Current Affairs – October, 2017

VAJRA Scheme: Government receives 260 applicants for visiting researcher programme

The Union Ministry of Science and Technology’s Visiting Advanced Joint Research (VAJRA) Faculty Scheme has received 260 applications from foreign scientists of whom 70 will be shortlisted. The scheme is meant to attract top international talent to country’s research and development (R&D) ecosystem. The applicants will be screened now and the shortlisted scientists will begin Read More…

Government launches sovereign gold bond scheme 2017-18 – Series-III

The Union Government in consultation with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has launched Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18 – Series-III. The applications for bond will be accepted from October 09, 2017 to December 27, 2017. The bonds will be sold through banks, Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited, designated post offices and recognised stock exchanges namely Read More…

GST council constitutes GoM to review GST Composition Scheme

The GST Council has constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) to make the composition scheme more attractive and revisit the goods and services tax rates on restaurants. It will be headed by Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and submit its report in two weeks. Committee’s role It will examine steps to make it more Read More…

Air pollution affects children’s memory: Study

According to study published in journal Environmental Pollution, exposure to air pollution can have damaging effects on children’s cognitive development and reduce their working memory. The study has assessed impact of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and black carbon— a pollutant directly related to traffic during walking commute to and from school. Key Facts The study Read More…

Government launches Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan in Gujarat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA) at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. PMGDISHA is expected to make 6 crore rural households digitally literate by March 2019, making it one of the largest digital literacy programmes in the world. Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan PMGDISHA aims at imparting digital literacy to Read More…