Category Archives: January 2017

Jan 31 2017

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

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

Jan 29 2017

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

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

     

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

Jan 28 2017

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

Jan 27 2017

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

Jan 26 2017

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

Jan 25 2017

  • The Election Commission of India will celebrate the 7th National Voters’ Day across the country today (25 January 2017) for enhanced participation of citizens in the electoral process.
  • The list of the Padma awards is out,The Padma Vibhushan is the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India, preceded by Bharat Ratna and followed by Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri (also Padmashree) is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan. Awarded by the Government of India, it is announced every year on India’s Republic Day. This Year both Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards given are as follows:
    i.Padma Vibhushan awardees: Sharad Pawar, Murli Manohar Joshi, K.J.Yesudas, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, P.A. Sangma, Sunder Lal Patwah, VishwaMohan Bhat.
    ii.Padma Shri awardees: Basanti Visht, Chemanchari K. Nair, Sadhu Meher, T. K. Murthy, Emrat Khan, L. Birender Kumar Singh, Baoa Devi, Tilak Gitai, Kailash Kher, Mukund Naik, Sukri Bommagowda, Anuradha Podwal, Wareppa Naba Nil, T. K. Vishwanathanan, Kanwal Sibal, G. Venkata Subbaiah, Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri, Birkha Bahadur Limboo Muringla, Eli Ahmed, Bhavna Somaya, Kashinath Pandit,Harkishan Singh, Dr Mukut Minz, Sanjeev Kapoor, Ashok Kumar Bhattacharya, H. R. Shah,Anuradha Koirala, Dr Mapuskar, Karimul Haque, Virat Kohli, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar, Vikas Gowda, Srijesh, M. Thanghavelu.
  • India and the UAE inked 14 agreements in various areas including in defence, maritime transport, comprehensive strategic partnership, shipping, agriculture and allied sector, trade, oil storage and management, energy efficiency, road transport and highways and prevention and combating human trafficking.
  • In United States, the Senate has confirmed Nikki Haley as the next Ambassador to the United Nations, making her the first Indian-American to serve on a Cabinet rank position in any presidential administration.
  • BookMyShow acquires MastiTickets
  • Matthew Hayden inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame
  • The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals hosted by Russia will take place in the Kremlin .
  • Kings XI Punjab have appointed Virender Sehwag as their head of cricket operations and strategy, and brand ambassador too for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Jan 24 2016

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the Indian Institute of Management(IIM) Bill, 2017 on January 24, 2017 that aims to declare IIMs as Institutions of National Importance.
  • The Union Cabinet has decided to transfer the role of advising the government on how toutilize the proceeds from disinvestment from the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) to the Department of Economic Affairs.
  • The Union Ministry of Steel, headed by Chaudhary Birendra Singh has come out with a Draft National Steel Policy 2017 to increase the supply of domestic coking coal and cut the dependence on imports.
  • In an effort to become the super powerful occupier of green energy, China has built the world’s biggest solar park, Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, in the western province ofQinghai.
  • The new US president, Donald Trump signed a formal executive order on January 23, 2017 to withdraw the country from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, thus keeping his promise made during his presidential campaign.
  • The Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (BCSBI) has announced an initiative as per which it would organise “Know Your Rights” programme in select urban and rural areas of the country to enhance awareness on Banking Codes at the grassroot level among the people.
  • In a bid to promote digital transaction in Assam, the Chief Minister of Assam,Sarbananda Sonowal on January 22, 2017 announced the launch of ‘Chief Minister’s Award’ while inaugurating the Digi Dhan Mela in the state.
  • Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was awarded the first ever Hugo Chavez Prize for Peace and Sovereignty by the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on January 18, 2017 at the Presidential Palace in Miraflores, Caracas, Venezuela.
  • Derk Segaar has been appointed Director of the New Delhi based United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) covering India and the Kingdom of Bhutan by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.   
  • The Minister of Commerce & Industry, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman launched Rubber Soil Information System (RubSIS) on January 23, 2017 in New Delhi to provide the detail about the soil quality to the rubber growers to enhance productivity besides reducing the cost of production
  • The Guided Pinaka was successfully test fired from the Launch Complex-III, ITR, Chandipur for a further enhanced range
  • Indian has partnered with the British experts over a project that aims to study the air pollution level in Delhi and health problems associated it.
  • National Girl Child Day Celebrated on January 24, 2017

Jan 23 2016

  • The Chief Minister of Jharkhand Raghubar Das presented the state’s annual budget for 2017-18 on January 23, 2017 under the theme of “Garib Kalyan Varsh” The main focus of the budget is on agriculture, education and skill development, rural development and eliminating poverty.
  • The Indian postal department released a special stamp cover titled “Golden girls of India – Pride of Nation” on January 21, 2017 during a district-level philatelic exhibition inAgartala to honor the sporting personalities in the country.The special covers feature the 2016 Olympic medalist gymnast Dipa Karmakar, shuttler PV Sindu and wrestler Sakshi Malik. They were also awarded the nation’s highest sports award Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2016.Besides the three, the cover also depicted the image of Dipa’s coach Bishweshwar Nandi who was awarded the 2016 Dronacharya award.
  • Tamil Nadu Assembly Unanimously Passes Jallikattu Bill
  • Goa First State to Send Postal Ballots Electronically to Service Voters
  • The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Committee under the chairmanship of Shri N.K. Singh, former Revenue and Expenditure Secretary and former Member of Parliament presented its Report to the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley on January 23, 2017 in New Delhi.
  • The parliament of Turkey approved a constitutional reform on January 21, 2017 to strengthen the powers of the presidency by introducing presidential rule in the country and has led the way for a referendum on the issue by the public.
  • Varanasi-based Utkarsh Micro Finance started operating its banking business asUtkarsh Small Finance Bank on January 23, 2017 to cater to the needs of the poor mainly in the northern belt. UK’s Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) has infused Rs. 150 crore in the tier II capital in the company.
  • In a bid to encourage banks to provide loans for education, the Reserve Bank of India has declared that rescheduling the period of payment ofeducation loans due to the inability of the borrower because of unemployment will not be treated asrestructured accounts for computing NPAs.
  • Wholesale reinsurance provider Swiss Re has received approval from the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) to open a branch in the city.
  • UK-headquartered Vodafone India signed an MoU with the West Bengal government to invest Rs 3,000 crore for capacity augmentation and new business initiatives over next three years.
  • Moving towards the Make in India initiative, the Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh inaugurated the new Universal Rail Mill at Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) of Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) on January 23, 2017 and flagged off the mills first and world’s longest single rail of 130 meters from the new Universal Rail Mill(URM).
  • Delhi International Airport Ltd.(DIAL) has bagged the prestigious GoldenPeacock Award on January 20, 2017 for Corporate Social Responsibility in the transportation sector under the aviation category for the year 2016.
  • Transportation app Uber will soon launch its on-demand food delivery app ‘UberEATS’ in the Indian market.
  • Virat Becomes Fastest Batsman to Score 1000 Runs as ODI Captain
  • Nation pays homage to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 120th birthanniversary on 23 January 2017.

Jan 22 2017

  • A special task force (STF) for women safety has been reconstituted under the Chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor (L-G)Anil Baijal to review the decisions taken by the Delhi Police and other departments regarding women’s safety on January 20, 2017.
  • Assam State Governor Banwarilal Purohit inaugurated the Arogya Mitra conferenceon January 21, 2017 at Silchar. The three day conference has been organised by the south Assam zone of the NGO, Keshab Smarak Sanskriti Surabhi at the campus of Veterinary College, Ghungoor.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived inDehradun to inaugurate the Combined Commanders Conference.
  • India’s passenger train speed will be increased to 200 km per hour with the help of Russian Railways and budget of the high speed train will be shared between the two countries in the ratio 50:50
  • The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 was held in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland from January 17-20, 2017.The theme of 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017 is Responsive and Responsible Leadership.
  • Mumbai based dairy firm Kwality Ltd has signed an MoU with Bank of Baroda on January 20, 2017 to provide Rs. 4000 crore loans to one lakh farmers out of the established networks from whom the company procures milk.
  • Punjab National Bank (PNB) has launched a Contactless Credit Card named PNB Wave N Pay on January 21, 2017 in New Delhi to further enhance its digitalization initiative.
  • According to the annual 50 Most Innovative Companies survey report published by the management consulting firm BCG (Boston Consulting Group), , Apple Inc. has been named as the World’s Most Innovative Company in 2016.
  • Over 3.5 lakh people in Gujarat created a world record on January 21, 2017 by singing
    the National Anthem at an event ofinstallation of idol of goddess Khodiyar at a newly-built Khodal Dham temple in Kagvad town in Rajkot district.
  • Ex-BCCI president Anurag Thakur was today unanimously elected head of the Himachal Pradesh Olympic Association (HPOA) for a four-year term..
  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on January 20, 2017 approved the proposed merger of online travel firm MakeMyTrip’s Indian travel business with rival Ibibo Group. The closing of the transaction is expected to be around January 31, 2017.
  • Indian badminton ace Saina Nehwal clinched the 2017 Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Goldwomen’s single title in the summit clash in Sibu, Malaysia on January 22, 2017.

Jan 21 2017

  • The Union Government so far has awarded Rs. 60.9 crore as prize money to over 3.81 lakh consumers and 21,000 merchants under its two lucky draw schemes – Lucky Grahak Yojana and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojana. The winners included small farmers, anganwadi workers, housewives and labourers and most of the winners were in the age group of 21-30 years. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka have emerged as the top five states with the maximum number of winners
  • Government has notified that Co-operative Banks are not authorised to accept deposits under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Deposit Scheme (PMGKDS).  The deposits under this scheme can be accepted any banks to which the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (10 of 1949) applies.
  • Indian Navy’s largest warship of the, INS Vikramditya became the first warship to be equipped with its own dedicated ATM (Automated Teller Machine). The ATM onboard of the ship will be provided by India’s largest public sector bank State Bank of India (SBI).
  • The Union Ministry of AYUSH and Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) have signed a Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) to co-regulate malpractices in the advertisement of AYUSH sector.
  • The World Economic Forum (WEF), NITI Aayog, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Cornell University will work to develop an India Innovation Index to provide impetus to states to drive innovative spirit.
  • The Union Government has Tamil Nadu government’s proposal to promulgate an ordinance to hold Jallikattu, a traditional bull taming sport.
  • India and the UAE held the first meeting of their strategic dialogue in New Delhi to elevate the bilateral relationship to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
  • Bihar government launched Nasha Mukt campaign to make the state addidction-free with formation of over 11 thousand km long human chain across the state. It is claimed to be world’s largest human chain and broke previous record of 1050km human chain formed in Bangladesh.
  • Donald Trump (70) was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America (USA).
  • Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China has withdrawn the visa-free facility for Indians who will have to complete a pre-arrival registration.
  • ISKCON’s Govardhan eco village located in Wada taluka in Thane district (Maharashtra) was conferred the UNWTO Award for Innovation in the category of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO). The award was presented to the village for taking innovative measures of ’sustainable tourism’ in country at the annual UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism held at Madrid in Spain on Thursday.

Jan 20 2017

  • The first flight under the government’s ambitious regional connectivity scheme UDAN (Ude Desh Ke Aam Naagrik) will to take off in February 2017.
  • The 28th edition of Dantan Gramin Mela was inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee in West Midnapore district in West Bengal.
  • According to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2017 report, India’s economy is projected to grow by 7.7% in fiscal 2017 and 7.6% in 2018 India will remain the fastest growing large developing economy due to its strong private consumption and gradual introduction of significant domestic reforms.
  • The Supreme Court has ruled that Canon law and decrees of divorce given by ecclesiastical tribunals or ‘Church Courts’ cannot veto the statutory law of divorce.
  • The Union Cabinet has excluded States and Union Territories except Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Delhi (UT) and Madhya Pradesh from National Small Savings Fund (NSSF) investments with effect from 1 April 2016
  • The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) was officially launched at World Economic Forum (WEF) Davos after it received $460-million to develop vaccines against 3 emerging highly-contagious and fatal diseases.
  • The World Bank has sanctioned Rs 1,376 crore for complete upgradation and improvement of the power system network in Tripura.
  • The US military has successfully launched Geo-3 satellite mounted with Atlas V rocket into space to monitor possible missile attacks from space.
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully maneuvered the orbit planes of Mars orbiter Mission (MOM) or Mangalyaan to enhance the capacity of battery.
  • The Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of nearly Rs. 206 crore on seven cement companies for bid-rigging and cartelisation. These seven companies are Shree Cement, UltraTech Cement, Jaiprakash Associates, JK Cement, Ambuja Cements, ACC and JK Lakshmi Cement.
  • Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has won her second People’s Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic TV Actress.
  • Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba became major sponsor of the Olympic Games after signing a deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that runs until 2028.

Jan 19 2017

  • The Union Government launched a dedicated web portal ShaGun (http://ssashagun.nic.in) for monitoring the progress of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). The portal was developed by World Bank in collaboration with Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Russia for cooperation on Youth matters.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Institutional Cooperation in Maritime Transport. The proposed MoU seeks to pave way for facilitation and promotion of maritime transport, simplification of customs and other formalities between both countries.
  • The Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Vietnam in the field of Cyber Security.
  • The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India and Serbia for promoting cooperation in the field of Information Technology and Electronics.
  • Scientists have officially named a new endangered species of moth as Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, found in parts of Southern California and Baja, Mexico after US president-elect Donald Trump.
  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given its ‘in principle’ approval for listing the five Public Sector General Insurance Companies (2016-17) owned General Insurance Companies in the stock exchanges. They are New India Assurance Company Ltd, United India Insurance Company Ltd, Oriental Insurance Company Ltd, National Insurance Company Ltd and General Insurance Corporation of India.
  • According to recently released annual by Jones Lang LaSalle’s City Momentum Index (CMI), Bengaluru (capital of Karnatak) has emerged as the most dynamic city in the world.
  • The Income Tax Department has clarified that income declaration scheme, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), will be only applicable to cash or deposits in bank accounts and not for income in the form of jewellery, stock or immovable property.

Jan 18 2017

  • Union Railway Ministry has unveiled ‘Mission 41K’ to save Rs. 41,000 crore on the Indian Railways’ expenditure on energy consumption over the next 10 years.
  • India formally became an associate member of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) with the government completing the internal approval procedures for the agreement it signed in November 2016.
  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the proposal for India’s taking full membership of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) Governing Council.
  • The Union Cabinet has approved holding negotiations for Trade Agreement with Peru on trade in goods, services and investment.
  • The 58th edition of India International Garment Fair (IIGF) began in New Delhi.
  • Madhya Pradesh became the first State of the country to launch Aanandam programme to help the needy persons. Under it, government through volunteers will provide help to the needy and economically sound citizens can donate items for the needy persons.
  • India ranked low at 78th position on the recently released global Passport Index 2017 with a visa-free score of 46.
  • West Bengal fisheries department has proposed to give legal protection to Hilsa Fish to arrest its dwindling population.
  • Mawlynnong village in Meghalaya has become a role model for other states in maintaining cleanliness and also tourists’ hotspot. It is also claimed as Asia’s cleanest village.
  • Karang, a small lake island in Manipur, became the first cashless island in India.
  • Cricket icon Kapil Dev was inducted into Legends Club ‘Hall of Fame’ at the Cricket Club of India in Mumbai, Mahrashtra.

Jan 16 2017

  • Madhya Pradesh Government launched Digital Dakiya (or Digital Postman) scheme to encourage cashless transactions. It is first of its kind scheme in the country. It was launched by State Finance Minister Jayant Malliya in Indore.
  • The Border Security Force (BSF) has launched operation Sard Hawa at the western international border of Rajasthan to check the instances of infilteration due to the dense fog in the area
  • US based rocket manufacturing company SpaceX successfully launched constellation of 10 satellites into orbit on board of its two stage Falcon 9 Rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
  • The RBI Note Mudran printing press located in Mysuru (Karnataka) has broken all its past record by printing highest number of currency notes in December 2016. It printed 10.9 million notes on a single day, breaking the previous world record of 8.7 million notes printed in an American currency printing press.
  • State General Reserve Fund of Oman (SGRF), a Sovereign Wealth Fund of Oman and State Bank of India (SBI) have signed pact to infuse $150 million and $50 million respectively in second Oman India Joint Investment Fund (OIJIF), a private equity fund. OIJIF Fund II is targeting a corpus of $300 million by 2017-end.
  • Veteren actor Rishi Kapoor’s autobiography titled “Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored” was released. The book’s title has been borrowed from the famous song “Khullam Khulla Pyar Karenge Hum Dono” of his film Khel Khel Mein.
  • Gujarat won its maiden Ranji Trophy title by defeating defending champion Mumbai by five wickets in the final match held at the Holkar stadium in Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
  • The Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports launched the ‘Khelo India’ National level Competitions at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool Complex in New Delhi.

Jan 17 2017

  • The Union Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has launched Saksham 2017 (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav), an awareness program for sustainable use of petroleum products.
  • The Union Government has formally inked a financing agreement for IDA credit of US$ 48 million for the ‘Nagaland Health Project’ along with a Project Agreement.
  • The sub-committee under chairmanship of professor Timothy Gonsalves has recommended reservation for girl students in IITs to address the issue of slump in number of female students entering the prestigious institutes.
  • Scientists have developed the world’s lightest high-performance mechanical watch RM 50-03 made using the ‘wonder material’ graphene.
  • According India Meteorological Department’s (IMD’s) statement of climate of India, 2016 was the warmest year ever on record in India since the documenting of meteorological records began in 1901.
  • India was ranked 92nd among 118 countries in the 2017 Global index of talent competitiveness (GTI) list.
  • India ranked 60th among the 79 developing countries in 2017 Inclusive Development Index (IDI) released in World Economic Forum’s (WEF) ‘Inclusive Growth and Development Report’.
  • The World Economic Outlook (WEO) update released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut India’s growth rate for the fiscal year 2016–17 to 6.6% from its previous estimate of 7.6%. India’s growth rate was cut due to the temporary negative consumption shock of demonetisation.
  • State-run power equipment maker BHEL has commissioned second unit of capacity 500 MW of Sagardighi Thermal Power Station Phase II in Murshidabad district of West Bengal.
  • Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on Moon passes away

Jan 15 2017

  • The annual camel festival was held in Bikaner, Rajasthan from January 14-January 15,2017 in the presence of domestic as well as foreign tourists.
  • Madhya Pradesh government inaugurated a first of its kind scheme of the country,“Digital Dakiya” in Indore on January 14, 2017 to encourage cashless transaction in the state.
  • Border Security Force (BSF) has launched its 14 day operation Sard Hawa at the western international border of Rajasthan on January 15, 2017 to check the instances of infilteration due to the dense fog in the area.
  • The third National conference  Jal Manthan-III”  was inaugurated by Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Uma Bharti in New Delhi.
  • The SEBI Board on January 14, 2017 announced its decision to reduce the fees payable by broker by 25 percent as a part of calibration of various other fees collected by the regulator from different market intermediaries.
  • National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has declared Rs 54.90 crore prize money to over 3.42 lakh winners for NITI Aayog’s lucky draw schemes Lucky Grahak Yojna (LGY) and Digi-Dhan Vyapar Yojna (DVY).
  • The Commerce Secretary has launched a  mobile app named ‘SEZ India‘ for Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
  • Tamil Nadu government lead by O.Panneerselvam has launched a mobile application ‘Pinakin‘ to provide information of famous destinations in Tamil Nadu.
  • Tanzania’s Simbu & Kenya’s Kitur wins Mumbai Marathon 2017
  • The autobiography of the veteran Indian actor Rishi Kapoor titled “Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored” was released on January 15, 2017.
  • The Indian Army celebrated its 69th Army Day on January 15, 2017. The day is celebrated every year on January 15 to respect the Lieutenant General of India, K. M. Cariappa (Kodandera Madappa Cariappa) who was the first Indian Army’s Commander-in-Chief.
  • The 62nd Filmfare Awards ceremony was held in Mumbai, Maharashtra on January 14, 2017.
    Award Winner
    Best Film Dangal
    Best Director Nitesh Tiwari for Dangal
    Best Actor (Male) Aamir Khan for Dangal
    Best Actor (Female) Alia Bhatt for Udta Punjab

Jan 14 2017

  • The Union Government is discussing the issue of bringing water into concurrent list of VII schedule of Constitution with States.
  • The first edition of Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) International Television Dance Festival was held in Hyderabad, capital of Telangana.
  • The Expert Group set up to prepare Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) has submitted its report to the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD).
  • India and the United States has signed MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to collaborate in the fields of developmental activities and aid in third world countries. The MoU was signed between the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Union Ministry of External Affairs’ Development Partnership Administration (DPA).
  • India ink MoU with Sri Lanka to construct 3,000 rain water harvesting systems
  • India’s first ever solar powered boat called ‘Aditya’ was launched at Kochi’s Vembanad lake in Kerala.
  • Bharti Enterprises’ Airtel Payments Bank (APB) became the first payments bank in the county to start its nationwide operations. It is 80:20 joint venture between Bharti Airtel Ltd and Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.
  • US lifts 20-year economic embargo on Sudan
  • Ecuador has taken over from Thailand as chair of the Group of 77 (G77) countries of the United Nations for the year 2017.
  • Senior Congress leader and former Tourism Minister of Maharashtra Chandrakant Chhajed passed away in Pune today due to prolonged illness.
  • International Olympic Committee (IOC) has disqualified three Chinese women’s weightlifting gold medallists at the 2008 Beijing Olympics for doping. Three weightlifters Cao Lei (75kg category gold medallist), Chen Xiexia (48kg gold medallist) and Liu Chunhong (69kg gold medallist) were stripped of their 2008 titles.

Jan 13 2017

  • 46 Constituencies in UP to have Urdu Electoral Rolls for the First Time
  • The Union Minister of state for  Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh while addressing the 29th meeting of the Standing Committee of Voluntary Agencies (Scova) in New Delhi on January 12, 2017 informed that the minimum pension for central government employees has been increased to Rs. 9,000 per person and ex-gratia amount has been increased from Rs. 10-15 lakh to Rs. 25-35 lakh.
  • The Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the first solar-powered boat of the state water transport department, “Aditya” on January 12, 2017 at a function held in Vaikom boat Jetty in Kerala.
  • The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), in association with Corps of Signals of Indian Army is organizing DEFCOM 2017 on March23-24, 2017.
    ii. The theme of the 2017 DEFCOM is Digital Army Infrastructure and Skilled Human Resource.
  • Japan Pledges 1 Trillion Yen Aid Package to Philippines
  • Russia has amended its laws permitting lot of their Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to enter into long-term agreements for spares and support for military equipment supplied to India
  • Russia Plans to Ban Cigarette Sale for Those Born After 2015
  • Airtel Payments Bank started its nationwide operations on January 12, 2017 with an initial investment of Rs 3,000 crore and offering an interest rate of 7.25 per cent for savings accounts. The bank was launched by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
  • NTPC Signs MoU To Takeover Rajasthan’s Chhabra Thermal Power Plant
  • Rajesh Gopinathan appointed as Chief Executive Officer of TCS
  • India successfully test-fired the Guided Pinaka Rocket from Launch Complex-III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) launch pad at Chandipur off coast Odisha.
  • Indian Boxer Sarita to become Country’s First Female Professional Boxer

Jan 12 2017

  • The Indian hockey team captain, PR Sreejesh has become a member of International Hockey Federation Athletes’ Committee
  • Daniel Ortega, a former rebel fighter, has been sworn-in for a 3rd consecutive term as President of Nicaragua with his wife Rosario Murillo as the new Vice President.
  • The International Conference on ‘Disability Communication: Perspectives and Challenges in the 21st Century (ICDC-2017)’ was held at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini in Mumbai, Maharashtra from January 9-11, 2017.
  • The “Festival of India” will be organised by Ghana from January 25 to March 16, 2017.
  • India’s second Kalvari-class Scorpene stealth submarine “INS Khanderi” has been launched at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • The United Kingdom has become the first country in the world to officially recognise parkour as a sport. Parkour, also known as freerunning
  • The world’s first ‘Gender Literature Festival’ is scheduled to be held in Patna,Bihar in the second week of April, 2017
  • The first and only underwater sculpture museum of Europe, Museo Atlantico, has been inaugurated on January 10, 2017 off the Canary Island coast of Lanzarote.
  • HDFC Bank introduced digital wallets to install point of sale (PoS) terminals at counters in temples of Tamil Nadu.
  • Citibank India has launched a Voice Biometrics Authentication for its phone banking customers on January 10, 2017
  • NITI Aayog has projected the GDP growth rate of 8 Percent for 2016-17 based on the appraisal document for the Twelfth Five-Year Plan.
  • Mahindra Asset Management Company Pvt. Ltd (MAMCPL) launched  an open ended scheme Mahindra Mutual Fund Dhan Sanchay Yojna scheme to generate long-term returns through investment in equity and debt.
  • Cue Champion Pankaj Advani wins Kolkata Open snooker Championship
  • National Youth Day also known as Yuva Diwas is celebrated every year with the great joy and enthusiasm in India on January 12 since 1985 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the maker of the modern India.

Jan 11 2017

  • The Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare will roll out measles-rubella (MR) vaccine in the Universal Immunization Programme  (UIP) in February 2017
  • The Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu launched new passenger mobile application named ‘IRCTC Rail Connect app’ to promote ease of ticketing through digital transactions.
  • Gujarat government launched India’s first student startup and innovation policy with an aims to provide Rs 200 crore in the form of grants to ideas developed by students/ The policy aims to support over 1,000 innovation per year in the state
  • President Pranab Mukherjee conferred 2017 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) upon 30 prominent non-resident Indians (NRI’s)/ organisations on the concluding day of 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas held in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Researchers from Midwestern University have identified the function of the human appendix, often viewed as a vestigial organ with little-known use.
  • Private sector Axis Bank became the third lender in the country to announce usage of block chain solutions for its operations.                                               Blockchain technology: It is a decentralised digital ledger that records transactions on thousands of computers globally in such a way that the registered transactions cannot be altered retrospectively. It is a secured way of conducting online transactions and its use removes the characteristic of infinite reproducibility from a digital asset. In case of cross border remittances, its use enables instant transfer of money as against the current system that takes about a week for the same.
  • The 8th International Conference and Exhibition on Re-enforced Plastics (ICERP) organized by FRP Institute was inaugurated by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at Bombay Exhibition centre in Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra.
  • Outgoing US President Barack Obama has selected four Indian-American scientists among 102 researchers for the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). They are Pankaj Lal from Montclair State University, Kaushik Chowdhury from Northeastern University, Manish Arora from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Aradhna Tripati from University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was given an award by the US Embassy (New Delhi) in appreciation for his invaluable contributions to the US-India partnership on tuberculosis (TB).
  • 13-time gymnastics world champion Russian rhythmic gymnast Yana Kudryavtseva has announced retirement from the sport at aged 19. She had won 13 world championships from 2013 to 2015. She was also the youngest rhythmic gymnast to win the World Championships, winning the all-around category in 2013 aged 15 years
  • Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) became the first state cricket governing body in the country to accept all the reforms recommended by Lodha Committee on structural reforms in BCCI

Jan 10 2017

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh laid the foundation stone for the construction of National Disaster Response Force’s (NDRF) new campus at Kondapavuluru village of Gannavaram mandal in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh.
  • The Union Ministry of Power unveiled world’s largest street light replacement programme in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) area
  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and French Space agency (CNES) have signed a partnership agreement in satellite launch technology.
  • Tamil Nadu became 21st state to join Central Government’s power utility turnaround scheme Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY).
  • The Assam Government will launch its indigenously-developed e-Wallet Tokapoisa.in to enable the people of the state for hassle-free online transactions in local language.
  • Maharashtra Government launched India’s largest public WiFi service called ‘MumbaiWifi‘ in state capital Mumbai with aim to empower people digitally. It is also claimed to be one of the largest wifi service in the world.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first international stock exchange at International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) in Gujarat International Financial Tech City (GIFT) located in Gandhinagar, capital of Gujarat. It is named as International exchange-India (INX) and is wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).
  • India’s second largest private sector lender HDFC Bank launched IRA (Intelligent Robotic Assistant), a ‘humanoid’ at its Mumbai branch.
  • The World Hindi Day is observed annually on 10 January.
  • The world’s best player for the year 2016 at the inaugural Best FIFA Football Awards held in Zurich, Switzerland.

Jan 09 2017

  • The Central Board for Direct Taxes (CBDT) has announced that the General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR) will start from April 1, 2017 to check tax evasion and avoidance.
  • The Indian Army has successfully conducted ‘user-validation’ trials of indigenous Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS)  “Dhanush” in the Himalayas.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Pravasi Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PKVY), a skill development program targeted at Indian youth seeking overseas employment to make India the Skill Capital of the World.
  • The Union Government has made mandatory for workers in rural areas enrolled under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA) to have an Aadhaar card.
  • The international Kite festival started in Ahmedabad at Sabarmati River Front in Ahmedabad.
  • The 20th Edition of the National Conference for e-Governance 2016-17 has started in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Indian-American Parag Havaldar has been named in the list of 18 achievements announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its 2017 Scientific and Technical awards. He was honoured for the development of expression-based facial performance-capture technology at Sony Pictures Imageworks.
  • Spain’s Roberto Bautista won the 2017 Chennai Open title in the men’s single category.

Jan 08 2017

  • India and Portugal have signed six memorandum of understandings (MoUs) including in defence cooperation. These agreements were signed after delegation level talks Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Portugal counterpart António Costa who is chief Guest of 2017 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
  • India asked the World Bank not to rush in brokering a deal on its dispute with Pakistan over Ratle and Kishenganga projects coming up in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • According to growth projection released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is expected to grow at a slower pace at 7.1% in 2016-17 as compared to 7.6% in 2015-16.
  • The Budget session of Parliament will start from 31 January 2017 and is likely to conclude on the 12 April 2017.
  • China to set up world’s highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in Tibet
  • Pakistan’s former Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif (retired) was appointed head of Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT), a Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of 39 nations.
  • Former human rights lawyer Nana Akufo-Addo (72) was sworn in as new president of Ghana.
  • The 44th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair began at Pragati Maidan in national capital. The theme for this edition of the event is ‘Manushi– Books Written on and by Women’
  • The ninth edition of Jaipur International Film Festival (JIFF) began in Jaipur, capital city of Rajasthan in the presence of renowned film makers. This edition of the festival will witness participation by 250 filmmakers and artistes. This year’s Life Time Achievement Award was presented to internationally acclaimed cine-visionary Ramesh Prasad
  • Sania Mirza, Bethanie Mattek-Sands wins 2017 Brisbane women’s doubles title Brisbane International women’s doubles title.
  • Novak Djokovic from Serbia won the 2017 Qatar Open tennis title in the men’s single category.

Jan 07 2016

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch record 103 satellites in a single flight in the first week of February 2017. It will be a major feat for India as so far no country has attempted it.
  • China has launched its longest bullet train ‘Shangri-la of the World’ connecting Kunming in Yunnan Province to Shanghai. The 2252 km Shanghai-Kunming line links China’s prosperous eastern coast with the less-developed south-western part.
  • Norway is set to become the first country in the world to switch off its FM radio network. In this regard, Scandinavian country’s parliament has approved a proposal to shift to Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB).
  • The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has banned the import of skins of reptiles and fur of minks, foxes and chinchillas. It is considered as a landmark decision that will spare the lives of tens of thousands of animals killed for their exotic skins for the leather industry.
  • The Union Cabinet has given an ‘in-principal’ approval for strategic disinvestment of 26% equity shares in defence equipment manufacturer BEML Ltd. out of government’s shareholding of 54.03%.
  • The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) Limited will soon launch new ticketing app IRCTC Rail Connect. The app will be equipped with latest technology and will be based on next generation e-ticketing system.
  • According to the tech research firm Counterpoint, Chinese mobile brands have taken control of 50% of India’s $10-billion smartphone market in late 2016.
  • The world’s second largest zinc producer Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL) of Vedanta Group has received environment clearance for its Rs. 1,200 crore Zawar Mines expansion project in Rajasthan.
  • Andhra Pradesh Government has announced a monetary reward of Rs 100 crore to anyone from the state government who wins Nobel Prize

Jan 06 2017

  • The Island Tourism Festival 2017 began at Port Blair, capital of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
  • The Revenue Department under the Union Finance Ministry has extended SWIFT (single window interface for facilitation of trade), a single window customs clearance facility for export consignments.
  • The Union Government will soon roll out Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) to boost export infrastructure by tying up with States. The export infrastructure scheme will help states to develop their own export strategy in alignment with the National Foreign Trade Policy.
  • The Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has issued the notification of setting up of Indian Skill Development Services (ISDS).
  • The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has signed into three unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) pertaining to the Engineering Goods and Shipping sectors of the economy. The international transactions covered in these agreements include Support Services and Intra-group Services.
  • Japan has decided to assist India with the development of Chennai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi as smart cities. So far, leading countries have come forward to be associated with development of 15 smart cities. These include: United Kingdom-Pune, Amaravati (Andhra Pradesh) and Indore, United States– Visakhapatnam, Ajmer and Allahabad, France- Chandigarh, Puducherry and Nagpur and Germany –Bhubaneswar, Coimbattore and  Kochi.
  • American tech giant Dell has unveiled ‘Latitude 7285’, the world’s first laptop that charges wirelessly.
  • NASA has announced two missions, Lucy and Psyche to explore the early Solar System.
  • Israel is building world’s tallest solar tower to harness solar energy as part of its ambitious Ashalim project, located deep in the Negev desert.
  • The three day International Conference on “Yoga for Diabetes” was held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Union Minister of State (MoS) for AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Yesso Naik.
  • The Government has imposed an anti-dumping duty on imports of jute and its products from Nepal and Bangladesh for five years period to protect the domestic industry.

Jan 05 2017

  • The Indian women football team has won the 2016 South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women’s Football Championship title by defeating Bangladesh in the final by 3-1 in Siliguri, West Bengal
  • India’s first bus to run on human and animal waste is set to make debut on the Ultadanga to Garia route in Kolkata in March, 2017. A nominal fare of Rs. 1 would be charged for ferrying passengers on the 17.5km-long Ultadanga-Garia route, irrespective of the distance covered.
  • Google global CEO Sundar Pichai has recently launched “Digital Unlocked” a training program for Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) and startups to go digital in India in partnership with Ministry of Information and Technology and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at a Google event in New Delhi.
  • Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan, the well-known sitar musician, has recently passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He was regarded as one of the ‘Sitar Trinity’ of India along with Pandit Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan
  • The Union Cabinet has approved signing and ratifying an Agreement between India and Uruguay for cooperation and mutual assistance in Customs Matters.
  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of an Agreement for cooperation (AoC) between India and Portugal in the field of Agriculture and allied sectors.
  • Mega Festival on 350th Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Organized in Patna
  • The Minister of State for AYUSH (Independent Charge), Shri Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated the International Conference on “Yoga for Diabetes” which began in New Delhi on January 4, 2017.
  • Karnataka Bank has launched has launched a group Personal Accident Insurance Scheme for all its Saving Bank(SB) Account holders. The insurance scheme is named “KBL Suraksha” and provides insurance cover for accidental death.
  • Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) has tied up with Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to give a boost to the venture capital ecosystem for MSMEs.
  • Technology giant IBM has appointed Karan Bajwa as the Managing Director of its India operations on January 4, 2017
  • Tata Sons has nominated S Padmanabhan as the Chairman of Tata Power Co Ltd with immediate effect, in place of Cyrus Mistry who resigned in December 2016.
  •  Scientists in Ireland have discovered a brand new organ named Mesentery, inside the digestive system which was not known till date.
  • MS Dhoni Quits from India’s ODI and T20 Captaincy
  • A book on the former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was released on January 4, 2017 in New Delhi by the Vice President, Shri M. Hamid Ansari in the presence of the Union Minister for Finance and Corporate, Arun Jaitley.

Jan 04 2017

  • Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, who led the five-judge constitution bench in the Supreme Court which had struck down the controversial NJAC Act for appointment of judges, has been sworn-in as the 44th Chief Justice of India (CJI) and will remain on the post till August 27, 2017.
  • Finland has become the first country in the world to pay a basic income to randomly picked citizens on a national level.
  • The World Braille Day (WBD) is observed every year on January 4
  • Halahalli Shreekantha Shetti Mahadeva Prasad (58), who was the incumbent state minister for Cooperation and Sugar in the Government of Karnataka, has recently passed away at Chikkamagaluru in Karnataka
  • The HDFC Bank has recently launched a chatbot service “HDFC OnChat” to allow users to make payments through Facebook Messenger.
  • The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)  has approved many new projects at an estimated cost of over Rs 370 crore for its ongoing Ganga rejuvenation programme in Haridwar and Varanasi
  • In order to encourage competition for improving sanitation standards in the respective area, the government started, Swachh Survekshan 2017 from January 4, 2017.
  • Assam and Telangana signed a pact with the Power Minister, Piyush Goyal to join the UDAY scheme on January 4, 2017 in New Delhi in a bid to improve the performance of state run power distribution companies (DISCOM).
  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench on January 3, 2017, issued an interim stay on any construction activity in relation to the Pune Metro rail project passing through the Mula-Mutha river bed in the city
  • Nepal’s Supreme Court on January 2, 2017 gave a go ahead signal to the government with a crucial Constitution amendment bill, to accommodate the demands of the agitating Madhesi and ethnic groups.
  • Germany based Munich Reinsurance Company is planned  to open its branch office in Mumbai to provide the property-casualty, life, health reinsurance markets across India.
  • Mobile commerce and payments company, Paytm received the final approval from the Reserve Bank of India on January 3, 2017 to launch Paytm Payment Bank.
  • Jovenel Moise has been elected as the President of Haiti. The electoral tribunal officially declared the winner on 3 January 2017.
  • India’s central banking institution Reserve Bank of India(RBI)  was appointed Surekha Marandi as its Executive Director (ED)
  • The District Administration of Ludhianahas developed a mobile application named “ECI360” for the benefit of voters, candidates, election staff as well as the Election Commission of India(ECI).
  • Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal launched the Web Portal and the Mobile App for Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) scheme on January 4, 2017.
  • Australian Cricketer Arthur Morris Inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

Jan 03 2017

  • The 104th Indian Science Congress (ISC) has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 3, 2017 at the Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
  • India’s first laser technology-based advanced Automatic Vechime Monitoring System (AVMS) RTO check-post has set up at Shamlaji of Aravalli district in Gujarat.
  • Archana Nigam, an officer of the 1981 batch of the Indian Civil Accounts Service, is the newly appointed Controller General of Accounts in the Department of Expenditure under the Ministry of Finance.
  • The Minister of State (I/C) for Youth Affairs and Sports Mr Vijay Goel constituted a committee on January 2, 2017, to suggest improvements in the National Sports Development Code functioning of sports federations.
  • Pakistan’s Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights chaired by Nasreen Jalil approved the much-awaited Hindu Marriages Bill on January 2, 2017 while the Natio­nal Assembly passed the Hindu Marriage Bill in September 2016.
  • A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an interest subvention for home loans of up to Rs. 12 lakh and asked banks to keep the poor and middle class at the focus of their activities many PSUs and private banks reduced their benchmark lending rate by up to 1.48 percent on January 3, 2017.
  • HDFC has tied-up with artificial intelligence firm Niki.ai to launch a chatbot
    called OnChat on Facebook’s Messenger platform, that will allow users to recharge phones, pay utility bills, book cabs from Ola or Uber etc., through a chat.
  • Coca-Cola India and its largest bottling partner Hindustan Coca-Cola beverages have partnered the SBI to enable over 2.6 million retailers and 5000 distributors in conducting business transactions digitally.
  • Consumers Can Waive Off Service Charge in Restaurants if Dissatisfied with Services: Government
  • China’s Grand Slam Champion Li Xiaoxia Announces Retirement from Table Tennis

Jan 02 2017

  • Prof. David R. Syiemlieh has been appointed as the new chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
  • The world-famous Bargarh Dhanua Jatra festival has started in Bargarh, the western Odisha town, as all the rituals were performed before Goddess Samaleswari, the presiding deity of the event
  • Gaurav Goyal, the district collector of Ajmer, has been awarded ‘Scroll of Honor’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi for encouraging cashless transactions in the district.
  • Anoop Kumar Srivastava, an IAS officer of 1981 batch of Assam-Meghalaya Cadre, has recently taken over charge of the Secretary in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
  • Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh launched a new health scheme, Arogya Raksha Scheme on January 1, 2017 at Tummalapalli Kalakshetram in Vijayawada to provide the medical treatment to the people of the Above Poverty Line at Rs. 1200 premium per annum.
  •  India and Pakistan exchanged the list of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack against Nuclear Installations between India and Pakistan on January 1, 2017.
  • The Supreme Court on January 1, 2017 ruled out that no politician can seek votes in the name of caste, language or religion and seeking votes in this manner would be considered as a corrupt practice and not permissible.
  • The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) was awarded with “Best Performing Power  Distribution Utility in Power Sector” by Central Board of Irrigation & Power (CBIP)
  • India Successfully Test Fires Agni IV Ballistic Missile off Odisha Coast
  • Country’s oldest union, the Maritime Union of India (MUI), representing Indian Merchant Navy Officers since 1939, has launched an android based mobile app named MUI.
  • The Minister of State for Minority Affairs (I/C) and Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launched a Mobile App on January 2, 2017, at Haj House in Mumbai that will provide information and facilitate e-payments for the pilgrimage.
  • Sergey Karjakin beats Magnus Carlsen to clinch World Blitz Chess Championship

Jan 01 2017

  • 31 year old professional Indian tennis player Somdev Kishore Devvarman popularly known as Somdev announced his retirement from professional tennis on 01 January 2017
  • Spanish professional tennis player, Rafael Nadal successfully clinched 2016 Mubadala World Tennis Championship title on December 31, 2016 held at the Abu Dhabi International Tennis Complex at the Zayed Sports City.
  • Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has been appointed as the as 25th Chief Justice of Pakistan.
  • Bharatiya Jnanpith has conferred two new Hindi writers, Shraddha and Ghyansham Kumar Devansh, with the 2016 Bharatiya Jnanpith Navlekhan Award on December 29, 2016 for their first creation
  • Shri K M Singh, Chairman & Managing Director of State-run National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has been conferred the ‘Power & Energy Persona’s Award for Individual Excellence’ at the 10th ENERTIA Awards 2016 –India and South Asia’s awards for excellence in sustainable energy and power on December 29, 2016.
  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has taken a relief providing decision for the Non-Resident Indian and Indian Citizens who were staying abroad since November 9 to December 31post demonetization decision. As per the decision, the Indian Citizens can exchange their demonetized notes up to March 31, 2017 while the Non Resident Indian (NRIs) citizens can avail this facility up to June 30, 2017.
  • Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani launched India’s first laser technology-based advanced AVMS RTO check-post and also laid foundation stones of various developmental works worth Rs 30 crore at Shamlaji of Aravalli district in Gujarat.
  • Under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana, PM Modi has declared that in rural areas the number of houses being built would be increased by 33 per cent.
  • A sum of Rs 6000 would be deposited in the account of pregnant and lactating women in above 650 rural districts to meet medical expenses.
  • PM Modi said that the cash credit limit for small businesses would be raised to 25 per cent from 20 per cent. The Credit guarantee for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises would be raised to Rs 2 crore from current Rs 1 crore.
  • The Prime Minister on December 31, 2016, has approved that senior citizens would get a monthly fixed interest of 8% on their deposits of up to 7.5 lakhs for 10 years.
  • PM Modi announced two new housing schemes for the urban poor. As per the decision, home loan taken by urban poor in 2017 up to Rs. 9 Lakh would get 4 percent subvention on interest while 3 percent subvention on interest on home loans of up to Rs. 12 Lakh.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing the Nation on December 31, 2016, on the New Year’s Eve, made a series of announcements aimed at the welfare of the entire Citizen of the Country with main focus on the senior citizens, farmers, rural housing, women and small entrepreneurs to lighten the burden of demonetization.