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India-US 2+2 Dialogue held at Washington

On December 18, 2019 India and United States held security dialogue in Washington. This was their second 2+2 dialogue. ContentsHighlightsIndustrial Security Annex Highlights The countries signed industrial security agreement allowing defense technology transfer. The US secretary Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper hosted the meeting for Indian external affairs minister Shri Jai Shankar and Read More…

US President Donald Trump impeached

On December 18, 2019, Donald Trump became the third President to be impeached by the US House. He was accused of enlisting foreign government to investigate political rival before 2020 election. ContentsHighlightsImpeachment in American HistoryImpeachment in the US Highlights The House called for voting process alleging that the President pressurized Ukraine to announce investigations against Read More…

Finance Minister chairs GST Council Meeting

On December 18, 2019, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman chaired the GST Council Meeting in New Delhi. The meeting was held to address the backdrop of falling collections for the current fiscal. ContentsHighlights1 Lakh Crore set as monthly target Highlights For the first time, the council has used voting process and has voted to tax lotteries Read More…

December 18: International Migrants Day

The International Migrants Day is observed by the United Nations since 1990 in order to protect the rights of the migrants. The day was adopted after the organization passed a resolution at the International Convention on the Protection of the rights of all migrant workers. According to the UN, one-seventh of the world population which Read More…

What is Government Instant Messaging System?

The Centre Government is testing a prototype of an Indian equivalent of popular messaging application platforms, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, for secure internal use. This secure messaging app is codenamed as ‘Government Instant Messaging System (GIMS)’. It is being packaged for employees of Central government as well as state government departments and organisations for Read More…

Sahitya Akademi awards announced

On December 18, 2019, Sahitya Akademi announced its awardees for this year. It announced seven books of poetry, six short stories, four novels, three non-fiction books and three essays. ContentsHighlightsSahitya Akademi Highlights Sashi Tharoor, the former external affairs minister has won the award for his book “An Era of Darkness”. The other awardees include Chinmoy Read More…

GEM Samvaad: GEM launches National Outreach Programme

Government e-commerce portal GeM has launched a national outreach programme called ‘GeM Samvaad’, to bring on-board more local sellers. The outreach programme will take place from 19 Dec 2019 to 17 Feb 2020 and will cover all States and Union Territories (UTs) of the country. It was launched by Commerce Secretary Anup Wadhawan in New Read More…

First SEZ in Tripura to focus on agro-based food processing

The Government of India approved the first SEZ (Special Economic Zone) at Sabroom, Tripura in October 2019. Recently, it was announced that the SEZ will primarily focus on agro-based food processing. Union Government is expected to invest around Rs 1550 crore in the project. ContentsHighlightsSignificance Highlights The SEZ is to be developed by the Tripura Read More…