Current Affairs 2018 - Current Affairs Today

India to submit 2nd biennial report on greenhouse gas inventory to UNFCCC

India is mandated to submit a biennial update report containing updates of national greenhouse gas inventories and information on mitigation actions, needs and support received as a party to UNFCC. The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi has approved the submission of second Biennial Update Report (BUR) to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), giving India’s national greenhouse gas (GHG) Read More…

Union Cabinet Approves amendments to POCSO Act

The Union Cabinet has approved amendments to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. The amendments are proposed by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Amendments Proposed POSCO is a gender-neutral law protects both boys and girls under the age of 18. The amendments proposed are: The amendments provide for stringent Read More…

India rebuts CDC Zika alert for Indian travel

The Indian Government has strongly rebutted the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) travel advisory for Indian travel. The Zika alert will adversely affect tourism. What is the travel advisory? The CDC’s travel advisory forbids pregnant women to travel to India as Zika is “endemic” in the country. The advisory also asks travellers Read More…

India to build new vertical bridge to replace Pamban Bridge

Indian Railways is building the country’s first vertical-lift bridge to connect Rameswaram  to mainland India. The bridge will allow ships and steamers to pass through without any hindrance. The new bridge would replace the existing 104-year-old Pamban bridge. It would be ready in the next four years. About the New Vertical Bridge The New Bridge Read More…

Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar

The central government has launched Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskaar annual awards to recognise the excellent work done by individuals and institutions in the country in the field of disaster management. The award has been instituted with an aim to recognise the efforts of individuals and organisations who have been working assiduously to alleviate the Read More…

China’s navigation satellite system BeiDou starts providing global service

China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has started offering global service. It is touted as a rival to America’s Global Positioning System (GPS). Pakistan has become the first foreign nation to use the BeiDou system ending its reliance on GPS. China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System was the fourth global navigation system after US’s GPS, Russia’s GLONASS and the European Read More…

New norms for FDI in e-commerce

The new norms for the foreign direct investment (FDI) in e-commerce, bars e-commerce firms from selling products of entities in which they have an equity stake. Why the new norms? The new norms are brought in by the government to plug-in some loopholes like: To bypass the rules which restricted large sellers on platforms such Read More…

Bhutanese PM on a 3 day visit to India

Prime Minister of Bhutan Lotay Tshering arrived in India on 27th December for a three-day visit. The Visit is significant because it is taking place during the Golden Jubilee year of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries. The Bhutanese PM was accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. He Read More…