Current Affairs - 2017

Bureau of Indian Standards Act 2016 comes into effect

Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has brought into effect new Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) Act 2016 which was notified in March 2016. The Act replaced Bureau of Indian Standards Act, 1986.  It aims to help in ease of doing business in country, enhance ‘Make In India’ campaign and ensure availability of… Read More »

October 14: World Standards Day

The World Standards Day is observed every year on 14 October across the globe to mark the development of voluntary engineering and scientific standards. The theme for year 2017 is “Standards make cities smarter” Significance of the day Observance of the day honours contributions of all those who have developed technical agreements that are published… Read More »

Current Affairs Daily Digest: October 12-13, 2017

The Current Affairs Daily Digest for October 12-13, 2017 with important tid-bits on current events in National, International, Banking, Science and Technology, Banking, Business and Sports etc for various competitive exams.

Mitra Shakti 2017: India-Sri Lanka Joint Military Exercise held in Pune

The 5th India-Sri Lanka joint training exercise “Mitra Shakti 2017” was held Aundh Military Station in Pune, Maharshtra.  The two weeks exercise (October 13 and 25) is based on Counter Terrorist Operations (CTO) and Infantry company from both countries are participating in it. Mitra Shakti 2017 The aim of joint training is to exchange best… Read More »

Government launches Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana

The Union Government has launched Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana and expanded coverage of Postal Life Insurance (PLI) in a bid to provide affordable life insurance services to people particularly those living in rural areas. Witt expnasion, PLI will now cover professionals also apart from government employees. Sampoorna Bima Gram (SBG) Yojana Under SBG Yojana,… Read More »

IWAI raises Rs. 660 crore through Bonds

The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has raised Rs. 660 crore as Fully Serviced Bonds. The oversubscribed bonds were issued through e-bidding on BSE Portal and the entire amount of Rs.660 crore was raised in single tranche at a coupon rate of 7.47%. Key Facts The proceeds from these bonds will be utilized by… Read More »

US withdraws from UNESCO accusing it for anti-Israel bias

The United States has announced its withdrawal from Paris-based United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), UN’s cultural agency accusing the body of anti-Israel bias. Besides US, Israel has also decided to pull out of UNESCO. US withdrawal will take effect on December 31, 2018. Until then, it will remain a full member. US has… Read More »

Two Experimental Ebola vaccines found safe, effective in human trial

The clinical trials of two experimental Ebola vaccines cAd3-EBOZ and rVSV-ZEBOV were found to be safe and capable of eliciting immune response against Ebola virus that lasts for at least one year. The findings were based on a study of clinical trials on 1,500 adults that began during West Africa Ebola outbreak. Three groups of… Read More »

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