Current Affairs - 2017

Microsoft for first time to deploy Azure Stack in Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh Government has signed a MoU with technology giant Microsoft to utilise Microsoft Azure Stack for its state data centre. Under the MoU, Microsoft Azure Stack will be used to migrate live applications currently hosted in Hyderabad State Data Centre (SDC) to Vishakhapatnam (Vizag) data centre. The Microsoft has tested its Azure Stack in… Read More »

Sikkim becomes 22nd State to join UDAY

Sikkim became 22nd state in the country to join Union Government’s Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY). In this regard, Central Government and the state government have signed MoU for operational improvement of Sikkim’s Power Distribution Department. Key Facts The MoU paves way to improve operational efficiency of the Power Distribution department of the State. It… Read More »

CBEC launches mobile application for GST updates

The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has launched a mobile application for Goods and Services Tax (GST) to inform the taxpayers of the latest updates on GST. The app has been launched inline Union Government’s flagship Digital India initiative. It enables taxpayers to be well informed of the latest updates on GST. The… Read More »

Andhra Pradesh, Visa sign MoU to make Vishakhapatnam India’s first less cash city

Global payments network Visa has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Government to transform Vishakhapatnam into India’s first ‘less cash’ city. Under this agreement, an initiative has been designed to provide foundation for the city to emerge as India’s ‘Fintech Valley’. To achieve the goal, Visa will focus on driving payments… Read More »

Indian Railways unveils Antyodaya Express

Indian Railways has unveiled Antyodaya Express, a new train for the unreserved passengers. It was unveiled by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi’s Safdarjang station. The first Antyodaya Express is slated to start between Mumbai (Maharashtra) and Tatanagar (Jharkhand) and second between Ernakulam and Howrah. Key Features of Antyodaya Express The facilities provided… Read More »

BRICS summit’s 1st Sherpas Meeting held in China

The 9th BRICS Summit’s first Sherpas Meeting was held in Nanjing, the capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province. The theme of meeting was ‘BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future’.  The two-day meeting saw participation of more than 100 participants, including coordinators from all sides, foreign diplomats, and representatives from the BRICS New Development Bank… Read More »

India-China first Strategic Dialogue held in Beijing

The first Strategic Dialogue between India and China was held in Beijing, capital of China to shore up bilateral ties. The meeting was co-chaired by India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and China’s Executive Vice Foreign minister Zhang Yesui. Key Facts The Strategic Dialogue mechanism between both countries was agreed to during Chinese Foreign Minister Wang… Read More »

Astronomers discover 7 new Earth-sized exoplanets that may sustain life

Astronomers from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) for the first time have discovered seven new Earth-sized exoplanets that may be able to sustain life. The planets were detected using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and several ground-based observatories including Trappist robotic telescope at La Silla, Chile.  Key Facts These exoplanets are orbiting dwarf star named… Read More »