Feb 27 2017

  • Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off the fourth Humsafar clan of trains and first Antyodaya clan of trains through video conferencing from Rail Bhawan on February 27, 2017
  • India & Ukraine to strengthen bilateral cooperation through Cinema 
  • The state government of Haryana has set up an online system called the Sex Ratio Monitoring Dashboard to monitor the sex-ratio in Panipat district as part of the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme.
  • The 2017 Mobile World Congress (MWC) began in Mobile World Capital Barcelona on February 27, 2017 and will conclude on March 2, 2017.
  • Australia and Indonesia restored their full military ties on February 26, 2017 during the visit of Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Australia to boost ties with the country.
  • The Government of India launched the 7th tranche of the Sovereign Gold Bonds on February 27, 2017 and it will be the last offering for 2016-17.The Sovereign Gold Bonds 2016-17–Series IV will be issued by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on behalf of Government of India.
  • An expert committee set up by SIDBI, Venture Capital Investment Committee (VCIC) has sanctioned Rs 300 crore to fund managers who would invest in startups, thus taking the total sanctions in 2016-17 to over Rs 1,100 crore.
  • In order to expand its business across the country, Apollo Munich Health Insurance Company has tied up with Mumbai-based Dena Bank on February 27, 2017 to provide its insurance product to the large customer base of the bank.
  • Paytm Unveils Online Shopping App Paytm Mall
  • American IT MNC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced its partnership with Tata Communications on February 27, 2017 at the World Mobile World Congress 2017 organized in Barcelona.
  • Complete List of the 89th Academy Award (Oscar Award)
    i. The 89th Academy Awards commonly referred to as Oscar took place on February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.The award presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored the best films of 2016 in 24 categories.
    ii. La La Land won the most number of awards at the ceremony totaling to six after being nominated into 14 categories.
    iii. It was followed by Arrival and Moonlight with each being nominated in eight categories.
    iv. Mahershala Ali won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his portrayal of a drug dealer in Moonlight. With this he became the first Muslim to be nominated and awarded a golden statuette for acting.
  • Indian international cricketer Virat Kohli has named as the ‘Captain of the Year‘ at the 10th annual ESPNcricinfo Awards.
  • Chinese multinational telecommunications equipment company ZTE made an announcement that it has launched a next generation 5G IT baseband unit (BBU). The announcement was made at the  Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on 26 February 2017.
  • Kalinga Lancers beat Dabang Mumbai to Clinch Maiden Hockey India League
  • Former Union Minister P Shivshankar Passes Away
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Feb 26 2017

  • The Centre has formulated the infrastructure policy to promote living close to mass public transport corridors like metro, monorail and bus rapid transit (BRT) on February 26, 2017.The new Policy seeks to promote Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
  • Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje  inaugurated a medical project Rajasthan Heart Attack Treatment programme (RAHAT) on February 25, 2017 at the Eternal Heart Care Center Hospital in Jaipur
  • According to the New World Wealth report released on February 21, 2017, Mumbai, the financial capital of India has been named as the Richest Indian city with a total wealth of $ 820 billion.
  • An economic think-tank, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) has lowered India’s GDP growth to 6.9 percent for the fiscal 2016-17 compared to previous estimation of 7.6 percent
  • Moody’s Investors Service report released on February 23, 2017 states that despite the currency demonetisation drive by Government of India, the country will continue to be the fastest growing economy among G-20 countries in 2017.
  • According to the data by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India grew 18 percent during 2016 to attract $46 billion as compared to $39.32 billion in 2015.
  • Foxconn and SoftBank Forms $1.2B Joint Venture
  • Gorb Partners with Ola Cab to Offer Food at Discounted Rates to Riders
  • Japan Creates Guinness Record by Launching World’s First Robot Table Tennis Tutor
  • A team of researchers at the Indian Institute Of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT Kgp) have designed ‘Physically Unclonable Functions’ (PUF) based on fingerprint generator circuits to protect Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure from being hacked
  • Government owned airline firm Air India started the maiden flight of its newly leased aircraft, Airbus A320 Neo on February 23, 2017 which took off from Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi to reach Chennai International Airport with 161 passengers on board.
  • Indian Badminton ace Saina Nehwal has been named to represent the panel of International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission (AC) in the Badminton World Federation (BWF)

Feb 25 2017

  • The centuries old two-day long Liker and Leh Dosmochey festival started in Ladakh Region of Jammu and Kashmir on February 24, 2017.
  • The Central government has granted permission to raise the number of workdays under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee scheme in Tamil Nadu from the existing 100 days to 150 days.
  • PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates 112-foot Shiva Statue in Coimbatore
  • Delhi Government Approves 37 Percent Hike in Minimum Wages 
  • India’s First Hill Station Bicycle Path Unveiled in Darjeeling
  • The High Court of Bombay has joined hands with Goa Government and National Informatics Centre (NIC) has launched online payment of court fees through e-payment gateway in Goa.
  • India and Germany ratified a comprehensive Social Security Agreement (SSA) on February 24, 2017 to improve investment flows between the two countries.
  • India Signs MoU with Bangladesh to provide financial assistance of Taka 240 mn for development of Sylhet city
  • Pakistan and Turkey Signs 10 Agreements to Enhance Bilateral Ties
  •  Dena Bank has unveiled a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) enabled banking card on February 23, 2017 at its Mumbai branch
  • Public sector banks United Bank of India (UBI) has signed agreement with Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation(IRCTC) for railway ticket booking facility.
  • Vivek Chaand Sehgal, Chairman of auto parts maker Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd, has been named as the Indian Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 by consulting firm, EY formerly known as Ernst & Young.
  • Belgium’s Hockey Captain and Olympic silver medalist John-John Dohmen was awarded the Best Male Player of the Year Award (2016) by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) at the gala FIH Hockey Stars Awards Ceremony on February 23, 2017 in Chandigarh.
  • India Bags All Three Medals At 6th Asian Para-Road Cycling Championship

Feb 24 2017

  • The 9th BRICS Summit will be held in China’s Xiamen city from September 3-5.
  • The National Biodiversity Congress (NBC) 2017 was held in Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala.
  • Google and Jigsaw have launched a new tool, that uses artificial intelligence to filter ‘toxic’ comments online
  • Haryana, known as the food bowl of the country along with Punjab, will have a Science City. The state finance department has cleared the project to be set up in Sonepat at a tentative cost of Rs 200 crore
  • Taking a cue from ‘Namami Devi Narmade’ programme of Madhya Pradesh government, Assam will now launch ‘Namami Brahmapurta’ campaign in the north-eastern state from March 31 to April 4.
  • Former diplomat Sujata Mehta and Air Marshal Ajit Shankarrao Bhonsle have been appointed as members in UPSC in New Delhi.
  • Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports on Feb 23 inaugurated the 9th Tribal Youth Exchange Programme in Delhi.
  • Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) launches a Mobile Application for GST to inform the taxpayers of the latest updates on GST among others.
  • The President of India inaugurated an international conference on ‘Bharat Bodh’ (Idea of Bharat) organized by the IGNOU and Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal on Feb 23, 2017 in New Delhi

Feb 23 2017

  • Union  Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had unveiled  the new Antyodaya Express, a fully unreserved train for the common man with specially designed colourful coaches.The first Antyodaya Express will be plied between Mumbai and Tatanagar, and the second will be between Ernakulam and Howrah shortly.
  • Sikkim becomes 22nd State to join UDAY
  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has decided to set up Ayurvedic research institute and Kerala Blood Bank society of International standards in Kerala during the 13th five year plan.
  • The Kerala government also plan to launch the country’s first sex offenders registry which will contain all identification details of sex offenders and would be kept in public domain
  • Punjab bans manufacture, sale of gutkha, pan masala for one year
  • India and Japan ink pact on rail safety
  • BRICS summit’s 1st Sherpas Meeting held in China
  • India’s GDP projected to slow to 6.6% post-demonetisation, says IMF
  • Visa-AP Sign MoU To Make Vishakhapatnam ‘Less-Cash’ City
  • Technology giant Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu has signed agreement to utilise Microsoft Azure Stack for AP government state data centre at the ‘Microsoft Future Decoded’ held in Mumbai on February 22, 2017
  • The commerical banking company Karnataka Bank has won two ‘IBA-Banking Technology’ awards in Mumbai on February 21, 2017
     IBA-Banking Technology awards:
    1.‘Best financial inclusion initiatives (small bank)’ category – Winner
    2.‘Best use of digital and channels technology (small bank)’ – Runner
  • Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre to head Cauvery Tribunal
  • India’s largest domestic telecom operator Bharti Airtel has signed an agreement with Telenor South Asia Investments to acquire Telenor India Communications.
  • Astronomers discover 7 new Earth-sized exoplanets that may sustain life

Feb 22 2017

  • The Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) okayed revised norms for the Scheme for Development of Solar Parks and Ultra Mega Solar Power Projects with the production target enhancement to 40,000 MW from the present 20,000 MW.
  • Third National Biodiversity Congress (NBC) 2017 held Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on February 22, 2017
  • India aims to bring broadband to every village by 2018
  • Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar attended the first India-China Strategic Dialogue to be held in Beijing to reinforce bilateral ties amid hectic meetings to resolve differences over Beijing’s reluctance to support India’s NSG bid as well as a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar.
  •  Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO), the retirement body of India introduced single page composite claim form that enable its subscribers to withdraw money from their PF account at an ease.
  • Hyderabad based non-banking finance company Microfinance institution Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd launched an instant loan approval at a village near Bassi in Jaipur district, Rajasthan
  • SIDBI, Vijaya Bank combine to provide concessional loans to micro,small units
  • The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with the IoT Acceleration Consortium (ITAC) Japan  on February 22, 2017
  • AAI, IATA  International Air Transport Association (IATA)  launch e-billing solution SKYREV360 for airport operators
  • The National Rifle Association of India(NRAI) announced that India will be hosting the CombinedWorld Cup for shooting in 2019 during the meeting held in New Delhi.
  • Noted bureaucrat V. K. Srinivasan passes away
  • Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh’s biography, ‘The People’s Maharaja‘, written by Khushwant Singh was released on February 21, 2017 in Chandigarh

Feb 21 2017

  • Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu in the presence of Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Composite Regional Centre at Itanagar Banquet Hall, Arunachal Pradesh on February 21, 2017
  • Ravi Shankar Prasad launches Cyber Swachhta Kendra in New Delhi
  • Jammu & Kashmir to observe 2017 as Year of Apple
  • The Gujarat Assembly passed Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2017 to empower the state government to use Aadhaar number as the sole identifier for the delivery of various subsidies and benefits in an effective and targeted manner
  • Govt launches its own QR code platform – BharatQR
  • Private sector Lender CitiBank has launched Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge (T4I) in India, a global programme that boosts technology innovators.
  • Direct-to-home operator Dish TV joined hands with India’s largest public sector lender ICICI bank for digital payments
  • Telangana Govt Signs MoU With NABARD For Rs 874-Crore Loan
  • The Ahmedabad-based Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) has received the prestigious International Mercury Awards for the year 2016-17 for the best overall presentation of its 2015-2016 annual report.
  • The BJP led Haryana government gave away the Bhim awards to 42 sports persons of the state, spotting them for their outstanding performance at the national and international fronts between the years 2013 and 2017
  • N Chandrasekaran appointed as TCS Chairman 
  • Union Health Secretary C.K. Mishra has launched “Saathiya Resource Kits” that will provide information on adolescent related issues such as puberty and mental health, among others
  • Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu commissioned the fourth ship of Indian Coast Guard named ‘Shaunak’, in the series of six offshore patrol vessels (OPV) in Vasco, located in South Goa.
  • International Mother Language Day – February 21, 2017

Feb 20 2017

  • The Bihar Cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ruled out a new rule under which the no officials of the state government would be allowed to consume liquor either in the state or outside the state and not even abroad
  • The Khajuraho Dance Festival kicked off at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh from February 20, 2017. The seven day festival will conclude on February 26, 2017.
  • According to a report released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on February 20, 2017, India emerged as the world’s largest importer of major arms during 2012–16.
  • Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has given its approval to IRB InvIT Fund, to raise Rs 4,300 crore through an initial public offering (IPO)
  • Karnataka Bank Signs MoU with Daimler India
  • US based IT giant Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Indian electronic commerce company Flipkart Group CEO Binny Bansal has  announced a “strategic partnership” on February 20, 2017
  •  Katamati Iron Mine, owned by Tata Steel, was conferred with the Best Green Organisation of the Year Award on February 18, 2017 at the Global Green Future Leadership Awards in Mumbai
  • Apple acquires Israeli start-up RealFace
  • The California-based SpaceX onboard its Falcon 9 rocket launched a robotic Dragon cargo ship with about 5,500 pounds (2,500 kg) of supplies and science experiments toward the International Space Station on February 19, 2017 from Launch Complex 39A of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida
  • Virat Kohli first Indian sportsperson to ink Rs 100-cr deal with Puma
  • Pakistan Cricket Legend Shahid Afridi Announces Retirement from International Cricket
  • Chair-woman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Kaci Kullmann Five, died on February 19, 2017. She was 65
  • World Day of Social Justice  – February 20, 2017

Feb 19 2017

  • The Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi with an outlay of Rs. 50,000 crore over a period of five years (2015-16 to 2019-20).
  • The state government of Maharashtra has approved a Rs. 250 crore Cloud Seeding Programme to experiment whether cloud seeding produces sufficient rain.
  • An initiative by the government of Madhya Pradesh, “Mil Banche MP” (Let MP read together) programme was held in all the primary and middle government schools of the Madhya Pradesh on February 18, 2017 to increase knowledge and the understanding about language among students.
  • An initiative by the government of Madhya Pradesh, “Mil Banche MP” (Let MP read together) programme was held in all the primary and middle government schools of the Madhya Pradesh on February 18, 2017 to increase knowledge and the understanding about language among students.
  • The Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) launched a series of digital offerings for its customers on February 19, 2017 which also marks the 75th Foundation Day of the bank.
  • The Accounting Research Foundation (ARF) of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India has signed an agreement with Indian Railways for the national rollout of accrual accounting in Railways on February 19, 2017
  • The GST Council approved a law to compensate states for any loss of revenue from the implementation of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) in the first five years,  on February 18, 2017 at the 10th GST Council Meet at Udaipur.
  • AirAsia became the first foreign airline to begin its operations from Srinagar international airport in Jammu and Kashmir on February 19, 2017.
  • Indian Cinema movie “Newton” directed by Amit Masurkar was honored with the Art Cinema Award in the Forum Segment at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival held from February 9-18, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.
  • A Lost Continent that sunk about 100 million years ago has been discovered underneath New Zealand by the scientists. Zealandia, a lost continent submerged in the southwest Pacific Ocean, is large enough to be recognized as a separate continent.
  • A Lost Continent that sunk about 100 million years ago has been discovered underneath New Zealand by the scientists. Zealandia, a lost continent submerged in the southwest Pacific Ocean, is large enough to be recognized as a separate continent.
  • Bangalore has been chosen to host the next Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Zone group-1 tie against Uzbekistan from April 7 to 9, 2017.
  • The former Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medalist boxer Akhil Kumar and Asian medallist Jitender Kumar signed a multi-year deal with IOS Boxing Promotions on February 18, 2017 confirming turning professional boxers.
  • Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Altamas Kabir passed away on February 19, 2017 in Kolkata at Apollo Hospital after suffering from kidney ailment.
  • An actor turned politician Hema Malini’s journey from an actor and filmmaker to a politician is being chronicled as an authorised biography titled ‘Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl‘.

Feb 18 2017

  • SC Introduces Middle Income Group Scheme to Provide Legal Services at Affordable Rate.The Supreme Court has introduced the Middle Income Group (MIG) Scheme for the middle income group people whose gross income is not exceeding Rs. 60,000 per month or Rs. 7.5 lakh per annum.
  • HRD Ministry Mandates Aadhaar to avail Scholarship Benefits by University and College Students
  • 2-Day South Asian Speakers’ Summit Begins In Indore
  • The National Regulatory Authority of India (NRAI), the vaccine regulating authority of India, has been given the highest ratings by global health body World Health Organization for vaccine regulations on February 17, 2017.
  • SBI ties up with Greenply to offer financial services to its dealers
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has permitted Multilateral Financial Institutions (FIs) to invest in rupee denominated bonds commonly known as ‘Masala Bonds’ issued by Indian entities.Masala bonds are the new type of rupee dominated bonds which are issued by Indian entities in offshore market to raise funds in terms of Indian rupee only. The major benefit of this bond is that there is no currency risk.
  • The Indian aerospace and defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has launched a new communication radio for the Indian Armed Forces, called STARS-V Mk III, at theAero India 2017 show on February 16, 2017.
  • Reliance Aerostructure Limited (RAL) has entered into a Joint Venture with Rafale fighter jet manufacturer Dassault Reliance Aerospace Ltd (DRAL)
  • Melody Queen and Nightingale of India, b has been conferred with the 2017 Legendary Award by the Brand Laureate for giving a unlimited memorable hits and soulful melodies in Hindi film music
  • The second ocean going sailboat of Indian Navy “Tarini” was successfully inducted by the Navy on February 18, 2017 at a ceremony held at the INS Mandovi Boat Pool in presence of Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff.
  • Veteran Marathi journalist Yudhisthir Joshi passed away on February 17, 2017 at his residence in Mira Road in Mumbai. He was 81

Feb 17 2017

  • The two day Global Investors’ Summit (GIS) 2017 was held at Khelgaon in Ranchi, Jharkhand from February 16-17, 2017 with the brand name ‘Momentum Jharkhand’.The Summit was inaugurated by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the summit through video-conferencing.
  • A ‘Science Express’ train named ‘Science Express Climate Action Special’ was flagged off from Safderjung Railway Station in New Delhi on February 17, 2017 on a seven-month journey to spread awareness about climate change.
  • Government Increases the Cash Credit Limit For MSMEs To 30 %
  • Canara Bank Inks MoU with HRD Ministry to Start Higher Education Financing Agency
  • Leading global payments and technology firm, Mastercard is set to provide payments processing solution to Airtel Payments Bank.
  • Karnataka Bank Launches National Pension System in Mangaluru
  • Renowned Hindi litterateur and playwright Surendra Verma has been selected for 2016 Vyas Samman for his novel Kaatna Shami Ka Vriksha Padma Pankhuri Ki Dhar Se. 
  • Mangalore based public sector lender Corporation Bank was awarded the 2017National MSME Excellence Award on February 10, 2017 at a function in New Delhi.
  • Banks Board Bureau Appoints Eight Executive Directors in Various Banks.            List of Appointed Executive Directors
    i. Neelam Damodharan and Atanu Kumar Das have been appointed as EDs in Bank of India. Presently, Damodharan serves as the General Manager in Bank of Baroda and Das is General Manager in Vijaya Bank.
    ii. K Swaminathan, the General Manager in Indian Overseas Bank, has been appointed as ED in Indian Overseas Bank.
    iii. Ashok Kumar Pradhan has been appointed as the ED in United Bank of India. Presently he serves as the Chief General Manager with State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur.
    iv .P Ramana Murthy will be Executive Director of Central Bank of India. He is GM of Allahabad Bank.
    v. Fareed Ahmed Khan, General Manager of Corporation Bank, has been appointed as the ED in Punjab and Sind Bank.
    vi. M K Bhattacharya, Chief General Managers of State Bank of Mysore has been appointed as the EDs of Indian Bank
    vii. S Harishankar who serves as Chief General Managers of State Bank of Travancore has been appointed EDs of Allahabad Bank.

Feb 16 2017

  • The Union Government chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on February 15, 2017 approved setting up of Food Legumes Research Platform (FLRP) at Amlaha, Sehore in Madhya Pradesh for meeting the emerging food security challenges
  • The Cabinet approved the signing of Air Services Agreement between India and Rwanda
  • The Union Cabinet approved the merger of the State Bank of India with its 5 subsidiary banks namely State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur; State Bank of Hyderabad; State Bank of Mysore; State Bank of Patiala and State Bank of Travancore
  • The Indian Panorama Film Festival kicked off in Port Blair on February 15, 2017
  • Kerala cabinet Gives In-Principle Approval for Greenfield Airport at Sabarimala
  • The Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Shri Radha Mohan Singh inaugurated the Indian Seed Congress 2017 in Kolkata on February 12, 2017.
  • International Conference on NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries-NxGnMiFu-2017 inaugurated in New Delhi
  • India Ranked 143 in the 2017 Index of Economic Freedom Index
  • The Reserve Bank of India has decided to reimburse banks Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) charges on debit cards used by citizens for payment with effect from January 1, 2017.
  • Mumbai based Citi Bank has launched instant chat services for customers namedCitibank Online (CBOL) on February 16, 2017. With this India become the first countryin Asia Pacific within the Citi network to have this kind of service.
  • RBI Doubles Gold Loan Limit for Regional Rural Banks to Rs. 2 lakhs
  • The Name and Shame Campaign initiated by Catholic Syrian Bank Employees and Retirees against willful Defaulters in Kerala have started paying dividends
  • AIIMS, New Delhi Wins First Prize for Sanitation & Hygiene under Kayakalp Awards
  • An Indian-origin Scotland Yard officer Shand Panesar along with his colleague Craig Nicholson was honored with the 2017 Outstanding Bravery of the Year Award on February 10, 2017 in central London during a special award ceremony of the Total Excellence in Policing Awards.
  • The Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao appointed Edappadi K Palaniswami as 13th chief minister of the state on February 16, 2017.
  • Vikas Swarup appointed India’s next envoy to Canada
  • Government appoints 5 new judges to Supreme Court
    Five new judges are appointed to the Supreme Court by the President Pranab Mukherjee.Now the total number of  judges in the Supreme Court raised to 28 from 23
    New Judges are :
    1.Madras High Court Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul
    2.Rajasthan HC Chief Justice Naveen Sinha
    3.Kerala HC Chief Justice Mohan M Shantanagouder
    4.Chhattisgarh HC Chief Justice Dipak Gupta
    5.Karnataka HC judge S Abdul Nazeer.
  • The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has promoted Norman Isaac as theTechnical Delegate (TD) of the sport’s worldwide governing body

Feb 15 2017

  • The International Conference on NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries has started at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on February 15, 2017
  • The United States and Thailand has officially launched the 2017 Cobra Gold joint military exercise at Chonburi Province in Thailand on February 14.
  • The Gateway House and the Ministry of External Affairs has co-hosted the 2017’s edition of ‘The Gateway of India Geo-economic Dialogue’ in Mumbai, Maharashtra on February 13-14, 2017.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched a record 104 satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh through PSLV C-37 launch vehicle
  • Publications Division, a Media Unit under Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Sasta Sahitya Mandal (SSM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint publication of books on heroes of freedom struggle, cultural leaders and other eminent personalities who worked towards Nation development.
  • The IAF has formally inducted the first indigenously built Airborne Early Warning and Control System Netra developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
  • The uniquely ambitious Muziris Heritage Project (MHP), which seeks to link up heritage sites, restore monuments and community spaces along the riparian North Paravur, Chendamangalam, Chittattinkara, Vadakkekara, Pallippuram, Kodungalloor, Mathilakam, Eriyad and Methala and liven them up with community-based projects and cultural shows from the region, is on the cusp of being revitalised and fast-tracked by the Kerala State Tourism Department.
  • The Kalimpong subdivision of the Darjeeling hills has become the 21st district of West Bengal.

Feb 14 2017

  • Aero India 2017 Begins at Air Force Station, Bangalore
  • Indian Cricket Icon Sachin Tendulkar is set to adopt his second village in Maharashtrafor transformation after successfully transforming the lives of villagers in Puttamraju Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh which he adopted in 2016 at an investment of about Rs. 6 crore.
  • International Coin Fair Begins in Thiruvananthapuram
  • France based UNESCO organised the two-day Nature Fest at the World Heritage Site Great Himalayan National Park (GNHP) at Sairopa in Kullu district from February 11, 2017.
  • Government has allocated an amount of Rs 500 crore to India Post Payments Bank for the financial year 2017-18 to help it in setting up 650 branches across country by September 2017.
  • The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of the World Bank Group has partnered with Finance Industry Development Council (FIDC) to conduct training programmes for Non Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs).
  • IDFC Asset Management Company launched an open-ended fixed income fund  namedCredit Opportunities Fund on February 13 in Mumbai which is expected to raise the revenue of the company in the range of Rs 300 crore-500 crore within the NFO period itself.
  • Ravi Shankar concurrently accredited as High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Rwanda
  • Australia’s Adam Voges Announces Retirement from International Cricket
  • Jehan Daruvala Wins 2017 New Zealand Grand Prix
  • Mumbai based Kush Bhagat has been awarded the Candidate Master (CM) title by theWorld Chess Federation body, FIDE on February 14, 2017 for his outstanding performance in Western Asian Youth Chess championship 2016 at UAE.
  • Veteran Journalist T V Parasuram Passed Away

Feb 13 2017

  • The Karnataka assembly unanimously passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017 on February 13, 2017 to legalize the conduct ofKambala” and bullock cart races in Karnataka
  • India’s first cashless township “Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers and Chemicals(GNFC) township”was inaugurated by Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani on February 13, 2017
  • India’s first floating elementary school particularly for drop outs has been inaugurated on Loktak lake at Langolsabi Leikai of Champu Khangpok floating village in Manipur on the occasion of World Wetlands Day on February 2, 2017.
  • National Career Services (NCS) and Jeevan Praman Facility for EPFO Pensioners Launched in Hyderabad Post Office
  • The Ministry of External Affairs and Gateway House are co-hosting the Second Gateway of India Geoeconomic Dialogue from February 13-14, 2017 in Mumbai.
  • Union Government has decided to launch ‘Indradhanush 2.0’ for recapitalisation of public sector lenders so that the banks remain solvent and fully comply with the global capital adequacy norms namely Basel-III.
  • The Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd (RDEL) has signed a Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) with US Navy on February 13, 2017 to perform repair and alteration services for US Navy’s Seventh Fleet vessels.
  • The Reliance Defence and Engineering Ltd (RDEL) has signed a Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) with US Navy on February 13, 2017 to perform repair and alteration services for US Navy’s Seventh Fleet vessels.
  • 70th British Academy Film Awards Winner List 
    Award Winner
    Best Film La La Land
    Best Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land)
    Best Actor Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)
    Best Actress Emma Stone (La La Land)
  • Complete List of the 2017 Grammy Award
    Award Category Winner
    Album Of The Year Adele for ’25’
    Record Of The Year ‘Hello’ by Adele
    Song Of The Year Hello by Adele and Greg Kurstin
  • Frank Walter Steinmeier Elected New President of Germany
  • Sandeep Jajodia, the CMD of Monnet Ispat & Energy Ltd. Has been appointed the new president of industry chamber Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) on February 13, 2017
  • Indian Navy’s survey class vessel INS Sarvekshak has become the first ship in India to be fitted with solar power system on board
  • Dutch Women Germaine De Randamie crowned first UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion
  • World Radio Day – February 13, 2017

Feb 12 2017

  • In a first of its kind initiative, National Women’s Parliament was organized by the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in association with MAEER’s MIT School of Governance at Pavithra Sangamam in Amravati, Andhra Pradesh with an aim to empower women.
  • Second edition of International Spice Conference Begins at Thiruvanantapuram
  • India has decided to conduct Conference with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to share experiences and ideas from the member countries on
    preventing radicalization and promoting deradicalisation.
  • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has set up a 11 member scientific panel to frame final regulations on fortification of foods and prepare strategies to address malnutrition problem.
  • The FIFA governing body has named Argentina’s former soccer player Diego Maradona as the new Ambassador of the FIFA on February 9, 2017.
  • Dr Neelu Rohmetra, First Woman Indian Institute of Management Director
  • The United States and Japan successfully conducted a flight test of a Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, off coast Hawaii on February 3, 2017.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin becomes the fastest bowler to take 250 Test wickets
  • India defeated Pakistan by 9 wickets to clinch the T20 World Cup for Blind tournament on February 12, 2017 at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
  • Eminent journalist and Laughter Persona Pandit Dharmsheel Chaturvedi Dies
  • Every year the National Productivity Council (NPC) has been organizing observance of its Foundation Day on February 12 as “National Productivity Day” and the ensuing week  from February 12-18 as “National Productivity Week” throughout the country.

Feb 11 2017

  • Centre Sets up Inter-Departmental Task Force to Crack Down Benami Firms
  • The Union Government has planned to up a Defence Procurement Organisation (DPO) in a move to integrate and streamline the long and complex process of defence acquisitions.
  • Minority Affairs Minister Abbas Naqvi Inaugurates Second Edition of “Hunar Haat” in New Delhi
  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development on February 10, 2017 said that from 2018 there would be a single entrance examination for admission in all engineering and architecture colleges for undergraduate courses.
  • The five days multinational Aman-17 naval exercise kicked off in Karachi on February 10, 2017 where 37 countries took part.
  • Bank of Baroda is planning to launch a supply chain financing product for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in the diamond industry to boost their existence in the sector
  • GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, has been honored with the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) Chairman’s Order of Merit for its focus on environmental sustainability.
  • Famous Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a Guinness World Record on
    February 10, 2017 by building World’s tallest Sand Castle at the Puri beach in Puri.
  • According to a government notification on February 10, 2017, senior IAS officer Ajay Tyagi has been selected to take over as the next Chairman of Securities and Exchange Board of India(SEBI). He will replace incumbent Chief UK Sinha who retires on March 1, 2017.
  • India successfully test-fired its Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile from launching complex-IV of Dhamara Abdul Kalam defence base off Odisha coast on February 11, 2017 under its Ballistic Missile Defence Programme 
  • India’s first Metal 3D printing provider Intech DMLS Limited has launched the country’s first indigenously developed Jet Engine Series under the brand name Poeir Jets.
  • Assam to Raise a Wild Sanctuary to Grow Muga Cocoon
  • The International Day of Women and Girls in Science was observed on February 11, 2017 to recognize the achievements of women in science and inspire and engage women and girls in science.

Feb 10 2017

  • Government Mandates Aadhaar for Receiving subsidised foodgrains from PDS Shops
  • A 33 member committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu for the speedy implementation of the Sagarmala Project in Andhra Pradesh. Sagarmala project aims to improve the state’s coastline and inland waterways.
  • The Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananthkumar inaugurated the Orientation Programme for the district heads of National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS) in New Delhi on February 10, 2017 to launch the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) in the country.
  • Government to Open 56 More Post Office Passport Seva Kendras across India
  • India-UK sign MoU to allow more flights to boost tourism and trade
  • India presented the proposed Trade Facilitation in
    Services (TFS) Agreement
    to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevedo and India Inc. on February 9, 2017 in an event organized by Confederation of Indian Industry in New Delhi.
  • Folk singer from Punjab Satinder Sartaaj (34) has been selected for the awareness project against human trafficking “Blue Heart Campaign” by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
  • Hemant Bhargava appointed as LIC’s Managing Director
  • Nokia to acquire Finnish telecom software company Comptel for $371 million
  • The Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal launched the TAMRA (Transparency, Auction Monitoring and Resource Augmentation) portal and Mobile Application in New Delhi on February 10, 2017.
  • The famous Nilambur teak which is internationally known for its superior quality and elegant appearance is soon to get added to the list of the Kerala produces that have Geographical Indication (GI) tag.
  • MRI pioneer and Nobel laureate Sir Peter Mansfield passes away at 83

Feb 09 2017

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the ‘Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ (PMGDISHA) on February 8, 2017 to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate by March 2019.The outlay for PMGDISHA is Rs.2,351.38 crore.
  • Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar Introduces IIM Bill In Lok Sabha
  • The three day long International Desert Festival 2017 started with great enthusiasm on 8 February 2017 in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
  • Water Resource Ministry Forms Committe to Expedite Namami Gange programme
  • In the 5th Annual International Intellectual Property Index released by US Chambers of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) on February 8, 2017, India has been ranked very poor at 43rd position out of 45 countries.
  • Shawna Pandya an Indian-origin woman will become the third woman after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams to go into space in 2018.
  •  Bank of America Corp has opened three completely automated branches over the past month with no working employee wherein customers can use ATMs and have video conferences with employees at other branches.
  • State Bank of India (SBI) Chairman, Arundhati Bhattacharya has been selected as the ambassador for the advertisement seeking probationary officers for SBI bank.
  • The Cabinet has appointed economist Ashok Gulati, Manish Sabharwal, chairman of services provider Teamlease  and Rajiv Kumar, economist and former FICCI secretary general  as part-time Non-Official Directors on the Central Board.
  • Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo Elected New President of Somalia
  • A team of scientist at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) along with a private lifeguard agency appointed by the Goa government is conducting a new study to understand the phenomenon of ‘killer rip tides’ to safeguard beaches in Goa.
  • Reserves of Uranium have been found in Meghalaya  over a large area around Domiasiat, Wahkyn, Lostoin among others.
  • Rajnath Singh releases the book ‘Veerappan, Chasing the Brigand’ by Shri Vijay Kumar

Feb 08 2017

  • The Ministry of External Affairs in coordination with the Department of Atomic Energy is hosting the Implementation and Assessment Group Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) from February 8-10, 2017 at the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi.
  • Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das launched energy efficient fans and LED tube lights under the ‘Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All’ (UJALA) scheme in the state.
  • Gujarat has become the first state in India to establish Cashless system for distribution of food grain to the beneficiaries under NFSA (National Food Security Act).
  • Lok Sabha Passes Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill, 2017
  • The Union Ministry of Commerce under Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the pilot Revenue Insurance Scheme for Plantation Crops (RISPC) on February 8, 2017 to protect the growers of plantation crops from the twin risks.
  • Supreme Court Issues Contempt Notice to Calcutta HC judge CS Karnan
  • The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has constituted a sub-committee of Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) under Chairmanship of Telangana’s Deputy Chief Minister Kadiyam Srihari to look into issues related to girls education
  • The Reserve Bank of India announced its sixth bimonthly monetary policy review for 2016-17, on February 8, 2017 and has maintained its status quo with key policy rate unchanged.
  • The Private sector lenders HDFC Bank started operating its Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) on February 7, 2017 to ease the bill payment service for the customers.
  • Fertiliser major IFFCO and Bank of Baroda have signed an MoU on February 7, 2017 to launch co-branded debit cards for farmers in a bid to promote cashless transactions in the rural area.
  • Hyderabad based Dr P Raghu Ram, President of Association of Breast Surgeons of India (ABSI) has been honored with the prestigious Dr B C Roy National Award for ‘outstanding service in the field of socio medical relief’ for the year 2016
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) informed that the indigenous development of Telemetry & Telecommand Processor (TTCP) has been realised and now with the help of Indian industry its productionisation will be initiated.

Feb 07 2017

  • The Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma presented the state Budget for the session 2017-18 on February 7, 2017 in the state assembly.The budget was based on the theme “Resurgent Assam”.
  • The Telangana government launched India’s first social innovation centre the ‘Kakatiya Hub For Social Innovation’ in Nizamabad on February 6, 2017.
  • India & Austria Signs Protocol to Amend Bilateral Taxation Treaty
  • International Conference & Exhibition on Terrestrial & Satellite Broadcasting held in New Delhi
  • Arunachal first NE state to implement e-Cabinet solution
  • 17th session of BIMSTEC Senior Officials’ Meeting Held in Kathmandu.The delegates of the seven member nations attended the meeting to review the progress made by the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC).
  • China has surpassed Germany to become the world’s largest producer of solar energy after nearly doubling its installed photovoltaic capacity in 2016.
  • IDFC Bank, IndiaLends tie-up for loan services to 1st timers
  • The state government of Arunachal Pradesh launched the Arunachal Civil Service Awards on February 6, 2017 in a bid to encourage good governance in the state.
  • According to a new census carried out by the Odisha State Forest and Environment department on January 20, 2017 in, the team has sighted as many as 181 endangered Irrawaddy dolphins in the state.
  • IAAF Bans Russia From 2017 London World Athletics Championships
  • Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu will release the annual year book ‘India-2017’ and ‘Bharat-2017’ at a function in New Delhi on 6th February 2017. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore will also be present on the occasion.

Feb 06 2017

  • Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, launched Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana (CMSGUY) in a function held at Sri Sri Madhavdev International Auditorium of Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati on February 5, 2017 with an aim to develop all the villages to Assam in the next five years.
  • The Union Human Resource Development Ministry led by ‎under Prakash Javadekar is set to constitute a National Testing Agency (NTA) which will be responsible for conducting examinations for higher and secondary education.
  • Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu inaugurates the State’s first Smart Police Station at Nagarampalem in Guntur city in Amaravati on February 6, 2017.
  • The Railway Ministry is set to develop the first ever railway line in Andaman and Nicobar Island that currently has no rail network.
  • A Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed among the Ministry of Tourism, M/s NPCC & NBCC and Government of J&K on February 6, 2017 for the implementation of Tourism projects in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The Supreme Court has directed the central government on February 6, 2017 to link the phone numbers of the entire mobile users, with their Aadhaar Number within a period of one year.
  • Indian Coast Guard to have Joint Exercise with UAE Coast Guard
  • Public sector lender Bank of Maharashtra has partnered with insurance company Cigna TTK Health to market the insurer’s products in the bank’s branches across the entire country
  • India’s third largest private bank, Axis Bank has tied up with Earthport Plc, a cross-border payment network, to enable faster outbound cross-border payments for its customers through Earthport’s state-of-the-art global payments network.
  • The Ujjivan Small Finance Bank officially started its operation on February 6, 2017 with 5 pilot branches in Bengaluru. Samit Ghosh is the MD and CEO of the Ujjivan Small Finance Bank.
  • Renowned Indian-origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor was honored with the prestigious $1 million 2017 Genesis Prize on February 6, 2017 by Israel for his utmost contribution for Jewish community
  • Alastair Cook steps down as England Test captain

Feb 05 2017

  • The Ministry of AYUSH has constituted a 16-member committee under the chairmanship of Dr. H.R. Nagendra, Chancellor, S-Vyasa University, to prepare a Yoga Protocol for Diabetes Control.
  • In a move to encourage active participation in the assembly poll especially by women voters, the government of Goa on February 4, 2017 conducted a unique experiment, which involved giving away 600 pink teddy bears to first time women voters across the state
  • The Qatar Airways has launched the World’s longest scheduled commercial service to ply between Doha to Auckland.
  • Mexico and Turkey on February 3, 2017 agreed to speed up negotiations on bilateral free trade agreement facing US President threat to leave North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • The Susheel Kumar, Coal Secretary, Ministry of Coal, has informed that India has planned to allow the non-state mining companies for the first time in four decade to mine and sell coal.
  • The England Test captain Alastair Cook was honored with the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, London on February 4, 2017
  • Google to Sell its Satellite Imaging Company to Startup Firm Planet Labs
  • Sports Minister Vijay Goel  laid the foundation stone of the India’s first Center of Excellence for Para Sports to help para athletes in showcasing their skills and talent further both at the national and international level in Gujarat on February 5, 2017
  • India to host FIBA Women’s Asia Cup in July 2017 in Bengaluru

Feb 04 2017

  • India’s first Centre of Excellence in Automation Technology was inaugurated by the Gujarat Technological University at its campus at Vishwakarma Government Engineering College in Ahmedabad on February 3, 2017.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee opened the annual ‘Udyanotsav‘ of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 4, 2017.
  • Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs inaugurated the programme on ‘Inner Strength and Disaster Resilience’ on February 3, 2017 in New Delhi. The programme was organised by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
  • The Bihar government has introduced the transgender as a third category to opt for and appear in the Board exams conducted by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB).
  • The Supreme Court bench consists of Chief Justice J S Khehar and justices N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud instruct the centre to prepare a policy for the eradication of leprosy within four weeks on February 3, 2017
  • Iran government on February 3, 2017 banned the United States wrestlers from participating in the freestyle World Cup to be held in February 2017 as a counter-move against President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending visas for Iran.
  • The United States President Donald Trump imposed a new sanction on February 3, 2017 on Iran in a move to punish Tehran for its latest ballistic missile test.
  • RBI Directs Banks to Waive off Transactions Charges and Decrease Interest Rate for Credit Cards
  • HDFC Bank Hikes Cash Transaction Fees on Savings Accounts
  • Tata Motors Launches new Sub-Brand TAMO as an Incubator to Develop Futuristic Vehicles
  • Managing Director of IDFC, Vikram Limaye has been named as the new Managing Director & CEO of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) on February 3, 2017.
  • Top Indian diplomat, Achamkulangare Gopinathan has been re-appointed by the UN General Assembly to the Joint Inspection Unit for a five-year term beginning January 1, 2018.
  • Noted economist Sanjeev Sanyal has been appointed as the Principal Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) on February 3, 2017.
  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has dismissed 12 websites and 12 mobile applications available on Google Play store that were offering Aadhaar-related services illegally.
  • Integrated Underwater Harbour Defence & Surveillance System Launched in Mumbai
  • Former CBI Director Joginder Singh passes away
  • World Cancer Day – February 4, 2017

Feb 03 2017

  • The Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on February 3, 2017 by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.The Bill provides for holding, transfer and receiving of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes, which were demonetized after November 8, 2016, as a criminal offence and punishable with a minimum fine of Rs 10,000.
  • A Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has been set up by India and Norway to speed up the research and development for epidemics.
  • The 19th edition of Bharat Rang Mahotsav or International Drama Festival kicked off on February 1, 2017 in New Delhi.
  • Centre of Integrative Oncology inaugurated in New Delhi
  • The Union Ministry of Railways has signed an MoU with an Italian Firm Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane Group (FS Group) for technical cooperation in rail sector on February 2, 2017 with focus on safety operations.
  • Right to Information(RTI) Act of Sri Lanka comes into effect.
  • Gross NPA of PSBs Strikes 9.83% in FY16 and 11.82% by September 2016
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on February 2, 2017 permitted the NRIs to have access to the exchange traded currency derivatives (ETCD) market. This will enable the NRIs to hedge the currency risk due to making investment in India.
  • In the latest Global 500 rankings of most valuable and powerful brands across the globe, Sundar Pichai’s Google has surpassed Apple to achieve the top position.
  • A premium digital marketing agency LIQVD ASIA collaborate with iKarmik.com, has launched India’s First Ever Online Exhibition gateway – ExFirst.com 
  • Former Deputy CAG Suman Saxena, Mukulita Vijaywargiya and Navrang Saini have been appointed as whole-time members for 5 years or or till completion of 65 years in Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) on February 3, 2017
  • Scientists Finds Evidence of Lost-Continent Mauritia Submerged Under Indian Ocean
  • Pankaj Advani Wins 29th the National Snooker Championship title
  • Eminent stage craft director, theatre personality, actor, director, artist, painter and writer Asim Basu passed away in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Feb 02 2017

  • The Indian Policy Think Tank, NITI Aayog together with Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)\has launched a first of its kind online portal, India Innovation Index in India to rank the states on the basis of innovation.
  • Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar inaugurates the 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela in Faridabad, Haryana on February 1, 2017.The mela will end on 15th February, 2017.
  • Noted Indian singer Neeti Mohan to collaborate with UN for women empowerment project titled “Music To Inspire – Artists UNited Against Human Trafficking” which is managed by the UNODC.
  • India & Sri Lanka signs MoU for multi-ethnic tri-lingual Secondary School.The school would provide an opportunity to Sinhala, Tamil and Muslim students to learn in a multi-cultural environment and thus promote reconciliation and unity in Sri Lanka
  • The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation’s (SAARCs) 53rd Programming Committee Meeting began on February 1, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Kuwait has banned the Visas for five Muslim majority countries on February 1, 2017 over security issues. The five countries include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) on February 2, 2017 sanctioned a loan amount of Rs. 157 crore to the Government of Haryana to undertake drinking water project.
  • The Government of India has signed a USD 201.50 million credit agreement with the World Bank on February 1, 2017 to improve the quality and equity of engineering education across several states in India.
  • Gurgaon based airline, SpiceJet made record by winning awards in three prime categories at the Asia One Awards held in Singapore.
  • China tests missile DF-5C with 10 nuclear warheads   
  • Scientists Finds Evidence of 2 Billion Years Volcanic Activity on Mars
  • Indian badminton player Lakshya Sen has created history after he attained World No. 1 Rank in the latest Junior Badminton World Federation (BWF) ranking on February 2, 2017.
  • English professional footballer Frank Lampard announced his retirement from professional soccer on February 2, 2017 ending his 21-year-old career.
  • 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games medals to be made from recycled mobile phones  
  • Every year World Wetlands Day is observed on 2nd February to marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands or Ramsar Convention on 2 February 1971.

Feb 01 2017

  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union budget 2017-2018.The Budget for 2017-18 contains three major reforms.
    1.Presented on Februray 1, 2017 instead of usual practice of being presented on last day of February.
    2.Merger of Railway Budget with the General Budget
    3.Abolition of Planned & Non-Planned Expenditure
    Agenda of Union Budget 2017-18
    i. The agenda for the Union Budget 2017-18 is TEC India, where T stands for Transform, E stands for Energize and C for Clean.
    ii. The agenda seeks to transform the quality of governance and life of people;  Energise various sections of society especially the youth and the vulnerable to bring out the best in them and Clean the country from the evils of corruption, black money and non-transparent political funding.
    iii. The total Budget expenditure allocated for 2017-18 is Rs. 21.47 lakh crores.
    10 Pillars of Budget 2017-18
    The Budget 2017-18 is based on 10 distinct pillars to meet the TEC India agenda.
    1.Farmers
    2.Rural PopulationBudget
    3.Youth
    4.Poor and the Underprivileged
    5.Infrastructure
    6.Financial Sector
    7.Digital Economy
    8.Public Service
    9.Prudent Fiscal Management
    10.Tax Administration
  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development has clarified that there is no provision for individual cash transfer component in Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme.
  • The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minster Narendra Modi on February 1, 2017 gave its approval to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 Bill to make changes the list of Scheduled Castes in Odisha.
  • A high-level consultation was held between India and Russia on January 31, 2017 in New Delhi to share views on threats posed by terrorism.
  • The Union cabinet led by PM Modi has given its approval on February 1, 2017 to extend the tenure of loans under the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) Mission from the current 15 years to 20 years.
  • The Union Cabinet approved introduction of the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in Parliament on February 1, 2017.The amended Bill aims to include Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM), Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh in the Act and declare it as an institute of National Importance with the power to award degrees to students
  • Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu was inaugurated the Digital Radio or All Round Table Conference in New Delhi on January 31, 2017
  • The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched an appeal for the year 2017 on January 31, 2017 for USD 3.3 billion to help over 48 million children across the globe who are driven from their homes due to conflict, disasters and climate change.
  • India is invited as the Guest country for the upcoming 2017 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum which was scheduled to be held from June 1 to 3, 2017
  • Fiscal deficit in the first nine months of 2016-17 touched 93.9 per cent of the Budget target against 87.9 per cent for the same period a year ago.
  • An IT Risk Assessment and Digital Security Services Providing Firm, Lucideus, was awarded the best IT Startup under the IT (Information Technology) and ITES (Information Technology Enabled Services) category on January 30, 2017 during the National Entrepreneurship Awards 2016.
  • Rajasthan and Telangana are bagged the eGovernance awards for Excellence under the state category at the CSI -Nihilent eGovernance Awards held in Coimbatore on January 31, 2017.
  • Former Union minister and Indian Union Muslim League leader E Ahamed has passed away in New Delhi on February 1, 2017.He was 78.

Jan 31 2017

  • Railway Ministry Requests Separate Fund for Rashtriya Rail Safety Fund
  • Textile Ministry Inaugurates Meghalaya’s First Ever Apparel and Garment Centre at Ampati
  • The Union Minister for Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, Narendra Singh Tomar announced on January 31, 2017 that the Ministry of Defence is set to open its Defence Unit in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Bangalore based Start-up firm E-paathsala has launched an integrated accreditation and ERP technology solution for the colleges and universities to enable them better manage their multiple accreditation standards in an easy, efficient and fast manner and bridge the gap identified for specific accreditations.
  • Income Tax Department (ITD) lead by ‎Sushil Chandra has launched Operation Clean Money on January 31, 201 to verify the cash deposited in the banks during November 9th to December 30th 2016.
  • The US House of Representatives has introduced a legislation on January 30, 2017 making it mandatory to raise the minimum salary of the H-1B visa holders to more than double at USD 1,30,000 from the previous USD 60,000.
  • Ireland became the world’s first country to stop investing in fossil fuels
  • The Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley presented the Economic Survey 2016-17 in the Parliament on January 31, 2017 that provides a base for the government to prepare the annual Budget. The Economic Survey has estimated that the GDP growth rate for FY18 will be in the range of 6.75 percent to 7.5 percent.
  • Lakshmi Vilas Bank Partners with Fisdom for Mission FINFIT
    i. The private sector lender Lakshmi Vilas Bank in partnership with Bangalore based fin-tech startup firm Fisdom, has launched a mobile application “Mission FINFIT” to offer the customers of the bank financial planning and personal wealth management services based on Robo advisory.
  • India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) started its operations on January 30, 2017 with the pilot services launched in Raipur and Ranchi.
  • The First ever National Entrepreneurship Awards 2016 was presented by the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh at Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi on January 30, 2017. Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of State (I/C) for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship was the guest of honour on the occasion.
  • Chadian foreign affairs minister Moussa Faki Mahamat has been elected as the head of the African Union Commission on January 30, 2017. He will replace Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
  • The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports led by Vijay Goel constituted an 8-membered committee on January 30, 2017 that would work to prepare an action plan for the next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020, 2024 and 2028.
  • The 12th Raising Day of National Disaster Response Force(NDFR) is celebrated today(January 31, 2017) to commended the NDRF for its efforts during disaster response .

Jan 30 2017

  • The first edition of the North East Investors Summit was inaugurated on January 29, 2017 by the Union Textiles Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani in Shillong, Meghalaya
  • India’s first multi-sports museum, Fanatic Sports Museum (FSM), was inaugurated on January 29, 2017 at the Ecospace in New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata jointly by Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Abhinav Bindra, Deepa Malik and Devendra Jhajaria.
  • The Karnataka state cabinet on January 28, 2017 approved amending Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Bill, 1960 Act to legalize the Kambala and Bullock Cart Race which is a traditional festival held annually in Karnataka
  • American President Donald Trump has signed an executive order on January 27, 2017 to temporarily ban visas for refugees belonging to seven Muslim-majority countries namely Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen..
  • Mauritius along with Gabon, Hungary, Indonesia, Lithuania, Malta and the Russian Federation signed the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement for Country-by- Country Reporting (CbC MCAA).
  • Future Generali India Insurance Company (FGII) announced an agency tie-up with Pune based Bank of Maharashtra on January 30, 2017.
  • Reliance Defence Signs Contract with Ministry of Defence to Construct 14 Fast patrol Vessels for Indian Coast Guard
  •  Kakinada SEZ Ltd (KSEZ), a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure Limited (GIL), signed several MoUs with various companies during the CII Partnership Summit 2017 held on January 27-28, 2017 at Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Madras Engineer Group Adjudged Best Marching Contingent in Services Category
  • Iris Mittenaere of France Crowned Miss Universe 2017
  • Ashok Amritraj Appointed UN in India Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals
  • AP Singh Appointed as the Interim Head of India Post Payment Bank
  • Supreme Court Appoints Vinod Rai as BCCI Committee’s Head
  • PV Sindhu Clinches Her Maiden Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold Title
  • Veteran journalist Devdutt passed away
  • Martyrs Day Celebrated on January 30, 2017 to Pay Homage to Gandhiji

Jan 29 2017

  • IMD to Set up Weather Stations in 660 Districts by 2019
  • Nitin Gadkari Announces to Develop 1,253 km road in Assam as National Highways
  • Inheritance Court for Non-Muslims to be Set up in Abu Dhabi
  • The India Post has received the final license from the Reserve bank of India to start its operation as payment bank with the name India Post Payment Bank (IPPB).
  • India’s Foreign Exchange Reserves Rises by $ 932.4 million to $ 360.775 billion
  • Indian-American entrepreneur, philanthropist and venture capitalist Gururaj Deshpande has decided to launch India’s largest startup incubation centre at Hubballi (earlier Hubli) in Karnataka.
  • According to IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, the Indian Navy has officially issued a Request for Information (RFI) on January 17, 2017 to procure new carrier-based multirole warplane.
  • Australian Open tournament 2017 Overview
    The 105th edition of the Australian Open tournament 2017 was held at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia from January 16 to January 29, 2017.
    List of Winners

    Title Winners Runners
    Men’s Singles Roger Federer Rafael Nadal
    Women’s Singles Serena Williams Venus Williams
    Men’s Doubles Henri Kontinen /John Peers Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
    Women’s Doubles BethanieMattek-Sands /Lucie          Safarova Andrea Hlaváčková/Peng Shuai
    Mixed Doubles Abigail Spears /Juan Sebastián    Cabal Croatia’s Ivan Dodig/Sania Mirz

     

  • Abul Hossain Wins 2017 Kolkata Marathon
  • Hollywood Legend & Harry Porter actor John Hurt dies at 77
  • The National Immunization Day was observed on January 29, 2017 to spread awareness about eradicating polio.

Jan 28 2017

  • The three-day long Brahmaputra Literary festival began in Guwahati, Assam on January 28, 2017. The festival has been by the State Government jointly with the National Book Trust.
  • 29th Kerala Science Congress Inaugurated by CM Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Assam Ratifies Proposal to set up Bhutan’s Consulate General Office in Guwahati
  • Central Water Signs Pact with IIT Madras and IIS Bengaluru
  • Telangana Government signs MoU to set up Aero Skill Academy
  • According to the latest Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, released globally by the Lauder Institute, Pennsylvania University, US on January 27, 2017, the Delhi based Observer Research Foundation (ORF) has been ranked as the top think tank in the China, India, Japan and the Republic of Korea category.
  • India’s fastest loan giving app for young salaried professionals, CASHe has partnered with Paytm on January 27, 2017 to allow its users to deposit cash transfers from CASHe to their Paytm wallets.
  • Dr.Gullapalli N Rao, Founder and Chairman, L V Prasad Eye Institute, has been selected as one of two inductees for the prestigious 2017 Ophthalmology Hall of Fame instituted by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS).
  • Governors Banwarilal Purohit, PB Acharya to take additional charge of Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Founder of Indian supercomputing Dr. Bhatkar appointed new VC Nalanda University
  • Whatsapp helpline Luanched by Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat launches to Address grievances of Army personnel
  • Tokyo Olympics unveils Goku from Dragonball Z as a brand ambassador
  • The TOP Committee has been reconstituted by the Union Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Vijay Goel to identify and support potential medal prospects for 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games under the “Target Olympic Podium” scheme.

Jan 27 2017

  • The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan was on a three day visit to India from January 25-27, 2017 to be the Chief Guest at the 68th Republic Day Celebration on January 26, 2017 in New Delhi.
  • Telangana Ranks Second in Walnut’s Cashless Score Card
  • The Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise (TROPEX), an annual Indian Navy
    exercise kicked started on January 24, 2017 off the Western Seaboard. The last edition of the exercise was conducted in January 2015.
  • India Ranks 79th in the 2016 Corruption Perception Index
  • India has been ranked at the sixth position in the latest annual list of eight great powers for the year 2017 published by leading American foreign policy magazine. The list has been topped by US.
  • The annual “Surya Namaskar Yajna” or “Health for Humanity Yogathon” has been
    recognized in the US House of Representative on the occasion of its 10th anniversary.
  • The State Bank of India has launched a new wealth management product named “SBI Exclusif” in Kochi, Kerala. Later it will be rolled out in other cities of the state during the course of the year.
  • Karnataka Bank Signs MoU with Tirth Agro Technology
  • The Government on January 27, 2017 informed about its plan to launch the biometric based Aadhaar Pay payment platform in few weeks for BHIM App.
  •  Dr. A Keshav Krishna, a scientist at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), Hyderabad has been selected for the 2016 National Geoscience Award in recognition of his work in the field of geo-environmental studies in Applied Geosciences.Besides, Dr. N. Purnachandra Rao, Chief Scientist at the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI), has been selected for 2016 National Geoscience Award for recognition of his work in the field of Geophysics.
  • Alibaba’s Financial Arm, Ant Financial Acquires MoneyGram
  • ISRO Successfully Tests Cryogenic Engine for Upper Stage of GSLV Mk III
  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day Celebrated on January 27, 2017

Jan 26 2017

  • Madhya Pradesh Announces Total Ban on Polythene Bags from May 1, 2017
  • The National Girl Child Day celebration on January 24, 2017 in New Delhi was marked by the release of National Action Plan for Children, 2016 (NPAC).
  • The Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar inaugurated India’s first Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) at Metagalli post office in Mysuru on January 25, 2017. The second POPSK simultaneously opened in Gujarat.
  • The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan launched the IT Project, e-Health Kerala which is named Jeevan Rekha on January 25, 2017 at Peroorkada Model Government Hospital.
  • Arunachal Pradesh launched ‘Dulari Kanya’, a special scheme to check infant mortality in the state.
  • Trump orders 2,000-mile wall to be built on Mexico border
  • The Reserve Bank of India has prohibited the Indian entities on January 25, 2017 from making direct overseas investments in any entity that is located in ‘non co-operative countries and territories’, as identified by the inter-governmental body Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
  • India’s largest online travel portal MakeMyTrip has launched the first ever social luxury travel magazine called ‘Luxury Travel Times‘.
  • US President Donald Trump has appointed prominent Indian-American attorney Uttam Dhillon to a key White House position.
  • Pharmaceutical Firm Johnson & Johnson to Buy Actelion for $30 Billion
  • Top seeded Ace cue Pankaj Advani won his seventh national title in the finals of Manisha National Billiards and Snooker Championship on January 24, 2017 at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana, Pune.
  • Jamaican sprinter, Usain Bolt will have to hand back one of his nine Olympic goldmedals won in the 4x100m relay event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics due to his Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter who was tested positive for a banned substance.
  • India celebrated its 68th Republic Day on January 26, 2017. The Theme of 2017 Republic Day is: Skill India and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao.Every year this day is celebrated on January 26, as it was on this day that the Constitution of India came into force in the year 1950..This year the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was the Chief Guest at the ceremony.