Current Affairs – October, 2016

India, Russia agree to double the range of BrahMos Missile

India and Russia have agreed to double the range of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from 290 km to over 600 km. The decision in this regard was taken during the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Goa on the sidelines of the BRICS summit. Why this decision was Read More…

Antartica’s Ross Sea declared as world’s largest Marine Protected Area

Antartica’s Ross Sea was declared as world’s largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) to protect the Earth’s most pristine marine ecosystem. It was declared after landmark international agreement among 24 countries and European Union in Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting in Hobart, Australia. Key Facts The Ross Sea is one Read More…

Microsoft launches India’s first Cybersecurity Engagement Center in Delhi

Technology giant Microsoft has launched its first full-scale Cybersecurity Engagement Center (CSEC) in Delhi. It is first-of-its-kind Cybersecurity Centre in India and overall 7th in the world including in Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Singapore, Berlin and Washington DC. Key Facts The CSEC will bring together Microsoft capabilities to foster deeper Cybersecurity collaborations with public and private Read More…

Union Government gives in-principle approval for strategic sale in some PSUs

The Union Cabinet has given its in-principle approval for strategic sale of over a dozen public sector undertakings (PSUs). This decision was taken based on the recommendation of NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog’s proposal on disinvestment and strategic sale of sick PSUs. Key Facts The strategic disinvestment of such public sector units with Read More…

Union Cabinet approves new Agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit between India and Bhutan

The Union Cabinet has approved a new agreement on Trade, Commerce and Transit between India and Bhutan. The Agreement provides for a free trade regime between two countries. It also provides duty free transit of Bhutanese merchandise for trade with third countries. As per the agreement, bilateral trade between both neighbouring countries will continue to Read More…