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Maharashtra’s new social boycott law: All you should know

Date: July 20, 2017

The Maharashtra Prohibition of Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) act 2016, received assent from the president, this paved the way for its implementation. The law disallows social boycott in the name of caste, community, religion, rituals or customs.
Social boycott under the new law:
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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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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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National Mission for Clean Ganga: The challenges ahead

Date: June 13, 2017

Before the advent of the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Ganga, the most revered and national river of India, was facing the challenge to its existence due to discharge of increasing quantities of sewage, trade effluents and other pollutants on account of rapid urbanization and industrialization. The stretch of Ganga covers a length of 2525 kilometers across five states namely Uttarakh...

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Innovate in India (I3) for Biopharma: Empowering the Biotech Entrepreneurs & Accelerating inclusive Innovation

Date: June 12, 2017

An Industry-Academia Collaborative Mission for Accelerating Discovery Research to Early Development for Biopharmaceuticals of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, GOI to be implemented by Biotechnology Research Assistance Council (BIRAC)

· After announcing the National health Policy which commits Health for all, the Government has approved a Biopharm...

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SATH program launched by NITI Aayog

Date: June 10, 2017

Furthering the agenda for cooperative federalism, NITI Aayog has launched SATH, a program providing ‘Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital’ with the State Governments. The vision of the program is to initiate transformation in the education and health sectors. The program addresses the need expressed by many states for technical support from NITI .

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Darwaza Band national campaign against open defecation

Date: May 31, 2017

The centre today launched an aggressive new campaign titled 'Darwaza Band' to promote toilet use and freedom from open defecation across the country's villages. The campaign produced by the MDWS under Swachh Bharat Mission was launched in the presence of iconic actor, Shri Amitabh Bachchan, Union Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Chief Minister of Maharashtr...

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Dhola-Sadiya Bridge: India’s longest river bridge

Date: May 26, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge in Assam, which is India's longest river bridge.

Here are 10 things to know about the bridge:

1. Spanning 9.15 km, the bridge is built across the Lohit river, which is a tributary of the Brahmaputra. It will connect Assam and eastern Arunachal Pradesh. The total length of the project, including the approa...

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Anshu Jamsenpa: 1st woman to conquer Mt Everest twice within 5 days

Date: May 22, 2017

India’s Anshu Jamsenpa has become the first woman to conquer Mt Everest twice within five days.

Dawa S Lama, Managing Director, Dream Himalaya Adventures told AIR that Anshu Jamsenpa along with Nepali climber Furi Sherpa scaled the peak at 8:00 am on Sunday.

Earlier, the Arunachal Pradesh mountaineer stood atop of world’s highest mountain on May 16.

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Cabinet gives nod to setting up of 10 new indigenous nuclear reactors

Date: May 19, 2017

Seeking to ramp up India's domestic nuclear power production, the Union cabinet on Wednesday cleared a proposal to indigenously build 10 atomic reactors, the largest ever approval granted for such facilities in one go.A proposal to construct 10 indigenous pressurized heavy water reactors with a total capacity of 7000MWe was cleared by the Union cabinet. The existing operational capacity in Indi...

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Date: May 13, 2017

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National Technology Day 2017:'Technology enablers of Startup India'

Date: May 11, 2017

Since 1999, May 11 is celebrated as National Technology Day to mark India’s technological advancements. President Pranab Mukherjee will be attending the National Technology Day celebrations in New Delhi this year, along with the Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan.

National Technology Day is celebrated every year on May 11 to mark Indian technological advanc...

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Swachh Survekshan 2017 Rankings, Criteria and Methodology

Date: May 05, 2017

Swachh Survekshan 2017 Rankings

Ranking                City                                           State
1                         Indore         &...

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Tarang Sanchar: Web Portal for Information sharing on Mobile Towers and EMF Emission Compliance

Date: May 03, 2017

The Minister of Communications Shri Manoj Sinha today launched here Tarang Sanchar, a web portal for Information sharing on Mobile Towers and EMF Emission Compliances and said that it will go a long way in clearing the myths and misconceptions of public on mobile towers and emissions from them. He expressed the hope that the portal will empower common man to know at the convenience of a mouse c...

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Date: April 20, 2017

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Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT)

Date: April 20, 2017

For the very first time in Uttar Pradesh, a voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) was introduced by the Election Commission in polling booths in Allahabad district for the  assembly polls.

 

In this article we shall understand

 

  • Basics of VVPAT
  • Timeline of VVPAT
  • Benefit
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The (HIV) and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017:Ensuring Equal Right to HIV/AIDS infected people

Date: April 18, 2017

Parliament has passed a crucial Bill to ensure equal rights to the people infected with HIV and AIDS in getting treatment and prevent discrimination of any kind. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome - AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017 was passed by the Lok Sabha on 11th April and by the Rajya Sabha on March 21 this ye...

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Date: April 18, 2017

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64th National film awarded for 2016

Date: April 08, 2017

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Friday won the Best Actor award for the film 'Rustom' while Malyalam film actress Surabhi Lakshmi won the Best Actress award for her performance in 'Minnaminugu' at the 64th National film awarded for 2016.
Surabhi bagged the Best Actress Award for the portrayal of "pain & ecstasy of a mother in a deplorable social condition" in 'Minnaminugu' , as per th...

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Govt approves setting up of Rail Development Authority

Date: April 06, 2017

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the formation of an independent rail regulatory authority to determine tariffs ensuring fair play and level playing field for private players keen on investment in the railways.

Considered to be the biggest and first-of-its-kind reform in the rail sector, setting up of Rail Development Authority (RDA) is meant to improve the services offered to passenge...

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Prof. David R. Syiemlieh takes Oath as Chairman, UPSC

Date: April 04, 2017

Prof. David R. Syiemlieh took the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Chairman, Union Public Service Commission, under clause (1) of Article 316 of the Constitution of India, today. The oath was administered by Shri Vinay Mittal, the senior most Member of the Commission, at a function at the UPSC office.

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Date: April 04, 2017

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Namami Brahmaputra Festival 2017

Date: March 31, 2017

The Namami Brahmaputra festival may have been planned to showcase the state as a tourism hotspot and the river as a trade highway, but policy-makers also see the festival as an opportunity to strengthen India's user right on the river to counter China's.This festival to be organized across 21 districts in Assam from March 31-April 4, 2017.

The event shall take off in the form of a spect...

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India becomes Net Exporter of Electricity for the first Time

Date: March 31, 2017

As per Central Electricity Authority, the Designated Authority of Government of India for Cross Border Trade of Electricity, 1st time India has turned around from a net importer of electricity to Net Exporter of electricity. During the current year 2016-17 (April to February 2017), India has exported around 5,798 Million Units to Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar which is 213 Million units more tha...

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Destination North East - 2017

Date: March 30, 2017

The Destination North East-2017 (DNE-2017) was organized to build upon the comparative advantages of the North East Region, which included Business Summit, Buyer-Seller meet, exhibition stalls showcasing best features of NE to attract investment in tourism, skill, start-up, handlooms & handicrafts, horticulture, medicinal and aromatic plants. The Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to Go...

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Date: March 28, 2017

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National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NSEBC)

Date: March 24, 2017

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday approved setting up of National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NSEBC) as a Constitutional body.

The Union Cabinet has approved setting up of a NSEBC by making amendment to the Constitution, mainly by insertion of Article 338B.

The Bill will be introduced in the Parliament.

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‘Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana’ to be launched on 1st April, 2017 in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh

Date: March 23, 2017

“Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana”, a ‘Scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens belonging to BPL category’ will be launched in District Nellore, Andhra Pradesh on 1st April, 2017. Briefing media persons here today, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment said that the Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devic...

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First Nine Celebrates 200 Years

Date: March 23, 2017

First Battalion of the Ninth Gorkhas was raised by the British in 1817 as the ‘Fatehgarh Levy’ and it celebrated 200 years of its raising on the 16th of March 2017 at Secunderabad. Ninth Gorkha Rifles has a unique honour that all its battalions have been awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Citation for exceptional performance in the line of duty. The Regiment has been awarded th...

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Date: March 23, 2017

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Lok Sabha Passes the Admiralty Bill 2016

Date: March 12, 2017

The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha yesterday. The Bill aims to establish a legal framework to consolidate the existing laws relating to admiralty jurisdiction of courts, admiralty proceedings on maritime claims, arrest of vessels and related issues. It also aims to replace archaic laws which are hindering efficient governance. Read More


Date: March 10, 2017

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The Indian Institute of Science :1st Indian university to be ranked among world’s top 10

Date: March 09, 2017

As per the THE ‘Best Small Universities in the World 2017’ ranking released on March 7, 2017, IISc has been placed at 8th position among the list of top 10 global universities.
However, besides IISc, no other Indian University could find any position under the top 20 ranking.

Key Features of the Ranking

In 2016, 2 Indian institutions were placed...

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India’s longest cable-bridge inaugurated in Gujarat

Date: March 09, 2017

The Prime Minister has inaugurated the 1.4 extra dose cable bridge on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai National Highway.The Four-Lane Extradoses Bridge over the Narmada at Bharuch on the National Highway 8, and Petrochemicals Complex of OPAL at Dahej to the nation. The 1.4 km bridge is reported to be the longest in the country. It is expected to ease traffic woes on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai National Highw...

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#WeAreEqual Campaign- Ministry of Women and Child Development

Date: March 07, 2017

Targeted at raising awareness, Ministry of Women and Child Development initiated a social media campaign #WeAreEqual recently 13thFebruary, to highlight the need for equal opportunity to women in the fields of education, health, nutrition, safety and dignity. The Campaign is part of a series of initiatives to mark International Women’s Day on 8th March including the Nari Shakti Awards cer...

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PM releases Postage Stamp on 100 years of Yogoda Satsang Math

Date: March 07, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released a Special Commemorative Postage Stamp on 100 years of Yogoda Satsang Math at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi
The event was a part of the centenary celebrations of Yogoda Satsanga Society. The organisation was set up in 1917 by Paramahansa Yogananda, who is considered as one of the preeminent spiritual figures of modern times.

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Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) summit 2017

Date: March 07, 2017

Vice President Hamid Ansari arrived in the Indonesian capital on Monday on a two-day visit to attend the summit of the 21-nation Indian Ocean Rim Association, where he is expected to lay emphasis on connectivity, open maritime trade and rights of navigation.

He is also expected to pitch for cooperation among the think tanks of the member countries to evolve common strategies to meet the...

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Shahpur Kandi project:Punjab, J&K seal fresh deal

Date: March 06, 2017

A renewed agreement between Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir has been sealed for the completion of the Shahpur Kandi Dam project, work on which was halted two years ago following a dispute.
This move comes days before its annual Indus Water Commission meeting with Pakistan in Lahore later this month. The dam will help India utilize its share of waters under Indus Water Treaty.

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Partha Mukhopadhay Panel to Suggests Legal Framework to Secure the Rights of Migrants

Date: March 06, 2017

Government Panel led by Partha Mukhopadhay Suggests Legal Framework to Secure the Rights of Migrants. It is a 18 member panel constituted by the government has recommended necessary legal and policy framework to protect the interests of the migrants in the country.

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Date: March 04, 2017

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'Swachh Shakti Saptah' launched to raise awareness on sanitation and cleanliness

Date: March 01, 2017

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has launched "Swachh Shakti Saptah" in Gurugram in Haryana to raise awareness on sanitation and cleanliness.

The Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has decided to observe 'Swachh Shakti Saptah' from March 1 to 8, across the country.

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February 28: National Science Day-'Science and Technology for Specially-Abled Persons.'

Date: February 28, 2017

National Science Day is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm on 28th of February every year in order to commemorate the invention of the Raman Effect in India by the Indian physicist, Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on the same day in the year 1928. For his great success in the field of science in India, Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman was awarded and honored with the Nobel Prize in th...

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Date: February 23, 2017

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‘Aajibaichi Shala’ Is India’s First School For Elder Women

Date: February 15, 2017

When Bringham Young said ‘you educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation,‘ he never mentioned a woman’s age. If there’s a will to learn, a woman can gain as much knowledge she can at 16, at 60, if she decides to.

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National Deworming Day:10 Feb

Date: February 11, 2017

India is observing its third National Deworming Day. It is the world’s largest deworming programme covering 340 million children under-19 years of age across 36 states/ UTs. The deworming programme is India’s commitment to a comprehensive national response to the public health threat posed by worms.

India carries the highest burden of worm infestation and 64 per cent of Indi...

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Date: February 07, 2017

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 Zonal Councils

Date: February 06, 2017

The Zonal Councils, five in number, were created under the States Reorganization Act, 1956 in wake of reorganization of the States in 1956 with the basic objective to develop the habit of cooperative working among the States, as well as between the Centre and the States and to provide a meeting ground for the States in different zones for solving inter-State problems and fostering balanced soci...

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Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD Schemes of Ministry of Tourism

Date: February 03, 2017

Twelve cities namely Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh), Gaya(Bihar), Dwaraka(Gujarat), Amritsar(Punjab), Ajmer(Rajasthan), Kanchipuram(Tamil Nadu), Vellankani(Tamil Nadu), Puri(Odisha), Varanasi(Uttar Prasesh), Mathura(Uttar Pradesh), Kedarnath (Uttarakhand) and Kamakhya (Assam) have been identified for development under Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spirituality Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) by the Minis...

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Supreme Court appointed administrators to supervise BCCI

Date: January 31, 2017

The Supreme Court has appointed four eminent personalities from varying backgrounds to a panel of administrators to oversee the running of the BCCI until the board can hold fresh elections for office bearers as per the recommendations of the Lodha Committee.

The panel, which will be chaired by Vinod Rai, the former Comptroller and Auditor General of India, consists of Ramachandra Guha, ...

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National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme

Date: January 28, 2017


Since the early ages, the transfer of skills has been happening through the tradition of apprentices. A young apprentice would work under the tutelage of a master craftsman to learn the craft, while the master craftsman would get an inexpensive form of labour in exchange of training the apprentice and basic amenities. This tradition of skill development through on the job training has sur...

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Padma Awards 2017

Date: January 26, 2017

The Centre has announced the list of Padma awardees which included names of chef Sanjeev Kapoor, singers Kailash Kher and Anuradha Paudwal.The government had begun inviting nominations for the awards in May last year and received around 5,000 entries, from which 500 names were shortlisted in December.

This year, the Padma awards have been conferred to the distinguished personalities for...

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National Action Plan for Children, 2016

Date: January 25, 2017

National Action Plan for Children, 2016 (NPAC) was launched at a special function held to celebrate the National Girl Child Day in New Delhi today. The function was attended by the Minister of WCD, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Secretary WCD, Ms. Leena Nair, Secretary, Department of Food and Public Distribution, Smt. Preeti Sudan among others. The NPAC has been developed by the Ministry of Women &a...

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Jallikattu: Chronology of cases and decisions

Date: January 24, 2017


Tamil Nadu Assembly has unanimously passed an amendment bill to conduct Jallikattu without any hindrance. The bill replaces the ordinance promulgated two days ago. It amends the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, and defines jallikattu as an event involving bulls conducted with a view to following tradition and culture from January to May and includes similar events like 'manjuvi...

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National Girl Child Day January 24

Date: January 24, 2017

The National Girl Child Day will be celebrated on Jan 24th at a special function organized by the Ministry of Women & Child Development in New Delhi in the light of exemplary achievements by nation’s daughters during 2016.

With a commendable performance at the Olympics and Paralympics and a historic induction of the first female fighter pilots into the Indian Air Force, it has...

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Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana - 2017

Date: January 24, 2017

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its post-facto approval for launching of Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana 2017 (VPBY 2017). It is a part of Government’s commitment for financial inclusion and social security.


The scheme will be implemented through Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) during the current financial year to provide ...

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Date: January 23, 2017

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National Voters’ Day – 25 January

Date: January 23, 2017


National Voters’ Day: Reinforcing commitment to democracy

The 7th National Voters’ Day will be observed on Wednesday, January 25. It was instituted in 2011 in remembrance of the foundation day of the Election Commission of India. It was on January 25, 1950 on the eve of the first Republ...

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PM lays foundation stone of Char Dham Highway Dev. Programme

Date: December 28, 2016

To make Char Dham pilgrimage safe and convenient, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of 900 kilometre long Char Dham Highway Development Programme in Dehradun on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Modi dedicated the ambitious project to all those who lost their lives in the natural disaster that rocked Uttarakhand in 2013

After laying the foundation stone for the mega p...

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Date: December 12, 2016

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Cabinet approves ratification of the Paris Agreement

Date: September 28, 2016

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to ratify the Paris Agreement (on Climate Change) on 2nd October 2016, the day of Gandhi Jayanti.

Paris Agreement was adopted by 185 nations last year on 12th December 2015 and India signed the Paris Agreement in New York early this year on 22nd April 2016. A total of 191 countries have signed to t...

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ONAM: Festival of the state of Kerala

Date: September 14, 2016

Onam is the biggest and the most important festival of the state of Kerala. It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities. According to a popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam.
Onam is celebrated in the beginning of the month of Chinga...

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Date: September 14, 2016

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Date: September 07, 2016

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#Gas4India campaign: To promote Natural gas in the country

Date: September 06, 2016

 The Union Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today launched #Gas4India  campaign, aimed at promoting the use of gas in the country. Public and private sector companies working in the sector have joined hands to promote the natural gas sector.

#Gas4India  is a unified cross-country, multimedia, multi-event campaign to communicate...

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National Teachers Day:September 5

Date: September 06, 2016

Teachers’ Day is celebrated on September 5 every year across the country since 1962 in honor and deference of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who was born on 5th September, 1988.

Radhakrishnan became the second President of India in 1962 and he was a great scholar, philosopher and teacher of modern India and was conferred with the Bharat Ratna back in 1954.
This year President M...

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Date: September 04, 2016

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SWIFT – A Transformative Approach towards Ease of Doing Business

Date: August 21, 2016

As part of the Government's initiatives for improving the Ease of Doing Business, several facilitation measures are being taken by the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) in last two years. In line with the Budget announcement made by the Union Finance Minister and as part of the “Ease of Doing Business” initiatives, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) launched t...

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Date: August 08, 2016

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Child Labour Prohibition Bill passed by Parliament

Date: July 27, 2016

Lok Sabha passes bill prohibiting employment of children below 14 years; Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Amendment Bill prohibits children's employment in all occupations except non-hazardous family business.

It has also been linked with the Right to Education Act - 2009 for ensuring mandatory education to all children. It has entailed strong punishment for violators while viola...

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Recent power sector reforms

Date: July 22, 2016

Considered to be the backbone of any economy, India’s power sector has never witnessed reforms as it has in the past two years. Not that reforms in the power sector were not talked about in the past but they somehow failed to take flight and remained just that- a collection of perfectly placed words on paper.

Global Agencies Laud Power Reforms

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Three Indian sites included UNESCO’s World Heritage List

Date: July 17, 2016

UNESCO added Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex,Sikkim’s national park home and the world’s third highest peak Mount Khangchendzonga among its World Heritage Sites, approving all three nominations linked to India this session.This is the first time that any country got three sites inscribed in the Word Heritage List at a single session of the committee meeting.

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‘India Skills-2016’

Date: July 16, 2016

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the India Skills Competition -‘India Skills-2016’ in New Delhi on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day. He also launched an International Skill Centre, a PMKVY 2.0, a Labour Market Information System and Skills Online.

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SWACHH BHARAT MISSION – Government to clean 10 Iconic Places in India

Date: July 09, 2016

Government of India has aannounced to clean 10 importent sites under swach bharat mission.As part of Swachh Bharat Mission to clean and sanitize the entire country, the Ministry has identified 10 such iconic places to start cleanliness drive as part of the pilot project under this mission. As a part of this pilot project under this mission, Central Government will implement a cleaning drive to ...

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‘Prashikshak’- a teacher education portal

Date: July 01, 2016

Hon’ble Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani dedicated ‘Prashikshak’ - a teacher education portal, to the nation at Vigyan Bhawan, in New Delhi today. ‘Prashikshak’ is launched with a vision to strengthen District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) and bring quality teachers into the Indian school education system. <...

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Cabinet clears civil aviation policy:Cap of Rs 2500 for hour-long, Rs 1300 for 30-minute flights

Date: June 15, 2016

Union Cabinet approved the civil aviation policy that seeks to make flying affordable, safe and convenient.  Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju  said the policy is a “game changer” and that the country’s aviation sector is poised to become the world’s third largest by 2022.

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Date: June 15, 2016

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“SURYAMITRA” Mobile App

Date: June 08, 2016

Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy launched “Surya Mitra” mobile App at National Workshop on Rooftop Solar Power here today. The GPS based mobile app is developed by National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) which is an autonomous institution of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).

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PM Narendra Modi conferred with the Highest Civilian Award of Afghanistan

Date: June 06, 2016


The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been conferred with Amir Amanullah Khan Award, Afghanistan’s highest civilian honour. He was bestowed the honour by President Ashraf Ghani after the inauguration of the landmark Afghan-India Friendship Dam in Herat yesterday.

The Prime Minister shared his sentiments on Twitter saying, "My deepest gratitude to the Government of Afghan...

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PM released India's First National Disaster Management Plan

Date: June 02, 2016

Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday released country's first ever national Disaster Management plan in New Delhi.This is the first ever national plan prepared in the country.The plan aims to make India disaster resilient and reduce loss of lives.
The plan is based on the four priority themes of the "Sendai Framework," namely: understanding disaster risk, improving disaster risk governa...

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Talgo Train:Experimental Run In India

Date: May 30, 2016

Indian Railways started trial run of Talgo train.TALGO is an acronym of Tren Articulado Ligero Goicoechea Oriol, Goicoechea-Oriol. It is lightest and fastest mode of transportation.It consumes less energy of 30% and consists of Nine Coaches.It have  two Executive Class cars, four Chair Cars, a cafe and a power car.One very special feature is that he train moves on the curved...

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National Capital Goods Policy

Date: May 26, 2016

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for National Capital Goods Policy. This is first ever policy for Capital Goods sector with a clear objective of increasing production of capital goods from Rs.2,30,000 crore in 2014-15 to Rs.7,50,000 crore in 2025 and raising direct and indirect employment from the current 8.4...

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Date: May 25, 2016

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Cyclonic Storm ‘ROANU’ Over West Central Bay of Bengal

Date: May 19, 2016

The cyclonic storm ‘ROANU’ over west central Bay of Bengal remained practically stationary and lay centred at 1130 hrs IST of today, the 19th May, 2016 near latitude 15.6º N and longitude 81.6 ºE, about 80 km south-southeast of Machilipatnam, about 290 km south-southwest of Visakhapatnam & 160 km south-southwest of Kakinada. The system is likely to move initially north...

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“Creative India; Innovative India:Cabinet approves National Intellectual Property Rights Policy

Date: May 13, 2016

The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy that will lay the future roadmap for intellectual property in India. The Policy recognises the abundance of creative and innovative energies that flow in India, and the need to tap into and channelise these energies towards a better and brighter future for all.

The National IPR Policy is a vi...

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India’s single emergency number ‘112’ to be active from January 1

Date: May 08, 2016

The single emergency number ‘112’ will be operational throughout India from January 1 to help people reach immediate services of police, ambulance and fire department.

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has approved the provision of a single number for various emergency services that would be similar to the '911' all-in-one emergency service in the US.

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Date: May 05, 2016

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Department of Telecommunications notified Panic Button and Global Positioning System in Mobile phone handsets Rules

Date: April 27, 2016

Department of Telecommunications has issued the notification regarding “Panic Button and Global Positioning System in Mobile Phone Handsets Rules 2016”.In June 2014, the ministry had taken the steps to install the physical panic button on mobile phone in order to provide safety to women in unsafely situation.The DoT issued Notification Under Section 10 of the Indian Wireless Act, 19...

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Date: April 05, 2016

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Government releases Indian Intellectual Property Panorama

Date: April 02, 2016

union Govt. has publicized the Indian Intellectual Property (IP) Panorama in New Delhi by offering a single window interface for information and guidance on intellectual property for competitive advantage.

The portal will strive for an expansion of awareness and to build sensitivity towards IP among stakeholders in the SME sector, Information, Communication Technology & Electro...

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President’s rule in Uttarakhand:All you need to know about President’s rule

Date: March 27, 2016

The Union Govt on Sunday imposed President's Rule in Uttarakhand on grounds of 'breakdown of governance' with the decision coming in the wake of a political crisis triggered by a rebellion in the ruling Congress.

President Pranab Mukherjee dismissed the Congress government headed by Harish Rawat and placed the assembly under suspended animation on the recommendation of the Union Cabinet...

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Allahabad High Court celebrated 150th foundation year

Date: March 14, 2016

On 14th March 2016The Allahabad High Court has celebrated its 150th foundation day. President Pranab Mukherjee was the Chief Guest of the celebrations. Chief Justice of India (CJI) TS Thakur and Union Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda and some other important persons were present on this celebration. Allahabad High Court was established in 1866 after seat was shifted from Agra to Allahabad in 186...

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21st Law Commission constituted:Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan appointed as Chairman

Date: March 10, 2016

Former Supreme Court judge Balbir Singh Chauhan was on Thursday appointed Chairman of the 21st Law Commission, a post lying vacant since last September.Currently he is Chairman of the Cauvery River Water Disputes Tribunal. He was judge of the SC from May 2009 to July 2014. He also had served as Chief Justice of Orissa high court from July 2008 to May 2009.

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‘Nari Shakti Puraskar-2015’ conferred on 22 Institutions/Individuals by the President

Date: March 09, 2016

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee conferred the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar-2015’on the occasion of International Women’s Day today. The awards are given every year by the Ministry of Women & Child Development to institutions and individuals who have made exceptional contribution towards empowerment of women.

Outlining the priorities of her Ministry, Smt Mane...

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Prime Minister Launches Setu Bharatam Programme

Date: March 04, 2016

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched the Setu Bharatam programme for building bridges for safe and seamless travel on National Highways, in New Delhi today. Speaking on the occasion he said that a good infrastructure network is vital for the growth and development of a nation. He said that in order to satisfy the aspirations and long felt needs of people it is necessary to bring in a qual...

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B.S. Baswan panel: To examine Civil Services Exam pattern

Date: February 25, 2016

Union Public Service Commission has constituted an expert Committee under the chairmanship of B.S. Baswan to comprehensively examine the various issues, raised from time to time regarding the Civil Service Examination, with respect to the eligibility, syllabus, scheme and pattern of the Examination. 

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H L Dattu : new Chairman of NHRC

Date: February 24, 2016

Former Chief Justice of India Justice Handyala Lakshminarayanaswamy Dattu was today selected as the next Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission.

A committee headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the name of Dattu for the post which was lying vacant for the last eight months after the retirement of K G Balakrishnan.

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Kalikho Pul sworn in As 9th CM of Arunachal Pradesh

Date: February 22, 2016

The political imbalance in the state of Arunachal Pradesh followed by the president’s rule has come to an end with Kalikho pul taking oath as 9th Chief Minister.

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Swachh Survekshan 2016:ranking of clean cities in India

Date: February 15, 2016

Ministry of Urban Development released the results of “Swachh Survekshan-2016” of 73 major cities that were surveyed for sanitation last month. 15 cities who scored more than 70% of the total marks of 2000 were categorized as Leaders, 20 cities with scores in the range of 60%-70% are Aspiring Leaders, those with scores in the range of 50%-60% are the cities who need to accelerate th...

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Jharkhand gets its First Mega Food Park

Date: February 15, 2016

In order to give an impetus to the growth of the Food Processing Sector in Jharkhand, the first Mega Food Park in the State promoted by M/s. Jharkhand Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. was inaugurated today by Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries at Village Getalsud, District Ranchi.

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National Arogya Fair-2016: Dehradun

Date: February 11, 2016

The 4-day National Arogya Fair at Dehradun in Uttarakhand concluded successfully on 08th February, 2016. The Arogya Fair was organized by the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa & Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in collaboration with the State government of Uttarakhand and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Thousands of visitors benefited from the informatio...

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Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for North-East

Date: February 11, 2016

Govt of India had released the North East Hydrocarbon Vision-2030.As a part of vision Rs 1, 30,000 crore will infused in the North East region for next 15 years for the production of hydrocarbon.To develop for Vision report CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory has been designated as the Knowledge Partner. Govt initiated “Hydrocarbon Vision 2030” for North-EastThe division of exp...

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February 10: National Deworming Day 2016

Date: February 10, 2016

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) Government of India is implementing the National Deworming Day in schools and preschools (anganwadis) across India on 10 February 2016. 

To combat parasitic worm infections among preschool (anganwadi) and school-age children, albendezole 400 mg chewable tablets will be administered to children at government, governm...

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24x7 toll free Tourist Infoline in 12 International Languages

Date: February 08, 2016

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, the Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism & Culture and Minister of State for Civil Aviation launched the “24x7 Toll Free Tourist Infoline in 12 International Languages including Hindi and English” available on the existing Toll Free Number 1800111363 or on a short code 1363 at a function here today. This project is being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, ...

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Union govt. announces list of first 20 smart cities under 'Smart Cities Mission'

Date: January 28, 2016

The Government has released the list of first 20 smart cities out of the 98 shortlisted for the Smart Cities mission.

These 20 cities will be the first to receive funds, thus kick started the process of developing them into smart cities.

Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday announced the names of cities in New Delhi.

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Padma Awards 2016

Date: January 25, 2016

On the eve of Republic Day, the government announced the list of recipients of this year’s Padma awards. The awardees include Bollywood actors, media personalities, former politicians, public officials and sportspersons who have made the country proud.

The awards are conferred in three categories - Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri.

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National Voters’ Day (January 25)-A Festival Of Democracy

Date: January 25, 2016

Today (Monday, Jan 25), India is celebrating its sixth National Voters Day. Since 2011, NVD is annually celebrated on Jan 25. This year's theme of National Voters Day is "Inclusive and Qualitative Participation"and slogan is ‘no voter should be left behind'.

The significance of this day is to encourage youngsters, who have reached the age of ...

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Cabinet approves policy on Promotion of City Compost

Date: January 21, 2016

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for a Policy on Promotion of City Compost.

Under the policy, a provision has been made for Market development assistance of Rs. 1500 per tonne of city compost for scaling up production and consumption of the product. Market development assistance would lower MRP of city compost for farmers. Compos...

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Changes made in Weather Forecasting Definitions : Indian Meteorological Department

Date: January 14, 2016

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has changed the languages & redefined many of its terms in weather forecasting to make the interface more audience friendly and fill the communication with civil administration.

India Meteorological Department has reviewed the terminology and factors determining each of these terms, based on supporting observational data.The ...

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Kerala: First state to achieve 100% primary education

Date: January 14, 2016

Kerala has become the first state in the country which have  the status of 100% primary education. It has been declared by Vice-President Hamid Ansari during his speech at special ceremony organised at Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala state achieved 100 per cent primary education through its flagship primary education equivalency drive  “Athulyam Aksharotsa...

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Handloom Items registered under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection), Act, 1999.

Date: January 12, 2016

48 important and traditional handloom products are registered under the Geographical Indications of Goods (Registration and Protection), Act, 1999.

The authorized officers of the central and state governments are instructed from time to time to pay special attention to the complaints on faking of G.I. registered handlooms products.

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Date: January 12, 2016

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Ministry Of Overseas Indian Affairs To Merge With Ministry of External Affairs

Date: January 08, 2016

In order to avoid duplication of work and to improve efficiency, the government  merged the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) with the Ministry of External Affairs.

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1st “U.P. PRAVASI DIWAS” , 4-6 Jan 2016, Agra

Date: January 05, 2016

The Government of U.P.,in collabration with FICCI ( Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry) FICCI is organizing 1st “U.P. PRAVASI DIWAS” from 4-6 January 2016, in the historical city of Agra. The proposed three-day “UP PRAVASI DIWAS” will provide an ample opportunity to interact with Cabinet Ministers, Senior Officers of Government of Uttar Pradesh and bu...

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R K Mathur is appointed as 8th Chief Information Commissioner

Date: January 05, 2016

Radha Krishna Mathur (62) has sworn in as the eight Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of the Central Information Commission. He was administered the oath of office by the President Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Mr. Mathur as the CIC will have tenure of about three years i.e. till 2019 till he attains the age of 65 years. 

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Date: January 04, 2016

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Atal Setu': J&K's first cable-stayed bridge opened

Date: December 25, 2015

North India's first cable-stayed bridge--the fourth of its kind in the country--that will provide close connectivity among the three states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab was on Thursday thrown open to traffic.

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Parliament passes Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill 2014

Date: December 22, 2015

Parliament has passed Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015.It was introduced in Parliament last year after public outrage because one of the offenders in the 2012 gang rape case was a few months short of 18 years of age. The bill had already been passed by the Lok Sabha in May. It now needs the President's assent to become law.

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Parliament passes SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2015

Date: December 22, 2015

Parliament has passed The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2015. The Bill replaces the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Ordinance, 2014.The Bill seeks to amend the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.  The Act prohibits the commission of offences against...

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Justice (Retd) Virendra Singh: New lokayukta of U.P.

Date: December 17, 2015

The Supreme Court invoked its extraordinary powers to assume authority to appoint the State’s Lokayukta.

In a rare display of flexing its extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to enforce its own orders in order to do “complete justice”, the Supreme Court for the first time in its history appointed a Lokayukta after slamming th...

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Date: December 16, 2015

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National Lok Adalat 2015

Date: December 11, 2015

The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) is going to organize third mega national lok adalat on December 12,2015.

About Lok adalat-

Lok Adalat is a system of alternative dispute resolution developed in India. It roughly means "People's court". The idea of Lok Adalat was mainly advocated by Justice P.N. Bhagwati, a former Chief Justice of India. Lok...

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Cabinet approved National Waterways Bill, 2015

Date: December 10, 2015

Union Cabinet has approved amendments in “The National Waterways Bill, 2015”. Previously the Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture and comments of State Governments had suggested these ammendments. This amendment will facilitate enactment of a Central Legislation to declare 106 additional inland waterways as the national wate...

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Date: December 08, 2015

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Union Government launches GIAN Scheme for higher education

Date: December 03, 2015

Govt. of India approved a new program titled Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) in Higher Education aimed at tapping the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs, internationally to encourage their engagement with the institutes of Higher Education in India so as to augment the country’s existing academic resources, accelerate the pace of quality reform, and elevate India&rs...

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Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards 2015

Date: November 25, 2015

The 8th edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards was presented  to honour the finest in Indian journalism in print and TV media. Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting Arun Jaitley presented the awards to journalists selected by an eminent jury. The 5 member jury was comprised of – Supreme Court Judge B N Srikrishna , HDFC Ltd Chairman D...

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November 26: Constitution Day (India)

Date: November 25, 2015

To spread the importance of the Indian Constitution, India will observe November 26 as the Constitution Day of India. The day has also been declared as the Constitution Day to spread awareness about the its architect Dr B.R. Ambedkar. Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MSJE) is the nodal Ministry for celebration of Constitution Day.

2015 Constitution Day is the first...

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T. S. Thakur sworn in as the 43rd Chief Justice of India

Date: November 20, 2015

President Shri Pranab Mukherjee has appointed Justice T S Thakur, to be the 43rd Chief Justice of India with effect from 3rd December, 2015 while exercising his powers conferred by clause (2) of article 124 of the Constitution of India.

Chief Justice Dattu has recommended the name of Justice Thakur, being the seniormost judge after him, as his successor.

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Date: November 17, 2015

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‘Vikalp’:Indian Railways launches for waitlisted passengers to get confirmed berth

Date: November 04, 2015

The Vilakp scheme, also known as alternative train accommodation scheme, will take off from November 1, on a pilot basis for trains running on Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Jammu sectors.
Initially, the scheme will be available only for the tickets booked through internet for six months and option will be limited to mail and express trains. As per the scheme, waitlisted passengers of a...

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Central government announces Draft Aviation Policy-2015

Date: November 01, 2015

New Aviation Policy Draft: Cheaper Air Tickets, No-frills Airports

The Central government released a revised draft of the civil aviation policy on Friday proposing a viability gap funding for regional routes, liberal bilateral traffic rights, opening up foreign direct investment (FDI) in aviation, self-h...

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WEF’s Most Admired Personality 2015: Gandhiji & NaMo named in Top 10

Date: October 30, 2015

 The World Economic Forum's (WEF) survey of more than 1,000 millennial, with the respondents spread across 285 cities in 125 countries, Mahatma Gandhi is ranked 4th most admired leader worldwide and Narendra Modi is ranked 10th in the list. All the survey respondents (youth) are members of the WEF’s Global Shapers Community aged between 20 and 30 years.

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7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Hits North India, Pakistan, Afghanistan

Date: October 26, 2015

A powerful earthquake of 7.5 magnitude centred in Afghanistan, has killed at least 70 people. The earthquake shook north India with tremors that lasted almost a minute.

Shockwaves were felt in northern India and in Pakistan's capital Islamabad, where hundreds of people ran out of buildings as the ground rolled beneath them.

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Date: October 16, 2015

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Project interlinking Godavari, Krishna rivers in Andhra commissioned

Date: September 17, 2015

Godavari, Krishna rivers to be formally interlinked

Godavari and Krishna rivers in Andhra Pradesh were formally linked on Wednesday with the commissioning of Pattiseema lift irrigation project in Krishna district.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu unveiled a pylon at Ferry village near Ibrahimpatnam...

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ISRO bags Gandhi Peace Prize 2014

Date: September 10, 2015

President presents Gandhi Peace Prize 2014 to ISRO 

President  conferred the Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2014 to Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar on behalf of the organisation received the prize at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Read More


Establishment of 21st Law Commission

Date: September 10, 2015

Constitution of 21st Law Commission of India for a period of three years

The Union Cabinet has given its approval on the Constitution of the 21st Law Commission of India, for a period of three years w.e.f. 1st September. 2015 to 31st August, 2018.

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One Rank One Pension announcement

Date: September 05, 2015

Govt announces decision to implement OROP, veterans reject key provisions

Government announced acceptance of the long-pending demand for 'One Rank One Pension'.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar announced that the government has decided to implement OROP under which there would be revision of pension every fiv...

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Govt cancels Greenpeace India's FCRA licence

Date: September 04, 2015

Greenpeace India: Losses its licence

Government has cancelled the registration of Greenpeace India under the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act for its activities which allegedly hampered country's economic growth.

The Greenpeace India's registration has been cancelled under Section 13 of the FCRA.<...

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Government decides not to repromulgate land ordinance

Date: September 01, 2015

Government orders inclusion of 13 central laws within purview of Land Acquisition Act 2013

Giving up the ordinance route, government issued an 'order' to include 13 central Acts like National Highway and Railways Acts to extend benefits to those whose land is acquired under land law.

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Over 300 cities identified for 'Housing for All' scheme

Date: August 31, 2015

'Housing for All' : A Union Government Scheme

The government has identified 305 cities and towns across nine states for implementation of its ambitious 'Housing for All' scheme.As many as 305 cities and towns have been identified in nine states for beginning of construction of houses for the urban poor under ...

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Muslim share of population up 0.8%, Hindus’ down 0.7% between 2001 and 2011

Date: August 28, 2015

 Census 2011:  Muslims increased in slow pace

According to the official data released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, the Muslim population in India grew by 24.6% while the decadal population growth for Hindus stood at 16.8% during between 2001 and 2011.

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73rd anniversary of Quit India Movement

Date: August 10, 2015

President of India Hosts ‘At Home’ for Freedom Fighters on the 73rd Anniversary of the Quit India Movement 

Celebrating the Quit India movement's 73rd anniversary on Sunday, PM Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee hosted the country's freedom fighters from across the country at the Ra...

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Tendong Lho Rum Faat Festival (Sikkim)

Date: August 09, 2015

Ethnic Lepcha tribe of Sikkim celebrated  Tendong Lho Rum Faat Festival 

Tendong Lho Rum faat is an ancient and natural festival of Lepchas which is still celebrated by them with the same fever' and enthusiasm. It is a festival of worshipping mountains, rivers, lakes and caves .which they consider a...

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Governmant approved seven more airports as entry points for e-visa

Date: August 08, 2015

Seven more airports declared entry points for e-visa

Seven more airports including Varanasi and Ahmedabad have been declared as entry points along with the existing nine where citizens from eligible countries can land with an e-tourist visa.

The government has also extended e-tourist visa facility to ...

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Asia’s biggest telescope inaugurated at Udaipur Solar Observatory in Rajasthan

Date: August 06, 2015

Multi-Application Solar Telescope (MAST):Asia’s biggest telescope inaugurated at Udaipur Solar Observatory in Rajasthan

Multi-Application Solar Telescope (MAST), Asia’s biggest telescope has been inaugurated at the Udaipur Solar Observatory in Rajasthan.The MAST will be the biggest ever teles...

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Lok Sabha Passes Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Amendment Bill 2015

Date: August 05, 2015

SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill 2015

The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2014 by Lok Sabha through voice vote. The bill seeks to amend parent law i.e. the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. ...

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Tribal Affairs Minister revises scheme for development of PVTG's

Date: August 02, 2015

Government revises scheme for Development of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups

Ministry of Tribal Affairs has revised the Central Sector Scheme known as Development of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs), w.e.f. 1st April, 2015, under which the Ministry will provide 100% financial assistance thr...

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Vyavsayik Pareeksha Mandal/ Vyapam

Date: July 18, 2015

 Vyapam Scam

Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), popularly known by its Hindi acronym "Vyapam" (Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal), is a self-financed and autonomous body incorporated by the State government responsible for conducting several entrance tests in the state. These entrance exams a...

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Inner Line Permit

Date: July 18, 2015

Inner Line Permit: Manipur is on the boil again

Inner Line Permit (ILP) is an official travel document issued by the Government of India to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected/restricted area for a limited period. It is obligatory for Indian citizens from outside those states to obtain p...

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Country’s first community skill park

Date: July 13, 2015

Kerala got Country’s first community skill park

India’s first Community Skill Park today opened at Chavara, Kerala. it is being praised for the ‘new-generation approach’ to developing skills and increasing the employability of the youth of the state.
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Millennium Development Goals Report 2015

Date: July 08, 2015

Millennium Development Goals: India's achievement is a mixed bag

With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) reaching their December 2015 deadline, a new report from the United Nations tracks India's progress in achieving the MDGs. According to the report, while India has made remarkable progress in achievin...

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Socio-Economic and Caste census (SECC)-2011

Date: July 05, 2015

Govt releases Socio-Economic and Caste census

Socio-Economic and Caste census (SECC)-2011 is a study of socio economic status of rural and urban households and allows ranking of households based on predefined parameters.Census in Rural Area is done by Department of Rural Development (DoRD) while Census in Urb...

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Digital India Week

Date: July 01, 2015

PM launches Digital India Week 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the "Digital India Week" as part of the larger initiative to empower the people and extend services better with the use of information technology and its tools.

The prime minister also unveiled a logo for Digital India, an umbr...

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India among top 10 FDI recipients

Date: June 26, 2015

India leads FDI in South Asia with 34 billion investment in 2014: UNCTAD Report

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD’s) has released  World Investment Report 2015 and accordingly India has topped in the regional inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Sou...

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Assam government to introduce Right to Health Services

Date: June 23, 2015

Right to health services in Assam

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said the state government has decided to introduce Right to Health Services to offer free health care to poor people.The assam Government declared that the Right to Health Services, which the government is contemplating to bring in, will ensur...

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First International Yoga Day

Date: June 22, 2015

India sets two Guinness world records on International Yoga Day 

The first International Yoga Day (IYD) was celebrated across the world on 21 June 2015. This edition of IYD was led by India and was marked by 192 countries across the globe. The celebrations were also held at the United Nations headqu...

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Rs 1500 crore Indian Nuclear Insurance Pool announced by government

Date: June 15, 2015

Rs. 1,500-cr. nuclear insurance pool set up

Central Government has launched an Indian Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP) of 1,500 crore rupees as per the mandatory provision under the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act (CLND), 2010 to offset the financial burden on foreign nuclear suppliers in case o...

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Expansion of National Capital Region

Date: June 10, 2015

Three more districts added in National Capital Region 

Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday announced that Jind and Karnal districts of Haryana and Muzaffarnagar of Uttar Pradesh have been included in the National Capital Region (NCR). With this inclusion the total dist...

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Jal Kranti Abhiyan

Date: June 08, 2015

Union Government launches Jal Kranti Abhiyan

Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejunivetion Uma Bharti launched nationwide Jal Kranti Abhiyan (campaign) from Jaipur, Rajasthan. Jal Kranti Abhiyan aims at turning one water scared village in each district of the country into wa...

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Celebrations of Telangana formation Day

Date: June 03, 2015

Telangana celebrates Formation Day

Telangana was celebrating its first anniversary on Tuesday with colourful festivities in Hyderabad and nine other districts of the state. Telangana came into existence as 29th state in the country on this day last year after it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh. The week...

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‘khoya-paya’ web portal

Date: June 03, 2015

‘Khoya-Paya’ web portal to track missing children launched

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad jointly launched the website -- 'Khoya-Paya', a platform for citizens to report children sighted as abandoned, lost or with suspicious person.

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AFSPA revoked by Tripura

Date: May 28, 2015

Tripura withdraws AFSPA from state after 18 years

The Left-ruled Tripura has decided to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which gives sweeping powers and judicial immunity to security forces in conflict-hit areas. The law was enforced in the state 18 years ago to curb terrorism.

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PRAGATI

Date: May 28, 2015

PRAGATI: Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation

PRAGATI is a unique integrating and interactive platform. The platform is aimed at addressing common man’s grievances, and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Government of India as well as project...

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DD Kisan channel

Date: May 28, 2015

DD Kisan – India’s first TV channel dedicated to farmers

Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi on Tuesday 26th May 2015, launched a television channel DD Kisan  at a function held in Vigyan Bhawan for rural India and it is expected to bridge the informations gap in agriculture by bringi...

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Nelong Valley near China border opens for tourists after 53 years

Date: May 22, 2015

Nelong Valley opens for tourists first time since 1962

The visually-dramatic Nelong valley in Uttarkashi district, which had been out of bounds for civilians since the 1962 Indo-China war because of its proximity to the China border, is now open for tourists.

The valley, situated in the picturesque Ga...

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12th International Water Expo 2015

Date: May 20, 2015

12th International Water Expo to be held in Mumbai

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai in collaboration with EA Water Private limited, a leading solution provider in waste water management, will organise the 12th international Water Expo in Mumbai.The expo aims to explore the opportunities in water co...

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Farmers Suicides: Agriculture in Independent India

Date: May 15, 2015

 Farmers Suicides: Agriculture in Independent India

India is largely dependent on agriculture for its economic revenue still we encounter pathetic situations where farmers are bound to die due to calamities forced upon them by the nature.

What is the whole issue?

Agriculture in India is still primarily de...

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Prime Minister inaugurates IISCO plant at Burnpur

Date: May 10, 2015

PM inaugurates IISCO's new plant at Burnpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated IISCO's steel plant at Burnpur in West Bengal on Sunday. The plant has been modernised at a cost of Rs. 16,000 crore and production capacity will go up from 0.85 mtpa to 2.9 mtpa. The modernized facility will have the largest...

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Parliament puts seal of approval on Land Boundary Agreement

Date: May 08, 2015

Parliament passes Constitution (119th Amendment) Bill, 2015 to settle boundary dispute with Bangladesh

Parliament gave its approval to the 119th Constitution Amendment Bill to settle the 41-year old boundary dispute between India and Bangladesh with the unanimous passage of the Bill. The bill came as final pr...

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Amendment in Whistle Blowers Act

Date: May 07, 2015

Indian Cabinet Approves Amendments to Whistleblowers Act

Government on Wednesday approved an amendment in the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2011 to keep issues of national security out of its purview.The amendment to the bill is being done with a view to incorporate necessary provisions aimed at strengthening...

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Edu-Cloud:Microsoft India's new initiative to 'Make Learning Fun'

Date: May 06, 2015

Microsoft India unveils Edu-Cloud

Microsoft India launched its K-12 offering Edu-Cloud which combines a digital learning platform on cloud for teachers and students and software solutions for the schools. The global software giant has signed its first agreement of classroom on cloud with Sri Chaitanya Sc...

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Professor C.N.R. Rao to be awarded with Japan Government’s Highest Civilian Award

Date: May 04, 2015

Japan Government’s Highest Civilian Award to Professor C.N.R. Rao

Highest Civilian Award of Japan, that is conferred on academicians, politicians and military officers- the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, will be conferred on Professor C.N.R. Rao for his 'contribution to promoting academi...

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Operation Maitri

Date: April 27, 2015

Operation Maitri: India launches massive relief and rescue efforts in Nepal

Operation Maitri is the rescue and relief operation in Nepal by the Government of India and Indian Armed Forces in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Indias' response was started within 15 minutes of the quake. It started on ...

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National Panchayati Raj Day

Date: April 24, 2015

Panchayati Raj Diwas: 24th April

The nation celebrated the 3rd National Panchayati Raj Diwas on 24th April.This date marks a defining moment in the history of decentralization of political power to the grassroots level. The Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came i...

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Mekedatu project

Date: April 20, 2015

Mekedatu drinking water project

Karnataka intends to build a reservoir across river Cauvery near Mekedatu in Kanakapura taluk. It was first proposed along with Shivanasamudra hydro power project at Shimsa in 2003 with an intention to use the water for a hydro power station and supply drinking water to Bengalu...

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DigiLocker

Date: April 17, 2015

DigiLocker: Another Giant leap


The Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY) has recently launched an Aadhaar-based e-locker service for storing documents. Users will be able to store electronic versions of important documents like birth certificates, voters ID cards, academic docu...

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National Safe Motherhood Day

Date: April 11, 2015

April 11: National Safe Motherhood day 

National Safe Motherhood day is being observed on April 11 across India. The Objective of this celebration is to create awareness on proper maternity & healthcare facilities to pregnant and lactating women. It also seeks to create awareness about the ...

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Golden Peacock National Quality Award 2015

Date: April 10, 2015

Golden Peacock National Quality Award 2015 for Delhi Airport

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) has won the prestigious Golden Peacock National Quality Award for the year 2015. Corporate-Excellence award for quality-consciousness for DIAL shows is Customer-commitment.

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9 Products from North-East India got GI registration

Date: March 31, 2015

Nine organic and exotic agricultural products from North-East got GI registration 

The Geographical Indication (GI) registration tag has accorded to the nine organic and exotic agricultural products from North-East India. The products which are enlisted in GI are-

 Karbi Anglong Gi...

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Gandhi Peace Prize 2014

Date: March 30, 2015

Indian Space Research Organisation Awarded Gandhi Peace Prize 2014

The Union Government announced the prestigious Gandhi Peace Prize for the year 2014 to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). ISRO was selected by the jury under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister.ISRO has recently ...

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PRAGATI:Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation

Date: March 27, 2015

PM launches PRAGATI: a multi-purpose, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation

Prime Minister launched ambitious Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) platform. PRAGATI is a unique integrating and interactive platform. It is a multi-purpose and mul...

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The 62nd National Film Awards

Date: March 24, 2015

62nd National Film Awards 2015: Kannada Actor Vijay Wins Best Actor Title for 'Nanu Avanalla Avalu'

The 62nd National Film Awards were announced in New Delhi today. The National Film Awards is the most significant film award ceremonies in India. The Directorate of Film Festivals set up by Ministry of Inf...

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Section 66 A of IT Act is unconstitutional: Supreme Court

Date: March 24, 2015

The Section 66A of the Information and Technology Act 2000

The Supreme Court (SC) has struck down the Section 66A of the Information and Technology Act 2000. The SC deemed the section unconstitutional. In their order, the court said, Section 66A is violative of Article 19(1)(a), not saved by Article...

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Dada Saheb Phalke Award

Date: March 23, 2015

Actor Shashi Kapoor to get Dada Saheb Phalke Award

Veteran actor and film producer Shashi Kapoor has been named for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2014. He is the 46th film personality to receive this honour.The actor who turned 77 on the 18th of this month is known for his performances in films like...

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The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015, and the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015

Date: March 21, 2015

The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015, and the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015

Parliament cleared both the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015, and the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015.

The Mines and Mine...

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Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders Amendment Bill, 2015

Date: March 18, 2015

Parliament passed Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders Amendment Bill, 2015

The Parliament has passed Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders Amendment Bill, 2015.This  bill was first passed in Rajya Sabha on February 24, 2015 and later in Lok Sa...

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The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015

Date: March 14, 2015

Major Highlights of the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015

 

The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was passed by the Lok Sabha on 4th March, 2015 and by the Rajya Sabha  on 12th March, 2015.The passage of the Bill thus paved the way for major reform related with The Insurance Act, 193...

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Golden Gate Award

Date: March 10, 2015

Kerala Tourism achieves Golden Gate award this year at ITB-Berlin,Germany

Kerala Tourism’s popular global multimedia campaign to promote the backwaters has won silver prize in the prestigious Golden Gate Award the Oscar in tourism communication at the Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin (ITB-B...

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Stree Shakti Puraskar

Date: March 09, 2015

On International Women’s Day, the President confers Stree Shakti Puraskars and Nari Shakti Puraskars for the year 2014 

Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India on 8 March 2014 conferred Stree Shakti Puruskar to six women in recognition of their distinguished achievements in New Delhi. Stree Shakti...

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National Science Day 2015

Date: February 28, 2015

National Science Day

 

The National Science day is celebrated on 28th February every year. The theme of this year's National Science day is “Science for Nation Building”. This year’s theme has been chosen for the purpose of raising public appreciation on scientifi...

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New Development Bank & BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement

Date: February 26, 2015

Cabinet gives approval for establishing New Development Bank & BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement 

The Union Cabinet gave its approval for establishing the New Development Bank (NDB) and the BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA).The N.D.B.  will mobilise resources for infrastructure a...

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Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill 2014

Date: February 25, 2015

 The Rajya Sabha passed Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2014

 

Raj Sabha has passed the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Orders Amendment Bill, 2014 through a voice vote.The bill was initially tabled in 2014 but lapsed after the 15th Lok Sabha was dissolved....

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India Votes: India's Largest Election Data base

Date: February 20, 2015

India Votes

India Votes is India's largest public elections database. It covers all Lok Sabha and state elections  since 1952 and 1977 respectively. IndiaVotes already has data on over 200 national as well as state elections and will be enriched with inputs from users.

The first offline copy of E...

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10th Aero India 2015

Date: February 18, 2015

10TH INTERNATIONAL SHOW ON 'MAKE IN INDIA' IN AEROSPACE, DEFENCE, CIVIL AVIATION, AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEFENCE ENGINEERING

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 18th Feb,2015 inaugurated the 10th 'Aero India' show here making a strong pitch to end India's dependence on defence imports. It is or...

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Dosmoche festival 2015

Date: February 17, 2015

Dosmoche festival celebrated in Ladakh

"DOSMOCHE" is the annual prayer festival, instituted by the kings of Ldakh. It is celebrated on the pattern of the famous Mon-Lam or 'Great Prayer' ceremony of Lhasa. This festival is celebrated in the second half of February. Infact, Dosmoche is one of two New ...

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National Tribal Festival- 2015

Date: February 16, 2015

“Vanaj”- National Tribal Festival- 2015

The first National Tribal Festival VANAJ will be organized in New Delhi during 13-18 February, 2015. It is organized by Tribal Affairs Ministry.The festival is intended to conserve and promote the distinctive cultures of tribals by pr...

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Third National Lok Adalat

Date: February 15, 2015

National Lok Adalat

On 14 February 2015,The third National Lok Adalat was organised  throughout India involving the Supreme Court, High courts, Districts and lower courts, except in Assam and Uttar Pradesh.It was organised under the patronage of Chief Justice of India (CJI) H L Dattu. 

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35th National Games

Date: February 14, 2015

National Games Of India (2015)

The 2015 National Games of India, commenced on 31 January 2015 and finished on February. It was organised across seven districts in Kerala, India. It is the second time that Kerala is hosting the national games after it hosted the 27th National Games in 1987.
There are 33 s...

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World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) 2015

Date: February 13, 2015

India ranked136 in World Press Freedom Index (WPFI) 2015

 

India is ranked 136 out of 180 nations worldwide in terms of  freedom of press in 2015. It shows an improvement from its rank of 140 in 2014. However its absolute score has declined from previous year i.e.declined from 40.34 to ...

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Jnanpith Award 2014

Date: February 06, 2015

Eminent Marathi novelist Bhalchandra Nemade selected for Jnanpith Award 2014

Bhalchandra Nemade is the 50th recipient of Jnanpith award.His novel Kosala(Cocoon) (1963), has changed the dimensions of Marathi literature writing.

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Padma Awards

Date: January 27, 2015

Padma Awards 2015


Padma Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and disti...

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National Girl Child Day

Date: January 25, 2015

National Girl Child Day is observed on 24 January 2015 across the nation

24th January is being celebrated as National Girl Child Day. The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Adolescent Girls: Issues and Challenges’. The National Girl Child Day is celebrated to increase the awareness among p...

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National Voters Day

Date: January 25, 2015

5th National Voters' Day 25th January, 2015

The National Voters’ Day is dedicated to the Constitutional Rights of adult suffrage granted to every Indian citizen, irrespective of religion, race, caste, community, language, region or socio-economic considerations.

Every year National Voters’...

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Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Castes and Green Business Scheme

Date: January 19, 2015

Two new schemes announced to support Scheduled Castes

Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment  launched two schemes to support the Scheduled Castes (SC). These  are Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Castes and Green Business scheme.

Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Castes...

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National Immunization Day

Date: January 19, 2015

Pulse Polio abhiyaan

National Immunization Day for the year 2015 was observed on 18 January 2015. As a part of this, Children below 5 years of age were given polio drops as part of the government's drive to sustain polio eradication in India. for the year 2015 observed on 18 January.

Every year, India...

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National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN)

Date: January 14, 2015

Idukki (Kerala), The First District of India with Complete Rural Broadband Coverage

Under the NOFN network,  Idukki in Kerala Becomes the First District of India with  high speed  Complete Rural Broadband Coverage.

The National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) is a...

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Gross National Happiness

Date: January 12, 2015

Gross National Happiness

Gross National Happiness is a term coined by  Jigme Singye Wangchuck in the 1970s. The concept implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards notions of progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of wellbeing. The concept of GNH has &...

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13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015

Date: January 08, 2015

13th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2015

 

PBD prepare

 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) is...

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168th aradhana celebration

Date: January 07, 2015

168th aradhana celebration of saint composer Thyagaraja

Tyagaraja Aradhana,an annual Carnatic music festival is organized in January. It is a celebration in memory of world famous Carnatic singer and saint Tyagaraja and is one of the most important music festivals in India.

             About Saint Thyagaraja:<...

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National Energy Conservation Day

Date: January 04, 2015

National Energy Conservation Day(December,14th )

On 14th of December national energy conservation day is celebrated every year by India. The Energy Conservation Act in India is executed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) since 2001. The Bureau of Energy Efficiency is a co...

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Social Justice Bench

Date: January 04, 2015

Special Bench titles “Social Justice Bench” constituted by the Hon’ble CJI

Heeding the need for providing speedy and specialized justice in matters relating to social justice, Hon’ble Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu constitutes special bench titled “Social Just...

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Juvenile Justice Bill 2014

Date: January 04, 2015

Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill 2014

Objectives of the bill:

To provide both deterrent and reformative options for overall development of children.
The Bill seeks to achieve the objectives of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children as ratif...

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Drugs-free India

Date: January 04, 2015

Call for a drugs-free India

In his third 'Mann Ki Baat' programme on radio on Sunday the 14th, the Prime Minister said the menace is a "national pain" but instead of the youth mired in the problem, drugs should be shunned.
He said...

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FORCED RELEGIOUS CONVERSIONS/ GHAR VAPASI (HOME COMING)

Date: January 04, 2015

FORCED RELEGIOUS CONVERSIONS/ GHAR VAPASI (HOME COMING) and Constitutional Provisions

 

Introduction:

 

Secularism is a basic feature of our constitution and society. The State can have no religion of its won & It should treat all religions equally.One of the rights guaranteed by the Indian Constitution is the right...

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The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill

Date: January 04, 2015

The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill

 

In India, insurance companies are not permitted to have foreign holding of more than 26%. This Bill raises the limit to 49% and allows entry of foreign re-insurers (companies that insure insurance companies). It also provides for permanent re...

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Coal Mines Bill

Date: January 04, 2015

Coal Mines Bill

 

The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill provides for "allocation of coal mines and vesting of the right, title and interest in and over the land and mine infrastructure, together with mining leas...

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The Law Commission, in its 210th Report

Date: January 04, 2015

Right to Life/die with reference to The Law Commission, in its 210th Report

 

 Section 309 of Indian Penal Code provides that “An attempt to commit suicide is punishable with simple imprisonment up to one year and/or a fine.”

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Assam:Ethnic problems

Date: January 04, 2015

 Assam:Ethnic problems and sussested measures

 

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Right to life and Passive Euthanasia

Date: January 04, 2015

Right to life and Passive Euthanasia

 

Why in News-

Three years after a Supreme Court judgment legalised passive euthanasia under “exceptional circumstances,” the government has fully endorsed the apex court’s guidelines giving High Cour...

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Amendment in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014

Date: December 26, 2014

Amendment in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014

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