Current Affairs 2018 - Current Affairs Today

Cabinet delegates power to Finance and Oil Ministers to award oil and gas blocks

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has delegated powers to Finance and Petroleum Ministers to award oil and gas exploration blocks to successful bidders under Hydrocarbon Exploration Licensing Policy (HELP). Under HELP, exploration blocks are to be awarded twice in a year and currently awarding of blocks requires the CCEA’s approval. Delegation of these Read More…

IIT-Delhi installs India’s first 5G lab

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi has installed Massive Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO) lab on campus for standardisation, R&D and manufacturing of 5G equipment. It will be the first of its kind 5G lab in the country and has been set-up at Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management. Key Facts The lab will serve as Read More…

CCEA approves framework for Coal Bed Methane extraction by Coal India

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has relaxed rules for state-owned Coal India Ltd (CIL) for extraction of Coal Bed Methane (CBM) lying below coal seams in its blocks in bid to quickly boost production.  Till now, CIL had to apply to oil ministry for a licence to extract coal-bed methane (CBM) from its Read More…

Cabinet approves Host country Agreement between India and ISA

The Union Cabinet has approved signing of Host country (Headquarters) Agreement between India and International Solar Alliance (ISA). The agreement was signed between Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and ISA in March, 2018. Key Facts The agreement gives ISA juridical personality power to contract, acquire and dispose off movable and immovable properties and also to Read More…

India, UK and Northern Ireland: Cabinet approves MoU on return of Illegal Migrants

The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and United Kingdom and Northern Ireland on the return of Illegal Migrants. Decision in this regard was taken at Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Key Facts The MoU will facilitate that Visa Free Agreement for holders of Diplomatic passports as Read More…

India, Morocco sign MoU to promote mineral exploration

India and Morocco have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of Mining and Geology for a period of 5 years to promote mineral exploration. It was signed in New Delhi after the bilateral discussions between Mines Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and his Moroccan counterpart Aziz Rabbah. Key Facts Under this MoU, focus will Read More…

India’s first high-speed electric locomotive of 12000HP capacity launched

India’s first high-speed electric locomotive with 12000 horsepower (HP) engine has been flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Madhepura Electric Locomotive Factory in Bihar. It is first big Make-in-India project developed and completed by Indian Railways in collaboration with French firm Alstome. Key Facts Capacity and Speed: India’s first high-speed electric locomotive has Read More…

NITI Forum for Northeast outlines 5 development missions

The first meeting of the newly constituted NITI Forum for Northeast was held in Agartala, Tripura. It was was organised by NITI Aayog and Ministry of Development of North East Region (DoNER) and North Eastern Council (NEC). It was co-chaired by NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajeev Kumar and Minister of State (Independent Charge), for DoNER, Jitendra Read More…