Current Affairs – September, 2016

Telangana inks MoU with ISRO to promote education

The Telangana government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to promote education. The MoU was inked between Department of Information Technology, Electronics & Communication of Telangana and ISRO’s Development & Educational Communication Unit (DECU). Key Facts Under the MoU, ISRO will help to improve services of Telangana’s educational Read More…

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Fine particulates causing chronic illnesses: WHO Study

As per the study conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) air pollution caused by fine particulate matter (PM) is causing long-lasting disease chronic illnesses. About a fifth of the 3 million people died worldwide because of exposure to fine PM2.5 which may have aggravated or been directly responsible for cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer. Read More…

Union Cabinet gives approves Varistha Pension Bima Yojana, 2003 and Varistha Pension Bima Yojana, 2014

The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for the Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) 2003 and Varistha Pension Bima Yojana (VPBY) 2014. The Cabinet also granted approval for expenditure incurred on subsidy amount released to LIC for the both schemes. Key Facts VPBY was launched on 14th July, 2003 and was open till Read More…

Union Cabinet approves Closure of Hindustan Cables Limited

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for closure of Hindustan Cables Limited (HCL), Kolkata as per the provisions of Companies Act, 1956/2013 and other relevant Acts. Besides, Cabinet also approved infusion of 4,777.05 crore rupees towards payment of salaries and conversion of loan into equity etc. The employees of HCL will be offered attractive Read More…

India ranks 39th in 2016-17 Global Competitiveness Index

India has been ranked 39th among the 138 countries in the 2016-17 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI). The index was released as part of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report for 2016-17. Key Facts Top 5 Countries: Switzerland (1st), Singapore (2nd), United States (3rd), Netherlands (4th) and Germany (5th). BRICS Countries: China (28th), Russia Read More…