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China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan - 01 Jan 17

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Pakistan’s highest civilian honour ‘Nishan-i-Imtiaz’ conferred to top military leaders - 01 Jan 17

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Lt Gen. Bipin Rawat takes over as the 27th chief of Indian Army - 01 Jan 17

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BJP forms govt in Arunachal Pradesh: Mr.Pema Khandu again CM - 01 Jan 17

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Who is Pema Khandu?

Sasikala Natarajan takes over as AIADMK general secretary, breaks down while addressing party workers - 01 Jan 17

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British-Indian professor Prof. Balasubramanian knighted in New Year’s honours - 02 Jan 17

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Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) target achieved; coverd 1.5 crore connections - 02 Jan 17

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PM Narendra Modi Announces Maternity Benefit Of Rs. 6,000 For Pregnant Women - 02 Jan 17

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Gist of the schemes announced by the PM:

1. Rebate of 4% will be given on housing loans of up to Rs. 9 lakh, 3% rebate on loans of up to Rs. 12 lakh, 2% rebate on loans of up to Rs. 20 lakh.

2. Farmers will receive 60 days worth of interest credited to their accounts.

3. Three crore Kisan cards to be converted to Rupay debit cards.

4. Credit guarantee raised from Rs. 1 crore to Rs. 2 crore for loans taken by MSMEs.

5. Tax to be calculated at 6% for digital transactions to aid small scale businessmen.

6. Pregnant women will get Rs. 6,000 for registration, delivery, vaccination, nutrition. Initially, Rs. 4,000 will be credited and this measure will be provided across 53 districts.

7. Senior citizens will get 8% yearly interest for 10 years on deposits of up to Rs. 7.5 lakh.

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un declares close to launching ICBM - 02 Jan 17

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Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke Sacked As BCCI Chief by Supreme Court - 02 Jan 17

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What is Lodha Committee ?

Mahanagar Gas Limited launches CNG fueled two-wheeler in Mumbai - 02 Jan 17

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Somdev Devvarman Announces Retirement From Tennis - 03 Jan 17

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RBI sets up counters for NRI deposits, facility up-to March 31, 2017 - 03 Jan 17

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Jan Dhan deposits double to Rs. 87,000 cr., come under I-T lens - 03 Jan 17

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Merger of 5 SBI Associate banks postpones by 3 months, Bharatiya Mahila Bank (BMB) to next fiscal - 03 Jan 17

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Ballistic Missile Agni-IV, successfully test fired off Odisha coast - 03 Jan 17

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Andhra Pradesh launches with ‘Aarogya Raksha’ for all as new year gift - 03 Jan 17

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NPCI to launch new version for BhimApp soon. What is Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) ? - 04 Jan 17

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Purpose of the new app:-

What is Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) ?

Bhim App: How To Use?

Surekha Marandi appointed as Executive Director (ED) by RBI to look after financial inclusion - 04 Jan 17

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India supply 160MW power to Nepal from January 1,2017 - 04 Jan 17

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All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to become cashless with MobiKwik - 04 Jan 17

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Mobile phone makers get 2-month extension for panic button - 04 Jan 17

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Central Govt targets electricity to every household with Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) - 04 Jan 17

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Bill Gates Invests $140 Million in Groundbreaking New Technology For HIV Cure - 05 Jan 17

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ISRO to launch record 103 satellites in one go in February,2017 - 05 Jan 17

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China has Flagged Off First Goods Train To London - 05 Jan 17

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National Investment and Infrastructure Fund: UAE set to finalise $75 deal - 05 Jan 17

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Central Govt targets houses for 44 lakh people with power, water, LPG - 05 Jan 17

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Indian mutual fund industry soon to touch Rs 20 lakh crore - 05 Jan 17

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MS Dhoni quits as captain of ODI and T20 teams - 06 Jan 17

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Kiran Bedi cancels Puducherry CM’s circular on use of social media by officials - 06 Jan 17

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ASUS unveils ZenFone AR, the world's first smartphone with 8GB RAM - 06 Jan 17

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Abhinav Bindra and Prakash Padukone icluded in 9-member Government Panel for National sports code - 06 Jan 17

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Forbes List Of Super Achievers :30 Indian-Origin Men and Women in the list - 06 Jan 17

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Ex-Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju apologises in order to get SC relief - 07 Jan 17

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India Govt bans import of fox fur and crocodile skin - 07 Jan 17

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IRCTC to launch new App for faster booking of tickets - 07 Jan 17

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China launches telecommunication technology test satellite - 07 Jan 17

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Union Government to launch exclusive scheme for women entrepreneurs - 07 Jan 17

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Parag Havaldar, IIT Kharagpur alumnus has won Technical Oscar winner - 07 Jan 17

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Indo- Portugal Agreements: India inks six agreements with Portugal - 08 Jan 17

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China to set up world's highest altitude telescopes close to India border - 08 Jan 17

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Veteran cine actor Om Puri passes away in cardiac arrest - 08 Jan 17

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UN declares 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development - 08 Jan 17

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14th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas begins in Bengaluru - 08 Jan 17

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What is Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas ?  

Aadhaar mandatory for MGNREGS work from April 1, 2017 - 08 Jan 17

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Per capita income of Indians to cross Rs 1 lakh in FY-20117 - 09 Jan 17

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Piyush Goyal to unveil largest street light replacement programme - 09 Jan 17

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Govt asks banks to obtain PAN from account holders - 09 Jan 17

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Parliamentary panel summons RBI governor Urjit Patel on demonetisation move - 09 Jan 17

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Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has to provide Nepal Rs.1 billion in Rs. 100 notes - 09 Jan 17

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BSNL has to connect 1500 gram panchayats through OFC in 2017 - 09 Jan 17

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Polish-born prominent sociologist Zygmunt Bauman died - 10 Jan 17

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ABB wins $640 million grid contract in India for thermal, wind power - 10 Jan 17

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Proment Actress Waheeda Rehman included in Padma panel - 10 Jan 17

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Atal Pension Scheme may be change; maximum entry age to be raised to 50 - 10 Jan 17

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Southern state Tamil Nadu joins UDAY scheme - 10 Jan 17

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Iran’s ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani dead - 11 Jan 17

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Anti-avoidance tax rule to kick in from April 2017 - 11 Jan 17

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What is GAAR ?

Citibank launches voice password in India - 11 Jan 17

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Saudi Arabia increases India's annual Haj quota from 1.36 lakh to 1.70 lakh - 11 Jan 17

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  • Saudi Arabia increases India's annual Haj quota from 1.36 lakh to 1.70 lakh - biggest such expansion in last 29 years
  • It is the biggest such expansion in the Haj quota in the last 29 years by the Saudi Arabian government.
  • An agreement to this regard was inked by Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent charge) 
  • Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi with Saudi Arabia's Haj and Umrah Minister Dr Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten at Jeddah.
  • The Saudi authorities had five years ago slashed quotas for foreign pilgrims coming from each country by 20 percent in view of safety of the devotees as they undertook expansion of Grand Mosque there.
  • Accordingly, India's quota was brought down to 1.36 lakh from nearly 1.70 lakh in 2012.
  • India and Saudi Arabia share ideals of global peace, progress and prosperity.
  • The two countries are tied together with strong civilisational, cultural, economic and political links.
  • The Minister also expressed satisfaction over the improvements in services offered to pilgrims which indicates Saudi Arabia's firm commitment towards welfare and betterment of pilgrims.
  • The NDA government has started issuing Haj applications from January 2. The last date for submission of applications is January 24. 
  • Saudi Arabia is under major financial crisis and they have no option but to increase the quota of Haj pilgrimage.
  • On January 2, the Minister had launched the Haj Committee of India mobile application to help pilgrims apply online.

Indian Embassy launched Portal on education in Germany for Indian students - 11 Jan 17

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Thailand's King Vajiralongkorn wants to amend the constitution - 11 Jan 17

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Rohingya crisis Issue: Malaysia to hold Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting - 12 Jan 17

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India announces $100 million Line of Credit to Kenya - 12 Jan 17

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Portugese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award for 4th time - 12 Jan 17

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World top 10 wealthiest Nations: India placed 7th spot - 12 Jan 17

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India to be world’s third largest aviation market in next seven years - 12 Jan 17

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China launches new electronic intelligence naval ship - 12 Jan 17

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India's economy to grow 7% in 2017: World Bank - 13 Jan 17

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Care launches new credit rating framework for infrastructure projects - 13 Jan 17

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What is CARE Rating ?

PM Narendra Modi declares open Bharat Mada Sadanam in Kanniykumari - 13 Jan 17

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MoS PMO announces Minimum pension for central government employees to be Rs 9000 - 13 Jan 17

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India’s contribution to world GDP to reach 17% this year: PwC - 13 Jan 17

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INS Khanderi, Indian Navy's second Scorpene-class submarine, launched in Mumbai - 13 Jan 17

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National Youth Day Celebrated on Swami Vivekananda's Birth Anniversary - 14 Jan 17

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N Chandrasekaran is named as new Chairman of Tata Sons - 14 Jan 17

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Unemployment in India to increase marginally in 2017-18: ILO - 14 Jan 17

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Mult- rocket launcher Guided Pinaka successfully test fired at Chandipur - 14 Jan 17

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What is Pinaka ?

Surjit Singh Barnala,former Punjab Chief Minister passes away - 14 Jan 17

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Ranji Trophy final: Gujarat beat Mumbai after 66 years - 15 Jan 17

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National Stock Exchange (NSE) introduces e-ETF facility under e-IPO module - 15 Jan 17

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Supreme Court suggest Govt. to set up body to look into complaints against channels - 15 Jan 17

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Vibrant Gujarat Summit ended with new hope: Over 25,000 MoUs signed - 15 Jan 17

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India's 62nd Filmfare Awards 2017 being conferred at Worli, Mumbai - 15 Jan 17

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The Complete winners' list of 62nd Filmfare Awards 2017:

What is Filmfare Awards ?

India’s umbrella organisation NPCI declares Rs 54.90 crore prize money for NITI Aayog's lucky draw schemes - 16 Jan 17

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What is NPCI ?

Richest Indian hold 58% of the Nation's total wealth: WEF - 16 Jan 17

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Border Security Force (BSF) launches operation 'Sard Hawa' at Rajasthan border - 16 Jan 17

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World Bank and India signed financial pact worth $48 million - 16 Jan 17

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India ranks 78th in in world 'Passport Index: WOS Report - 16 Jan 17

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Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) set to launch Rs. 400-crore start-up fund - 17 Jan 17

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Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev inducted into Legends Club 'Hall of Fame' - 17 Jan 17

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PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate second Raisina Dialogue at New Delhi - 17 Jan 17

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IRCTC to launch first pilgrim train for north east - 17 Jan 17

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  • IRCTC will launch its first pilgrim train for the north east region next month which will take passengers to destinations like Jagannath and Konark temples.
  • This will be a six nights and seven days package for a total amount of Rs 6,161.
  • Originating from Guwahati, the train will be launched on February 17 and cover pilgrimage sites in West Bengal and Odisha.
  • These sites include Gangasagar, Sri Swamy Narayan Temple, Kalighat and Birla Temple in West Bengal as well as Sri Jagannath Temple, Konark Temple and Lingaraj Temple in Odisha.
  • Indian Railways' New 'Luxury' Chair Cars With Aircraft-Like Features
  • The package includes travel in sleeper class, all meals in the tour, non–ac tourist buses for local sightseeing, accommodation in dormitories/dharamshalas among others.
  • The inaugural run of the tourist train will set pace to the promotion of north eastern region which is rich in cultural heritage and biodiversity.
  • The ministry said this was in line with the “PM’s focus on removing NE isolation through pro-active Act East Policy”.
  • This package is part of IRCTC’s pilgrim tourist scheme which connects various pilgrim destinations as part of its different packages.
  • Tourists who intend to avail the services may book the tickets online from www.irctctourism.com or through registered e-ticket agents or from any office of IRCTC.

Union government targets 300 MT steel production by 2030 - 17 Jan 17

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CM’s panel on digital payments to submit report within a week - 18 Jan 17

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Inclusive Development Index : India ranked 60th position among 79 nations - 18 Jan 17

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What is IDI  ?

Mountain state Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra achieves 100% ‘geo tagging’ of assets - 18 Jan 17

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Gene Cernan, the last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82 - 18 Jan 17

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C.V. Vishveshwara, the ‘black hole man of India’, passed away - 18 Jan 17

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The 4th Meet of Mission Steering Group Of National Health Mission held in New Delhi - 19 Jan 17

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World Momentum Index (CMI) : Six Indian Cities In World's Most Dynamic List - 19 Jan 17

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The list of top 10 cities in the JLL index:

CJI J S Khehar revives social justice bench - 19 Jan 17

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Mountain city Dharamsala Declared Second Capital Of Himachal Pradesh - 19 Jan 17

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Central Govt. sets up a negotiation committee on river Mahanadi and its tributaries - 19 Jan 17

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Alok Verma, the incumbent Delhi Police Chief appointed as new director of CBI - 20 Jan 17

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Indian Navy aims to induct two new diesel-electric submarines be 2018 - 20 Jan 17

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Narendra Modi become most followed leader of state on social media in the world - 20 Jan 17

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India’s Supreme Court to appointed New BCCI Administrators - 20 Jan 17

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Abu Dhabi Crown Prince To Be Republic Day Chief Guest - 20 Jan 17

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Under PMAY(G) 1.6 lakh pucca houses to be built in Assam - 21 Jan 17

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“Jallikattu” sport finally get approves ordinance from Tamil Nadu Governor - 21 Jan 17

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What is Jallikattu?

What is cause of sudden outrage?
Why is PETA keen on banning Jallikattu?
Cause of Tamilians protesting the ban on Jallikattu:
What do the protestors want ?

World Bank sanctions Rs 1,376 crore for Tripura power upgradation - 21 Jan 17

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India surpasses USA and become No. 1 in Google Play app usage - 21 Jan 17

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Union government set target, employment opportunities to 1 crore youth by 2020 - 21 Jan 17

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Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja becomes first to pick 150 ODI wickets - 22 Jan 17

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Renowned Urdu poet and lyricist Naqsh Lyallpuri dies at 88 - 22 Jan 17

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The first-ever ATM machine facility introduced in INS Vikramaditya - 22 Jan 17

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Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Hirakhand Express derailment: 43 people d - 22 Jan 17

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Malaysia Masters 2017: Saina Nehwal Wins Grand Prix Gold - 22 Jan 17

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Venue: Sarawak, Malaysia

China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy commissions 31st stealth warship - 23 Jan 17

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Government to utilise geo-spatial technology to build smart cities - 23 Jan 17

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SC directs to Centre to Appoint National Human Rights Commission Director General soon - 23 Jan 17

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India and UAE to sign strategic partnership agreement - 23 Jan 17

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Implementation of Disabilities Act, 2016 : The center constituted Committee to set rules - 23 Jan 17

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Vehicles Insurance : More than 60% of vehicles on Indian roads don’t have insurance - 24 Jan 17

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Guided Pinaka test fired successfully test fired from the Launch Complex-III, ITR - 24 Jan 17

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Israel announces plans for 2,500 new settlement homes - 24 Jan 17

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Nitish Kumar to hold first 'Jan Samvad' with district chiefs - 24 Jan 17

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"Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana- 2017" approved by Union Cabinet - 24 Jan 17

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Indo- UAE Relation: 14 Agreements were signed - 25 Jan 17

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1.Agreement on Comprehensive Strategic Partnership:

2. MoU between Ministry of Defence, India and Ministry of Defence, UAE on cooperation in the field of defence industry.

3. MoU in Institutional Cooperation on Maritime Transport.

4.MOU between Directorate General of Shipping and UAE on Mutual Recognition of Certificates of Competency as per the provisions of the Standards of Training.

5. MoU between Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, India and Federal Transport Authority, Land and Maritime, UAE on Bilateral Cooperation in road, transport and highways sector.

6. MOU on cooperation in prevention and combating of human trafficking.

7. MoU for cooperation in the field of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and innovation between Ministry of Economy, United Arab Emirates and Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MoSMSME), India

8. MoU between Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, India and Ministry of Climate Change & Environment, UAE in agriculture and Allied sectors

9. MOU on mutual exemption of entry visa requirements to the holders of diplomatic, special and official passports

10. MoU between Prasar Bharati, India and Emirates News Agency (WAM), UAE for cooperation in programme exchange

11. MoU between Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India and Ministry of Economy, UAE on trade remedial measures to promote cooperation in areas of mutual interest

12. Agreement on Oil Storage And Management between Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Limited and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

13. MOU between National Productivity Council and Al Etihad Energy Services Co. LLC

14. MOU between National Security Council Secretariat, India and National Electronic Security Authority, UAE

CJI JS Khehar reinstates Justice MB Lokur as e-panel in-charge - 25 Jan 17

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National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) introduces next version for BHIM App - 25 Jan 17

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Ace cicketeer Virat Kohli awarded Padma Shri - 25 Jan 17

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Center has announced Padma Awards - 2016 to 89 personalities - 25 Jan 17

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Full lists of the awardees:

Padma Vibhushan – (7)

Padma Bhushan - (7)

Padma Shri - (75)

India in red zone on transparency list ranked 40th position - 26 Jan 17

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“Nirbhaya Fund” for women remains unspent for third year in a row - 26 Jan 17

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Russian envoy Alexander M Kadakin passes away - 26 Jan 17

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Justice Lokur comes back as head of E-Committee by CJ J S Khehar - 26 Jan 17

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Maharashtra Tops Padma Awards List with Eight Honours - 26 Jan 17

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V. Shanmuganathan resigns from Meghalaya Governor - 27 Jan 17

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SAARC members to meet at Kathmandu: India turn responsibility on Pakistan - 27 Jan 17

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Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)'s Paradip refinery faces withdrawal of fiscal sops - 27 Jan 17

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Corruption Perception Index (CPI) -1016: India ranks 79th spot - 27 Jan 17

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Top 10 Rank Nations:

New Zealand and Denmark in joint first place (with a score of 90), followed by Finland (3rd), Sweden (4th), Switzerland (5th), Norway (6th), Singapore (7th), Netherlands (8th), Canada (9th) and Germany (10th).

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RBIprohibited Indian entities from making direct investments in any entity located in Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories (NCCT) - 27 Jan 17

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  • Recently, India's apex financial institution, RBI has prohibited Indian entities from making direct investments in any entity located in Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories (NCCT).
  • These are to be identified by Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
  • The prohibition is for aligning instructions under FEMA (Foreign Exchange Management Act) with the objectives of the FATF.
  • Currently, there is no restriction on an Indian entity with regard to the countries where it can undertake Overseas Direct Investment (ODI).
  • Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is an inter-governmental policy making body.
  • It was established in 1989 with ministerial mandate to establish international standards for combating money laundering and terrorist financing.
  • It's main aim is to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to integrity of international financial system.
  • Primarily,  it was only dealing with developing policies to combat money laundering.
  • In 2001, it had expanded  its action against terrorism financing.
  • At present, the institution  consists two regional organisations and 35 member jurisdictions, including India, UK, US, China and the European Commission.

India to overtake China as the largest growth market for energy in volume terms by 2030 - 28 Jan 17

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President appoints Banwarilal Purohit as Governor of Meghalaya - 28 Jan 17

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Over 99% of Indians 18 now have Aadhaar cards - 28 Jan 17

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ONGC becomes first PSU to sensitise staff on gender issues at workplace - 28 Jan 17

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Shekar Naik become the First blind cricketer to be awarded the Padma Shri - 28 Jan 17

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Serena Williams wins Australian Open for 23rd Grand Slam crown - 28 Jan 17

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CISF has conferred best contingent award for fifth time - 29 Jan 17

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President Pranab Mukherjee launches pulse polio programme 2017 in National Immunization Day - 29 Jan 17

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IITs listed as fourth largest producer of unicorn start-ups in the world - 29 Jan 17

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Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to clinch Australian Open 2017 - 29 Jan 17

Venue : Melbourne

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Every 3rd Indian died in road accidents is a youth - 29 Jan 17

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Former CAG Vinod Rai appointed as head of BCCI interim panel by SC - 30 Jan 17

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Amulya Patnaik to be the next Delhi Police Commissioner - 30 Jan 17

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SAARC Speakers’ summit to be held in Indore: Pakistan unlikely to attend - 30 Jan 17

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Centre for Civil Society (CCS) has been ranked among top 100 think tanks in World - 30 Jan 17

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Brunhilde Pomsel, ex-secretary of Nazi propagandist Goebbels dies at 106 - 30 Jan 17

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CSO revises India's GDP growth for 2015-16 raise to 7.9% - 31 Jan 17

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Central Govt. moves SC to enforce ban on 344 Fixed Dose Combination drugs - 31 Jan 17

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India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) starts pilot services - 31 Jan 17

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Highlights of Economic Survey 2017 - 31 Jan 17

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Growth Estimates for year 2016-17:

Effects of Demonetisation:

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Miscellaneous:  Economic Survey 2017

What is Economic Survey?

  • Economic Survey is a flagship annual document of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India
  • Economic Survey reviews the developments in the Indian economy over the previous 12 months, summarizes the performance on major development programmes, and highlights the policy initiatives of the government and the prospects of the economy in the short to medium term.
  • This document is presented to both houses of Parliament during the Budget Session, on a day before the presentation of Union Budget by Finance Minister of India.

Union Government Constitutes Task Force to prepare Action Plan for Olympic Games - 31 Jan 17

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