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India approves 92 small development projects in Afghanistan - 01 Feb 16

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India's 1st railway university to come up Vadodara, Gujarat - 01 Feb 16

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Angelique Kerber stuns Serena Williams to win Australian Open title - 01 Feb 16

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Jamie Murray-Bruno Soares win Australian Open men's doubles title - 01 Feb 16

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Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win 6th Australian Open title - 01 Feb 16

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Former Army chief Krishna Rao died - 01 Feb 16

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ICC T20 Rankings: Virat Kohli dethrones Finch as No. 1 batsman in T20Is - 02 Feb 16

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Tamil Nadu to set up first supercritical thermal plant at Rs 6,376 crore - 02 Feb 16

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World's best chef Benoit Violier has been dead - 02 Feb 16

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Archana Ramasundram becomes first woman to head paramilitary forces - 02 Feb 16

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New private banks may get 74% FDI from the beginning - 02 Feb 16

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ID proof may become mandatory for registering on Shaadi websites - 02 Feb 16

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East Asian nation Vietnam has made world's longest cable car system - 03 Feb 16

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Government plans to widen scope of Aadhaar authentication - 03 Feb 16

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RBI projected India’s GDP growth would at 7.4% in FY-2016 - 03 Feb 16

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Supreme Court notice to govt on HT GM mustard field trials - 03 Feb 16

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Former Lok Sabha speaker Balram Jakhar passes away - 03 Feb 16

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SC has set up a panel to oversee refund to investors in Pearls ponzi case - 03 Feb 16

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends ‘age-wise’ ratings - 04 Feb 16

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Bajaj Auto has unveiled a 150-cc bike named ‘V’ with INS Vikrant metal - 04 Feb 16

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Israr Ali,Pakistan’s oldest Test cricketer died - 04 Feb 16

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China proposes to set up trade hub worth $450 mn in Nepal - 04 Feb 16

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PPP committee clears infrastructure projects worth Rs 9,672 crore - 04 Feb 16

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The first case of the Zika virus being transmitted Sexually ,confirmed in Texas - 04 Feb 16

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India enters prestigious European research body - 05 Feb 16

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What is European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) ?

  • It is a professional organization of life scientists in Europe.
  • It was founded in the year1964.
  • The  Headquarters of the organisation is located  at Heidelberg, Germany.
  • It promotes research in life science and enables international exchange of scientific information between scientists.
  • It organizes courses, conferences and workshops, publishes four international scientific journals and supports projects of individual scientists

India beats US to become world’s second largest smartphone market - 05 Feb 16

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  • India has surpassed the US to become the world’s second largest smartphone market
  • Smartphone shipments grew 15% annually in the October-December quarter, crossing 100m units milestone
  • The overall mobile handset market in India, however, has contracted on a yearly basis
  • India has crossed 220 million in active unique smartphone users in 2015.
  • Samsung maintained its leadership position and Apple made big strides.
  • The smartphone shipments in India also grew a healthy 15% annually in the October-December quarter, and rose 23% on year to cross 100 million units milestone.
  • Apple rode the demand for smartphones and specifically for its iPhones, crossing 2 million units for the first time in a calendar year led by a strong fourth quarter.
  • Apple was the third largest brand during the year with 11%, improving on its 2014 revenue share of 7%, even though it had only 2% smartphone volume share.
  • However, the brand continues to trail Samsung and Micromax in 2015, two smartphone makers which held on to their No 1 and No 2 positions by volume market shares in 2015.
  • The overall shipment has gone done around 3% to reach 243 million in the calendar year 2015, from 250 million in 2014.
  • The  market has gone down 9.1% on-year with 235.6 million units sold in the year. It added that smartphones, which constituted 39.8% of the total sales, grew at 18% while feature phones registered a sharp decline of 27.1% in annual shipments.
  • Samsung led the overall mobile phone market and the smartphone segment during the quarter with market shares of 23.6% and 28.6%, respectively.
  • Micromax stood at the second position with 14.3% share in the smartphone market, followed by Lenovo-Motorola combine with 11.4% share.
  • Intex stood at fourth and fifth positions with 9.6% share and 6.8% share, respectively.

World Bank expert Parameshwaran Iyer appointed to lead Swachh Bharat mission - 05 Feb 16

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India’s President Pranab Mukherjee 12th most popular leader on Facebook - 05 Feb 16

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National School Athletics championship -2016:Kerala stood No.1 - 05 Feb 16

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  • Kerala has won the 61st National School Athletics championship.
  • The Championship being held in Kozhikode.
  • The host state Kerala become champions in the event for the 19th consecutive time.
  • The national School Athletics championship was held at Olympian Rahman Stadium in Kozhikode, Kerala.
  • Tamil Nadu stood at second position with 116 points winning 11 gold, 8 silver and 13 bronze medals. Maharashtra with 101 points obtained the third position.
  • The School Games Federation of India hosted the 61st National Schools Athletics Championship 2016 (SGFI 2015-16) at Kozhikode (Calicut). 
  • As many as 3,000 athletes representing 36 teams are took part in the five-day meet. 
  • The state also has won 10 meet records out of 20 records which were reported in the meet. 
  • In this edition of National School Athletics championship, Kerala got 306 points winning 39 gold, 29 silver and 17 bronze medals. 
  • Tamil Nadu came second and got 116 points winning 11 gold, 8 silver and 13 bronze medals.  Maharashtra gained the third position with 101 points.

Retired IAS officer DJ Pandian appointed AIIB Vice-President - 05 Feb 16

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Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech develops world’s first Zika vaccine - 05 Feb 16

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Prime Minister Modi inaugurates petrochemical plant in Dibrugarh - 06 Feb 16

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Sarangi maestro Ram Narayan chosen for Bhimsen Joshi Award for 2015 - 06 Feb 16

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Indian basmati rice gets GI tag by Intellectual Property Appellate Board (IPAB) - 06 Feb 16

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Belgium remain on top of FIFA rankings - 06 Feb 16

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FIFA rankings (As on February 4, 2016):

What is FIFA ?
  • FIFA stands for Federation Internationale Football Association.
  • It is the apex governing body of association football, futsal and beach football.
  • Its headquarters is located at Zurich, Switzerland
  • It was founded on May 21, 1904, Paris, France.
  • At present total members are 209.
  • Presently,acting President of FIFA is Issa Hayatou.

12th South Asian Games begins in Guwahati : India win gold in cycling - 06 Feb 16

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The Union Government approved 18 NH projects worth Rs 17,000cr - 06 Feb 16

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Sudhir Tailang,the famous cartoonist passes away - 07 Feb 16

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Rajnath Singh announces 15-year plan for Lakshadweep development - 07 Feb 16

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Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on the Moon, dead - 07 Feb 16

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PM Narendra Modi inaugurates NISER campus in Odisha - 07 Feb 16

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The Union Government to address concerns over 7th Pay Commission - 07 Feb 16

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Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) has released 7 new varieties of crops - 08 Feb 16

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Renowned singer-songwriter Dan Hicks passes away - 08 Feb 16

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Tata Motors declared a lockout its bus manufacturing plants Dharwad, Karnataka - 08 Feb 16

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PM launches Paradip Oil refinery with cost of Rs 35,000-crore - 08 Feb 16

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Internet Readiness Index : Maharashtra stood tops, Telangana 4th - 08 Feb 16

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MUDRA Yojana : Rs 1 lakh crore disbursed to small entrepreneurs - 09 Feb 16

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Noted Urdu poet and Bollywood lyricist Nida Fazli passes away - 09 Feb 16

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RK Pachauri appointed executive vice-chairman of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) - 09 Feb 16

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Hindu Marriage Bill is approved by Pakistan - 09 Feb 16

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Sushil Koirala,former Nepal PM dies - 09 Feb 16

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Varanasi and Muzzafarpur are in the top list in the National Air Quality Indices - 09 Feb 16

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India’s first Aviation Park to come up in Gujarat - 10 Feb 16

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The Central Government approves setting up of an exclusive research institution for organic farming - 10 Feb 16

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National Deworming Day is observed on February 10 - 10 Feb 16

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World Dairy Production : India tops milk output, but lags behind in productivity - 10 Feb 16

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Union Government releases Hydrocarbon Vision 2030 for North-East - 10 Feb 16

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India likely to spend $1 trillion on power by 2030 - 11 Feb 16

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The Union Govt has targed 100 % FDI in market place model of e-commerce - 11 Feb 16

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Ri Yong Gil,the North Korean Military chief executed - 11 Feb 16

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Regulations for commission of insurance workers likely in March 2016 - 11 Feb 16

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India gold demand remains flat at 849 tonnes in 2015: World Gold Council (WGC) - 11 Feb 16

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What is WGC ?

Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad,the Siachen braveheart dead - 11 Feb 16

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Sexual Harassment charge against MP High Court judge : Justice Gogoi to the head panel - 12 Feb 16

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Digital India : 3 applications launched for Indian Railways by Suresh Prabhu - 12 Feb 16

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India ranks second last in US chamber’s global IP index - 12 Feb 16

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India and UAE have signed nine agreements - 12 Feb 16

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Largest Public sector Bank SBI to auction Kingfisher House on March 17 - 12 Feb 16

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India third most disaster prone in 2015 : UN report - 13 Feb 16

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The Central govt. sets target of making India ‘malaria-free’ by 2030 - 13 Feb 16

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Pakistan launched $500 million projects for Afghanistan - 13 Feb 16

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Make in India Week: 3 MoUs worth Rs 21,000 crore signed on 1st Day - 13 Feb 16

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Australian Cricketer Adam Voges beats Bradman record with 100 average - 13 Feb 16

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The Central Govt to begin consultation on science and tech policy - 13 Feb 16

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Eminent Malayalam poet-lyricist O N V Kurup died - 14 Feb 16

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Indian Ambassador to Tajikistan Biraja Prasad passes away - 14 Feb 16

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National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) increases paid-up capital - 14 Feb 16

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69th BAFTA Awards 2016 being held at London - 14 Feb 16

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Renowned Indologist awarded prestigious Israel Prize - 15 Feb 16

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Tata Steel SEZ to invest over Rs. 2,000 cr in Odisha - 15 Feb 16

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Swachh Bharat rankings : Mysuru cleanest, Varanasi, Patna among worst 10 - 15 Feb 16

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Plan for largely privatization of PSLV operationlized by 2020: ISRO - 15 Feb 16

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NPCI introduces hackathon for developers to come up with digital payment products - 15 Feb 16

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The Union Govt unveils first-ever policy for capital goods sector - 15 Feb 16

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Ministry of Finance launches portal to collect Rs 2 lakh cr non-tax receipt - 16 Feb 16

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The central Govt keen to hike FDI cap in public sector banks to 49% - 16 Feb 16

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Mr.U K Sinha gets extension as SEBI chief - 16 Feb 16

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India misses deadline to nominate expert to key UNSC committee - 16 Feb 16

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The Central govt. has approved Rs 4,000 crore for seven drought-hit states - 16 Feb 16

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China to relocate 9,000 for world’s largest radio telescope - 17 Feb 16

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Ex-UN Secretary General Boutros Ghali dead - 17 Feb 16

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NRDC has signed a MoA with IACS on Technology Transfer - 17 Feb 16

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Business transactions in GIFT City to cross $1 billion by June 2016 - 17 Feb 16

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India's wheat production may rise 8.42% to 94 MT in 2015-16 - 17 Feb 16

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India's indigeniously made Prithvi II missile successfully test-fired from Chandipur - 17 Feb 16

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World's cheapest smartphone” Freedom 251” launched at Rs 251 - 18 Feb 16

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10 features of ”Freedom 251”:

Haryana to become the first state to have aquifer mapping done - 18 Feb 16

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South Asian Games: India finish on top with 308 medals - 18 Feb 16

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Medals Tally:

                Gold Medal        Silver Medal       Bronze Medal               Total

INDIA                    188                         90                           30                           308

SRI LANKA           25                           63                           98                           186

PAKISTAN           12                           37                           57                           106

AFGHANISTAN    7                            9                              19                           35

BANGLADESH    4                             15                           56                            75

NEPAL                 3                             23                           34                            60

MALDIVES           0                              2                             1                             3

BHUTAN              0                              1                            15                            16


The central Government imported 8 lakh bales of cotton in F.Y. 2015-16. - 18 Feb 16

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Fasal Bima Yojana (Crops Insurance Scheme) has been approved by the Union Cabinet to solve farmers' problems - 18 Feb 16

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Eminent vocalist Abdul Rashid Khan passes away - 19 Feb 16

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The Union Government launched non-tax revenue e-portal - 19 Feb 16

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The Cabinet approved the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). - 19 Feb 16

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Maldivian Opposition leader Imran Abdulla sentenced long imprisonment - 19 Feb 16

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AYUSH and WHO tie-up to give boost to alternative medicines abroad - 19 Feb 16

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Barack Obama become the first US President in 80 years to visit Cuba - 19 Feb 16

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Amit Mitra named as chairman of Goods and Services Tax (GST) Committee - 20 Feb 16

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Christine Lagarde appointed for second term as IMF chief - 20 Feb 16

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President’s rule lifted :Kalikho Pul Takes Oath As Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister - 20 Feb 16

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Umberto Eco, author of 'The Name of the Rose,' died - 20 Feb 16

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Brendon McCullum slams fastest Test century against mighty Australia - 20 Feb 16

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Telecom Commission approves liberalisation for 800MHz spectrum - 20 Feb 16

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Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf face Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) for Lal Masjid cleric murder case - 21 Feb 16

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Former Indian military personnel to guard Reliance Industries’ assets - 21 Feb 16

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EU-India Summit-2016 to be held in Brussels - 21 Feb 16

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National flag installation at each central university to cost Rs 45 lakh - 21 Feb 16

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The Central Govt to announce new textile policy by April-end,2016 - 21 Feb 16

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The Union Government approves Rs 34,000-cr road projects - 22 Feb 16

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PM Narendra Modi launches 'Rurban Mission'. - 22 Feb 16

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  • It is the latest social sector programme: to bridge the gap between the cities and the villages on infrastructure.
  • The 'Rurban Mission' is the brain child of the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban (rural-urban) mission.
  • It was announced last year to replace the UPA government’s PURA (provision of urban amenities in rural areas) initiative.
  • The programme, lifted straight out of Gujarat.
  • It will focus on creating community assets and improving basic infrastructure such as roads, shelter, power and drinking water in rural belts.
  • The scheme will spend more than `500 crore in the current financial year.
  • Last month, the PM launched two insurance schemes and a pension scheme, primarily aimed at the workers in the vast unorganised sector.
  • The original Rurban programme was launched in Gujarat in 2012 during Modi’s tenure as chief minister.
  • Now, the formation of a dedicated institutional set-up in the form of Rurban Cell under panchayat/rural development department.
  • At the micro level, the scheme will ensure building of internal roads, sewerage and drainage infrastructure.
  • For larger infrastructure, like quality schools and colleges, health centres, etc, the government will adopt a cluster development strategy.
  • Skill development will be a core area of the Rurban mission.

Five crore houses to be built for the poor by the year 2022 - 22 Feb 16

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Joblessness highest among Christians, Muslims next : National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) - 22 Feb 16

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Two Indian states Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan set up SPVs for Smart Cities - 22 Feb 16

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After Dena Bank, PFC now powers into Andhra Bank’s perpetual bonds - 22 Feb 16

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India ranks third in world in issuing passports - 23 Feb 16

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India has overtaken China’s air pollution levels in 2015 : Greenpeace - 23 Feb 16

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The Union government has formed GoM to resolve transport issues - 23 Feb 16

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Haryana Violence intensified :Venkaiah Naidu panel set up to starts work - 23 Feb 16

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World’s first smartphone with 6GB RAM coming on March 1,2016 - 23 Feb 16

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Pakistan Parliament becomes first in world to run entirely on solar power - 23 Feb 16

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Hyderabad best Indian city in terms of quality of living - 24 Feb 16

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Bihar becomes sixth state to sign up for Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). - 24 Feb 16

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India remains world's largest arms importer, with 14% of total share - 24 Feb 16

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Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY) : 5,537 villages have been electrified in F.Y.( 2015-16) - 24 Feb 16

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India set to seal major power deal in Bangladesh, beating China - 24 Feb 16

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India’s first nuclear submarine INS Arihant ready for operations - 24 Feb 16

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Personal Safety Ranking : Luxembourg ranked as No.1 - 25 Feb 16

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The controversial book titled as “Christ Parichay” by Ganesh Savarkar being re-launched - 25 Feb 16

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Srei arm launches Rs 2,000 crore India Vision Fund - 25 Feb 16

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'Kisaano ki Samriddhi': An e-platform to provide best prices to farmers has launched - 25 Feb 16

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DIPP to seek Cabinet's nod for National IPR policy next month - 25 Feb 16

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Nepal lifts fuel restrictions,supplies from India - 25 Feb 16

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Disinvestment in PSUs: The Union Govt. to divest 5% in NTPC - 25 Feb 16

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The central Govt approved $150m credit for Iran port - 26 Feb 16

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Rajendra Singh to be new Coast Guard chief - 26 Feb 16

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Vietnam invites India to explore resources in South China sea - 26 Feb 16

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Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt has been released from Yerawada Jail, Pune - 26 Feb 16

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E-tourist visa extended to 37 more nations with a total of 150 - 26 Feb 16

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Afghanistan invites India to join 6+1 group - 26 Feb 16

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Railway Budget at a Glance : Highlights of the Railway Budget 2016-17 - 27 Feb 16

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Investments and Resources:

Vision:

2015-16-Achievements:

Project execution:

Dedicated Freight Corridor:

Port connectivity:

North East:

Jammu and Kashmir:

Make in India:

Capacity Building for the future through:

Customer Interface:

Other major achievements:

Improving quality of travel : 

Unreserved passenger:

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Tejas:  

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Catering and stalls at stations : 

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Rail Mitra Sewa: 

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Travel Insurance to passengers: 

Janani sewa: 

Mobile Apps: 

Improving customer interface: 

Pilgrimage centres: 

Porters: 

High Speed Rail : 

Entertainment: 

Building terminal capacity: 

Nurturing customers: 

Non fare revenues:

Process Improvements:

Organisational Restructuring:

Sashaktikaran - Improving our planning practices:

To set up a Railway Planning & Investment Organisation for drafting medium (5 years) and long (10 years) term corporate plans; identify projects which fulfill the corporate goal. Prepare a National Rail Plan to harmonise and integrate the rail network with other modes of transport and create synergy for achieving seamless multi-modal transportation network across the country.

Aekikaran - Consolidation: Forming a holding company of companies owned by IR.

Shodh aur vikas - Investing in the future: 

Vishleshan - Analyzing data: 

Navrachna - Innovation : 

Sustainability and Social Initiatives: Human Resources/ Skilling, Social initiatives, Environment

Tourism:

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Budget Estimates 2016-17:

President Pranab Mukherjee to inaugurate six major projects in Kerala - 27 Feb 16

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents Economic Survey 2016 - 27 Feb 16

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India’s first multinational army drill to be in March,2016 - 27 Feb 16

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Justice Vineet Saran sworn-in as new Chief Justice in Odisha - 27 Feb 16

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Worldwide Malaria Case : About 70% of malaria cases in South East Asia reported from India - 28 Feb 16

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BK Garudachar,India’s Oldest Cricketer passes away - 28 Feb 16

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Nation observed 28 February as National Science Day - 28 Feb 16

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Mr. Vinod Rai appointed as first Chairman of Banks Board Bureau (BBB) - 29 Feb 16

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