Current Affairs - 2017

Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan Scheme Launched

The Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha has launched three new initiatives, namely, BSNL’s satellite phone service; Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Telecom Skill Excellence Award Scheme & Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Sanchar Kaushal Vikas Pratisthan Scheme.  Salient Highlights BSNL’s satellite phone service will be offered in a phased manner. In the first phase, the service will be extended… Read More »

Ravichandran Ashwin Wins International Cricketer of the Year Award

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has won the international cricketer of the Year Award at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017. He was presented with an award at a function held at the Cricket Club of India by former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar and Harsh Goenka of RPG Enterprises. Ashwin has taken 99 wickets in the past 12 months. Batsman Shubhman Gill has been… Read More »

Swachh Bharat App Launched

Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma has launched Swachh Bharat app at the National Museum in New Delhi. The app will enable visitors to report garbage on the premises of the ASI monuments across the country. Around 30 galleries in the National Museum have already been equipped with a device that will make use of the intranet to connect to the… Read More »

India’s First Underwater Rail Tunnel Completed

The two organizations Afcons Transtonnelstroy and Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMCRL) involved in implementing the East West Metro have completed boring the India’s first underwater tunnel under the Hooghly river to link Howrah and Kolkata.   The length of Kolkata’s East West Metro is 16.6 km long. Out of which a length of 502 metres is under the Hooghly river. The project is built by… Read More »

Union Cabinet Approves Abolition of FIPB

The Union Cabinet has approved the abolition of 25 year old FIPB. Henceforth, concerned ministries will be responsible for direct approval of foreign investment proposals. The decision falls in line with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s proposal to scrap FIPB in this year’s Union Budget. FIPB was constituted in the mid-nineties under the Prime Minister’s Office following economic liberalisation. Rationale… Read More »

Inauguration of Integration of eSanad with CBSE’s Academic Repository

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has jointly inaugurated the integration of E-Sanad with CBSE’s digital repository ‘Parinam Manjusha’ in New Delhi. Salient Highlights E Sanad is an e-service for online verification and attestation of documents of Indian citizens. E-Sanad an initiative under the Digital India programme that aims to offer faceless,… Read More »

Government Lays off 129 Non-Performing Officers in Public Interest

According to Union Minister Jitendra Singh, the government has forced 129 government officers to retire for non-performance in the past few months. In total, 30 Group A and 99 Group B officers has been forced to retire in the past few months. The punishment of compulsory retirement comes as a consequence of the review being done… Read More »

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Elected as Director General of WHO

Former Ethiopian Health Minister Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected as the new Director-General of the World Health Organisation. This election has earned the distinction of being the first election which saw the participation of all WHO member states in the voting process. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus defeated the other two contendors to the post, namely, UK’s Dr David… Read More »