Current Affairs - 2017

Russia, Turkey, Iran agree on mechanism to Monitor Syria Ceasefire

Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed on the establishment of a trilateral mechanism to jointly monitor the ceasefire between the Syrian regime and rebels. Decision in this regard was taken in an international meeting on the Syrian settlement held in the Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. It saw participation of a number of delegations, including the… Read More »

Japan successfully launches first military communications satellite

Japan has successfully launched its first military communications satellite Kirameki-2 (kee-RAH-meh-kee 2) satellite. It was launched on board of H-2A rocket that lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan. The satellite separated from the rocket and entered a designated orbit. Key Facts The Kirameki-2 satellite has been designed to upgrade Japan’s existing… Read More »

India inks deal with UAE for strategic oil reserves storgae

India has signed a deal with United Arab Emirates (UAE), fifth biggest oil supplier as part of its quest for energy security and strategic reserve system. The deal allows UAE’s Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) to fill half (about 6 million barrels of oil) of an underground crude oil storage facility at Mangaluru, Karnataka.… Read More »

Charge on digital payments above Rs. 50,000 mooted: Committee of CMs

The Committee of CMs headed by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has recommended levying a handling charge for cash payments above Rs. 50,000. It also has pitched for tax breaks to consumers and merchants using digital modes of payments. It also has recommended abolition of the merchant discount rate (MDR). The committee was formed… Read More »

Padma awards 2017

President Pranab Mukherjee announced the names of recipients of year 2017 Padma awards viz. Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. He approved conferment of Padma Awards on 89 persons. The list includes 7 Padma Vibhushan, 7 Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri Awardees. Out of these selected 89 persons, 19 are women, 5 awardees… Read More »

India, France sign pact on maritime information sharing in Indian Ocean Region

India and France have signed White Shipping agreement to enable information sharing on maritime traffic and maritime domain awareness in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The agreement was signed in New Delhi after both countries held their second dialogue on maritime cooperation for the IOR. Key Facts The agreement will enable navies of India and… Read More »

68th Republic Day celebrated on 26 January 2017

India celebrated its 68th Republic Day on January 26, 2017 with the theme “Skill India and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”. The day honours the date on which the Indian Constitution came into force on 26th January, 1950 replacing the Government of India Act, 1935 as the governing document. Key Facts This year, Sheikh Mohamed bin… Read More »

Government launches Rubber Soil Information System

The Union Government has launched Rubber Soil Information System (RubSIS), an online system for recommending appropriate mix of fertilizers to plantations of rubber growers depending upon their soil nature. It was launched for Kottayam (Kerela), the largest rubber growing district of India which will be extended to the entire traditional rubber growing region i.e. the… Read More »