CURRENT AFAIRS


India post payment Bank

01 September 2018

India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has been launched. It will focus on providing banking and financial services to people in rural areas, by leveraging the reach of 1.55 lakh post office branches. The government aims to link all the 1.55 lakh post offices to the India Post Payments Bank system by 31 December, 2018.


India and the U.S. — it’s complicated

01 September 2018

The first round of India- U.S. 2+2 talks at the level of External Affairs Ministers and Defence Ministers of both the countries was scheduled on the 6th of September but has been postponed by the US, citing unavoidable reasons.


Inland Waterways Authority of India:

01 September 2018

Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) has made public 13 standardised state-of-the-art ship designs suitable for large barge haulage on river Ganga (National Waterway-1).


No need for uniform civil code now, Says law panel

01 September 2018

The Law Commission of India on Friday said a Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is “neither necessary nor desirable at this stage.”


september 1 PT Points

01 September 2018

GDP grows 8.2% in April-June: The Indian economy grew 8.2% — the highest in two years — in the April-June quarter, driven by robust growth in the manufacturing, construction and farm sectors.


India, Pakistan agree to undertake Treaty mandated tours on both sides

02 September 2018

The 115th meeting of the India-Pakistan Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) was held in Lahore, Pakistan. The Indian delegation was led by PK Saxena, the Indian Commissioner for Indus Waters.


Deep sociability

02 September 2018

We live in dark times, perhaps among the darkest in memory. Not a single day passes without news of rape or lynching’s, treacherous lies, vitriolic rumors, venomous threats, fearmongering, hatred and violence.


Maoists have a tight and flowing structure

02 September 2018

Naxalite movement was started by Charu Majumdar, Kanu Sanyal and Jangal Santhal in West Bengal in 1967 under the banner of Communist Party of India (Marxist).


Sea Food waste prevents steel corrosion:

02 September 2018

Mild steel used in a wide range of industries easily develops rust and the corrosion causes huge economic loss every year.


Why is a Public Credit Registry important?

03 September 2018

Recently, RBI Deputy Governor made a case for setting up a Public Credit Registry (PCR), incorporating unique identifiers: Aadhaar for individual borrowers and Corporate Identification Number for firms.


Green Tribunal steps into conserve Ghats

03 September 2018

The Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) panel, which permitted the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF and CC) to re-publish the draft notification on Eco-Sensitive Zones, which expired on August 26, ordered that the matter may be finalised within six months. It also ordered that the draft of the republished notification be placed on the record of the tribunal.


U.S., India may not sign security pact at 2+2 meet

03 September 2018

At the 2+2 dialogue between India and the U.S. here on September 6, an announcement could be made about an in-principle agreement between the two sides on the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), but its signing is doubtful.


For a shift Gear

03 September 2018

India is prone to disasters. About 70% of its coastal areas are prone to tsunamis and cyclones, about 60% of its landmass vulnerable to earthquakes, and 12% of its land to floods.


Reserve bank tightens ombudsman scheme

04 September 2018

Banking Ombudsman is a quasi judicial authority functioning under India’s Banking Ombudsman Scheme 2006, and the authority was created pursuant to a decision made by the Government of India to enable resolution of complaints of customers of banks relating to certain services rendered by the banks.


Green shoots of revival

04 September 2018

The 4th BIMSTEC summit successfully concluded recently with Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli handing over the chairmanship of the grouping to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena.


Beyond uniformity

04 September 2018

By uniform civil code, it is meant that all sections of the society irrespective of their religion shall be treated equally according to a national civil code, which shall be applicable to all uniformly.


Addressing soil loss

05 September 2018

• Flooding impacts the nutrient levels in the soil. Flooding and long periods of waterlogging result in the depletion of nutrients.


Routes to Afghanistan

05 September 2018

Afghanistan has been one of the longest fought battles for USA to establish peace and bring stability in the region. But with the assent of Trump as President of USA things have also changed as peace process is not easy to come by.


Google announces new AI Technology to fight online child sexual abuse

05 September 2018

Technology giant Google announced that it is employing a new Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to combat online spreading of contents involving child sexual abuse. The tool uses deep neural networks for image processing to help discover and detect child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online.


Steps to stop the rot:

06 September 2018

In other parts of the world, grain is stored in silos (a tall tower or pit on a farm used to store grain). Here, stored grain is kept dry and aired so as to prevent fungal and insect attacks.


SC relief for Maharashtra, Uttarakhand

06 September 2018

Supreme Court has lifted the ban on construction activities in Maharashtra and Uttarakhand, after they submitted their Solid Waste Management (SWM) policy.


Trade talks stuck as U.S. presses gas, aircraft sales to India:

06 September 2018

COMCASA: (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) is a foundational defence pact which is expected to be signed, it would be a key highlight of the meeting; however there are concerns about this deal in defence sector.


CCI orders widening the scope of investigation by the Director General in the matter relating to alleged unfair pricing by super-specialty hospitals in and around Delhi

06 September 2018

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is inquiring into a matter for alleged violation of provisions of Section 3 and 4 of the Competition Act, 2002 relating to imposition of unfair prices by private super-speciality hospitals.


For a world Free of chemical weapons:

07 September 2018

The Chemical Weapons Convention Act was enacted in India 2000 to give effect to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction signed by the government on January 14, 1993.


Ending tuberculosis (TB)

07 September 2018

After decades spent battling the scourge of tuberculosis (TB) in developing countries, 2018 might be the year that it is finally accorded the dignity it deserves.


SC decriminalizes homosexuality

07 September 2018

A Five Judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on September 6, 2018 decriminalised Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by partially striking down some of its provisions.


Post office solutions:

08 September 2018

The India Post Payments Bank (IPPB), a financial service provider that will operate under the country’s age-old postal department. IPPB is a payment bank and as per the RBI’s regulations the Payment banks cannot accept Term deposits, they can accept demand deposits only. The new India Post Payments Bank can hasten financial inclusion, but detailing is key.


India, France sign implementation agreement on ‘Mobilise Your City’:

08 September 2018

India and France on September 6, 2018 signed an implementation agreement on ‘Mobilise Your City’ (MYC) in New Delhi to support three Indian cities in their efforts to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.


IMA moots ethics code overhaul:

08 September 2018

Big private hospitals are constantly promoting their set ups through advertisements in all mediums. How will individual doctors, especially those who have just begun practice, survive such competition. so, IMA suggested that Individual doctors may be allowed to publicise their practice.


Eight avian species declared “extinct” in new study

09 September 2018

Scientists have declared eight species of birds to be extinct in what are being seen as the first avian extinctions of the 21st century


LEMOA fully operational now

09 September 2018

The India-U.S. foundational agreement for mutual logistics support, the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), has been fully operationalised over the past few months.


Maneka Gandhi bypassed; Nutrition guidelines approved by the NITI Aayog

09 September 2018

The NITI Aayog has approved the supplementary nutrition guidelines, prepared by the Ministry for Women and Child Development, bypassing Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi following intervention by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).


India’s GDP growth rate : Consumption led growth

11 September 2018

GDP growth rate for the first quarter (April – June) of fiscal year 2018-19 came at 8.2 per cent. A question being raised about the GDP estimates for the first quarter of this year (April-June) is: How should 8.2% GDP growth be interpreted in, or reconciled with, the overall context of some of the pronounced trends in the economy?


Delhi Launches doorstep delivery of govt. sevices:

11 September 2018

The Delhi government on September 10, 2018 launched a scheme that will enable doorstep delivery of 40 essential government services such as caste and marriage certificates, driving license and new water connections in the first phase.


Avoidable Suspense

12 September 2018

On 10th April 2018, the market watchdog, SEBI asked category II and III FPIs (not well-regulated in their countries of origin) to conform to a higher degree of KYC norms in order to curb round tripping of illicit money and strengthen anti-money laundering measures.


Education Ecosystem

12 September 2018

Education system in India hardly played any role in moulding the child prodigy and this was also rather the case with Manjul Bhargava (Fields medal 2014).


PM Narendra Modi announces remuneration hike for ASHA, Anganwadi workers

12 September 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an increase in remuneration for those involved with the government’s Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) scheme and Anganwadi scheme.


India’s first missile tracking ship is readying for sea trials:

12 September 2018

Once ready, it will be India’s first, a force multiplier and cruise the country into a global elite club.


Cabinet clears new procurement policy:

13 September 2018

The Cabinet has given approval to the new procurement policy which will ensure that the farmers get the minimum support price (MSP) at a time when the market prices fall below the benchmark prices set by the government.


The high cost of man-animal conflict:

13 September 2018

If a wild elephant tramples rice fields, the government will provide compensation for the loss. Though it sounds simple, there are several inconsistencies in compensation awarded for human-wildlife conflict —ranging from crop loss to human death — across the country, finds a study published in Biological Conservation, an international journal on conservation science.


India's health report reads worse:

13 September 2018

India state level Disease Burden Initiative report is a joint initiative of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, along with experts and stakeholders associated with over 100 Indian institutions.


Human Development Index (HDI)

15 September 2018

HDI was released by the United Nations Development Programme with the findings indicating a glaring inequality in the country though “millions have been lifted out of poverty”.


Doklam final report lauds government

15 September 2018

A report by the parliamentary panel on External Affairs, headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, has lauded the efforts of Narendra Modi Government for the overall handling of the Doklam crisis by standing up against china but has expressed concern that Chinese infrastructure built close to the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction has not been dismantled


First Tribal circuit project under Swadesh Darshan Scheme inaugurated in chhattisgarh

15 September 2018

Union Ministry of Tourism has inaugurated India’s first tribal circuit project connecting 13 tourism sites in Chhattisgarh under Swadesh Darshan Scheme. The circuit connects Jashpur, Kunkuri, Mainpat, Kamleshpur, Maheshpur, Kurdar, Sarodadadar, Gangrel, Kondagaon, Nathiya Nawagaon, Jagdalpur, Chitrakoot, and Tirthgarh in Chhattisgarh.


CCEA approves continuation of capacity development scheme

15 September 2018

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved continuation of Capacity Development Scheme for period 2017-18 to 2019-20. It is ongoing Central Sector Scheme of Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MoSPI).


Does U.S. want India to import more?

16 September 2018

US President Trump has unleashed a trade war against many countries based on his electoral promise of ‘America First’.


Call for policy, action in diabetes prevention, management

16 September 2018

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2016 which was released recently points out that the prevalence of diabetes has increased more rapidly in the less-developed States of the country. The report contains alarming statistics for India. According to it the total number of people with diabetes grew from 26 million in 1990 to 65 million in 2016. The prevalence of diabetes in India was 5.5 % in 1990, but it has increased to 7.7 % in 2016.


International Day for preservation of the ozone layer

17 September 2018

The International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer (or World Ozone Day) is observed every year on September 16 for the preservation of the Ozone Layer. This year, the theme for the Day is ‘Keep Cool and Carry On: The Montreal Protocol’.


Does U.S. want India to import more?

17 September 2018

US President Trump has unleashed a trade war against many countries based on his electoral promise of ‘America First’.


ISRO launches two U.K. satellites

17 September 2018

PSLV-C42 lifted off carrying two satellites from the United Kingdom – NovaSAR and S1-4 from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.


'Machines will rule workplace by 2025'

18 September 2018

“The Future of Jobs 2018” report by WEF predicts that the rise of robotics will result in machines performing more tasks on the job than humans by 2025. It also estimates that while that trend could displace 75 million jobs globally by 2022, it’ll create 133 million new positions.


Saving Rivers

18 September 2018

The Central Pollution Control Board finding that the number of critically polluted segments of India’s rivers has risen to 351 from 302 two years ago.


Himalayan Divide

18 September 2018

The disconnect between the two governments was most visible at the seven-nation Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation military exercises.


The progressive way

18 September 2018

In a consultation paper released recently, the Law Commission of India has boldly said that a uniform civil code (UCC) is neither feasible nor necessary at this stage.


Ten years on, in uncharted waters

19 September 2018

The East Asian crisis of 1997 caused a rethink on full capital account convertibility and fixed exchange rates.The Internet bubble and bust of the early 2000s led many to question the impact of new technology on long-term productivity growth.


U.S., China step up trade war, slap tit-for-tat tariffs

19 September 2018

The trade rivalry between the U.S. and China escalated to an unprecedented level, with both countries announcing new tariffs on imports from each other.


UN Report: A child under 15 dies every 5 seconds around the world

19 September 2018

According to the new mortality estimates released by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Division and the World Bank Group, an estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable causes.


Celestial misfit

19 September 2018

In the year, 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) voted to remove Pluto’s planetary status.


Rationalisation of CS schemes mooted:

20 September 2018

Several Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) are just boutique in nature with dubious outcomes, the 15th Finance Commission of the Union Government has noted while calling for urgent rationalisation of the CSSs.


S. Korea wants to elevate ties with India

20 September 2018

One of the major foreign policy initiatives of President Moon Jae-in of South Korea is the government’s 'New Southern Policy', with a goal of deepening ties with South East Asian nations as well as India, and building an inclusive regional architecture in Asia.


Triple talaq is criminal offence

20 September 2018

The Union Cabinet has cleared an ordinance that makes talaq-e-biddat, or instant triple talaq, a criminal offence that will attract a maximum jail term of three years. President Ram Nath Kovind later in the day gave his assent.


Carbon Pricing Policy

21 September 2018

Fighting global warming will necessarily require taxing carbon emissions or setting a price on carbon pollution. At least 46 countries and 26 sub-national governments have established a carbon pricing policy as of April 1.


Is the NITI Aayog relevant today?

21 September 2018

The NITI Aayog (The National Institution for Transforming India), was formed via a resolution of the Union Cabinet on January 1, 2015.


Implication of data mirroring

21 September 2018

Data is the new oil and a driver of growth and change. India is a supposed to become data rich before becoming economically rich. This digital growth is being pushed by large foreign digital companies. They are largely fuelled by the data of their users. The visits of the prime minister and Union information technology minister to Silicon Valley over the past few years as part of the Digital India campaign.


SEBI eases KYC norms for Foreign Portfolio Investors

22 September 2018

The market regulator relaxed the norms after considering the interim recommendations of the SEBI working group under the Chairmanship of Harun R Khan, a former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India.


Ban on adoption by live-in partners lifted

22 September 2018

Individuals in a live-in relationship will once again be able to adopt Children from and within India after the country's nodal adoption agency decided to withdraw a circular issued earlier this year disallowing them from doing so.


India successfully test fires short-range Prahaar missile

22 September 2018

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight tested indigenously developed surface-to-surface short-range tactical ballistic missile ‘Prahaar’. It was launched from mobile launcher from Launch Complex-III, Integrated Test Range (ITR), Balasore off Odisha Coast.


Do Mudra loans have credit risks?

23 September 2018

Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana (PMMY) is a scheme launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on April 8, 2015 for providing loans upto 10 lakh to the non-corporate, non-farm small/micro enterprises.


U.S. to end H-1B spouse work permits

23 September 2018

The Donald Trump administration is moving ahead with a proposal to end work permits for spouses of H-1B workers in the United States, a federal court has been told.


Multidimensional Poverty Index 2018

23 September 2018

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) have released the 2018 Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI).


Withdraw instant triple talaq ordinance: women’s groups

23 September 2018

Women activists and supporters of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB)’s women’s wing on Saturday lodged protest against the ordinance criminalising instant triple talaq and described the move as a ‘political stunt’.


Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite(TESS)

23 September 2018

Nasa’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, better known as TESS, has discovered “superEarth” and “hot Earth” planets in solar systems at least 49 light-years away, marking the satellite’s first discovery since its April launch.


Citizen science initiative helps save hornbills

24 September 2018

The Hornbill Watch initiative is an interactive web interface that allows a person to report on hornbills anywhere in India. People can record the observation of a live hornbill, note its call or report a dead, hunted or captive bird.


PM Modi Launches Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

24 September 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23, 2018 launched the flagship scheme 'Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana' (PMJAY), also known as Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM).


MAVEN Spacecraft

24 September 2018

MAVEN completed its primary mission in November 2015 and has been operating in an extended mission since that time, continuing its investigation of Mars’ upper atmosphere and exploring additional opportunities for science that the new relay orbit will bring.


India to focus on climate change, South-South cooperation at U.N.

25 September 2018

External Affairs Minister has kicked off her week-long diplomatic engagements at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). It is 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meet.


The primary anchor of a health-care road map

25 September 2018

The first is to create a network of health and wellness centres that will bring the healthcare system closer to the people. The centres will provide comprehensive healthcare, including treatment for non-communicable diseases and maternal and child health services. Besides this, they will also provide free essential drugs and diagnostic services; also Rs. 1200 crore have been allocated for this flagship programme.


India Conducts Successful interceptor missile test at night

25 September 2018

India successfully conducted an interceptor missile test off the Odisha coast on Sunday night, achieving a major milestone in developing a two-layer Ballistic Missile Defence.


Unemployment among educated youth at 16% : Study

26 September 2018

A new study released by Azim Premji University’s Centre for Sustainable Employment named the ‘State of Working India 2018’ confirms the spectre of jobless growth.


India, Nepal to explore using satellite images in boundary survey work

26 September 2018

During the 5th meeting of the Nepal-India Boundary Working Group (BWG) both sides agreed to continue mapping of no-man’s land encroachment and cross-border occupation.


Union Cabinet approves National Digital Communications Policy-2018

26 September 2018

The Union Cabinet has approved the National Digital Communications Policy-2018 (NDCP-2018) and re-designation of the Telecom Commission as the “Digital Communications Commission”.


Enact strong laws to cleanse Politics: Supreme Court

26 September 2018

The court countered the government’s submissions that under the Representation of the People Act, only convicted lawmakers can be disqualified and not accused ones.


India, Morocco sign MoU to enhance cooperation in MSME Sector

27 September 2018

India and Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for deepening cooperation between Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sectors of the two countries.


Finance Minister launches Financial Inclusion Index, Jan Dhan Darshak app

27 September 2018

The annual index will be released by the Department of Financial Services (DFS) under the Ministry of Finance by the end of this year and it would rate states on their performance on last-mile banking services availability.


Aadhaar gets thums up from supreme Court

27 September 2018

The Hon’ble Supreme Court in a majority opinion upheld Aadhaar as a reasonable restriction on individual privacy.


Successful Flight Test of Astra BVR Air-to-Air Missile

27 September 2018

Astra, the indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM), was successfully test fired by the IAF from Su-30 aircraft.


Think big

28 September 2018

This includes white goods such as air-conditioners, refrigerators and washing machines as well as nonessential items such as gems, travel bags and aviation turbine fuel (ATF).


NITI Aayog, UN sign Sustainable Development framework for 2018-2022

28 September 2018

The agreement is a reflection of the commitment and efforts made by India towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.


Adultery is not a crime, rules SC; strikes it off IPC

28 September 2018

Adultery.—Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offense of rape, is guilty of the offense of adultery, and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both. In such case the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor.


The poor are left to themselves

29 September 2018

In a recent judgement by the Supreme Court of India, four out of five judges on a Constitution Bench ruled that the law enabling the implementation of the unique identification programme (Aadhar) does not violate the right to privacy of citizens.


Freedom to Pray

29 September 2018

It protects an individual’s right to profess, practise and propagate a religion, and it also assures similar protection to every religious denomination to manage its own affairs.


Black Spotted Turtles/ Geoclemys Hamiltonii :

30 September 2018

A recent report by TRAFFIC says India accounts for 29% of black spotted turtles (Geoclemys hamiltonii) seized from across seven countries in South Asia.


A change in the Maldives

30 September 2018

The people of the small archipelago in the Indian Ocean voted for change and brought to power the Opposition candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. They came out in huge numbers with the turnout being 89.2%.


No other book can trump the Indian constitution

30 September 2018

On January 26, 1950, for the first time in Indian history, we, believers and practitioners of diverse philosophies and religions, decided to also become the people of a single book. This book was the Constitution of India.