months, June to September.

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