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August 20

  • The Blue Whale Game also “Blue Whale Challenge”, is an Internet “game” that is claimed to exist in several countries. The game allegedly consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide.The term “Blue Whale” comes from the phenomenon of beached whales, which is linked to suicide.
  • A 12 year old Indian origin boy Rahul Doshi has been crowned as th U.K’s ‘Child Genius’ .
  • British athletics legend Mo Farah retired from athletics.
  • The two-day Chief Electoral Officers’ Conference of all States and Union Territories has been inaugurated by Chief Election Commissioner Achal Kumar Joti and Election Commissioner OP Rawat in New Delhi on August 18, 2017.
  • Arun Jaitley, the Union Minister of Finance, Defense and Corporate Affairs, is the Chief Guest at the National Conference on ” Insolvency and Bankruptcy: Changing Paradigm”, which is held at Mumbai on August 19, 2017.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently appointed career diplomat Nikolay Kudashev as Russia’s new ambassador to India.
  • Tata Power has become the first power utility to introduce a QR code based bill payments system in India.
  • The 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup will be held in India from October 6 to 28, which is first-ever FIFA tournament in India.

August 19

  • The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), in a joint initiative with the Northern Railway, launched the ‘mosquito terminator train’ at the New Delhi Railway station on 18th of Aug 2017.
  • State-run power transmission utility Power Grid Corp  announced that it will get a loan of USD 500 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its various projects.
  • SmritiI rani has inaugurated Jharkhand’s first textiles manufacturing and export unit‘Orient Craft Ltd’.
  • RBI Introduces ₹ 50 banknote in Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series
  • The first regional centre of the New Development Bank was officially opened on 17thAugust 2017 by South African President Jacob Zuma and the banks Indian head K V Kamath. It was set up by India and other BRICS nations.
  • Nestle India has tied up with Amazon India for the launch of its new Nutritious range of Maggi Noodles.
  • On August 16, 2017 Dr. (Ms.) Mamta Suri took charge as Executive Director, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) in New Delhi.
  • Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah was appointed as the chief of Sri Lankas naval forces.Sinniah is the first from the Tamil community to head the Navy since the outbreak of the civil war in the north and east of the island in 1972.
  • Bengaluru-based social education start-up Meghshala Trust has launched Meghshala (‘School on the Cloud’) offline mobile app on Google Play Store for the Android platform.
  • Serena Williams named highest paid female athlete of 2017
  • Rinku Hooda bags silver at World U-20 Para Athletics Championships
  • World Humanitarian Day -August 19
  • World Photography Day – August 19

August 18

  • The Prime Minister has interacted with Young Entrepreneurs at the “Champions of Change” initiative organised by NITI Aayog at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra.
  • Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan haslaunched the “Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali” campaign on 17th August 2017.
  • Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has inaugurated Dr.Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University (MITWPU), at PUNE
  • Government bans Export of Gold Items Above 22-Carat Purity
  • Under the new scheme Shubh Aarambh Home Loans Axis Bank will waive 12 equated monthly installments (EMIs) on regular repayments of loans of up to Rs 30 lakh.
  • Dr Nanda Kumar Jairam, CEO, Chairman and Group Medical Director, Columbia Asia Hospitals, India, has been awarded the ‘Healthcare Personality of the Year’ award
  • Vishal Sikka has resigned from his post as Managing Director and CEO of Infosys on 18th of August 2017
  • Neymar named goodwill ambassador for Handicap International
  • State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) went digital by launching a bespoke mobile wallet (mobile payment App)on 17th of August 2017.
  • National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has launched two mobile Apps,MyFASTag and FASTag Partner on August 17 2017.These mobile apps will be useful forElectronic Toll Collection (ETC).
  • Indian athletes bag record 37 medals at World Dwarf Games
  • Young Indian shuttlerLakshyaSen has won the Bulgaria Open International Series title on 16th of August 2017.

August 17

  • The Finance Ministry and the World Bank has signed an agreement of $24.64 millionfrom the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the World Bank for ecosystem service improvement project.
  • The United States named Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation
  • Aadhar must for subsidised farm loans: RBI
  • Private sector Karur Vysya Bank hasunveiled the Aadhaar Enrolment Centre in Chennai
  • Sohail Mahmood Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India took charge at the High Commission on 16th of August 2017
  • All NH toll plazas to have separate lane for FASTag vehicles from 1st of Sept.
  • India has 27,312 elephants, Karnataka has highest: Census Estimation
  • Real Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup for the 10th time with a 2-0 win over Barcelona
  • Malala Yousafzai Pakistani born Nobel Laureate gets admission in Oxford University.
  • A six member women’s team of the Indian Navy will set to sail in early September to circumnavigate the globe on the ssailing vessel  ,INS Tarini
  • Emma Stone is the world’s highest paid actress
  • Human rights activist Irom Sharmila Chanu married her British partner Desmond Anthony Bellarnine Coutinho.
  • Preethi Srinivasan, the former State under-19 cricket captain, has bestowed with the 2017 Kalpana Chawla Award for courage and daring enterprise from Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami during the 71st Independence Day celebrations at Fort St. George in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Melbourne has been declared the world’s most liveable city for the 7th consecutive year by The Economist’s annual global liveability survey, despite soaring housing costs and serious congestion challenges.
  • India will host the next steering committee meeting of the proposed 1,814 kilometre-long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline in New Delhi.
  • The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has conferred the ‘best performance award’ for 2015-16 and 2016-17 to Karnataka Vikas Grameen Bank (KVGB) for its work in the field of credit-linking joint liability groups (JLGs)
  • The Karnataka government and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have launched ‘Indira Canteen’ in Bengaluru with an aim to reach out to the poorer sections of the society

August 16

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has launched the live twitter wall for promoting Bharat Ke Veer portal on the eve of 71st Independence Day
  • Dr Bhakti Yadav (92), the first woman doctor of Madhya Pradesh, has recently passed away in Indore on August 14, 2017.
  • India’s first-ever railways disaster management centre is expected to come up near Bengaluru, Karnataka by 2018 and will be used to replicate train accidents to improve rescue operation efforts
  • The Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University (RGNAU), which is India’s first-ever aviation university, will soon be inaugurated at Fursatganj in Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The International Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) will be chaired by Bangladesh at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in the Bay of Bengal in November 2017. The ships and aircraft of the members and observers of the IONS including China, India and Pakistan will participate in the exercise.
  • Santosh Sharma has been appointed as the new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Hindustan Coper Limited (HCL).
  • Italy will host a summit of G7 Interior Ministers centered on security issues, which is scheduled to be held in October 2017
  • Shashi Shekhar Vempati, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at public broadcaster Prasar Bharati, has been given the additional charge of CEO in Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV)

August 15

  • CRPF commandants Chetan Kumar Cheetah and Pramod Kumar, along with Major David Manlun, Havildar Giris Gurung and Major Preetam Singh Kunwar have been awarded the Kirti Chakra, the second highest gallantry award in peace time.
  • Odisha Government will soon launch “Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran” (DAMAN), a special programme to prevent the spread of malaria in remote areas of Ganjam district.
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launches Namo Yuva Rojgar Kendra
  • INDIA – ASEAN Youth Summit begins in Bhopal
  • Prime Minister Narendra modi has launched a New India movement from 2017-2022, a Sankalp Se Siddhi (Attainment through Resolve) Program was organized at Coimbatore.
  • The government has imposed a penalty of USD 264 million (about Rs 1,700 crore)on Reliance Industries Ltd and its partners. The penalty has been imposed for producing less than the targeted natural gas from eastern offshore KG-D6 fields in 2015-16
  • After the successful launch of the country’s first indigenously developed robot ‘BRABO’ in April 2017, TAL Manufacturing, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors, has launched ‘Robo Whiz’.
  • Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) Ltd, a government company has appointed a new Managing Director & CEO in E Sankara Rao announced on 14thAugust 2017
  • Retired IAS officer I V SubbaRao was appointed secretary to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.
  • P.B.Balaji appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Tata motors
  • India on 15th of Augustmarked its 71st Independence Day with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the celebrations in the national capital of India New Delhi.

August 14

  • The Government of India will soon launch a new sub-scheme named “Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY)” as part of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM).
  • The Canara Bank has recently launched two digital products: ‘Bharat QR’, a platform for payment settlement at merchant locations, and Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) is an integrated bill payment system for Net banking customers
  • Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha, has recently launched Facebook’s ‘She Means Business’ programme in Bhubaneswar to train women entrepreneurs in the state
  • The 2017 India-ASEAN Youth Summit has started in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on August 14, 2017 with theme of “Shared Values, Common Destiny”.
  • Yisrael Kristal (113), the world’s oldest man who lived through both World Wars, has passed away in Haifa, Israel on August 11, 2017.
  • The World Elephant Day (WED) is observed every year on August 12
  • Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, has launched ‘Namo Yuva Rojgar Kendra’ on August 14, 2017 to provide job opportunities to unemployed youth in Mumbai.
  • Despite growing tensions with China, the Indian Navy would join the Chinese Navy in the maiden International Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) to be chaired by Bangladesh at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in November 2017
  • Despite growing tensions with China, the Indian Navy would join the Chinese Navy in the maiden International Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) to be chaired by Bangladesh at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in November 2017
  • African country, The Republic of Chad will release a limited edition Lord Krishna silver coin on Janmashtami in commemoration of the 5,244th birth anniversary of the Hindu God.
  • The largest volcanic region on Earth, with nearly 100 volcanoes, has been discovered 2 km below the surface of the vast ice sheet in west Antarctica.

August 13

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  • Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Rashmi Rathore won gold in the mixed skeet event at the Asian Shotgun Championship.
  • Japanese encephalitis (JE), is an infection of the brain caused by the mosquito-borne Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV)
  • The 9 year old Kaamya Karthikeyan became the youngest person to reach the summit of the 6,153 metres-high Mt Stok Kangri in Kashmir.
  • Indian Coast Guard ship  ‘Shauryacommissioned in Goa
  • All state-run universities in Rajasthan will not observe a holiday on October 2 on theoccasion of Gandhi Jayanti this year announced on 11th of August 2017.
  • Parliamentary panel headed by B C Khanduri recommends 100% pension to widow of deceased soldiers
  • The Indian Army has been evicted from a multi-nation tank competition in Tank Biathlon Russia 2017 at Russia due to their T-90 main battle tanks had technical problems at theAlabino ranges in the Moscow region.
  • Flipkart has become the third most funded private company globally
  • Hike messenger acquires Bengaluru-based tech start-up Creo
  • Dilip Asbe appointed as the acting chief executive of NPCI, after A.P. Hota retires
  • Lalit Modi resigns from Rajasthan Cricket Association
  • N.K. Jemisin Has Won the Hugo for Best Science Fiction Novel
  • August 13 – International Lefthanders Day 
  • World Organ donation day – August 13

August 12

  • Shortage of oxygen led to the deaths of 60 children undergoing treatment at the Baba Ragha Das medical college in Gorakhpur(Uttar Pradesh)
  • The karnataka state  lawn tennis association is set to host $100,000 ATP challenge tournament from November 20 to 26 .
  • Nehru trophy boat race is held in Alappuzha a district in Kerala 
  • Gurdeep Singh Sappal has resigned as Rajya Sabha T V CEO and Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi  Shekhar Vempati has been given additional charge of the post.
  • According to the broadband testing app Ookla ,Norway has the fastest mobile internet in the world
  • Actor Sushant Singh Rajput and actress Konkona Sen Sharma have won best actor and actress award at Melbourne film festival.Best film went to Amitab Bachchan starrer pink
  • SITA (Supporting Indian Trade and Investment for Africa) is the project of international trade center covering Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and United Republic of Rwanda and India.
  • Indian Shooter Maheshwari Chauhan has won a bronze at the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship to earn India’s first women’s skeet individual medal in Astana, Kazakhstanon on August 11, 2017.
  • The International Youth Day (IYD) is observed every year on August 12
  • Milkha Singh, the legendary athlete, has been appointed as the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for physical activity in the South-East Asia Region (SEAR).
  • Gerish Khemani and Akshat Nigam have won The Hindu Playwright Award 2017 for their play ‘In Search of Dariya Sagar’
  •  Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister, has launched a nationwide campaign “Gaj Yatra” in New Delhi to protect elephants on the occasion of World Elephant Day (WED).

August 11

  • The Indian economy’s growth in 2017-18 is more likely to be closer to 6.5% than 7.5% ,according to Chief Economic Adviser “Arvind Subramanian”
  • Prasoon Joshhi is appointed as new chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification .
  • Uttar Pradesh’s madrasas have been asked to photograph and videograph Independence day celebrations this year.
  • Doklam is a place in China ,In June 2017 a military standoff occurred between China and India as China attempted to extend a road on the Doklam plateau southwards near the Doka La pass
  • Demonetization has reduced 3.5 lakh crore from the amounts available in the system (Govt) before according to Economic Survey
  • India proposes to invest $205 million in the Mattala project near Hambantota Srilanka
  • Bank of Baroda’s net profit slid nearly 52% to 203.39 crore rupees in the first quarter end.
  • SBI , the the country’s largest lender , reported a standalone net profit of 2,006 crore rupees for the quarter end june 30.

August 10

  • The 15th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of BIMSTEC countries has started in Kathmandu, Nepal from August 10, 2017. Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)
  • Rinku Hooda (18) from India has won silver in the F46 javelin throw event at the World U-20 Para Athletics Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland on August 7, 2017.
  • The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Google India has launched Android Skill Development programme to impart mobile development training on the Android and Web platform and to improve the quality of mobile app development ecosystem in India.
  • Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, has launched a new awareness drive called Namami Gange Jagriti Yatra from his official residence in state capital Lucknow.
  • The Gujarat government has recently issued a tender for power developers to receive cheap coal marked for the state in return for selling coal-based power at less than Rs 2.82 a unit. Through the auction, Gujarat will transfer the coal allocated to power generating stations owned by Gujarat State Electricity Corporation (GSECL) to more fuel-efficient private power plants.
  • The Parliamentary Panel headed by Maj. General (Retired) B C Khanduri has recently tabled its report in Parliament. In the report, the panel has recommended the 100% pension to widow of deceased soldier so that she can take care of her family.
  • Upendra Kushwaha, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, has launched the NCERT’s Web portal for supply of textbooks to schools and individuals at a function in New Delhi on August 9, 2017.
  • Bollywood actor Sitaram Panchal (54), who was best known for his acts in Bandit Queen and Peepli Live, has passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra on August 10, 2017.
  • Real Madrid, a professional football club of Spain, has won the 2017 UEFA Super Cup football tournament by defeating Manchester United in the final by 2-1 at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 8, 2017.

August 08

  • The Centre on 7 August 2017 declared entire Assam as a disturbed area under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) with effect from 3 August to 31 August 2017.
  • The Goa Legislative Assembly has passed a bill which reclassifies coconut as a tree ensuring legal protection for it.
  • The Jammu and Kashmir government would spend Rs 1 lakh crore on development works in the next five years, with special emphasis on education and road connectivity
  • Union Home Ministry passed an order to merge the three-decade old National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) with Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD).
  • Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and luxury cars, which became cheaper after the rollout of the goods and services tax (GST) from July 1, 2017, may now cost more as the GST Council, has decided to raise cess on them from 15% now to up to 25%.
  •  Indian Institute of Science (IISc) researchers from Bengaluru have developed a highly sensitive, low cost nanometre-scale carbon monoxide (CO) sensor with possible applications in environmental pollution monitoring
  • NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has discovered the strongest evidence for a stratosphere on an enormous planet outside our solar system, WASP-121b.
  •  Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has beaten Bengaluru Hockey Association (BHA) by 4-2 in the final in 91st All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament on 6th of August 2017
  • Indian shooter Ankur Mittal has won the individual as well as the team gold medal in Men’s double trap at the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship on 5th of August 2017.
  • Indian shooter Ankur Mittal has won the individual as well as the team gold medal in Men’s double trap at the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship on 5th of August 2017.
  • Kerala High Court ordered Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to lift the life ban imposed on Cricketer Sreesanth in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.
  • Indian Professional boxer Vijender Singh won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental Super Middleweight title. He defeated Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China. It was his ninth successive win in his Professional career.
  • Senior bureaucrat S Aparna, presently Principal Secretary to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, has been appointed as an Executive Director in the World Bank in the US.

August 09

  • In a bid to eliminate measles and curb instances of rubella by 2020, Union Government has rolled out the second phase of its measles-rubella (MR) vaccination campaign in the country.
  • The dawn of cruise tourism in India was inaugurated in Mumbai on 8th of August 2017.
  • The Bombay High Court has accepted Maharashtra government’s statement that it would not allow children under the age of 14 years to participate in the ‘Dahi Handi’ festival on 7th of august 2017
  • In the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, Ravindra Jadeja has been ranked as World No. 1 all-rounder after eclipsing Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh
  • Indian-origin actor Dev Patel is to be honoured by a leading educational organisation for making a “transformative and positive” difference for the future of Asia and the world.
  • Mastercard and PayPal have announced an extension of their partnership into Asia Pacific for making Mastercard a clear payment option within PayPal.
  • PNB customers will have to pay charges for depositing cash above Rs 5,000 in a non-base branch even if it is located in the same city.
  • Software services firm Infosys would acquire London-based firm Brilliant Basics for Rs 62.76 crore (£7.5 million).
  • Indian-American Dilip Chauhan has been appointed Deputy Comptroller to the minority affairs in Nassau County announced on 8th August 2017.

August 07

  • Rajeev Dubeey has been elected to the governing board of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • NATO military exercises in Eastern Europe have begun in Bulgaria
  • Chattisgarh state government has planned to merge all district cooperative central banks of the state into a single State Cooperative
  • World Population day was recently observed on  july 11 to raise awareness of global population
  • The 8thmeeting of the SAARC Ministers of Law and Order was held in Sri lanka
  • The 41stannual UNESCO World Heritage Committee conference was held in Poland
  • Museum dedicated to former President and renowned space scientist Abdul Kalam will be opened in Thiruvanantapuram

August 06

  • On August 4, 2017, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley launched a new Exchange Traded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announces new ETF-Bharat-22, Sectoral cap set at 20%Fund (ETF) under the name Bharat 22, comprising shares of 22 companies from 6 sectors of the economy
  • Thumby Aviation, a private helicopter service provider, and Bangalore International Airport Ltd., (BIAL) have partnered to launch Heli-Taxi service from Bengaluru Airport announced on 4th August 2017.
  • The state government of Assam government has decided to distribute 13 lakh Soil Health Cards among farmers.
  • The Garo Hills State Movement Committee (GHSMC) on 3 August 2017 submitted a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding creation of Garoland for the Garo Tribe, to be carved out of tribal Garo inhabited areas in Meghalaya and Assam.
  • The Centre recently approved the Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Government’s proposal to rename the Mughalsarai railway station after the Jan Sangh leader as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) station.
  • The Archaeological Survey of India has declared all ASI protected Monuments and Archaeological Sites as ‘Polythene Free Zone’ announced on 4th of August 2017.
  • On August 2nd 2017, The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a resolution to preventing terrorists from acquired weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons
  • Devendra Jhajharia has become the first paralympian to be recommended for India’s highest sporting honour — the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath declared the Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar become the brand ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Mission.
  • Canara Bank has hit the international debt market with a benchmark dollar bond issue that will have a tenor of 5 years.
  • Railways have launched to provide the ‘buy tickets now and pay later’ service for any Express trains announced on 3rd of August 2017.

August 05

  • Spanish motorcycling legend Angel Nieto has passed away
  • Senior bureaucrat Mohammad Mustafa has been appointed as the Chairman and Manging Director in Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
  • Indian Grandmaster R.R. Laxman clinched the National Blitz Chess Championship title held in Kolkata
  • Qatar’s Cabinet has approved a draft law making permanent residency available to some non-citizens, marking a partial shift from its reliance on its longstanding visa-sponsorship system
  • The 15th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of BIMSTEC countries will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 10th and 11th August. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will represent India in the meeting.
  • The Loan and Project Agreements for Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) lending of US$ 329 million for Gujarat Rural Roads Project have been signed between the Government of India/ Government of Gujarat and the AIIB
  • The government of Telangana and Microsoft had signed an MoU in November 2016 to use Microsoft’s cloud technology to drive citizen services and digital inclusion.
  • As part of the commemorative events to mark the 25th anniversary of the India-Asean dialogue partnership, an India-Asean Youth Summit will be held in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh from August 14 to 19
  •  The first meeting of the Japan-India Coordination Forum (JICF) for Development of North-Eastern Region was held in New Delhi
  • Seeking to make desi GPS – indigenous regional positioning system named as Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) – independent from the US clock system, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will sign an MoU with CSIR-National Physical Laboratory (NPL) for time and frequency traceability services.
  • A High Level Committee under the Chairmanship of Justice BN Srikrishna which was set up to review the Institutionalization of Arbitration Mechanism in India has submitted its report
  • Taking a cue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has initiated a cleanliness drive ‘Swachata Ka Shankhnad’ in the state.
  • According to the latest guidelines, the families of a deceased will now have to produce his/her Aadhaar number for establishing his/her identity in order to register the death and proceed with the norms to obtain a death certificate. The new rule is said to be applicable starting October 1, 2017

August 04

  • In an attempt to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture, Government launched the 2nd AGRI-UDAAN program in New Delhi. It will mentor start-ups and help them connect with potential investors
  • Nepal and China have inked an agreement to cooperate each other on the border security management and to restraint border related crimes.
  •  India will soon join the new Global Foreign Exchange Committee
  • former President Pranab Mukherjee has recently inaugurated ‘Ashiana Annexe’ in Uttarakhand
  • India is planning to invite the leaders of ASEAN countries for 2018 Republic Day celebrations
  • First International Aviation Security seminar was organised by National Security Guard in Haryana
  • As per the world bank report, India is emerging as front-runner in fight against climate change
  • Microsoft has officially launched ‘Made for India’ Kaizala, a productivity app for Indian enterprises

August 03

  • In Tamil Nadu, the Aadi Perukku festival is celebrated with traditional gaiety to pay tribute to water’s life-sustaining properties.
  • Dr. Sanjaya Baru has been named as the new secretary general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)
  • The Indian Army has developed a mobile application ‘Humraaz’ through which serving soldiers can track details like postings and promotions.
  • Hassan Rouhani has been officially sworn-in as the 7th President of Iran for his second term on August 3, 2017.
  • Former Indian hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay has been honored with the East Bengal football club’s highest honour “Bharat Gaurav” on its foundation day on August 1, 2017.
  • The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is observed every year from August 1st to 7th to focus attention on the important aspect of promotion and support of breastfeeding
  • Mukesh Ambani has become the Asia’s second richest man according to the 2017 Bloomberg Billionaires Index (BBI).
  • According to recently released report-ICT Facts and Figures 2017, India and China are home to 39% of the 830 million young people worldwide who use the Internet.

August 02

  • The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has recently constituted a committee of experts under the chairmanship of a former Judge of Supreme Court Justice B N Srikrishna to study and identify key data protection issues and recommend methods for addressing them.
  • The Union government has recently launched a portal e-Rashtriya Kisan Agri Mandi (e-RaKAM) which will provide a platform to sell agricultural produce.
  • According to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s 3rd bi-monthly monetary policy statement for year 2016-17, the policy repo rate under the Liquidity Adjustment Facility (LAF) has reduced by 25 basis points from 6.25% to 6.0% with immediate effect.
  • The 19th round of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Trade Negotiating Committee (TNC) meetings and other related meetings were held from 17 to 28 July 2017 in Hyderabad, India.
  • The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge “Europaweg (or Europe Bridge)” has recently opened in Randa, Switzerland.
  • Dr. Pushpa Mittra Bhargava (89), the veteran molecular biologist and a vehement critic of genetically modified crops, has passed away in Hyderabad on August 1, 2017.
  • Veer Dev Gulia from India has won bronze in the men’s 74 kg freestyle category at the Junior World Wrestling Championships at Tampere in Finland on August 2, 2017
  • The Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR) is located in the Sahyadri ranges of the Western Ghats of Maharashtra.

August 01

  • India has been ranked 53rd among 60 countries in the 2017 Digital Evolution Index (DEI). The list is topped by Norway, followed by Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark and Finland.
  • The Punjab government has recently launched its flagship ‘Apni Gaddi Apna Rozgar’ scheme for jobless youth by flagging off over 100 uberMOTO bikes. Under the scheme, the state government will provide commercial two wheelers and four wheelers to unemployed youth at subsidised rates.
  • Jeanne Moreau (89), the legendary French film actress, has passed away at Paris in France on July 31, 2017
  • Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the member of the Pakistan Muslim League (N)(PML-N), is the newly elected interim Prime Minister of Pakistan after defeating his rival Naveed Qamar of PPP by 221 votes on August 1, 2017.
  • The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has recently announced that the 2024 Summer Olympics will be hosted by Paris in France, which is scheduled to be held from August 8-18.
  • Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar (78), maestro and custodian of the venerable Dhrupad tradition of Hindustani classical music, has passed away in Pune, Maharashtra on July 30, 2017.
  • Sam Shepard (73), the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, has passed away in Kentucky, United States on July 27, 2017.
  • Sebastian Vettel, a German racing driver currently driving in Formula One for Scuderia Ferrari, has won the 2017 Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix tournament at the Hungaroring in Mogyorod, Hungary.

July 31

  • Punjab government has recently launched its flagship ‘ApniGaddiApnaRozgar’ scheme by flagging off over 100 uber MOTO bikes
  • C.VidyasagarRaoand DevendraFadnavis has released the book ‘Mann Ki Baat – A Social Revolution on Radio’ at Raj Bhavan
  • The Supreme Court ruled that the police cannot arrest the accused without conducting a preliminary inquiry under dowry harassment cases
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released Operational Guidelines for Planning and Implementation of Family Participatory Care (FPC)
  • 7th edition of SAARC Artists Camp & Exhibition of Paintings begins in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ravi Mittal has been appointed as the part-time member on IRDAI board.
  • Yoshiaki Ishizawa, a Japanese historian who helped Cambodians preserve the Angkor temples, and GethsieShanmugam, a Sri Lankan teacher who counseled war widows and orphans to overcome their nightmares, are among the six winners of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards. The other recipients named are AbdonNababan, an Indonesian, a Singaporean businessman Tony Tay, a Philippine theater group and Lilia de Lima , a Filipino
  • China produces gas from methane hydrate, also known as‘flammable ice’ under South China Sea (SCS)
  • 20-year-old CaelebDressel becomes first ever Swimmer to win three gold medals in one night at worlds Championship
  • Shiva Thapa and Manoj Kumarwon gold in Czech Republic tournament

July 30

  • India’s first-ever mega trade event for the textiles sector has inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on June 30, 2017.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Indian Delegation at the 12th edition of G20 Summit, which is scheduled to be held at Hamburg in Germany on July 7-8, 2017.
  • Rajiv Kumar, the 1981-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Uttarakhand state has been conferred with the award of excellence at the 2nd edition of Global Skill Development Summit (GSDM) – 2017 in Paris, France on June 23, 2017 for innovations and extensive use of IT for skill developments the state’s youth
  • Dr Jitendra Singh, the Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Personnel, has launched a new training programme Online Modified Modules on Induction Training (COMMIT) for State Government officials.
  • The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has signed an agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (KHI) of Japan to manufacture stainless steel coaches and bogies for metro rail.
  • The National Statistics Day (NSD) is celebrated every year in India on June 29 to create public awareness about importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation.
  • Raghubar Das, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, has recently inaugurated the India’s largest fresh water aquarium “Ranchi Machchli Ghar” at Bhagwan Birsa Munda Biodiversity Park in Ranchi to encourage tourism in the state
  • India has donated $1 lakh (Rs 64.49 lakh) to the UN Trust Fund for International Cooperation in Tax Matters (the UN Tax Fund) that helps developing countries actively participate in the discussion of tax issues

July 29

  • The Punjab government has launched its flagship health scheme “Care Companion Programme (CCP)” to educate family members of patient about taking better care of patients.
  • The Telangana prisons department has come up with first of its kind offer to rent out its jails to other states to lodge their convicts from 2018.
  • The 7th edition of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Artists Camp and Exhibition of Paintings has started at Kathmandu, Nepal on July 28, 2017.
  • The Canara Bank has launched its first digital banking branch “CANDI” at Spencer Towers in MG Road, Bengaluru to provide an end-to-end digital experience to customers.
  • The 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-19 championship will be hosted by Indonesia, which is scheduled to be held from October 18 to November 4, 2018.
  • The Delhi Metro has become the world’s first completely ‘green’ Metro system for adhering to green building norms for its residential colonies.
  • The International Tiger Day (ITD) is observed every year on July 29 to raise awareness for tiger conservation.
  • Iran has successfully launched an advanced satellite-carrying rocket ‘Simorgh’ into space from the Imam Khomeini National Space Station in Semnan on July 27, 2017.

July 28

  • India’s first bullet train project “Mumbai–Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) corridor” will be launched during the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in September 12-14, 2017.
  • Mumbai Metro One will launch the India’s first Mobile Ticketing System ‘OnGo’ which will help commuters pass the Automated Fare Collection (AFC) gates using their mobile phones.
  • Axis bank has acquired Snapdeal-owned mobile wallet FreeCharge in an all-cash deal worth Rs 385 crore to strengthen its position in the payments space.
  • Ajay Singh from India has won bronze medal in 77 kgs men’s junior category at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships at Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Microsoft India has officially launched ‘Kaizala’ a Made for India app for businesses and organizations, which is powered by Azure Cloud platform.
  • Recently, the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has started a full-fledged merchant banking operations to help Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) utilise capital markets for their funding requirements.
  • According to 2017 Dell Women Entrepreneur Cities (WE Cities) index, Bengaluru (40th) and Delhi (49th) are the only Indian cities among the top 50 global cities that foster high-potential women entrepreneurs. The list is topped by New York, followed by Bay Area, London, Boston, Stockholm and Los Angeles.
  • The World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is observed every year on July 28
  • The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has launched two Mobile apps – India Quake and Sagar Vani to send alerts on earthquake parameters and oceanic disturbances.
  • The Rajaji National Park (RNP) is an Indian national park and tiger reserve located in the three districts of Uttarakhand: Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal and covers an area of over 820 km2.

July 27

  • The BRICS NSAs meeting has started in Beijing, China on July 27, 2017, which will be attended by Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor (NSA) of India.
  • The Madras High Court has ruled that the national song ‘Vande Mataram’ be made compulsory in all educational institutions and government or private organisations in Tamil Nadu
  • N. Dharam Singh (80), the former Karnataka Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader, has recently passed away in Bengaluru 80.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently inaugurated the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam memorial at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on July 27, 2017.
  • Nitish Kumar, the President of Janata Dal(United), has been sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Bihar for the sixth time and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was sworn-in as the Deputy Chief Minister.
  • Indian delegation led by Bandaru Dattatreya, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour & Employment, participated in the BRICS Labour & Employment Ministers’ Meet, held on July 26-27, 2017 at Chonqging, China
  • The Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council has formed a selection committee under the chairmanship of cabinet secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha to identify and recommend eligible persons for appointment as the chairman and members of the National Anti-profiteering Authority under GST.
  • Professor K. Gopalan has been honoured with the Life Time Excellence Award at the 2017 National Earth System Sciences (NESS) awards for his significant contribution in the field of isotope geo-science.

July 26

  • The 18th anniversary of ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ has celebrated across the country on July 26, 2017 to commemorates India’s emphatic victory against Pakistan and honours the war heroes.
  • The 2017 BRICS Youth Forum (BYF) has started in Beijing, China on July 25, 2017 to discuss the development of the youth in the countries of the grouping.
  • Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia, has recently declared his government’s full independence from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, after announcing last year that Bolivia will no longer respond to their demands.
  • The United Nations (UN) has selected Dubai as the data hub for the Middle East North Africa and South Asia (MENASA) region for the city’s integrated initiatives to mine and manage its data
  • The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has signed MoU with Govt. of Uttarakhand for development for aviation sector in the state.
  • The Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chaired the first meeting of the newly constituted Islands Development Agency (IDA) on July 24, 2017.
  • Subhash Chandra Garg, the secretary of Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), has been appointed as India’s Alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines with effect from July 12, 2017.
  • Subhash Chandra Garg, the secretary of Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), has been appointed as India’s Alternate Governor on the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines with effect from July 12, 2017.
  • The Fakim wildlife sanctuary is located in the eastern part of Nagaland under Kipheri district bordering Myanmar.

July 25

  • India will host the men’s World Boxing Championship for the first time in 2021 besides women’s World Boxing Championship in 2018
  • India has been ranked 132nd among 152 nations in a new global Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) index, which was prepared by international NGO Oxfam and Development Finance International (DFI)\
  • The Union Government has launched the mobile phone app “Aarambh” to simplify the maintenance management of rural roads
  • The Lucknow Metro will become the India’s first metro to have its own FM radio station along with a collaboration with private radio station to provide information regarding metro safety as well as on and off board entertainment.
  • India skipper Mithali Raj has been chosen as the captain of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 team by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
  • Prof Yash Pal (90), the internationally acclaimed physicist and higher education reformer, has passed away in Noida in Uttar Pradesh on July 25, 2017.
  • Indian weightlifter Konsam Ormila Devi has bagged a gold medal at the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships in Kathmandu, Nepal.

July 24

  • Maneka Gandhi, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, has launched an online complaint system ” Sexual Harassment e-box (SHe-Box)” for registering sexual harassment complaints at workplace in New Delhi on July 24, 2017.
  • Dharmendra Pradhan, the Union Petroleum Minister, has launched the India’s first petroleum Research & Development (R&D) facility for testing high-end BS-VI quality fuel emissions in Faridabad in the National Capital Region (NCR)
  • India and Bangladesh have signed a pact to connect both the countries by waterways.
  • The 2017 Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships have started at the Nepal Army Sports Complex in Kathmandu, Nepal on July 23, 2017.
  • Indian Shuttler H S Prannoy has won the 2017 US Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament title by defeating his compatriot Parupalli Kashyap at Anaheim, California.
  • The National Broadcasting Day (NBD) is celebrated every year on July 23 because on this day, in 1927, the radio broadcasting was started in India.
  • Dr. Udupi Ramachandra Rao (85), the internationally acclaimed space scientist and former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman, has passed away in Bengaluru, Karnataka on July 24, 2017.
  • Raveesh Kumar, a 1995-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, has been appointed as the new spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)
  • Kiren Rijiju, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, has inaugurated the Research Institution of World Ancient, Traditional, Culture & Heritage (RIWATCH) Museum at Roing in Arunachal Pradesh on July 22, 2017.

July 23

  • Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju inaugurated the Research Institution of World Ancient, Traditional, Culture & Heritage (RIWATCH) Museum at Roing in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Paradip would be developed into a smart port and smart city at an investment of Rs40,000 crore as part of the central government’s plan to bring about a speedy development of Odisha, Union minister Nitin Gadkari announced
  • Delhi government has announced plans to launch a mobile application which will allow people to check the status of government projects on a single platform.
  • Karnataka Bank, in association with its PNB MetLife, has launched Met Loan and Life Suraksha (MLLS), a single premium plan covering the loan liability of a customer.
  • Iran and Iraq signed an agreement to step up military cooperation and the fight against “terrorism and extremism”, Iranian media reported, an accord which is likely to raise concerns in Washington.
  • India’s para athletes Sharad Kumar and Varun Singh Bhati clinched the silver and bronze medals respectively in high jump at the World Para Athletics Championships in London on Saturday
  • .England’s women’s cricket team defeated India by 9 runs at Lord’s Cricket Ground, to clinch their fourth World Cup title

July 22

  • The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has launched a new pension scheme Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY) for the senior citizens in New Delhi on July 21, 2017.
  • The Arunachal Pradesh State Civil Secretariat has become the India’s first secretariat to be fully under wireless coverage enabling end-to-end wireless connectivity
  • The 5th North East Connectivity Summit- 2018 will be held in Arunachal Pradesh
  • The 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) will be held in New Delhi from November 23-24, 2017.
  • Sanjay Kothari, a 1978 batch IAS of Haryana cadre, has been appointed as Secretary to President elect Ram Nath Kovind
  • Brenda Marjorie Hale, the senior-most judge of United Kngdom (UK) has been appointed as the first female President of the Supreme Court (SC).
  • The 5th edition of South India Writers Ensemble (SIWE) will be held at Chengannur in coastal Alappuza district, Kerala from July 24, 2017 with ‘Tolerance’ as the core theme.
  • In a first of its kind, Telangana State will have eco-friendly bridges over a canal cutting across the tiger corridor linking the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra with the forests in Telangana’s Kumram Bheem Asifabad district

July 21

  • Indore has become the first city in India where a robot is being used on an experimental basis to control its ever growing and unruly traffic
  • China has unveiled world’s first train that operates on a virtual track using sensor technology instead of metal rails.
  • According to data released by Reserve Bank of India, Banks’ credit growth grew at 6.02% to Rs 76,58,212 crore in the fortnight ended June 9. 2017
  • Axis Bank in association with Kochi Metro Rail Corporation (KMRL) has launched KMRL Axis Bank ‘Kochi1’ Card, India’s first open loop EMV contactless metro card that would make travel a convenient and hassle free experience for commuters in Kochi.
  • Economic think-tank NCAER has revised up its projection for the country’s economic growth to 7.6 per cent for the current fiscal
  • India’s GDP growth will steadily rise from 7.4% to 7.5% in 2018-19 and to 7.6% in 2019-20, according to Fitch Ratings
  • On June 20, 2017, the first 50 MW unit of 100 MW Sainj Hydro Power project of Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL) was commissioned
  • Reliance Defence Ammunition, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure, and Yugoimport, a Serbian state-owned company, have inked a strategic partnership to manufacture ammunition in India.
  • The 2017 World Airline Awards, organised by Skytrax, put Qatar Airways on top of the podium, ahead of Singapore Airlines and ANA All Nippon Airways. Last year’s topper Emirates has slipped to No.4 position
  • 3rd edition of International Yoga Day was celebrated across India on June 21, 2017 with several government and private institutions organising yoga events for the masses.
  • The Fête de la Musique, also known as Music Day, Make Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration taking place on 21 June.

July 20

  • The Union Cabinet has recently given ex-post facto approval for insurance regulator IRDAI’s admission as a signatory to IAIS Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MMoU) due to increasing integration of financial markets.
  • Veteran BJP leader LK Advani has received the Lifetime Achievement (LTA) award for his contributions as a parliamentarian in the Lok Sabha (LS). JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav got the Lifetime Achievement Award as a Rajya Sabha MP.
  • The Telangana government has launched an innovative programme “Janahitha” to receive complaints from public through a special portal.
  • The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has recently approved the proposals for climate adaptation projects submitted by Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim.
  • According to the supplement of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Outlook 2017, India is expected to achieve the projected growth rate of 7.4% in 2017 and 7.6% in 2018
  • Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Odisha, has recently dedicated the state’s longest road bridge “Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Setu” to the nation
  • Fanaceso Totti, the legendary Italian footballer, has finally confirmed his retirement from professional football on July 17, 2017
  • The global food fair “World Food India 2017” will be held in New Delhi on November 3-5, 2017 to boost food sector. The fair will be organized by the Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI).
  • The Nameri National Park (NNP) is located in the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam that covers an area of 200km2. The forest has over 600 species

July 19

  • The 9-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court (SC) headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar will determine whether the right to privacy is a fundamental right or not under the Constitution.
  • TR Zeliang, a leader of the Nagaland People’s Front, has been sworn-in as the new chief minister of Nagaland by the Governor PB Acharya on July 19, 2017.
  • The Ministry of Science and Technology (S&T) has launched a low-cost indigenous newborn hearing screening device “Sohum” in New Delhi to detect a congenital hearing loss in newborns.
  • Amit Saroha of India has won silver in the club throw event in the F-51 category (below waist paraplegic category) at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London, United Kingdom (UK).
  • Internationally-acclaimed senior kathak dancer Dr. Pandit Nandakishore Kapote has recently conferred with a fellowship by the Department of Culture, Government of India (GoI).
  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has recently launched mAadhaar app for mobile users that will allow users to carry unique identification profile on mobile.
  • Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the UAE Minister of State for Tolerance, has topped a poll of the most powerful Arab women in government 2017

July 18

  • Textile minister Smriti Zubin Irani has been given the additional charge of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry, while Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has been given additional charge of Urban Development Ministry.
  • Ananya Dabke from India has won the under-15 girl title at the Dutch Open Junior Squash Championship by defeating Serena Daniel of the US in the final by 11-7, 11-4, 12-10 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  • The World Day for International Justice (WDIJ) is observed every year on July 17
  • The Matunga railway station has become the India’s first station to be run by all women staff.
  • Tata Motors Ltd. has manufactured India’s first bio—CNG (bio—methane) bus, which was unveiled recently at a bio-energy programme ‘Urja Utsav’ in Pune, Maharashtra
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has launched a dedicated portal ‘SBI Realty’ that will help home buyers to choose flats from its 3,000 approved projects across the country
  • The Nelson Mandela International Day (NMID) is observed every year on July 18 to mark birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela

July 17

  • Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli has been sworn-in as the new Chief Justice of Nepal on July 17, 2017 and will head the judiciary till April 28, 2018.
  • The second edition of United Nations Peacekeeping Course for African Partners (UNPCAP-02) has started at Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi from July 17 and will continue till Aug 04, 2017.
  • Roger Federer, a Swiss professional tennis player , has won the 2017 men’s singles Wimbledon Tennis tournament by defeating Marin Cilic in the final by 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 at All England Club in London, United Kingdom (UK)
  • Lewis Hamilton, a British Formula One racing driver, has won the 2017 Formula One British Grand Prix tournament at Silverstone, United Kingdom.
  • Damneet Singh from India has won silver in the boy’s hammer throw at the 2017 IAFF World U-18 Athletics Championship in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Harinder Pal Sandhu from India has won the 2017 Victorian Open Squash tournament
  • I H Manudev has won the first National Masters snooker tournament title by defeating Alok Kuma
  • The Kalesar National Park (KNP) is located in the eastern district of Haryana and covers 13,000 acres

July 16

  • Indonesia has renamed the northern reaches of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea as the North Natuna Sea on July 14, 2017
  • Indian Railways has launched an integrated mobile app “Rail Saarthi” to cater to all kinds of passenger requirements, which includes ticket booking, inquiry, onboard cleaning and ordering a meal on a single platform
  • Bilal Dar (18), an 18-year-old ragpicker of Laharwarpora in Bandipora district, has been appointed the new brand ambassador of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC).
  • Lilly Singh, an Indian-origin Canadian YouTube star, has been appointed as the new UNICEF’s Global Goodwill Ambassador at a special event in New Delhi.
  • India’s first solar-powered 1600 HP Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) broad gauge train has launched from Safdarjung railway station to promote clean and renewable energy.
  • The World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) is observed every year on July 15
  • Sundar Singh Gurjar from India has won gold in the men’s javelin throw with a personal best of 60.36 metre at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London, United Kingdom (UK).
  • The book “President’s Lady” (Pranaber Preyosi) has been authored by Sangeeta Ghosh, which is recently released at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

July 15

  • India’s first solar powered local train was launched in New Delhi
  • Private sector bank, Yes Bank has received USD 150 million funding from the US government and Wells Fargo to increase lending to support women entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises in India.
  • Vikram Limaye will take up as the NSE chief from Monday.

  • Trade deficit has increased from USD 8.1 billion in June 2016 to USD 13 billion in June 2017
  • The United States House of Representatives on Friday passed a defence policy Bill worth USD 621.5 billion (around Rs 41,31,000 crore), which proposes boosting cooperation with India in the sector.
  • Garbine Muguruza beat Venus Williams in straight sets on Saturday to win her first Wimbledon title.

July 14

  • India has been ranked 116th out of 157 nations with a score of 58.1 at the 2017 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) index
  • India’s first high-speed rail training centre will set up in Gandhinagar, Gujarat at a cost of Rs 600 crore, and is expected to start operating by 2020.
  • Justice Vikramajit Sen, the former Supreme Court Judge, has been appointed as the new Chairperson of Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) for three years. Justice Sen succeeded Justice Mukul Mudgal.
  • Liu Xiaobo (61), the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate and democracy campaigner, has died of multiple organ failure while under guard at a hospital in Shenyang, China on July 13, 2017.
  • Dr. Kishore Sansi, the managing director and CEO of Vijaya Bank, has been conferred the 2017 Personality of the Year award by Skoch Consultancy Services (SCS).
  • Maharashtra has become the first Indian state to make social boycott a crime after President Pranab Mukherjee cleared the legislation.
  • The Haryana government has decided to set up a hi-tech and ultra-modern ornamental fish hatchery that would be the first-of-its-kind project in India
  • The fourth edition of Everest International Model United Nations (EIMUN) Regional Conference was held in Kathmandu, Nepal from July 10-14, 2017.
  • The book “Narendra Modi: The Making of a Legend” has been authored by Bindeshwar Pathak, the Sulabh International founder and a Padma Bhushan recipient.
  • The Pangolakha Wildlife Sanctuary (PWS) is located in the East Sikkim district of the state of Sikkim.

July 13

  • According to latest report by the UN and OECD, India will become the world’s largest milk producer by 2026 and will account for the biggest increase in wheat production globally
  • The world’s first centre for breeding Saola, a critically endangered hoofed mammal, will be constructed at Bach Ma National Park in Thua Thien Hue province, Vietnam.
  • India’s first Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) will be set up at Patent Information Centre in Punjab under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program.
  • The National conference on crowd management has successfully held at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on July 12, 2017
  • Indian skipper Mithali Raj has become the first player in the history of women’s ODI cricket to have crossed 6000 career runs
  • Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri (70), the legendary South African jazz musician, has passed away in Nelspruit, South Africa on July 12, 2017.
  • The National Gandhi Museum (NGM) is located in New Delhi i.e. showcasing the life and principles of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The Indian Railways has recently launched a virtual server “RailCloud” with an inbuilt security system to optimise server usage and faster connectivity

July 12

  • Maharashtra has become the first Indian state to provide women an injectable contraceptive for free. The state’s public health department launched a programme “Antara” on July 10, 2017 to cover Pune, Mumbai, Raigad, Nandurbar, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Sangli, Ratnagiri, and Beed
  • Axis Bank has tied up with Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) to facilitate trade with Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Subhash C. Garg, a 1983 batch lAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, has taken charge as the new secretary of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) in the finance ministry.
  • Dr Mukul Sangma, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, has recently launched a flagship programme ‘Livelihood Intervention and Facilitation of Entrepreneurship’ (LIFE) at Songsak in East Garo Hills for the state on July 11, 2017.
  • The 22nd edition of World Petroleum Congress (WPC) International Conference has started in Istanbul, Turkey from July 10 – 12, 2017
  • Rajasthan has become the India’s first State to lay down the minimum educational qualifications for contesting elections to village cooperative societies and various other cooperative bodies.
  • The Karnataka Government has constituted a 9-member committee to study and submit a report to the government on the possibility of designing a separate flag for Karnataka and providing it a statutory standing.
  • Milkha Singh, also known as The Flying Sikh, has been honoured with the 2017 Maruti Suzuki Living Legend of the Year award
  • Rcently, the Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel (IROAF) has won the 2017 Golden Peacock Award for Eco-Innovation for introducing eco-friendly and cost-saving Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) based Dual Fuel 1400 HP Diesel engines on Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) trains.

July 11

  • The 8th edition of the SAARC Ministers of Law and Order (Interior/ Home Affairs) has started in Colombo, Sri Lanka on July 11, 2017
  • Arun Jaitley, the Union Finance Minister, has launched a new tax payer service module ‘Aaykar Setu’ in New Delhi on July 10, 2017
  • The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Government of West Bengal to formalize its support to set up a state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence in Transfusion Medicine, also known as Metro Blood Bank, at Kolkata
  • Mangesh Tendulkar (82), the renowned cartoonist, has passed away in Pune, Maharashtra.
  • The World Population Day (WPD) is observed every year on July 11
  • Danfoss India, the Climate and energy efficiency solutions company, has been conferred with the ‘Golden Peacock Award’ for Environment Management at the 19th World Congress on Environment Management’ in Hyderabad.
  • Dr John Joseph, a 1983 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), has been appointed Director General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence (DG GSTI).
  • The Karnataka government will organize the 2017 International conference “Reclaiming Social Justice, Revisiting Ambedkar” from July 21 at the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) in Bengaluru to mark the 126th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar.
  • Valtteri Bottas, a Finnish racing driver currently competing in Formula One with Mercedes, has won the 2017 Formula One Austrian Grand Prix tournament at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria

July 10

  • The day-long National Conference of Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories organised by NITI Aayog has started in New Delhi on July 10, 2017
  • Lt Col Srinivas Gokulnath has the first Indian to complete the 4,900 kilometre Race Across America (RAAM) in solo category, which is the toughest cycle race in the world.
  • Sandeep Chakravorty, the 1976-batch IFS officer, has been appointed as the head of the Indian consulate in New York.
  • Khaltmaagiin Battulga, the leader of Democratic Party (DP), has won the 2017 Mongolian presidential election
  • Sumita Sanyal (71), the veteran Bengali actress, has passed away at her residence in Kolkata, West Bengal
  • Tata Steel Ltd. (TISCO) has won the Prime Minister’s trophy for ‘Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant’ in India during 2014-2015 and 2015- 16.
  • Debi Prasad Dash, a 1985-batch Indian Revenue Service (customs) officer, has taken over as director-general of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence
  • The 2017 International Conference on Financial Markets and Corporate Finance was held at Vinod Gupta School of Management in IIT Kharagpur on July 7, 2017
  • Raninder Singh, an active trap shooter, has been re-elected as president of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) for a four-year term in Mohali

July 09

  • The Ahmedabad city has been declared as a World Heritage City (WHC) at the 41st session of UNESCO’s world heritage committee at Krakow in Poland.
  • A.R.Rahman, the Oscar winning Indian music composer, has been shortlisted for the 2017 World Soundtrack Awards – a public choice award for his music in the film “Viceroy’s House”. Gurinder Chadha, a British filmmaker of Sikh origin has directed Viceroy’s House.
  • Guruswamy Jayraman, a 69-year-old Indian-origin Glenwood resident, has been honoured with the highest civilian award “Order of Australia” in Australia for community work, the highest civilian award in Australia.
  • The First edition of WINGS 2017 – “Sab Uden, Sab Juden”- Expanding Regional Connectivity was hosted in New Delhi on July 7, 2017 by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  • The global food fair “World Food India 2017” will be organised by the Union Food Processing ministry in New Delhi on November 3-5, 2017 to boost food sector
  • The 22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC) International Conference will takes place in Istanbul, Turkey from July 10 – 12, 2017.
  • Harinder Pal Sandhu from India has won the South Australian Open squash title by defeating Rhys Dowling in the final by 11-8, 12-10, 11-4 at Adelaide, Australia
  • The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has launched an app – GST Rates Finder in New Delhi to verify the accurate tax rate on commodity and services under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.

July 08

  • The G20 is a meeting of group of  20 international countries that will be hosted in Hamburg on 7th and 8th of July
  • MRP to be the sole price decider from 01 Jan 2018
  • 122 countries adopted the UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Only Netherlands voting against while Singapore abstained
  • Center has launched the GST rates finder app to verify the accurate tax payment to the goods and the services under the GST segment
  • Indian Ambassador to Peru Sandeep Chakravorty .
  • RBI to allow NBFCs to offer new pension scheme

July 07

  • India has been ranked 23rd out of 165 nations in the 2017 Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), which is released by the UN telecommunications agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
  • The host nation India bagged 7 medals including two gold to sit atop the medal tally on the day one of the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on July 6, 2017. Long distance runner Govindan Laxman has won gold in men’s 5000m race, while Manpreet Kaur won gold medal with a career second best throw of 18.28m in the women’s shotput event.
  • The Union Government has officially launched a student- scientist connect programme “Jigyasa” in New Delhi to develop interest among students to pursue science
  • India’s first university only for Dalit students will come up in Hyderabad by 2018 as part of the Telangana government’s policy of free education to students from weaker sections from kindergarten to post-graduation (KG to PG) level
  • According to the latest report of BMI Research, India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is expected to grow at 6.9% for FY 18 (2017-18).
  • Indus OS, the domestic android-based mobile operating system, has partnered with YES Bank to launch an OS-integrated UPI payment platform in India.
  • The 2017 Malabar trilateral naval exercise has started between India, United States and Japan in the Bay of Bengal from July 7-17, 2017 to address the variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia Pacific.
  • The 5th edition of BRICS Education Ministers’ Meeting-2017 was held on July 5, 2017 at Beijing, China. The Indian delegation was led by Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD)
  • The Karian Shola National Park (KSNP) is is located at the southern end of the Western Ghats, in the Anaimalai Hills in Tamil Nadu.

July 06

  • The 3rd edition of International conference on sports “CII ScoreCard 2017” has started at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi on July 6-7, 2017, which is organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Sports
  • The Odisha government has signed an Expression of Intent (EOI) with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to establish a High Performance Academy in Bhubaneswar on July 6, 2017.
  • India’s leading cueist Pankaj Advani teamed up with Laxman Rawat to demolish Pakistan in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship by 3-0 in Bishskek, Kyrgyszstan on July 5, 2017.
  • The 12th edition of G20 summit will be held at Hamburg in Germany on July 7, 2017 with theme “Shaping an interconnected world”. In the 2-day summit, from India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Indian Delegation at the G20 meet with a firm message on the global menace of terrorism.
  • Pradeep Kumar Rawat, the IFS officer of 1990 batch, has been appointed as the new Ambassador of India to Indonesia.
  • The 7th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Health Ministers Meeting has started in Tianjin, China on July 6, 2017 with focus on international cooperation on the development of traditional medicine.
  • The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) has been ranked 2nd among best climate think tank in the world. The rankings were released by the International Centre for Climate Governance (ICCG), which focuses on the design of climate policy and related governance issues.

July 05

  • Dr Harsh Vardhan, the union minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, has launched a month-long plantation drive to mark Van Mahotsav on July 5, 2017.
  • Sanjay Gupta, the CEO of Jagran Prakashan Ltd, has been appointed as the new Chairman of the society and Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Amritsar for a period of five years w.e.f. June 23, 2017
  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has recently approved $329 million loan to build access roads to 4,000 villages in all 33 districts of Gujarat.
  • The first-ever Save Public Sector Banks Day (SPSBD) will be celebrated by the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) on July 19, 2017, the 48th anniversary of nationalization of major banks in India.
  • The Karnataka Government has recently launched the ‘Elevate 100’ scheme to identify and nurture innovative start-ups.
  • Sanjay Kumar, the 1985-batch IPS officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre, has been appointed as the new Director General (DG) of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).
  • The 15-day long annual joint military training exercise “Ex-Maitree-2017” between the Indian and Thai army has started from July 3, 2017 at Bakloh in Himachal Pradesh.
  • Piyush Goyal, the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, has launched the Merit Order Despatch of Electricity for Rejuvenation of Income and Transparency (MERIT) app and e-bidding portal for providing e-Bidding solution to States to select Independent Power Producers (IPPs) for procurement of power by transferring their domestic coal under the scheme of flexibility in utilization of domestic coal.
  • The Wilpattu National Park (WNP) is the largest and one of the oldest National Parks in Sri Lanka.

July 04

  • The Government of India (GoI) has signed a $220 million loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for improving road connectivity as well as transport efficiency and safety on state highways of Rajasthan.
  • Ana Brnabic, an independent politician, has become the first openly gay person and the first female Prime Minister of Serbia. She succeeded Ivica Dacic on June 29, 2017.
  • Jehan Daruvala of Sahara Force India Academy has become the first Indian driver to win in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship in Race 3 at the Nuremberg circuit on July 2, 2017
  •  India has ranked 88th with 676 million Swiss francs (about Rs 4,500 crore) in terms of money parked by its citizens with Swiss banks, according to an analysis by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) for 2016-end.
  • The National Multi Commodity Exchange (NMCE) will merge with Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX) to create India’s third largest commodities exchange. The merger, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to be completed by December 2017
  • Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of Kerala, has launched G-Ride, a digital ride sharing app for techies.
  • Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), a Pune-based NGO, has won the 2017 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Equator Prize for its women led climate resilient agro-ecological farming model and innovative solutions in climate resilient farming in the Marathwada region of India.
  • The 9th edition of Delhi Dialogue has started with theme “ASEAN-India Relations: Charting the Course for the Next 25 Years” in New Delhi on July 4, 2017.
  • The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) is located at the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state.

July 02 – 03

  • The 41st session of UNESCO World Heritage Committee has started in Krakow, Poland from July 2 to 12, 2017.
  • Sabita Chowdhury (72), the well-known singer, has passed away in Kolkata, West Bengal on June 29, 2017. She was wife of legendary composer Salil Chowdhury.
  • Germany has won the 10th edition of FIFA Confederation Cup Football-2017 title by defeating Copa America Champion Chile by 1-0 goals in the final at St Petersburg, Russia
  • Mahesh Muralidhar Bhagwat, an IPS officer from Telangana, has been bestowed with the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes Award by the Unites States Department of State
  • The National Doctors’ Day (NDD) is celebrated every year in India on July 1 to honour the legendary physician and the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan (the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh) and Rajeev Pratap Rudy (the Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship) has laid the foundation stone of the India’s biggest Global Skill Park in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh on July 3, 2017.
  • India’s tallest Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower has installed at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) in De
  • According to RBI’s Financial Stability Report (FSR) June 2017, India’s economic growth rate has forecasted at 7.3% in terms of Gross Value Added (GVA) in the current fiscal year FY 2017-18.
  • The World Sports Journalists Day (WSJD) is observed every year on July 2 to mark the services of sports journalists for the promotion of sports.

July 01

  • India has recently contributed $500,000 to the UN Peace building Fund (PBF) to boost efforts of United Nations for building and sustaining peace across the world
  • Kottayan Katankot Venugopal (86), a noted constitutional expert and senior advocate, has been appointed as the new Attorney General of India with effect from June 30, 2017 and shall have a tenure of 3 years. He succeeded Mukul Rohatgi.
  • Two Indian-Americans, Adobe Chief Shantanu Narayen and former US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy will be honoured with the prestigious 2017 Great Immigrants: The Pride of America” award on US’s Independence Day on July 4, 2017.
  • Vijay Gokhale, a 1981 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, has been appointed as the new Secretary (Economic Relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
  • RK Pachnanda, the 1983 batch IPS officer of the West Bengal cadre, has taken charge as the new Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and will have tenure with ITBP till October 31, 2018.
  • Simone Veil (89), the iconic European feminist politician, has passed away on June 30, 2017 in Paris, France. Veil played a leading role in legalizing contraception and abortion in France. She was the first female President of the European parliament since the Parliament was created in 1952.
  • The Hyderabad-based astrologer and numerologist TS Vineeth Bhatt has been conferred with the ‘Best astrologer of the world’ award at the Russian-Indian economic dialogue round-table meet held in Moscow.
  • Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej and Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveries have been awarded the 2017 Global Leadership Awards of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) at the USIBC 42nd Anniversary Leadership Summit in Washington DC for their role in integrating India in the global supply chain

June 30

  • India’s first-ever mega trade event for the textiles sector has inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on June 30, 2017.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Indian Delegation at the 12th edition of G20 Summit, which is scheduled to be held at Hamburg in Germany on July 7-8, 2017.
  • Rajiv Kumar, the 1981-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Uttarakhand state has been conferred with the award of excellence at the 2nd edition of Global Skill Development Summit (GSDM) – 2017 in Paris, France on June 23, 2017 for innovations and extensive use of IT for skill developments the state’s youth
  • Dr Jitendra Singh, the Minister of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Personnel, has launched a new training programme Online Modified Modules on Induction Training (COMMIT) for State Government officials.
  • The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has signed an agreement with Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd (KHI) of Japan to manufacture stainless steel coaches and bogies for metro rail.
  • The National Statistics Day (NSD) is celebrated every year in India on June 29 to create public awareness about importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation
  • Raghubar Das, the Chief Minister of Jharkhand, has recently inaugurated the India’s largest fresh water aquarium “Ranchi Machchli Ghar” at Bhagwan Birsa Munda Biodiversity Park in Ranchi to encourage tourism in the state.
  • Achal Kumar Jyoti, a retired 1975-batch IAS Officer of Gujarat Cadre, has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) for one year, when he will turn 65.

June 29

  • Rajesh V Shah has been appointed as the new chairman of the board of governors of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and will be in charge till March 31, 2019.
  • The Election Commission of India (ECI) has collaborated with Facebook to launch first Nationwide “Voter Registration Reminder” on July 1, 2017 to encourage Indian citizens to register themselves on the electoral rolls.
  • The 22nd edition of the Asian Athletics Championships (AAC-2017) will be held at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Odisha from July 6 to 9, 2017.
  • China has officially started building the world’s first forest city in the north of Liuzhou, Guangxi Province to fight against pollution and climate change, which is set to be completed in 2020.
  • China has officially started building the world’s first forest city in the north of Liuzhou, Guangxi Province to fight against pollution and climate change, which is set to be completed in 2020.
  • Krishna R Urs, a veteran Indian- origin career diplomat, has been appointed as the new US Ambassador to Peru by the Donald Trump administration.
  • Dr. Manoj Soni, the former Vice Chancellor of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, has recently taken the Oath of Office and Secrecy as Member of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
  • The Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has been appointed as the brand ambassador by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) for the government’s flagship Skill India campaign. Priyanka will use her celebrity status to motivate youngsters to hone their abilities through a media campaign.
  • Odisha will become the India’s first state to set up blood bank for cattle. The first of its kind blood bank would be established on the premises of Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.25 crore.

June 28

  • Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay will be conferred with the East Bengal football club’s highest honour “Bharat Gaurav” on their foundation day. The ceremony will be held on August 1, 2017.
  • India has been ranked 93rd out of 128 countries in the 2017 Social Progress Index (SPI). The list is topped by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.
  • India has been ranked 93rd out of 128 countries in the 2017 Social Progress Index (SPI). The list is topped by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland.
  • The Uttar Pradesh Government has signed an agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for a loan of Rs 1950 crore for strengthening of roads in different district.
  • Kaushik Basu, an Indian economist, has taken over as new President of the International Economic Association (IEA) on June 23, 2017 and will serve the post for 3-years.
  • Sharjah, the city of United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been designated as the UNESCO World Book Capital 2019 by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, at the Headquarters of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) at La Haye.
  • Sharjah, the city of United Arab Emirates (UAE), has been designated as the UNESCO World Book Capital 2019 by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, at the Headquarters of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) at La Haye.
  • The Dudhwa National Park is located in the Terai of Uttar Pradesh and covers an area of 490.3 km2, with a buffer zone of 190 km2 (73 sq mi). It is home to swamp deer, sambar deer, barking deer, spotted deer, hog deer, tiger, Indian rhinoceros, sloth bear, ratel, jackal, civets, jungle cat, fishing cat, etc.

June 27

  • Mihai Tudose, the former economy minister, has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Romania and is expected to take office on June 29, 2017
  • Dr. Srinivas Gokulnath from Maharashtra has created history by becoming the first Indian to complete the 4,900-km Race Across America (RAAM) in solo 18-59 age category, which is considered to be the toughest cycle race in the world. He completed the race in 11 days, 18 hours and 45 minutes.
  • The World Bank has cleared a $250-million loan to aid the Skill India mission. The loan amount would be used for making Indian youth more employable through reskilling
  • Narinder Nath Vohra, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), has been appointed as the new President of the India International Centre (IIC), which is one of the premier cultural institutions in the country
  • The book titled ‘The Emergency – Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour’ has been authored by Surya Prakash, the chairman of Prasar Bharati.
  • The 3rd edition of Whatashort Independent International Film Festival (WIIFF) will be held at the Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi from July 8-9, 2017 to promote short films from across the globe
  • Roger Federer, a Swiss professional tennis player, has won the 2017 Gerry Weber Open tennis tournament by defeating Alexander Zverev in final by 6-1 6-3 at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle, Germany.
  • P V Sindhu, an ace shuttler and Rio Olympics silver medallist, will be conferred with the best Sportsperson of the Year Award by the Sports Journalists Federation of India (SJFI)

June 25 – 26

  • Bhumika Sharma from Uttarakhand has won the 2017 Miss World title in BodyBuilding Championship in Venice, Italy.
  • Desh Bandhu Gupta (79), the founder and chairman of pharmaceutical major Lupin Ltd, has passed away on June 25, 2017 in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Manushi Chhillar from Haryana has won the 54th edition of Femina Miss India World 2017 at Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai, Maharashtra on June 25, 2017.
  • The Union ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has appointed a new nine-member committee to work on a new National Education Policy (NEP). The former ISRO chief Dr. K Kasturirangan will head the committee on NEP.
  • Indian film ‘Sultan’ has won the best action movie award at the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF).
  • The United Nations’ (UN) International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed every year on June 26
  • Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has won the Australian Open Super Series Badminton trophy by defeating former world number one and Rio Olympics Gold medalist Chen Long in the final by 22-20, 21-16 in Sydney on June 25. 2017
  • The Indian-origin Sikh human rights advocate, Palbinder Kaur Shergill has been appointed a judge at the Supreme Court of British Columbia in New Westminster
  • Yashaswini Singh Deswal from Chandigarh has bagged gold in the Women’s 10m Air Pistol competition at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Rifle/Pistol Championship in Suhl, Germany

June 24 2017

  • The West Bengal government has won the prestigious UN Public Service Award for year 2017 for its initiative to combat child marriage and ensure education to the girl child in the state.
  • The Maharashtra government will launch a mobile app ‘My Plant’ on July 1, 2017, which would help in recording data about tree plantations in the state. Using this app, people and organizations can feed the data about the saplings they have planted with the Forest Department, which would help it in creating a database of trees.
  • Imran Khawaja, the Chairman of Associates counties and an administrator from Singapore, has been unanimously elected as the new Deputy Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC) board.
  • Kavita Devi, the former Indian powerlifter and South Asian Games gold medal winner, will become the first Indian woman to compete in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) when she takes part in the first ever Mae Young Classic tournament for women from July 2017.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully launched the world’s smallest and lightest satellite “Kalamsat” built by Indian students into the space from its facility in Wallops Island on June 23, 2017.
  • The 6th edition of International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup was held at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra on June 24 – 25, 2017
  • The 6th edition of International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Cup was held at the CIDCO Exhibition Centre in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra on June 24 – 25, 2017
  • Manu S Pillai has won the 2017 Sahitya Academy Yuva Puraskar in English Language for his book titled “The Ivory Throne – Chronicles of the House of Travancore”, the biography of the last queen of Travancore.

June 23 2017

  • Government announces 30 smart cities, Thiruvanathapuram tops list
  • Indore has become the India’s first city where robot is being used on an experimental basis to control its ever growing and unruly traffic.
  • Axis Bank has launched India’s first open loop EMV contactless metro card “KMRL Axis Bank ‘Kochi1’ Card” in association with Kochi Metro Rail Corporation (KMRL) to make travel a convenient and hassle free experience for commuters in Kochi.
  • Nisha Dutt, the CEO of Intellecap, has been honoured with the “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award at The 7th Asian Awards in London in recognition of her work in making Intellecap a globally known enterprise that focuses on social capital.
  • Wipro Chairman Azim Premji will be honoured with the 2017 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy for his efforts to reform India’s public school system.
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister of Science and Technology, has launched the Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty (VAJRA) scheme in New Delhi to bring together the Indian scientists abroad and India-based researchers for conducting joint researches in India
  • Bengaluru has become the India’s first city where one can have fuel delivered at one’s doorstep just like milk and newspapers. Mypetrolpump, a one-year-old startup, has conducted a soft launch with three delivery vehicles – each with a capacity of 950 litres
  • The United Nations Public Service Day is observed every year on June 23 to recognize the work of public servants and to encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector
  • Indian anti-hunger activist Ankit Kawatra has honoured with the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders award for his exceptional work in transforming the lives of others
  • The Kishtwar National Park (KNP) is located in the Kishtwar district of Jammu and Kashmir.

June 22

  • The renowned Ayurveda physician ‘Vaidya’ Rajesh Kotecha has been appointed as new special secretary in Ministry of Ayush for three years on a contract basis.
  • Narendra Kumar Sinha, the 1980 batch IAS officer of Bihar cadre, will be the new secretary of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry.
  • The world’s first-ever data embassy will be established by the Estonian government in Luxembourg in 2018.
  • Russian diplomat Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov has been appointed as the head of the newly created United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office (UNCTO) and will hold the title of Under-Secretary-General.
  • Subhash C. Garg, a 1983 batch lAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, has been appointed as the new the economic affairs secretary in the Union Finance Ministry.
  • The book titled ‘Hope in a challenged democracy; An Indian narrative’ has authored by Dr. Ashwini Kumar, the renowned lawyer, author and veteran parliamentarian.

June 21

  • The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI), Pune has been selected as the first recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for outstanding contribution to promotion and development of Yoga.
  • The International Yoga Day (IYD) is celebrated every year on June 21 to highlight the fact that yoga can contribute in a holistic way to achieving an equilibrium between mind and body.
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a loan agreement of $275 million with Government of India (GOI) for improving urban services in 64 small towns in Madhya Pradesh.
  • India has recently signed a historical agreement with Portugal to promote cooperation in the field of archives in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • India’s first indigenously built Floating Dock (FDN-2) for the Indian Navy has launched at the L&T Shipbuilding Yard at Kattupalli near Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • The Punjab Government has recently announced free education for girls in Government Schools and colleges from Nursery to PhD for women empowerment.
  • Indian agricultural microbiologist Dr. Shrihari Chandraghatgi, the President and CEO of EcoCycle Corporation, has been conferred with the 2017 Ministry of Environment Award in Japan for developing cutting edge technologies to address burning environmental problem.
  • Rajiv Gauba, the 1982 batch IAS officer of Jharkhand cadre, will be the new home secretary in the union ministry for home affairs.
  • The Lahugala Kitulana National Park is one of the smallest national parks in Sri Lanka.

June 20

  • The first-ever BRICS Games has started at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center in Guangzhou, China on June 17, 2017.
  • The Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal has launched Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) 2017 in New Delhi to prescribe the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed across India.
  • The iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel of Mumbai has acquired an `image trademark’ under the Trademark Act of 1999.
  • The World Refugee Day (WRD) is observed every year on June 20 to honor the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
  • The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has appointed Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan as new brand ambassador for Goods and Services Tax (GST).
  • The Union Minister for Science & Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan has launched a mobile app “Celebrating Yoga” in New Delhi to connect people through Yoga for scientific healthy living.
  • India has re-nominated Justice Dalveer Bhandari as its candidate for another term as judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
  • The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has appointed Syrian refugee Muzoon Almellehan as its newest and youngest Goodwill Ambassador on World Refugee Day (WRD) on June 20, 2017.

June 18 – 19

  • John G. Avildsen (81), the Oscar-winning director of Rocky and The Karate Kid, has passed away in California, United States.
  • Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has become the first Indian men’s singles player to win the Indonesia Open Super Series men’s singles tournament
  • The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has launched digital enrollment process “APY@eNPS” for Atal Pension Yojana (APY) to expand the outreach of the scheme.
  • The International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is observed every year on June 19 to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence.
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has tied-up with Tirumala Milk Products to provide loans to dairy farmers who supply milk to the latter.
  • The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has recently approved the membership of Argentina, the Republic of Madagascar and the Kingdom of Tonga at its 2nd annual meeting of Board of Governors in Jeju, South Korea, June 16, 2017.
  • John Bew has been bestowed with the 2017 Orwell Prize for his extraordinary biography “Citizen Clem” , which is about Clement Attlee.

June 17

  • The government has notified amendments to the Prevention of Money Laundering Rules making both Aadhaar and PAN mandatory starting June 1.Existing bank account holders will have to submit the Aadhaar by December 31, 2017, failing which the account will be declared invalid.
  • PM Modi flags off Kerala’s first metro in Kochi.
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s third annual meeting will be held in India
  • Ana Brnabić is set to become both the first gay and first female prime minister of Serbia.
  • India Ranks 75th in Environmental Impact Survey.
  • Amazon has announced that it’s buying Whole Foods for just under $14 billion.

June 16

  • The World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) Forum-2017 has held in Geneva, Switzerland on June 12-16.
  • Gaitri Issar Kumar, the joint secretary in the President’s Secretariat and a 1986 batch IFS officer, has been appointed as the India’s new Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union (EU).
  • The ASEAN Dengue Day (ADD) is observed every year on June 15 to raise awareness on dengue and to mobilise resources for prevention and control involving private and public sector stakeholders.
  • Yeshe Dorjee Thongchi, the renowned litterateur from Arunachal Pradesh, will be conferred with the 5th edition of Bhupen Hazarika National Award-2017 in a ceremony at Srinagar, Jammu & Kaskmir in September 2017.
  • David Grossman has become the first Israeli author to win the 2017 Man Booker International prize for his novel “A Horse Walks Into a Bar”.
  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has conferred honorary doctorate degree “Doctor of Science (D.Sc)” to former sprinter queen PT Usha at its 50th convocation in Kanpur on June 16, 2017 .
  • India has been ranked 60th out of 130 nations on the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2017.

June 15

  • The Union Health Ministry has launched an Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight (IDCF) across the country to reduce child deaths due to diarrhoea.
  • Dr. Neeru Chadha has become the first Indian woman to be elected as the judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) for a nine-year term from 2017 to 2026.
  • Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has inaugurated the 16th North East Region Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NERCPA) Conference at Imphal in Manipur on June 15, 2017.
  • India has topped the global remittance-receiving list of 2016, as per the latest United Nations report ‘One Family at a Time’.
  • The Sikkim government has signed MoU with the British Council to increase quality of education in the state.
  • The 2017 G7 Environment Ministers Meetings was held in Bologna, Italy on June 11-12.
  • The book titled “Yug Purush, Bharat Ratna, Atal Ji” is based on the on the social and political life of former Prime Minister of India Atal Bhihari Vajpayee. It is authored by Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank”.
  • The Telangana government has launched Pashu Bazar website for online cattle sale.
  • The three state-run Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) – Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) have signed an agreement to jointly set up the world’s largest refinery and petrochemical complex at Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra at a cost of $40 billion.

June 14

  • The Nalanda University has signed MoU with South Korea’s Academy of Korean Studies for academic linkages and collaborations in Patna,
  • The Union Home Ministry has constituted an expert committee to examine methods to curb the misuse of free movement along the Myanmar border. The committee will be headed by Rina Mitra
  • Padmalaya Nanda (12) from India has created history by becoming the youngest girl to bag the “Little Miss Universe Internet 2017”, “Little Miss Universe Grand Prix” and “Little Miss Actress” crowns at the Little Miss Universe 2017 beauty contest at port city of Batumi in Georgia, United States.
  • Delhi Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) Principal Adviser E. Sreedharan has been bestowed with the 2017 Nanniyode Rajan Memorial Award for his contributions to the development of the country.
  • The 2nd edition of bilateral maritime exercise ‘AUSINDEX-17’ has started between Indian Navy and Royal Australian Navy in Fremantle, Australia from June 13 to increase inter-operability and cooperation between the two forces.
  • Cirrus Aircraft, the US-based aviation company, has launched the world’s smallest and cheapest private jet ‘Vision Jet’ at Rs.12.6 Crore. The Jet can haul five adults up to 1,150 miles at 28,000 feet.
  • The world’s biggest and most important trade fair for food and beverage trade “ANUGA 2017” will be held in Cologne, Germany on October 7, 2017. The acronym of ANUGA is Allgemeine Nahrungs- und Genussmittel-Ausstellung ( or General Food and Non essential Provisions Exhibition). India will be co-partner country in ANUGA 2017
  • The Valmiki National Park (VNP) is located in the West Champaran district of Bihar

June 13

  • Indian shooters Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu have clinched the gold medal in mixed team 10m air pistol event by defeating Russian pair in the final at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rife/Pistol stage held at Gabala, Azerbaijan.
  • Lewis Hamilton has won the 2017 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix tournament Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada.
  • The Punjab government will start free mortuary van service for it’s’ citizens in the state.
  • The water conservation model “Project Jal Sanchay” has been selected for the national award for excellence in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme (MGNREGP). The award will be conferred at a function held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on June 19, 2017. The model is adopted successfully by the authorities in Nalanda district of south central Bihar.
  • India’s first underwater metro tunnel will come up in Kolkata, West Bengal, which will pass through the Hooghly River.
  • Jelena Ostapenk, a Latvian professional tennis player, has won the 2017 French Open Women’s Singles Tennis Tournament
  • India has signed a pact with Mauritius to institutionalize cooperation between Parliaments of the two countries.
  • The book “Indira Gandhi – A life in nature” presents the former prime minister’s life as a naturalist and examines how she steered India’s conservation policy, which is authored by Jairam Ramesh, the senior Congress leader and former Environment Minister .

June 11 – 12

  • Spain’s Rafael Nadal has won the 2017 French Open Men’s Singles Tennis Tournament by defeating Swiss star Stanislas Wawrinka in final by 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 in Paris, France. With the win, Nadal has become the first player in the Professional arena to win the same Grand Slam title 10 times.
  • Veteran Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee has been selected for France’s highest civilian award “Legion of Honour” for his outstanding contribution to cinema and theatre.
  • The Union Government has launched a video conferencing aided legal service ‘Tele Law’ for the people living in rural areas.
  • Poet Haraprasad Das, the legendary poet and essayist, has been conferred with the 2017 Kalinga Literary Award for his work and contribution to literature at the 4th edition of Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) on June 11, 2017.
  • The Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is located in Unnao district on the Kanpur-Lucknow highway in Uttar Pradesh.

June 10

  • Mandatory for Bengaluru malls, restaurants to provide drinking water free
  • President Pranab Mukherjee launched ‘Selfie with Daughter’, a mobile application aimed at raising awareness about female foeticide and sex selection.
  • NITI Aayog has launched SATH, a program providing Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital with State Government.
  • European Union has imposed new anti-dumping duties on steel products from China, as it broadens its campaign to protect struggling steel manufacturers in Europe.
  • The world’s oldest fossil mushroom dating back to about 115 million years has been discovered in Brazil.
  • Canara Bank has inked pact with the New India Assurance to sell policies through its branches.

June 09

  • The second edition of National Health Editors’ Conference on Yoga was inaugurated by Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik in New Delhi.
  • India has signed the OECD multilateral convention that aims to check cross-border tax evasion by multinational companies
  • India and the UN Office for South- South Cooperation have launched a partnership fund that will support sustainable development projects across the developing world
  • In an effort to curb antibiotic resistance, the World Health Organization has divided the drugs into three categories — access, watch and reserve
  • 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit began in Astana, Kazakhstan.India, Pakistan, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are its members. It is headquartered in Beijing, China
  •  Microsoft acquires Hexadite.
  • Rohan Bopanna lifted his maiden Grand Slam title by winning the French Open mixed doubles trophy with Canadian partner Gabriela Dabrowski
  • Sri Lanka’s most successful bowler in Tests and one-day internationals Muttiah Muralitharan was inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

June 08

  • According to UNCTAD’s World Investment Report 2017, India continues to remain as a favourite destination for FDI even though tax related concerns remain as a deterrent for the foreign investors.
  • According to QS World University Rankings 2018 IIT-Delhi has replaced IISc as the best ranked Indian institution in the world.
  • State-run oil companies will revise petrol and diesel prices every day in sync with international rates from 16 June onwards
  • Health Secretary C K Mishra inaugurated the ‘Vatsalya – Maatri Amrit Kosh’, a National Human Milk Bank and Lactation Counselling Centre at the Lady Hardinge Medical College.
  • Sahithi Pingali a class 12 student from Bengaluru will get a minor planet in Milky Way named after her
  • Axis Bank launches Biodegradable prepaid gift cards.
  • Manchester United has replaced Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable football team, according to the annual list published by Forbes

June 07

  • The Reserve Bank of India has kept repo rate unchanged at 6.25% in its second bi-monthly monetary policy review. Reverse Repo rate has been kept unchanged at 6%. The RBI has cut the Statutory Liquidity Ratio (SLR) by 50 basis points to 20%.
  • The world’s first hybrid ‘aeroboat’ which has been built by an Indo-Russian joint venture has been unveiled at a start-ups event organized by Russia’s state-run Skolkovo Foundation.
  • India signed a USD 39.2 million loan agreement with the World Bank for the ‘citizen-centric service delivery’ project in Assam.
  • India has signed an agreement with Sri Lanka to provide USD 318 million as line of credit for developing Sri Lanka’s railway sector.
  • Union Health Minister J P Nadda launched the ‘Skills for Life, Save a Life initiative to promote skill development in the health sector
  • Government will appoint Nyaya Mitras across the country to expedite the cases pending for last 10 years in lower courts.
  • Nepali Congress leader Sher Bahadur Deuba elected as Nepal’s prime minister for the fourth time.
  • Montenegro Becomes NATO’s 29th member.
  • Proposed merger between Aadhar Housing Finance and DHFL Vysya Housing Finance has got the nod from housing finance regulator National Housing Bank

June 06

  • The United Nations is hosting its first-ever World Oceans Conference at the UN Headquarters in New York, United States from June 5, 2017
  • India’s first-ever Rural LED Street Lighting Project will be implemented by the Government of India (GoI) in Andhra Pradesh (AP).
  • India has signed a $39.2 million loan agreement with the World Bank (WB) for the ‘citizen-centric service delivery’ project in Assam.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 5th international conference of Spic Macay on June 5, 2017 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi via video conferencing.
  • Dr. Sharad Kumar Jain has assumed the additional charge of Director General (DG) of National Water Development Agency (NWDA) under Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
  • India has been ranked 45th out of 63 countries in the IMD’s world competitiveness rankings 2017.
  • The Telangana Government has become the only state government in India to launch the single-women pension scheme. Under the scheme, a financial assistance of Rs. 1,000 financial is given to single women of the state per month on humanitarian grounds.
  • India has been ranked 51st out of 63 countries in the 2017 IMD World Digital Competitiveness ranking.

June 04 – 05

  • The World Environment Day (WED) is observed every year on June 5 to raise awareness about forests and wider issues of environmental protection.
  • Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth from India has won the Men’s Singles Crown in the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament
  • Real Madrid has won the 2017 UEFA Champions League football competition by defeating Juventus 4–1 in the final.
  • India’s first smartcard-based Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) initiative has launched in Mysuru, Karnataka on June 4, 2017
  • Ranjit Kumar is the present Solicitor General of India, whose tenure has been extended by the Government of India (GoI).
  • The World Bank (WB) in its latest report “Global Economic Prospects (GEP)” has projected India’s GDP growth rate at 7.5% in 2018 and 7.7% in 2019.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched its 3136 kg GSAT-19 communication satellite with its brand new and heaviest – Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III D-1 (GSLV-Mk III D-1) satellite into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on June 5, 2017.
  • The Abohar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Fazilka District of Punjab.

June 03

  • Leo Varadkar, the leader of the Fine Gael Party, will become the new Prime Minister of Ireland.
  • Shashi Shekhar Vempati, a former principal architect of Infosys Technologies, has been appointed the new chief executive officer (CEO) of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati for a period of five years.
  • India has been ranked 37th out of 103 nations in the 2017 global Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI), according to a new report by the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative.
  • Ananya Vinay (12), the 6th-grader from California, has won the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee competition by successfully spelling “marocain” in the final round at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland on June 1, 2017.
  • Indian wild card Nitin Kumar Sinha has won the boys singles title at the 2017 HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship.
  • Ganeshan Neelakanta Iyer has become the first Indian to be nominated as a member of the ITTF Umpires and Referees Committee (URC).
  • The researchers at IIT Kharagpur has developed a wireless technology ‘AmbuSens‘ for remote monitoring of patients’ condition ferried in ambulances.
  • The Gumti Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Tripura that covers an area of about 389.54 sq km.

June 02

  • India and Russia have signed agreement on setting up two more units of a nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu.
  • India successfully test-fired it’s indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile from a test range in Odisha.
  • Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister of Food Processing Industries inaugurated first Mega Food Park in the state of Odisha.
  • Japan has launched a new satellite to improve the global positioning system’s accuracy and establish an efficient communication system in the event of natural disasters
  • China overtook India as World’s fastest growing economy
  • US president Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
  • Bharti Airtel has received the merger approval between Airtel and Telenor Communications from SEBI, BSE and NSE.

June 01

  • India has recently signed a loan agreement of $36 million with the World Bank (WB) for Himachal Pradesh Public Financial Management Capacity Building Programme
  • Tapan Ray, the 1982 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer and currently the corporate affairs secretary, has taken additional charge as the new Economic Affairs Secretary
  • The 2nd annual meeting of the board of governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will be held in Jeju, South Korea from June 14-15, 2017
  • Ram Shankar Katheria, a BJP MP from Agra, has been appointed as the new chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) for a period of three years.
  • India’s first ‘freight village’ will be developed by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan on June 8-9, 2017.
  • The World Milk Day (WMD) is observed every year on June 1 by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to recognise the importance of milk as a global food.
  • The Sri Venkateshwara National Park is located at Chittoor and Cuddapah districts in Andhra Pradesh

May 31

  • India has been ranked 120th among 131 countries in women workforce, as per recently released World Bank (WB)’s India Development Report (IDR)
  • The World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed every year on May 31 to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe.
  • The Punjab National Bank (PNB) has got $100 million Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan to finance solar rooftop projects in India.
  • The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) has signed MoU with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for fodder assessment using satellite observation and space technology. GCMMF markets its products under the brand name of ‘Amul’.
  • Dasari Narayana Rao (75), the renowned Telugu filmmaker and former Union minister, has recently passed away in Hyderabad on May 30, 2017.
  • George Kurian, a BJP leader and ‘social and educational activist’ from Kerala, has become the new vice chairperson of National Commission for Minorities (NCM).
  • The 2017 India Mobile Congress (IMC) will be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from September 27-29 to attract investments from global players in the telecom and mobile phone manufacturing sectors.

May 28 – 29

  • The 2017 World Table Tennis Championships (WTTC) has started at Dusseldorf, Germany on May 29 with the Qualification matches. The main draw will start from May 20.
  • South Korea has won the 15th edition of the Sudirman Cup-2017 by defeating China in the final with a 3-2 win Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre in Australia on May 28, 2017.
  • C A Bhavani Devi from India won the gold medal in the sabre event of the Tournoi Satellite Fencing Championship held at Reykjavik in Iceland on May 27, 2017.
  • Ananya Kamboj, an 8th standard student from Chandigarh, has been selected to represent India as a young journalist at the Football for Friendship (F4F) social programme in St. Petersburg, Russia in July 2017.
  • The construction of the world’s largest optical telescope has started in northern Chile, which is expected to begin operating in 2024.
  • Satyabrata Rout, a professor from the Department of Theatre Arts, S N School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad (UoH), has been bestowed with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for the year 2016
  • According to the latest report of World Bank titled “’India Development Report”, India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to grow at 7.2% for FY18 (2017-18)

May 27

  • The two-day annual Yelagiri Summer Festival has started at Yelagiri hills in Vellore district, Tamil Nadu on May 27, 2017.
  • The 43rd edition of G7 summit has started at Taorminain Sicily, Italy on May 26, 2017.
  • Iconic attraction of India Taj Mahal has emerged as the 5th most popular landmark in the world and 2nd in Asia, according to the online travel portal TripAdvisor’s ‘Travellers’ Choice Awards for Landmarks.
  • The Pune city police have won the Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Smart Police Award for the year 2017 for their initiatives on women and cyber security.
  • The Kerala Tourism has won the ‘Best Destination for Romance’ for Munnar hill station by the magazine ‘Lonely Planet’ at its 6th edition of ‘India Travel Award 2017’ in Mumbai on May 25
  • The book “Mann Ki Baat: a social revolution on radio” is a compilation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s addresses to the nation on radio every month under the programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’.The book is authored by Rajesh Jain
  • The Royal Manas National Park is the oldest national park of Bhutan covers eastern Sarpang District, the western half of Zhemgang District, and western Pemagatshel District
  • The Indo-Thailand Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) “Siam Bharat 17” table top exercise has held at Chiang Mai, Thailand from May 22 to 26 May 2017 between the Indian Air Force and Royal Thailand Air Force (RTAF).

May 26

  • Rakesh Kapur, Joint Managing Director of Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) has been elected as the new Chairman of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA)
  • The Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated India’s longest bridge “Dhola-Sadia Bridge” in Assam on May 26, 2017. This three lane, 9.15 kilometre bridge has been built over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra river.
  • The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath has launched a massive immunization drive in 38 districts to eradicate Japanese Encephalitis (JE) from Kushinagar district on May 25, 2017
  • Rajan Anandan, Google’s vice-president for South East Asia and India, has been appointed new chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
  • The capital of Bangladesh “Dhaka” is the world’s most crowded city
  • Anurag Tripathy, a 1998 batch officer of Indian Railway personnel Service (IRPS), has been appointed the new secretary of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for a period of five years.
  • The Mathikettan Shola National Park is located in Poopara village of Udumbanchola taluk in Idukki district of Kerala.
  • Kanwar Pal Singh Gill (82), the former Director General of Police (DGP) of Punjab, has recently passed away in Delhi on May 26, 2017. He was known for rooting out Sikh militancy from Punjab. During Indira Gandhi tenure, Gill mounted ‘Operation Black Thunder’, a critical success in the war against terrorism.

May 25

  • Taiwan has become the first Asian country to recognize same sex marriage after the constitutional court’s ruling comes in support of legalizing same-sex marriage.
  • Nauru, the world’s smallest republic, has become the sixth country to ratify the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Framework pact initiated by the Indian and French Governments at the climate change summit held at Paris in 2015.
  • The boring of India’s first underwater rail tunnel under the Hooghly River for establishing metro link between Howrah and Kolkata has completed before its scheduled deadline of July 2017.
  • The 70th edition of World Health Assembly (WHA70) has started in Geneva, Switzerland on May 22, 2017 and ends on May 31, 2017.
  • The world’s first operational robot police officer “Robocop” was officially inducted into the Dubai police force at the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on May 21, 2017.
  • Lenin Moreno has recently taken office as new President of Ecuador
  • The 28th edition of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit has started in Brussels, Belgium on May 24 and 25, 2017
  • Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu has been elected as the new member of Badminton World Federation (BWF) Athletes’ Commission .
  • The Union Government has recently launched online verification portal ‘e-Sanad’ to make the document verification process easier for students who are planning to study aboard.

May 24

  • Sher Bahadur Deuba, a Nepali Congress leader, will become the new Prime Minister of Nepal, after Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” resigned from the post.
  • Gayarul Hasan, a social activist from Uttar Pradesh, will become the new chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM).
  • The philosophical novel for God titled “Confessions of a dying mind: the blind faith of atheism” has been authored by IAS officer Haulianlal Guite, which is recently unveiled by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju in august gathering at Civil Services Officers’ Institute in New Delhi.
  • The Madhya Pradesh Government has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Kharagpur’s Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness to collaborate on the development of a Happiness Index for measuring the well-being of the people of the state.
  • The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) has organized the first-ever “Ozone2Climate technology road show” along with the UN Environment OzonAction’s Compliance Assistance Programme in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin has won the coveted International Cricketer of the Year award at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017 at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) in Mumbai.
  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia has been elected as the new Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area located in Assam that covers 175 km². It is located along the foothills of the Great Himalayan Range.

May 23

  • Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has been bestowed with the International Humanitarian Award in Editor’s Choice category at the 2017 annual Asian Voice Charity Awards for her work in India and worldwide.
  • The 2017 Global Rajasthan Agritech Meet (GRAM) has started at Kota, Rajasthan from May 24, 2017 to empower farmers with latest technical know-how and best practices. Malaysia is the partner country in the GRAM Kota 2017.
  • Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 52nd annual meeting of African Development Bank (AfDB) Group-2017 at the Mahatma Mandir convention centre in Gandhinagar Gujarat.
  • Rohan Chakravarty, a young Indian Wildlife and environment cartoonist, has won the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International President’s Award in Manado, Indonesia for his efforts to inspire change and attitudes towards nature.
  • Sweden has won the 2017 Ice Hockey World Championship by defeating Canada 2-1 after a penaly shoot-out.
  • China has become the largest stainless steel producer in the world in 2016, according to data released by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) at annual conference held on May 14-19, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. India overtook Japan as the second- largest producer in 2016.
  • The Ghughua Fossil National Park is located near Shahpura in Madhya Pradesh in which plant fossils belonging to 31 genera of 18 families have been identified.

May 21 – 22

  • Anshu Jamsenpa, the Indian mountaineer from Arunachal Pradesh, has set the world record by becoming the world’s first woman to conquer Mount Everest twice within five days.
  • Two Indian peacekeepers, Rifleman Brijesh Thapa and Private Ravi Kumar will be honored posthumously with a prestigious United Nation (UN)’s Dag Hammarskjold Medal for their courage and sacrifice in the line of duty.
  • The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) is observed every year on May 22
  • The Maharashtra government has decided to form ‘Good Morning’ squads to curb open defecation in all villages and districts across the State.
  • Iran’s incumbent President Hassan Rouhani has won his second term
  • R. Vaishali from India has won the 2017 Asian Continental Women Blitz Chess Championship with 8 points from nine rounds in Chengdu, China.
  • Indian squash player Harinder Pal Sandhu has won the 2017 Men’s Makati Open Squash tournament
  • Bengaluru FC has won the 38th edition of Indian Federation Cup Football tournament on May 21, 2017 by defeating defending champions and 14-time winners Mohun Bagan at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack, Odisha.

May 20

  • The Haryana state government has recently launched e-textbook portal for school students.
  • Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has presented the 2015 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at a function in New Delhi on May 18, 2017.
  • According to the latest Lancet report titled ‘Global Burden of Disease (GBD)’, India has been ranked 154th among 195 countries in the 2017 Healthcare Access and Quality Index (HAQI).
  • The Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary (BBS) is located in Jhajjar district, Haryana. It is home to many birds such as Blue Peafowl, Gray Francolin, Black Francolin, Shikra, Black Kite, Greater Coucal, White-throated Kingfisher, Coppersmith Barbet and Indian Roller.
  • The Madhav Chitale committee on de-siltation of River Ganga has recommended a slew of measures which includes study to guide de-silting activities, sand registry for de-silting and a technical institute to conduct the sediment budget, flood routing studies and confirm the necessity of the de-silting of section of the river.
  • The Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise “Karavali Karunya” has started by Indian Navy’s Western Nava Command at Naval Station Karwar in Karnataka on May 18, 2017.

May 19

  • The 24th edition of bilateral maritime exercise “SIMBEX-17” has started between Navies of the Republic of Singapore and India in the South China Sea from May 18 and will continue to May 21, 2017.
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan has given the additional charge of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) following the death of Minister Anil Madhav Dave
  • ‘The 52nd annual meeting of African Development Bank (AfDB) Group will be held at the Mahatma Mandir convention centre in Gandhinagar , Gujarat from May 22 to 26, 2017 with theme “Transforming Agriculture for Wealth Creation in Africa”. It’s the first-ever AfDB meeting in India, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 23, 2017 .
  • China has been ranked first among 40 nations in the 2017 Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) released by Ernst and Young (EY). India has been ranked 2nd.
  • Sundaram Ravi is a cricket umpire from India and a member of the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires. Recently, he is selected in a team of 20 umpires by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, which is scheduled to be held on June 2017.
  • As per recently released 2017 Brand Finance India 100 report, Tata Group is the most valuable brand in India with an estimated brand value of $13.1 billion.
  • India’s first Aquatic Rainbow Technology Park (ARTP) will be set up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • The International Museum Day (IMD) is observed every year on May 18 to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.

May 18

  • The Vishakhapatnam railway station in Andhra Pradesh has been adjudged as the cleanest railway station among the 75 busiest stations in the country in category A1, followed by Secunderabad, Jammu Tawi, Vijayawada and Anand Vihar railway stations.
  • Mukesh Ambani, the chairman of Reliance Industries, has been named among the 25 most influential business leaders from around the world in the Forbes Global Game Changers 2017 list.
  • According to recently revised United Nations “World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) as of mid- 2017” report, India’s GDP growth forecast has been downward from 7.7% to 7.3% in fiscal 2017. Earlier, the January edition of UN report had not taken into consideration the impact of the demonetisation policy on India’s economic growth.
  • Sanjay Gubbi of Karnataka and Dr. Purnima Barman of Assam have won the prestigious 2017 Whitley Award, popularly known as Green Oscars, for their efforts in wildlife conservation. Ms. Barman has won the award for creating an all-female network to save the Greater Adjutant stork, known in India as Hargila, and its wetland habitat in Assam, while Mr. Gubbi has been awarded for his work to protect tiger corridors in Karnataka.
  • Anil Madhav Dave (60), the Union Environment Minister, has passed away in New Delhi on May 18, 2017.
  • Indian scientist Shrinivas Kulkarni has won the prestigious 2017 Dan David prize in the “Future” category for his contribution in the field of astronomy.
  • Pranay Varada, an Indian-American student, has won the prestigious $50,000 National Geographic Bee competition for year 2017.

May 17

  • Dr. Aravind Kumar Rengan, the Assistant Professor in Department of Biomedical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology – Hyderabad (IIT-H), has been awarded the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal in the Young Scientist category for 2017 for his research in cancer treatment.
  • Indian teen Rifath Sharook from Tamil Nadu has designed the world’s lightest & smallest satellite named “KalamSat”.
  • Arun Jaitley, the Union Minister of Finance, has officially launched the Portal of Operation Clean Money on May 16, 2017 for a transparent tax administration as well as to enable citizen engagement for creating a tax compliant society.
  • The Uttar Pradesh government has recently constituted “Maa committee” to check mid day meal quality in state-run primary schools to ensure that the students will get nutritious food prepared in hygienic conditions.
  • Arjun Maini from Bengaluru, driving for Jenzer Motorsports, has created history by becoming the first Indian driver to win his first race in the GP3 (a feeder series to GP2) series at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on May 14, 2017.
  • Bandaru Dattatraya, the Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment, will lead the Indian delegation to the 2017 G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meet, which is scheduled to be held at Bad Neuenahr in Germany on May 18-19, 2017.
  • Anshu Jamsenpa, the Indian mountaineer from Arunachal Pradesh, has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to scale the Mount Everest for the fourth time.

May 16

  • Edouard Philippe, a centre-right mayor, has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of France by the President Emmanuel Macron.
  • India has been ranked 26th in the list of electricity accessibility according to the World Bank in the current year from 99th spot in 2014.
  • Lewis Hamilton, a British Formula One racing driver from England, has won the 2017 Formula One Spanish Grand Prix tournament at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona.
  • Bajrang Punia has won gold medal for India by defeating South Korea’s Seunghui Lee 6-2 in the men’s 65kg freestyle category at the 2017 Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi.
  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur has collaborated with the British Geological Survey (BGS) to turn Varanasi into a smart city.
  • United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Ovais Sarmad of India as Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), at the Assistant Secretary-General level.
  • As per latest Economic Outlook Survey of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth forecast for FY 18 will be around 7.4%, with a minimum and maximum level of 7% and 7.6% respectively.
  • The Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) is located in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

May 14 – 15

  • Chanda Kochhar, the chairman of ICICI Bank, has become the first Indian woman to be conferred with the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award for Global Corporate Citizenship from the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington DC on May 10, 2017.
  • India’s first electric cab fleet will be launched in Nagpur on May 26, 2017 to promote the usage of electric and hybrid vehicles in India.
  • Kerala has topped the 2017 Public Affairs Index (PAI) in governance indicators, followed by Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
  • Rafael Nadal, a Spanish professional tennis player, has won the 2017 men’s singles Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament by defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria in the final by 7–6, 6–4 in Madrid, Spain.
  • Sumit Kumar of India has won silver medal in the men’s Freestyle 125 kg category at the 2017 Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi on May 14, 2017.
  • Pawan Kumar Chamling, the Chief Minister of Sikkim, has been conferred with the first-ever Bhairon Singh Shekhawat Lifetime Achievement Honour in Public Service by President Pranab Mukherjee in Jaipur, Rajasthan on May 15, 2017.
  • Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has won 2017 Smart Cities India Award in the “Smart Village Award” category for being a sustainability project in Wada district of Maharashtra.
  • The 43rd edition of G7 summit will be held at Taorminain Sicily, Italy. The attendees will include the leaders of the seven G7 member states as well as representatives of the European Union.

May 13

  • Telangana has become the first Indian state to introduce a logo for vehicles driven by persons with hearing impairment.
  • The 2017 Arctic Energy Summit (AES) will be held in Helsinki, Finland from September 18-20, 2017.
  • Aruna Sundararajan, the 1982 batch officer of Kerala cadre, has been appointed as the new Secretary of Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
  • India’s first-ever National Basketball Association (NBA) academy has officially opened in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
  • VVS Laxman, the former India batsman, has been awarded the honorary life membership of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).
  • Three Indian women wrestlers Sakshi Malik (60kg), Vinesh Phogat (55kg) and Divya Kakran (69kg) bagged silver medals in their respective categories in the 2017 Asian Wrestling Championship in New Delhi.
  • Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has been appointed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as its Goodwill Ambassador for Hepatitis in South-East Asia Region to boost awareness and intensify action to arrest the epidemic.
  • The first-ever One Belt One Road (OBOR) Summit will be held in Bejing, China on May 14 -15, 2017. The 29 heads of state including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Myanmar and high-level delegations from Bangladesh and Nepal will attend the two-day Belt and Road Forum in China.

May 11

  • Sanjay Mitra, the 1982 batch officer of West Bengal cadre, will be the new defence secretary of India for a fixed two-year tenure after G Mohan Kumar retires on May 24, 2017.
  • Harpreet Singh from India has won the bronze mendal in Greco-Roman 80kg category at 2017 Asian Wrestling Championships. He edged out Na Junjie of China by 3-2 in the play-off for the bronze medal.
  • Prof. Vikram Vishal, the assistant professor in the Earth Sciences department of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, has been conferred with the 2017 Young Scientist award from the Indian National Science Academy (INSA).
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the digital filing system “Integrated Case Management Information System (ICMIS)” of Supreme Court at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi to serve as a digital repository for case-related information. This digital filing system will enable the Supreme Court of India (SCI) to go paperless
  • The 29th edition of India–Indonesia bilateral maritime exercise “Co-Ordinated Patrol (CORPAT)” has started at Port Blair under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command from May 9 and will continue till May 12, 2017
  • Dr. Hubert Minnis has been elected as the new Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, after delivering a crushing defeat to Perry Christie’s Progressive Liberal Party in a 34-5 parliamentary split.
  • Radha Mohan Singh, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, has recently launched an online interface “e-Krishi Samvad” in New Delhi to provide direct solution to the problem faced by farmers in the agriculture sector.

May 10

  • Moon Jae-in, a former human rights attorney, has been sworn-in as the 19th President of South Korea.
  • The Union Government has set up a high-level task force under Niti Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya to provide credible data for employment policies.
  • The Sakewa festival of Rai Community has recently celebrated in Sikkim as a tribute to Mother Nature.
  • Jhulan Nishit Goswami, Indian women’s team fast bowler, has become the highest wicket-taker in the history of women ODI cricket and broke the record of the Australia Cathryn Fitzpatrick .
  • The Maharashtra government has recently imposed a ban on sale of ‘High in Fat, Salt and Sugar’ (HFSS) food at school canteens across the state.
  • The Bollywood actress Konkona Sen Sharma has won the best actress award for “Lipstick Under My Burkha” at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) 2017. She also bagged the best director award for her debut film “A Death in the Gunj” at the award ceremony.
  • Sohail Mahmood, one of Pakistan’s senior-most diplomats, will be the Pakistan’s new High Commissioner to India.
  • The Mudumalai National Park (MNP) is located about 150 kilometres north-west of Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu.

May 09

  • Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has been conferred with the Fellowship Award at the 7th annual Asian Awards in United Kingdom (UK). Beside this, India’s playback singer Adnan Sami has also won the award for ‘Outstanding achievement in Music.” The award for outstanding achievement in Cinema was conferred to renowned Indian actor Om Puri who died in 2017. Other award recipients were Krishnan Guru-Murthy (Outstanding Achievement in Television), Ajay Banga (Business Leader of the Year), Masayoshi Son (Entrepreneur of the year), Nisha Dutt (Social Entrepreneur of the year), Dr Jack Preger (Philanthropist of the year), Ding Punhui (Outstanding achievement in sport), Demis Hassabis (Outstanding achievement in Science and Technology) and Sir Harpal Kumar (Outstanding contribution to the community)
  • The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is located 10 km from the city of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. It is famous for holding many elephants and other animals, which come downhill during the monsoons and winter and enter nearby villages and towns of Jharkhand and West Bengal
  • As per latest report “Regional Economic Outlook (REO) for Asia and Pacific” by International Monetary Fund (IMF), India’s GDP growth is projected to rebound to 7.2% in the FY18 (2017 18) and 7.7% in FY19 (2018-19) after disruptions caused by demonetization.
  • The 2017 hunting festival ‘Bishu Parv (or Sendra)” of the tribal community has recently observed in a ‘bloodless and symbolic’ manner without harming the wildlife in the Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary in Jharkhand
  • The Hollywood star Emma Watson has won the first-ever Gender-Neutral Acting award for the Best Actor category for her movie “Beauty and the Beast” at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards in Los Angeles, California.
  • Indian-born legendary sitar player Ustad Rais Khan (77) has recently passed away in Karachi, Pakistan on May 6, 2017.

May 08

  • The 22nd edition of Asian Athletics Championship will be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, which has been scheduled to be held from July 1 to 4, 2017.
  • India’s first bio-refinery plant has been inaugurated by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highway Nitin Gadkari at Rahu in Pune district, Maharashtra.
  • Emmanuel Macron, a former civil servant and investment banker, has won the 2017 Presidential election of France and will take office on May 14, 2017.
  • India has been unanimously elected as the new President of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN–Habitat), an organ of the United Nations’ Organisation (UNO) that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements across the world.
  • The 26th session of the Governing Council (GC) of UN-Habitat-2017 has started at the United Nations Offices in Nairobi, Kenya from May 8, 2017.
  • The 7th edition of multinational military exercise “Eager Lion” has started in Jordon from May 8, 2017. Approx 7,400 troops from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Arab Gulf region are taking part in the exercises which run to May 18th, including from United States, Britain, Japan, Kenya, Pakistan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
  • The 33rd edition of joint military exercise “Balikatan ( or Shoulder-to- Shoulder)” has started between Philippines and the United States on May 8, 2017 at Camp Aguinaldo in Manila, Philippines.

May 06 – 07

  • The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has constituted a technical Committee in accordance with Regulation 14 of the IBBI (Information Utilities) Regulations, 2017.
  • European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL), the biggest X-ray laser in the world, has generated its first beam of light in a 3.4 km-long underground facility from the German city of Hamburg to the town of Schenefeld that will allow scientists to get a glimpse of new materials, drugs and chemical reactions at the atomic level.
  • The 2017 India Integrated Transport and Logistics Summit (IITLS) was organized by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in New Delhi from May 3.
  • Justice (retd) Leila Seth (86), an eminent jurist and the first woman chief justice of Himachal Pradesh high court, has recently passed away at her residence in Noida. Justice Seth was the first woman to have topped the London Bar exam and was the first woman judge of the Delhi High Court.
  • The Chhattisgarh government, United Nations (UN) and Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) has signed a tripartite agreement on May 7, 2017 for setting up an innovation lab in the state.
  • Saqib Majeed, a Srinagar based freelance photographer, has won the 2016 Wisden-MCC (Melbourne Cricket Council) Cricket Photograph of the Year. Majeed is the first Kashmiri and second Asian after Atul Kamble to receive the prestigious award.
  • Adolph Gustav Kiefer (98), the oldest-living Olympic champion, has recently passed away in Wadsworth, Illinois.
  • Great Britain has won the 26th edition of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup by defeating Australia 4-3 in a thrilling hockey final at Ipoh, Malaysia on May 7, 2017

May 05

  • India’s first-ever private sector small arms manufacturing plant has set up at Malanpur in Madhya Pradesh in a joint venture with Israel.
  • Prabhat Kamal Bezboruah, a leading tea association industrialist, has been appointed the new chairman of the Tea Board of India.
  • Facebook has officially launched its “Express Wi-Fi” internet services in India, which are already available at 700 hotspots across Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Meghalaya.
  • The 4th edition of National Standards Conclave (NSC) was held in New Delhi on May 1-2, 2017.
  • The International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is observed every year on May 4 to recognize and honor the fire fighters who risk their lives every day to save life and property of public.
  • Braj Bihari Kumar has been appointed the new chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).
  • The Vansda National Park (VNP) is a protected area which represents the thick woodlands of the Dangs and southern Gujarat, and is situated in the Navsari District of Gujarat.
  • Recently, the middleweight boxer Vikas Krishan Yadav from India has settled for a bronze medal in 75 kg category after giving a walkover in the semifinal to South Korean Lee Dongyun at the 2017 Asian Boxing Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

May 04

  • In an annual “Asian Development Outlook” economic report released by Asian Development Bank (ADB), India’s GDP growth is predicted at 7.4% in FY 18 (2017-18).
  • According to the latest rating review by the Global rating agency Fitch Ratings has forecast India’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth to accelerate to 7.7% in both FY17 and FY18, from 7.1% in FY16.
  • The Sualgiri and Swalgiri communities of Odisha have been notified as Scheduled Castes (SC) after President Pranab Mukherjee gave the nod to the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Act, 2017.
  • The world’s highest railway bridge will come up over Chenab River in Jammu and Kashmir (J& K), which is expected to be completed in 2019.
  • Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri, who scored seven goals in the 10th edition of the Hero I-League football tournament, has won the most coveted 2017 Hero of the League award.
  • Mallikarjun Kharge, the Congress leader, has been appointed as the new chairman of the 21-member Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament. He succeeded KV Thomas, whose term ended on April 30, 2017.
  • Rajive Kaul, the Chairman of Nicco group and past president of CII, has been conferred with the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit Sungnye Medal of the Republic of Korea for his services rendered as honorary consul general of South Korea in Kolkata.
  • According to the Swachh Survekshan 2017 (or Swachh Bharat survey 2017), Indore city of Madhya Pradesh has bagged the first position in the top ten clean cities of the country. Bhopal has acquired second position, followed by Visakhapatnam, Surat, Mysuru, Tiruchirapally, New Delhi Municipal Council, Navi Mumbai, Vadodara and Chandigarh.

May 03

  • Madhya Pradesh has become the first Indian state to announce shifting of its financial year format to January-December starting from 2018, as against the current practice of April-March cycle.
  • Padma Venkataraman, the chairperson of Women’s Indian Association (WIA) and daughter of former President R Venkataraman, has been bestowed with the 2017 Avvaiyar Award by the Tamil Nadu government.
  • Mark Anthony Selby, an English professional snooker player from Leicester, has won the 2017 World Snooker Championship by beating John Higgins 18–15 in the final at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.
  • Soumyajit Ghosh, an Indian table tennis player from West Bengal, has won the 2017 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Chile Open men’s singles event by defeating compatriot Anthony Amalraj in the final at Santiago.
  • The Government of Indonesia is hosting the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD)’s main event and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize Ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia from May 1-4, 2017. Dawit Isaak, an imprisoned Eritrean-Swedish journalist, has been bestowed with the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize on May 3, 2017.
  • Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi will defend India’s record on rights abuses, minority and religious rights at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland on May 4, 2017
  • The United Nations has marked the first World Tuna Day (WTD) on May 2, 2017 to conserve one of the globe’s most popular fish to be caught and eaten and to highlight the vital socio-economic importance of tuna to people around the world.
  • The Government of Japan is hosting the 50th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Board of Governors from May 4 to 7, 2017 in Yokohama, Tokyo.
  • The China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved $160 million loan for Andhra Pradesh – 24×7 Power for All project with an objective to strengthen power transmission and distribution system in the state.

May 02

  • Prakash Javadekar, the Union Human Resource Development Minister, has launched Students for soldiers- a nationwide “Vidya – Veerta Abhiyan” on May 2, 2017 to encourage Universities to display portraits of Param Veer Chakra (PVC)-decorated soldiers.
  • The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has released its annual flagship report ‘The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017’ on May 1, 2017.
  • Yusra Mardini, a Syrian woman who helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees, has been appointed a new Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to work harder for people seeking shelter from war. She is the Syrian refugee & Olympic athlete and has been granted asylum in Germany.
  • Rafael Nadal, a Spanish professional tennis player, has won the 2017 Men’s Singles Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament by defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria in the summit clash by 6-4, 6-1 in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Joshna Chinappa has won the 19th edition of Women’s singles Asian Individual Squash Championships (AISC) by defeating compatriot Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the women’s final at the Express Avenue Mall in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on April 29, 2017.
  • Shobana Kamineni, executive vice chairperson of the Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, has been appointed as first Woman President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
  • Dr. Sanjay Pratihar, a scientist at Tezpur University, has been chosen for the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) medal for the Young Scientist Award for the year 2017 for his excellent contribution to multi-metal complexes, theoretical understanding, selective sensing of Hq2+ions and important applications in agriculture.
  • Dubai has become the first city in the world to have its own Microsoft-designed font “Dubai Font”.

May 01

  • Anthony Lianzuala, a 1982-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service (ICAS) Officer, took over as the new Controller General of Accounts (CGA) in New Delhi on May 1, 2017.
  • The South Asia satellite “GSAT-09” will be launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on May 5, 2017 to boost the development and economy of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations in the region.
  • The Ganga Cleanliness Pledge Day (GCPD) will be observed by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) on May 2, 2017 to spread awareness and to promote active involvement of public for the Ganga swachhta abhiyan.
  • India’s first-ever Blind Football Academy (BFA) with full time training & rehabilitation for the visually impaired persons is expected to come up at Kochi in Kerala.
  • Karnataka is the India’s most corrupt state on the basis of people’s experience in paying bribes for public services, as per latest survey conducted by the Centre for Media Studies (CMS) on corruption perception.
  • India will give Rs 35 crore to children of freedom fighters in Bangladesh during the next five years under the new ‘Muktijodha scholarship’ scheme. As per the scheme, all freedom fighters are eligible for five years multiple entry Indian visa and 100 of them will be provided free medical treatment in Indian hospitals every year.
  • The Aymanam grama panchayat of ward No. 15 in Kerala has become the India’s first-ever digitised Panchayat ward.
  • The National Anti-Child Labour Day is observed every year in India on April 30 to create awareness and educate the citizens about the hardships of the child labourers.
  • The top-seeded Indo-American pair Leander Paes and Scott Lipsky has won the 2017 Tallahassee Challenger title of the men’s doubles by defeating Argentine third seeds Leonardo Mayer and Maximo Gonzalez by 4-6, 7-6, 10-7 in the summit clash in Florida. This is Paes’ 2nd Challenger level title of the season.

April 30

  • India’s Forex Reserves Surge by $1.25 Billion: RBI Data

  • Ganga Swachhta Sankalp Divas on May 02, 2017

  • India will give Rs 35 crore to children of freedom fighters in Bangladesh in the next five years under the new ‘Muktijodha scholarship’ scheme.
  • Aymanam ward in the Kerala district on became India’s first digitalised panchayat ward. Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar inaugurated the website of the first digitalised panchayat ward number 15 of Aymanam gram panchayat.
  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has appointed Syrian refugee and Olympic athlete Yusra Mardini as a Goodwill Ambassador.

April 29

  • India’s first-ever transgender athletic meet was held at the Central Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on April 28, 2017 to provide a platform for the transgender community to display their athletic ability.
  • The International Basava Convention (IBC) has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on April 29, 2017. To mark the occasion, he launched translated volumes of Vachana, penned by 12th century social reformer Basavanna and other saints in 23 Indian languages The Prime Minister has also released the digital version of the work at the first-ever celebration of Basava Jayanthi at the national level.
  • The noted Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik from Odisha has won the jury prize gold medal at the 10th edition of Moscow Sand art Championship-2017 in Moscow, Russia.
  • India’s first electric taxi (e- taxi) trial will be held in Nagpur, Maharashtra from May 24, 2017.
  • Gul Panag, an Indian actress and an automobile enthusiast, has become the first Indian woman to drive Formula E racing car at a race track.
  • Jehan Daruvala has created history by becoming the first Indian racer to occupy pole position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championships in the qualifying session for Round 2 in Monza, Italy.
  • Ashwani Kumar, the former Union minister, has been selected by Japan for its prestigious ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun’ award for his contribution to fostering Japan-India ties and promotion of friendship between the two countries.
  • Lv Haotian from China has won the 33rd edition of ACBS Asian Snooker Championship-2017 by defeating India’s top cueist Pankaj Advani in the final by 3-6 in Doha, Qatar.

April 28

  • Bhubaneswar has become the first Indian city to won 2017 Pierre L’enfant Planning Excellence and Achievement Awards-2017, which is instituted by the American Planning Association (APA)
  • Yashwanth Naidu, a deaf and Dumb Cricketer from Andhra Pradesh, has been declared Man of the Tournament in the T-20 Asia Cup for his controlled bowling at Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • Prof. Sankha Ghosh, an eminent Bengali poet and literary critic, has been conferred the 52nd edition of the Jnanpith Award (2016) by President Pranab Mukherjee at a function in New Delhi on April 27, 2017.
  • Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan has become the first Indian actor to deliver a speech at the internationally acclaimed TED Talks.
  • India has been ranked 136th out of 180 countries in the latest annual World Press Freedom Index (WPFI-2017).
  • The Indian short film “Azaad” will be screened by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organisation (UNESCO) as part of 2017 World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) event, which will be held from May 1-4, 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

April 27

  • Dileep K Nair, the youngest-ever chancellor of India, has won the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Foundation Kerala State award for the year 2016-17 for excellent performance in the field of education. in Trivendurum, Kerala.
  • The Tamil Nadu government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) for implement the Centre’s rural internet connectivity programme “Bharatnet”.
  • Robert Jonathan Demme (73), the Oscar-winning US filmmaker, has passed away in New York City, United States.
  • Sujal Kahar (12), the football enthusiast and goal-keeper from Mumbai, has been shortlisted to represent India at the 5th edition of FIFA Football for Friendship (F4F) global social programme.
  • RK Pachnanda, the 1983 batch of the West Bengal cadre IPS officer, has been appointed as the new Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police(ITBP).
  • India will host the 18th edition of IRF World Road Meeting (WRM 2017) in Delhi from November 14-17, 2017.
  • Srishti Kaur from India has been crowned Miss Teen Universe 2017 at the Ruben Dario National Theater in Managua, the capital of Central American country Nicaragua.
  • Belgium has become the first country to open an honorary consulate office in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City).

April 26

  • Israel has recently appointed Hana Khatib as first female judge in its Muslim sharia court system.
  • The World Intellectual Property Day (WIPD) is observed every year on April 26 .
  • Haryana will become the first Indian state to invite all Twitter and Facebook users to interact with the Chief Minister Manohar Lal.
  • Dr. Mridul Bhadauria has been elected the new President of Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI).
  • The International conference on “Dara Shikoh – Reclaiming Spiritual Legacy of India” will be held from April 27, 2017 at ICCR’s Azad Bhavan in New Delhi.
  • Versatile playback singer Vani Jairam has been conferred with the Ghantasala national award on April 23, 2017.
  • The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with State Bank of India (SBI) to provide loans at a concessional rate to builders as well as customers for affordable housing projects.
  • The 15th edition of Indo-French naval exercise “Varuna” has started at Toulon port on southern France’s Mediterranean coast on April 24, 2017 to deepen combat coordination between the two navies.

April 25

  • Indian shot putter Manpreet Kaur has recently clinched Gold in the first leg of the at the 2017 Asian Grand Prix Meet in Jinhua, China.
  • The World Malaria Day (WMD) is observed every year on April 25.
  • Kasinadhuni Viswanath (87), the renowned actor-director, has been named for the prestigious 2016 Dada Saheb Phalke award for his outstanding contribution to the film industry.
  • According to data from Oil Ministry’s Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell, China is the world’s largest importer of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), where as India toppled Japan to acquire second position.
  • The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has made a provision enabling people to apply online for passports in Hindi.
  • As per latest annual update of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) military expenditure database, the United States is the largest military spender in the world with an expenditure of $611 billion, followed by China, Russia and Saudi Arabia. India has acquired the 5th position as largest military spender in 2016 with expenditure of $55.9 billion for 2016-17.
  • Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has been bestowed with the prestigious P C Chandra Puraskaar 2017.
  • The National Health Mission (NHM) in Haryana has recently launched a mobile-based application “Kilkari” to create awareness among pregnant women, parents and health workers on the importance of ante and post natal care.
  • The All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS) has become the India’s First public hospital to start plaque brachytherapy facility for the treatment of eye tumours.

April 24

  • Bollywood film “Newton” has won the best film honour at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Amit Masurkar-directed “Newton”, which also stars Anjali Patil and RajKumar Rao, is a political satire.
  • In a bid to expand the green cover, the Maharashtra government recently signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Railways, under which trees will be planted on the land adjacent to the railway tracks in the state.
  • The 15th edition of WFH International Musculoskeletal Congress (IMC) will be held in Seoul, South Korea from May 5-7, 2017, which is been organized by the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) and the Korea Hemophilia Foundation .
  • Yes Bank has won the prestigious 2017 Golden Peacock Innovative Product / Service Award (GPIPSA) at the 27th World Congress at the Dubai Global Convention in Dubai, UAE.
  • The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has offered honourary life membership to Sandhya Agarwal, former captain of the Indian women’s Test team.
  • The Arabian Travel Market (ATM) has started at Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai from April 24, 2017. The ATM is the leading global event of the Middle East inbound and outbound travel industry. The 4-day fair will welcome over 2,600 exhibitors and an expected 30,000 visitors to the Middle East.
  • Himanta Biswa Sarma, the BJP leader and Assam Badminton Association President, has been appointed the new interim President of Badminton Association of India (BAI).
  • Prafulla Samantra, an iconic leader of social justice movements in India, the Goldman Environmental Prize for his historic 12-year legal battle that affirmed the indigenous Dongria Kondh’s land rights and protected the Niyamgiri Hills from a massive, open-pit aluminum ore mine.
  • The National Panchayati Raj Diwas is celebrated every year on April 24 across India to mark the passing of the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992 that came into force with effect from 24 April 1993.
  • Rafael Nadal, a Spanish professional tennis player, has won the Men’s Singles title of Monte Carlo Masters

April 22 – 23

  • The International Mother Earth Day (IMED) is observed every year all over the world on April 22 with the message to protect environment.
  • The General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC Re) has become the first re-insurer to open an office at India’s first International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City)
  • Madhya Pradesh will be awarded with the Union Government’s Krishi Karman Award for 2015-16 for wheat production.
  • The first-ever India Indonesia Energy Forum (IIEF) was held in Jakarta, Indonesia on April 20, 2017. The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal and Indonesia Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan participated in the forum.
  • India’s first-ever ‘village of books’ will open at Bhilar village in Maharashtra on May 4, 2017 to promote tourism and Marathi language.
  • Athens, the capital of Greece, has been designated as the UNESCO World Book Capital 2018 by Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, in Paris.
  • The Odisha government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with the objectives of improving the lives of smallholder farmers and promoting inclusive agricultural transformation.
  • At the 2nd edition of the Golf Industry Association (GIA) Awards, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia from India has won the award for the 2016 Men’s Player of the Year, while Aditi Ashok bagged the Outstanding achievement as a Player award. Apart from this Ali Sher, the Delhi Golf Club caddy-turned-pro-golfer, was feted for an Outstanding Playing Career.

April 21

  • The UN Chinese Language Day is observed every year on April 20 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to raise awareness and respect for the history, culture and achievements of each of the six official languages of the world body.
  • The 2017 BRICS Film Festival will be held in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan Province from June 23 to 27.
  • The 2017 Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize has been awarded to Giuseppina Nicolini, Mayor of Lampedusa (Italy) and to the nongovernmental organization ‘SOS Mediterranee (France)’ for their work to save the lives of refugees and migrants and welcome them with dignity.
  • The first-ever World Ocean Festival (WOF) will be held in New York City, United States from June 4, 2017, which will be organized by the Global Brian Foundation (GBF).
  • India has contributed $250,000 to UN election assistance programme for helping countries to hold elections and develop their electoral systems.
  • The cricket icon Kapil Dev will be honoured with the 75th Master Dinanath Mangeshkar award on April 24, 2017 for his outstanding contribution to Indian Cricket.
  • The veteran actress Moushumi Chatterjee has been honored with the lifetime achievement award at the 80th Bengal Film Journalists’ Association (BFJA) awards. Apart from this, Bengali film superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee was given the best actor award for his role in “Sankhachil”, while Rituparna Sengupta was given the best actress crown for her role in “Rajkahini” along with Paoli Dam for “Natoker Moto” (2015)).
  • The Sahitya Akademi has recently declared its 2016 Translation Prize in English language to Sri Aniruddhan Vasudevan for his book titled “One Part Woman”.
  • The All India Radio (AIR) Aizawl has been honoured with the prestigious Lelte Award at an impressive 26th Award Ceremony held at Chanmari YMA Hall in Aizawl.
  • India and South Korea has recently signed an agreement to firm up bilateral cooperation in defence shipbuilding.

April 20

  • Veteran actress Saira Banu has been named for the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime achievement award of the Maharashtra Government. Actor Jackie Shroff is selected for the Raj Kapoor Special contribution award.
  • The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has conducted its first-of-its-kind State-level mock exercise on forest fire in Uttarakhand on April 18, 2017.
  • India has been ranked at the 8th position in the 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index. As per A.T. Kearney report, foreign companies have considered India as an attractive destination due to its reforms to enable a transparent and an easy business environment.
  • Vinay Sah has become the new MD and CEO of LIC Housing Finance. He succeeded Sunita Sharma, who has been promoted as Managing Director of Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). Prior to joining LIC Housing Finance, Sah was Executive Director–Marketing/Product Development with LIC of India.
  • The ICICI Bank Data Centre in Hyderabad has become the India’s first Platinum rated project to be rated under IGBC Green Data Centre Rating System.
  • The Punjab government will launch an innovative scheme “Book Banks” in all schools of the state so that needy students will get the books for their academic year free of cost.
  • B.N. Mohapatra, an officer of Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS) of 1980 batch, has been appointed the new Financial Commissioner (FC) of Indian Railways.
  • Devendra Kumar Sharma, the managing director of Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited, will be the new chairman of the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB).
  • Malaysia Airlines will become the world’s first airline to track its flights with the help of satellites by 2018.

April 19

  • The 14th edition of United Nations International Day of Vesak will be hosted by Srilanka from May 12-14, 2017 under the theme “Buddhist Teachings for Social Justice and Sustainable World Peace”. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, will be the chief guest for UN Vesak Day.
  • The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has formed a committee to review the recommendations made by University Grants Commission (UGC) panel on implementation of the 7th pay commission in educational institutions.
  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has become the India’s most valued Public Sector Unit (PSU) in terms of market valuation. At the end of trade on April 18, the market cap of SBI stood at Rs 2,35,307.51 crore.
  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) to help develop low-cost lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles
  • As per latest biannual World Economic Outlook (WEO) report, International Monetary Fund (IMF) has increased India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate estimate for FY 17 (2016-17) to 6.8%, from 6.6% estimated in January 2017.
  • Allan Holdsworth (70), the renowned British guitarist and composer, has recently passed away in California, United States.
  • Sagar Baheti from Bangaluru has become the India’s first visually impaired runner to compete and finish the historic Boston Marathon, which is the world’s oldest, most competitive and the hardest marathon.
  • The Civil Services Day (CSD) is organized every year on April 21 in India by civil servants to rededicate and recommit themselves to the cause of the people.
  • The National Safety Council (NSC) is a self-supporting non-profit autonomous society, set up by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Govt. of India (GoI) on 4th March 1966.
  • The Sessa Orchid Sanctuary is located in the Himalayan foothills in Bhalukpong Forest Division of West Kameng District, Arunachal Pradesh.

April 18

  • Prof. A.V. Narasimha Murthy, the noted historian and archaeologist, has bestowed with the prestigious Dr. Paduru Gururaja Bhat Memorial Award 2017 in Udupi, Karnataka for his contribution to Indian Archaeology, Ancient History and Numismatics.
  • The World Heritage Day (WHD) is being observed every year on April 18 to spread awareness of the importance of protecting and preserving various sites around the world that have achieved world heritage status.
  • The Rajasthan government has recently signed a reworked MoU with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) for the Rs 43,129 crore Barmer refinery.
  • Dr. Rayappa Ramappa Hanchinal has been bestowed with the 6th edition of prestigious M.S. Swaminathan Award for contribution in the field of agriculture.
  • India’s oldest and largest Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), IIT Kharagpur will start “Vastu Shastra” classes for architecture students from the next academic session i.e. starting from August 2017.
  • According to the latest report of World Bank titled “Globalization Backlash”, India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is expected to grow at 7.2% for FY 18, from 6.8% in FY 16.
  • The Chief Minister of Manipur , Nongthombam Biren Singh has recently launched two web applications to check corruption and to keep track of government activities.
  • The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee has inaugurated the 3rd edition of the Global Exhibition on Services (GES-2017) on April 17, 2017 at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
  • Sebastian Vettel, a German racing driver for Scuderia Ferrari, has won the 2017 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix tournament at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain.
  • The Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj has launched a nationwide programme for capacity building of Elected Women Representatives (EWRs) of Panchayats and a training program for trainers of women panchayat leaders on April 17, 2017 at Ranchi, Jharkhand.

April 16 – 17

  • Robert William Taylor (85), the internet and computer pioneer, has recently passed away in California, United States.
  • The Chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh has recently launched an ‘unemployment allowance scheme’ at the state level function at Chamba on the occasion of the 70th foundation day of Himachal Pradesh. As per the scheme, the state government will provide an unemployment allowance of Rs 1,000 per month to youth having intermediate or above qualification where as the unemployed youth with disability would be given Rs 1,500 per month.
  • Maharashtra became the first Indian state to launch a special awareness drive to ensure that transgenders in the state register as voters.
  • The Union Minister of Human Resource and Development (HRD) Prakash Javadekar has launched the portal and mobile app “Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)” in New Delhi on April 17, 2017.
  • Gayatri Pullela has bagged both the singles and doubles crown at the Pembangunan Jaya Raya Junior Grand Prix in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has won the 2017 Time magazine’s readers’ poll of the 100 most influential people in the world.
  • Emma Martina Luigia Morano (117), the world’s oldest woman, has recently passed away at Verbania in Italy on April 15, 2017.
  • The World Hemophilia Day (WHD) is observed every year on April 17 to improve and sustain care for people with inherited bleeding disorders around the world. The 2017 World Hemophilia Day theme is “Hear Their Voices” to unite the community and show support for the millions of people affected by bleeding disorders.
  • Sai Praneeth Bhamidipati from India has won the 2017 Men’s singles Singapore Open Badminton tournament by defeating his compatriot Kidambi Srikanth in the final by 17-21, 21-17,21-17 at Singapore Indore Stadium, Singapore. Apart from this, Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan has won the Women’s Singles title by defeating Carolina Marin of Spain in the final by 21-15, 21-15.
  • The first-ever Nepal-China joint military exercise ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2017’ has started at Kathmandu, Nepal from April 17, 2017 with a special focus on counter- terrorism and disaster management.

April 15

  • Abdulqadir Rashik, an Indian software engineer, has recently won first prize in Unite Ideas #UNGAViz Textual Analysis and Visualisation Challenge for his ‘Global Policy’.
  • The Uttar Pradesh government has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Union government for the ‘Power for All’ scheme in the state.
  • Trupti Jain, an Indian environmental engineer, has won prestigious 2017 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall in Singapore for providing women working on farms with water management solutions and protecting small farmers against droughts and flash floods.
  • Pankaj Advani, 16-time world champion, has won his 7th Asian title by defeating his compatriot Sourav Kothari 6-3 in an entertaining final of the 2017 Asian Billiards Championship in Chandigarh.
  • The Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has stated that the Habibganj station in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh has been handed over to a private firm to be operated by it. With this, Habibganj station has become the India’s first privately-run railway station.
  • The Pana Sankranti, also known as Maha bisuba Sankranti, is the traditional New Year day festival of Buddhists and Hindus in Odisha. This year, it is celebrated on April 14, 2017.
  • The Koradi Thermal Power Station (KTPS) is located at Koradi near Nagpur, Maharashtra. It is in news because Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently dedicated the 3,300 MW KTPS to the nation.
  • The first-ever joint military exercise ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2017’ will be held between Nepal and China from April 17, 2017 with a special focus on combating terror and disaster management.
  • The Jharkhand Police has recently launched ‘Tare Zameen Par programme’ to enlighten children in Naxal-affected areas in the Palamau district of Jharkhand.

April 14

  • The World Bank (WB) has approved a $375 million loan to India’s first waterway project “National Waterway (NW) 1”. The waterway project is to create a water transport fairway on a 1,360-km stretch of the Ganga River between Varanasi and Haldia.
  • Haldia Port of West Bengal has topped the list in the first-ever ranking of the ports on Sanitation Parameters under the Union Ministry of Shipping.
  • India has recently signed sport partnership agreement with Australia to increase cooperation in sports. The India-Australia Sports Partnership would facilitate exchange of athletes, coaches, technical officials, sports scientists between the two countries.
  • India’s first industrial-articulated robot “TAL Brabo” has been launched by TAL Manufacturing Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Motors.
  • Dr. Mark Wainberg (71), the renowned Canadian AIDS researcher and social activist, has recently passed away in Bal Harbour, Florida, USA. He was a leader in the fight against AIDS and was a major force in HIV Science
  • The Haryana government has recently launched ‘Operation Durga’ campaign to ensure women safety in the state.
  • The Sangken festival has started in Arunachal Pradesh from April 14, 2017 that marks the start of Theravada Buddhist New Year
  • Justice Gita Mittal has become the acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court (DHC). She has authored many significant judgments and was also instrumental in the establishment of vulnerable witness deposition complexes in Delhi.
  • Himachal Pradesh has bagged Krishi Karman Award 2015-16 for commendable increase in food grains production.

April 13

  • Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai has become only the 6th person to receive honorary Canadian citizenship for advocating girls’ education.
  • Achim Steiner from Germany, an expert in environmental issues and politics, has been named as the new administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  • The International Day of Human Space Flight is celebrated every year on April 12 to mark the beginning of the space era for mankind, reaffirming the important contribution of space science and technology in achieving sustainable development goals and increasing the well-being of States and peoples, as well as ensuring the realization of their aspiration to maintain outer space for peaceful purposes.
  • The Andhra Pradesh government will launch a unique programme ‘Ammaku Vandanam’ in schools to pay tribute to mothers and to respect motherhood.
  • The National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD) is observed every year on April 11 to create awareness on maternity care for pregnant and lactating women.
  • The Union Government has recently constituted an Inter-Disciplinary Committee to examine the existing framework with regard to Virtual Currencies.
  • The Government of India (GoI) has signed an agreement with China to extend the term of Hindi language course functioning at a leading Chinese University since 2012.
  • The Andhra Pradesh government has re-launched ‘Adarana scheme’ for improving traditional occupations. The scheme is for the uplift and all-round development of people belonging to the Backward Classes.

April 12

  • The Indian School team has won the 5th edition of Asian School Hockey Championship after defeating Malaysia by 5-1 at the Aishbagh Stadium in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has appointed an internationally acclaimed actress and philanthropist Kristin Davis as its new Goodwill Ambassador.
  • Dr Akhilesh Das Gupta (56), the former Union Minister of State for Steel under Dr. Manmohan Singh Government during UPA-I, has recently passed away in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.
  • The Union government will launch an umbrella programme ‘SAMPADA’ for food processing sector with Rs. 6,000 crore outlay to integrate current and new schemes.
  • Shiva Kirti Singh, the retired Supreme Court judge, has been appointed the new chairman of the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).
  • Atu Zumvu, a Sub-Divisional Police Officer with the Nagaland Police, has become the first Naga cop to confer with the prestigious Shaurya Chakra award at a ceremony held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on April 6, 2017 since Nagaland attained statehood.
  • The Union government has recently constituted an inter-ministerial committee to monitor the regional air connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) which seeks to make flying affordable by connecting un-served and under-served airports.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently released a book ‘Matoshree’, authored by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in New Delhi on April 11, 2017.
  • Bengaluru has been ranked the top-paying city for professionals in India with an average yearly salary of Rs.14.6 lakh, according to the 2017 Salary Trends Study by Randstad.
  • Mukta Dutta Tomar, a 1984-batch IFS officer, has been appointed as the new Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany. She will succeed Gurjit Singh.

April 11

  • Bengaluru city police has launched “Pink Hoyslas” police patrol vehicles for women safety.
  • Lewis Hamilton, a British Formula One racing driver from England, has won the 2017 Formula One Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China.
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has named Intel as its official Innovation Partner for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
  • The Uttar Pradesh will launch cheap food canteen “Annapurna Bhojnalayas” across all 14 municipal corporations in the state.
  • Anuja Ravindra Dhir, an Indian-origin woman, has become the first non-white judge to sit at the Old Bailey Court of London.
  • The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, M Venkaiah Naidu has recently released a book titled “Gandhi in Champaran” authored by noted author Dinanath Gopal Tendulkar at National Mahatma Gandhi Museum in New Delhi.
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister of Science and Technology, has recently launched the Nakshe Portal in New Delhi to mark the 250th anniversary of the Survey of India (SoI).
  • Colson Whitehead from United States has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in fiction for his novel “The Underground Railroad”. The novel had received the 2016 National Book Award of the US.
  • As per Amnesty International Global Report ‘Death Sentences & Executions 2016’, China has executed most people in 2016, despite the number of executions worldwide dropped by 37%.
  • The first-ever G20 Digital Ministerial Meeting on Digital Economy was held in Dusseldorf, Germany on April 6-7, 2017 with theme “Digitisation: Policies for a Digital Future”.

April 09-10

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated an exhibition titled ‘Swachhagraha – Bapu Ko Karyanjali’ in New Delhi on April 10, 2017 to mark centenary of the historic Champaran Satyagraha – Mahatma Gandhi’s first Satyagraha in India.
  • The National Basketball Association (NBA) has launched India’s first NBA Basketball School launched in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Malala Yousafzai (19), the youngest—ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will become the United Nations (UN)’s youngest-ever Messenger of Peace to promote girls’ education around the world as part of her new role.
  • The Keibul Lamjao National Park is the only floating park in the world, located in the Bishnupur district of Manipur. It is an integral part of Loktak Lake, which is famous for the phumdis floating over it.
  • Dame Asha Khemka, an Indian-origin educationist in the UK, has won the ‘Asian Businesswoman of the Year’ award for her efforts in the field of education and skills at the Asian Business Awards ceremony in Birmingham in April 2017.
  • The International Convention on ‘World Homoeopathy Day’ has started on April 9, 2017 with the theme ‘Enhancing Quality of Research in Homoeopathy’ through scientific evidence and rich clinical experiences’ at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra (PBK) in New Delhi.
  • The G-7 Foreign Ministers meeting has started in Luca, Italy from April 10, 2017. The civil war in Syria is likely to dominate talks in the two day summit, with Italy hoping for a final communique that will reinforce United Nations’ efforts to end six years of conflict
  • The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the first NIMCARE World Health Day Summit 2017 on April 7, 2017 in New Delhi.
  • India’s first-ever micro-drama festival “Thespis” has started at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi on April 9, 2017.
  • The 12th edition of Indo – Mongolian Joint Military Exercise “Nomadic Elephant” has started at Vairengte in Mizoram from April 5, 2017 and will continue till April 18, 2017.

April 08

  • India has been ranked 40th out of 136 countries in the 2017 World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (GTTCI), as per WEF’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017.
  • Indian boxer K Shyam Kumar has won a gold medal in the 49- kilogram category at the Thailand International Tournament in Bangkok on April 8, 2017.
  • Lance Havildar Prem Bahadur Resmi Magar of the Gorkha Rifles has been posthumously conferred the 2016 Kirti Chakra award by President Pranab Mukherjee at the defence investiture ceremony in New Delhi.
  • The Rajasthan government has imposed a 10% cow cess as surcharge on stamp duty for protection and propagation of cows.
  • The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) is the India’s premier advanced research facility in the field of veterinary medicine and allied branches.
  • The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has launched Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) programme to deal with self-driven cars, autonomous unmanned vehicles and aircraft navigation systems.
  • Uruguay will become the first country in the world to fully allow the production, sale and consumption of marijuana when its pharmacies will be allowed to sell marijuana in July 2017
  • The Madhya Pradesh government has recently launched the Deendayal Rasoi Yojana (DRY), under which subsidized meals will be available at Rs 5 per plate to people, especially the economically disadvantaged sections of societ.
  • Hindi film ‘Dhanak’ has won the Best Children’s Film award at the 64th National Awards. The award carries a ‘Golden Lotus Award (Swarna Kamal)’, a certificate and cash prize of Rs. 1.5 Lakh.
  • The National Children’s Film Festival (NCFF) has inaugurated by the Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu at Vuda Theater in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on 7 April, 2017.

April 07

  • As per first bi-monthly monetary policy review for 2017-18 of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the repo rate — the main policy rate at which banks borrow from RBI remain unchanged at 6.25%.
  • The Madhya Pradesh government- run Maharshi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan will start a one-year diploma course on Hindu priesthood ‘Purohityam’ from July 2017.
  • The United Nations (UN)’s International Day of Sports for Development and Peace (IDSDP) is observed every year on April 6 to recognize the power of sport in promoting peace and its ability to inspire.
  • The Government of India (GoI) and the United Kingdom (UK) have decided to set up a fund worth £240 million to finance clean energy projects in India.
  • India’s Travel & Tourism sector has been ranked 7th in the world in terms of its total contribution to the country’s GDP, according to the latest report of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $175 million loan to Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) to expand its solar energy transmission network in the country.
  • The World Health Day (WHD) is observed every year on April 7 to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The National Tuberculosis (TB) summit has started in Kangra district of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh on April 7, 2017.
  • Marathi film ‘Kasaav’ has won the Best Film award at the 64th National Awards, which were announced at the National Media Centre (NMC) in New Delhi on April 7, 2017.
  • India and Israel have signed mega defence deals worth over $2 billion for advanced Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) systems, which are designed to destroy hostile aircraft, missiles and drones at a range of 70-km.

April 06

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has recently appointed Malvika Sinha as new Executive Director (ED), following the appointment of B P Kanungo as Deputy Governor.
  • The Assam government has recently started four-day long Gunotsav programme to improve quality of school education in the state from April 4, which will cover over 9 lakh students of 12320 primary schools in Barpeta, Chirang, Dibrugarh, Hailakandi, Kamrup (Metro)
  • The National Maritime Day (NMD) is celebrated every year in India on April 5 to commemorate the maiden voyage of the first Indian –owned ship “SS Loyalty” sailed from Bombay to London on 5th April 1919.
  • Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford, has been bestowed with the 2016 ACM A.M.
  • The Uttar Pradesh Government has recently formed an 8-member committee under Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar to implement farm loan waiver decision. The committee would formalise the loan waiver with the banks by April 21, 2017.
  • The famous Berhampur Thakurani Yatra festival has started with great pomp and gaiety in Berhampur, Odisha. It is one of the biggest festivals of southern Odisha.
  • Raman Roy, the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Quatrro, has been appointed as the new chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) for 2017-18.
  • Ikutaro Kakehashi (87), the Roland founder and digital music pioneer, has passed away on April 1, 2017 in Japan.
  • Recently, Iceland’s parliament has presented a bill that would require public and private businesses to prove they offer equal pay to employees.
  • The Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary (DWLS) is located in the Upper Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh covering an area of 4,149 km2.

April 05

  • Ecuadorean leftist Lenín Boltaire Moreno Garces has won the 2017 Ecuador Presidential election after securing 51.16% of votes in the election. He will be Ecuador’s 44th President and will take office on May 24, 2017.
  • The 2017 National conference on Communicating India has held in New Delhi on April 5, 2017. The three main themes for the conference are ‘Telling India’s story to the world’, ‘Communicating via Journalism’ and ‘Dialogue with Diaspora’.
  • Geeta Johri, a 1982-batch IPS officer, has been appointed Director General of Police (DGP) of Gujarat. With this, Johari has become the first woman IPS officer to be appointed for the top job in the state.
  • The Union Government has recently constituted National Board of Electric Mobility (NBEM) to promote electric mobility and manufacturing of electric (& hybrid) vehicles and their components.
  • Aleksandar Vucic, the current Prime Minister of Serbia, has won the 2017 Serbian Presidential election by 55% of votes. He will take office on May 31, 2017.
  • S.P. Bala Subramanyam, the renowned playback singer, actor and music director, has won the NTR National Film Award for 2012 and Hindi film actor Hema Malini will receive the same for 2013.
  • Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has been honoured as the Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016. Apart from this, Kohli has already been declared Wisden India Almanack’s Cricketer of the Year for the second time in its 2017 edition.
  • India has been ranked 3rd for the third year in a row in the recently published Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) report for year 2015.
  • Sai Kiran P (18) from Telangana (presently studying at Chennai) has won the second prize in the grade 12 category of the 2017 Nasa Ames Space Settlement Contest for proposing an elevator from Earth to the Moon.

April 04

  • Kishori Amonkar (84), the renowned Hindustani classical vocalist, has recently passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Justice Indira Banerjee has been appointed the new Chief Justice of Madras High Court.
  • BP Kanungo has recently taken charge as the new Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for a period of three years in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Japan has officially recognized bitcoin and digital currencies as legal money with effect from April 1, 2017, which will help the integration of digital currency into the legacy banking system through regulation.
  • Germany has become the first North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member to launch a self-contained cyber command unit, which is designed to shield IT and weapons systems from growing attacks.
  • The Madhya Pradesh government has recently launched mobile app ‘MP e-nagarpalika’ to provide various municipal services online.
  • K Prithika Yashini has become the India’s first-ever transgender person to become a police official, when she took charge as sub-inspector in Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu.
  • Rajiv Kumar Chander, the 1983 batch Indian Foreign Services (IFS) officer, has been appointed as new Ambassador and permanent representative of India to the United Nations (UN) Offices in Geneva. He will succeed Ajit Kumar.
  • Under the ‘Aapki Beti, Hamari Beti’ scheme, the Haryana government will provide one-time grant of Rs 21,000 to all those families whose third girl child was born on or after August 24, 2015.
  • The International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action is observed every year on April 4 to raise awareness about landmines and progress toward their eradication.

April 03

  • Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu from India has won the 2017 Women’s singles India Super Series tournament by defeating reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the final by 21-19, 21-16 at Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi.
  • The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has topped the 2017 National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings for higher educational institutions in overall ranking. IIT Madras stood at 2nd position, followed by IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
  • The 19th edition of Commonwealth Forestry Conference (CFC) has started at Forest Research Institute in Dehradun, Uttarakhand with the theme “Forests for Prosperity and Posterity” on April 3, 2017.
  • Roger Federer, a Swiss professional tennis player, has won the 2017 Men’s Singles Miami Open Tennis Tournament by defeating Rafael Nadal in the final by 6-3 6-4 in the final at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, United States.
  • Darcus Howe (74), one of the most prominent black activists of his generation in Britain, has recently passed away in London, United Kingdom.
  • The World Autism Awareness Day (AWWD) is an internationally recognised day observed every year on April 2 to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism.
  • Dawit Isaak, an imprisoned Eritrean-Swedish journalist who was arrested in a crackdown on the media in September 2001 and was known for his critical and insightful reporting, has been chosen for the 2017 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
  • The South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Finance Ministers’ meeting has been chaired by the Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on April 3, 2017 to discuss the imperatives of a new way forward for sub-regional economic cooperation among countries under the SASEC program.
  • The Union Minister of Textiles, Smriti Zubin Irani has recently launched “PowerTex India” a comprehensive scheme for powerloom sector development in Bhiwandi district of Maharashtra.
  • The Ntangki National Park is a wildlife park located in Peren district of Nagaland.

April 1-2

  • The Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh has inaugurated India’s first International Centre for Foot and Mouth Disease (ICFMD) at Argul in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on April 1, 2017.
  • Sunaina Singh has been appointed the new vice chancellor of Nalanda University (NU).
  • N Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, has been selected for the US India Business Council (USIBC)’s Transformative Chief Minister (TCM) award for his good governance to people after bifurcation.
  • Japan will provide an Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan for an amount of Yen 371.345 billion (=Rs.21,590 crore approx) under FY 2016-2017 to India for infrastructure projects, the dedicated freight corridor.
  • Vanaja N. Sarna, a 1980 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (IRS), has been appointed the new chairman of the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).
  • The Atria Convergence Technologies (ACT) Fibrenet has recently launched 1 Gigabit per second wired broadband internet service in Hyderabad.
  • Myanmar has become the 7th member of South Asia Sub-regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) program of Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2017.
  • The high-level committee headed by Arvind Panagariya has been set up to examine the working of the regulatory bodies viz. Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) and Central Council of Homoeopathy(CCH) and their governing legislations viz.
  • Dr. Navrang Saini has taken charge as new Whole Time Member (WTM) of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) in New Delhi.
  • Gilbert Baker, who created the rainbow flag as a symbol for the gay community, has recently passed away in Kansas, United States. Baker’s flag was widely associated with LGBT rights causes.

March 31 2017

  • The Kanha Tiger Reserve has become the India’s first tiger reserve to officially introduce a mascot “Bhoorsingh the Barasingha”. The Barasingha or swamp deer is the state animal of Madhya Pradesh.
  • The Tamil Nadu cricket team has won the 2017 Deodhar Trophy trophy after beating India B by 42 runs in the final in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The 3rd G-20 Framework Working Group (FWG) meeting was held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh from March 28-29, 2017.
  • The 2nd annual meeting of the New Development Bank (NDB) has started in New Delhi on March 31, 2017 with a focus on building a sustainable future.
  • The biggest river festival of India “Namami Brahmaputra” has started in 21 districts of Assam on March 31, 2017.
  • Sumitra Mahajan, the Lok Sabha Speaker, will lead Indian Parliamentary delegation in the 136th Assembly Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) 2017 at Dhaka, Bangladesh from April 1 to 5, 2017.
  • El Salvador, Central America’s smallest nation, has become the world’s first country to ban metals mining nationwide following a long-running dispute with a Canadian-Australian company over an environmentally questioned gold project.
  • Indian Army has recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IITM) to identify the critical technological areas that can be enhanced in the armed forces.
  • Indian Navy has recently launched Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) at Rajali Air Station in Tamil Nadu
  • India forward SV Sunil has been named the Asian Player of the Year 2016 in the senior men’s category by the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF).

March 30 2017

  • Srinath Narayanan from Chennai will soon become the India’s 46th Grandmaster after he defeated Spanish GM David Anton Guijarro at the 2017 Sharjah Masters chess tournament.
  • Bob Dylan, the renowned US musician and poet, will finally accept his Nobel Literature Prize at a meeting with the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden in April 2017.
  • Montenegro is set to become the 29th member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) after US Senate ratify its entry into NATO.
  • Anil Ambani, the Chairman of Reliance Group, has been inducted into the international advisory board of global think-tank “Atlantic Council”.
  • The Government of India (GoI) has signed first loan agreement with New Development Bank (NDB) US$350 million for development and up-gradation of major district roads project in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Paytm will become the first e-commerce company to take membership of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) in April 2017.
  • The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal has launched a unique credit card “SBI Unnati” in New Delhi to spread credit inclusion.
  • The 3rd edition of World Conference on Environment has been organized by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in New Delhi from March 25-26, 2017 and was inaugurated by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee.
  • The popular tribal festival of nature worshipping – ‘Sarhul’ has started in all over Jharkhand with enthusiasm.
  • The Kaundinya Wild Life Sanctuary (KWLS) is a wildlife sanctuary and an elephant reserve loacted in Andhra Pradesh.

March 29 2017

  • David Muldrow Beasley, the former Governor of South Carolina, will be the new executive director of the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Truecaller has partnered with ICICI Bank to launch its new Unified Payments Interface (UPI)-based mobile payment service “Truecaller Pay” for Indian Truecaller users.
  • Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) has been adjudged the ‘Best Small Bank for 2016’ balance sheet size of less than Rs.1-lakh crore).
  • Carrie Lam, a Beijing-backed civil servant, will become the first woman Chief Executive (CE) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin has recently won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the Year 2016 as well as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year 2016 from former India captains Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar.
  • The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, M Venkaiah Naidu has recently launched the Online Film Certification System “e-Cinepramaan” of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to promote transparency & Ease of Doing Business.
  • Sitaram Swain, the Odisha-based installation artist, has been chosen for the 6th edition of the Glenfiddich’s Emerging Artist of the Year 2017.
  • Arun Sarma (86), the renowned Assamese playwright and Sahitya Akademi Award-winning novelist, has recently passed away in New Delhi.
  • Siddhartha Upadhyay, the sports entrepreneur and philanthropist, has been appointed the new member in the governing body of Sports Authority of India (SAI). He is the founder and secretary general of the Society for Transformation, Inclusion, and Recognition through Sports (STAIRS).

March 28 2017

  • Indian-origin British director Gurinder Chadha has been honoured with the Sikh Jewel Award for 2017 for her immense contribution to British cinema.
  • Sima Kamil, a veteran banker was appointed as the President and CEO of the United Bank Limited (UBL), becoming the first woman to lead a major Pakistani bank.
  • Indian-American Vanita Gupta, who headed civil rights division in the Department of Justice in the Obama Administration, has been appointed as president and CEO of ‘The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’, becoming the first woman to head the prestigious organization
  • All below poverty line (BPL) households in the urban and rural areas of Uttar Pradesh will get free power connection while homes above poverty line (APL) will be given 100 per cent financing option with easy EMIs.
  • Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, inaugurated the first ever ‘Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS)’ at INS Rajali on 28 March 2017.
  • Odisha has become the first state in the country to carry financial inclusion and extend banking services to unbanked areas through Self Help Groups.
  • Vijaya Bank has entered into an MoU with Piaggio Vehicles for providing financial support for the purchase of vehicles under Small Road Transport Operators (SRTO) scheme in Bengaluru.
  • yndicate Bank has digitally inaugurated 40 ‘Ananya’ transformed branches. “Project Ananya is a two-year large-scale transformation project undertaken by the bank to provide customers with ‘best in class’ services while improving and modernising the whole bank,” said Arun Shrivastava, Managing Director and CEO, Syndicate Bank.
  • State-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) signed an agreement to supply over 10 lakh tonnes of petroleum products annually to Nepal for the next five years, Chairman B Ashok said.
  • ICICI Bank has announced a partnership with mobile app firm Truecaller for a new UPI-based mobile payment service.

March 27 2017

  • Doctor Randeep Guleria, head of the department of pulmonary medicine, has been appointed the director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
  • World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), France.
  • The Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) launched Mobile Clinic Services for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
  • Axis Bank is planning to open an international finance branch at the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Gujarat International Finance Tech (GIFT) City.
  • The Union government launched ‘e-CinePramaan’, the Online Film Certification System of the Central Board of Film Certification.
  • A conference under the theme “IR-One ICT (One Information and Communication Technology) Building Digital Railway for Digital India” was organized on 27.03.2017 at National Rail Museum Auditorium, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
  • Shuttlers Purva Barve and Varun Kapur handed India double delight by winning their respective age group sections in the Li Ning-Israel Open 2017
  • The iconic Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata has been named as the venue for the final of the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be held in India from October 6-28.
  • West Bengal lifted the Santosh Trophy for the 32nd time after Manvir Singh struck in the 119th minute for a 1-0 win over Goa
  • The International Hockey Federation (FIH) and Government of Odisha have officially confirmed that the Men’s Hockey World League Final 2017 and Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018 will be held in Bhubaneswar, India

March 26 2017

  • Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has announced the allotment of ₹169 crore for the IT sector, including ₹15 crore for startups
  • The Archaeology Department of Telangana has discovered the world’s largest capstone after excavating a burial site in Siddipet district, officials said.
  • In a move to check multiple driving licenses under one name, the Centre will ask states to make Aadhaar identification necessary for a new licence as well as for those seeking renewal.
  • Tanushree Pareek became the first woman field officer in the 51-year history of the BSF.
  • The people of Bangladesh celebrated the 46th Independence and National Day.
  • Actor Anupam Kher was honoured with the Kala Ratan Award from Panjab University with the Vice President of India Mohammad Hamid Ansari giving away the award.
  • Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel won the Australian Grand Prix for Ferrari to dash Mercedes’ hopes of extending their dominance into a fourth successive season of Formula One.
  • The Indian men’s compound archery team overcame Iran in a nail-biting encounter to win gold in the 2017 Asia Cup Tournament Stage 1, which concluded at Bangkok.
  • India won 73 medals, including 37 gold, at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games, held in Austria from March 14-25.

March 25 2017

  • Aditya Puri. HDFC Bank Managing Director Aditya Puri’s name has featured in the list of world’s 30 best chief executive officers (CEO), published by American financial magazine Barron’s.
  • India has marginally improved its position to 87th place on a global energy architecture performance index, but ranks among the worst for pollution, a survey.
  • The Centre has made it mandatory to link Aadhaar cards with all mobile connections, both new and old, by February 2018.
  • Osmania University will host the 105th edition of the Indian Science Congress during January 3-7, 2018.
  • “Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana”, a ‘Scheme for providing Physical Aids and Assisted-living Devices for Senior citizens belonging to BPL category’ will be launched in District Nellore, Andhra Pradesh on 1st April, 2017.
  • The International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was observed globally on 25 March 2017 with the theme “Remember Slavery: Recognising the Legacy and Contributions of People of African Descent”.
  • India has become the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic, beating Japan
  • n a boost to India’s maritime prowess, the Navy has successfully conducted the maiden trial firing of newly installed surface-to-air Barak missile system from its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.

March 24 2017

  • Yves Meyer. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has awarded the Abel Prize for 2017 to mathematician Yves Meyer of the Ecole normale superieure Paris-Saclay, France, for his “pivotal role in the development of mathematical theory of wavelets.”
  • Raghu Rai. Photojournalist Raghu Rai was conferred with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the information and broadcasting (I&B) ministry for “his remarkable contribution to the field.” Rai was honoured with the award by I&B minister M. Venkaiah Naidu at 6th National Photography Awards organised by the photo division of the ministry in the capital.
  • Catholic Syrian Bank. The Reserve Bank of India has accorded its approval for the appointment of T S Anantharaman as part-time Chairman of the Catholic Syrian Bank.
  • Uttarakhand . The World Bank has signed a 100 million US dollar credit agreement with the Centre and Uttarakhand in New Delhi to improve the quality of health care services in all 13 districts of the state.
  • Arundhati Bhattacharya. State Bank of India (SBI) chief Arundhati Bhattacharya has been ranked 26th in the Fortune’s top 50 greatest leaders.
  • March 24, is observed as World TB Day.
  • IDFC Bank. IDFC Bank plans to build a network of more than one lakh points-of-presence in the next two years to enable people in the farthest corners of the country to transact digitally
  • Flipkart. The global biggies such as Amazon and China’s Alibaba, the Bengaluru-headquartered ecommerce major Flipkart is likely to snap up US-headquartered eBay’s India operations.
  • Tamil. Prominent Tamil writer and Sahitya Akademi winner Ashokamitran, who powerfully portrayed the lives and struggles of the urban middle class life in his literary works, died aged 86.

March 23 2017

  • Nation is paying tributes to freedom fighters -Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on their 86th martyrdom day (23 March)
  • The World Meteorological Day was observed globally on 23rd March 2017
  • The government approved construction of 117,814 more affordable houses for urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) in six states (Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha) with a total investment of Rs 5,773 crore and with central assistance of Rs 1,816 crore.
  • Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the following proposals:
    (a) Amendments to National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Act, 1981, include provisions that enable Central Government to increase the authorized capital of NABARD from Rs. 5,000 crore to   Rs. 30,000 crore and to increase it beyond Rs. 30,000 crore in consultation with RBI.
  • India ranks 131 on Human Development Index, Norway No.1
  • NABARD launches water conservation campaign in Karnataka
  • India and ADB Signed $350 Million Loan for Roads in Madhya Pradesh
  • IIT-Kharagpur to get supercomputing facility
  • Android phone maker Samsung launched its digital payment application, called ‘Samsung Pay’, in the country as Indians look to shift to newer payment methods after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation exercise.
  • World Sparrow Day: 20 March
  • PepsiCo ropes in PV Sindhu as brand ambassador
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) on announced the appointment of Ankur Khanna as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
  • Ravindra Jadeja replaces Ravichandran Ashwin to rank top test bowler in ICC rankings

March 22 2017

  • World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources
  • The second India-UAE conference on globalization held at Dubai with an aim to promote cooperation between the two countries, organized by All India Management Association (AIMA)
  •  Madhabi Puri Buch appointed as SEBI whole time member
  • Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) commissioned two major facilities a Hypersonic Wind Tunnel and Shock Tunnel at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre at Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched initiatives to develop Majuli, world biggest river island, as India’s first carbon neutral district and as a biodiversity heritage- yet not officially released
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director Soumya Swaminathan has been named to a high-level group set up by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to provide expertise on and coordinate the global fight against antimicrobial resistance.
  • Major Rohit Suri, from the Parachute Regiment who led the army team that carried out a surgical strike in PoK last year, was presented the second highest peacetime gallantry award Kirti Chakra by President Pranab Mukherjee.
  • K T Irfan Wins Bronze in Asian Racewalking Championships

March 21 2017

  • Mumbai, 41-time Ranji Trophy champions, will no longer be considered a Full Member association in accordance with the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) new constitution
  • Tamil Nadu wins Vijay Hazare Trophy
  • A Canadian school teacher Maggie MacDonnell was awarded the annual Global Teacher Prize and won a $1-million prize during a ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC), a Navratna construction major under the Ministry of Urban Development will execute a US $ 20 million (Rs.130 crore) social housing project in Mauritius.
  • The Government has approved a new scheme to provide financial assistance or capital subsidy to small powerloom units, for installation of Solar Photo Voltaic (SPV) plant, in order to alleviate the problem of power cut and shortages faced by decentralized powerloom units in India.
  • All branches of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ), State Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), State Bank of Mysore (SBM), State Bank of Patiala (SBP) and State Bank of Travancore (SBT) will function as branches of State Bank of India from April 1, 2017
  • International Day of Forests: 21 March
  • Bharatiya Mahila Bank to be merged with SBI

March 20 2017

  • March 20 is celebrated as international day of happiness
  • The annual world economic forum’s 100 young global leaders list released for the year 2017 contains give Indians including Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar sharma
  • Italy is ranked as world’s most healthiest country according to 2017 bloomberg global health index
  • India has been ranked 122 in world happiness index 2017 . Norway tops the list
  • Chenani-Nashiri tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir is India’s longest road tunnel
  • Swiss tennis legend Roger federer won 2017 BNP Paribas open tennis tournament
  • Uttarakhand high court has recognised the river Ganga as the first living entity of India
  • Reliance communication will merge with aircel 
  • India’s idea cellular limited will merge with Vodafone India ltd to become India’s  largest telecom company
  • Kishore piraji kharat has been appointed as MD and CEO of Indian Bank
  • Mera imobile is an app launched by icici bank to provide agricultural information in 11 Indian languages
  • March 20 : world sparrow day
  • Nand niketan township became India’s first private sector township to go cashless.Its located in Gujarat

March 19 2017

  • The three days International Buddhist Conference was held at the Rajgir International Convention Center (RICC) of Nav Nalanda Mahavira Deemed University, Rajgir, Bihar from March 17-19, 2017.
  • First Made-In-India Train, Medha, Flagged off at Dadar Station
  • Punjab Approves 33 Percent Reservation for Women in State Govt Jobs
  • An Indian-American computer scientist, Anshumali Shrivastava, was honored with the National Science Foundation’s prestigious CAREER Award for his research on redesigning current machine-learning processes.
  • Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP, Yogi Adityanath took oath as the 32nd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on March 19, 2017 
  • State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has signed definitive agreements to buy Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation’s (GSPC) entire 80% stake in KG-basin natural gas block for $1.2 billion. 
  • Amitabh Bachchan Launches ‘ABC of Breast Health’ App

March 18 2017

  • The first edition of the Haryana Sahitya Sangam began on March 17, 2017 at Indradhanush Auditorium, Panchkula in Haryana
  • Sports Minister Vijay Goel Addressed Global Millennium Summit at Dubai
  • RBI Gets Centre’s Nod to Print Rs 10 Plastic Notes
  • State run United Bank of India on March 16, 2017 received a capital infusion of Rs 418 crore from the Centre as a part of its turnaround-linked capital infusion plan.
  • CASHe, a fin-tech product promoted by Aeries Financial Technologies has entered into a strategic partnership with Rubique, an online marketplace for financial products on March 16, 2017.
  • India and Russia have inked two pacts for long-term maintenance support for Sukhoi-30MKI jets on March 17, 2017 during the India-Russia Military Industrial Conference in New Delhi.
  • Boeing Signs $3.4 bn deal with US govt for AH-64E Apache helicopters
  • Eleven Indian women were honored with the ‘Women Icons’ Award among 25 Asian Women on March 17, 2017 in Singapore for dedicating their lives to social work.
  • Former Uttarakhand BJP chief Trivendra Singh Rawat was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of the state on March 18, 2017 at the Parade Grounds in state capital Dehradun.Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul administered the oath of office and secrecy to 56-year-old Rawat and nine ministers at a ceremony.
  • Former Gujarat BJP MLA Manhar Valji Bhai Zala Appointed Head of Safai Karamcharis Commission
  • Parliamentary Panel Suggests Merging BSNL & MTNL 
  • The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have signed an agreement on March 16, 2017 in New Delhi to work together for crop improvement and agronomy programmes for grain legumes and dryland cereals.
  • Former Car Racer Ashwin Sundar Died in Car Accident
  • US State Kansas declares March 16 as ‘Indian American Appreciation Day’

March 17 2017

  • The Goods and Service Tax (GST) council headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley cleared the State GST (SGST) and Union Territory GST (UTGST) laws during its 12 Council meet on March 16, 2017.
  • Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh inaugurated a Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) in Shimla on March 15, 2017 to connect all the police posts in the state with each other.
  • India and Brazil have finalised text of the Social Security Agreement(SSA) on March 16, 2017. It will be effective from 2018.
  • Australia Research Institute Signs Agreement with Indian Railways for Infrastructure Support
  • The two day G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meet began in Baden-Baden, Germany on March 17, 2017.
  • India ranks 148 in 2017 UN women in politics map
  • New Zealand’s Whanganui River on March 15, 2017 became the first river in the World to get the legal rights as possessed by a human being.
  • World Bank Approves $175 million loan for India’s National Hydrology Project
  • Bandhan Bank ties up with Avenues India
  • Former Minister of Inidan Railways Mallikarjun Kharge has been nominated for the post of chairman of the Public’s Account Committee (PAC) of Parliament.
  • Indian badminton player Jwala Gutta and retired IAS officer BV Papa Rao have been appointed as members of the Sports Authority of India (SAI)
  • Michael Clarke’s launches his autobiography ‘My Story’

March 16 2017

  • The Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave its approval for signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA),Mussoorie and Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM),Namibia on March 15, 2017
  • Goa CM Manohar Parrikar wins floor test in Goa Assembly  
  • India along with other South East Asian Region countries signed a ‘Call for Action’ on March 16, 2017 to end tuberculosis (TB) and pledged to take efforts to end the disease by 2030
  • China, Saudi Arabia ink deals worth about $65 billion  
  • HDFC Bank Launches India’s First Digital Loans Against Securities 
  • Private insurer Future Generali India Insurance Company (FGII) has announced tie-up with Kolkata based UCO Bank for its products on March 15, 2017
  • SEBI Issues Guidelines for Celebrities to Endorse Mutual Fund Products At Industry Level
  • India’s public sector banking and financial services company State Bank of India(SBI) and real estate developers’ body CREDAI have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which is valid for a period of 3 years.
  • Dehradun based Indian multinational oil and gas company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGChas planned to invest Rs 21528 crore to develop India’s deepest gas discovery in UD-1 find by 2022-23.
  • According to the 2017 ranking, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has been ranked best Indian University and has been placed at 27th position among the universities in Asia
  • Singapore’s Changi Airport Named World’s Best Airport for 5th Consecutive Year.World’s Top 5 Airports 
    1 Changi Airport Singapore
    2 Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport)
    3 Incheon International Airport
    4 Munich Airport
    5 Hong Kong International Airport
  • An Indian-American teen Indrani Das(17) won the US’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition Regeneron Science Talent Search Awards Gala on March 16, 2017
  • Mumbai based Central Bank of India won the first prize in the implementation of Official Language Policy in the western region for the year 2015-2016  at the Official Language Conference  of Central and Western Regions in Udaipur
  • Amarinder Singh Takes Oath as Chief Minister of Punjab 
  • Bibhu Prasad Kanungo from Odisha has been appointed as Deputy Governor in Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for three years by the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) .
  • SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launches EchoStar 23 Satellite 

March 15 2017

  • The Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman launched a new scheme named Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) on March 15, 2017 for developing export linked infrastructure and boost the competitiveness of India’s shipments.
  • Annual Krishi Unnati Mela Begins in New Delhi
  • The Executive Committee (EC) of National Mission for Clean Ganga has given approval for 20 new projects worth nearly Rs 1,900 crore during a meeting held on March 2, 2017.
  • International Vision Zero Conference on Occupational, Safety and Health Begins In New Delhi
  • In a bid to encourage women participation in workforce, Saudi Arabia has for the first time decided to launch a Girl’s Council, without girls
  • The country’s largest lender, State Bank of India announced a One-Time Settlement (OTS) scheme worth Rs 6,000 crore on March 14, 2017 for tractor and farm mechanization loans to improve the loan recovery.
  • India’s contribution to UN increases to Rs 244 crore
  • Tata Steel & Wipro Named Among World’s Most Ethical Companies
  • Babul Supriyo Named Vice-President Of FIFA U-17 World Cup LOC
  • BJP Leader N Biren Singh Sworn in as Chief Minister of Manipur
  • Former Judge of the Gauhati High Court Chittaranjan Sharma has sworn in as Assam’s Upalokayukta by Governor Banwarilal Purohit on March 14, 2017
  • Mumbai based IndusInd Bank announced to acquire 100 per cent stake in brokerage firm IL&FS Securities Services to regulatory approvals on March 14, 2017
  • World Consumer Rights Day – March 15, 2017

March 14 2017

  • The Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha on March 14, 2017 
  • The Union government has launched Mission Fingerling on March 11, 2017 to achieve Blue Revolution with the holistic development and management of fisheries in the country.
  • Government Establishes Banana Research Centre in Vaishali District of Bihar
  • According to the Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey released on March 14, 2017, Vienna, the capital of Austria has topped the list of cities offering the highest quality of life for the eighth year in a row.In India, Hyderabad emerged as the best city in terms of living standards among Indian cities for the third year in a row.
  • Former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar was sworn in as Goa Chief Minister for fourth time at the Raj Bhavan in Panaji, Goa on March 14, 2017.Goa Governor Mridula Sinha administered the oath of office and secrecy to the Chief Minister and eight other ministers who also took the oath
  • Reliance Commercial Finance appoints Devang Mody as CEO
  • Commonwealth Day -March 13,2017

March 13 2017

  • The Arunachal Pradesh government has launched a new scheme Adarsh Gram Yojana that is in accordance with the basic philosophy of the Prime Minister “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas”
  • Pakistan to Conduct its First Census in 19 years From March 15
  • Bangladesh declares to Observe March 25 as ‘Genocide Day’
  • RBI Removes Limit on Cash Withdrawal from Savings Banks Accounts
  • Hyundai Signs 3 Bn Euro Deal For Iran Oil Project
  • Europe’s biggest bank HSBC Holdings Plc. has appointed Mark Tucker as its Chairman on March 13, 2017.
  • The Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley was given the additional charge of the Defence Ministry on March 13, 2017 after Manohar Parrikar resigned to take on the new role of Goa Chief Minister.
  • Chinese smartphone company OnePlus has roped in Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan as its new brand ambassador for India on March 6, 2017.
  • Intel has announced a deal under which it will buy Israeli technology company Mobileye for $15.3 billion
  • SSP Chawrasia Becomes Second Indian Golfer to Defend Indian Open Title
  • Punjab defeated Railways by a 2-1 in a Group B final round league match of the 71st Santosh Trophy football tournament on March 13, 2017 in Goa.

March 12 2017

  • The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth
  • Justice Thottathil Bhaskaran Nair Radhakrishnan, Judge of the Kerala High Court is appointed as Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court.
  • Former football player Umesh Sood passed away in New Delhi on March 12, 2017. 
  • Thailand’s Model, Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin was crowned Miss International Queen 2016 on March 10, 2017 in the 12th edition of the beauty pageant event in Pattaya City, Thailand. 
  • Narendra Kumar has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Central Water Commission (CWC)
  • Private sector lender Yes Bank has signed three projects to provide payments-related solutions to smart cities. The bank finds it as a good business opportunity. Yes Bank has currently ties up with Udaipur, Nashik and Puducherry for the introduction of digital payment systems under the smart city initiative. 
  • Central Railway zone of Indian Railway unveiled India’s first air-conditioned rail ambulance on 9 March 2017.

March 11 2017

  • Arunachal Pradesh Finance Minister Presents Rs 285 crore deficit budget for 2017-18
  • Rajya Sabha Passes Enemy Property Amendment Bill.Rajya Sabha passed a bill on March 10, 2017 by voice vote to amend a 49-year-old law regarding claims of succession or transfer of properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan and China in the 1960s or later .
  • State-run National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) has installed India’s largest floating Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Plant at Rajiv Gandhi Combined Cycle Power Plant (RGCCPP) at Kayamkulam in Kerala on March 10, 2017.
  • Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Executive Director of the UNEP, Erik Solheim have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Nairobi based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to formalise  joint cooperation in the area of environmental conservation in Indian Railways.
  • B.P. Kanungo appointed RBI deputy governor in place of R. Gandhi
  • India appoints Manjeev Singh Puri as next envoy to Nepal
  • The North Delhi Municipal Corporation launched India’s largest municipal waste-to-power plant at Narela-Bawana in New Delhi on March 10, 2017.
  • India successfully test-fired an extended range version of supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from a test range off the Odisha coast on March 11, 2017.
  • NASA’s Announces ‘Europa Clipper’ Mission to Explore Jupiter’s Moon
  • The States of Odisha, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have decided to jointly conduct a synchronised Elephant census from May 9-12, 2017.
  • Chris Bertish, a South African surfer and a sailor became the first person in the world on March 9, 2017 to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard after completing an epic 4,050-mile voyage alone at sea.
  • The National Archives of India celebrated its 127th Foundation Day on March 11, 2017 at Janpath, New Delhi

March 10 2017

  • The Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha.The bill seeks to increase the maternity leaves to 26 weeks by amending the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961 that provides for 12 weeks of maternity leave.
  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued a draft rule titled Information Technology (Security of Prepaid Payment Instruments) Rules 2017 on March 8, 2017 for digital wallet firms like Paytm, FreeCharge and Mobikwik.
  • RBI Restricts Cash Loan Against Gold by NBFC to Rs 25,000
  • Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat was conferred with the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) by Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University on its 8th convocation ceremony in Nagpur on March 9, 2017.
  • Donald Tusk re-elected as European Council president 
  • South Korea’s Parliament Vote Unanimously to Remove President Park Geun-hye
  • ICC appoint Sachin Tendulkar as official ambassador of women’s World Cup 2017
  • Chandrayaan-1, India’s first unmanned lunar spacecraft, which was generally considered lost, has been discovered by the NASA scientists still orbiting the Moon.
  • The women safety app ‘Ammavin Aran‘ which means ‘mother’s fortress’ was launched by the AIADMK Deputy General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran on March 9, 2017 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.