Current Affairs - 2017

Indian-American attorney Uttam Dhillon appointed to key White House post

US President Donald Trump has appointed Indian-American attorney Uttam Dhillon as Special Assistant to the President on ethics and compliance matters, key White House position. In this position, he would be part of the legal team that will serve under White House Counsel Donald F McGahn with respect to compliance and ethics matters. Earlier, Dhillon… Read More »

Surya Namaskar Yajna recognised in US Congress

The annual “Surya Namaskar Yajna” or “Health for Humanity Yogathon” was recognised in the US House of Representative on the occasion of its 10th anniversary. This recognition highlights the importance of Surya Namaskar as simple yoga postures in ten steps having combination of breathing techniques that can provide immense health benefits to both the body… Read More »

India ranks 79 in Corruption Perception Index

India has been ranked 79th out of 176 countries in the recently released Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for the year 2016 by the Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI). The index has been complied by using World Bank data, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and other institutions  It ranks countries on the score in the… Read More »

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 »