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Key Updates: August 2019


  1. Which state has been ranked first at the India Child Well-Being Index (index prepared by NGOs World Vision India and IFMR LEAD)? - Kerala


  1. What is the name of school education portal launched by Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank? - Shagun


  1. On which day, Article 370 was scrapped from Jammu and Kashmir by the government of India? - 5th August 2019


  1. What is ‘Sabka Viswas’ scheme related to? - to settle pending indirect tax disputes (legacy service tax and central excise cases)


  1. Which state has been ranked first in Composite Water Management Index 2.0 released by NITI Aayog for reference year 2017-18?- Gujarat


  1. Sadbhawana Diwas is celebrated every year on 20th August to commemorate the birth anniversary of which former Prime Minister? Rajiv Gandhi


  1. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has announced the creation of which post in its Independence Day Speech? - Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)


  1. What was the theme of 12th India Security summit held in New Delhi? - Towards New National Cyber Security Strategy 


  1. Who is appointed as chairperson of Prevention of Money Laundering Act Appellate Tribunal? - Judge Sunil Gaur 


  1. Who has become the first female officer to be appointed as Flight Commander in Indian Air Force? - Shalija Dhami


  1. Which state government has recently launched its flagship universal health insurance scheme, Sarbat Sehat Bima Yojana? - Punjab


  1. Which products have got GI ( Geographical Indication ) tags recently? - Tawlhlohpuan and Mizo Puanchei ( from Mizoram ) and Tirur Betel leaf ( from Kerala)


  1. Who has been appointed as first woman president of Indian National Science Academy, which has its headquarters in New Delhi? - Chandrima Shaha


  1. Which country has recently awarded Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance’? - Bahrain


  1. Which journalist won the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2019? - Ravish Kumar


  1. Which nation has conferred Indian President Ram Nath Kovind with National Order of Merit? - Guinea


  1. Which programme was launched by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal to improve learning outcomes at the elementary level in schools? - NISHTHA, the National Initiative for School Heads and Teachers Holistic Advancement (The programme was launched at Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi on August 21, 2019)


  1. What is the objective of 26th Ladakhi Kisan Jawan Vigyan Mela in Leh, recently inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh? - to showcase crops and grains suitable for growing in high altitude areas


  1. What is the name of app launched by  Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal for Integrated Online Junction for School Education - Shagun (The app will provide all the details about the education system in the country as well as detailed information about schools with a feedback procedure structured for the parents)


  1. Who has been reappointed as the Chairman for CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes) for a year? - Pramod Chandra Mody 


Key Updates: July 2019


  1. Who has been appointed as Director General of DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) by PM Narendra Modi? - Arun Kumar

  2. Who has been appointed as chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC)? - Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

  3. Which is the First Indian state to have its State Water Policy? - Meghalaya

  4. What is India’s rank on the 2019 Global Innovation Index, in which Switzerland is at top rank? - 52nd rank

  5. Which state recorded highest number of tigers on the All India Tiger Estimation 2018? - Madhya Pradesh (as per data released on International Tiger Day - July 29) 

  6. India has signed Rs.1,500 crore deal to acquire R-27 air-to-air missiles from which country? - Russia

  7. Who has been elected as the speaker of 17th Lok Sabha ? - Om Birla

  8. Who has been appointed as the new chief of RAW ?- Samant Goel

  9. Who has been appointed as the new chief of Intelligence Bureau ? - Arvind Kumar

  10. Jal Shakti Abhiyaan campaign is related to - Water Conservation and Water Security

  11. The Deep Ocean Mission (DOM) is slated to be launched by which union ministry? - Ministry of Earth Sciences (It is five-year, Rs 8000-crore plan to explore the deepest recesses of the ocean)

  12. On which date, National Broadcasting day (NBD) is celebrated in India? - July 23

  13. Who is the head of the high-powered committee of Chief Ministers (CMs) to transform Indian agriculture? - Devendra Fadnavis

  14. Who has been elected new chairman of Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN)? - Manoj  Kumar Nambiar

  15. When was Chandrayaan 2 launched ? - July 22, 2019 (Chandrayaan-2 is India's second lunar exploration mission after Chandrayaan-1.Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the mission was launched from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre on 22 July 2019 to the Moon by a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III).

  16. What is the theme of 2019 edition of World Youth Skills Day (WYSD)? - Learning to learn for life and work

  17. Which Indian politician has authored the book titled ‘The New Delhi Conspiracy’? - Meenakshi Lekhi

  18. Who has become the first IPS Officer to complete ‘Seventh Summit’ Challenge?- Aparna Kumar

  19. What is the theme of the 13th National Statistics Day (NSD-2019)? - Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  20. Who is the newly appointed chairperson of National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA)? - Badri Narain Sharma

Key Updates: June 2019


  • National Statistics Day: National Statistics Day is observed every year on 29 June to popularize use of Statistics in everyday life and sensitize public as to how Statistics helps in shaping and framing policies. 2019 is the 13th edition of National Statistics Day. The theme for 2019 National Statistics Day is Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


  • Amish Tripathi appointed as the Director of the Nehru Centre, London: Indian Author Amish Tripathi is appointed as the director of Nehru Centre in London. He has some best-sellers under his name, like the Secret of the Nagas and Sita – Warrior of Mithila. The Nehru Centre founded in 1992 under the direction of Gopalkrishna Gandhi.


  • Samant Goel is the new RAW chief, Arvind Kumar appointed as IB director: Narendra Modi Government has appointed senior IPS officer Samant Goel as the new Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief on June 26, 2019. In another move, the government has appointed senior IPS officer Arvind Kumar as the director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB).


  • Haryana launches “Jal Hai Jeevan Hai” scheme: The scheme is launched by Haryana Govt to encourage farmers to adopt crop diversification and sow crops consuming less water like Maize, Arhar etc., instead of water consuming crops such as rice so as to save water. An amount Rs. 2000 per acre will be credited into the accounts of farmers in two phases i.e. Rs. 200/- at the time of registration and the balance Rs. 1800/- after verification of sowing data within two months. Under the scheme, free of cost hybrid seeds would also be provided to the farmers. State government will directly procure the diversified crops produced.


  • Kerala topped NITI Aayog’s health index 2019 ranking: Kerala has topped the ranking state in terms of overall health performance as per the report submitted by NITI Aayog on health index. This is the second edition of its type. It measured the annual and incremental performances of states and UTs. Next to Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra have emerged as the second and third best performers, respectively, on health parameters. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were ranked the two worst performers, respectively.


  • Rachna Khaira of The Tribune News Service won the 2019 Journalist of the Year: Rachna Khaira of The Tribune News Service won the Red Ink Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism Journalist of the Year 2019. She is currently working for The Huffington Post. The award is for her expose during 2018 on the functioning of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and its Aadhaar data cache. The investigation that was conducted by Rachna Khaira confirmed that personal data of millions of citizens were at risk of being hacked/traded for a price. The journalists ran a series of sting operations regarding the issue and it helped to raise serious doubts over government claims that Aadhaar data stored on UIDAI servers were safe and secure. The Red Ink awards are a set of annual awards which were instituted by The Mumbai Press Club in 2010.


  • 20 Years of Kargil war: Indian Air Force (IAF) is commemorating 20 years of Kargil War on June 24, 2019. To mark this day IAF turned Gwalior air base into a war theatre with reforming some of the landmark air operations in 1999. IAF used Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft to reenact Tiger Hill attack. IAF aircraft and explosives were blown up on a ‘model hill’ to recreate the crucial events of the war. Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa was the chief guest for the event. The Kargil War, also known as the Kargil conflict was an armed conflict between India and Pakistan that took place between May and July 1999 in the Kargil district of Kashmir and elsewhere along the Line of Control (LOC). In India, the conflict is also referred to as Operation Vijay which was the name of the Indian operation to clear the Kargil sector.


  • Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan appointed as the second Chief Justice of Telangana High Court: Raghvendra Singh Chauhan has been appointed as the second Chief Justice of Telangana High Court in Hyderabad.  He succeeded Chief Justice T.B. Radhakrishnan in April 2019.


  • Indian Navy launches Operation Sankalp in the Gulf of Oman: Indian Navy launched ‘Operation Sankalp’ in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Their main aim is to reassure safe passage of Indian flagged vessels transiting through the area. INS Chennai and INS Sunayna deployed in the region to undertake maritime security operations. Information Fusion Centre-Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) of Indian Navy watch over the movement of ships in Gulf region.


  • Justice V Ramasubramanian appointed as the Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court: Justice V Ramasubramanian appointed as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. He succeeded Chief Justice Surya Kant. The ceremony was administered by Governor Acharya Devvrat. He served as an Additional Judge of the Madras High Court. He joined as permanent Judge from November 9, 2009.


  • India’s first solar cruise vessel will debut in Kerala: India’s first solar-powered ferry in 2016, Kerala is gearing up for the launch of the country’s premier solar-powered cruise boat. The initiative comes from the State Water Transport Department (SWTD), whose solar ferry Aditya in the Vaikom-Thavanakadavu route proved to be a success. The Rs 3-crore cruise boat can carry 100 passengers is under construction at a boatyard in Aroor and comes from the stable of the builders of Aditya. It will be rolled out in Alappuzha in December.


  • Fifth International Yoga Day being celebrated on June 21: The International Day of Yoga is being observed across the world on June 21st. Yoga has gained widespread popularly ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the establishment of the International Day on June 21, 2015. The International Day of Yoga 2019 theme is “Climate Change”.


  • Om Birla has been elected as the 17th Lok Sabha Speaker: Om Birla has been unanimously elected as the 17th Lok Sabha Speaker with the opposition Congress coming out in support of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s candidate. Birla will replace Sumitra Mahajan. He is a two-time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of Parliament (MP) from Rajasthan. Birla is also a member of the Standing Committee on Energy in Parliament, member of the Committee on Petitions and Consultative Committee for Ministry of social justice and empowerment.


  • Himachal Pradesh makes GPS device must for trekkers: The Himachal Pradesh government made it mandatory for trekkers to carry a GPS device to tackle any exigency. A decision in this regard was taken at a review meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi on preparedness for the monsoon.


  • Ritu Kridhal and Vanitha to head India’s 2nd Moon mission Chandrayaan-2: For the first time, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has appointed two women scientists – Ritu Karidhal (as mission director) and Muthayya Vanitha(as project director) – to head India’s second Moon mission Chandrayaan-2. ISRO Chairman K Sivan announced that close to 30 per cent of the ISRO team working on Chandrayaan 2 are women. Ritu Karidhal was referred to as the ‘Rocket Woman of India’. She became famous with the launch of the Mars Orbiter Mission where she was the deputy operations director. Muthayya Vanitha received the Best Woman Scientist award in 2006 by the Astronomical Society of India.


  • Cabinet approved the setting up of Defence Space Research Agency (DSRO): The Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the setting up of Defence Space Research Agency (DSRO), a new agency, which will develop sophisticated weapon systems. The approval aimed to enhance the capabilities of the armed forces to fight wars in space. DSRO will be entrusted with the task of creating space warfare weapon systems and technologies. It would provide the research and development support to the Defence Space Agency (DSA). The aim of setting up of DSA is to help the country fight wars in space.


  • BJP MP Virendra Kumar to be pro-tem speaker of Lok Sabha: Virendra Kumar, a seven-time MP from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh chosen as the pro tem speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha. He was MoS in the ministry of women and child development. He was also in the minority affairs ministry in the previous government.


  • Thawarchand Gehlot replaces Arun Jaitley as Leader of Rajya Sabha: Thawarchand Gehlot, the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, has been appointed as the new leader of Rajya Sabha. The position was previously occupied by senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley under the first Narendra Modi-led government. However, Jaitley opted out of being a part of Modi Government’s second term citing health reasons. Gehlot has almost four decades of political and legislative experience. He has served as a member of the Madhya Pradesh state assembly several times and also as a member of Lok Sabha.


  • India partners with  Portugal to set up a national maritime heritage museum at Lothal: India has partnered with Portugal to set up a national maritime heritage museum at Lothal in Gujarat. The Indian Navy will be the stakeholder in the project and the Portuguese Navy will assist as they have experience in it by administering the maritime museum in Lisbon, Portugal. India is to follow a similar model of the maritime museum. A maritime museum is a museum that specializes in display the objects relating to ships and travel on large bodies of water. A sub category of maritime museums are naval museums, which focus on navies and the military use of the sea.


  • Union Cabinet approves the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Siddhi Scheme: Union Cabinet has approved the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Siddhi Scheme. It will cost over Rs. 87,000 crore a year to the exchequer. The government has announced its decision to extend the benefit of Rs. 6,000 per year under the PM-KISAN scheme to all 14.5 crore farmers in the country, irrespective of the size of their landholding. The scheme was launched on 24th February 2019 in the run-up to the 2019 Parliamentary elections in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh where the first rounds of instalments were paid to several farmers.


  • Karnataka government has launched Pink Sarathi vehicles for women’s safety: Karnataka government has launched ‘Pink Sarathi’ vehicles that are procured by the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC). It was launched by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. BMTC will use the vehicles to attend to the grievances of women passengers in city buses. BMTC had received Rs.56.07 crore from the Centre under the Nirbhaya scheme. It has also taken up various measures for the safety of women passengers, including the launch of Pink Sarathi vehicles. The BMTC now has a fleet of 25 Pink Sarathi vehicles fitted with GPS and public announcement systems. The safety of female passengers will be a priority. It will also take on other tasks such as manning traffic movement at bus bays making sure that drivers stop at the designated stops, taking action against bus crew when they fail to close the door once the vehicle is in motion,  and ensuring  that men are  not occupying   seats reserved for women


  • Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel Takes Oath as New CJI of Delhi High Court: Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel sworn in as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. Lt Governor Anil Baijal administered the oath of office to Justice Patel at a function held at Raj Niwas. Earlier, Justice Patel was posted at the Jharkhand High Court. Supreme Court Collegium recommended his name for the appointment as Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. Justice Dhirubhai Naranbhai Patel is an Indian Judge. He is Chief Justice of Delhi High Court. He is former Acting Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court and Judge of Gujarat High Court.


  • India Test Fires Brahmos Supersonic Cruise Missile from Chandipur in Odisha: Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha. It is the World’s fastest supersonic cruise missile with a high rate of accuracy. The missile can be fired from land, sea, and air. The missile with a strike range of around 290 km is a strategic asset for India which acts as a deterrence against any possible threats from China and Pakistan. BrahMos is a joint venture between the DRDO and the NPOM (a Russian military technology firm) of Russia. BrahMos operationalized in the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force.


  • Bihar government has announced to waive off 50% of the total taxes levied on e-rickshaws: The Bihar State government has announced to waive off 50% of the total taxes levied on the purchase and running of battery-propelled e-rickshaws. The announcement was made by the deputy chief minister of state Sushil Kumar Modi. The move is to combat air pollution. 3 cities of Bihar namely Patna, Gaya and Muzaffarpur are placed among the most 20 polluted cities of the world in a report by the World Health Organization (WHO).


  • Tripura to host 10th National Science Film Festival of India in 2020: The 10th National Science Film Festival of India (NSFFI) organized in Tripura in January and February 2020. The NSF debuted in Chennai eight years ago in 2011. It covered almost all regions of the country since then including Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata, Bangalore, Lucknow, Mumbai, Guwahati and Mohali. This the second time the show will be held in a Northeastern city. National Science Film Festival and Competition (Rashtriya Vigyan Chalchitra Mela) is organised by Vigyan Prasar.


  • ‘Cyclone Man’  Mrutyunjay Mohapatra appointed as chief of Indian Meteorological Department: Renowned scientist and cyclone warning specialist Mrutyunjay Mohapatra was appointed as the chief of India Meteorological Department (IMD). Mohapatra and his team at the Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD have earned praise for their accurate forecasts on cyclones, its wind-speed and likely impact on life and property including during the recent cyclone ‘Fani’, when their timely warnings enabled the authorities to ensure early evacuation of millions of people.


  • Satish Chandra Verma appointed as Advocate General of Chhattisgarh: Government of Chhattisgarh appointment Satish Chandra Verma as its new Advocate General (AG). He was previously working as Additional Advocate General. He replaced Kanak Tiwari.


  • Rajasthan government increases financial aid given to girls under ‘Aapki Beti’ scheme: Rajasthan government increased the financial assistance given to school girls under the ‘Aapki Beti’ scheme and ex-gratia payment to the families of polling personnel who die during election duty. Under the Aapki Beti scheme, girls living under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) and whose mother or father or both have died to get annual financial assistance in the state.


  • Telangana Government enhanced Rythu Bandhu scheme: Telangana government released Rs 6,900 crore for the Rythu Bandhu scheme for Kharif season. The government enhanced the Rythu Bandhu scheme Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 per acre and decided to release funds in the view of ensuing Kharif season. Rythu Bandhu scheme also Farmers’ Investment Support Scheme (FISS) is a welfare program to support farmer’s investment for two crops a year by the Government of Telangana. This is a first direct farmer investment support scheme in India. 


  • Ajit Doval re-appointed as National Security Adviser: India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval has been re-appointed to the post for another five years. Ajit Doval has also been given Cabinet Rank for contribution to national security. NSA Ajit Doval’s quality of work in his previous term has earned him the Cabinet rank in Modi Government 2.0, as per government sources. Ajit Doval, the 74-year-old previously served as the Director of India’s Intelligence Bureau(IB). Prior to that, he had served as the head of its operation wing for over a decade. He took up the role as India’s National Security Adviser in 2014 after retirement from IB.


  • National Science Film Festival of India to be held in Agartala: 10th National Science Film Festival of India (NSFFl) will be in Agartala, Tripura in January-February 2020. This is for the second time the event will be held in a North-Eastern city. It will be jointly hosted by Vigyan Prasar of the Central Government, State Government, and Tripura Central University. Minimum 10 countries will participate in the upcoming event and it will include the films produced by UNICEF, UNESCO and filmmakers from different countries. In NSFFI, the maximum length of the films will be 40 minutes and Vigyan Prasar will raise awareness on science and environment to the society through cinemas. NSFFI was first held in Chennai in 2011.  


Key Updates: May 2019


  • "Hawa  Aane De" song launched by Environment Ministry: World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated on 5th June every year. Union Ministry of Environment launched the song 'Hawa Aane De' to spread awareness about Air pollution. This year the theme of Environment Day is Air Pollution.  


  • Pema Khandu sworn-in as Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister: Pema Khandu, who pitchforked into politics after the death of his father in a helicopter crash eight years ago, was sworn in as the first Chief Minister of an elected Bharatiya Janata Party government in Arunachal Pradesh.


  • Naveen Patnaik sworn in as Odisha Chief Minister: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik was sworn in as Chief Minister of Odisha for the fifth consecutive term in Bhubaneswar.


  • Playwright and journalist Annie Zaidi wins Nine Dots Prize: Indian playwright and journalist Annie Zaidi was announced the winner of the 2019 Nine Dots Prize, with a financial award and a book-deal to develop her essay ‘Bread, Cement Cactus’.


  • P S Golay sworn in as new CM of Sikkim: Prem Singh Tamang also known as P.S. Golay sworn in as the Chief Minister of Sikkim. Mr. Golay’s party, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM), won 17 of the 32 Assembly seats.


  • Acharya Balkrishna receives UNSDG influential people in Healthcare Award: Patanjali Ayurved Limited's Managing Director, Acharya Balkrishna received the 'UNSDG 10 Most Influential People in Healthcare Award' on behalf of Patanjali Group of Institutions in Geneva.


  • ISRO's new commercial arm new space india officially inaugurated: NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), was officially inaugurated in Bengaluru. NSIL's main objective is to scale up industry participation in Indian space programmes.


  • ISRO launches radar imaging satellite RISAT-2B: India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C46) successfully launched RISAT-2B satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre(SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. This was the 72nd launch vehicle mission from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota and 36th launch from the First Launch pad.


  • IAF successfully test fires aerial version of BrahMos missile: The Indian Air Force has successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. The 2.5 tonne air-to-surface missile has a range of around 300 km, and it will significantly enhance the IAF's combat capability.


  • Competition Commission of India (CCI) celebrates its 10th Annual Day: The Competition Commission of India (CCI) celebrated its 10th Annual Day on 20th May, 2019 which marks the notification of the substantive enforcement provisions of the Competition Act, 2002.


  • Anti-Terrorism Day: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed universities and higher educational institutions to observe May 21 as Anti-Terrorism day to wean away the youth from terrorism.


  • Government plans introducing artificial intelligence system in MCA 21 portal: Corporate affairs ministry plans to introduce artificial intelligence system in the MCA 21 portal as it seeks to make compliance process easier as well as ensure routine enforcement activities are done round-the-clock on autopilot basis. MCA 21 is the electronic backbone for dissemination of information to all stakeholders, including the regulator, corporates and investors.


  • Government implements Project “SPARROW-CBIC” for officers: Online writing of APARs in SPARROW for IRS (C&CE) Officers has already been implemented w.e.f. 2016-17. As part of CBIC’s constant endeavor for better HR management, online writing of APARs in SPARROW has now been launched for over 46,000 Group B & C officers of CBIC, working in its various formations all across the country.


  • Mumbai-based Aarohi Pandit became World’s 1st woman to cross Atlantic Ocean solo in LSA: Captain Aarohi Pandit, a 23-year-old pilot from Mumbai became the world's first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA), thrilling her family, friends and aviation circles. She achieved the feat around midnight of (May 13-14) when she landed her tiny aircraft at Iqaluit Airport in Canada, after a gruelling 3,000 km long flight, under adverse and extreme weather conditions following take-off from Wick, Scotland (United Kingdom), with brief stopovers in Greenland and Iceland.


  • National Technology Day: India celebrated National Technology Day on 11th May acts as a reminder of India’s technological advancements. The theme was “Science for People and People for Science”. On this day, India successfully tested Shakti-I nuclear missile at the Indian Army's Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan. The operation was led by late President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and was called Operation Shakti or Pokhran-II.


  • Islamic State for first time claims ‘Province’ in India: Islamic State (IS) has claimed for the first time that it has established a “province” in India, after a clash between militants and security forces in the Kashmir region killed a militant with alleged ties to the group.


  • Indian Air Force intercepts Antonov-12 cargo plane trespassing into Indian territory from Pakistan: In a major development, the Indian Air Force intercepted an Antonov-12 cargo plane which entered from an unauthorised air route from Pakistani side and forced it to land at the Jaipur air base.


  • Indian Army to commemorate 2019 as 'Year of next of kin': The Indian Army is commemorating this year as the ‘Year of Next of Kin’ and plans to reach out to the next of kin of battle casualties, ex-servicemen and serving soldiers to inform them of entitled financial benefits, welfare schemes and help resolve pension related problems.


  • India’s Jagjit Pavadia re-elected International Narcotics Control Board (INCB): India's Jagjit Pavadia was re-elected to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) for another term, posting the highest number of votes at 44. Pavadia, in her 60s, has been a member of the INCB since 2015 and her current term is set to expire in 2020.


  • Basava Jayanti: Basava Jayanthi is the birthday of Basavanna, observed on May 7 2019. He can be best described as a 12th-century philosopher, statesman, kannada poet in the Shiva-focussed Bhakti movement and a social reformer during the reign of the Kalachuri-dynasty king Bijjala I in Karnataka.


  • Microsoft unveils open source software 'Election Guard' for secure voting: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced "Election Guard" -- a free open-source software development kit (SDK). "Election Guard" will enable end-to-end verification of elections, open results to third-party organisations for secure validation, and allow individual voters to confirm their votes were correctly counted.


  • KVIC distributes over 1 lakh Bee-Boxes under ‘Honey Mission’: Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has distributed more than one lakh bee-boxes among farmers and unemployed youths across the country in less than two years under its 'Honey Mission' initiative.


  • Justice PR Ramachandra Menon sworn in as Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh: Justice PR Ramachandra Menon was sworn in as Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court. He was earlier a judge in the Kerala High Court.


  • Zero Pendency Courts Project: The ‘Zero Pendency Courts Project’ is a one-of-its-kind project in India aimed to study the life cycle of cases to come up with optimal timelines for cases.


  • Mumbai's last captive white tiger named Bajirao dies: Bajirao, the last captive white tiger at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) in Borivali, died at the age of 18. Bajirao was born at the SGNP in 2001 to Renuka and Sidharth. He was the last surviving white tiger in the park.


  • Nileena M. S authored Article ‘Coalgate 2.0’ wins ACJ award for Investigative Journalism: The article titled ‘Coalgate 2.0' authored by Nileena M S and published in The Caravan magazine has won the ACJ Award for Investigative Journalism, 2018.


  • Former ISRO chief A S Kiran Kumar conferred France’s Highest Civilian Honour: A S Kiran Kumar, the former chairperson of the Indian Space Research Organisation, was conferred France’s highest civilian award – Chevalier of Order of the Legion of Honour – for his contribution to India-France space cooperation.


  • Vice president releases a Postage Stamp to commemorate 750th Birth Anniversary of Sri Vedanta Desika: The Vice President, Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu released a postage stamp to commemorate the 750th birth anniversary of Sri Vedanta Desikan in New Delhi.


  • Government and IIT-Delhi signs MoU to set up a Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies: To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) have come together to bring the best of science and technology to implement waste management in India. Principal Scientific Advisor to the Govt of India, Prof K. Vijay Raghavan and Director, IIT Delhi, Prof V. Ramgopal Rao signed a Memorandum of Understanding in New Delhi for setting up a Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies for implementation of sustainable, scientific and technological solutions for waste management, through validation and deployment of available technologies for transformation of waste to wealth.


  • 14th Edition of Annual Sino-Indian Border Trade opens at Nathu La: The 14th edition of the annual Sino-Indian border trade opened at Nathu La in Sikkim. The bilateral border trade between the two countries is organised four days a week for six months, between May 1 and November 30, every year.


Key Updates: April 2019


  • Ayushman Bharat Diwas: As part of the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, Ayushman Bharat Diwas was celebrated across the country on April 30th. During the event, information regarding Ayushman Bharat Scheme was provided to people during health camps organised in rural areas.


  • ‘Politics of Jugaad: The Coalition Handbook’ released: The “Politics of Jugaad: The Coalition Handbook” authored by journalist Saba Naqvi is released. The political analyst runs through the history of political alliances in the country taking into account their performance on economic and social policies, among others, while juxtaposing them with that of single-party rule.


  • ICMR launches 'MERA India' to eliminate malaria by 2030: The Indian Council of Medical Research has launched the 'Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) India' - a conglomeration of partners working on malaria control - in order to prioritise, plan and scale up research to eliminate the disease from India by 2030.


  • Rana Dasgupta bags Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019: The second edition of Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize was awarded to author Rana Dasgupta for his 2010 novel "Solo", a tale of estrangement and the ultimate failure of material existence.


  • MOU signed between Ministry of AYUSH and CSIR: A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Ministry of AYUSH and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi for cooperation in research and education in areas of traditional systems of medicine and its integration with modern science.


  • Indian Navy chief launches new guided missile destroyer “Imphal”: Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba has launched the third ship of Project 15B, a guided missile destroyer Imphal, at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders, Mumbai.


  • Medicine Labels in Regional Language: In order to counter fake, sub-standard and expired drugs, the Union Health Ministry has said Hindi and regional language will be used in the tendering process. “Drug names and expiry date during tendering will be in Hindi/regional language too for — polio drop and Iron tablets — procured for children under the government programmes.


  • India successfully test fires sub-sonic cruise missile “Nirbhay”: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully test fired 1,000 km strike range sub-sonic cruise missile named “Nirbhay” from Odisha coast.


  • Dr. A K Singh honoured with 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr A K Singh was conferred with Lifetime Achievement Award during 4th APJ Abdul Kalam Innovation Conclave at Chandigarh University Mohali, for his rich contribution in the field of life sciences, aerospace and aeronautics.


  • SpaceX to Launch NASA's Asteroid-Smashing Mission: NASA is testing a new way to defend Earth from asteroid strikes. The agency has awarded SpaceX a contract as part of a plan to knock an asteroid off course. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, is a spacecraft designed to determine whether an asteroid can be redirected with a high-speed collision. SpaceX will launch the spacecraft toward an asteroid named Didymos about 4 million miles from Earth. It then will ram into the asteroid’s small moon at about 13,000 miles per hour.


  • Himachal Pradesh Celebrates 72nd State Day: The 72nd Himachal Day was celebrated with gaiety and fervour in the state on 15th April. Governor Acharya Devvrat unfurled the national flag at an event on the historic Ridge maidan in Shimla to mark the day.


  • Two schemes of West Bengal, Utkarsh Bangla and Sabooj Sathi receive international recognition: Two schemes of the West Bengal government for skill development and distribution of bi-cycles to students have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards of the United Nations. The schemes are "Utkarsh Bangla" and "Sabooj Sathi". The "Utkarsh Bangla" project aims at creating a pool of skilled candidates who are industry ready, while under the "Sabooj Sathi" scheme, bi-cycles are distributed to students between class IX and XII studying in government run and government aided schools and madrasas of the state.


  • Jamia Millia Islamia gets its first woman vice-chancellor: Professor Najma Akhtar of the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University.


  • Alice G. Vaidyan awarded the Freedom of the City of London: Alice G. Vaidyan, the Chairman and Managing Director of the General Insurance Corporation (GIC) of India (GIC Re), has been awarded with the ‘Freedom of the City of London’ in recognition of her work to promote insurance ties between India and the UK.


  • India to be the Guest of Honour country at 2019 ADIBF: India will be the Guest of Honour country at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, ADIBF 2019. The fair aims to highlight the UAE’s rich heritage, showcasing its authenticity and modernity, as well as its cultural and literary output.


  • India’s population grew at 1.2% average annual rate between 2010 and 2019: India’s population grew at an average annual rate of 1.2 per cent between 2010 and 2019 to 1.36 billion, more than double the annual growth rate of China.


  • National Safe Motherhood Day: National Safe Motherhood Day is celebrated every year on April 11 to raise awareness about the proper healthcare of women and maternity facilities to pregnant and lactating women. The theme of 2019 NSMD is "Midwives for Mothers".


  • Arappor Iyakkam launched the Arappor App: Arappor Iyakkam has released the Arappor App, which is available free on Google Play store, offering details of all candidates contesting in the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.


  • Varanasi ranked third on the WHOs list of 15 most polluted cities: The air quality in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency, is ranked third on the WHO's list of 15 most polluted cities and the situation is "deteriorating" as its MP has focused on beautification and infrastructure.


  • Namami Gange gets global recognition at world summit: The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) was awarded the distinction of “Public Water Agency of the Year” by Global Water Intelligence at the Global Water Summit in London.


  • Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman Awards: A Scholar of Pali, Dr. Gyanaditya Shakya, has been honoured with the Presidential Award of Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman 2019 with prize money of INR 1,00,000 and a certificate. He accepts award from Vice- President of India M Venkaiah Naidu.


  • President Ram Nath Kovind launched Veer Parivar App: President Ram Nath Kovind has launched 'CRPF veer pariwar mobile' application to help the families of martyrs. President Kovind paid tribute to martyred CRPF personnel at National Police Memorial on the occasion of CRPF Valour Day 2019.


  • Nagaland observes 75th anniversary of Battle of Kohima: The 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kohima was observed by the Nagaland government with representatives from the UK and Japan speaking on the theme of “Remembrance, Reconciliation and Rebirth”.


  • National Maritime Day: National Maritime Day is celebrated on April 5 every year to illustrate the awareness in supporting intercontinental commerce and the global economy as the most well-organized, safe and sound, environmentally responsive approach of transporting goods from one corner to another corner of the world. The theme of celebrations is "Indian Ocean-An Ocean of opportunity".


  • Tata Steel wins 'Global Slag Company of the Year' award: Tata Steel has been named as the 'Global Slag Company of the Year' at the 14th Global Slag Conference and Exhibition 2019. The award demonstrates global recognition of Tata Steels commitment towards sustainability & circular economy principles.


  • Chennai Central renamed as Puratchi Thalaivar: The Tamil Nadu government has renamed Chennai Central railway station as Puratchi Thalaivar Dr M G Ramachandran Central Railway Station. The Railway Board of the ministry of railways has given clearance to change the name on the condition that there should not be any inaugural event in view of the election code of conduct.


  • BIS and IIT-Delhi to Collaborate for Standardisation and Conformity Assessment: The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi to collaborate in the field of standardisation and conformity assessment.


  • PM Modi awarded UAE's highest civilian honor Zayed medal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was awarded Zayed Medal, the United Arab Emirates' highest civilian award, as a mark of appreciation for his efforts to boost bilateral ties between the two nations.


  • Guwahati Railway station first in India to get ISO certification: The Guwahati Railway Station has become the first ever railway station in the Indian Railways to get an ISO certification from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for “providing passenger amenities in a clean and green environment.”


  • Prevention of Blindness Week - 1st to 7th April 2019: Prevention of Blindness Week 2019 will be observed from 1st of April to 7th of April. The day will be observed by spreading awareness on the precautions which needs to be taken to prevent blindness. It will also focus on detection, cure and treatment of eye diseases. In schools and villages, people and children will be educated about the importance of eye hygiene.


  • Indian Army sets record  by building longest suspension bridge 'Maitri on Indus: The Indian Army has made a personal record after it completed construction of the longest suspension bridge over Indus river in Leh within a span of just 40 days. The 260-feet long cable-suspension bridge, named 'Maitri Bridge' was built by combat engineers of the 'Sahas aur Yogyata' regiment of the Indian Army's 'Fire and Fury Corps'.


  • Cafe Scientifique to be launched in Kerala: Café Scientifique is a grassroots public science initiative based on the French Café Philosophique model. Café Scientifique, the first such initiative in the State, envisages to bring science back into popular culture by demystifying scientific research for the public and empowering non-scientists to comfortably assess science and technology issues.


  • Utkal Divas 2019: Every year on April 1, Odisha celebrates Utkal Divas to mark the day the state was born as a separate entity on linguistic basis. This year marks the 83rd Utkal Dibasa, or the foundation day of Odisha. Odisha was born as a separate state on April 1, 1936, on linguistic basis.


  • Phayeng Village becomes India’s first carbon-positive settlement: The village in Manipur has drawn attention of all after a forest, developed by its households, has been tagged as India’s first carbon-positive settlement.


Key Updates: March 2019


  • Tashigang in Himachal Pradesh became world's highest polling station: Tashigang, a Himachal Pradesh village at an altitude of 15,256 feet has now become the highest polling station in the world. Situated about 29 km from the India-China border, the polling station covers two villages, Tashigang and Gate.


  • Delhi govt school teacher Manu Gulati honoured with Martha Farrell Award 2019: Manu Gulati, a Delhi government school teacher, has been conferred the Martha Farrell award 2019 for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Gulati has been instrumental in helping young girls in receiving formal school education.


  • GAIL, BHEL sign pact for development of solar power projects: State-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd has signed an agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) for cooperation in the development of solar power projects. GAIL shall be the project developer and BHEL shall act as an engineering, procurement, construction and project management contractor.


  • Vijayawada Railway Station gets the Gold Rating for being Clean & Eco-Friendly: Vijayawada railway station, one of the busiest railway junctions in the country, has received the Gold Rating by the Indian Green Building Council.


  • Cabinet approves additional posts for NCLAT for speedier case disposal: The Union Cabinet has approved the creation of additional posts in the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) for speedy disposal of cases and cleared a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with South Korea on startup cooperation while approving another one with Indonesia to curb illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs.


  • India becomes the 4th country to test Anti-satellite missile system: India conducted its first anti-satellite (ASAT) missile test, successfully destroying a low earth orbit satellite in space by using a missile which covered a distance of 300 km to engage the target. New Delhi, however, emphasised that the test did not alter its commitment against weaponization of outer space. Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the test, called "Mission Shakti".


  • Ministry of Commerce launched blockchain based e-marketplace for coffee: The commerce ministry has launched a blockchain-based coffee e-marketplace to help farmers integrate with markets so that they can realise fair prices for the commodity. The blockchain will also reduce the number of layers between coffee growers and buyers and help farmers double their income.


  • IIT-Delhi develops AI-based system to detect malaria: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi has developed an Artificial Intelligence-based electronic hardware system to detect malaria, tuberculosis, intestinal parasite, and cervical cancer in milliseconds.


  • Delhi Development Authority launched the housing scheme: The Delhi Development Authority launched 18,000 flats by the end of this month. The DDA flats for sale in 2019 are in Dwarka, Kalkaji, Vasant Kunj, Rohini sector 34 and in South Delhi. Most of the flats launched under this first round of allotment of DDA housing scheme 2019 will be one-bedroom sets for economically weaker sections (EWS).


  • Niti Aayog, ABB organise workshop on AI for MSMEs: Niti Aayog and ABB India had organised a workshop to discuss regulatory and financial concerns relating to adoption of Artificial Intelligence and automation technology by MSMEs. The workshop on manufacturing in the age of Artificial Intelligence was held here where industry and policymakers discussed various aspects of AI and automation adoption.


  • CBSE launches app Shiksha Vani: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) launched its podcast app, “Shiksha Vani” for all the concerned stakeholders.


  • India's deepest shaft cave discovered in Meghalaya: Barely a year after the discovery of the world’s longest sandstone cave Krem Puri in Mawsynram region of Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district, now a cave with the deepest shaft in the country has been discovered.


  • SAIL launches smart garbage bins made of steel: Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has launched smart garbage bins made of stainless steel. These smart garbage bins will be able to send a signal to the garbage collection vehicle about the “fill-up” position of the bin, aiding better cleaning and lower human intervention.


  • IND-INDO CORPAT 2019: The Fifth Foreign Office Consultations between India and Thailand was held in Bangkok to provide an opportunity to review the entire range of bilateral relations, including political, defence and security, economic and commercial, cultural, tourism, people-to-people ties. India reaffirmed its commitment to working closely with Thailand in these areas.


  • India ranks 140th in the happiest country in the world 2019 list: Indians are not as happy in 2019 as they were in 2018 and the country figures at 140th place, seven spots down from last year, on this year's UN World Happiness Report released which is topped by Finland for the second year in a row.


  • Pinaki Chandra Ghose appointed as India's first Lokpal: Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was appointed the country’s first Lokpal — the national anti-corruption ombudsman. This comes five years after the Lokpal Act received the President’s nod on January 1, 2014. Advertising Former Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) chief Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, Mahender Singh and Indrajeet Prasad Gautam have been appointed as non-judicial members of Lokpal.


  • INCOIS and French scientists discover new sea level oscillation: Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) researchers, in collaboration with scientists from France, have discovered the existence of a ‘synchronous oscillation’ of sea level across the entire Tropical Indian Ocean with a time period of 30 to 80 days during winter months of December to April.


  • IIPHG launches Conquer Exam, Be a Warrior app: The Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar (IIPHG) has launched a mobile application – “Conquer Exam, Be a Warrior” in collaboration with National Mental Health Program, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Gujarat.


  • Assam launched initiatives to educate voter: Folk song competitions, quiz programmes and appeals by celebrities are some of the initiatives being undertaken by the election office in Assam for attracting women, first-time voters, people with physical disabilities and senior citizens to cast their votes.


  • Indian writer Raghu Karnad won Windham Campbell Prize: Journalist and writer Raghu Karnad became the second Indian to win the Windham-Campbell Prize; after Jerry Pinto who won the prize in 2016 for his novel 'Em And the Big Hoom'. Karnad won the prestigious award for his debut book 'The Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War' in the non-fiction category which was held in London.


  • President Kovind presents Gallantry Awards: President Ram Nath Kovind conferred three Kirti Chakras and fifteen Shaurya Chakras to Armed Forces Personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty at a solemn ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. President also conferred fifteen Param Vishisht Seva Medals, one Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and twenty-five Ati Vishisht Seva Medals to senior officers of the Armed Forces for distinguished service of an exceptional order.


  • Ex-RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan to get Yashwantrao Chavan national award: Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan has been chosen for the 'Yashwantrao Chavan National Award 2018' for his contribution towards economic development.


  • DRDO Develops Range of Combat Casualty Drugs: With 90 percent of gravely wounded security personnel succumbing to injuries within a few hours, DRDO's medical laboratory has come up with a range of 'combat casualty drugs' that can extend the golden hour till the trooper is shifted to hospital.


  • Vastradan Campaign Sets Guinness World Record: A campaign by a member of the erstwhile royal family of Udaipur has received over 3 lakh items of clothing, creating a Guinness world record for the largest collection of clothes for donation. Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, a descendant of Rajput ruler Maharana Pratap, received the certificate from an official of the Guinness Book of World Records-UK at Udaipur.


  • Tibetan activists in India mark National Uprising Day: Hundreds of Tibetan activists staged a protest march to mark the 60th anniversary of their National Uprising Day. They marched from Khan Market to the office of United Nations India in Lodhi Road and submitted a memorandum.


  • India Successfully Test-Fires Guided Rocket System Pinaka: India's defence lab DRDO successfully tested-fired the indigenously developed guided rocket system ''Pinaka'' at Pokhran desert in Rajasthan.


  • Jammu and Kashmir govt to give monthly stipend and jobs for those who Shun militancy: In a bid to encourage youths hailing from Jammu and Kashmir to shun militancy, the state administration may offer them a monthly stipend of Rs 6,000 and jobs. The proposal has been included in a new reintegration policy draft that is under the consideration of the Jammu and Kashmir administration headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik.


  • Hardeep Puri launched the Indian Urban Observatory and Video wall: Hardeep S Puri, Minister of State (I/C) for Housing and Urban Affairs has launched the state-of-the-art India Urban Observatory and Video Wall in New Delhi. It will showcase the insights gained from the Observatory and the various Missions/ offices with the idea to proactively engage with citizens/ visitors in spreading awareness about the various initiatives of the Ministry.


  • IIT Kharagpur Students Devise Solution To Detect Fake Notes: Students from IIT Kharagpur have devised unique solutions ranging from detecting counterfeit currency to nuclear radiation tracking through wearable sensors at the recently concluded nationwide competition, Smart India Hackathon 2019.


  • Hasmukh Adhia Appointed as Chancellor of Gujarat Central University: Former Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia was appointed as the chancellor of Gujarat Central University. The appointment was approved by President Ram Nath Kovind who is a visitor of the university.


  • President presents Nari Shakti awards on International Women's Day: President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Nari Shakti awards, 2018, the highest civilian honour for women in India, in New Delhi on the occasion of International Women's Day. Forty One individuals and three institutions were given the award. The awardees include acid attack victim and social activist Pragya Prasun, Rani Mistri Sunita Devi, first woman marine pilot of India Reshma Nilofer Naha, woman commando trainer Dr Seema Rao, spiritual and motivational speaker Brahma Kumari Shivani and wildlife conservationist Sonia Jabbar.


  • ACKO General Insurance awarded the coveted Golden Peacock Award 2019: ACKO General Insurance a new-age digital insurance company, was awarded the coveted Golden Peacock Innovative Product Award - 2019, for their contextual micro insurance product -“Ola Ride Insurance”.


  • BIAC India won the Women on a Mission award: Brandix India Apparel City (BIAC) India’s partner P. Doraswamy was conferred with “The Women on A Mission Award”. It was presented to him by philanthropist Sudha Narayana Murthy at the women’s summit organized under “he for she” category in Bengaluru.


  • Unlocking National Energy Efficiency Potential: Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has developed a national strategy document “UNNATEE” for accelerating energy efficiency in India. This exercise is first of its kind initiative clearly delineating the energy efficiency targets for the respective demand sectors up to the state levels. The document describes a framework and implementation strategy to establish a clear linkage between energy supply-demand scenarios and energy efficiency opportunities. It offers a comprehensive roadmap to address India’s environmental and climate change mitigation action through energy efficiency measures.


  • Uttarakhand launches Mukhyamantri Anchal Amrit Yojana: Uttarakhand Government has launched Mukhyamantri Anchal Amrit Yojana to provide milk to children at Anganwadi Centres. This scheme has been launched as part of state government drive to fight malnutrition in the state. There are as many as 18,000 children in Uttarakhand who suffer from malnutrition.


  • Marayur jaggery finally gets Geographical Indication tag: The Marayur jaggery has got the geographical indication (GI) tag, making it safe for consumption while rejuvenating the traditional way of production and ensuring a safe market in future.


  • West Bengal Chief minister unveiled Yuvashree Arpan Scheme: Chief minister Mamata Banerjee unveiled a new scheme to encourage entrepreneurship among youths. Youths who have passed out of ITI or other polytechnic institutes will be eligible to get financial support from the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) department.


  • Govt approves National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage. The National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage will finalise and implement strategies for transformative mobility and Phased Manufacturing Programmes (PMP) for electric vehicles, their components and batteries.


  • Delhi government unveils four fully-automated driving test centres: Moving towards full automation of driving tests in the national capital, Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot has launched four fully automated centres for the purpose. The fully automated driving test centres are located at Mayur Vihar- I, Vishwas Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan and Shakur Basti. These centres were developed by the Delhi government's transport department in collaboration with the Maruti Suzuki India Limited.


  • Justice S A Bobde nominated as Executive Chairman of NALSA: Supreme Court judge Justice S A Bobde was nominated as Executive Chairman of the National Legal Service Authority. National Legal Services Authority of India is mandated to provide free legal services to the needy. It also organises Lok Adalats for speedy resolution of civil cases.


  • Govt appoints P V Ramesh as the director-general of the National Archives of India: The government has appointed the former's top executive P V Ramesh as the director-general of the National Archives of India.


  • Govt Launches National Common Mobility Card: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated a payment card which can be used to pay transport charges across the country called the National Common Mobility Card (NCMC). The National Common Mobility Card is a bank-issued debit, credit or prepaid card which can be used for payments for all transport facilities including metro, bus, suburban railways, toll, parking, smart city and retail.


  • Prayagraj Kumbh Mela 2019 makes it to the Guinness World Records: World's largest congregation of pilgrims, the Kumbh Mela, has made the most out of its massive resources. The Kumbh Mela 2019 established three Guinness World Records in 48 hours with over 18,000 participants. The records include the largest sanitation drive, largest hand painting theme and the largest parade of buses.


  • Azadi Ke Diwane museum inaugurated at Red Fort: Union Minister Mahesh Sharma has inaugurated “Azadi Ke Diwane” museum, dedicated to the unsung heroes of the country’s freedom struggle, on the Red Fort premises and said it would inspire the younger generation.


  • India Signs Agreement with Russia on Chakra 3 Attack Submarine: India had sealed a USD 3 billion deal with Russia for leasing of a nuclear-powered attack submarine for the Indian Navy for a period of 10 years.


  • India to collaborate with four nations to protect Asian rhinos: India will collaborate with Bhutan, Nepal, Indonesia and Malaysia to increase the population of three species of Asian rhinos, including the Greater one-horned rhinoceros found in the Indian subcontinent. The five rhino range nations signed a declaration “The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019” for the conservation and protection of the species.


  • Karnataka Govt launches the Jal Amrutha scheme: Karnataka Government has launched Jala Amrutha, a community-driven movement (scheme) for water conservation in the state. It will be major water conservation scheme that will focus on drought-proofing measures, including protection and rejuvenation of water bodies. It aims to make people aware of importance of conserving water and prompt them to come up with ways to avoid wastage of water.


  • Geological Survey of India sets up 22 GPS stations across country: The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has launched 22 permanent global positioning system (GPS) stations across India to identify seismically hazardous zones and encourage mapping activities.


  • Abhinandan Varthaman to be awarded Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar: Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be the first recipient of the “Bhagwan Mahavir Ahimsa Puraskar” instituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Digambar Jain Mahasamiti.


  • PM lays foundation stone for AK-47 rifle Manufacturing Unit in Amethi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of a manufacturing unit of AK-203 rifles in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi. Modi addressed his first rally in Amethi, which is represented by Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha, since coming to power in 2014.


  • CISF creates new Guinness world record in single line bicycle parade: CISF had created history by achieving a Guinness world record feat in “single line bicycle parade” to mark the 50 years of the paramilitary force. The record was created at the Yamuna Expressway in Noida when personnel of the central force rode a total of 1,327 bicycles "non-stop with uniform distance between bicycles in a single line.


  • OSDMA bags SKOCH Award: The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) has bagged the SKOCH Award, 2018 for its achievements in the field of disaster management.


  • DRDO chief G Satheesh Reddy conferred American missile award: The globally-renowned American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics has conferred DRDO Chief G Satheesh Reddy with the prestigious Missile Systems Award 2019 for his leadership role in the Indian missile programmes.


  • New Delhi is world's most polluted capital city in 2018: India’s national capital region (NCR) emerged as the most polluted region in the world in 2018, a new pollution report says, with Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida, and Bhiwadi in the top six worst-affected cities.


  • Govt approves Centre for Disability Sports in Gwalior: The union cabinet has approved the setting up of a Centre for Disability Sports in Gwalior, a move which is likely to benefit para-sports in the country. Setting up of the Centre will develop a sense of belonging in Divyangjan to facilitate their integration in society.


Key Updates: February 2019


  • Ministry of Tribal Affairs launches MSP for Minor Forest Produces: Shri Jual Oram, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs launched the ambitious scheme of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Van Dhan, the scheme for Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Minor Forest Produce Scheme (MFP) and Development of Value Chain of MFPs at a National Workshop organized by TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs.


  • Govt launches '2nd Edition of ISL Dictionary' for Hearing Impaired Persons: Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment launched the “2nd Edition of Indian Sign Language (ISL) Dictionary” brought out by ‘Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC). The first edition of the dictionary with 3000 words was launched on 23rd March 2018. With the second edition, dictionary includes total 6000 words under the categories of academic, legal, medical, technical and everyday terms.


  • PM Narendra Modi Inaugurates National War Memorial in New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dedicated a new National War Memorial, situated in the India Gate complex in New Delhi, to the nation. He lit the flame positioned at the bottom of the stone obelisk to pay homage to the soldiers who died in the line of duty.


  • Bihar becomes the 1st state to get dog squad to check liquor smuggling: Bihar has become the first state in the country to have raised a special dog squad to detect liquor consignment. As many as 20 liquor-tracker dogs which were imparted training for nine months in Hyderabad have been deployed in nine police ranges in the state. Notably, Bihar had banned liquor in the state in 2016.


  • JSPL won the FICCI CSR Award for Women Empowerment: Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) has been honoured with the prestigious “FICCI CSR Award” for Women Empowerment. JSPL director and the co-chairperson of the JSPL Foundation, Shallu Jindal received the award from Union Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu.


  • UP launches 1st phase of “Connect Delhi”: The first phase of route rationalisation under an initiative “Connect Delhi”, which seeks to effectively link residents of the rural belt with State-run transport infrastructure, was launched by the government’s Transport Department.


  • Odisha govt launches boat ambulance service for remote areas: The Odisha government has launched a boat ambulance service to ferry patients to hospitals in remote areas. The total project cost Rs 5.40 crore.


  • Karnataka launches new digital platform for Agro land conversion: Karnataka has launched a service that allows agricultural landowners to have their land converted for non-agricultural use in a hassle-free, online system.


  • Divya Karnad became First Indian Woman to receive Future of Nature Award: Dr Divya Karnad has become the second Indian and the first woman to receive the “Global Future of Nature Award” for her work on marine conservation.


  • PM Narendra Modi receives Seoul Peace Prize for 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth. The award was presented to him by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation at a grand ceremony.


  • ONGC's Rajahmundry unit bags environmental excellence award: ONGC Rajahmundry has bagged the Energy and Environment Foundation Global Clean Awards-2019 for sustained efforts in pursuit of Swachh Bharat Mission as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


  • Javadekar launches 'Operation Digital Board' to boost quality education: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has launched Operation Digital Board to leverage technology in order to boost quality education in the country. The Operation Digital Board (ODB) aims at converting a classroom into a digital classroom and in addition to availability of e-resources at any time and at any place to students.


  • Cabinet approves National Policy on Electronics 2019: The Union Cabinet gave its approval to the National Policy on Electronics 2019 (NPE 2019), proposed by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). The Policy envisions positioning India as a global hub for Electronics System Design and Manufacturing - (ESDM) by encouraging and driving capabilities in the country for developing core components, including chipsets, and creating an enabling environment for the industry to compete globally.


  • CCEA approves launch of the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved launch of Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan with the objective of providing financial and water security to farmers.


  • Cabinet approved the ordinance to curb Ponzi schemes: The Union Cabinet has approved promulgating an ordinance with regard to the banning of unregulated deposit schemes bill, to protect gullible investors from Ponzi schemes.


  • Sushma Swaraj Conferred With “Grand Cross of Order of Civil Merit” Award in Spain: The Spain government has conferred External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with a prestigious award “Grand Cross of Order of Civil Merit”. The award was conferred in recognition of India’s support in evacuating 71 Spanish nationals during April 2015 Nepal earthquake, which killed nearly 9,000 people and injured as many as 22,000 people.


  • Union Home Minister to launch three women safety initiatives: Union Home Ministry along with Women and Child Development Ministry has jointly launched three significant initiatives to promote the safety of women in their living, working and the public spaces. The initiatives include Emergency Response Support System, Investigation Tracking System for Sexual Offences (ITSSO) and Safe City Implementation Monitoring Portal.


  • President Kovind presents Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony: President Ram Nath Kovind has presented the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 to Rajkumar Singhajit Singh, Chhayanaut (a cultural organization of Bangladesh) and Ram Vanji Sutar.


  • India, Argentina Sign MoU for Co-Operation in Nuclear Energy: India and Argentina inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost cooperation in the sector of nuclear energy.


  • PM Modi launches India’s first semi-high speed train-Vande Bharat Express: PM Modi launched India's first semi-high speed train. The express, initially called Train 18, which was rechristened to Vande Bharat Express will run between Delhi and Varanasi. Along with the finest amenities, Vande Bharat Express has also partnered with restaurant chain Pind Balluchi and The Landmark Hotel for onboard meals.


  • Banned poem on Jallianwala massacre translated into English: A poem on the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by acclaimed Punjabi writer Nanak Singh which was banned by the British after its publication in 1920 has now been translated into English. Singh was present at Jallianwala Bagh on April 13, 1919.


  • Prime Minister addresses CREDAI YouthCon-2019: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has addressed the CREDAI YouthCon-2019, at Talkatora Stadium, in New Delhi. The theme for this YouthCon is “Next Generation”. He also visited the exhibition organized by Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Association of India, CREDAI.


  • PM Modi inaugurated and laid foundation stones for 6 developmental projects in Haryana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated and laid foundation stones of six development projects, including National Cancer Institute, Jhajjar and Shri Krishna Ayush University, Kurukshetra in Haryana.


  • Cabinet approves Introduction of Registration of Marriage of NRI Bill: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the introduction of Registration of Marriage of Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Bill, 2019, for creating more accountability and offering more protection against exploitation of Indian citizens, mostly women by their NRI spouses.


  • Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) Scheme: Finance Minister Piyush Goyal had launched a mega pension scheme for the unorganised sector in the interim Budget 2019. In PMSYM, the individual has to contribute a fixed monthly amount till age 60, while an equal amount is put into the account by the government and thereafter from age 60, he or she will start getting pension for lifetime.


  • Ruchira Kamboj appointed as Indian envoy to Bhutan: Senior diplomat Ruchira Kamboj has been appointed as India's next ambassador to Bhutan. Kamboj, a 1987-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is presently India's High Commissioner to South Africa.


  • Indian Historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam wins $1 million Dan David Prize: Indian historian Sanjay Subrahmanyam has won the Dan David Prize in recognition of his contributions to macro history. Subrahmanyam is a professor of history at the University of California in Los Angeles.


  • 1st LAWASIA Human Rights Conference 2019: The Bar Association of India is privileged to host the inaugural LAWASIA Human Rights Conference on 9th and 10th February, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency, New Delhi. LAWASIA is a regional association of lawyers, judges, jurists and legal organizations, which advocates interests and concerns of the legal profession in the Asia Pacific. The Conference will focus on topics ranging from “Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights” to “Climate Change, Water Conflicts and Human Rights”.


  • Cabinet approves establishment of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog for cows: The Union Cabinet approved setting up of a commission to frame a policy for protection and development of cows and help boost income of small farmers. The Cabinet has approved the proposal for the establishment of 'Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog' for conservation, protection, and development of cows and their progeny, Union Law & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after the Cabinet meet.


  • Government launches Shehri Samridhi Utsav to extend outreach of DAY-NULM: The Union Ministry of Housing & City Affairs (MoHUA) has launched the Shehri Samridhi Utsav, an initiative that aims to extend the outreach of Deendayal Antyodaya Mission – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (Day-NULM) to the most vulnerable.


  • National Road Safety Week to be launched: Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is all set to launch the National Road Safety Week with a host of initiatives planned for generating awareness and sensitizing people about safe road usage.


  • New building of AP high court was inaugurated by CJI Ranjan Gogoi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has inaugurated the interim Andhra Pradesh High Court complex at Amaravati. The ground plus two-storied building constructed at Nelapadu in Amaravati capital region has 16 court halls including 12 on the first floor. The building has 2.70 lakh square feet office space and has been constructed at a cost of Rs 150 crores.


  • Manipuri filmmaker returns Padma Shri: Filmmaker Aribam Shyam Sharma returned his Padma Shri award in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award in India. The Manipuri filmmaker had received the award in 2006.


  • Kumbh Mela released special Postage Stamp: Union Minister of State for Railways and Communication Mr Manoj Sinha released a special postage stamp of the Indian Postal Department on Kumbh Mela. Its cost is five rupees.


  • Tamil Nadu won Swasth Bharat Yatra award for best performance: Among all the States that participated in the Swasth Bharat Yatra, Tamil Nadu has been awarded the “Best State”. Madurai and Sivakasi were also recognised as the “Best Performing Cities”.


Key Updates: January 2019


  • Tamil Nadu bags Swasth Bharat Yatra award for “best performance”: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had organized the Swasth Bharat Yatra in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Tamil Nadu has received the Swasth Bharat Yatra award under ‘The Best Performing State’ category in an event organised at New Delhi.


  • PM Modi inaugurates National Salt Satyagraha Memorial in Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial in Gujarat’s Dandi commemorating the historic Dandi march undertaken by the Mahatma in 1930 to protest the salt tax imposed by the British. The memorial highlights the significant protest called Salt Satyagraha by the Father of the Nation and the 80 marchers who accompanied him on the march. The memorial is part of the yearlong celebrations initiated by the government on 2 October 2018 to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.


  • Beating the Retreat Ceremony in Delhi: Beating Retreat ceremony is celebrated on January 29 every year marks the culmination of the four-day-long Republic Day celebrations. The ceremony traces its origins to the early 1950s when Major Roberts of the Indian Army developed the unique ceremony of display by the massed bands.


  • World’s longest expressway to come up in uttar Pradesh: The Uttar Pradesh cabinet met at Prayagraj, the venue of the Kumbh and cleared the decks to construct what is being touted as the world's longest highway - the Ganga Expressway between Meerut and Prayagraj.


  • Indian Railway's fastest Train 18 renamed “Vande Bharat Express”: India’s first indigenously built engineless semi-high speed train, Train 18, has been named Vande Bharat Express, Union Minister Piyush Goyal announced. The train is set to run between Delhi and Varanasi at a maximum speed of 160 kmph.


  • Employment Scheme launched in Madhya Pradesh: The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath has launched the scheme “Yuva Swabhiman Yojana” for youth from the economically weaker sections in urban areas. It aims to provide employment to the youth belonging to the weaker section of the society mainly in urban areas of the state.


  • Mandovi bridge named “Atal Setu” inaugurated in Goa: A 5.1-km long cable-stayed "Atal Setu" on the Mandovi river in Goa, a third such bridge to connect the state capital with North Goa, was opened to public by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.


  • South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa to be Chief Guest at Republic day Parade: The chief guest of Republic Day Parade 2019 is Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of India's old ally South Africa. Mr Ramaphosa is the second President of South Africa after President Nelson Mandela to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day.


  • Ministry of Defence launches a mobile app “RDP India 2019”: Ministry of Defence had launched a mobile app 'RDP India 2019' on the Republic Day, with the intent of making available the highlights of the Republic Day event, not only to the spectators at Rajpath, but also to the general public all over the world.


  • President Ram Nath Kovind declares 2019 Bharat Ratna Awards: President Ram Nath Kovind has announced the country's highest civilian award-- the Bharat Ratna-- to be given to former president Pranab Mukherjee, social activist Nanaji Deshmukh (posthumously) and musician Dr Bhupen Hazarika (posthumously).


  • National Voters Day 2019: National Voters Day is celebrated on 25th January every year to spread awareness about the necessity of voting and to encourage young generation towards the voting rights. The theme for this year is “No Voter to be left behind”.


  • DRDO successfully conducts the test Anti-Radiation Missile NGARM: India successfully tested an indigenous new-generation anti-radiation missile (NGARM). The missile boasts of a capability to destroy radar and surveillance targets and was successfully test fired from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter. The strike range of the missile is about 100 km and is one of the first air-to-ground missile to be developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).


  • National Tourism Day: India's National Tourism Day is celebrated on 25th January every year to raise awareness of the importance of tourism for the country’s economy. India’s rich history and cultural and geographical diversity make the country one of the most popular tourist destinations among foreign travelers. It offers various forms of tourism, including cultural, heritage, cruise, nature, educational, business, sports, rural, medical, and eco-tourism.


  • National girl child day: National girl child day is celebrated every year on 24th January as a national observance day for the girl child. It is celebrated to increase the awareness among people about all the inequalities faced by the girl child in the society. The theme for this year is “Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow”.


  • Indian Institute of Technology develops an android app “Roshini”: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar, has developed an app “Roshini” to help the Visually Impaired recognise currency notes. The app can recognise both old and new notes and gives audio information as to which note you are holding in your hands.


  • Naval Air Base “INS Kohassa” commission: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba on commissioned INS Kohassa into the Indian Navy at the Shibpur Naval Air Station in North Andaman Island. Reena Lanba, president of Naval Wives Welfare Association, unveiled the ship's name plaque.


  • PM Modi inaugurates Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Museum: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the Subhash Chandra Bose museum at Red Fort to mark the leader's 122nd birth anniversary. The museum on Bose and the Indian National Army showcases various artefacts related to Subhash Chandra Bose and INA. The artefacts include wooden chair and sword used by the leader, medals, badges, uniforms and other artefacts related to the INA.


  • Cabinet approves amendment to article 280: The Union Cabinet approved a constitutional amendment to increase the powers of the autonomous councils in the Sixth Schedule areas of the Northeast. The Finance Commission will be mandated to recommend devolution of financial resources to them.


  • Three Indian expats from the UAE were conferred with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award: Three Indian expats from the UAE are amongst those who won the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award the highest honour conferred on Indian diaspora. President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the award to Girish Pant, Surender Singh Kandhari and Dr Zulekha Daud and other awardees at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention in Varanasi.


  • Union cabinet approved MoC between India and Japan in the field of food processing sector: The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval to the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) between India and Japan in the field of food processing sector. It will promote understanding of best practices in food processing in the two countries and will help in improving the food processing sector as well as improved market access, leading to equity and inclusiveness.


  • Bridge over River Ravi inaugurated in Jammu & Kashmir: Union minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated a bridge over the Ravi river in Jammu & Kashmir will reduce the distance between Pathankot in Punjab and Kathua in Jammu from current 45 km to only 8 km. The bridge built at a cost of Rs 159 crore will be thrown open to public by highways.


  • Rashtriya Bal Puraskar: President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019 at a function in Rashtrapati Bhawan. The Award was given in two categories- Bal Shakti Puraskar and Bal Kalyan Puraskar. The Bal Shakti Puraskar was given to 26 children including one joint award for their exceptional achievements in the field of innovation, scholastic, sports, arts and culture, social service and bravery. Two individuals and three institutions were awarded the Bal Kalyan Puraskar. Six-year-old Eiha Dixit, youngest among the all award recipients, alone planted 500 saplings.


  • PM Modi launches Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana under which a group of Indian diaspora will be taken on a government-sponsored tour of religious places in India twice a year.


  • Telangana to set up “Save Tiger Protection Force”: The Telangana government has decided to form a “State Tiger Protection Force” to save the Big Cat population in the State. The 112-member-armed STPF will be headed by an Assistant Conservator of Forests to protect tiger population in Amarabad and Kawal Tiger Reserves.


  • Vice-President Presents AICTE ECI ISTE Chhatra Vishwakarma and SAGY awards: The Vice-President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu presented the 2nd Chhatra Vishwakarma Awards to students and their mentors and Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) Awards to institutions at an event organized by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) at New Delhi.


  • Arunachal government declares Pakke Hornbill Fest as ‘state festival’: The government of Arunachal Pradesh has declared the Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival (PPHF)–the state’s only conservation festival, as a “state festival”. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu made the announcement while addressing the valedictory ceremony of the fourth edition of the festival at Seijosa in East Kameng district.


  • Aparna Kumar becomes first woman IPS officer to reach South Pole: Aparna Kumar has become the first woman IPS DIG and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officer to successfully complete the South Pole expedition, is now aiming to set her foot on the North Pole in April, to mark the achievement of conquering both the poles.


  • PM Narendra Modi launches National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai: PM Narendra Modi, has inaugurated the country’s first National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) in Mumbai. This state-of-the-art museum, built at a cost of over Rs 140 crore, aims to take its visitors through an absorbing journey of over a century of Indian cinema with the help of visuals, graphics, artefacts, interactive exhibits and multimedia expositions.


  • IIT-Hyderabad to launch full-fledged bachelor's programme in Artificial Intelligence: The Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IIT-H) is all set to launch a full-fledged BTech program in Artificial Intelligence (AI) from the ensuing academic year 2019-2020. The institute claims to be the first Indian educational institution to offer such a full-fledged BTech program in AI and likely the third institute globally - after Carnegie Mellon University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both of which are in the US.


  • Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Protsahan Yojana achieves milestone of one crore beneficiaries: Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Protsahan Yojana (PMRPY), the flagship scheme of the Central Government for employment generation has crossed the milestone of one crore beneficiaries. Under the scheme, Government is paying full employers’ contribution of 12% (towards Employees’ Provident Fund and Employees’ Pension Scheme both), for a period of 3 years in respect of new employees who have been registered with the EPFO on or after 1st April 2016, with salary up to Rs. 15,000 per month.


  • DD Science and India Science launched: The Department of Science and Technology and Doordarshan has launched two new science communication platforms “DD Science and India Science”. DD Science is a joint initiative of Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organisation under the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and public broadcaster, Doordarshan.


  • India to unveil its first Air Cargo Policy: The policy document released during the two-day Global Aviation Summit. The Centre unveiled its much-awaited national air cargo policy, which seeks to make India among the top five air freight markets by 2025, besides creating air transport shipment hubs at all major airports over the next six years.


  • India’s Satyarup becomes world’s youngest mountaineer to climb 7 peaks, 7 volcanic summits: Mountaineer Satyarup Siddhanta became the youngest man to climb the seven highest peaks and volcanic summits across all continents after conquering Antartica’s highest point Mount Sidley.


  • Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA): The Odisha Cabinet approved the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme amounting to Rs 10,000 crore to accelerate agricultural prosperity in the State and to reduce poverty.


  • Gujarat becomes 1st state to implement 10% quota to Economically Weaker sections: President Ram Nath Kovind approved the Modi Government's bill to grant 10% quota in government jobs and education for economically weaker sections (EWS) irrespective of religion and caste, Gujarat became the first state to implement the new quota.


  • Sikkim launches “One Family, One Job” scheme: Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar has launched the “One Family, One Job” scheme that envisions jobs to a member of every family which does not have a government job in the state.


  • Prime Minister releases a new commemorative coin on Sikh Guru Gobind Singh in New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced a commemorative coin on Guru Gobind Singh to mark the birth anniversary of the 10th Sikh Guru.


  • Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav: Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav (SAKSHAM) is an annual flagship event, which creates awareness among people on the need of oil and gas conservation for the future and the methods to do it. SAKSHAM vans will travel to various districts to spread awareness about energy conservation.


  • Government launches National Clean Air Programme: The government launched National Clean Air Programme, a time-bound national level strategy to tackle increasing air pollution. The main aim of the programme would be 20-30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by 2024.


  • Cabinet approves MoU on Maritime issues between India and Denmark: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Maritime issues between India and Denmark. The MoU is proposed to be signed during the upcoming visit of the WIP from Denmark to India.


  • Women and Child Development Ministry launches “#www: WebWonderWomen” Campaign: The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, has launched an online campaign, “#www: WebWonderWomen”. The Campaign aims to discover and celebrate the exceptional achievements of women, who have been driving positive agenda of social change via social media.


  • Global Aviation Summit to be held in Mumbai: International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO) has predicted a "100 percent increase in global air travel by 2030", the first-ever two-day Global Aviation Summit-2019 with the theme of “Flying For All”.


  • “Bohemian Rhapsody” Wins Golden Globe for Best Film Drama: The biopic of legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury Bohemian Rhapsody has won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama. The film was directed by Bryan Singer and features Rami Malek as Mercury.


  • Government launches nationwide cleanliness survey “Swachh Survekshan 2019”: The Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri kick-started the fourth edition of what the government claims to be the world’s largest cleanliness survey – Swachh Survekshan, to assess cities of India on their swachh quotient.


  • Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang District achieves 100% electrification: Arunachal Pradesh, East Siang District has achieved 100 percent electrification under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana- Saubhagya Scheme.


  • Cabinet approves restructuring of National Health Agency as "National Health Authority": Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the restructuring of existing National Health Agency as "National Health Authority" for better implementation of Pradhan Mantri - Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).


Key Updates: December 2018


  • PM Modi renames 3 Andaman & Nicobar islands to Netaji Dweep: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced renaming of three islands of the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago as a tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. The Ross Island was renamed Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.


  • PM releases commemorative stamp on Maharaja Suheldev: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released the commemorative stamp on Maharaja Suheldev and described him as a brave warrior. “Maharaja Suheldev is among those bravehearts who had struggled for the honour of “Maa Bharti”.


  • Delhi Police becomes first police force in India to digitise all malkhanas: The Delhi Police has become the first police force in the country to digitise all malkhanas, rooms for keeping seized arms and ammunition, across every police station in the state. Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik inaugurated the e-malkhana project of the remaining 10 districts at Chinmaya Mission.


  • NHRC launches toll free helpline 14433 facility to file complaint through CSC: The NHRC has launched a toll-free number “14433” to file complaints through Common Service Centre (CSC).


  • Telangana State cancer institute achieves two world records: The State-run MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre here has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for organising the largest men's Health Awareness programme on prostate cancer on a single day.


  • Indian Railways declares 40% fare concession for transgender senior citizens: The Indian Railways have decided to grant 40 per cent concession to Transgender (T) Senior Citizens of age 60 years and above in their passenger fare, will be available from New Year's Day.


  • Government banned Khalistan Liberation Force: The government has banned Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) for its involvement in several killings, bombings and other terror activities during its violent campaign for "secession of Punjab". The decision to ban the outfit under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) comes in the backdrop of agencies unearthing several KLF modules in recent months which has led to apprehensions that it is attempting to revive militancy in the state.


  • GHMC receives Swachh Survekshan award 2018: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation was awarded Best Capital City in the Solid Waste Management in the Swachh Survekshan 2018 rankings. Apart from Hyderabad, Siddipet was selected as the Cleanest City in South Zone (with less than one lakh population). Boduppal bagged the Best City in Citizens Feedback (less than one lakh population) in South Zone and Peerzadiguda was awarded the Best City in Innovation and Best Practices in South Zone (less than one lakh population).


  • NITI Aayog to Release Second Delta Ranking under the Aspirational Districts Programme: NITI Aayog has released the Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP). The rankings were released by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. Virudhunagar District of Tamil Nadu was ranked as the most improved district in the Rankings. The ranking represented the incremental progress made by districts between June 1, 2018 and October 31, 2018.


  • Railways develops AI-powered robot to check for faults in trains: Railways have developed an Artificial Intelligence-powered robot named USTAAD, which examines parts of the coach in real time with an HD camera and transmits them over Wi-Fi.


  • Divya Patidar Joshi crowned Mrs. India 2018 title: Madhya Pradesh's Divya Patidar Joshi has crowned “Mrs. India My Identity Beauty Pageant 2018” finale was held in Delhi. Hailing from Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam, Divya won the crown of Mrs India this year from among 24 promising contestants.


  • Prime Minister Modi inaugurates Bogibeel Bridge: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the country’s longest rail-cum-road bridge in Bogibeel over the Brahmaputra river in Assam. The inauguration of the bridge coincided with the birth anniversary of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, under whose government the work for the bridge started in 2002.


  • National Consumers Day: National Consumers Day is observed on December 24th. The objective is to highlight the importance of the consumer movement and the need to make every consumer more aware of their rights and responsibilities. The theme of this year is “Timely Disposal of Consumer Complaints”.


  • Sangeeta Verma joins Competition Commission of India (CCI): Central government has appointed Sangeeta Verma as the member of CCI for a period of 5 years from the date of assumption of charge of the post.


  • Raksha Mantri Sitharaman Inaugurates Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR): Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, the Honourable Raksha Mantri, launched the Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR) at Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) Gurugram. The IFC for Indian Ocean Region has the primary objective of jointly monitoring the vast Indian Ocean Region.


  • “Hand-in-Hand” counter-terrorism military exercises concluded: Indian and Chinese troops has concluded the seventh round of counter-terrorism military exercises in China's Chengdu city during which over 100-strong contingents from both nations conducted the drills while living and dining together to build up a sense of camaraderie.


  • National Mathematics Day: The National Mathematics Day is celebrated on December 22 every year across the nation. This was announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 26 February 2012 at Madras University, during the inaugural ceremony of the celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (22 Dec 1887- 26 Apr 1920).


  • 10 Central Agencies authorised by Government to snoop on “any” Computer System: Ten central agencies have been authorised by the Centre to intercept information from any computer, a move that set off a political storm Friday with the opposition accusing the government of trying to create a "surveillance state".


  • Mamata Banerjee awarded the Skoch CM of the Year Award: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been conferred the Skoch Chief Minister of the Year Award for her contribution in the overall development of the state and emerging as the best chief minister in the country.


  • ISRO Launched GSAT 7A Satellite from Sriharikota: ISRO has launched its military communication satellite GSAT-7A from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. The satellite GSAT-7A is the 35th Indian communication satellite weighing 2,250 kg. The satellite is expected to add a new space-based dimension to the way Indian Air Force interlinks, operates and communicates with its aircraft as they fly and with command centres on ground.


  • IAF tested flight using blended Bio-Jet fuel: The IAF flew a military aircraft with blended bio-jet fuel for the very first time in India. A Russian-origin AN-32 transport plane was flight-tested, with the 10 per cent bio-jet blended ATF (aviation turbine fuel) made from Jatropha oil, in a sortie flown from the Chandigarh airbase.


  • LPG scheme to cover all poor people: The Union Cabinet has approved the expansion of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, which aims to provide deposit-free LPG connections to all poor households. So far, the scheme targeted the poor and underprivileged so listed in the Socio-Economic and Caste Census, 2011.


  • Uday Shankar becomes the Vice president of the FICCI for the year 2018-19: Uday Shankar has been elected as Vice President of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) for 2018-19 at the conclusion of the 91st AGM of the apex industry chamber.


  • A 220-MW unit of NPCIL kaiga Atomic Power Station has created a world record: A 220-MW unit of Nuclear Power Corporation of India's Kaiga Atomic Power Station has created a world record for continuous operation for 941 days, state-run BHEL, which supplied equipment for the unit.


  • INDRA NAVY maritime exercise between India and Russia kicks off Visakhapatnam Coast: The 9th edition of exercise INDRA NAVY, an annual bilateral maritime exercise between Indian Navy and Russian Navy will be conducted in the Bay of Bengal. The main aim of exercise INDRA NAVY-16 is to increase inter-operability amongst the two navies and develop common understanding and procedures for maritime security operations. The scope of the exercise includes wide-ranging professional interactions in harbor phase and a diverse canvas of operational activities across a spectrum of maritime operations at sea.


  • Kerala becomes first state to have 4 international airports with inauguration of Airport at Kannur: Union Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan have inaugurated the Kannur international airport making Kerala the only state in the country to have four international airports. The other three international airports are Cochin International Airport, Trivandrum International Airport and Calicut International Airport.


  • Shi Yomi becomes 23rd district of Arunachal Pradesh: Arunachal Pradesh got its 23rd district with the formal inauguration of Shi Yomi, carved out of the West Siang district. The district, consisting of four circles - Mechuka, Pidi, Tato and Monigong - was carved out of West Siang district.


  • Armed Forces Flag Day: The Indian Armed Forces Flag Day is observed every year on December 7. It is a day dedicated to collection of funds from people for the welfare of the Armed Forces personnel.


  • CCEA approves strategic sale of Rural Electrification Corporation: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its “In Principle” approval for strategic sale of the Government of India’s existing 52.63% of total paid up equity shareholding in Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to Power Finance Corporation (PFC) along with transfer of management control.


  • Union Cabinet approves implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam on river Ravi in Punjab: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam Project, Punjab on river Ravi.


  • ISRO launched India’s heaviest satellite “GSAT-11” from French Guyana: GSAT-11, the heaviest satellite built by Isro (Indian Space Research Organization), was launched successfully according to a tweet by the European State Agency.


  • Centre includes Gangotri, Yamunotri in Uttarakhand under PRASAD Scheme: The Centre has included Gangotri and Yamunotri in Uttarakhand, Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh and Parasnath in Jharkhand under a central scheme to develop pilgrimage and heritage destinations in the country.


  • 47th Navy Day Observed: Indian Navy Day is observed on a yearly basis on 4th December to celebrate magnificence, achievements and function of naval drive of the country.


  • Indian Navy to conduct TROPEX Exercise to test robustness of coastal security apparatus: The Indian Navy will conduct a large-scale coastal defence exercise next month to test the robustness of the entire coastal security apparatus. As portion of TROPEX, Indian Navy will conduct substantial-scale coastal defence exercising “Exercise Sea Vigil”. This training will require all stakeholders across mainland and island territories. It will see participation of all operational ships, submarines and aircraft as effectively as units of Indian coast guards (ICG), Indian Military and Indian Air Power (IAF).


  • 24th COP Conference of Parties to UNFCCC begins Katowice, Poland: COP24 is the informal name for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The COP takes decisions which are necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the Convention and regularly reviews the implementation of these provisions.


  • Government forms Rajiv Kumar Committee to look at selling of OIL, ONGC fields to private companies: The government has constituted a six-member committee to look at selling as many as 149 small and marginal oil and gas fields of state-owned ONGC and OIL to private and foreign companies to boost domestic output.


  • India to Chair Kimberley Process Certification Scheme from January 2018: The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) Plenary 2018 was held in Brussels, Belgium. EU handed over the Chairmanship of KPCS to India from 1st January, 2019. India is the founding member of KPCS and is actively involved in KP activities to ensure that almost 99% of the diamond trade in the world is conflict free. India is committed to maintain KP as an efficient and effective process in order to ensure the conflict diamond free status.


  • FSSAI launches Heart Attack Rewind Campaign to eliminate trans-fat: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched Friday a media campaign calling for the elimination of industrially produced trans-fat in the food supply. Named "Heart Attack Rewind", the 30-second public service announcement the first mass media campaign of its kind will support FSSAI’s global target of eliminating trans-fat in India by 2022, a year ahead of the global target by the World Health Organization.


  • Sunil Arora takes over as new Chief Election Commissioner of India: Shri Sunil Arora charge as the 23rd Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India succeeding Shri O.P. Rawat.


  • South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to be chief guest at Republic Day celebrations 2019: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be chief guest at India's 70th Republic Day celebrations. Mr Ramaphosa was invited to be the chief guest by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires.


Key Updates: November 2018


  • India’s first advanced personal robot launched for kids: The alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay has recently launched India's first advanced personal robot for children called “Miko 2”. The robot can initiate and hold long conversations with kids. It can impart academic and general knowledge among children. It is powered by a proprietary emotional intelligence engine developed by emotix.


  • Donbass wins the Golden Peacock Award at IFFI 2018: Donbass’ directed by Sergei Loznitsa has won the coveted Golden Peacock Award in 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The Golden Peacock Award carries a cash prize of Rs 4 million (Rs 40 lakhs) to be shared equally between the Producer and the Director, Trophy and the citation.


  • Raksha Mantri Launches “Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti”: Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman has formally launched “Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti” which aims to provide a boost to the IPR culture in indigenous defence industry.


  • Himachal Pradesh to launch single emergency number 112: Himachal Pradesh became the first Indian state to launch a single emergency number "112" which will connect to police, fire, health and other helplines through an Emergency Response Centre (ERC) in the state.


  • Modi Govt launches “Paisa” portal for affordable credit and interest subvention access: The Modi government launched a centralised electronic platform for processing interest subvention on bank loans to beneficiaries under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Urban Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM), named “Portal for Affordable Credit and Interest Subvention Access” (Paisa). Paisa is a web platform designed and developed by Allahabad Bank, which is the nodal bank offering greater transparency and easy credit access.


  • Government launches Logo and Brochure of Logix India: Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, launched the logo and brochure of Logix India 2019 in New Delhi. It aims to provide as big initiative to improve logistics cost effectiveness and operational efficiencies for India’s world trade. It will empower successful intercontinental trade logistics and enable give economical and price-helpful circulation of products on which other professional sectors depend.


  • Professor Punyasloke Bhaduri gets Swarnajayanti Fellowship: Professor Punyasloke Bhaduri of the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata was awarded the prestigious Swarnajayanti Fellowship by the central government for 2017-18.


  • Odisha govt launches public bicycle sharing project & app: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched a public bicycle sharing project and a mobile app named “Mo Cycle” to reduce traffic congestion, enhance space efficiency, and improve air quality in Bhubaneswar.


  • CM Neiphiu Rio launches Nagaland Tourist Police: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has launched the Nagaland tourist police at police headquarters in Kohima to ensure a safe and friendly environment to the tourists during Hornbill Festival.


  • Constitution Day 2018: Constitution Day or SAMVIDHAN DIVAS in India is celebrated every year on 26th of November as the constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26th of November in the year 1949 and came into force on 26th of January in 1950. Dr. Ambedkar is the Father of Constitution of India.


  • Government appoints AM Naik as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation: M Naik has been appointed as Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Naik was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's 3rd highest civilian award in 2009 for his outstanding contribution to the economic growth of the country. He is the Group Chairman of India's biggest engineering and construction conglomerate - Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T).


  • National Milk Day: The National Milk Day (NMD) is celebrated every year on November 26 to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien, who was the architect of Operation Flood, the programme which led India from being 50th in the world in terms of milk production to become the largest producer in just a couple of decades.


  • Nitish Kumar Unveils Lord Buddha's 70-Feet Statue at Rajgir in Nalanda district: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has unveiled a 70-feet tall statue of Lord Buddha at Rajgir in Nalanda district. The statue has been installed above a 16 metre radius pedestal in the middle of the lake Ghora Katora and has been made from 45,000 cubic foot pink sand stone.


  • RIMES terms Titli cyclone “rarest of rare”: The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for Africa and Asia, a 45-nation international organisation on disaster warning, has termed “Titli”, the severe cyclonic storm that devastated Odisha in October, as “rarest cyclone”.


  • Lupin unveils chatbot for patients: India’s third largest Drug maker Lupin has launched a chatbot named “ANYA”, which is a computer programme specially designed to provide medically verified information for health-related queries.


  • India, Pakistan commit to Kartarpur corridor: The Union Cabinet has approved the building and development of the Kartarpur Corridor from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district of Punjab to the international border with Pakistan. The corridor will facilitate pilgrims from India who visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur, on the banks of the Ravi River in Pakistan every year.


  • Himachal Pradesh approves to implement “Sashakt Mahila Yojna”: The Himachal Pradesh government has given its approval to implement Sashakt Mahila Yojna in the state. The aim is to empower rural women by providing them an interface for organization and socio-economic development.


  • Union HRD Minister launches 'Institution's Innovation Council: Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar has launched the “Institution’s Innovation Council (IIC) program with an aim to brainstorm new ideas about promoting innovation in all higher education institutions (HEIs) across the country.


  • Chandrababu Naidu launches Bhudaar web portal: Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has launched Bhuseva and Bhudaar portal which makes land records available to people with unique identification numbers just like Aadhar number. The “Bhudaar’’ is an 11-digit unique identification code assigned to each agriculture land holding and rural and urban properties in the state.


  • Government launches chatbot loaded AirSewa digital platform for air passengers: The government has launched an upgraded version of AirSewa 2.0 digital platform, which would enable air passengers to seek help of chatbots to resolve their problems and register grievances using social media.


  • Sanjay Kumar Wins the First UN Geospatial Ambassador Award: Sanjay Kumar, Founder and CEO of Geospatial Media & Communications, was conferred the 'Global Geospatial Industry Ambassador' Award by UN-GGIM (United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management) at the United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress held at Deqing city in China.


  • AYUSH Ministry observes the first Naturopathy Day: The Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (Ayush) ministry celebrated the first Naturopathy Day with the aim of promoting the drug-less system of medicine to prevent diseases by altering the diet and lifestyle.


  • Ustad Amjad Ali Khan presented lifetime achievement award: One of India's greatest sarod masters, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was presented the “Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement” at the Kamani Auditorium, for his "immense contribution to the enrichment and promotion of the Indian classical music".


  • Delhi Police launches e-learning portal NIPUN for training its personnel: Delhi Police has launched an e-learning portal NIPUN to impart online training and provide up to date information to police personnel through specialised courses designed by experts in the field.


  • India’s first elephant hospital opens in Mathura: India's first specialized hospital for elephants was formally opened by Agra Divisional Commissioner Anil Kumar at Farah block's Churmura village. The unique medical centre offers wireless digital X-ray, laser treatment, dental X-ray, thermal imaging, ultrasonography, hydrotherapy and quarantine facilities.


  • Kerala Government launches Gau Samridhi Plus scheme for dairy farmers: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan launched the “Gau Samridhi Plus scheme” or “Cow Samridhi Plus Scheme” to provide insurance coverage to dairy farmers at low rates in the state.


  • Two North East Circuit Projects inaugurated in Arunachal Pradesh under Swadesh Darshan Scheme: Two important projects under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India were inaugurated at PTSO Lake in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. These projects are “Development of North East Circuits: Bhalukpong- Bomdila - Tawang Project & Nafra- Seppa- Pappu, Pasa, Pakke Valleys- Sangdupota- New Sagalee- Ziro- Yomcha Project ”.


  • Government launches Yuva Sahakar-Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme: The National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) has come up with a youth-friendly scheme “Yuva Sahakar-Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme” for attracting them to cooperative business ventures. The Central Government has been encouraging “Start-Ups” for ease of doing business, non-conventional opportunities are emerging and are being encouraged. The conducive environment is being leveraged by private and corporate sectors and ‘Hub Start-ups’ are being promoted. The newly launched scheme would encourage cooperatives to venture into new and innovative areas.


  • ISRO successfully launches communication satellite GSAT-29: ISRO's heavy-lift rocket GSLV-MkIII-D2 has successfully injected into orbit the country's latest communication satellite GSAT-29 that is intended to meet the communication needs of people in remote areas in the North East and Jammu and Kashmir.


  • Casio launches world’s first GST calculator: Casio India is introducing two new innovations MJ-120 GST and MJ-12 GST dedicated to the Indian market. This calculator is equipped to navigate the challenging environment and develop smooth functionality by easing the issues faced by Indian retailers post the introduction of GST.


  • Government launches LEAP and ARPIT programmes for higher education faculty: Dr. Satya Pal Singh, Ministry of Human Resource Development, launched two new initiatives; Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) and Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT) at New Delhi. LEAP is a three-week flagship leadership development training programme. The objective is to prepare second tier academic heads who are potentially likely to assume leadership roles in the future.


  • UP cabinet approves renaming of Faizabad as Ayodhya, Allahabad as Prayagraj: The Uttar Pradesh government approved renaming of Faizabad as Ayodhya, Allahabad as Prayagraj. The decision was taken on the basis of a proposal submitted by the Faizabad district magistrate.


  • INSPIRE 2018 organized in New Delhi by EESL and World Bank: The three-day International Symposium to Promote Innovation & Research in Energy Efficiency (INSPIRE 2018) concluded in New Delhi. Organised on the theme of innovation, INSPIRE 2018 included the first edition of a unique challenge, Innovate To INSPIRE that was organised by EESL, in association with the World Resources Institute (WRI).


  • PM inaugurates country’s first multi-modal terminal constructed on river Ganga: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated India's first multi-modal terminal on the Ganga river in his parliamentary constituency here and received the country's first container cargo transported on inland waterways from Kolkata.


  • Public Service Broadcasting Day: The Public Service Broadcasting Day is observed every year across India on 12th November to commemorate the first and last visit of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi in 1947.


  • National Education Day: National Education Day is observed every year on November 11 to commemorate the birth anniversary of first Union Minister of Education Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.


  • National Legal Services Day: Legal Service Day is celebrated on 9th November to make people aware of justice for all. The aim of celebrating the Legal Services Day is to offer the free of charge, proficient and legal services to the people of weaker sections of society.


  • Ashok Kumar Gupta appointed as Chairperson of CCI: Former IAS officer Ashok Kumar Gupta has been appointed as the chairperson of the Competition Commission of India (CCI).


  • Ladakh restoration project wins 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific award: The LAMO Centre of Ladakh won the 2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage. This aristocratic house was restored from a state of partial ruin.


  • Cabinet approves leasing out six airports through PPP: The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved for leasing out six airports of AAI viz. Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram and Mangaluru for operation, management and development under Public Private Partnership (PPP) through Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee (PPPAC). PPP in infrastructure projects brings efficiency in service delivery, expertise, enterprise and professionalism apart from harnessing the needed investments in the public sector.


  • Lucknow’s Ekana cricket stadium renamed after Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Uttar Pradesh government has renamed the newly-constructed “Ekana International Stadium” in Lucknow to former prime minister “Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium”.


  • Govt approves operationalisation strategy for Operation Greens: The Ministry of Food Processing Industries under Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has approved the operationalization strategy for Operation Greens to ensure availability of Tomato, Onion and Potato throughout the country round the year without price volatility.


  • Nuclear submarine INS Arihant completes first deterrence patrol: India's long-awaited nuclear triad, or the capability to fire nuclear weapons from land, air and sea, is now finally operational almost five decades after it was first conceived for credible strategic deterrence and 20 years after the Pokhran-II tests. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced the country's first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant successfully completed its "first deterrence patrol", which signifies the underwater predator has undertaken its maiden long-range mission with "live" nuclear-tipped missiles.


  • NDMC launches QR-enabled fridge magnets for digital payment of bills: The New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has launched a "smart" initiative wherein it will distribute quick response-enabled smiley fridge magnets to its consumers to facilitate digital payment of utility bills.


  • PM launches Support and Outreach Programme for MSME Sector: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has launched a historic support and outreach programme for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector. As part of this programme, the Prime Minister unveiled 12 key initiatives which will help the growth, expansion and facilitation of MSMEs across the country.


  • Odisha Government launches “Saura Jalnidhi” scheme: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched a new scheme “Soura Jalanidhi” to boost the use of solar energy in agricultural development as well as empowerment of farmers in the State.


  • Lt General Rajeshwar takes over as 12th Chief of Integrated Defence Staff: Lieutenant General P.S. Rajeshwar has took over as the 12th Chief of Integrated Defence Staff. He was accorded a tri-services guard of honour on the South Block lawns.


Key Updates: October 2018


  • S S Deswal appointed as Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police: Senior IPS officer S S Deswal was appointed as the chief of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), that guards country's frontier with China.


  • India’s first engineless train, Train 18 set for trials: India has launched its first engine-less train, Train 18, regarded as a successor to the country's 30-year-old “Semi-High Speed Train” Shatabdi Express is set to go on the tracks for trial. Train 18 will have modern air-conditioned coaches interconnected with fully sealed gangways blocking noise and dust.


  • CSIR develops Less Polluting Firecrackers: CSIR scientists have developed Less Polluting Firecrackers which are not only environment friendly but 15-20% cheaper than the conventional ones”, said Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forest & Climate Change.


  • Vigilance Awareness Week 2018: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) observes the Vigilance Awareness Week every year during the week in which the birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (31st October) falls. This year, the Vigilance Awareness Week is being observed from 29th October to 3rd November, 2018 on the theme “Eradicate Corruption-Build a New India.


  • Prof. M S Swaminathan Received first World Agriculture Prize: Eminent Agricultural scientist and the chief architect of the green revolution in India, M.S. Swaminathan has received the first World Agriculture Prize instituted by the Indian Council of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) in New Delhi.


  • Government to set up National Sports Stadium for differently-abled in Meghalaya: Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot has announced the construction of the international standard for differently-abled in Shillong.


  • Union HRD Ministry launches web portal to promote science, social science research: The Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar launched the web portals for two Schemes “Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS)” and “Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC)” in New Delhi. The objective of IMPRESS is to identify and fund research proposals in social sciences with maximum impact on governance and society.


  • Environment Ministry launches Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali campaign: Air pollution is a serious health issue in the country especially in the northern parts during winter seasons. The smoke and sound has health impacts on children, aged people and also animal and birds. Apart from these compounds large amount of waste is also generated after bursting of crackers. Keeping in view the above detrimental effects and also the importance of the festival, Ministry has initiated a “Harit–Diwali” campaign.


  • International Conference on Status and Protection of Coral Reefs: The International Conference on Status and Protection of Coral Reefs (STAPCOR – 2018) with the theme “Reef for Life” was inaugurated by the Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan on 22nd October at Bangaram coral Island of Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Evolving effective management strategies leading to restoration of coral reef, along with the practice of green good deed for behavioral change and social responsibility in day to day life was also emphasized.


  • PM Modi unveils National Police Memorial: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Police Memorial in New Delhi. The National Police Commemoration Day is observed every year on October 21 to pay homage to the 10 policemen who were killed in an ambush by Chinese troops in 1959 in Ladakh’s Hot Spring area.


  • Government announces winners of Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony: The Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the years 2014, 2015 & 2016 is being conferred on the doyen of Manipuri dance Sh. Rajkumar Singhajit Singh, Chhayanaut (a cultural organization of Bangladesh) and on one of India’s greatest sculptors, Sh. Ram Vanji Sutar, respectively.


  • Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt receives Ustad Chand Khan Lifetime Achievement Award: Grammy-winning Hindustani classical music instrumentalist Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt will be honoured with the annual Ustad Chand Khan Lifetime Achievement Award.


  • 75th anniversary of establishment of Azad Hind government observed: The Prime Minister of India, Shri  Narendra Modi, unveiled the plaque to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the formation of Azad Hind Government on 21st October, 2018, at the Red Fort, Delhi.


  • India’s first uterine transplant baby is a girl: India’s first uterine transplant baby, weighing 1.45 kg, was delivered through a Caesarean section at Galaxy Care Hospital in Pune. The baby girl was born 17 months after Vadodara resident Meenakshi Valand (27) underwent a uterine transplant.


  • Kerala is set to become the first smoke-free State in the country: Kerala is now set to become the first smoke-free state in the country with public sector oil companies eyeing 100% LPG penetration. The LPG consumption was at 933.3 TMT (thousand tonnes) in the State in 2017-18. And Indian Oil sold 4.25 lakh tonnes of LPG the previous fiscal.


  • ICFRE inks two MoUs to launch Prakriti programme: The Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE) under the Environment Ministry, signed MoUs with Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) and with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to launch the “Prakriti” programme. The programme aims to promote awareness about forests, and environment among the youths of the country.


  • Railways Minister Piyush Goyal to receive University of Pennsylvania's top energy policy prize for reforming India's power sector: Minister of Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal will receive the University of Pennsylvania’s top prize in energy policy for his leadership in reforming India’s power sector, spearheading efforts to fast-track electrification of thousands of remote villages and expanding renewable energy in the country.


  • Government launches Swasth Bharat Yatra national campaign for food safety: The government has launched a national campaign “Swasth Bharat Yatra” on the World Food Day under which a pan-India cycle rally is being organised to sensitise people about eating safe food and be healthy.


  • Delhi Government launches Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship Programme: The Delhi government has launched a fellowship programme that seeks to attract young leaders across the country to work with it on addressing some of the most pressing urban challenges.


  • Sikkim awarded FAO’s Future Policy Gold Award for 100% organic farming: The Indian state of Sikkim has won the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Future Policy Gold Award for its achievement in becoming the world's first totally organic agriculture state.


  • Central University of Jammu, ISRO sign MoU to set up Space science Center: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed an MoU with the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) in Jammu for setting up of the Satish Dhawan Center for Space Science in the University in the presence of the Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C). Another MoU was signed between CUJ and the Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIR-CSIO). To create awareness about space research and to motivate young minds to take up research related to space, astronomy, geology, atmospheric sciences and related fields.


  • Indian Air Force launches its first mobile health app “MedWatch”: The Indian Air Force has launched an innovative mobile health App named “MedWatch” in keeping with the Prime Minister’s vision of “Digital India, Ayushman Bharat and Mission Indradhanush”. The app is conceived by the doctors of IAF and developed in house by Directorate of Information Technology (DIT) with ZERO financial outlay.


  • Ganga mission approves for Rs 700-crore worth projects: The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved eight projects worth over Rs 700 crore, four of which were for setting up sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.


  • Indian External Affairs Ministry launches India for Humanity initiative: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj launched India for Humanity initiative in New Delhi as part of 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi being held over the next one year.


  • ESIC wins ISSA GOOD Practice Award, Asia and Pacific 2018: The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) has won the ‘ISSA Good Practice Award’ for Administrative Solution for Coverage Extension at the “Regional Social Security Forum for Asia and the Pacific” held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


  • Air Force Day: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is celebrating its 86th anniversary as October 8 commemorates the official foundation day of the force. The IAF, air arm of the Indian armed forces, has the prime responsibility of securing the Indian airspace as well as to carry out the aerial warfare during any clash.


  • Odisha Government launches Nirman Kusuma programme: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched “Nirman Kusuma” programme for providing financial assistance to the children of the construction workers for their technical education in the state.


  • Swachh Survekshan Grameen Awards 2018 Announced: Prime Minister Narendra Modi distributed awards to top Ranked State, District and State with maximum citizen participation based on the National Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018. Haryana was ranked as the best State while Satara District of Maharashtra was ranked as the best district as per the ranking undertaken by Swachh Survekshan Grameen 2018.


  • India launches “Operation Samudra Maitri” to help earthquake-tsunami hit Indonesia: India has launched a massive operation called “Operation Samudra Maitri” to provide assistance to the earthquake and tsunami victims in Indonesia, dispatching two aircraft and three naval ships carrying relief material to the country.


  • Justice Ranjan Gogoi sworn in as 46th Chief Justice of India: Justice Ranjan Gogoi sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India, is the first person from the Northeast to reach the top position of judiciary. He succeeds Justice Dipak Misra who retired on October 1st 2018.


  • NMCG Partnered With TSAF To Launch Mission Gange: National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has partnered with Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) to launch a month-long rafting expedition of a team of 40 members which will be led by the first Indian woman to scale Mount Everest Ms. Bachendri Pal.


  • Odisha government launches its own food security scheme: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched its own food security scheme on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. The beneficiaries of the State Food Security Scheme (SFSS) will also get cheap rice at the cost of Re 1 as availed by the people covered under the NFSA.


  • Petroleum Minister launches SATAT initiative: The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has launched the SATAT initiative to promote Compressed Bio-Gas as an alternative, green transport fuel. The initiative is aimed at providing a Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation as a developmental effort that would benefit both vehicle-users as well as farmers and entrepreneurs.


Key Updates: September 2018


  • Indian Railways, Google Arts launch “Rail Heritage Digitisation Project”: Minister of Railways and Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal has launched “Rail Heritage Digitisation Project” of Indian Railways in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture. The project is a landmark effort, first of its kind in this part of the globe, to showcase country’s Rail Heritage to National and International audience in an online storytelling platform.


  • Government and Google launch campaign to review public toilets: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban has partnered with Google to launch the Loo Review campaign to encourage all local guides in India to rate and review public toilets on Google Maps. The objective of the Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban is to provide sanitation coverage through public toilet facilities across cities in India for achieving Open Defecation Free (ODF) status.


  • Government launches Agmark online system: The government launched an online platform for processing applications related to quality certification mark ‘Agmark’ for agricultural products. Agmark is certification mark that assures conformity to established of requirements accepted by Governing administration agency Directorate of Marketing and advertising and Inspection.


  • WVI launches statewide campaign against child abuse: World Vision India (WVI), a humanitarian organization working for child protection, has launched a statewide campaign against child abuse. World Vision India will also train parents about child protection, parenting and care at the household level and within the community, facilitate school safety programme, conduct comprehensive school safety measures for children, establish child protection policies and improve complaint mechanisms in schools.


  • IAF successfully test fires air-to-air Astra missile: The Indian Air Force has successfully test fired the indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile Astra from a Su-30 aircraft. The missile, tested at the Kalaikunda Air Force Station, successfully engaged a manoeuvring target with high precision.


  • “Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojna” launched for unemployed insured persons: The ESI Corporation has approved “ATAL BIMIT VYAKTI KALYAN YOJNA” for Insured Persons (IP) covered under the Employees’ State Insurance Act, 1948. This scheme is a relief payable in cash directly to the Bank Account in case of unemployment and while they search for new engagement.


  • Poet Satrughna Pandav to receive 39th “Sarala Puraskar”: Noted Odia poet Satrughna Pandav will be honoured with the prestigious “Sarala Puraskar” for his poetry collection “Misra Dhrupad”. The “Sarala Puraskar” - instituted by eminent Odia industrialist late Dr Bansidhar Panda and late Ila Panda in 1979 and awarded by the Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT) - will be presented to Pandav on October 26.


  • “The Hindu” Briefcase bags award at WAN-IFRA event: The Hindu’s mobile app Briefcase bagged the silver trophy for Best Digital News Startup at the Third South Asia Digital Media Awards at the 26th annual conference of WAN-IFRA India 2018.


  • Andhra Pradesh gets 1st rank in “Ease of living index 2018”: Andhra Pradesh has topped the chart in the “Ease of Living Index” rankings under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) which was released by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.


  • Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal inaugurates National Orientation workshop: Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal has inaugurated two-day National Orientation workshop on National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA). The Orientation Workshop would include technical sessions and group discussions over 2 days, which would facilitate exposure for the delegates about the positive attributes of NeVA; deliberations on issues faced by different State Legislatures in implementation of e-Vidhan and finding solutions thereof.


  • PM Modi launches Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the government-funded health insurance scheme “Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana” which is claimed to be the world’s biggest health security scheme covering 10 crore families.


  • Indian cine artist Jaya Prada appointed Nepal's tourism goodwill ambassador: Former Member of Parliament of India and cine artist Jaya Prada has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of Nepal tourism.


  • Lucknow Metro first from India to get RoSPA award: The Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) has become the first ever metro rail corporation from India to bag the International “Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents” (RoSPA) Award.


  • Union Government launches India’s first National Registry of Sexual Offenders: Union Government has launched India’s first National Registry of Sexual Offenders in a bid to stem crimes against women as the country reels from a series of high-profile rape cases. The database will be maintained by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) under the Ministry of Home Affairs and made available to law enforcement agencies for various purposes, including investigation and employee verification.


  • Home Ministry launches ‘e-Sahaj’ portal for grant of security clearance to private firms: Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba has launched the online ‘e-Sahaj’ portal to facilitate individuals and private companies in seeking security clearance for setting up businesses in certain sensitive sectors.


  • Government modifies operational guidelines for “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana”: The Government has decided to incorporate the provision of penalties for States and Insurance Companies for the delay in settlement of insurance claims under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). This crucial provision is part of the new operational guidelines issued by the Govt for the implementation of PMFBY.


  • ISRO launches two British earth observation satellites aboard PSLV-C42: The Indian Space Research Organization has launched its heavy-weight rocket, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), into orbit carrying two earth observation satellites of Britain’s Surrey Satellite Technology Limited, NovaSAR and S1-4 weighing 450 kg each from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre Sriharikota.


  • Power Ministry launches energy efficiency Chiller Star Labelling Program in chillers: Union Ministry of Power has launched Chiller Star Labelling Program to encourage deployment of energy efficient chiller systems in the country. The Chiller Star Labelling Programme has been formulated by Bureau of Energy Efficiency(BEE). The program envisages providing star rating in terms of its energy performance. Initially, the program is launched on voluntary basis and will be valid upto 31st December 2020.


  • PM Narendra Modi to launch “Swachhata Hi Seva” Campaign: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched “Swachhata Hi Seva Movement, which aims to ensure a high standard of cleanliness across the country before Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary on October 2, 2019.


  • Government to convert 1.5 lakh primary health centers into wellness centers: Union Health Minister JP Nadda will be converted 1.5 lakh Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and sub-centres into wellness centers by 2022.


  • National Engineers Day: The National Engineers Day is celebrated on 15th September every year to appreciate the contributions of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya.


  • National Hindi Divas: The National Hindi Divas, an annual literary-day is observed on 14 September in India. This day aims to propagate Hindi language and its cultural heritage and values among the people of the country and abroad.


  • First Tribal Circuit Project under Swadesh Darshan Scheme inaugurated in Chhattisgarh: Shri. K.J Alphons, the Minister of State for Tourism Government of India has inaugurated the project “Development of Tribal Circuit” connecting 13 tourism sites in Chhattisgarh under “Swadesh Darshan Scheme”. This scheme is one of the flagship schemes of the Ministry of tourism, for development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritised manner.


  • President appoints Justice Ranjan Gogoi as next Chief Justice of India: The President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice of India. Taking the baton from CJI Dipak Misra, Justice Gogoi will assume office on October 3, 2018, as the 46th CJI. His tenure will end in November 2019.


  • Secondary Steel Sector Awards given for contribution to National Economy: Ministry of Steel gave away Secondary Steel sector awards, for the first time, to 26 mini steel companies in recognition of their contribution to the national economy. The awards were given by Union Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh, at a function in New Delhi. Twelve companies were awarded Gold Certificates and 14 Silver Certificates for their performance during 2016-17.


  • Union Government launches National Scholarship Portal Mobile App: Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has launched the country's first National Scholarship Portal mobile app, that would make the government welfare schemes more accessible to needy students.


  • K Advani renominated as Chairman of Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha: Veteran BJP leader LK Advani has been renominated as the chairman of the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.


  • Govt approves 100% Electrification of Railways by 2021-22: CCEA has approved electrification of remaining unelectrified broad gauge (BG) routes of Indian in the next four years, reducing dependance on imported fossil fuel and saving revenue for the national carrier.


  • Union Cabinet approves new umbrella scheme “Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan”: Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved a new Umbrella Scheme “Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay SanraksHan Abhiyan” (PM-AASHA) which aims to ensure remunerative prices to the farmers for their produce as announced in the Union Budget for 2018.


  • Piyush Goyal launches 'Rail Sahyog' web portal: Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has launched a web portal “Rail Sahyog”, a platform for the corporates and PSUs (Public Sector Undertakings) to contribute to the creation of amenities at Railway stations through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds.


  • BEML launches India’s first 205T Electric Drive Rear Dump Truck: Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) has launched an indigenously designed & developed nation's first 205T Electric Drive Rear Dump Truck (Model BHQOS-E). BH205E is an electric drive rear dump truck for large scale mining operations.


  • First wet mid-air refueling of LCA Tejas successfully carried out using IL-78 MKI tanker: The Indian Air Force achieved a milestone as the first ever mid-air refueling of the indigenously developed light combat aircraft Tejas was successfully carried out, placing India in an elite group of countries having air-to-air refueling system for military planes.


  • WOSA-2018: 4th World summit on Accreditation held in New Delhi: Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar inaugurated fourth world summit on Accreditation (WOSA-2018) in New Delhi. The theme of the event was "Challenges and Opportunities in Outcome Based Accreditation".


  • ISRO unveils space suit, crew model for Gaganyaan Mission: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) unveiled the space suit and crew model for the Gaganyaan Mission of 2022, which would feature the Indian astronauts being sent into the space. ISRO displayed the prototype of a space suit which was developed by the agency in the last two years at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre situated in Thiruvananthapuram. The space suit for the crew of Gaganyaan was displayed during the sixth Bengaluru Space Expo.


  • Puducherry bags top position in National Clean School Award given by HRD Ministry: Union Territory of Puducherry has bagged top position in National Clean School award out of 52 schools across the country for cleanliness.


  • National Nutrition Month observed across India to fight malnutrition: The National Nutrition Month is being celebrated across the country in September to mark the fight against malnutrition. The month will focus on adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers to eliminate the deficiencies prevailing in the Health sector.


  • Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana to cover child cancer treatment: Childhood cancer will be treated under the Ayushman Bharat scheme and the rate in this regard has been fixed. By 2022, 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres will be opened across India under the scheme.


  • Government launches Coffee Connect app and Krishi Tharanga project: Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry launched Coffee Connect-India coffee field force app and Coffee Krishi Tharanga – digital mobile extension services project for coffee stakeholders. These initiatives were developed by Coffee Board of India for the overall technological advancement of the coffee sector and value chain.


  • Government inaugurates home for 1000 widows in Vrindavan: The Minister for Women & Child Development, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, alongwith Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Adityanath Yogi has inaugurated the widows’ home “Krishna Kutir” at a function at Vrindavan, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Krishna Kutir is a special home for 1000 widows set up by the Ministry of Women & Child Development under Swadhar Greh scheme of the Ministry and is the largest ever facility of its kind created by a government organization.


  • Dr. B. K. Misra, Neurosurgeon to receive Dr. B. C. ROY National Award: Dr. Basant Kumar Misra, Head of the Department of Surgery & Head of Neurosurgery & Gamma Knife Radiosurgery at P. D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre will be honoured with the Dr. B. C. ROY National Award in the most prestigious category of ‘Eminent Medical Person’ of the year, the highest award in the field of medicine in India. Dr. Misra will receive the award from the President of India, Shri. Ram Nath Kovind.


  • India, Nepal signed MoU on Raxual-Kathmandu railway line: India and Nepal exchanged an MoU to build a strategic railway line connecting Bihar's Raxual city to Kathmandu.


  • Sunil Mehta elected as new Chairman of Indian Bank’s Association for 2018-19: Sunil Mehta, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Punjab National Bank has elected as the new Chairman of Indian Banks Association (IBA) for 2018-19.


  • Census 2021 for first time to collect data on Other Backwards Castes: Government has decided to collect data for the first time on Other Backward Classes during Census 2021. This will be the first general census to collect such data since 1931, although a socio-economic census was conducted in 2011. The data collected in the census may be used to decide on the need and quantum of providing reservations to various Backward Classes.


Key Updates: August 2018


  • Gopalkrishna Gandhi gets 24th Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award: West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has received 24th Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award this year for his outstanding contribution towards promotion of communal harmony and peace.


  • Rajasthan becomes first State to implement biofuel policy: Rajasthan has become the first state in the country to implement the national policy on biofuels unveiled by the national government. The desert state will focus on increasing production of oilseeds and establish a Centre for Excellence in Udaipur to promote research in the fields of alternative fuels and energy resources.


  • Government launches GI logo and tagline: Union Commerce and Industry Minister, Suresh Prabhu has launched a logo and tagline for Geographical Indications (GI) to increase awareness about Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) in the country. The tagline of Geographical Indications (GI) is “Invaluable Treasures of Incredible India”.


  • Government launches “Seva Bhoj Yojna”: The Ministry of Culture, Government of India has launched the “Seva Bhoj Yojna” scheme with an outlay of Rs. 325.00 crores for Financial Years 2018-19 and 2019-20. This scheme envisages to reimburse the Central Government share of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) on items who provide Food/Prasad/Langar/Bhandara free of cost without any discrimination to Public/Devotees.


  • AP Government launches unemployment allowance scheme: Andhra Pradesh Government has launched Mukhyamantri Yuva Nestam, an unemployment allowance scheme to provide Rs 1000 per month to unemployed youth in state.


  • Indian origin mathematician Akshay Venkatesh wins Fields medal: Indian-Australian mathematician Akshay Venkatesh won the prestigious Fields medal (Nobel prize for maths). He was recognised for his “profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics”. The Fields medals are awarded every four years to the most promising mathematicians under the age of 40.


  • Himachal Pradesh launches “Shaur Nahin” mobile application: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur launched “horn not ok” awareness campaign and “shaur nahin” (no noise) mobile application, this can be used by the general public to report cases of noise pollution.


  • India elected as President of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development: India was elected as the president of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, a regional inter-Governmental organization established in 1977 under the auspices of UNESCO.


  • Karnataka Government launches “Swachhameva Jayate”: The state government has launched “Swachhameva Jayate”, a campaign to make every person in rural Karnataka to take a pledge on cleanliness.


  • FICCI launches mobile app for women's wellness: The women's wing of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched a mobile application aimed at creating awareness on preventive healthcare. The mobile application "WOW" (Wellness of Women) is backed by city-based Apollo Hospitals Group that offers access to renowned doctors and provides health tips.


  • Government approves 122 new research projects under “IMPRINT-2” scheme: The Union Government has approved 122 new research projects worth Rs 112 crores under its Impacting Research Innovation and Technology “IMPRINT-2” scheme. The initiative aims to advance research in energy, security, and healthcare domains in the high education institutions.


  • World’s first thermal battery plant launches in Andhra Pradesh: The world’s first-ever thermal battery plant was unveiled in Andhra Pradesh. This plant aims to create a new energy storage form that is expected to have commercial applications, while also maintaining a low carbon footprint, and being less dependent on external factors like weather.


  • National Handloom Day: Government of India declared August 7 as National Handloom day every year to celebrates the rich hues, textures and grandeur of Indian fabrics spread from North to the Southernmost part of the country. It generates awareness about importance of India’s handloom industry.


  • Transport Ministry launches BIMS, Bhoomi Rashi and PFMS linkage portals: The Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari launched Bidder Information Management System (BIMS) and Bhoomi Rashi and PFMS linkage portals, these two IT initiatives aimed at expediting pre construction processes relating to bidding and land acquisition respectively.


  • 76th anniversary of Quit India Movement observed on August 8th: 76th anniversary of Quit India Movement was observed on August 8th, 2018. On this working day in 1942, Mahatma Gandhi (father of the nation) experienced gave clarion connect with of Do or Die to all Indians to push absent Britishers from the country.


  • Suresh Prabhu launches “Niryat Mitra” mobile app: Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu has launched a mobile App “Niryat Mitra” developed by Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO), for exporters and importers of the country.


  • Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as New Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha: National Democratic Alliance candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected as the new Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha after he won the election with 125 votes against Congress MP Bk Hariprasad.


  • FSSAI launches RUCO initiative to collect and convert used cooking oil into biofuel: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have launched RUCO (Repurpose Used Cooking Oil), an initiative that will enable collection and conversion of used cooking oil to bio-diesel.


  • Indian President inaugurates “One District One Product” summit: The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the “One District One Product” Summit in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. It describes the micro, small and medium enterprises as the backbone of the country's economy. The state government has set a goal of providing employment to 25 lakh people in five years through the financial assistance of Rs. 25,000 crores. This scheme will create large number of employment opportunities for the youth and strengthen the inclusive and sustainable development of Uttar Pradesh.


  • Government approves proposal for setting up of water aerodromes in the country: The Civil Aviation  Ministry has approved a proposal for setting up of water aerodromes in the country. To start with, it has identified five states - Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Assam for development of water aerodromes. In the first phase of the project, Chilika Lake (Odisha), Sabarmati River Front and Sardar Sarovar Dam (Gujarat) have been identified for the development of such facilities.


  • First project of “Swadesh Darshan” Scheme launched in Manipur: Governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla has inaugurated the project “North East Circuit: Imphal and Khongjom” under “Swadesh Darshan” Scheme. Swadesh Darshan (tour of country) is a flagship scheme of the Ministry of Tourism for the development of thematic circuits in the country in a planned and prioritised manner.


  • Jodhpur and Jaipur ranked cleanest railway stations in Third Party Survey Report: Jodhpur and Jaipur, both in Rajasthan, have clinched the top two spots in the railway station cleanliness survey conducted by the Quality Council of India (QCI) for Indian Railways.


  • India’s first genetic bank for wildlife conservation in Hyderabad: India's first scientific and most modern national wildlife genetic resource bank was inaugurated by Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan at the Laboratory for the Conservation of Endangered Species (LaCONES), a research wing of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad.


  • Ashish Kumar Bhutani appointed CEO of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana: Senior bureaucrat Ashish Kumar Bhutani has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY).


  • NITI Aayog launches “Pitch to MOVE” competition: NITI Aayog has launched “Pitch to MOVE”, a mobility pitch competition that aims to provide budding entrepreneurs of India a unique opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a distinguished jury.


  • West Bengal Government removes income ceiling “Kanyashree Prakalpa” scheme: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has lifted the ceiling for a family's annual earnings to be a beneficiary under the UN award winning Kanyashree scheme, that aims to ensure girls stay in school and delay their marriages till at least the age of 18.


  • Shaheed Saman Diwas to be observed in Madhya Pradesh: The Shaheed Saman Diwas will be observed in all districts of Madhya Pradesh on August 14, 2018. The day aims to honour the families of martyrs belonging to Madhya Pradesh, who sacrificed their lives while discharging duty at the time of war, military action, internal security, Naxalite and terrorism-related activities.


  • Akshay Kumar becomes brand ambassador for Government’s Road Safety campaigns: Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari has launched three short films for generating public awareness towards road safety. Film actor Akshay Kumar appointed as Road Safety Brand Ambassador.


  • K S Srinivas appointed as Chairman of Marine Products Export Development Authority: IAS officer K S Srinivas has taken over as Chairman of Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA). Prior to this appointment, he had served as Joint Secretary in Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare in Ministry of Agriculture.


  • Former Army General Dalbir Singh Suhag awarded US Legion of Merit 2018: The United States government has awarded the Legion of Merit (Degree of Commander) to General Dalbir Singh Suhag (Retired), of the Indian Army, for exceptionally meritorious service as chief of the Army staff, Indian Army.


  • Telangana Launches Disaster Response Force in Hyderabad: Telangana government launched for the first time Disaster Response Force (DRF) vehicles in the Hyderabad. The main aim to start this DRF is that state should have its own Disaster force to swiftly deal with emergency situations.


  • Former President Pranab Mukherjee Launches NETA App To Rate MPs And MLAs: Former President Pranab Mukherjee has unveiled An app named “Neta App” that allows voters to rate and review their political representatives and aims to foster political accountability a and aims to foster political accountability and transparency among leaders.


  • Baby Rani Maurya was nominated as the new Governor of Uttarakhand: The former mayor of Agra, Maurya was nominated as new governor of Uttarakhand. The oath of office and secrecy was administered to Maurya by the acting Chief Justice of the Uttarakhand High Court Rajiv Sharma at a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan.


  • ISRO unveils Gaganyaan programme for India’s manned space flight: The Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO unveiled India's Gaganyaan programme for manned space flight before 2022 as announced by the Prime Minister on the Independence Day.


  • Jatropha seeds powers India’s first biofuel: SpiceJet operated India's first test flight successfully from Dehradun to Delhi powered by biofuel that aims to reduce costs of air travel. A blend of oil from jatropha seeds and aviation turbine fuel propelled the country’s first ever bio jet fuel-powered flight.


  • National Sports Day 2018: India on August 29th observed the National Sports Day 2018 to mark the birth anniversary of the legendary hockey player Major Dhyan Chand who was born on August 29, 1905. Every year on this day, the President of India confers National sports and adventure awards including Arjuna and Khel Ratna to celebrate the achievements of exceptional athletes in the country.


  • Union Cabinet approves Earth Sciences Ministry’s umbrella scheme “O-SMART”: Union Cabinet has approved Umbrella scheme “Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling and Science (O-SMART)”, for implementation during the period from 2017-18 to 2019-20 at an overall cost of Rs.1623 crore.


Key Updates: July 2018


  • INS Sahyadri wins praise for integrating yoga into regime: INS Sahyadri presented the “idea of integrating yoga into our daily life as technology for well-being during extended deployments for ships” and also participated in RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific Exercise) the world’s largest international maritime exercise, has been adjudged runner-up in an innovation competition during the harbour phase of the exercise.


  • July 1st declared as GST Day: The government has announced that July 1st be celebrated as GST Day, which was launched on the 1st July, 2017 and replaced a multi-layered, complex indirect tax structure with a simple, transparent and technology-driven tax regime.


  • 9th heads of Indian mission conference place in Delhi: The 9th Heads of Mission Conference had inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, placed in New Delhi. It’s a three-day annual conference and the theme of conference was “Unprecedented Outreach: Unparalleled Outcomes”.


  • Sri Lanka shifts its naval base to China run Hambantota port: Sri Lanka shifted its southern naval command to a Hambantota port which is now leased to China.


  • Dalai Lama launches “Happiness Curriculum” for Government schools in Delhi: Delhi government launched its ambitious "Happiness Curriculum" for students studying at the city's government schools, which includes meditation, moral values and mental exercises.


  • Himachal gets national award for best performance under PMSMA: Himachal Pradesh has adjudged first among states for its performance under the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritav Abhiyan (PMSMA) in the country.


  • India's first government run e-waste recycling unit in Bengaluru: The central government's Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry intends to build India’s first-ever, state-of-the-art e-waste recycling unit in Bengaluru. While India produces 18.5 lakh metric tons of electronic waste annually,?a whopping 92,000 metric tons comes from Bengaluru, according to 2016 figures.


  • Madhya Pradesh government launches outstanding power bill waiver scheme “Sambal”: The government of Madhya Pradesh has launched an outstanding power bill waiver scheme and subsidized power scheme “Sambal” for poor families and labourers. Under this scheme, the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families would be provided electricity at a cost of 200 rupees per month.


  • Indian Election Commission launches Mobile app “cVIGIL”: The Election Commission of India launched a mobile app called “cVIGIL” for citizens to report any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) during elections.


  • Government approves DNA Regulation Bill, 2018: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2018 for expanding the application of DNA-based forensic technologies to support and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country. The utility of DNA based technologies for solving crimes, and to identify missing persons, is well recognized across the world.


  • KVIC launches e-marketing system: The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) launched in-house single umbrella e-marketing system named “Khadi Institution Management and Information System” (KIMIS) in New Delhi. The system can be accessed from anywhere in the country for the sale and purchase of Khadi and Village Industries products.


  • Indian government grants tariffs cut on Asian imports under APTA: Indian government has agreed to provide tariff concessions on 3,142 products to the six member nations of the Asia Pacific Trade, days after Beijing had done the same for more than 8500 items.


  • Gujarat CM launches “Poshan Abhiyan” to eradicate malnutrition: Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani launched “Poshan Abhiyan”, a statewide mission to eradicate malnutrition among children by providing them nutritious food through Anganwadi centres.


  • Piyush Goyal launches the “Khan Prahari” App to check illegal coal mining: The Ministry of Coal, Piyush Goyal has launched the Coal Mine Surveillance & Management System (CMSMS) and “Khan Prahari” mobile application for reporting any activity taking place related to illegal coal mining.


  • India launches first taxi ambulance services in Delhi: India has launched the taxi ambulance services on Delhi roads with drivers who are trained medically. The launch comes in the backdrop of India accounting for five lakh road crashes annually worldwide in which 1.5 lakh people died.


  • Uttarakhand High Court declares animals as “legal persons”: The Uttarakhand High Court has declared the status of a "legal person or entity" to all animals in the state, saying "they have a distinct persona with corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a living person".


  • Government launches “Technology Challenge” to eliminate human entry into septic tanks: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched a “Technology Challenge” to eliminate human entry into septic tanks and drains for cleaning.


  • Government launches “Global Housing Construction Technology” scheme: The Union ministry of housing and urban affairs has launched the “Global Housing Construction Technology” scheme, aims to give a major push to construction of houses for the urban poor under the Centre's flagship Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).


  • Andhra Pradesh tops in “Ease of Doing Business Rankings”: Andhra Pradesh has topped the government’s ease of doing business ranking of states and Union Territories list prepared by the World Bank and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).


  • BSNL launches internet telephony service “Wings”: BSNL started first internet telephony service in the country that will allow users to dial any telephone number in India through its mobile app “Wings”.


  • Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launches Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2018: The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched the Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2018 (SSG 2018) in villages. An independent survey agency will conduct the survey in all districts from 1st to 31st August 2018, and the results will be announced in the form of a ranking of all districts and states on the basis of quantitative and qualitative sanitation (Swachhata) parameters.


  • Haryana Government launches “Paudhagiri” Campaign: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has launched the “Paudhagiri” campaign, to increase the green cover in the state.


  • President clears assent to Assam Anti - Witch Hunting Bill: President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to the Assam Witch Hunting (Prohibition, Prevention and Protection) Bill-2015, converting it to an Act, almost three years after it was passed by the state Assembly.  The Act, aimed at eliminating the superstition from the society, imposes a punishment of up to seven years and a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh.


  • ISRO conducts ground test of high thrust version of Vikas Engine successfully: ISRO successfully conducted a ground test of high thrust version of the Vikas Engine for a duration of 195 seconds at ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC) Mahendragiri in Tamilnadu, that improves the payload capability of the space agency's launch vehicles.


  • BrahMos Missile tested in extreme weather conditions: The supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successfully test-fired from the Integrated Test Range at Balasore, Odisha, under extreme weather conditions, as part of the service life extension programme for the Army.


  • Government approves Special Remission Scheme to prisoners: The Union Cabinet has approved to grant Special Remission to Prisoners as part of Commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Women and transgender convicts above 55 and male convicts over 60 who have completed half of their prison sentences will be released.


  • Lok Sabha passes a Bill to amend the Right to Education: The Lok Sabha passed a Bill to amend the Right to Education (RTE) Act to abolish the “no-detention” policy in schools. No student can be detained up to class VIII under current provisions of the Act.


  • NMCG organizes “Ganga Vriksharopan Abhiyan” in five Ganga Basin States: The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has organized “Ganga Vriksharopan Abhiyan” from 9th July to 15th July 2018 in five Ganga basin states namely Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The week upto 15th July was observed as “Shubharambh Saptah”.


  • Tenth edition of Delhi Dialogue held in New Delhi: The Tenth edition of the Delhi Dialogue begins in New Delhi. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will host two-day event to discuss politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement between India and ASEAN. The theme of this year's DD X will be “Strengthening India-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation”.


  • Government beats no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha: Narendra Modi government defeated the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha. The motion secured 126 votes in favour and 325 against. The motion had been brought by Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party to push its demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh.


  • NABARD launches Centre for Climate Change in South East Asia at Lucknow: The National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development has launched a South East Asia’s first ever centre for accelerating concerted action on climate change by various stakeholders including government, private and financial sectors.


  • NASA launches online toolkit to promote commercial use of satellite data: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched the “Remote Sensing Toolkit” to promote commercial use of satellite data and to make it easier for users to find, analyze and utilize the most relevant satellite data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts.


  • Government launches “Student Police Cadet” Programme: Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the nationwide Student Police Cadet (SPC) programme, which aims to build a bridge between the police and school students by inculcating values and ethics in them through classes.


  • Government launches India-assisted ambulance service in Sri Lanka: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a country wide emergency ambulance service for Sri Lanka through video conferencing from New Delhi. This event marks another major achievement in the development partnership of India and Sri Lanka.


  • NASA launches world's first mission to touch the Sun: NASA is on schedule to launch mankind's first mission to the Sun - a car sized probe that will swoop to within 4 million miles of the solar surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before.


  • Odisha Government launches Green Mahanadi Mission: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the “Green Mahanadi Mission”, a plantation drive under which two crore saplings will be planted along the Mahanadi river and its tributaries.


  • Women and Child Development Ministry launches “Childline 1098” contest: The Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched a “Childline 1098” contest – “Spot the Logo and Suggest a Tagline”, inviting people to share images of the Childline 1098 logo that they spot at unique locations and send it with a tagline, to mark World Day against Trafficking in People.


  • Government forms GoM and secretary panel to frame law against lynching: The Government had created a Group of Ministers (GoM) under Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and a high-level committee under Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to “deliberate” and “make recommendations” for a separate penal provision on incidents of mob violence.


  • 2nd National Council meeting held on India’s Nutrition Challenges under POSHAN Abhiyan: The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development organized the 2nd meeting of National Council on India’s Nutrition Challenges under POSHAN Abhiyan, that aims to ensure service delivery and interventions by use of technology, behavioral change through convergence and lays-down specific targets to be achieved across different monitoring parameters over the next few years.


  • Karnataka generates highest power from renewable resources this year: The Karnataka state generated a highest amount of its energy requirements through the usage of renewable resources and emerged as the country's highest renewable energy producer this year, pipping Tamil Nadu. The State reached 12.3 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity as of March 2018, having added 5 GW in 2017-18 alone.


  • West Bengal Assembly passes resolution to rename state as Bangla: The West Bengal assembly passed a resolution to rename the state as “Bangla” in three languages — Bengali, English and Hindi, but the process for final approval will be long drawn requiring an amendment to the constitution.


  • Two Indians win Ramon Magsaysay Award: Two Indians Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk are the winners of 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award, regarded as the Asian version of the Nobel Prize.


  • Atal Innovation Mission and MyGov launch “Innovate India Platform”: The NITI Aayog Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and citizen engagement platform MyGov launched the online portal “Innovate India Platform”. The users can view the leaderboard which is calculated based on the votes on each innovation and also comment, share and rate the innovations crowd sourced on the Innovate India platform.


  • Gujarat govt launches Mission Vidya to improve learning level: Gujarat government launched a month-long campaign, “Mission Vidya”, to improve learning levels of students who scored low in the latest Gunotsav VIII evaluation.


  • Indian Railways launched “Mission Satyanishtha” programme: Indian Railways had organized a programme on Ethics in Public Governance and Launched “Mission Satyanishtha” at a daylong event held at National Rail Museum in New Delhi.


  • Government launches National Viral Hepatitis Control Program: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda has launched the National Viral Hepatitis Control Program to mark the World Hepatitis Day and also released the Operational Guidelines for National Viral Hepatitis Control Program, National Laboratory Guidelines for Viral Hepatitis Testing and National Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management of Viral Hepatitis.


  • Gopalkrishna Gandhi gets Rajiv Sadbhavana Award: Former West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi has achieved Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhavana Award this year for promoting communal harmony and peace. This award carries a citation and a cash award of Rs 10 lakh.


Key Updates: June 2018


  • National Statistics Day: Government of India in 2007, has designated 29th June as the “Statistics Day” in the category of Special Days to be celebrated every year at the National level. The objective of celebration of this Day is to create public awareness about the importance of statistics in socio-economic planning and policy formulation, to acknowledge the contribution of Prof. Mahalanobis, and to pay homage to him. The theme this year is “Quality Assurance in Official Statistics”.


  • ICSSR new vision: In an attempt at making research projects awarded by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) move from “pure ideological research” to one that is in sync with policy imperatives, the apex social science research body has formulated a blueprint of key areas for future research.


  • Government approves MoU between India and Singapore for urban Planning: The Union Cabinet has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Singapore for cooperation in urban planning and development. The objective of the MOU is to facilitate government agencies in the Centre and States, including Municipal Bodies, to readily tap into the expertise of Singapore agencies in the areas of urban development and management and other areas, and thus help in urban rejuvenation, mission.


  • President launches the Solar Charkha Mission: President Ram Nath Kovind launched the Solar Charkha Mission under which the government will disburse a subsidy of Rs 550 crore to thousands of artisans, generating employment in rural areas and the Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) will cover 50 clusters and each cluster will employ 400 to 2,000 artisans.


  • Govt proposes Van Dhan kendras: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Van Dhan Scheme on 14th of 2018 during the celebrations of Ambedkar Jayanti. Under this scheme, Government has proposed to set up 3,000 Van Dhan Kendras involving 30,000 self-help groups of Tribal community across the country to provide skill up-gradation and capacity building training for value addition of forest produce.


  • Pallavi Darua Crowned as India’s first “Tribal Queen”: Pallavi Durua, Odisha's Koraput district, was crowned as the first Tribal Queen at the Adi Rani Kalinga Tribal Queen competition held at Utkal Mandap.


  • Government Inaugurates 3rd AIIB Meeting In Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the third annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at Mumbai's National Centre for the Performing Arts. The theme for this year's meeting is "Mobilising finance for infrastructure, innovation and collaboration".


  • Ministry of women and child releases report on “Women in Prisons”: The Ministry of Women and Child Development has released the report on “Women in Prisons” which aims to build an understanding of the various entitlements of women in prisons, the various issues faced by them and possible methods for resolution of the same.


  • Punjab Govt launches “Paani Bachao, Paise Kamao” campaign: The Government of Punjab launched a campaign “Paani Bachao, Paise Kamao” to encourage formers, which  aimed at checking depletion of underground water. Under this ” campaign, farmers will get monetary benefit for less use of tubewell.


  • Haryana Panchayat Passes “No Toilet, No Bride”: The Godikan panchayat in Haryana has become the first panchayat in the country to pass a resolution to marry off girls only to families that have a toilet in their house.


  • Gujarat Government declares “Suryashakti Yojana” scheme for farmers: The Gujarat government launched a “Suryashakti Kisan Yojana” (SKY) scheme for farmers enabling them to generate electricity for their captive consumption as well as sell their surplus to power distribution companies.


  • Ministry of Women and child development gets SKOCH award: The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development was awarded in delivering the promises made and for its significant achievements and initiatives from the last 4 years, SKOCH has conferred the “Best performing Social Sector Ministry” award on the Ministry of Women and Child Development.


  • World’s first International Centre for Humanitarian Forensics launched in Gujarat: World's first international centre for humanitarian forensics was launched at Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU), is a joint venture of the Regional delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in India, Bhutan, Nepal and the Maldives and also Gujarat Forensic Science University.


  • Haryana Government launches “7-Star Gram Panchayat Rainbow” scheme: Haryana Government had launched “7-Star Gram Panchayat Rainbow” scheme to give star rankings on the basis of seven social parameters. Under this scheme, as many as 1,120 villages of the state got the star rank. The main objective of instituting this award is to strengthen the institution of GPs and to highlight it as institution of decision making and making their Gram Panchayat proud.


  • India Smart Cities Award 2018: Surat city has selected for Smart City Award for implementation of projects Under ‘India Smart Cities Award’ 2018, and also Bhopal and Ahmedabad Selected for ‘Innovative Idea’ Award for their Transformative Approach towards Sustainable Integrated Development.


  • HRD Minister launches “National Digital Library”: The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar launched the new “National Digital Library of India” on the occasion of National Reading Day, which aims to make digital educational resources available to all citizens of the country to empower, inspire and encourage learning.


  • Government launches india’s first nationwide healthcare establishment census: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Minister JP Nadda launched the “National Health Resource Repository” (NHRR), which aims to strengthen evidence-based decision making and develop a platform for citizens and provider-centric services by creating a robust, standardised and secured Information Technology (IT)-enabled repository of India’s healthcare resources.


  • Indian army observes the year 2018 as “year of disabled soldiers in line of duty”: Indian Army is observing the year 2018 as the “Year of Disabled Soldiers in Line of Duty” to honour soldiers who have been disabled in line of duty while serving the nation and to celebrate the undying spirit of “Soldiering”. The main objective of the observance is to alleviate the sufferings of the soldiers, who have done their duty with utmost dedication to the nation and have been disabled for life.


  • 10th meeting of Global Alliance to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda inaugurated the 10th meeting of Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis, is a kind of tropical disease first recorded in Egypt. The aim of the conference was to create a future free of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF).


  • Telangana police department launches app to support communication needs of police: Telangana DGP, M Mahendar Reddy had launched “COP CONNECT”, a mobile app to support the professional communication and collaboration needs of the entire police department.


  • Digital India brings slew of services to the doorsteps of common man: The network of about three lakh Common Service Centres, which act as access points for delivery of digital services, have bolstered employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, thus empowering citizens. Digital India was launched with an aim to connect villages and youth of India.


  • Tourism Minister launches a new “Incredible India website”: The State Tourism Minister Shri K.J. Alphons launched the new “Incredible India website” in New Delhi, which aims to venture India as a "Must Visit" destination, among its worldwide travellers by following the trends and technologies of international standards.


  • NITI Aayog launches “Composite Water Management Index”: Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources and Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog has launched the Composite Water Management Index as a useful tool to assess and improve the performance in efficient management of water resources. This index is an attempt to inspire States and UTs towards efficient and optimal utilization of water, and recycling thereof with a sense of urgency.


  • Union Cabinet approves proposal for enactment of Dam Safety Bill, 2018: The Union Cabinet Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved a proposal for enacting the Dam Safety Bill in the Parliament., to help all the states and union territories to adopt uniform safety procedures to ensure safety of reservoirs.


  • Government approves 'Three Year Action Plan’ for Agricultural Education Division & ICAR Institutes: The Union Cabinet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Three Year Action Plan scheme for Agricultural Education Division and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) institutes, with an outlay of Rs. 2,225.46 crore for strengthening and developing higher agricultural education in India.


  • National police museum to come up in Delhi: The Union Government has approved to establish India’s first national police museum in Lutyens' Delhi, which is expected to be inaugurated on 21st October 2018 on the occasion of Police Commemoration Day. The museum, which will depict the history, artifacts of central and state police forces will come up as an underground facility in the premises of the National Police Memorial.


  • Union Government launches 5000 WiFi Choupals in villages with CSC: Union Minister of Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had launched 5,000 WiFi Choupals in villages and delivery of rail tickets through Common Service Centres (CSCs). The Wi-Fi choupals will enable people in rural areas with an effective Internet access for their various digital processes.


  • CSIR lab to transfer technology for India’s first indigenous Lithium Ion Battery project: CSIR's Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu and RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd had signed a Memorandum of Agreement for transfer of technology for India’s first Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Battery project.


  • Union Government launches smoking cessation campaign: Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India launched a national media campaign at World Health Organization event titled “What Damage Will This Cigarette/Bidi Do”, to encourage smoking cessation. The campaign highlights the theme of World No Tobacco Day which was “tobacco and heart disease”.


  • Eight states and four UTs implement “Ayushman Bharat”: Eight States and four Union Territories have signed MoUs with the Union Health Ministry to implement the Modi government’s ambitious scheme “Ayushman Bharat” - national health protection mission. The scheme provides a cover of Rs 5 lakh per family annually to 10 crore vulnerable families belonging to the vulnerable section of the society.


  • Punjab government launches “Business First Portal”: Minister of Industry, Sundar Sham Arora launched “Business First Portal” would facilitate the industrialists for Regulatory Clearances and Fiscal Approvals, real time tracking of applications at common platform.


  • Election Commission of India launches online “RTI Portal”: Indian Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat, Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa had launched the online “RTI Portal”, which aims to  facilitate applicants seeking information under the Right to Information Act.


  • Madhya Pradesh CM Announces Outstanding Power Bill Waiver Scheme: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan approved the Bijli Bill Mafi Yojana 2018 (Power Bill Waiver Scheme) which is likely to benefit about 77 lakh people of the state.


  • RBI conducts financial literacy week with theme “Customer Protection”: The Financial Literacy Week launched by Reserve Bank of India across the country with “Customer Protection” as its main theme in Jammu and Kashmir with an aim for good practices for safe digital banking experience. This event will focus on creating awareness among customers of banks about financial products and services, good financial practices etc.


  • Government launches “Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Sanitary Napkin”: On Women’s day, Government launched the “Jan Aushadhi Suvidha”, the affordable Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkins, priced at Rs 2.50 per pad, to be sold under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana in New Delhi.


  • Government launches “Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan”: Union Government has launched “Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan” from 1st June to 31st June, to help farmers to raise their income and to aid, assist and advice on how to improve farming techniques.


  • Odisha beach becomes Asia’s first to get ‘Blue Flag’ tag: The scenic Chandrabhaga beach on the Konark coast of Odisha will became the first in Asia to get the Blue Flag certification, the tag given to clean beaches, plastic-free and be equipped with a waste management system, equipped with amenities of international standards for tourists and equipped with facilities for studying environmental impact around the beach. It will be awarded the honour on World Environment Day on June 5.


  • Central Government launches “Seva Bhoj Yojana” scheme: The Union Ministry of Culture has launched a scheme “Seva Bhoj Yojana” worth of Rs 325 crore to reduce the financial burden of charitable religious institutions. The scheme envisages to reimbursement the central government share of central goods and services tax (CGST) and integrated goods and services Tax (IGST) on purchase of raw materials such as ghee, edible oil, atta, maida, rice pulses, sugar, jaggery etc. which go into preparation of food/Prasad/langar/bhandra offered free of cost by religious institutions.


  • Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana scheme: The Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched a new health insurance scheme namely, “Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana” for the journalists to provide Rs 2 lakh per annum health insurance coverage. The scheme will be applicable for cashless treatment in government and private hospitals and will also cover the injuries and illness faced by journalists while performing their duties.


Key Updates: May 2018


  • CSIR and IIT Bombay win Clarivate Analytics India Innovation award 2018: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research from Government Research Organizations Category and IIT Bombay from the Academic Institutions category have been awarded the Clarivate Analytics India Innovation Award 2018.

  • The word AYUSH finds a place in English language: The Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology has decided to adopt the word ‘AYUSH’ in Hindi and English languages for scientific and technical purposes. The word “AYUSH” became popular as the acronym for five traditional and complementary systems of medicine, namely Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy and has been successfully adopted and used in all Government communications.


  • Mark Rutte launched clean air India initiative: Mark Rutte, the prime minister of Netherlands launched “Clean Air India Initiative” program in New Delhi in May 2018. The campaign aims to curb air pollution in Indian cities by promoting partnerships between Indian start-ups and Dutch companies and build a network of entrepreneurs working on business solutions for cleaner air.


  • Patratu Thermal Power project in Jharkhand: PM Narendra Modi laid foundation stone for Patratu Thermal power project worth Rs 27,000 crore in Jharkhand. The project will provide 85 percent of the power generated to Jharkhand and will be equipped with dry ash disposal system, zero liquid discharge system, air-cooled condenser technology and rail loading facility for transportation of ash.


  • Samagra Shiksha scheme launched by Prakash Javadekar: Prakash Javadekar, the Union Minister of Human Resource and Development launched the “Samagra Shiksha scheme” in May 2018. It will focus on education from preschool to class 12. The main aim of the scheme is to focus on improving quality of education, enhancing the learning outcomes and using technology to empower children and teachers.


  • Telangana government launches Rythu Bandhu Scheme: Telangana Chief Minister KCR launched “Rythu Bandhu Scheme”, an investment support scheme to support the livelihood of farmers in Karimnagar district on 10th May 2018. Under this scheme, the farmers will get Rs 4,000 per acre per season as input assistance. About 58 lakh farmers, with over 1.42 crores acres of land in the state are expected to be benefited from the initiative.


  • Union cabinet approved central University in Andhra Pradesh: The Union Cabinet has approved for setting-up a "Central University of Andhra Pradesh" in Janthaluru village of Anantapur district in May 2018. Cabinet also approved the proposal for operationalisation of the university in the "transit campus" till necessary amendment was made in the Central Universities Act, 2009.


  • NDMA Workshop for creating disaster Risk Reduction database : A two-day workshop was conducted on Data requirements for Disaster Risk Reduction Database was held in collaboration with United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The workshop aimed to  develop a consensus among various stakeholders on disasters and thresholds and to develop standardised systems for data collection, updation and validation to ensure accuracy and quality. Such a database would help track our progress towards achieving the targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).


  • Gujarat launches Sujalam Sufalam, biggest water conservation drive of India: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani launched a state-wide water conservation programme under the name 'Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan' was the most important water conservation drive of the nation and that it will assist deal with scarcity of water for irrigation and drinking purposes in Gujarat. Through the month-long Sujalam Sufalam Jal Abhiyan, 1300 small and enormous reservoirs will be desilted and 34 rivers might be repaired.


  • India funds flood, earthquake warning systems in Myanmar: India has launched a flood and earthquake early warning system in Myanmar in May 2018. The main objective is to help the country mitigate the effects of natural calamities that affect millions of people every year. Indian ambassador Vikram Misri inaugurated the New Delhi-financed project to develop the Long-Lead Flood Early Warning System and Earthquake Monitoring System in Myanmar.


  • Google has partnered with NITI Aayog to help grow AI ecosystem in India: In May 2018, NITI Aayog and Google agreed to work on a range of initiatives to help build the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) ecosystem across the country. As per the Statement of Intent (SoI), trainings will be organized for government functionaries to introduce them to open source AI tools, grants and scholarships will be awarded to researchers, scholars and university faculty to conduct cutting edge research in the field of AI/ML in India.


Key Updates: April 2018


  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind has promulgated the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance to provide stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape, which includes death penalty for rapists of girls below 12 years. Minimum punishment in the case of rape of women has been increased from seven years to 10 years, extendable to life imprisonment.


  • The 65th National Film Awards were announced in New Delhi on April 13. Assamese Film ‘Village Rockstar’ bagged the best film award while ‘Newton’ has been selected as the Best Hindi Film.  ‘Water Baby’ has been adjudged the Best Non-Feature Film.  National award for Best Actress is given to Sridevi posthumously for her role in the film ‘Mom’. Dadasaheb Phalke Award will be given to actor Vinod Khanna posthumously.


  • Central Government’s ‘Gobardhan Yojna’ (also known as Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resource Fund scheme), a scheme for managing and converting cattle dung and solid waste into manure and biogas, will be launched nationally from Karnal, Haryana on April 30, 2018. Under this scheme, bio-gas plants will be set up at individual or community level. One village in every district of the country would be selected for its implementation. Nearly 700 districts would be covered during the current fiscal.


  • As per data released by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA), the subscriber base of Atal Pension Yojana (APY) almost doubled  in Financial year 2017-18 with 97.05 lakh subscribers (48.89 Lakh in FY 2016-17). This pension scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 9, 2015, mainly for the benefit of unorganized sector of economy.


  • West Bengal State Government has rolled out Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dream project "Rupashree" scheme. It provides one-time financial assistance for the marriage of women from economically deprived section of society.  Under the scheme, an amount of Rs. 25000 is provided by government as marriage assistance for women coming from families earning less than Rs. 1.5 lakh income.


  • India - Japan - United States 9th Trilateral Meeting was held in New Delhi . This strategically important India-Japan-US trilateral was launched in December 2011 during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as US Secretary of State.


  • On 14th April, B.R. Ambedkar Remembrance Day also known as Ambedkar Jayanti was observed all over India. Ambedkar Jayanti is observed every year on 14th April to commemorate the birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar who was born on 14 April 1891. He was the architect of Indian Constitution. He is also known as the "Father of Indian Constitution".


  • Siddharth Varadarajan, the founding editor of The Wire, is awarded the Shorenstein Journalism Award for 2017 at Stanford University. Siddharth Varadarajan’s initiative in independent, web-based journalism as founding editor of The Wire, his well-researched reports, and his commentaries have attributed to his success.


  • ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C41 successfully launched the 1425 kg IRNSS-1I Navigation Satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. IRNSS-1I is the latest member of the ‘Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC)’ system which is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1500 km around the Indian mainland. PSLV has successfully launched 52 Indian satellites and 237 customer satellites from abroad till now.


  • World’s largest solar park, with 5000 MW capacity is proposed to come up in Gujarat, India at Dholera Special Investment Region. According to official release, the proposed solar power generation project would be set up in 11,000 hectares of land with an investment of Rs. 25,000 crore. The project is expected to significantly achieve government’s target of producing 175 gigawatt of electricity through renewable energy sources by 2022.


Key Updates: March 2018


  • India has started taking steps towards integrated theatre commands, where all the manpower and assets of the Army, Navy and IAF are under the operational control of a single three-star general. The move is aimed at bringing synergy among the three defence services and provide a single point military advice to government.


  • Former AIADMK leader and R.K. Nagar MLA T.T.V. Dhinakaran has announced his new political party - Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam. He is the nephew of former AIADMK General Secretary V. K. Sasikala.


  • Finland (1st), Norway (2nd), Denmark (3rd) got the top spots in recently released World Happiness Index 2018, wherein India was ranked 133rd among 156 countries. The data is managed and released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.


  • A new draft National Forest Policy 2018 has been framed by the ministry of environment, forest and climate change. It is expected to replace the country’s 30 year old forest policy which is in force since 1988. It proposes for climate change mitigation through effective sustainable forest management. 
    Public-private partnership for afforestation,  forest fire prevention, promotion of agro-forestry and farm forestry are some of the salient features of the proposed draft.


  • According to a Supreme Court ruling, the foreign law firms or foreign lawyers cannot practice law in the country either on the litigation or non-litigation side. This means overseas lawyers or firms cannot open offices in the country, appear in courts or before any authority or render other legal services, such as giving opinions or drafting documents. The move is a conscious effort to keep India’s legal market exclusively for Indians.
    However, foreign law firms or foreign lawyers are allowed to visit India for a temporary period on a “fly in and fly out” basis for giving legal advice to their clients on foreign law or their own system of law and on international legal issues.


  • The farmers’ protest in Maharashtra was called off after the government accepted some of the demands. The major demands accepted by the government include transferring rights of forest land cultivated by tribal farmers and relaxation of certain conditions in the farm loan-waiver scheme.
    Though the protest was confined to Maharashtra, it reflects the growing unrest among farmer community over dipping margins, less infrastructural support, land problems, climate dependency etc. and calls for structural changes in agricultural sector. 


  • India co-hosted first International Solar Alliance (ISA) meet on March 11.
    ISA is the first international treaty-based organisation headquartered in India. It was established following the Paris Declaration as an alliance dedicated to the promotion of solar energy among its member countries. Of the 121 countries associated with ISA, 61 have joined the alliance and 32 have ratified the framework agreement.
    India has targeted to produce 175 GW electricity from renewable sources by 2022 in which 100 GW will be from solar energy.


  • In a milestone verdict, Supreme Court of India has legalised passive euthanasia and approved 'living will' to provide dignified death to terminally ill patients or those in persistent and incurable vegetative state.
    While Passive euthanasia is a condition where there is withdrawal of medical treatment with the deliberate intention to hasten the death of a terminally-ill patient, a living will is a written document by way of which a patient can give his explicit instructions in advance about the medical treatment to be administered when he or she is terminally ill or no longer able to express informed consent. 
    The judgement came in response to the petition filed by an NGO “Common Cause”, based on the argument that Right to life must include right to die with dignity.


  • Balkrishna Doshi, the legendary Indian Architect becomes the first Indian to win prestigious Pritzker Prize which is considered as architecture field’s Nobel. His work is committed to sustainable architecture and low-cost housing.
    The international Pritzker prize was established by Chicago’s Pritzker family in 1979. It is considered to be one of the world’s premier architecture awards.


  • India has got approval to join the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), after shareholders of the London-based multilateral lender agreed to the country becoming its 69th member. It will enable Indian companies to undertake joint investments in regions in which the EBRD operates. As a multilateral developmental investment bank, the EBRD uses investment as a tool to build market economies.


  • India’s first HeliTaxi (Helicopter shuttle service) has been launched in Bengaluru, Karnataka. It is an attempt to improvise last mile connectivity by reducing travelling time between airport and Electronic City from two hours (by road) to 15 minutes.


  • Indian Railways is planning a Rs 10 lakh-crore high-speed train corridors construction plan to connect all major cities in the country, covering almost 10,000 kilometres, along the lines of the government’s Bharatmala highways development programme.


Key Updates: February 2018


  • According to the latest State of the World’s Human Rights report by Amnesty International, Indian authorities were openly critical of human rights defenders in 2017, feeding a climate of hostility and violence against them. “Repressive laws were used to stifle freedom of expression, and journalists and press freedom came under increasing attack. Several journalists and Human Rights Defenders also lost their lives. Freedom of expression in universities also remained under threat,” the Amnesty report said about India 


  • The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's (EPFO) apex decision making body Central Board of Trustees(CBT) has recommended an interest rate of 8.55 per cent for 2017-18. The past few years have seen the interest rate on Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) headed downwards - from 8.8 per cent in 2015-16 to 8.65 per cent in the following fiscal, a four-year low.


  • Popular Tamil actor Kamal Haasan has launched a new political party named “Makkal Needhi Maiam”(People’s Justice Party). The party symbol: a flag featuring six united hands - three each in white and red - with a white star in the middle. The six hands represent the six south Indian states working together for the benefit of all. The star in the Centre represents people.


  • India has been ranked 81st in the global corruption perception index for 2017, released by Transparency International, which named the country among the "worst offenders" in terms of graft and press freedom in the Asia Pacific region. The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, placed India at the 81st place. In 2016 India was in placed in the 79th position among 176 countries. While New Zealand and Denmark were placed the highest with scores of 89 and 88, respectively, Syria, South Sudan and Somalia were ranked lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9, respectively.


Key Updates: January 2018


  • The nation celebrated 69th Republic Day on January 26, which was attended by the ten ASEAN leaders as chief guests, in a historic first. President Ram Nath Kovind awarded India's highest peacetime military decoration Ashok Chakra posthumously to Indian Air Force Garud commando Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala, who laid down his life after gunning down two terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. The President approved the Padma awards for 85 individuals, which includes 3 Padma Vibhushan, 9 Padma Bhushan and 73 Padma Shri. Fourteen of the awardees are women and 3 persons have been awarded posthumously. Prominent citizens from each of the 10 ASEAN member countries are among the 16 foreigners named for the Award.


  • The nation celebrated 69th Republic Day on January 26, which was attended by the ten ASEAN leaders as chief guests, in a historic first. President Ram Nath Kovind awarded India's highest peacetime military decoration Ashok Chakra posthumously to Indian Air Force Garud commando Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala, who laid down his life after gunning down two terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. The President approved the Padma awards for 85 individuals, which includes 3 Padma Vibhushan, 9 Padma Bhushan and 73 Padma Shri. Fourteen of the awardees are women and 3 persons have been awarded posthumously. Prominent citizens from each of the 10 ASEAN member countries are among the 16 foreigners named for the Award.


  • Mr Om Prakash Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner of India. And has succeeded Achal Kumar Joti. A 1977-batch IAS officer from the Madhya Pradesh cadre, Rawat was appointed to the Election Commission in August 2015.A notification by the Law Ministry said, former Finance Secretary Ashok Lawasa has been appointed as the new election commissioner against the vacancy caused by the elevation of Mr Rawat.


  • BharatNet Phase 1 target achieved - Government has achieved the first milestone (Phase 1) of the poject BharatNet by connecting over one lakh Gram Panchayats (GP) across the country with high speed optical fibre network. This was acheived under the initially set deadline 31 Dec 2017.  BharatNet network built under Phase 1 envisages delivery of high-speed broadband services in over 2.5 lakh villages benefitting more than 200 million rural Indians.


Key Updates: December 2017


  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, dedicated to the people of Andhra Pradesh four projects of the State Government at a function held at Velagapudi, Andhra Pradesh today (December 27, 2017). These were Andhra Pradesh Fibregrid, Andhra Pradesh Surveillance Project, Drone Project; and Free Space Optical Communication or FSOC system. 


  • NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), Government of India’s flagship program to promote innovation and entrepreneurship nationwide in schools, universities and industry, has selected additional 1500 Schools for establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs). The addition of these schools will give a major boost to realize the vision of the mission to ‘Cultivate One Million children in India as the Innovators of tomorrow’. With this announcement of the new Atal Tinkering Labs, AIM, has selected 2441 Schools across India to establish ATLs to date since it began its operations over a year ago.


  • All India Congress Committee's Central Election Authority officially announced Rahul Gandhi as the President of the Indian National Congress. As the 16th president of the Congress Party (post independence), he has taken the baton from his mother Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.


  • Export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA), in a meeting held at Vienna, has decided to make India its new member. This move can strengthen the country’s non-proliferation credentials as well as access to high-technology in the fields of space and defence. The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies) is a multilateral export control regime (MECR) with 41 (Now 42 including India) participating states including many former COMECON (Warsaw Pact) countries. Members of the group are not bound by any treaty, but they exchange information on their transfers of conventional weapons and dual-use goods to countries that are not part of the arrangement.


  • Andhra Pradesh plans to set up a renewable power plant comprising 120 MW of solar generation and 40 MW of wind generation, with battery back-up facility. This will be the first such large scale hybrid project with battery back-up facility. The project is set to commence in Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh.


Key Updates: November 2017


  • Government has launched a new mobile app - UMANG (Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance) to enable citizens to access government services on a single platform. The services live on the app include Aadhaar, DigiLocker, Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) among others. It is a state and central government service application with 162 services from 33 state and central government departments. It can also be used to pay utility bills, calculate crop insurance premium, book OPD appointments at government hospitals, raise EPFO claims etc.


  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given approval to the new scheme called 'Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendra'. It will empower rural women through community participation to create an environment in which they realize their full potential. Through this scheme, government plans to reach 115 most backward districts in the country through 920 Mahila Shakti Kendra. Student volunteers will play a major role in awareness generation regarding government schemes/ programmes and social issues.


  • Shubhangi Swaroop has become the first woman to be inducted as a pilot in the Indian Navy. She will soon be flying Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft. Also, three other women cadets, Astha Segal from New Delhi, Roopa A from Puducherry and Sakthi Maya S from Kerala, became the country's first women officers at the Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) branch of the Navy.


  • India successfully launched the world's fastest supersonic cruise missile – BrahMos, which is a joint venture between DRDO of India and NPOM of Russia. It has a strike range of around 290 km and can be fired from land, sea and air. It was tested from the Indian Airforce frontline fighter, Sukhoi-30 against a target in the Bay of Bengal.


  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval for continuation of Anganwadi Services, Scheme for Adolescent Girls, Child Protection Services and National Crèche Scheme till Nov. 30, 2018 with an outlay of over Rs. 41,000 crores. These are the sub-schemes under Umbrella Scheme “Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)”.


  • While the Anganwadi Services (ICDS) aims at holistic development of children under the age of six and Pregnant Women & Lactating Mothers, the Scheme for Adolescent Girls is to facilitate, educate and empower Adolescent Girls so as to enable them to become self-reliant and aware.


  • Birth anniversary of Birsa Munda was observed on November 15, recognizing his role in National Movement. The state of Jharkhand was created on his birth anniversary in 2000, after its partition from Bihar.


  • Banglar Rasogolla of West Bengal and Mamallapuram stone sculptures of Tamil Nadu have been given Geographical Indication Tag by the Geographical Indication (GI) Registry and Intellectual Property India. Geographical Indications are defined as “indications which identify a good as originating in the territory of a member, or a region or locality in that territory, where a given quality, reputation or other characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to its geographical origin.”


  • Banaganapalle mangoes of Andhra Pradesh and Tulaipanji rice of West Bengal were also granted Geographical Indication (GI) this fiscal year by the Indian patent office.


  • The Union Cabinet has given approval for the creation of National Testing Agency (NTA) as an autonomous and self-sustained premier organization. The objective of the agency is to conduct entrance examinations for higher educational institutions. It will be chaired by eminent educationist and will initially start with entrance examinations which are currently being conducted by the CBSE, gradually taking up other examinations.


  • Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar declared that next academic year onwards 'Paika Bidroha' (Paika Rebellion) of 1817 will find a place in the history books as 'the First War of Independence'. It was an armed rebellion in Odisha against British East India Company.


  • The Centre has allocated approximately Rs. 200 crores for commemorating it across the country.


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his Bangladesh counterpart, Sheikh Hasina, and the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms. Mamata Banerjee have jointly inaugurated a series of connectivity projects between the two countries. It includes the second Bhairab and Titas Railway Bridges, the International Rail Passenger Terminus at Chitpur in Kolkata, Bandhan Express between Kolkata and Khulna.


  • The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has released the Paradise Papers, a global investigation that reveals the offshore activities of some of the world's most powerful people and companies. In recent months this is the second big alleged disclosure after Panama Papers.


Key Updates: October 2017


  • Padma Vibhushan awardee and eminent classical singer, Girija Devi passed away on October 24, 2017. She was a legendary singer of the Benaras gharana and was awarded the Padma Shri in 1972, the Padma Bhushan in 1989 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016.


  • National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD), the world's largest combustion research centre has been inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in Tamil Nadu. Established at a cost of 90 crores, the centre will give a major boost to the Indian scientific community and will provide an impetus to research in 'Alternative Energy and Environmental Protection' by focusing on effective utilisation of combustion as a means of thermo-chemical energy conversion.

International updates


Key Updates: August  2019


  1. Who is the new Prime Minister of Britain, after Theresa May? - Boris Johnson


  1. Which day is commemorated as International Day against Nuclear Tests ?- August 29


  1. Which day is observed globally as Women’s Equality Day ?- August 26


  1. What is the theme of 2019 World Humanitarian Day, which is celebrated on 19th August every year? - Women Humanitarians


  1. For the first time, which bank in world is offering negative interest rate home loan? - Jyske Bank (Denmark)


  1. What is the theme for International Youth Day, celebrated on August 12? - Transforming Education


  1. Which day is observed as International Day of the World’s Indigenous People? - August 9


  1. Which nation has become 76th nation to join International Solar Alliance? - Palau


  1. Which neighbouring country has recently exempted Visa Fees for Indian tourists? - Sri Lanka

      10. Where was the 28th BASIC ministerial meeting on Climate Change held ?- Sao Paulo, Brazil. (BASIC is geopolitical alliance of four countries – Brazil, South Africa, India and China, established in 2009)


Key Updates: July 2019


  1. WHO has declared Global emergency for which disease? - EBOLA ( in DR Congo)

  2. Who continues to be the richest man in the world, in recent Bloomberg Billionaires Index? - Jeff Bezos

  3. Who has been elected as the President of 74th Session of UNGA (United Nations General Assembly? - Tijjani Muhammad Bande (Nigerian Diplomat)

  4. Who became the first woman President of the European Commission? - Ursula Von der Leyen

  5. Which is the host country for the 2019 edition of World Hepatitis Day (WHD)? - Pakistan (World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is observed every year on 28rd of July)

  6. On which date, the 2019 edition of World Population Day (WPD) is observed? - July 11

  7. The Spektr-RG space telescope is a joint venture of which of the following countries? - Russia & Germany

  8. Who has been sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of Greece? - Kyriakos Mitsotakis

  9. Who has been appointed Britain's first Indian-origin home secretary? - Priti Patel

  10. The 2019 World Day for International Justice (WDIJ) is observed on which date? - July 17


Key Updates: June 2019


  • NASA to explore Saturn’s largest moon, Titan: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently announced its plan to launch Dragonfly drone helicopter to Saturn’s largest moon Titan in search of building blocks of life. Dragonfly will be launched in 2026 and will arrive at its destination in 2034.


  • UK India Awards 2019: Mark Tully gets Lifetime Achievement Award : Veteran British journalist Sir Mark Tully was conferred with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at UK-India Awards in London for his contributions to UK-India relationship. He is the former Bureau Chief of BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) in New Delhi, India. Previously he had been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in UK and conferred with Padma Bhushan in India.


  • 29 June observed as International Day of the Tropics: To celebrate the extraordinary diversity of the tropics while highlighting unique challenges and opportunities the Tropical nations face, the United Nations observes 29 June as International Day of the Tropics. The Tropic region is the area between the tropic of Cancer and the tropic of Capricorn. The area near the equator is moist the seasonality of rainfall increases with the distance from the equator. The Tropic region is 40 percent of the world’s total surface area.


  • NASA’s Curiosity Rover Detects High Methane Gas Levels on Mars: NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars has made yet another discovery about the Red Planet. It has found that methane gas is present on Mars. The findings have come from the tunable laser spectrometer that is onboard the rover. The spectrometer is one of the three instruments that make up the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM).


  • World Refugee Day is observed on 20 June: World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. The theme for 2019 World Refugee Day is #StepWithRefugees — Take A Step on World Refugee Day. The theme expects communities, schools, businesses, faith groups and people from all walks of life should take big and small steps in solidarity with refugees.


  • UNCTAD World Investment Report 2019: According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) World Investment Report 2019, India received foreign direct investments (FDI) worth USD 42 billion in 2018. India attracted over 77% of the total foreign direct investments that came to the South Asian region. The global FDI slipped by 13% in 2018, to US$1.3 trillion from $1.5 trillion in 2017, the third consecutive annual decline. India’s rank as a source country for FDI dropped one place to 10th position as it was overtaken by Spain. Investment in India rose by 6% to USD 42 billion.


  • Akshaya Patra was awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award: The Bengaluru-based NGO Akshaya Patra has been awarded the BBC World Service Global Champion Award for the programme. The award is presented at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Bristol, London. The award recognises a project or person who is changing the way the world produces, processes, consumes or thinks about food for the better. Akshaya Patra was selected by an international panel of judges from nominations sent in by the World Service audience around the world.


  • Scientists create history; install world’s highest weather station at Mount Everest’s Death Zone: Climate scientists have created a history by installing the world’s highest operating weather station at Mount Everest’s Death Zone, including five other automated stations on other parts of the mountain. Tom Matthews and Baker Perry, along with a crew of engineers, stood on the Mount Everest’s flank at 27,650 feet (8,430 metres), and erected seven-foot- the building of a weather station that can withstand extreme winds and cold weather. The weather station will record data on temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed, and wind direction. Besides, the new weather stations will also give scientists direct observations to understand jet stream, and will also help understand how climate change is affecting the Himalayas.


  • Indian girl honoured in UAE for Green efforts: Eight-year-old Indian expat student collected nearly 15,000 kg of paper waste. Nia Tony was honoured with Eco Champions of Recycling award for her efforts in keeping the environment clean by collecting paper waste. She collected nearly 15,000 kg of paper waste in Gulf’s United Arab Emirate (UAE) as part of a nationwide recycling campaign. She campaigned around her residency area to collect paper so that it can be recycled.


  • Narendra Modi to meet Putin and Xi Jinping in sidelines to SCO summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping before the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. The announcement was made by the Ministry of External Affairs. Prime Minister Modi is to reiterate his invitation to President Xi to visit India for an informal summit in 2019. The first informal summit was held in Wuhan in 2018. The SCO summit is to be held on June 14 in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. It will be the first multilateral meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his re-election in the Lok Sabha election. The group will discuss issues related to terrorism, Afghanistan, regional security, multilateral dialogue and global scenario.


  • Canada to ban single-use plastics from 2021: Canada will ban single-use plastics from the year 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau planned to ban plastic bottles, straws and plastic bags clogging the world’s oceans. Canada to lead to fighting against plastic pollution as the country with the world’s longest coastline. Currently, 10 per cent of plastics are recycled. A million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals worldwide suffer injury or death through the food chain. Plastic Straws, plastic bags, cutlery, plates among the items. Canadian government planned to decide single-use plastic products included a ban of plastic bags, straws, cutlery, plates and stir sticks. Around 3m tonnes of plastic waste thrown away each year in Canada.


  • Mount Sinabung volcano erupted in Sumatra Island: Mount Sinabung volcano erupts in Sumatra Island of western Indonesia. A huge column of ash was blasted and spread 7 km high to southeast and south of the crater. Mount Sinabung blew for nine minutes. It caused panic among the island’s residents. The volcanic activity was accompanied by multiple earthquakes felt in nearby villages. No casualties have been reported due to the eruption. Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country. Sinabung was inactive for around 400 years before it erupted in 2010, 2014 and February 2018. Since then it has become one of Southeast Asian nation’s most active volcanoes. Mount Sinabung is a Pleistocene-to-Holocene stratovolcano located in North Sumatra. It is particularly prone to seismic activity  due to its location on the Ring of Fire.


  • India to be guest country at Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico: India has been designated as the Guest of Honour at the 33rd Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara (Guadalajara International Book Fair), in Mexico. The book fair, to be organised from November 30 – December 8, will be “the largest book fair in the Spanish speaking world. The dedicated India pavilion at the fair will showcase over 35 Indian authors and artists, along with 15 publishing houses. “India will display a wide array of its rich and composite literary and cultural heritage through literary and academic activities comprising conferences, publishers’ round table, and discussions and presentations on science and other genres. Ancient and rare manuscripts including “Mahabharata” and ”Ramayana” will be put on exhibition, along with photo books, handicrafts and paintings.


  • Maldives to confer its highest award Nishan Izzuddin on Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Shri Narendra Modi is conferred with Maldives highest award ‘Nishan Izzuddin’. The main aim of the visit is to further cement ties with the Indian Ocean archipelago. Earlier, Prime Minister Modi and President Solih held delegation-level talks as the two countries signed a slew of agreements to strengthen bilateral ties in a number of key areas including defence. The Maldives is a key to its Maritime Silk Road project in the Indian Ocean acquired Hambantota port in Sri Lanka and Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.


  • World Oceans Day is celebrated on 8th June: World Oceans Day is celebrated on 8th June every year. The day was declared in 2008. June 8 was marked as it marks the day when it was first proposed in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit, UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The theme for the year 2019 is Gender and Oceans. The theme is to build greater ocean and gender literacy and to discover possible ways to promote gender equality in ocean-related activities such as marine scientific research, fisheries, labour at sea, migration by sea and human trafficking, as well as policy-making and management.


  • India ranks 95 in the Sustainable Development Goals Gender Index: India ranked 95th out of 129 countries in the Sustainable Development Goals Gender Index. India’s score is 56.2 on a scale of 0–100. The index found that no country has fully achieved the gender equality and that the global average score of 65.7 out of 100 which falls in the poor category. SDG Gender Index a new index that measures global gender equality considering various parameters such as education, literacy, political representation, poverty, health, and equality at the workplace.


  • Nirmala Sitharaman to attend G20 Finance Ministers Meeting in Japan: Finance Minister Shri Nirmala Sitharaman will attend the two-day meeting of G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank governors in Japan. It is the first overseas visit of Sitharaman as the Finance Minister. The main aim is to focus on the risks and challenges of overseas trade and investment in infrastructure which are faced by our country. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) submit a report on taxation, urging greater cooperation    among nations. India actively participating in the OECD-G20 efforts to create a global consensus on the taxation of the digital economy.


  • World Environment Day: Since, its inception in 1974, World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 in more than 100 countries. The World Environment Day provides an opportunity to broaden the “basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment,” according to the United Nations. Every year, the World Environment Day is organized around a theme in order to draw attention towards pressing environmental issues. ‘Beat Air Pollution’, the theme for World Environment Day 2019, is a call for action call to combat the global crisis and has been chosen by this year’s host, China.


  • Europe’s highest volcano Mount Etna erupted: Mount Etna, Europe’s Highest Volcano and one of the world’s most active volcanoes, erupted spitting molten lava high into the sky. It is located on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, in the Metropolitan City of Catania. This is 2019’s first eruption as the volcano on the island of Sicily as the Mount last erupted on 24 December 2018. Etna is an active stratovolcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy. A stratovolcano is a conical volcano built up by many layers of hardened lava, tephra, pumice, and ash. The stratovolcano is also known as a composite volcano.


  • June 3 is celebrated as the World Bicycle Day across the globe: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 3 June as International World Bicycle Day. The resolution for World Bicycle Day recognizes the uniqueness, longevity, and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transportation. The day aims to promote the use of bicycles as a means of fostering sustainable development, strengthening education, including physical education, for children and young people, promoting health and tolerance, preventing disease, mutual understanding and respect, facilitating social inclusion and a culture of peace.


  • Former President Pratibha Patil conferred the Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca Award: Former Indian President Pratibha Patil has been conferred the “Orden Mexicana del Águila Azteca” (Order of the Aztec Eagle), the highest civilian award of Mexico given to foreigners. The Ambassador   of  Mexico to India, Melba Pria, conferred the award on Patil, who created history as this country’s first woman President (2007-2012), at a special ceremony held in the MCCIA Bhavan, Pune. Mexico’s highest distinction for foreigners is in recognition of their outstanding services to the Mexican nation or humanity, significant contributions to strengthening the bilateral relations between Mexico and other countries.


  • World  Milk Day observed on 1 June: World Milk Day is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food. It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001. The day is intended to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the dairy sector. The objective of the day is to provide information about the need and importance of milk in a human being’s life. To celebrate the contribution of milk and dairy products in several industries, the economy and people’s lives. The theme for World Milk Day 2019 in India is “Drink Milk: Today & Everyday”.     


Key Updates: May 2019


  • International Everest Day: Nepal celebrates Mt. Everest Day on May 29 every year in memory of the first summit of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on the day in 1953. The day is celebrated with memorial events, processions, and special events in Kathmandu and the Everest region. The Mt. Everest Day celebration has been a significant occasion for the promotion of Nepal’s mountain tourism.


  • International Day of UN Peacekeepers: Every year on 29 May, the United Nations commemorates the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. On this day, we pay tribute to all the men and women who have served as military, police or civilians in UN Peacekeeping operations.


  • Russia launches new Nuclear-powered Arctic icebreaker: Russia launched a nuclear-powered icebreaker, part of an ambitious programme to renew and expand its fleet of the vessels in order to improve its ability to tap the Arctic’s commercial potential.


  • ICMR head wins Dr. Lee Jong-wook prize for public health: Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) jointly won the 2019 Dr. Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public health at the 72nd World Health Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland. This award was given him for his achievements as an innovator, clinician, researcher, and trainer.


  • World Thyroid Day observed: World Thyroid Day is celebrated on 25 May every year to raise awareness and reduce the prevalence of thyroid related disorders. The primary function of this gland is to control the body's metabolic rate.


  • Indian Army officer appointed Commander of UNMISS: UN Secretary, General Antonio Guterres, has appointed Indian Army officer, Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).


  • NASA unveils schedule for 'Artemis' 2024 Moon mission: NASA unveiled the calendar for the "Artemis" program that will return astronauts to the Moon for the first time in half a century, including eight scheduled launches and a mini-station in lunar orbit by 2024. The original lunar missions were named for Apollo -- Artemis was his twin sister in Greek mythology, and the goddess of hunting, wilderness and the Moon.


  • SpaceX successfully launches First 60 satellites of its ‘Starlink’ Constellation: SpaceX successfully deployed all 60 Starlink satellites into orbit following liftoff, and the individual vehicles will fan out in orbit over time. The company also landed its Falcon 9 rocket following launch, marking this particular rocket’s third time going to space and back.


  • Algeria and Argentina declared malaria-free by WHO: Algeria and Argentina have been officially recognized by WHO as malaria-free. The certification is granted when a country proves that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of the disease for at least 3 consecutive years.


  • Joko Widodo has been elected President of Indonesia for the second term: Indonesia's Joko Widodo has been re-elected as president of the country, beating rival Prabowo Subianto, a retired general. Joko -- known as Jokowi -- won 55.5% of the vote in last month's general election while his longtime rival Prabowo Subianto took 44.5%.


  • UN Dag Hammarskjold Medal awarded to Late Jitender Kumar: An Indian peacekeeper is among the 119 military, police and civilian personnel who will be honoured this year with a prestigious UN medal this year for courage and sacrifice in the line of duty. Police Officer Jitender Kumar made the supreme sacrifice while serving in the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).


  • PCT Humanity entered the Guinness Book of World Records for its hunger relief efforts: A charity run by an Indian in the UAE has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for its hunger relief efforts during the holy month of Ramzan in Abu Dhabi.


  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi honoured with 2019 JFK Profile in Courage Award: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was honored with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for her long career in public service, including her work to pass the Affordable Care Act and improve diversity in Congress.


  • Kapil Sharma named by World Book of Records as most viewed stand-up comedian in India and Abroad: Comedian-actor-singer-producer Kapil Sharma has been acknowledged by the World Book of Records London for being one of the most viewed stand-up comedians in India and abroad.


  • I. M. Pei, a pillar of modern architecture, dies at 102: I.M. Pei, the preeminent US architect who forged a distinct brand of modern building design with his sharp lines and stark structures, has died in New York.


  • India delivers a pair of Mi-24 choppers to Afghanistan: India has delivered the first pair of Mi-24 attack helicopters as replacement to the Afghan Air Force to help bolster the war-torn country's capability in counter insurgency and fight against terrorism.


  • Saudi government approved Special Privilege Iqam system: The Saudi cabinet approved the new "privileged iqama" system, which will offer wealthy and highly skilled expatriates residency visa’s without a local sponsor or employer.


  • International Nurses Day: International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12 May around the world on 12 May. It celebrates the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale. The theme for 2019 International Nurses Day 2019 is – "Nurses – A Voice to Lead – Health for All".


  • US unveils Global Health Security Strategy: The United States government has come up with a first of its kind strategy to prevent, detect and respond to threats from infectious diseases occurring naturally or accidentally, in an effort to help improve the world's ability to stop and contain deadly outbreaks before they spread between countries.


  • MIT system tracks health from bounced-back radio signals: Scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have devised a wireless movement-tracking system that uses radio frequency signals -- flowing around us and bouncing off our bodies -- and helps collect health and behavioural data. The system called “Marko” transmits a low-power radio-frequency (RF) signal into the environment. The signal returns to the system with certain changes if it has bounced off a moving human.


  • Indian-origin G D Robert Govender conferred V K Krishna Menon award 2019: G D 'Robert' Govender, an Indian-origin journalist in South Africa, has been honoured in the UK with 2019 V K Krishna Menon award for his outstanding contribution as a pioneer of decolonised journalism.


  • India and Bangladesh to jointly produce movie on Sheikh Mujibur Rahman: India and Bangladesh will co-produce a film on the life and works of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and a documentary on Bangladesh Liberation War (1971).


  • Centrist Laurentino Cortizo elected new President of Panama: Laurentino “Nito” Cortizo of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), a center-left party, won the presidential elections held in Panama with 33.07% of votes. Heriberto Araúz, the president of the Electoral Court (TE), declared Cortizo as the new president of the country after counting 95% of the votes.


  • Golfer Tiger Woods receives US Presidential Medal of Freedom: US President Donald Trump has awarded golfer Tiger Woods the country's highest civilian honour, describing the 43-year-old as a "true legend" who transformed golf and then fought through years of injury to return to the sport's summit.


  • Nepal’s 18 year old girl dances for 126 hours Straight to set new World Record: The 18-year-old girl, Bandana Nepal, danced for 126 hours (over 5 days) non-stop to set a new record for 'Longest Dancing Marathon by an Individual'.


  • King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned Rama X of Thailand: Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned at the Grand Palace on the first of three days of coronation rites. The king crowned himself with a multi-tiered crown made of gold and diamonds dating back over two centuries in Thailand’s first coronation in nearly 70 years.


  • World Press Freedom Day: World Press Freedom Day was observed on 2 May to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.


  • World Press Freedom Prize 2019 awarded to Myanmar Journalists: Two journalists working for Reuters who are under arrest in Myanmar have been awarded the 2019 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize at an event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The award for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were detained for exposing attacks against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, were presented in absentia in the East African country that is hosting the World Press Freedom Day events.


  • World Tuna Day: World Tuna Day was observed on 2 May to increase awareness about the importance of tuna fish and to promote more sustainable fishing practices.


  • FDA approves first Dengue vaccine named Dengvaxia: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of Dengvaxia, the first vaccine approved for the prevention of dengue disease caused by all dengue virus serotypes (1, 2, 3 and 4) in people ages 9 through 16 who have laboratory-confirmed previous dengue infection and who live in endemic areas.


Key Updates: April 2019


  • International Dance Day: International Dance Day takes place every year on 29th April, the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), creator of modern ballet.


  • World Veterinary Day:  World Veterinary Day is observed globally on 27th April 2019. This year’s theme is: Value of Vaccination.


  • World Day for Safety and Health: World Day for Safety and Health was observed every year on 28 April to promote safety and health in the workplace. It aims to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, boost social protection, and strengthen dialogue in work-related issues.


  • Alfred Brownell was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize: Alfred Brownell, an environmental lawyer and activist was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize. Alfred Brownell, 53, was forced to flee Liberia and remains exiled in the United States after he mounted a campaign against Singapore-controlled Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL), one of the world's biggest palm oil producing companies.


  • Beirut sets a new Guinness World Record: Lebanon's capital Beirut has set a new Guinness World Record for the number of national flags raised in a city for 24 hours. The Beirut Alive Association in the national capital raised a total of 26,852 Lebanese flags breaking New York's Waterloo record of 25,599 flags.


  • Gagandeep Kang becomes first Indian woman scientist to receive UK: Gagandeep Kang, 56, is Director of the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI) in Faridabad. Acclaimed for her key role in the development of Rotavac, India’s first indigenously developed vaccine for rotavirus infections, Kang was recently awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS), United Kingdom — the first Indian woman scientist to be thus feted.


  • World Intellectual Property Day: World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on 26th April. It aims to increase people’s awareness and understanding of intellectual property (IP).


  • World Immunization Week 2019: World Immunization Week, 24–30 April 2019, is an opportunity to recall how immunization helps keep people of the Western Pacific Region safe and healthy and to raise awareness of the need to continue being protected together.


  • Indonesia releases special stamp on Ramayana theme: Indonesia has released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of establishment of its diplomatic ties with India.


  • First International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy: First International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace is observed annually on April 24. The Day is a reaffirmation of the UN Charter and its principles of resolving disputes among countries through peaceful means.


  • 'Dawn' journalist Cyril Almeida named as the IPI’s 2019 World Press Freedom Hero: The International Press Institute (IPI) named Cyril Almeida, an assistant editor and columnist at Pakistani daily ‘Dawn’ who is currently facing sedition charges in the country, as the recipient of its 71st World Press Freedom Hero award.


  • UN English Language Day: April 23 is observed as UN English Language Day, every year. It coincides with William Shakespeare’s birthday and World Book and Copyright Day. English Language Day aims to entertain and inform people about the history, culture and achievements associated with the language.


  • World’s first Malaria Vaccine launched in Malawi: The world’s first malaria vaccine has been launched in Malawi after concerted efforts of over 30 years to protect children from the deadly disease that claims over 435,000 lives globally every year.


  • Global earth day 2019: Global Earth Day 2019 is an event observed annually on April 22 to raise awareness for the environmental protection and care of our planet.


  • Iran and Pakistan to set up a Joint Border Reaction Force: Iran and Pakistan have agreed to set up a joint border "reaction force" following a spate of deadly attacks by militant groups on their frontier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced.


  • Arab League pledges $100m to Palestine: The Arab League has pledged $100 million per month to the Palestinian Authority to make up for funds withheld by Israel because of payments made to the families of Palestinian attackers and prisoners.


  • Civil Services Day: Civil Services Day is celebrated on April 21 every year when bureaucrats rededicate themselves to public service, and awards for excellence in public administration are also conferred.


  • Universes first molecule “Helium hydride ion” detected in space: Scientists have detected the most ancient type of molecule in our universe in space for the first time ever. Helium hydride ion (HeH+) was the first molecule that formed when, almost 14 billion years ago, falling temperatures in the young universe allowed recombination of the light elements produced in the Big Bang.


  • World Liver Day: World liver day is observed on 19 April every year, to spread awareness about liver related disease.


  • India's rank slips to 140 in World Press Freedom Index 2019: India has slipped two more places in the World Press Freedom Index to a dismal 140th in the list of 180 countries.


  • Sri Lanka’s first satellite "Raavana 1" launched: Sri Lanka’s first satellite ‘Raavana-1’ was launched into space from NASA’s Flight Facility on Virginia’s east shore. ‘Raavana 1’ weights around 1.05 kg and the lifespan of the satellite is around one and a half years.


  • U.S. wins WTO ruling against China grain import quotas: The United States won a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against China's use of tariff-rate quotas for imported rice, wheat and corn, which it successfully argued limited market access for US grain exports.


  • NASA Astronaut Christina Koch to set record for longest spaceflight by a woman: Nasa astronaut Christina Koch is going to have her mission on the International Space Station (ISS) extended to 328 days. This would set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman.


  • Nepal launches its first satellite NepaliSat-1 from US: Nepal has successfully launched its first satellite into space from the US to gather detailed geographical information of the Himalayan nation, evoking unbridled excitement among the people and scientists.


  • World Haemophilia Day: World Haemophilia Day is annually observed on April 17. World Hemophilia Day is aimed at raising awareness about hemophilia and other bleeding disorders. It also helps to raise funds for patients who cannot afford hemophilia treatment as well as attract volunteers for the World Federation of Hemophilia.


  • Singapore Changi airport got world's tallest 131-ft indoor waterfall: The world's tallest indoor waterfall, 131-foot-tall, opened for the general public at Singapore's Jewel Changi Airport. The waterfall is housed inside a dome-shaped complex which has gardens growing over four storeys, more than 280 retail and food outlets, a hotel and a movie theatre.


  • Pulitzer Prizes awarded to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times: The South Florida Sun-Sentinel won the Pulitzer Prize for public service for its coverage of the school massacre that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida, and the shortcomings in school discipline and security that contributed to the carnage.


  • Mohammed Ishtaye sworn in as New Palestinian PM: New Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye and his cabinet members were sworn in before President Mahmoud Abbas at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.


  • Crying Girl pic by John Moore wins World Press Photo of the Year Award: A photograph of a toddler crying helplessly near the US-Mexico border has won the prestigious World Press Photo of the Year award.


  • Israeli lunar mission Beresheet crashes on the Moon: The robotic Beresheet spacecraft, built by SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), aimed to become the first Israeli craft, and the first privately funded mission, ever to land softly on the moon. The craft, which was set to be the first privately funded lander on the moon’s surface, suffered a fatal engine failure as it was attempting to land and crashed to the lunar surface instead of touching down gently.


  • New species of ancient human discovered in the Philippines: Scientists have discovered a new branch of the human family tree in a cave in the Philippines. The small-bodied hominin, named Homo luzonensis, lived on the island of Luzon at least 50,000 to 67,000 years ago. The hominin—identified from a total of seven teeth and six small bones—hosts a patchwork of ancient and more advanced features.


  • World Homoeopathy Day: The World Homoeopathy Day is observed every year on April 10 to commemorate the birth anniversary of the founder of Homoeopathy, Dr. Christian Fredrich Samuel Hahnemann.


  • Benjamin Netanyahu elected for 5th term as Israel's Prime Minister: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s main rival conceded defeat, promising to wage a robust battle from the opposition after the ruling Likud party and its nationalist allies won a solid majority in parliamentary elections.


  • London becomes 1st city to launch 24x7 pollution charge zone: London became the first city in the world to implement a special Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) that would charge an entry fee for older vehicles if they do not meet the emission standards.


  • Jean Michel Lapin elected as Haiti's new prime minister: Haiti's President Jovenel Moise has confirmed Jean-Michel Lapin as the country's new prime minister, just weeks after the Chamber of Deputies censured his predecessor's six-month-old government.


  • World Health Day: The World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7 as a global health awareness day under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization. The day celebrates the establishment of the WHO and this year it marks the end of the World Health Organization’s 70th-anniversary celebrations.


  • International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide: International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide was observed on 7th April, offers the world a chance to publicly remember the enormous number of lives lost to the violence that took place. The date also serves as an opportunity for the international community to reaffirm its commitment to initiatives working to prevent all future atrocities.


  • Global Cooling Coalition launched in Global Conference on Synergies: The first-ever global coalition on clean and efficient cooling was launched at the First Global Conference on Synergies between the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement, in Copenhagen, Denmark.


  • BepiColombo ready for long cruise to Mercury: The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission has successfully completed its near-Earth commissioning phase and is now ready for the operations that will take place during the cruise and, eventually, for its scientific investigations at Mercury.


  • South Korea launches world's first nationwide 5G mobile network: South Korea launched the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile networks two days early, its top mobile carriers giving a handful of users access in a late-night scramble to provide the super-fast wireless technology.


  • Chicago elects Lori Lightfoot as first female black mayor: Lori Lightfoot is a former federal prosecutor who has not held political office before. She fought off competition from 13 other candidates and dominated the final run-off election with more than 74% when the vote was called.


Key Updates: March 2019


  • Amartya Sen awarded with Oxford University's Bodley award: Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen has been awarded the prestigious Bodley Medal, the highest honour bestowed by the University of Oxford's world-famous Bodleian Libraries.


  • Turing award awarded by 3 pioneers in Artificial Intelligence: The 2018 Turing Award, known as the “Nobel Prize of computing,” has been given to a trio of researchers who laid the foundations for the current boom in artificial intelligence. Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun — sometimes called the “godfathers of AI” — have been recognized with the $1 million annual prize for their work developing the AI subfield of deep learning.


  • Worlds longest salt cave found in Israel: Israeli researchers say they have discovered the world’s longest salt cave near the desert site where, according to the Bible, Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt.  The 10-km long warren of underground passages and chambers in Mount Sodom, overlooking the Dead Sea, was mapped out over two years by cavers from nine countries, led by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


  • World Theatre Day: World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on the 27th March to create awareness about the loosing importance of Theatre.


  • President of India honoured with highest civilian order in Croatia: President Ram Nath Kovind was honoured with Croatia's highest civilian award -- the Grand Order of the King of Tomislav. The civilian order is awarded to heads of state for their contribution towards the strengthening of ties between the European nation and their respective country.


  • World Purple day (Epilepsy Awareness Day): Epilepsy Awareness Day is observed annually on March 26th. The day is known as “Purple Day” as people are encouraged to wear the colour to increase awareness of Epilepsy.


  • UAE's ADNOC Awards Onshore Block to Indian Consortium: A consortium of two Indian oil companies, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and Indian Oil Corporation Limited have been awarded the exploration rights for Abu Dhabi Onshore Block 1.


  • World's largest e-waste recycling hub opened in Dubai: The world's largest e-waste recycling facility has opened in Dubai, Located at the Dubai Industrial Park, the 280,000 square feet plant will process Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), IT asset disposition (ITAD), refrigerant gas and specialised waste. The facility will utilise state-of-the-art reclamation technology, which surpasses the European Union's standards for e-waste.


  • Peter Tabichi won Global Teacher Prize 2019: Kenyan maths and physics teacher, Peter Tabichi, won the $1 million Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize at a star-studded event in Dubai.


  • Indonesia launches its first mass rapid transit (MRT) system: Indonesia’s long-awaited first subway opened in the country’s capital with the aim of relieving crippling traffic gridlock in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.


  • World Tuberculosis Day: World Tuberculosis Day is observed on 24th March to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.


  • Jimmy Carter becomes longest living chief executive in American history: Former US president Jimmy Carter - the 39th president of the United States - has recently celebrated multiple record-breaking milestones: He is now the longest-living chief executive in American history. His 172nd day beyond Carter’s 94th birthday, exceeding by one day the lifespan of former President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30 at the age of 94 years, 171 days.


  • World Water Day: World Water Day is celebrated on March 22nd around the world. The day is observed to fetch attention to the need of conserving safe drinking water as well as looking for solutions to provide safe drinking water to people around the world.


  • Vega Rocket launches Italian Earth-Watching PRISMA Satellite: European Vega rocket launched a new Earth-watching satellite for the Italian Space Agency, which will help scientists monitor the planet’s environmental state.


  • World Down Syndrome Day: World Down Syndrome Day is annually celebrated on March 21st to raise public awareness of Down syndrome, a congenital disorder caused by having an extra 21st chromosome.


  • Scientists discovered evidence of water on asteroid Bennu: A NASA spacecraft, which will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023, has discovered plumes erupting from the cosmic body’s surface — among a numerous other findings including evidence of water-bearing minerals.


  • World Sparrow Day: World Sparrow Day is a day designated to raise awareness of the house sparrow and then other common birds to urban environments, and of threats to their populations, observed on 20th March.


  • International Day of Happiness: The International Day of Happiness is annually celebrated on March 20th. The day recognizes that happiness is a fundamental human goal, and calls upon countries to approach public policies in ways that improve the well-being of all peoples. This year's theme is Happier Together.


  • Brazilian astronomer Marcelo Gleiser wins 2019 Templeton Prize: Brazilian physicist and astronomer Marcelo Gleiser has been awarded the 2019 Templeton Prize, worth $1.4m, for his work blending science and spirituality. Gleiser is the first Latin American to win the award, which honours “a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life's spiritual dimension.


  • Kazakhstan renames capital Astana as “Nursultan” after ex-President: Kazakhstan has renamed its capital Astana to Nursultan to honour outgoing leader Nursultan Nazarbayev, who unexpectedly resigned.


  • US Mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck becomes 1st woman to win prestigious Abel Prize: American Karen Uhlenbeck won the Abel Prize in mathematics for her fundamental work in geometric analysis and gauge theory, which has dramatically changed the mathematical landscape.


  • Former ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan receives Padma Bhushan: Nambi Narayanan, the former scientist of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has been conferred the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India.


  • Tokyo unveils chatty robot-eers for 2020 Olympics: Tokyo Olympic organisers has rolled out a pair of chatty robots they will put to work to assist wheelchair users at the 2020 Games as they continue to plug Japan's cutting-edge technology. Billed as distant relations to beeping Star Wars drone R2D2, Toyota unveiled its human support (HSR) and delivery support robots (DSR), which are set to act as seat ushers and will fetch food and drinks for disabled fans at next year’s Olympic.


  • World Consumer Rights Day 2019: The consumer movement marks 15th March with World Consumer Rights Day every year to raise global awareness about consumer rights and needs. Celebrating the day is a chance to demand that the rights of all consumers are respected and protected, and to protest against market abuses and social injustices which undermine those rights. The theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2019 is “Trusted Smart Products”.


  • World Kidney Day 2019: World Kidney Day is celebrated every year on the second Thursday in March, is an awareness day that brings global attention to the importance of kidney health. The day aims to highlight the risk factors that can lead to Chronic Kidney Disease.


  • UK issues new black hole coin in honour of Stephen Hawking: The UK’s Royal Mint has unveiled a new commemorative 50 pence coin inspired by the late legendary British physicist Stephen Hawking’s seminal work on black holes. Hawking, one of the world’s best-known theoretical physicists who died aged 76 last year, joins the ranks of other eminent scientists such Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin to have a commemorative coin in honour of one of his greatest discoveries that black holes should not be all black.


  • China’s Long March 3B-Rocket Series Completes 300 launches: China’s Long March-3B rocket, regarded as the mainstay of the country’s space programme since 1970, successfully completed its 300th launch by putting a new communication satellite into orbit.


  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas names ally Shtayyeh as new PM: Mohammad Shtayyeh has been named as Palestinian Prime Minister by President of Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. A member of the West Bank's dominant Fatah party is a longtime ally of Abbas.


  • India Bags First Prize at the International Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2019: The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has won the First Prize in the category of TV Cinema Spot at the prestigious international Golden City Gate Tourism Awards 2019. The Golden City Gate Tourism Multimedia Awards are given annually in various categories related to the Tourism and Hospitality sectors. The ‘Golden City Gate’ is a creative multimedia international competition for countries, cities, regions and hotels.


  • 116-year-old Japanese woman honoured by Guinness World Records: A 116-year-old “Kane Tanaka” Japanese woman who loves playing the board game Othello was honored as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records.


  • International Women’s Day 2019: International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated every year on March 8th. The International Women's Day 2019 campaign theme of Balance for Better is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world.


  • Arata Isozaki won Pritzker Architecture Prize: Japanese architect Arata Isozaki is the 46th individual has won the 2019 Pritzker Architecture Prize.


  • Kaja Kallas elected as the first female Prime Minister of Estonia: Kaja Kallas, leader of the opposition Reform party which won the Estonian elections. Kallas is on track to become the country's first female prime minister.


  • Historic Guinness World Record in yoga in Hong Kong made by over 1,000 people: Taking the Yoga Day initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the next level, the Overseas President of BJP for Hong Kong & China, Sohan Goenka conducted a Japan Auction House Guinness World Record in Yoga.


  • SpaceX Crew Dragon docks with International Space Station: The Crew Dragon capsule successfully docked with the International Space Station, after launching into orbit from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Florida's Space Coast. Dragon linked up with a docking port on the station's Harmony module as the two craft sailed 250 miles (402 kilometers) over the Pacific Ocean, just north of New Zealand.


  • World Wildlife Day 2019: World Wildlife Day has now become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3rd March World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2019 under the theme “Life below water: for people and planet".


  • Zero Discrimination Day: By reflecting on people in everyday situations, on Zero Discrimination Day, 1st March, UNAIDS is challenging people to recognize where everyday discrimination takes place and to take action to stop it.


  • World civil defence day: World Civil Defence Day is celebrated every year on the 1st March. This Day commemorates the entry into force of the ICDO Constitution as an intergovernmental organisation in 1972 and has two main purposes: that of bringing to the attention of the world public the vital importance of Civil Protection and of raising awareness of the preparedness for, and prevention and self-protection measures in the event of accidents or disasters; that of paying tribute to the efforts, sacrifices and accomplishments of all the national services responsible for the fight against disasters. The theme of the World Civil Defence Day 2019" Children’s safety, our responsibility".


Key Updates: February 2019


  • Oscars 2019 : The 91st Academy Awards held at Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles. Best Picture - Green Book ; Best Actor in Leading Role - Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody ; Best Actress in Leading Role - Olivia Colman for The Favourite ; Best Director - Alfonso Cuaron for Roma ; Best Supporting Actor - Mahershala Ali for Green Book ; Best Supporting Actress - Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk ; Best Original Score - Ludwig Goransson for Black Panther.


  • India-based film on menstruation wins Best Short Documentary Oscar: “Period. End of Sentence,” a Netflix short documentary, has won has won the Oscars in the Documentary Short Subject category at the 91st Academy Awards.


  • India hosts '4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit: India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) inaugurated the 4th Global Digital Health Partnership Summit. The summit is a global intergovernmental meeting on digital health and is hosted by MoHFW in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Global Digital Health Partnership (GDHP). The GDHP’s objective is to support governments and health system reformers to improve the health and well-being of citizens through the best use of evidence-based digital technologies.


  • Kelly Knight Craft as US ambassador to United Nations: President Donald Trump has nominated his envoy to Canada Kelly Knight Craft as the next US Ambassador to the UN to succeed Indian-American Nikki Haley. The 46-year-old former South Carolina governor has served nearly two years in the post. She was the first Indian-American ever appointed to a Cabinet position in any US presidential administration.


  • SpaceX Rocket Launches 1st Private Moon Lander for Israel: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched an Israeli moon lander along with an Indonesian communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. After deploying its two payloads into orbit, the Falcon 9's first stage returned to Earth and aced a landing (the third for this booster) on SpaceX's drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You," which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.


  • Saudi Arabia appoints first female ambassador to United States: Saudi Arabia has appointed Princess Reema bint Bandar, a former business executive and philanthropist who lived in the United States for more than two decades, as the country’s next ambassador to Washington. She replaces Prince Khalid bin Salman Al Saud, the son of King Salman and the younger brother of Crowned Prince Mohammed Bin Salman who is returning to Riyadh to become the Middle Eastern kingdom's deputy defense minister.


  • Mahatma Gandhi Scholarships awarded to 150 Sri Lankan students: 150 students of Sri Lanka from all 25 districts were awarded the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi scholarships for study in India. Sri Lankan Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu gave the scholarships at a special ceremony in Colombo.


  • Scientists discovered new Universe map unearths 3,00,000 more galaxies: A new map of the night sky published hundreds of thousands of previously unknown galaxies discovered using a telescope that can detect light sources optical instruments cannot see. The international team behind the unprecedented space survey said their discovery literally shed new light on some of the Universe’s deepest secrets, including the physics of black holes and how clusters of galaxies evolve.


  • French aerospace firm Safran to set up plant in Hyderabad: French aerospace company Safran has announced that it was going to invest 36 million euros in Telangana to build a turbine component manufacturing facility for its advanced LEAP commercial jet engines.


  • Iran Launches New 'Fateh' Submarine: Iran has launched a new locally-made submarine capable of firing cruise missiles, state TV said, in the country's latest show of military might at a time of heightened tensions with the US.


  • Researchers developed the first walking robot to navigate without GPS: Researchers from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) claim to have developed the first walking robot that can explore its environment and find its way home without GPS or mapping, opening new avenues for the navigation of autonomous vehicles.


  • Abdul Aziz Muhamat won the prestigious Martin Ennals human rights prize: Abdul Aziz Muhamat, a refugee and human rights defender, has won the prestigious Martin Ennals human rights prize. Recognized as a true leader, human rights and humanitarian advocate, Muhamat has tirelessly cared for fellow refugees, and eloquently drawn the world’s attention to their plight.


  • World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2019: The Intercontinental Labour Organisation has released the yearly World Employment and Social Outlook Developments for the year 2019. Unemployment fees have been expected to fall to 4.9% in 2019 and are envisioned to hold steady into 2020. The quantity of jobless in serious terms is approximated to rise from 172 million to 174 million in that time as the labour market place expands. The unemployment rate increased from 5 to 5.6% between 2008-9, as the fallout of the in the vicinity of whole collapse of big marketplaces took maintain.


  • World Radio Day: World Radio Day is celebrated on February 13 every year. This day marks a time where people around the world celebrate radio and how it shapes our lives. Radio informs, transforms and unites us. It brings together people and communities from all backgrounds to foster positive dialogue for change. The theme for this year is “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”.


  • International Darwin Day: International Darwin Day is celebrated on February 12 every year honors the life and work of English naturalist Charles Darwin. The day is a celebration of science and humanity.


  • Clouded Leopard mascot for National Games 2022 in Meghalaya: Clouded Leopard will be the mascot for National Games 2022 in Meghalaya and a competition to design a smiling Clouded Leopard will be opened to all.


  • Jimmy Carter Wins 2019 Grammy Award: The 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter won a Grammy award. Carter, 94, won an award under the "Best Spoken Word Album" category for his audiobook, "Faith: A Journey for All." Within the book, a New York Times bestseller, Carter "contemplates how faith has sustained him in happiness and disappointment."


  • India, Norway launch ‘India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative’ to combat Marine Pollution: India’s ministry of environment, forests and climate change has signed a letter of intent with the Norwegian ministry of foreign affairs to establish an India-Norway Marine Pollution Initiative.


  • Abu Dhabi adds Hindi as third official court language: Abu Dhabi has included Hindi as the third official language used in its courts, alongside Arabic and English, as part of a move designed to improve access to justice. This is aimed at helping Hindi speakers to learn about litigation procedures, their rights and duties without a language barrier, in addition to facilitating registration procedures via unified forms available through the ADJD website.


  • INS Trikand participates in exercise Cutlass Express 2019: INS Trikand, a front-line warship of the Indian Navy, participated in a multinational training exercise “Cutlass Express 2019”. The aim of the exercise was to improve law enforcement capacity, promote regional security and progress inter-operability between the armed forces of the participating nations for the purpose of interdicting illegal maritime activity in the Western Indian Ocean.


  • President Trump Nominates David Malpass for World Bank President: President Donald Trump nominated US senior Treasury official David Malpass to lead the World Bank, choosing a loyalist who has been sharply critical of China and has called for a shakeup of the global economic order.


  • International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation is a United Nations-sponsored annual awareness day that takes place on February 6th as part of the UN's efforts to eradicate female genital mutilation.


  • Thailand names Siamese Fighting fish its National Aquatic Animal: The authorities of Thailand has accepted the proposal to identify Siamese combating fish as the National Aquatic Animal. The choice for centered on the suggestion of the Countrywide Identification Committee of Thailand which encourages Thai cultural delight forwarded its endorsement of the fighting fish.  The govt has approved the proposal owing to the cultural and historical importance of the Siamese combating fish for Thailand.


  • World Cancer day: World Cancer day is observed every year on February 4 to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment.


  • World Wetlands Day: World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2nd February. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea.


Key Updates: January 2019


  • International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements 2019: The International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements has launched at UNESCO's Headquarters, Paris. According to a statement from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), events and activities will be held throughout the year to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the organisation of the periodic table by Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev, one of the fathers of modern chemistry.


  • Europe is set to needle Trump with Iran Trade Promotion Plan: Three European powers U.K., France and Germany are set to make good on a plan to help companies trade with Iran, defying President Donald Trump with a bid to bypass US sanctions. This prepare proposes a special intent car to take payments from companies that want to trade with Iran, either by getting waivers for oil imports or permissible trade in items like foodstuff and medication.


  • India to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2021: A Signing ceremony of Agreement between India and OECD for India’s participation in Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2021 was held in New Delhi. PISA 2021 would indicate the health of the education system and would motivate other schools/states in the subsequent cycles. This will lead to improvement in the learning levels of the children and enhance the quality of education in the country.


  • International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust (A/RES/60/7): International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day on 27th January commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. It also commemorates when the Soviet troops liberated the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland on January 27, 1945.


  • Oxford Dictionaries declares “Nari Shakti” as the Hindi word of the year 2018: Nari Shakti (women empowerment) has been chosen as the Hindi word of the year 2018 by Oxford Dictionaries. The announcement was made during a session at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) at the Diggi Palace.


  • Russia marks 75 years since World War II siege of Leningrad: The Russian city of St. Petersburg is marking the end of the World War II siege by Nazi forces with a large military parade in sprawling Palace Square. The siege of the city, then called Leningrad, lasted nearly 2½ years until the Soviet Army drove the Nazis away on Jan 27, 1944.


  • Australia Day: Australia celebrates 26th January as Australia Day which marks the first fleet from Britain landing in Sydney Cove. It is a public holiday, and the significance of the day differs amongst the nation’s population.


  • Govt declares Sugarcane Juice as National Drink of Pakistan: The Pakistan government declared sugarcane juice as the “National Drink” of the country. The government has conducted a poll on social networking site Twitter at which people were asked to decide the national drink of Pakistan. Options including orange juice, sugarcane juice and carrot juice were given in the poll.


  • Sultan Abdullah elected as New Malaysian King: Pahang’s Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was elected as the new Malaysian king by members of the country's royal families. Sultan Abdullah has been chosen as the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong (king) for a period of five years starting from January 31, 2019.


  • Israeli, US successfully test Ballistic missile interceptors named Arrow 3: The Arrow 3 anti-missile interceptor was test-fired to validate recent modifications, and hit its ballistic missile target in what Israel’s Ministry of Defense called a "complete mission success".


  • Rio de Janeiro named as first World Capital of Architecture: Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro has been declared as the World Capital for Architecture 2020, part of a new initiative between Unesco and the International Union of Architects. The World Capital of Architecture is intended to become an international forum for debates about pressing global challenges from the perspectives of culture, cultural heritage, urban planning and architecture.


  • International Day of Education: The United Nations General Assembly adopted with consensus a resolution proclaiming 24th January as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. The right to education is enshrined in article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


  • Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven re-elected for second term: Sweden ended a four-month political vacuum when lawmakers elected Prime Minister Stefan Lofven to a second term, after he elbowed out the far-right to save one of Europe’s few left-wing governments.


  • First human rights TV channel “lend voice to the voiceless” Launched: The world’s first television channel dedicated to human rights was launched in London with a promise to deliver hidden stories ignored by mainstream media into people’s living rooms.  It is web-based channel would bring human rights issues to audiences in over 20 countries across Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.


  • Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi Being Considered to lead World Bank: Indian-American business leader Indra Nooyi, who headed the multinational PepsiCo, is among the candidates being considered by the White House to head the World Bank after the India-born former PepsiCo CEO name was floated by Ivanka Trump.


  • World Dynamic City 2019: Bengaluru is the world’s most dynamic city among 131 major established and emerging business hubs globally, according to the sixth City Momentum Index published by JLL. Closely following Bengaluru is Hyderabad that is ranked second with Delhi at fourth, Pune at fifth, Chennai at seventh and Kolkata at fifteenth position featuring in top 20 cities.


  • Tulsi, first Hindu in US Congress, to run for President in 2020: Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, is running for the White House in 2020, and could end up vying with Kamala Harris, who is likely to run also, for the affection, support and, most importantly, the financial backing of the country’s richest ethnic community, Indian Americans.


  • US Chamber launches new innovation initiative at Raisina Dialogue, 2019: The United States Chamber of Commerce's Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) launched a new innovation initiative at the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi. The initiative, titled "Fair Value for Innovation", will examine economic underpinnings that would enable breakthrough innovation, and explore how policymakers can harness innovation capital in India and around the globe through research, advocacy, partnerships, and programs.


  • IWF president named as Chef de Mission for Tokyo Olympics: President of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF), Birendra Prasad Baishya, has been named Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It is for the first time that the sport of weightlifting has been accorded with honour of Chef de Mission for the Olympic Games.


  • SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches Ten Iridium communications satellites: A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 Iridium Communications satellites has blasted off from California. SpaceX will try to land the Falcon's first stage on an autonomous vessel floating in the ocean. The payload is the eighth and final set of satellites to be launched as Iridium replaces its entire globe-circling fleet with next-generation orbiters. Deployment of the satellites is scheduled to be completed a little over an hour after liftoff.


  • Malala Yousafzai pens new book on refugee girls: Nobel Peace Prize winner and Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai is coming up with a new book, charting her experiences travelling the world and visiting refugee camps. Titled We are Displaced, the book will hit the stands in India.


  • Shenzhen becomes 2nd China city with 99% electric taxis: One of China's major cities has reached an environmental milestone, an almost entirely electric-powered taxi fleet. The high-tech hub of Shenzhen in southern China announced at the start of this year that 99 percent of the 21,689 taxis operating in the city were electric.


  • Sheikh Hasina sworn in as Bangladesh PM for 3rd consecutive term: Sheikh Hasina was sworn in as Bangladesh’s Prime Minister for a third consecutive term after her Awami League’s landslide victory in the recent elections that was marred by deadly violence and allegations of vote rigging.


  • China named its lunar rover as Yutu 2: China has named the lunar rover, successfully deployed to carry out a string of experiments on the far side of the moon, as “Yutu-2”. Yutu-2 follows on from the success of the Yutu rover, which was part of the Change 3 mission. Its scientific instruments include a panoramic camera, ground-penetrating radar, and instruments to identify the chemical makeup of the lunar surface.


  • World Braille Day: World Braille Day is celebrated every year on 4th January, the birthday of Braille inventor, Louis Braille. The day recognizes the contributions of Louis Braille in helping blind and visually impaired people to read and write. Braille literacy is also an important factor in equal opportunities for people with blindness.


  • India's Arunima Sinha, World's first female Amputee to climb the highest peak of Antarctica: Indian mountaineer Arunima Sinha became the first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica. She was also the world’s first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013.


  • U.S. and Israel Quit U.N. Cultural Agency UNESCO: The United States and Israel have officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias.


Key Updates: December 2018


  • Bangladesh captain Mortaza wins election, becomes 1st active cricketer to become an MP: The 35-year-old, Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza has become a member of parliament after winning from the Narail 2 constituency in the country's 11th general elections.


  • Pakistan cabinet to issue Panda Bonds to raise capital in China: Pakistan's cabinet has approved the issuance of first-ever renminbi-denominated bonds to raise loans from China's capital markets, as the country moved a step forward to give the Chinese currency a status at par with the US dollar.


  • Italy’s Mount Etna Volcano erupts again: Europe’s highest and most active volcano erupted in Italy just before Christmas, creating troubles for many locals and tourists in nearby areas. Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, has been largely dormant for the past two years.


  • US Adventurer Completes Solo Trek Across Antarctica: An American adventurer has become the first person to complete a solo trek across Antarctica without any assistance. Colin O’Brady, 33, took 54 days to complete the nearly 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) crossing of the frozen continent from north to south.


  • Israel permits medical marijuana exports: Israel's Parliament has unanimously approved a law to permit exports of medical marijuana, allowing Israel to tap the lucrative global market. Israel will become the third country, after the Netherlands and Canada, to take its medical cannabis global.


  • Russia successfully tests “hypersonic missile”: Russian President Vladimir Putin has hailed final tests of a hypersonic missile, which he had earlier said would render existing missile systems obsolete.


  • Thailand becomes 1st Nation in Southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana: Thailand’s legislature has agreed to amend the country’s drug law to allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, as well as kratom, a locally grown plant traditionally used as a stimulant and painkiller.


  • Patrick Shanahan to replace James Mattis as US Defence Secretary: United States President Donald Trump has announced that he will replace Defence Secretary Jim Mattis with his deputy Patrick Shanahan as acting Pentagon chief on January 1st.


  • Indonesia hit by Volcanic Tsunami: The deadly tsunami in Indonesia was triggered by a chunk of the Anak Krakatau volcano slipping into the ocean, officials have confirmed, amid calls for a new early warning system that can detect volcanic eruptions.


  • Gitega named as the new capital of Burundi: The Burundian government "has just adopted an historic bill making Gitega the political capital in the Great Lakes region and making Bujumbura the economic capital," tweeted Jean-Claude Karerwa Ndenzako, spokesman for President Pierre Nkurunziza.


  • China launches First Satellite for Space-based Broadband Services: China launched its first communication satellite to provide broadband internet services worldwide in an apparent bid to rival Google and other international firms. The satellite was launched from a Long March 11 carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in north-western China and is the first in the Hongyun project planned by China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp.


  • NASA's InSight lander places its first instrument (SEIS) on Mars: NASA’s InSight lander has deployed its first instrument on the surface of Mars. The stationary lander used its robotic arm to deploy the SEIS (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure), marking the first time a seismometer has been placed on the surface of another planet. This is a milestone for the mission, and one that comes well ahead of schedule.


  • South Korean grain silo transforms into world's largest mural: A dreary grain silo that was transformed into an enormous colourful artwork in South Korea has been named by Guinness World Records as the largest outdoor mural in the world. The painting which depicts a young boy's journey into adulthood covers the outside of giant storage containers in the port city of Incheon, west of Seoul, taking up 23,688 square meters.


  • Nevada becomes 1st US state with female-majority Legislature: Nevada became the first state in the U.S. with an overall female majority in the Legislature when county officials in Las Vegas appointed two women to fill vacancies in the state Assembly. The appointments of Democrats Rochelle Thuy Nguyen and Beatrice “Bea” Angela Duran to two Las Vegas-area legislative seats give women 51 percent of the 63 seats in the Legislature.


  • “Captain Marvel” named most anticipated film of 2019 by IMDb: IMDb released its list of the 10 most anticipated movies of 2019, and the next entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Captain Marvel" and "Avengers: Endgame," top it. Marvel Studios' upcoming film 'Captain Marvel' has been named the most anticipated film of 2019 by the global film and TV website IMDb.


  • Japanese scientists detected the evidence of water in 17 asteroids: Japanese scientists have detected evidence of water in 17 asteroids for the first time using data from the infrared satellite AKARI. This discovery will contribute to our understanding of the distribution of water in our solar system, the evolution of asteroids, and the origin of water on Earth.


  • Pakistan releases Hamid Nahal Ansari from jail after six years: The Pakistan government has released Hamid Nahal Ansari from the jail after six years. 33-year-old Ansari, was caught in Pakistan by intelligence agencies in 2012.  He went to meet the woman an online friend in Pakistan when the military court sued him and in 2015, he was sentenced to three years in prison.He was accused of possessing a fake Pakistani identity card.


  • International Migration Day: International Migrants Day is observed on 18th December to recognize the efforts, contributions, and rights of migrants worldwide. The theme for the 2018 is “Migration With Dignity”.


  • NASA’s first flight to the moon marks its 50th anniversary: Apollo 8 commander Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders orbited the moon on Christmas Eve, reading from the Book of Genesis. To this day, the mission is considered NASA's boldest and perhaps most dangerous undertaking ever. NASA whipped it together in four months, in order to beat the Soviets to the moon.


  • Merriam-Webster selects ‘Justice’ as its 2018 Word of the Year: Merriam-Webster has chosen "justice" as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle over months and months. The word follows "toxic," picked by Oxford Dictionaries, and "misinformation," plucked by


  • Scientist has discovered the most distance body ever observed in our solar system: A team of astronomers has discovered the most “far out” object ever observed in our solar system. The object, a pink dwarf planet called 2018 VG18 and nicknamed “Farout” lies more than 100 times farther from the Sun than Earth.


  • Philippines' Catriona Gray crowned Miss Universe 2018: Catriona Gray from the Philippines was crowned Miss Universe 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. She received her crown from last year's winner, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa.


  • Artificial Intelligence can predict risk of infection after surgery: Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool that can successfully predict whether a patient is at risk of developing a serious, and possibly life-threatening infection after surgery.


  • Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as PM of Sri Lanka: Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka's prime minister, making a remarkable comeback weeks after being ousted by President Maithripala Sirisena under controversial circumstances.


  • UAE President declares 2019 as Year of Tolerance: United Arab Emirates President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has declared 2019 as the "Year of Tolerance", highlighting the country as a global capital for tolerance, through its goals to enhance the role of the country in instilling the values of co-existence and peace in local, regional and international communities.


  • Shree Saini from USA crowned Miss India Worldwide 2018: Indian-American Shree Saini has been crowned Miss India Worldwide 2018 at a pageant held in the Fords City of New Jersey. Sakshi Sinha from Australia and Anusha Sareen from United Kingdom were respectively declared first and second runner ups in the 27th annual global pageant for people of Indian origin.


  • Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as capital of Israel: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that his government will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.


  • Google develops a new AI model to help detect diabetic retinopathy: Google has developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) model that can detect diabetic retinopathy with a level of accuracy on par with human retinal specialists.


  • International Universal Health Coverage Day: International Universal Health Coverage Day was observed on 12th December each year, aims to raise awareness of the need for strong and resilient health systems and universal health coverage with multi-stakeholder partners. The theme for the 2018 UHC Day is: "Unite for Universal Health Coverage: Now is the Time for Collective Action."


  • International Anti-Corruption Day observed on December 9th: International Anti-Corruption Day has been observed annually, on 9th December, aims to raise public awareness of corruption and what people can do to fight it.


  • Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce De Leon gets Miss World 2018 winner: India’s Manushi Chhillar, who won the Miss World pageant last year, passed the baton to Mexico’s Vanessa Ponce De Leon at a glitzy ceremony, where the first runner-up title went to Thailand’s representative and Femina Miss India 2018 Anukreethy Vas failed to make it even to the top 12.


  • UN launches new framework to strengthen fight against terrorism: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has launched a new framework to combat the scourge of international terrorism and coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian, human rights and sustainable development sectors.


  • Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free: Luxembourg City, the capital of the tiny, is set to become the first country in the world to make all its public transport free. Fares on trains, trams and buses will be lifted next summer of 2019 under the plans of the re-elected coalition government led by Xavier Bettel, who was sworn in for a second term as prime minister.


  • UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize awarded to Vashkar Bhattacharjee and Tencent: Disabilities’ advocate Vashkar Bhattacharjee (Bangladesh), and private sector enterprise, Tencent (China) will be awarded the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al Ahmad al Jaber al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (2018/2019) in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters.


  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities: The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been annually observed on 3rd December, to focus on issues that affect people with disabilities worldwide. The theme for this year’s IDPD is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”.


  • First India, Japan air exercise “SHINYUU Maitri 18” begins in Agra: The Japanese Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) is in India for a bilateral air exercise SHINYUU Maitri-18 with Indian Air Force from 03-07 Dec 18 at A F Station Agra. The theme of the exercise is joint Mobility/Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) on Transport aircraft. The JASDF C2 aircraft along with aircrew/observers are part of this first air exercise between the two Air Forces.


  • NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at its targeted asteroid Bennu after 2-year journey: NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft pulled alongside the asteroid Bennu. Its mission is to survey the asteroid ahead of retrieving pristine bits of the solar system from the rock’s surface and then bringing them back to Earth in the years ahead.


  • International Day for the Abolition of Slavery: The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2nd December, marks the date of the adoption. The focus of this day is on eradicating contemporary forms of slavery, such as trafficking in persons, sexual exploitation, the worst forms of child labour, forced marriage, and the forced recruitment of children for use in armed conflict.


  • France will introduce its own tax on large internet technology companies from 1st january: French finance minister Bruno Le Maire has announced its own tax on large internet and technology companies from January 1. France has been pushing hard for a new so-called “GAFA tax” - named after Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon - to ensure the global giants pay a fair share of taxes on their massive business operations in Europe.


  • Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador became first leftist president of Mexico: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took the oath of office as Mexico’s first leftist president in over 70 years, marking a turning point in one of the world’s most radical experiments in opening markets and privatization.


Key Updates: November 2018


  • International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People: The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed by the United Nations on or around 29 November each year, which  aims to remind people on the importance of solidarity in working towards eradicating poverty.


  • Egypt unveils ancient tomb and sarcophagi: Egyptian authorities unveiled a well-preserved mummy of a woman inside a previously unopened coffin in Luxor in southern Egypt dating back to more than 3,000 years.


  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed every year across the world on 25th November to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence and other forms of violence; furthermore, one of the aims of the day is to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden.


  • Russia to venture into Internet of things (IoT) with the launch of new satellite system: Russia's state space corporation, has planned to venture into the Internet of things (IoT) with the launch of a new satellite system named “Marathon”.


  • UN selects Noida, Greater Noida to participate in Global Sustainable Cities 2025 initiative: The United Nations has selected Uttar Pradesh's Noida and Greater Noida to participate in its Global Sustainable Cities which aims to create 25 model cities across the world that will be fully compliant with the sustainable development goals by 2025.


  • Ranil Wickremesinghe’s alliance wins control of key panel in Parliament: Ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s alliance won control of a powerful panel in Parliament, dealing a major blow to President Maithripala Sirisena and his prime ministerial appointee Mahinda Rajapaksa.


  • International Space Station completes 20 years: International Space Station (ISS) has been in the space for 20 years now and while the space station was launched on a Russian rocket, the ISS has been part of quite a lot of memorable moments in the history of mankind’s journey into space.


  • Swami Vigyanand launches Hindu Economic Forum in New Zealand: Swami Vigyananand has launched Hindu Economic Forum New Zealand (HEFNZ) in Auckland, with the vision "Grow Together; Share Together".


  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education won silver in the International Green Apple 2018: The Manipal Academy of Higher Education won silver in the International Green Apple Award for environmental best practice 2018. The award was received by Derrick I Joshua, assistant director, environment sustainability, MAHE at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament, London.


  • Kim Jong-yang of South Korea elected as new President of Interpol: Interpol has elected South Korean Kim Jong-yang as their new president, defeating a controversial Russian candidate with ties to the Kremlin. Mr Kim was elected for a two-year term at the annual General Assembly, which is being held in Dubai this year. He has been acting Interpol president since the arrest of his predecessor this year.


  • Fish genes hold key to repairing damaged hearts: Scientists have identified a gene behind the Mexican tetra fish's ability to repair its damaged heart, an advance that may hold clues for future treatments in humans. Researchers at the University of Oxford in the UK found that the tetra fish living in the rivers of Northern Mexico have retained their ability to repair their heart tissue even after millions of years.


  • China unveils the world's first underground hotel: The world's first underground hotel has unveiled in Shanghai, buried almost 90 metres deep in an old quarry. Built in the Sheshan Mountain Range, on the hem of Shanghai, the ritzy hotel costs $287.9 million.


  • UN General Assembly adopts 1st resolution on sexual harassment: The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution on sexual harassment, the first of its kind at the world body. The resolution adopted to serves as a normative framework on work against sexual harassment, urging member states to condemn violence against women and girls, including sexual harassment, and pursue a policy of eliminating such violence.


  • Prof SP Ganguly Awarded Mexican Order of Aztec Eagle: Professor S.P. Ganguly, a well-known Hispanist who headed the Centre for Spanish and Latin American Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, has been awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest civilian honour given to a foreigner by Mexico.


  • UNESCO along with World Jewish congress launched Holocaust education website: The World Jewish Congress and UNESCO officially launched a joint Holocaust education website, geared at providing students, young adults and others with essential information about the history of the Holocaust and its legacy. The website is designed as an interactive online tool to counter messages of Holocaust denial and distortion circulating on the internet and social media. It is a response to increased hate and disinformation online.


  • “Toxic” named “Word of the Year 2018” by Oxford Dictionaries: Oxford Dictionaries named "toxic" as its annual "Word of the Year" 2018, arguing that it was "the sheer scope of its application that has made it the standout choice". Defining the adjective as "poisonous", this year more than ever, people have been using “toxic” to describe a vast array of things, situations, concerns and events.


  • Morocco unveils Africa's first ever high speed train line: French President Emmanuel Macron and Morocco's King Mohammed VI have inaugurated Morocco's first high-speed rail line, the first ever such line in Africa. Known as the LGV, it will connect the economic hubs of Tangier and Casablanca in 2 hours 10 minutes at a speed of up to 320 kph (199 mph) instead of almost 5 hours on a regular train.


  • World Diabetes Day: World Diabetes Day is observed every year across the world on 5th November to raise awareness of diabetes. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018 and 2019 is “The Family and Diabetes”.


  • Amnesty International strips Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi of “Ambassador of Conscience” Award: Amnesty International has withdrawn a prestigious human rights award from Myanmar Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi as its 2009 Ambassador of Conscience Award recipient, accusing her of failing to denounce human rights atrocities against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.


  • World Pneumonia Day: World Pneumonia Day is observed every year on November 12th to raise awareness about pneumonia. Pneumonia is the world's leading infectious killer of children under the age of 5. This significant day was observed to promote interventions to protect against the disease, prevent and treat pneumonia and highlight proven approaches and solutions in need of additional resources and attention.


  • 7 people including late singer Elvis Presley awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom: Rock star Elvis Presley has been posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honour, by President Donald Trump.


  • World’s largest brain-mimicking supercomputer switched on: The world’s largest supercomputer Spiking Neural Network Architecture machine (SpiNNaker) designed to work in the same way as the human brain has been switched on for the first time. It is capable of completing more than 200 million million actions per second, with each of its chips having 100 million transistors.


  • France unveils new statue commemorating role of Indian soldiers in World War I: France has unveiled a new statue commemorating the role of Indian soldiers in World War I in the town of Laventie on to mark Armistice Day when the war ended in 1918.


  • Netflix unveils Asia expansion plans with 17 new originals: Netflix lifted the curtains off its plans for Asia expansion by announcing the launch of 17 new originals, nine of them hailing from India.


  • Swati Chaturvedi won the 2018 London Press Freedom award: Indian Journalist Swati Chaturvedi was awarded the 2018 London Press Freedom Award for Courage, an award for showing courage in work or in the defence and promotion of journalism. Chaturvedi won for her book I am a Troll: Inside the Secret World of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Digital Army.


  • UN World Food Programme, Alibaba Group form strategic partnership to eliminate hunger: The UN World Food Programme and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has formed a strategic partnership to support efforts eliminate hunger globally by 2030. WFP Executive Director David Beasley and Alibaba Partner and Chairman of the Alibaba Foundation Sun Lijun signed an agreement at Alibaba's headquarters in Hangzhou, China.


  • World's first AI news anchor unveiled in China: China’s Xinhua news agency has unveiled the world’s first AI anchor that can read news in English and Chinese. The AI anchors take the form and shape of a human being and read out news stories. They have minimal facial expressions and lip movements which look quite realistic.


  • Saudi bans Israeli Muslims from Hajj pilgrimage: Israel Muslims will not be able to reach Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage because of a change in passport regulations made by Saudi Arabia. The new rules close a loophole that allowed passage from Israel, which does not have diplomatic relations with the Saudi kingdom, home to Islam’s two holiest shrines.


  • India elected as Member of International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council: India has been elected as a Member of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Council for another 4-year term (2019-2022). The elections to the Council were held during the ongoing ITU Plenipotentiary Conference 2018 at Dubai, UAE.


  • World Tsunami Awareness Day: World Tsunami Awareness Day is observed every year across the world on 5 November to spread general awareness on tsunami amongst the people worldwide.


  • Bangladesh elected IORA Chairman for 2021-23: The 18th Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers' Meeting has elected Bangladesh as the Vice Chairman of the organisation for the period of 2019-21 and eventually as the IORA Chairman for 2021-23.


  • Gafur Rakhimov elected as President of AIBA: AIBA is pleased to announce that Gafur Rakhimov was elected president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) despite fears that his appointment could lead to the sport's ejection from the Olympic Games.


  • Palau becomes first Country In World To Ban Reef-Killing Sunscreen: The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban “reef-toxic” sunscreens from 2020 containing any one of 10 chemicals, including oxybenzone and octinoxate, which are found in the vast majority of sunscreens sold in the U.S. Palau, which lies in the north-west Pacific, east of the Philippines and directly north of Australia, is regarded as one of the world’s best diving destinations.


Key Updates: October 2018


  • World Cities Day: The United Nations has designated 31st October every year as World Cities Day, which aims to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world. The theme for this year is “Building sustainable and resilient cities”.


  • Researchers developed a web-based tool to monitor fake news on Facebook, Twitter: Scientists have developed a web-based tool i.e. “Novel tool” to help monitor the prevalence of fake news on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.


  • Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka: The former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was officially sworn in as the island nation’s Prime Minister. The startling developments led to the collapse of the country’s first national unity government, with Mr. Sirisena joining hands once again with the leader he ousted in 2015.


  • Clara Sosa Wins Miss Grand International 2018 In Myanmar: Miss Paraguay Clara Sosa won the Miss Grand International 2018 title at the 6th edition of the beauty pageant in Yangon, Myanmar.


  • PM Narendra Modi awarded 2018 Seoul Peace Prize: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been conferred with the Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth.


  • United Nations Day: United Nations Day is celebrated each year on 24th October, the day would be instrumental in making people aware and it shall be devoted in making known to the people of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gain their support for its work.


  • World Polio Day: World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk. World Polio Day is celebrated every year on 24 October, is an opportunity for the global polio eradication community to renew its promise to every child at-risk from this preventable, paralyzing disease and to realize a polio-free world for future generations. The theme for this year is “Bold Steps to End Polio”.


  • World Development Information Day: The United Nations’ (UN) World Development Information Day is celebrated every year on October 24 to draw attention of worldwide public opinion to development problems and the need to strengthen international cooperation to solve them.


  • China opens world’s longest sea bridge linking Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai: China's President Xi Jinping launched the world's longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China, at a time when Beijing is tightening its grip on its semi-autonomous territories.


  • US-based Dalit writer Sujatha Gidla wins 2018 Shakti Bhatt Prize: US-based Dalit writer Sujatha Gidla has won 2018 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize for her debut book “Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India, published by HarperCollins India.


  • China plans to launch “man-made moons” to lower electricity costs: China is planning to launch its own “artificial moon” by 2020 to replace street lamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas. The first man-made moon will launch from Xichang Satellite launch Center in Sichuan.


  • Indian-American awarded at White House for combating human trafficking: An Indian-American woman has been honoured with a Presidential award by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for her extraordinary contribution towards combating human trafficking in Houston.


  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: The United Nations’ (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed every year on October 17, to promotes people’s awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution worldwide, particularly in developing countries. The theme for this year is “Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity”.


  • World Food Day: World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on 16 October, people from around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate worldwide hunger from our lifetime. The theme for this year is “Our actions are our future”.


  • International Day of Rural Women: International Day of Rural Women celebrates and honors the role of rural women on October 15 every year. It recognizes the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty worldwide.


  • India elected to UN Human Rights Council: India was elected to the United Nations' top human rights body for a period of three years beginning in January 1st, 2019, getting 188 votes in the Asia-Pacific category, the highest number of votes among all candidates.


  • International Day for Disaster Reduction: The United Nations General Assembly has designated 13 October as the date to celebrate the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. The 2017 theme continues under the "Sendai Seven" campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework.


  • Maryse Conde wins alternative Nobel: Guadeloupean author Maryse Conde won an alternative award formed in protest to the Nobel Literature Prize, which was cancelled following a sexual assault scandal.


  • World Obesity Day: World Obesity Day is observed globally on 11th October with the view of promoting practical solutions to end the global obesity crisis.


  • International Day of the Girl Child: The International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated every year on 11th October, which aims of the day are to promote girl’s empowerment and fulfilment of their human rights while also highlighting the challenges that girls all over the world face.


  • World Post Day: World Post Day is celebrated each year on 9th October, aimed to create and maintain a structure for the free flow of international mail around the world.


  • William Nordhaus, Paul Romer awarded 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics: Americans William Nordhaus and Paul Romer won the 2018 Nobel Economics Prize for work in integrating climate change and technological innovation into economic analysis, the Royal Swedish Academy of Science.


  • Barham Salih Elected As The New President Of Iraq: Iraq’s parliament have elected as president Kurdish politician Barham Salih after a protracted political wrangling, marking a crucial step in forming the government in the next four years.


  • Japan space probe Hayabusa2 launches MASCOT to study Ryugu asteroid: The Hayabusa2 probe launched the French-German Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, toward the Ryugu asteroid’s surface. It can take images at multiple wavelengths, investigate minerals with a microscope, gauge surface temperatures and measure magnetic fields.


  • International Day of Non-Violence: The International Day of Non-Violence is observed every year on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi.


  • US Congressional Gold Medal awarded by Mahatma Gandhi: Half a dozen influential US lawmakers, including four Indian Americans, have moved a resolution in the US House of Representatives to posthumously award the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal to Mahatma Gandhi in recognition of his promotion of peace and non-violence.


  • Frances Arnold, George Smith and Gregory Winter to win Nobel Prize for Chemistry: Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Frances H. Arnold of California Institute of Technology for the directed evolution of enzymes and to George P. Smith of the University of Missouri and Gregory P. Winter of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology for the phage display of peptides and antibodies.


  • Nobel Prize in physics goes to Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland: Nobel Prize for Physics has been awarded to Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland for their “groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics”.


  • James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo awarded Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Nobel Medicine or Physiology Prize has been awarded to James P Allison and Tasuku Honjo for their discovery of “cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation”.


  • WHO launches 1st Global Guidelines on Sanitation and health: The World Health Organization has launched first global guidelines on sanitation and health, urging countries to invest in sanitation to limit the spread of disease and promote good health and economic productivity.


  • India ranked 5th in pictorial warnings on cigarette packets: India has secured to the fifth position among 206 countries in terms of the largest pictorial warning on cigarette packs with 85 percent of both sides of the packets covered, according to a report released by the Canadian Cancer Society.


  • World Habitat Day: The first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The theme for this year is “Municipal Solid Waste Management” with slogan Waste-wise cities.


  • International Day of Older Persons: The International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1st every year to raise the visibility of older people as participating members of society committed to improving the enjoyment of human rights in many areas of life and not just those that affect them immediately. The theme for this year is "Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions".


  • World Architecture Day: World Architecture Day, celebrated on the first Monday of every October, aiming to highlight and remind the world of the architecture's collective responsibility in designing the world's future cities and settlements. The theme for World Architecture Day is "Architecture... for a better world" which will be celebrated on October 1, 2018.


  • WHO launches first Global Guidelines on Sanitation and Health: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched the first global guidelines on sanitation and health even as it pitched for higher investments and policy shifts to achieve the goal of universal sanitation coverage by 2032.


  • Researchers developed spacesuits for microbes: Scientists have developed "spacesuits" for bacteria that may allow the microbes to survive space environments that would otherwise kill them.


  • Ravi Venkatesan appointed as UNICEF special representative: The UNICEF has appointed the former chairman of the Bank of Baroda Ravi Venkatesan has its special representative of young people. Venkatesan will also help shape the overall strategy and approach of Generation Unlimited with a particular focus on engaging the private sector and identifying regional champions.


Key Updates: September 2018


  • World Rivers Day: World Rivers Day is observed every last Sunday in September. Established in 2005, it highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness while encouraging the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.


  • World Heart Day: World Heart Day is observed every year on 29th September across the world. It is a part of an international campaign to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke prevention.


  • US, Morocco launch GCTF Terrorist Travel Initiative: The United States and Morocco launched the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). The initiative brings together stakeholders to share expertise on how to develop and implement effective counterterrorism watchlisting and screening tools. It was launched on sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York.


  • World Rabies Day: World Rabies Day is celebrated annually on 28 September around the world to raise awareness about rabies prevention and to highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease. The theme for this year is Rabies: Share the message. Save a life.


  • World Tourism Day: World Tourism Day is celebrated annually on 27 September around the world to foster awareness among international community of importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The theme of this year is “Tourism and the Digital Transformation”.


  • International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons is observed every year on 26 September around the world. This Day provides an occasion for the world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as a high priority.


  • World Contraception Day: World Contraception Day is observed on September 26th every year. The day’s mission is to improve awareness of all contraceptive methods available and enable young people to make informed choices on their sexual and reproductive health.


  • Maldives President Abdulla Yameen concedes defeat in election: Maldive's President Abdulla Yameen has conceded defeat to opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in a presidential election. The message is loud and clear. The people of Maldives want change, peace and justice.


  • International Day of Sign Languages: International Day of Sign Languages is celebrated annually across the world on 23 September every year as part of the International Week of the Deaf. It is aimed to raise awareness of the importance of sign language in the full realization of the human rights of people who are deaf. The theme for this year is "With Sign Language, Everyone is Included".


  • Nepal becomes world's first country to double its tiger population: Nepal could become the first country to double its national tiger population since the launch of ambitious TX2 goal at the St Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010 to double the world’s wild tiger population by 2022.


  • World Alzheimer’s Day: World Alzheimer’s Day is celebrated on 21st September every year. World Alzheimer’s Day is a day on which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world, concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia.


  • India, Bangladesh PM’s jointly inaugurate two Projects: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated the construction of a friendship pipeline project through video conferencing. The 130-kilometre India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline Project will connect Siliguri in West Bengal in India and Parbatipur in Dinajpur district of Bangladesh.


  • Germany launches world’s first hydrogen – powered train: Germany launched world's first hydrogen-powered passenger trains. The trains are officially called as Coradia iLint, and these will operate in northern German towns. The new trains will run 100-kilometer trips and can travel up to 140 kilometers an hour.


  • International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer: International Ozone Day is celebrated on 16th September every year for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer. The theme for this year is “to spread awareness and bring attention to the depletion of the ozone layer”.


  • Moutaz Mousa Abdallah becomes Sudan’s new Prime Minister: Moutaz Mousa Abdallah has become the Sudan's new Prime Minister. A 21-member cabinet was sworn in at the presidential palace in Khartoum. Mousa Abdallah is also holding the finance portfolio in a bid to revive the country's ailing economy.


  • International Day of Democracy 2018 observed globally: The International Day of Democracy was observed across the world on September 15, 2018. The International Day of Democracy provides an opportunity to review the state of democracy in the world. The theme for this year is “Democracy under Strain: Solutions for a Changing World”.


  • Russia launches its biggest war games “VOSTOK-2018” since cold-war: Russia has launched its largest military exercises since the Cold War, with hundreds of thousands of Russian troops taking part along with Chinese soldiers in a show of force that has rattled the West. The week-long war games “Vostok-2018” (East-2018) have kicked off in far eastern Russia and on the Pacific Ocean.


  • India and Mongolia joint exercise “Nomadic Elephant 2018” starts in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: India-Mongolia joint exercise Nomadic Elephant-2018, commenced at Mongolian Armed Forces (MAF) Five Hills Training Area, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Exercise Nomadic Elephant is an annual, bilateral exercise since 2006 which is designed to strengthen the partnership between Indian Army and Mongolian Armed Forces.


  • United States announces closure of Palestinian mission in Washington: The United States would close the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) mission in Washington, DC, in what Palestinian leaders described as "a declaration of war" on peace efforts by the administration of President Donald Trump.


  • World Suicide Prevention Day: World Suicide Prevention Day is celebrated every year on 10th September, is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) which aims to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented.


  • Pakistan could become world’s 5th largest nuclear weapons state: Pakistan currently has 140 to 150 nuclear warheads and the stockpile is expected to increase to 220 to 250 by 2025. Pakistan may become the world's third-largest nuclear weapon state - with a stockpile of some 350 warheads a decade.


  • International Literacy Day: International Literacy Day will be celebrated around the world on 8th September to raise people's awareness of and concern for literacy issues in the world. The theme for this year is “Literacy and skills development”.


  • Bengaluru airport set to become first in Asia to use face recognition as boarding pass: Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is set to become the first airport in Asia next year to use face recognition as the boarding procedure for passengers to board flights and move across different sections of the airport.


  • West coast begins Tsunami mock drill “IOWave18”: An earthquake with a magnitude of 9.0 in Makran Trench south of Iran was simulated triggering evacuation of about 90,000 people living in certain vulnerable coastal villages of Goa, Gujarat and Maharashtra as part of a major Indian Ocean wide tsunami mock drill - IOWave18.


  • Dr Arif Alvi elected as 13th President of Pakistan: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Dr Arif Alvi was elected as the 13th President of Pakistan. Alvi, a close ally of Prime Minister Imran Khan and one of the founding members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.


  • International Women Entrepreneurs summit held in Kathmandu: Vice President of Nepal Nanda Bahadur Pun inaugurated the International Women Entrepreneurs summit held in Kathmandu. The main objective of the summit is to bring together achievers, women business leaders, professionals, international service providers, resource organizations, experts, government representatives and other stakeholders with a focus on innovative economic transformation through discussions and collaborations. The theme of this event is “Equality begins with Economic Empowerment”.


  • Ukraine launches joint military drills with NATO: Ukraine launched joint military exercises with the U.S. and a string of other NATO countries as tensions with Russia remain high over the Kremlin-backed insurgency in the country’s east.


  • World Coconut Day: World Coconut Day will be celebrated around the world on 2nd September to enhance coconut farming with focus on productivity and product diversification. The theme for this year is “Coconut for Good Health, Wealth and Wellness”.


Key Updates: August 2018


  • China launches high-definition Earth observation satellite: China successfully launched Gaofen-11, an optical remote sensing satellite, as part of its high-resolution Earth observation project can be used for land survey, urban planning, road network design, agriculture, and disaster relief and will also be used for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It was launched on a Long March 4B rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province.


  • UAE offers amnesty programme to aid foreign visa violators: The United Arab Emirates launched a landmark three-month visa amnesty programme which will benefit hundreds of illegal foreign workers, including Indians, overstaying their permits by allowing them to leave the country without penalties and giving them six months to find a job.


  • World’s 1st Hindi-Speaking realistic humanoid Robot “Rashmi”: Ranchi man Ranjit Srivastava has developed world’s first Hindi speaking realistic humanoid robot and India’s first lip-synching robot developed by a Hong Kong based company, named Rashmi. Rashmi uses linguistic interpretation (LI), artificial intelligence (AI), visual data and facial recognition systems.


  • India becomes 3rd Asian nation to get STA 1 status from US: India has become the third Asian country after Japan and South Korea to get the Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA-1) status, paving the way for high-technology product sales to India, particularly in civil space and defense sectors.


  • China successfully tests first hypersonic aircraft: China has successfully tested its first cutting-edge hypersonic "Waverider" aircraft Xingkong-2 (Starry Sky-2), which could carry nuclear warheads and penetrate any current generation anti-missile defence systems.


  • International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples: August 9 is commemorated as the International Day of the “World’s Indigenous Peoples” is celebrated around the world. This day people from around the world are encouraged to spread the UN’s message on the protection and promotion of the rights of indigenous peoples. The theme for this year is “Indigenous people’s migration and movement”.


  • World Biofuel Day: World Biofuel Day is observed every year on 10th August to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels and to highlight the various efforts made by the Government in the biofuel sector.


  • President Michelle Bachelet appointed as next High Commissioner for Human Rights: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed the former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to be the next high commissioner of human rights.


  • International Youth Day: International Youth Day observed on August 12 is aimed to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. The theme for this year is “Safe Spaces for Youth”.


  • NASA launches Parker Solar Probe mission to study Sun’s corona: NASA has launched “Parker Solar Probe mission” from Florida to begin its journey to the Sun, where it will undertake a landmark mission.


  • First Indian to get elected as Chair of International Nitrogen Initiative: Indian scientist-academician, N Raghuram elected as Chair of International Nitrogen Initiative (INI), a global policy making initiative.


  • Iran unveils next generation short-range ballistic missile: Defence minister of Iran has unveiled “Fateh Mobin” a next generation short-range ballistic missile with a warning that its “will to enhance our defence power in all fields will increase”.


  • 24th World Congress of Philosophy held in Beijing, China for the first time: The World Congress of Philosophy (WCP) will be held for the 24th time from August 13 to 20 in Beijing, co-organized by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP) and Peking University. The theme is “Learning to Be Human”, the Congress will feature more than 1,000 academic activities, including a plenary meeting, fora, lectures, panel discussions, round-table exchanges, special side meetings and sessions for students.


  • Three visionary scientists receives 2018 Albany Medical Center Prize award: Three visionary scientists James Allison, Carl June and Steven Rosenberg , whose work has led to a revolutionary new way to treat cancer and other diseases are the recipients of the 2018 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research.


  • Ibrahim Boubacar Keita wins re-election as Mali President: Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has won re-election after beating opposition candidate, Soumaila Cisse, in a runoff vote.


  • Israeli Navy to procure Barak 8 missile defence system: The multi-purpose Barak 8 missile defence system, jointly developed by India and Israel, will be procured by the Israeli Navy to protect its economic zones and strategic facilities from diversified threats and the sales for it have exceeded USD 5 billion.


  • 11th World Hindi Conference begins in Mauritius: The 11th World Hindi Conference, an event aimed at expanding the reach of the Hindi language at a global level, has started in Port Louis the capital of Mauritius. The theme of the Conference is “Hindi World and Indian Culture”.


  • World Humanitarian Day: World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is observed every year on 19 August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world.


  • S K Arora awarded WHO World No Tobacco Day 2017 Award: Delhi government's additional director of health, SK Arora was awarded prestigious World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day 2017 Award for his extraordinary contribution towards tobacco control.


  • World Mosquito Day: World Mosquito Day observed on 20 August, which aims to raise awareness about the causes of malaria and how it can be prevented, as well as fundraising for research into the cure of malaria.


  • Iran unveils first domestic manufactured fighter jet: Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet dubbed “Kowsar” at a defence show in Tehran, with President Hassan Rouhani insisting that Tehran's military strength was only designed to deter enemies and create "lasting peace".


  • International Day of Remembrance and tribute to the Victims of Terrorism: The United Nations observed 21 August as the International Day of Remembrance of and tribute to the victims of terrorism every year, in order to honor and support the victims and survivors of terrorism and to promote and protect the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.


  • World Senior Citizens Day: The World Senior Citizens Day is celebrated on 21st of August every year, to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens.


  • International Water Colour Festival in Ranchi: The Government of Jharkhand is to host World’s largest Water Colour Festival to promote the rich cultural space of Jharkhand known for its exemplary tribal art works ranging from ‘Sohrai’ to Kohbar to Dhokra fine art.


  • European Space Agency unveils world’s first wind-sensing satellite: The European Space Agency (ESA) successfully launched wind-sensing satellite named “Aeolus” at Kourou in French Guiana. It is the first satellite capable of performing global wind-component-profile observation on a daily basis in near real-time.


  • Treasurer Scott Morrison elected as New Prime Minister of Australia: Scott Morrison was elected in as Australia's seventh prime minister after a Liberal party coup in a stunning upset against key challenger Peter Dutton.


  • NASA introduced an app to take space selfies: NASA has launched a new Selfie app allows you to take selfies in a virtual spacesuit, posing in front of gorgeous cosmic locations, like the Orion Nebula or the centre of the Milky Way galaxy. Along with NASA, the US space agency also launched an exoplanet excursions virtual reality (VR) app that takes VR users on a guided tour of the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system.


  • Misa Matsushima became the first woman fighter pilot in Japan: Misa Matsushima, a 26 years old became the first woman fighter pilot in Japan Air Self Defence Force.


  • 4th Asian electoral stakeholders forum held at Colombo in Sri Lanka: The fourth Asian electoral stakeholders forum (AESF-IV) was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka to discuss the state of elections and democracy in the region. The theme is “Advancing Election Transparency and Integrity: Promoting and Defending Democracy Together”.


Key Updates: July 2018


  • New SES-12 satellite launches will help fast track Digital India: The new mega satellite “SES-12” launched successfully by providing coverage over Asia will help fast-track Digital India and financial inclusion initiatives.


  • North Korea named as “worst human trafficking country”: The US State Department categorized North Korea as one of the “worst human trafficking nations” for the 16th straight year, citing the use of forced labour.


  • Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador elected as Mexico's President: Mexico’s leftist leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has won the country’s presidential election at the helm of Latin America’s second-largest economy for the first time in decades.


  • First transgender model to be crowned Miss Universe Spain: Angela Ponce has become the first-ever transgender woman to be crowned Miss Universe Spain.


  • Russia builds two nuclear power units in China: Russia's state nuclear power corporation Rosatom and China's National Energy Administration signed an agreement to build the two 1,200-megawatt units at the Tianwan nuclear power plant.


  • World Zoonoses Day: World Zoonoses Day observed worldwide on 6th July every year to raises awareness for the risk of zoonotic diseases. Zoonoses are infectious diseases that can be spread from animals to humans, and vice versa.


  • International cooperation Day: International co-operation Day observed worldwide on 7th July every year to increase awareness on co-operatives and promote the movement's successes and ideals of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace. The theme for this year is “Sustainable societies through cooperation”.


  • UK launches new visas for Indian scientists: The United Kingdom has launched new visas that will be open to Indian scientists and researchers, to encourage the growth of the country's research sector.


  • Women sports journalist launches LetHerWork movement in Brazil: Women sports reporters launched the online LetHerWork campaign in Brazil, highlights the harassment faced by women reporters while covering sports events.


  • Yemen’s Houthis launched a missile at Saudi Arabia’s Jizan Economic City: Saudi Arabia's air defense forces successfully intercepted a missile launched towards the kingdom's southwestern Jizan region by Yemen's armed Houthi movement.


  • India becomes 69th shareholder of European development bank: India has become 69th shareholder of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), paving the way for more joint investment with Indian companies across the bank's.


  • World Bank reports “Failure to educate girls” could cost world 30 trillion dollars a year: Failure to finish education of girls could cost the world as much as 30 trillion dollars in lost earnings and productivity annually, yet more than 130 million girls are out of school globally.


  • UN finalizes first ever Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: The United Nations member states have agreed an all - encompassing Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, marking the first time they came together to negotiate an agreement covering all dimensions of international migration.


  • China launches 300 satellites to provide worldwide low-orbit communications: China planned to launch 300 low-orbit satellites to provide worldwide communication services, with the first in the series to be launched later this year.


  • Russia tests new nuclear weapons after summit with Trump: Russia's military is testing an array of new nuclear and other weapons, from a high-powered laser weapon system to a nuclear-powered cruise missile with "unlimited'' range.


  • Israel’s passes new law only Jews right of self-determination: Israel has passed “nation-state” law to declare that only Jews have the right of self-determination in the country, backed by the right-wing government, passed by a vote of 62-55 and two abstentions in the 120-member parliament after months of political argument.


  • Myanmar joins International Solar Alliance: Myanmar has joined the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA), becoming the 68th member of the grouping that is aiming at optimum utilization of solar energy.


  • New Ebola species found in Sierra Leone: A new species of Ebola virus has been found in bats in Sierra Leone, two years after the end of an outbreak that killed over 11,000 across West Africa.


  • Indian driven gold mining project in Russia praised at BRICS Summit: An Indian driven gold mining project in Siberia has been hailed at the BRICS Summit here as the primary practical implementation of the objectives of the grouping comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.


  • A Society Aims to Advance Abdul Kalam's Vision set up in Singapore: A society has been set up in Singapore in honour of former Indian president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and to advance his vision for the world. The Abdul Kalam Vision Society (AKVS) will organise knowledge-enhancing events, lectures and essay competition to convey the ideas and values that Dr Kalam espoused.


  • Imran Khan becomes new Prime Minister of Pakistan: Former International cricket superstar Imran Khan won the 2018 election and will be sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 11th.


  • India and UAE sign MoU on Artificial Intelligence: The UAE Minister for Artificial Intelligence and Invest India signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the India-UAE Artificial Intelligence Bridge. The MoU will spur development across areas like Blockchain, AI and Analytics as data and processing will be a catalyst for innovation and business growth and serve as the backbone of more effective and efficient service delivery systems.


  • World hepatitis day: World Hepatitis Day observed on July 28 every year, that aims to raise global awareness of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. The theme for this year is “Find the Missing Millions”.


  • International Tiger Day: International Tiger Day is celebrated July 29 every year, that aims to increase awareness on tiger populations throughout the world. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has launched the M-STrIPES (Monitoring System for Tigers - Intensive Protection and Ecological Status), a mobile monitoring system for forest guards.


  • First Nepal-India Think Tank Summit Begins in Kathmandu: The first Nepal-India Think Tank Summit will be held in Kathmandu to foster greater collaboration and knowledge-sharing among the think tanks of the two countries. The summit has organized by the Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs and Nehru Memorial Museum Library. The objective of the summit is to support the networks and promote mutual understanding through institutional collaboration on resource sharing for joint events/publications among think tanks of the two countries.


  • World Day against Trafficking in Persons: The World Day against Trafficking in Persons was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on July 30 to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights. The theme for this year is “Responding to the trafficking of children and young people”.


Key Updates: June 2018


  • Pakistan places on FATF’s “grey list”: The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had taken the decision to place Pakistan on the “grey list” for failing to curb anti-terror financing despite its diplomatic efforts to remove the decision.


  • International Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise day: Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) Day is celebrated worldwide every year on 27 June, to raise awareness around the skills needed by youth to acquire decent jobs. The theme for this year is “The Youth Dimension”.


  • International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking: The “International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” falls on June 26 every year observed by United Nations, to strengthening action and spreading awareness about drug abuse and illegal drug trade in the world. The theme for this year is "Listen First - Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe".


  • Day of the Seafarer: The “Day of the Seafarer” is celebrated on every year June 21 around the world since 2016, is observed by International Maritime Organization (IMO). The theme for this year is “Seafarers wellbeing”.


  • China launches Spy Bird Drone to boost government surveillance: China has launched Spy Bird Drone equipped with high-tech surveillance technology. The spies are equipped with a camera, a GPS antenna and a data link to communicate their findings.


  • International Widows Day: "International Widows Day" was announced by the United Nations and is celebrated on every year 23rd of June across the World, to raise awareness about the plight of widows around the world and taking action to help them.


  • International Music Day: International Music Day is also known as “Fete de la Musique” is celebrated on every year June 21 around the world since the past couple of decades.


  • International Yoga Day: International Yoga Day is celebrated on every year June 21 around the world since 2015, which aims to join your mind and body with your soul. The theme for this year is “Yoga for Peace”.


  • International Refugee Day: The “International Refugee Day” is celebrated on every year 20th of June across the world, in order to raise the public awareness about refugees situations throughout the world.


  • International day for the elimination of sexual violence in conflict: The United Nations has designated June 19 as  “International day for the elimination of sexual violence in conflict” which aims to “raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honour the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes”. The theme of this year is “The Plight and Rights of Children Born of War”.


  • World sustainable Gastronomy Day: Every year 14th June around the world observes the “World sustainable Gastronomy Day” acknowledges gastronomy as a cultural expression related to the natural and cultural diversity of the world. It also reaffirms that all cultures and civilizations are contributors and crucial enablers of sustainable development.


  • WHO classifies “playing video games” as mental health disorder: The World Health Organization declared "playing video games" as a new mental health disorder included in the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases. The disorder includes some characteristics like loss of control, escalation of gaming behavior and loss of interest in other activities.


  • Russia successfully launches Glonass-M satellite:  Russia successfully launched Glonass-M navigation satellite using Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Plesetsk space center in Russia's Arkhangelsk province, which  provides a real-time positioning data for surface, sea and airborne objects around the globe.


  • World day to combat Desertification and Drought: Every year worldwide 17th June observes the “World day to combat Desertification and Drought” to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification and to focus on sustainable land management as a way to regenerate economies, create jobs and revitalize communities. The theme of this year is “Land has true value – Invest in it”.


  • International day of family remittances: The United Nations has designated June 15 as “International day of family remittances” is an opportunity to recognize the efforts of migrants globally and strengthen current cross-industry partnerships and create new synergies among sectors to promote the development impact of remittances worldwide and join together to help reach the ultimate goal of making migration for future generations more of a choice than a necessity.


  • World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: The United Nations has designated June 15 as “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” is a global social issue which affects millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community. The theme of this year is “Moving from Awareness to Action through a Human Rights based approach.


  • World Blood Donors Day: Every year 14th June around the world celebrated the “World Blood Donors Day” is an opportunity to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products. World Health Organization is aimed to obtain the sufficient blood supplies from the voluntary and unpaid blood donors all over the world by 2020. The theme of this year’s campaign is blood donation as an action of solidarity.


  • International conference on ICT to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal: International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) will be held in Kathmandu, capital city of Nepal from June 17-18, 2018. The Theme of two day conference is “Sustainable Development Goals for Smart Society”.


  • World Day against child labour: The World Day against child labour is celebrated every year across the world on 12th June, which helps to raise awareness against child labour. The theme for this year is “Generation safe and Healthy”.


  • SVC Cooperative Bank awarded National Payments Excellence Award: SVC Co-operative Bank has achieved the National Payments Excellence Award 2017 by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). It is the highest recognition in the banking industry for exceptional performance in payments system.


  • Five Countries elected as non-permanent UNSC members: South Africa, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Germany and Belgium Countries elected as non-permanent members for two-year terms commencing on 1st January 2019.


  • World Oceans Day: Every year 8th June across the world celebrated the “World Oceans Day” is an opportunity to raise global awareness of the challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans. The main theme is to prevent plastic pollution and encourage solutions for a healthy ocean.


  • World Brain Tumor Day: Brain Tumor Day is celebrated every year across the world on 8th June, which helps to raise awareness about brain tumor and how to deal with the condition in the most effective manner.


  • India ranks 136th in Global Peace Index 2018: India was moved up one level higher to 136th position among 163 countries on the 2018 Global Peace Index due to a reduction in the level of violent crime driven by law enforcement. The index prepared by the international think-tank Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), which was topped by Iceland.


  • World Environment Day observed: Every year 5th June across the world celebrated the “World Environment Day”, communities and individuals around the world work to increase awareness of the importance of conserving the environment. The theme for 2018 is beating “Plastic Pollution”.


  • World Bank Economy is healthy but growth will slow: The anti-poverty agency predicted global growth will decelerate from a solid 3.1 percent this year to 3 percent next year and 2.9 percent in 2020. The world economy is generally healthy but must contend with rising interest rates in wealthier countries and weaker demand for commodities in developing nations.


  • International day of innocent children victims of aggression observed: International day of innocent children victims of aggression has celebrated every year across the world on 4th June. The aim of the day offers an opportunity to recognize the sufferings of the children worldwide who are the victims of aggression and serves as an occasion to remember the sacred duty which is enshrined in the declaration of Rights of Children in the United Nations to ensure that each and every child enjoys special protection.


  • Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom launches “global action plan on physical activity”: WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus joined with  Prime Minister António Costa of Portugal and launched the new "WHO Global action plan on physical activity and health 2018-2030: More active people for a healthier world". The main structure and ambition to reduce physical inactivity by 15% by 2030.


  • World Bicycle day: The first official “Bicycle day” was celebrated on 3rd June 2018 approved by United Nations on April 2018. The day was celebrated to raise awareness about the multiple societal benefits of using bicycle a sample, flexible, reliable and friendly environmental transportation and leisure.


Key Updates: May 2018


  • Russia unveils Nuclear power plant in Arctic: Russia unveiled world’s first-floating nuclear power plant in May 2018 in the Arctic port of Murmansk where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel before heading to eastern Siberia.


  • Trump awards Medal of Honor to Britt Slabinski: President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Honor to the Navy's Seal Britt Slabinski, the retired Master Chief Special Warfare Operator for daring assault amid ongoing enemy fire to rescue of his teammate on a mountainside in Afghanistan 2002, according to the White House.


  • International Museum Day observed on 18th May: Every year since 1977, museums around the world have celebrated May 18 as International Museum Day. The theme for 2018 is "Hyper connected museums: New approaches, new publics". The aim of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that, “Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples".


  • Ireland ends abortion ban: The prime minister of Ireland described the result as the culmination of “a quiet revolution” in what was once one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries after a landslide referendum vote to liberalize highly restrictive laws on abortion.


  • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day observed: Every year May 17th is observed as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. This is to help raise the awareness possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies can bring to societies. This year theme is to focus on the opportunities for how AI can help accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.


  • May 15th International Day of Families: The International Day of Families was observed on the May 15th every year. There is a different theme for the day every year. This year's theme is “Families and Inclusive Societies” and focus on the U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goal 16 relating to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development.


  • The International founder of Sulabh awarded Nikkei Asia Prize: The founder of Sulabh International Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak was awarded for the Nikkei Asia Prize 2018 in Japan for his contribution to Asia's development.


  • The first country to eliminate Trachoma: The World Health Organization announced Nepal the first country in south-east Asia region to eliminate Trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness.


  • May 12th observes International Nurses Day:  Every year May 12 is celebrated as International Nurses Day in the World to provide the honor and respect to the nurses for their incredible and Honorable work. International Nurses Day is celebrated to honour and appreciate the nurses who are dedicated for the service of patients.


  • New 'APSTAR-6C' Communication Satellite launched by China: China launched “APSTAR-6C” a new communication satellite successfully into orbit. This was the 273rd mission of the Long March rocket series, Xinhua reported. Both the satellite and the rocket were developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The user of the satellite is Hong Kong-based APT Satellite Co. Ltd. The satellite will provide TV transmission, communication, Internet and multimedia services to customers across the Asia-Pacific region.


  • World Press Freedom Day observed on 3rd May:  May 3 has been observed as World Press Freedom Day as was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993. Every year this day serves to remind people of the perils faced by journalists around the world. The theme of the year 2018 celebration highlights importance of enabling legal environment for press freedom and gives special attention to role of independent judiciary in ensuring legal guarantees for press freedom and prosecution of crimes against journalists.


  • NASA Launched Insight Mission to Study the Interior of Mars: Nasa launched the Mars Insight lander from California rather than Florida’s Cape Canaveral. It was the first interplanetary mission ever to depart from the west coast, drawing pre-dawn crowds to Vandenberg Air Force Base and rocket watchers down the California coast into Baja. Insight will send back data about the Red Planet's interior for about 1 Mars year, or 728 Earth-days.


  • World Thalassaemia Day observed on 8th May: India is one of the worst thalassemia affected countries in the world with more than four crore carriers and over one lakh thalassaemia majors under blood transfusion every month. On World Thalassaemia Day, the focus falls back on the efforts to contain the disease. Over 1 lakh thalassemia patients across the country die before they turn 20 due to lack of access to treatment.


Key Updates: April 2018


  • India has been ranked as the third most vulnerable country in world in terms of risk of cyber threats (for 2017), as per the ‘Internet Security Threat Report’. U.S. has been ranked as the top most vulnerable country. It is followed by China in the second position with 10.95% attacks. The global threat ranking is based on eight metrics — malware, spam, phishing, bots, network attacks, web attacks, ransomware and cryptominers.


  • Julius Maada Bio has been elected the new President of Sierra Leone. He succeeds Ernest Bai Koroma. He ruled Sierra Leone as the military head in 1996, along with former foreign affairs minister Kamara.


  • Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban won a third consecutive term as Prime Minister. Viktor Orban’s party Fidesz won nearly half of the votes, with 93% of votes counted and is expected to win a two-thirds majority in parliament. Orban campaigned heavily on his anti-migration policies.


  • Pakistan's Supreme Court disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding office for life. Nawaz Sharif, 67, resigned in July 2017 after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office on an issue over undeclared source of income.


  • Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected with 97 percent of votes, though turnout was lower at about 41%.


Key Updates: March 2018


  • Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory, extending his rule over the world’s largest country for another six years. Putin, 65, has been in power, either as president or prime minister, since 2000. In past, only Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ruled for more than two decades. 


  • IT major Infosys is expected to open its next Technology and Innovation Hub in Hartford, Connecticut and hire 1,000 American workers in the state by 2022. The Connecticut Technology and Innovation Hub will have a special focus on insurance, healthcare and manufacturing, the firm said in a statement.


  • British scientist and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking passed away at 76, early on March 14. He battled a rare nuerological disease and paralysis all through his life.
    He had authored numerous best-selling books including A Brief History of Time, The Universe in a Nutshell and The Dreams That Stuff Is Made Of. His latest book release in 2013 was a memoir titled My Brief History.
    His scientific achievements included breakthroughs in understanding the extreme conditions of black holes, objects so dense that not even light can escape their gravity. 


  • Nepal’s first woman President Bidya Devi Bhandari was re-elected for a second term in office with an overwhelming majority. She became Nepal’s first woman President in 2015.


  • Mike Pompeo, currently serving as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), will replace Rex Tillerson as U.S. Secretary of State. Gina Haspel, Deputy Director of the CIA, will succeed Mr. Pompeo, becoming the CIA’s first woman director. 


  • National People’s Congress (NPC) of China has approved the removal of the two-term limit on the presidency, effectively allowing current President Xi Jinping to remain in power for life. China had imposed a two-term limit on its president since the 1990s when Deng Xiaoping led China on a path of liberalization.
    Along with this change, political doctrine of Mr. Xi Jinping was also included in the constitution. Prior to Mr. Xi, only the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong, and late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping have their personal ideologies engraved in the Constitution.


  • French President Emmanuel Macron is on a 4-day visit to India for boosting tie-ups and relations with the country. Besides areas like maritime security and counter-terrorism, thrust would also be on increasing strategic partnerships in renewable energy, high-speed train and trade etc. during this visit.


  • U.S. President Donald Trump ordered steep new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the U.S., pursuing ahead with his “America First” agenda. The move has invited severe criticism for enticing future trade wars and surge in prices for taxpayers.


  • According to Forbes magazine’s annual billionaires list, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos is now the world’s richest man. He is followed by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet at second and third positions respectively.
    There are now a record 2,208 billionaires in the world, with their combined worth of $9.1 trillion, up 18 per cent from last year. The US has the most billionaires (585), followed by mainland China (373) and India (121).


  • The 90th Academy Awards, commonly referred to as Oscars, was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (US), on March 4, 2018. The Shape of Water won the most number of awards totaling to four at the ceremony after it was nominated into highest 13 categories.
    These awards are given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and were first presented in 1929.


  • Pakistan elects first Hindu women as member of its Upper House. Krishna Kumari Kolhi (39) from Sindh province in Pakistan became first-ever Dalit Hindu woman to get elected as Senator.


Key Updates: February 2018


  • Pakistan Supreme Court has ruled that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is disqualified to head his party Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML(N)). He was disqualified from the Parliament in July last year following Supreme Court probe into panama papers.


Key Updates: December 2017


  • Saudi Arabia lifts it's 35 year old ban on movie theatres in what is termed as a watershed moment for development of cultural economy for the country. Under its vision 2030, the government plans to invest in entertainment and tourism sector, in order to reduce its reliance on oil sector.


  • India's nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the fifth and the last seat of the world court after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election. Mr. Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.


Key Updates: November 2017


  • The 31st Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit was held in Manila, Philippines. in the presence of world leaders including Narendra Modi, Donald Trump, Rodrigo Duterte and Aung San Sue Kyi.


  • The ASEAN Summit is an annual meeting held by the member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in relation to economic, and cultural development of Southeast Asian countries. Inaugurated on February 24, 1976 the frequency of the summit is bi-annually.


  • The military in Zimbabwe launched a 'coup' on November 14- 15, 2017, to take down long-time leader Robert Mugabe. The coup was bloodless and was stated as a move to economic degradation of the country.


  • World Immunization Day was observed on November 10., to make people aware about the importance of getting timely vaccinations against vaccine preventable diseases.


Key Updates: October 2017


  • United Nations Day was celebrated on 24 October, 2017 across the countries. The day has been observed since 1948 as it marks the anniversary of the United Nations Charter coming in force in 1945.


  • The first-ever Tri Services Joint Exercise between Indian and Russian Armed Forces, INDRA-2017 began on October 19, 2017 near Vladivostok in Russia. This bilateral exercise was done separately previously. The exercise is meant to facilitate mutual trust and exchange of best practices and thus is a landmark event in Indo- Russia defence operations


  • October 16 was observed as World Food Day to raise awareness on the issues of poverty and hunger. It was started by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in November 1979 to raise awareness on food security. The theme for this year was "Change the future of migration. Invest in food security."


  • October 13 was observed as International Day for Disaster Reduction, across the countries in the world. The day is to commemorate the successes made in area of disaster relief and make commitments to taking additional actions for disaster reduction.


  • The International Day of the Girl Child was celebrated by on October 11, all over the world. The theme for this year was- ‘Empower’ girls: Before, during and after conflict'.

Business and Economy updates


Key Updates: August  2019


  1. According to the Economic Survey 2018-19, what is the  Fiscal Deficit of the Central Government stood at ? - 3.4% of GDP in 2018-19


  1. What is the name of operating system rolled out by Huawei? - HarmonyOS


  1. What are the details of proposed mergers of Public Sector Banks? - Government has decided to merge 10 banks into 4 as detailed below:

  • Punjab National Bank will absorb Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank of India to form the nation's second-largest state-owned lender

  • Canara Bank will merger with  Syndicate Bank

  • Union Bank of India will amalgamate with Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank

  • Indian Bank will merge with Allahabad Bank


  1. What is India’s GDP growth rate in the first quarter of FY 2019-20? - 5%

      5. How much dividend and surplus reserves are being transferred from RBI to Union Government? - Rs. 1.76 lakh crore


Key Updates: July 2019


  1. Who led the inter-ministerial panel that has recommended banning crypto currencies in India? - Subhash garg

  2. Which committee was formed to review RBI’s economic capital framework and has proposed a nominal transfer of surplus to the central government in a phased manner? - Bimal Jalan Committee

  3. Who can be the beneficiary in Pradhan Mantri Kisan Mandhaan Yojana? - Small and marginal farmers who own less than two hectares on land.

  4. India’s 7th Economic Census has started from which state? - Tripura (The census is being conducted by Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) & will be held this year after a gap of five years.The ministry has partnered with CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, a Special Purpose Vehicle under the Ministry of Electronics and Information.)

  5. NITI Aayog has partnered with which social networking site to promote women entrepreneurs?- WhatsApp

  6. The GST Council has decided to reduce GST Rate on Electrical Vehicles from 12% to how much per cent? - 5%

  7. Which Indian economist has unveiled an account aggregator model “Sahamati”? - Nandan Nilekani

  8. Who has been appointed as Managing Director (MD) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of World Bank - Anshula Kant (MD of State Bank of India)


Key Updates: June 2019


  • BYPL launches ‘Susthome’ energy saving app: Aiming at the cut down on electricity consumption, BYPL along with TERI have introduced Susthome which is a ‘behavioral energy saving app’. This app will track energy consumption patterns of the consumers. It will then analyze and compare it with that of similar homes and show energy saving potential.  The first phase of the project will be rolled out in selective cooperative housing societies in Delhi. BYPL is a collaboration between the Government of Delhi and Reliance Infrastructure Limited.


  • Sharad Kumar Saraf is the new president of FIEO: Chairman and founder of Technocraft Industries Sharad Kumar Saraf become the new president of Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO). He has also served twice as vice-president and four times as regional chairman. Federation of Indian Export Organisations was established in 1965 and works with the international trading community of India, Centre and state governments, railways, ports, surface transport, financial institutions etc.


  • Canara Bank’s General Manager Sarada Kumar Hota takes over as NHB MD: Former managing director of Can Fin Homes Sarada Kumar Hota takes charge as the new Managing Director of National Housing Bank (NHB). His term will be for three years. He succeeds Sriram Kalyanaraman. Can Fin home is a subsidiary of Canara Bank.


  • NALCO to get President’s award for excellent CSR in social development: National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), an Odisha-based Navaratna Company has been selected for President’s award for utilisation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund in social development. NALCO was selected for its “Aliali Jhia” Scheme. The scheme was on the line of ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ to adapt and promote the poor and talented girls for education. It aimed to promote the education of Girls of BPL (Below Poverty Line) families.


  • Oracle launches AMLXE to curb banking frauds: The Oracle has designed “Anti Money Laundering Express Edition(AMLXE)”  to detect, investigate, and report suspected money laundering and terrorist financing activity. It uses new architecture principles to offer quick deployment on premise or on cloud infrastructures allowing firms to transition at reduced implementation costs. The solution includes an in-built library with scenarios have the ability to detect money laundering behaviors.It allows visual scenario configuration, reduces coding overheads, and helps easy adaptation to fluctuate compliance demands.


  • Amit Agarwal, head of Amazon India appointed as the Chairman of IAMAI: Amit Agarwal, Amazon India Senior Vice-President and Country Head named as the new Chairman of Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). He succeeds Rajan Anandan. He was the former Google India Managing Director (MD).


  • World Bank approves $147 Million Loan to the Government of Jharkhand: The World Bank approved a $147 million loan agreement to provide basic urban services to the people of Jharkhand. Their aim is to improve the management capacity of the urban local bodies (ULBs) in the state. The focus is on improving the municipal sector’s capacity to provide basic urban services. The main aim is to strengthen the capacity of the Jharkhand Urban Infrastructure Development Company (JUIDCO). They invest in urban services such as water supply, sewerage, drainage, and urban roads.


  • Tech Mahindra signs contract with Airbus: Tech Mahindra signed a multi-year contract with Airbus for cabin and cargo design engineering. The relationship with Airbus in consolidating their global supplier base while driving business efficiencies and competencies in this process. The main aim is to capitalize on the specialized skills and competencies in the growing cabin engineering business over the next few years. Their motto to develop innovative engineering and digital solutions for our customers.


  • India extended $15 million grant to Niger to organize the AU summit: India extended USD 15 million assistance to Nigeria for organizing the African Union (AU) summit scheduled to be held in Niamey. This summit is scheduled to be held in Niamey from July 7-8. It is the first time that Niger is scheduled to host an AU summit. This summit is expected to launch the historic African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). India provided Lines of Credit worth USD 96.54 million to Nigeria for projects in transport, electrification, solar energy, and potable drinking water. India also establishes the Mahatma Gandhi International Convention Centre (MGICC) in Niamey under grant assistance.


  • Facebook launches digital currency Libra: Facebook launched its own digital currency ‘Libra’, powered by blockchain technology, for users around the world. Facebook’s ‘Calibra’ digital wallet will let users save, send and spend Libra with a smartphone. The digital wallet, expected to launch in 2020, will be available in Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and as a standalone app.


  • FundzBazar launched ‘Selfie Wala KYC’ feature for first-time mutual fund investors: FundzBazar online mutual fund investment platform launched by Prudent, launched ‘Selfie Wala KYC’ feature. It is applicable for the first-time mutual fund investors. Investors can complete their KYC (Know your Customer) process at any place. It allows the investors to carry out the IPV (In-Person Verification) to upload a video and a selfie to speed up the KYC process. The 5 steps should be followed are Upload and enter Proof of Address, Date of Birth. Upload PAN Card. Download Signature Declaration form, sign it and upload it. To avail this feature, investors need to sign up and register on Fundzbazar which is available on the website and FundzBazar Android Mobile App.


  • Adani Group got its approval for the Carmichael coal mine project in Australia: Adani-led Adani Group has got its approval from the Queensland state government, Australia for the Carmichael coal mine project in Australia. The plan was approved by the central government in April 2019. The project aims to ensure energy security for India and create more jobs for Australia. Adani Group’s mining project in Australia faced various controversies for almost nine years as the environmentalists warned it of the severe damage it might cause to the Great Barrier Reef.


  • Japan to invest Rs 13,000 crores in Northeast India: The Government of Japan planned to invest an amount of 205.784 billion Yen equal to Rs 13000 crores to complete new projects in different states of India’s North- Eastern region. This decision is disclosed after a meeting held with Minister Jitendra Singh with Japanese delegation led by Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu. The important topics where Japan collaborates include Guwahati Water Supply Project and Guwahati Sewage Project in Assam, Northeast Road Network. The main project established all over Assam and Meghalaya and Biodiversity Conservation and Forest Management Project in Sikkim and Tripura, Technical Cooperation Project for Sustainable Agriculture & Irrigation in Mizoram, Forest Management Project in Nagaland.


  • Max Life Insurance Company launched ‘My Protection Quotient’ Tool: Max Life Insurance company one of the famous insurance companies in India announced the launch of a unique proprietary tool, ‘My Protection Quotient’ (MyPQ) its commitment to ensuring financial protection in the country. MyPQ a smart tool designed to gauge the level of an individual’s financial protection and their main aim to promote awareness and importance of term plans in protecting the financial future of families. Its aim to help customers understand various aspects of financial planning, elements that are missing or require an upgrade to ensure that they have the right amount of life cover which helps customers to achieve their life goals with risk protection.


  • State Bank of India introduces Repo Rate-Linked Home Loan: State Bank of India Introduced repo rate-linked home loans July 1, 2019. The Key interest rate is reduced to 5.75%. After the move, the effective repo-linked lending rate (RLLR) for a cash credit and overdraft customers will be 8 per cent. The Reserve Bank of India’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) lowered the repo rate by 25 basis points and switched to an “accommodative” stance from “neutral”. The decision by the RBI to ease the monetary policy follows official data last month showing India lost its status as the fastest growing major economy to China. SBI has a share of around 35 per cent in home loans and auto loans.


  • Singapore topped the IMD World competitiveness Ranking 2019: Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Ranking 2019 said Singapore has dethroned the US to become the most competitive economy in the world. Hong Kong stands the second spot in the list. USA stands third followed by Switzerland and UAE with fourth and fifth respectively. Qatar entered the top 10. India ranked 43, one position higher compared to 2018. The ranking process considers a wide range of hard statistics such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), unemployment and government spending on health and education. IMD also used the soft data from an executive Opinion Survey which covers other parameters such as social cohesion, globalization and corruption.


  • Mahindra Group won Gold Award in South Africa: Mahindra Company has 60 dealers in South Africa secured top position out of which 29 vehicle brands surveyed for the awards. They received the award from the country’s National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and resided at Africa for 16 years and they tested dealer’s satisfaction with the way a brand supports and communicated with them. This Award is a welcome recognition of the team’s hard work in every aspect of dealer support knowing that happy dealer ultimately leads to a happy customer. It was established in 1945 as Mohammad & Mahindra and later renamed as Mahindra and Mahindra.


  • ICICI Bank launches centre for MSMEs in Bengaluru: ICICI Bank launched a centre in Bengaluru to provide business solutions exclusively to start-ups and MSME sector. ICICI Bank along with Viral Rupani, Retail Business Head South, ICICI Bank inaugurated the centre. The services offered include working capital loans up to Rs 20 crore, business loans (based on GST returns) up to Rs 1 crore, instant overdraft facility of Rs 15 lakh, extensive trade solutions and cash management services, among others. The centre has a legal and valuation desk to assist customers in resolving challenges pertaining to collaterals offered for various loans.


  • Ashok Leyland ties up with Suryoday Small Finance Bank for vehicle loans: Ashok Leyland has partnered with Suryoday Small Finance Bank for vehicle loans. The two partners have signed an initial agreement to enter a strategic financing partnership for three years. Under the agreement, the bank will provide end-to-end financial solutions to Ashok Leyland’s customers for auto loans across India. Suryoday Small Finance Bank will benefit its customers with financial products and with a hassle-free experience.


  • Sundar Pichai, Adena Friedman receives 2019 Global Leadership Award: Google’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sundar Pichai and Nasdaq President Adena Friedman selected for Global Leadership Awards 2019 by business advocacy group USIBC. They both are recognized for their companies contribution as the leading technology-driven platforms Washington-based US-India Business Council (USIBC) gives this award for achievements in over 30 categories for talented people who are recognized for their work by their companies. The award will be given in ‘India Ideas Summit’ next week. Google and Nasdaq at the vanguard, bilateral trade in goods and services grew by nearly 150% over the past five years to touch $142.1 billion in 2018.


  • RBI approved the appointment of Rakesh Makhija as chairman of Axis Bank: Rakesh Makhija, the independent director was appointed as the non-executive (part-time) chairman of the bank, for a period of 3 years, with effect from July 18, 2019, up to July 17, 2022. In March, the board of the Axis bank had approved the appointment of Rakesh Makhija as chairman subject to RBI clearance. Rakesh Makhija has held a number of top management positions within the SKF Group. Prior to joining SKF, he was the chief executive officer and managing director of Tata Honeywell Ltd.


  • Flipkart co-founder joins Ujjivan Small Finance Bank as Director: Ujjivan Small Finance Bank appointed Flipkart founder Sachin Bansal as its independent director. This is the second big futuristic move by Ujjivan management after it roped in HDFC Bank’s digital banking head Nitin Chugh as its next chief executive. The company was founded on 1 February 2017 by Samit Ghosh. It is headquartered in Bangalore.


  • Two-wheeler loan named ‘Sabse Khaas Loan’ launched by L & T Finance: Indian multinational conglomerate, L&T Finance, a subsidiary of L&T Finance Holdings, launched ‘Sabse Khaas Loan’ for two-wheeler customers. This scheme provides burden-free and low-cost finance for two-wheelers eliminates the need for hypothecation of the vehicle to the financier over the tenure of the loan. The Borrowers can choose 3 different EMI periods- 6, 12 and 18 months with the interest rates between 7.99 percent and 8.99 percent.


  • SpiceJet chief Ajay Singh elected to IATA board: SpiceJet’s Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh is elected to the board of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), less than three months after the airline joined the global grouping. Founder and former chairman of the now grounded Jet Airways Naresh Goyal, who was associated with the IATA for a long time, was a member on the previous board. The new board of the global airlines’ grouping would be chaired by Lufthansa Group Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr, who took charge after the conclusion of the IATA annual general meeting at Seoul, South Korea. SpiceJet became the first Indian low-cost carrier to take membership of the IATA, a grouping of around 290 airlines.   


Key Updates: May 2019


  • US removes India from its currency monitoring list: The US government has removed India from its monitoring list for currency manipulation, clearing doubts over India’s foreign exchange policies including undervaluation of currencies to gain export advantages.


  • Saudi Arabia lifts export ban on fruits and vegetable from Kerala: Kerala's fruits and vegetable exporters have heaved a sigh of relief following the lifting of the export ban by Saudi Arabia after the Nipah virus attack last year.


  • Indian delegation participates in second SCO Mass Media Forum at Bishkek: The Second Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Mass Media Forum is being held at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The Forum aims to strengthen the exchange and cooperation in the field of mass media amongst SCO countries. It offers a unique platform for active work through mass media to create an objective vision of the organization and strengthen its positive image in the global information space.


  • ADB to provide $750 million loan for railway track electrification Project in India: Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed an agreement to provide long-term financing of $750 million equivalent in Indian rupees — the largest single non-sovereign loan ever committed by ADB — to the Indian Railway Finance Corporation (IRFC), to fund the Railways track electrification project.


  • Wirecard teams up with India to issue PAN cards: German payments company Wirecard would work with India to simplify the process of issuing tax identity cards required to open bank accounts, transfer money or complete business transactions.


  • India's Forex reserve rises to over $420.055 billion: Reserve Bank of India's weekly data shows that the overall forex reserves rose to $420.055 billion from $418.687 billion.


  • HDFC Capital Advisors launches HeART initiative: HDFC Capital Advisors Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of HDFC, has announced the launch of its new initiative termed 'HeART' that seek to promote technologies to make affordable housing more affordable.


  • RBI releases Vision (2019-2021) document for e-Payment system: The Reserve Bank of India released a vision document for ensuring a safe, secure, convenient, quick and affordable e-payment system as it expects the number of digital transactions to increase more than four times to 8,707 crore in December 2021.


  • India finds OECD index for services trade faulty: India has found problems with the current method under which the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ranks countries based on their services trade policies, indicating the outcomes are biased and counter-intuitive. Launched in 2014, the Services Trade Restrictiveness Index (STRI), computed by the OECD, is now available for 2018 for a total of 45 economies (36 OECD and the rest non-OECD) and 22 sectors.


  • Sanjiv Puri appointed ITC's new chairman: The country's largest cigarette maker ITC informed exchanges that its board of directors has appointed Managing Director Sanjiv Puri as its Chairman with immediate effect following the demise of YC Deveshwar, who was the chairman and non-executive director of the diversified conglomerate.


  • Hinduja Brothers tops for 3rd time: The billionaire Hinduja brothers have been named as the wealthiest people in the UK for a third time.


  • Konkan Railways signs agreement with Nepal Railways: Konkan Railways Corporation Ltd (KRCL) signed an agreement with Nepal's Department of Railways under which the former will supply two 1600 HP DEMU train sets. The agreement was signed in Kathmandu in the presence of Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri, and Nepalese Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport Secretary, Madhusudan Adhikari. The trains will run on the 34 km long stretch between Jayanagar in India and Kurtha in Nepal.


  • Jeff Bezos has unveils a new lunar lander spacecraft: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos showcased a mock-up of a new lunar lander spacecraft, it will be able to take equipment and humans to the moon by 2024. The spacecraft was built by his Blue Origin rocket company and is called Blue Moon.


  • Amul to sponsor Afghanistan in Cricket World Cup 2019: Amul has been announced as the principal sponsor of the Afghanistan cricket team for the upcoming World Cup, slated to be held in England.


  • HealthKart to raise 173 cr from Belgium's advent management: Gurugram-based health and fitness products platform HealthKart is raising about Rs 173 crore from Belgium-based Advent Management, Entrackr revealed. It has raised around Rs 346 crore worth preference and equity capital since July last year.


  • Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian appointed as Advisory Council Member in 15th Finance Commission: The Chief Economic Advisor to Central government, Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian has been included as the member of the Advisory Council of the Fifteenth Finance Commission. Dr. Krishnamurthy Subramanian will be the twelfth Member of the Council. The role and function of the Council is to advise the Commission on any issue or subject related to the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the Commission, which may be of relevance and to assist in the preparation of any paper or research study which would enhance the Commission's understanding on the issue contained in its ToR.


  • Iraq remains India’s top crude oil supplier in 2019: Iraq has, for the second year in a row, become India’s top crude oil supplier, meeting more than a fifth of the country’s oil needs in 2018-19 fiscal year.


  • Netherlands emerges as 3rd largest FDI in India: The Netherlands has emerged as the third largest foreign direct investor in India during 2017-18, with investments pegged at about $2.67 billion across sectors.


Key Updates: April 2019


  • SBI General Insurance launched cyber defence insurance: SBI General Insurance has launched a product to protect businesses from financial and reputational losses due to cyber attacks.


  • ETMONEY becomes India's first comprehensive financial services app to integrate UPI: India’s largest app for financial services, ETMONEY announced that it has integrated unified payment interface (UPI) as a payment method on its platform as it looks to double its monthly user base by the end of the year. The integration of UPI will simplify the mutual fund payment experience for millions of ETMONEY users as the company continues its journey to simplify the financial lives of new age Indians.


  • Fincare Small Finance Bank won the Celent Model Bank 2019 Award: Fincare Small Finance Bank (SFB) has been awarded the prestigious Celent Model Bank 2019 Award in the category of Financial Inclusion, for 'Redesigning Lending to Reach Small Businesses'. The award recognizes LAP (Loans Against Property) D.Lite, a tab-based solution designed and developed in-house by Fincare SFB for origination and instant underwriting of loans against property targeted at micro and small enterprises.


  • Rajesh Kumar Yaduvanshi appointed as Executive Director of Punjab National Bank: Punjab National Bank (PNB) has appointed Rajesh Kumar Yaduvanshi as the Executive Director of the bank. Yaduvanshi brings with him a diversified experience of over 3 decades in the banking industry, having held senior positions in the banking sector both in India and abroad.


  • Canara Bank becomes the first PSB in India to meet RBIs EMV Mandate: Canara Bank, one of India’s largest public sector banks with nearly 6,300 branches and a network of more than 10,000 ATMs, is the first public sector bank to shift to EMV chip and PIN for card present transactions across the country’s vast ATM network. The EMV shift, as in other major global markets, is aimed at reducing lost and stolen card fraud and making counterfeit card fraud more difficult.


  • IMF and World Bank launched Learning Coin for in-house purposes: The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank launched a private blockchain and quasi-cryptocurrency called “Learning Coin”. The “Learning Coin” will be accessible only within the two agencies as it is created to help the staff become familiar with the distributed ledgers, look into possible use cases of smart contracts and spot potential risks relating to money laundering and financing terrorism.


  • Bharti Airtel Launches My Circle Safety Mobile App for Women: Bharti Airtel in collaboration with FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) launched a mobile app, My Circle, to help women in case they face any problem or a panic situation.


  • India turns out to be Net Steel Importer in 2018-19 Fiscal: India was a net importer of steel during the 2018-19 fiscal year, the first time in three years, as the country lost market share among its traditional steel buyers and imports jumped on demand for higher quality steel domestically.


  • FSS launches Voice Commerce banking solution for virtual assistants: FSS, a global payments technology company, has launched FSS Voice Commerce, a real-time voice banking platform. The solution will enable customers to conduct a range of transactions round-the-clock using voice assistants.


  • HDFC AMC ranks first, ICICI AMC second in terms of assets: India’s asset management companies (AMCs) own assets under management (AUM) worth Rs 24.46 trillion, according to data released by the Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi). HDFC Asset Management Co. Ltd has claimed the top spot with an average AUM of Rs 3.42 trillion, overtaking ICICI Prudential Asset Management Co. Ltd with an average AUM of at Rs 3.20 trillion.


  • Hong Kong stock market overtakes Japan to become world’s 3rd largest: The city’s equity market has overtaken Japan to be the world’s third largest in value, behind only the U.S. and mainland China, courtesy of a rebound in Hong Kong stocks after their worst year since 2011.


  • Seventeenth MENA World Economic Forum held In Jordan: With 1,000 business and government leaders gathering in Jordan, there is a fantastic window of opportunity to put forward an economic vision for the Middle East and North Africa that can enable data, trade and labour flows, boosting the region’s global appeal for international investors. The World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa is being held at the Dead Sea. It is the tenth such meeting in Jordan and the 17th in the region.


  • India becomes YouTube's largest and fastest growing market: With substantial growth in India’s internet coverage and data growth, the country has become YouTube’s largest and fastest growing market with 265 million Indians watching the video-sharing website every month.


  • India’s GDP to expand 7.5 percent in FY20: India's GDP growth is expected to accelerate moderately to 7.5 per cent in Fiscal Year 19-20, driven by continued investment strengthening, particularly private-improved export performance and resilient consumption.


  • Emirates Islamic became world's first Islamic bank to launch banking: Emirates Islamic a bank in Dubai, UAE has announced the launch of Chat Banking services for customers via WhatsApp. With this, it will become the world’s first Islamic Bank to launch Banking Service via Whatsapp.


  • American David Malpass appointed as President of World Bank: Former Under Secretary of United States Treasury Department, David Malpass, was appointed as the 13th president of the World Bank Group.


  • ADB cuts India's growth rate to 7.2% in 2019-20: Asian Development Bank (ADB) lowered India’s growth by 40 basis points to 7.2 per cent in fiscal year 2019-20. It will be fastest growing economy in the world. The growth rate in FY 2020-21 likely to be 7.3 per cent.


  • European Union launched WTO cases against India, Turkey: The European Union has launched two World Trade Organization disputes against India over import duties on IT products and against Turkey over measures affecting pharmaceutical producers.


  • GST collections set new record Rs. 1.06 lakh crore in the month of March: GST collections for March have hit a record high of over Rs 1.06 lakh-crore. On the other hand, direct tax collections (personal income-tax and corporate tax) are likely to miss the Budget estimates.


Key Updates: March 2019


  • Singapore airport named world’s best aviation hub for the seventh time: Singapore's Changi Airport has been crowned the world's best aviation hub for the seventh time in a row, while New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport featured at number 59.


  • Adani becomes first Indian port operator to record 200 MMT cargo movement: Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) has recorded cargo movement of more than 200 million metric tonnes (MMT) at nine ports along the east and west coasts, becoming the first Indian port operator to achieve the milestone.


  • Google launches global advisory council for AI and Tech Ethics: Google has launched a global advisory council to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.


  • Bank of Baroda to launch Baroda Kisan: Public sector lender Bank of Baroda said it will develop an agri-digital platform called 'Baroda Kisan' in order to provide solutions for all major agricultural requirements.


  • India ranks 76th on WEF's global Energy Transition index: India has moved up two places to rank 76th on a global energy transition index, which has ranked 115 economies on how well they are able to balance energy security and access with environmental sustainability and affordability.


  • Japan-based aluminium alloy plant to be set up in Sri City Andhra Pradesh: Daiki Aluminium Industry India, a 100% subsidiary of Daiki Aluminium Industry Co. Ltd. of Japan, commenced work on its new aluminium alloy recycling Sri City unit with a groundbreaking ceremony.


  • Shark-face plane lands at Delhi airport for the first time: A shark-themed plane, an Embraer E190-E2 commercial jet, landed at the Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport for the first time.


  • The BusinessLine Changemaker Of The Year award to Arun Jaitley: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has presented the BusinessLine Changemaker Of The Year award to Union Minister Arun Jaitley for successfully introducing the Goods and Services Tax (GST), giving the BJP an opportunity to heckle the Congress on social media.


  • RBI categorises IDBI Bank as Private Sector Bank: Debt-ridden IDBI bank has been categorised as a private sector bank by the Reserve Bank of India, with effect from January 21, 2019. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has named State Bank of India (SBI), ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank as Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs), which in other words mean banks that are too big to fail.


  • HDFC Bank becomes 3rd company to cross Rs 6 lakh crore m-cap: India’s most valued lender HDFC Bank NSE 0.47 % crossed Rs 6 lakh crore-market capitalisation mark, becoming the third company to do so after Reliance Industries and Tata Consultancy Services.


  • Kent RO receives the Best Domestic Water Purifier Award 2019: Kent RO Systems Pvt. Ltd. has been bestowed with the Best Domestic Water Purifier Award 2018-19 for its RO+UV+UF technology at the Water Digest Water Awards organized at The Lalit, New Delhi.


  • Facebook unveiled Facebook Hubs to support startups: Social media platform Facebook has launched “Facebook Hubs”, an initiative to foster innovation and offer support for budding entrepreneurs. Facebook Hubs will extend support for startup community by hosting mentor hours and conducting trainings, workshops, discussions across 20 locations.


  • Axis Bank appoints Rakesh Makhija as new Chairman: Axis Bank has named Rakesh Makhija as its new Non-Executive Part-Time Chairman. Makhija, who is the Chairman of SKF India, will take over from current Axis Bank Chairman Sanjiv Mishra.


  • RBI to become World's 10th largest holder of gold: The Reserve Bank of India, which added 6.5 tonnes of gold to its reserves in January, taking its total holding forming part of its foreign exchange reserves to 607 tonnes, is set to become the tenth largest holder of the metal worldwide, displacing the Netherlands.


  • India launches third IT corridor in China: India has launched its third IT corridor in China that will facilitate partnerships between Indian and Chinese companies. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) entered into a partnership with China's Xuzhou city from Jiangsu Province in China to help develop the IT corridor.


  • RBI eases business guidelines for white label ATMs: RBI has eased business guidelines for white label ATMs allowing companies that manage these machines to source cash directly from the central bank, offer non bank services like bill payments and advertise even non financial products in their premises, increasing the revenue earning scope for these companies.


  • Income tax exemption limit on gratuity doubled to Rs 20 lakh: The labour ministry Santosh Kumar Gangwar has announced that the income tax exemption limit on gratuity has been doubled to Rs 20 lakh from the existing Rs 10 lakh, a move that will benefit employees who are not covered by the Payment of Gratuity Act, 1972.


  • Cabinet approved for new hydroelectric policy: The government has approved a slew of measures including providing renewable energy status for large hydel projects and new funding provisions. Earlier, hydro projects up to 25 MW capacity were considered as renewables and were eligible for various incentives like financial assistance and cheaper credit.


  • Google launches 'Bolo' app to help children read in Hindi, English: Google has unveiled a new app “Bolo” that aims to help primary school students learn to read in Hindi and English. Bolo features an animated character “Diya”, that encourages children to read stories aloud and helps if the child is unable to pronounce a word.


  • NABL launches quality assurance scheme for basic composite medical laboratories: NABL has launched another voluntary scheme called Quality Assurance Scheme (QAS) for Basic Composite (BC) Medical Laboratories. The scheme will help to bring quality at the grass root level of India’s health system where laboratories follow the imperatives of quality in all their processes. This will inculcate the habit of quality and facilitate the laboratories to achieve benchmark accreditation of ISO 15189 over a period of time.


  • SBI, Hitachi arm to roll out digital payments platform: State Bank of India (SBI) and Hitachi Payment Services Pvt Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd, had launched a merchant-acquiring joint venture, SBI Payment Services Pvt Ltd (SBIPSPL), in Mumbai, for establishing a digital payments platform for India and other countries in the region.


  • OECD has reduced the Global economic growth forecasts for 2019: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development lowered its forecast to 3.3 percent for this year, down from the 3.5 percent it predicted in November, which was itself a downgrade from a previous 3.7 per cent.


  • Scientist Ajit Kumar Mohanty appointed as BARC Director: Renowned physicist Ajit Kumar Mohanty would be the new Director of the most prestigious nuclear research institute in the country, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC).


  • Bharat Electronics launches SWAGAT- Automatic Fare Collection Gating System: Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), a defence public sector undertaking, presented SWAGAT - the Automatic Fare Collection Gating System.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the system as part of the inaugural of Phase I of the Ahmedabad Metro. SWAGAT is an initiative steered by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) in collaboration with BEL and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) with the support of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) and State Bank of India (SBI).


  • Bernard Arnault overtakes Warren Buffett to Become world's third-richest person: French luxury goods tycoon Bernard Arnault has overtaken Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett as the world's third-richest person on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.


  • TVS Motor Company won the Green Era Award for Sustainability: TVS Motor Company has bagged the international sustainability award - Green Era Award for Sustainability - in Lisbon, Portugal. The two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturer also won the “Quality and Business Excellence Award” for its endeavour to create new benchmarks in product quality.


  • Mukesh Ambani is the 13th richest person in the world: The Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani is now jumped six positions to rank 13th on Forbes World's Billionaire list, that was again topped by Jeff Bezos.


  • Textiles Minister launches scheme for development of knitting and knitwear sector: The Union Textile Ministry has launched a comprehensive Scheme for the development of the knitwear sector under PowerTex India. The scheme was launched simultaneously in three major clusters, Tirupur, Ludhiana and Kolkata.


  • Indian railways ICF Chennai becomes worlds largest rail coach manufacturer: The Integral Coach Factory (ICF) in Chennai has manufactured as many as 301 coaches in the month of February, taking the total for this fiscal to 2,919.


Key Updates: February 2019


  • Govt detects Rs 20,000 cr GST evasion in April-Feb FY'19: The government has detected Rs 20,000 crore worth GST evasion so far this fiscal and will take more steps to check frauds and increase compliance.


  • PepsiCo former CEO Indra Nooyi joins Amazon's Board of Directors: PepsiCo India-born former CEO Indra Nooyi has joined Amazon's board of directors. Nooyi, who stepped down as CEO of Pepsico in October last year, is the second women of colour to be added on the Amazon's board of Directors.


  • Afghanistan begins export to India through Iran's Chabahar port: Afghanistan began exports to India through the Chabahar port in Iran. This is the first time Afghanistan has exported goods to India bypassing the Pakistan route. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flagged off the first consignment of exports. Twenty-three trucks carrying 57 tonnes of dried fruits, textiles, carpets and mineral products were dispatched from the western Afghan city of Zaranj to Chabahar in Iran.


  • Govt declares currency printing presses and mints declared as public utility: The government has declared printing presses and mints as public utility service under the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947. The notification issued by the Ministry of Labour and Employment is valid for six months and can be reissued.


  • Zimbabwe banks start trading new currency RTGS dollar: Zimbabwe began formal trading of what’s effectively a new currency as it tries to ease a shortage of dollars that’s crushed the economy. The initial rate for the southern African nation’s currency, known as RTGS dollars, will be 2.5 per US dollar, central bank Governor John Mangudya told business leaders in Harare, the capital.


  • AstraZeneca join hands with Nasscom to set up an accelerator programme in healthcare: Global biopharmaceutical major AstraZeneca and IT industry body Nasscom has joined hands to set up an accelerator programme to support Indian start-ups in healthcare.


  • NIIT has joined hands with Microsoft to accelerate 'cloudification': IT firm NIIT has entered into a global collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate the "cloudification" of its enterprise clients.


  • BEL Signs Teaming Agreement With Hughes India for Helicopter: Navratna Defence PSU, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Hughes India have entered into a Teaming Agreement for design, development, supply, installation, integration and commissioning of Satellite Communication solutions for helicopters under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India at Aero India 2019, Bengaluru.


  • FDI during Apr-Dec 2018-19 falls 7% to USD: Foreign direct investment (FDI) into India contracted by 7 per cent to USD 33.49 billion during April-December in the current fiscal. Singapore was the largest source of FDI during April-December 2018-19 with USD 12.97 billion inflow, followed by Mauritius (USD 6 billion), the Netherlands (USD 2.95 billion), Japan (USD 2.21 billion), US (USD 2.34 billion), and the UK (USD 1.05 billion).


  • Tata Consultancy Services ranked as global Top Employer: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been recognised as a global top employer for the fourth consecutive year by the Top Employers institute, and is the only company among the top 10 IT services brands to receive the certification.


  • Safran aerospace major to set up plant in Hyderabad: French aerospace company Safran has announced that it was going to invest 36 million euros in Telangana to build a turbine component manufacturing facility for its advanced LEAP commercial jet engines. The new plant, set to come up near an electric wiring facility the company set up last year in GMR Special Economic Zone near the airport, will start production in early 2020.


  • Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) launches a new Micro Bachat plan: Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has launched a new micro insurance plan 'Micro Bachat'. It is a regular premium, non-linked, participating endowment micro insurance plan, which offers a combination of protection and savings.


  • India hikes customs duty to 200% on all goods imported from Pakistan: India has withdrawn MFN status to Pakistan after the Pulwama incident. Upon withdrawal, basic customs duty on all goods exported from Pakistan to India has been raised to 200% with immediate effect.


  • Siddhartha Lal won the EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2018: Siddhartha Lal, managing director and chief executive officer, Eicher Motors, has been awarded the EY Entrepreneur of the Year for 2018.


  • Voltas to invest over Rs 500 cr to set up new plant in Tirupati: Voltas Ltd, a Tata Group company, will invest over Rs 500 crore in a new manufacturing facility at Tirupati to manufacture and assemble air conditioners and related cooling products, with an initial capacity of over one million units.


  • Kerala tops state investment potential index: Kerala has emerged an achiever in the State Investment Potential Index 2018, based on the six pillars of land, labour, infrastructure, economic climate, political stability and governance and business perception.


  • Mukesh Ambani tops Hurun India Philanthropy list 2018: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani topped the Hurun India Philanthropy List 2018, with the highest contribution of Rs 437 crore between October 2017 and September 2018.


  • Government has notified eight medical equipments as Drugs: The health ministry has notified eight medical equipment, including all implantable devices, as "drugs" under Section 3 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, with effect from April 1, 2020. The medical equipment include all implantable medical devices, CT scan, MRI equipment, defibrillators, dialysis machine, PET equipment, X-ray machine and bone marrow cell separator.


  • RBI unlikely to transfer contingency fund to govt: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is unlikely to give in to the government’s demand of transferring funds that was set aside for contingency reserves in 2016-17 and 2017-18.


  • E-commerce policy to have new FDI norms: The upcoming policy to govern the country’s ecommerce is unlikely to provide for a separate regulator for the sector but will incorporate the recently updated foreign direct investment (FDI) norms.


  • Sanjiv Ranjan appointed as the India's envoy to Colombia: Ministry of External Affairs announced that Shri Sanjiv Ranjan has been appointed as the new Ambassador of India to the Republic of Colombia. Ranjan who is a 1993 batch Indian Foreign Service officer holds bachelors in Economics from Delhi University and an M.A. in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University.


  • RBI removes Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Oriental Bank of Commerce from PCA framework: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) removed three state-owned banks from the prompt corrective action (PCA) framework, allowing them to carry on normal business, especially lending. The three banks are Bank of India (BoI), Bank of Maharashtra (Mahabank), and Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC).


  • Piyush Goyal presented the Interim Budget: Union minister Piyush Goyal presented the election year Interim Budget in parliament today and announced major relief for farmers and individual taxpayers. This was the last Interim Budget of the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the Lok Sabha elections due by May.


Key Updates: January 2019


  • UAE, Saudi central banks launch common digital currency called 'Aber': The central banks of the UAE and Saudi Arabia have launched a common digital currency called "Aber", which will be used in financial settlements between the two countries through Blockchains and Distributed Ledgers technologies.


  • Amul launches Camel Milk in Gujarat: The Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Limited (GCMMF) has launched Amul camel milk in select Gujarat markets — Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad and the Kutch. Sourced from the Kutch, the camel milk will be available in a 500 ml PET bottles priced at Rs 50, and needs to be refrigerated, as has a shelf life of three days.


  • Bihar posts highest state GDP in FY18: Bihar has secured the top position among 17 non-special states in terms of GSDP growth in fiscal 2018, followed by Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Jharkhand, Kerala and Punjab are placed at the bottom in terms of growth, CRISIL report named “States of growth 2.0”.


  • India’s economy to grow at 7.5% in 2019: India is projected to grow at 7.5 per cent in 2019 and 7.7 per cent in 2020, an impressive over one percentage point ahead of China's estimated growth of 6.2 per cent in these two years.


  • BHEL and LIBCOIN to build India’s First Lithium Ion Gigafactory: Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Libcoin are in dialogue to form a world class consortium BHEL and LIBCOIN to build India’s First Lithium Ion Gigafactory to initially build 1GWh lithium ion battery plant in India. Its capacity will be scaled up to 30GWh in due course. With this, India has finally taken steps into its energy security and clean energy commitment to the world.


  • Cabinet approved infusion of Rs.6,000 crore in the Exim Bank: The government has approved a capital infusion of Rs 6,000 crore in state-owned Exim Bank to expand its business. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also approved an increase in the bank's authorised capital from Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 20,000 crore.


  • India born Dr. Rattan Lal honoured with 2019 Japan Prize: The Japan Prize Foundation has declared the laureates of the 2019 Japan Prize, who have pushed the envelope in their respective fields of "Materials and Production" and "Biological Production, Ecology". Two scientists are being recognized with the 2019 Japan Prize for original and outstanding achievements that not only contribute to the advancement of science and technology, but also promote peace and prosperity for all mankind.


  • Boeing Retains Crown as World's Largest Planemaker for 7th straight year: US-based Boeing has retained its position as the world's largest planemaker for the seventh year in a row, delivering a record 806 aircraft in 2018.


  • India set to become world's third largest consumer market: India is set to become the world's third largest consumer market behind only USA and China by 2030. Rising income will transform India to a middle class-led one from a “bottom of the pyramid economy”, with consumer spending in the country to grow from the current $1.5 trillion to $6 trillion by 2030.


  • CSO releases advance estimates of National Income for 2018-19: The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has released the First Advance Estimates of National Income at Constant (2011-12) and Current Prices, for the financial year 2018-19. India's GDP is expected to rise to 7.2 per cent during 2018-19 compared to 6.7 per cent in the previous fiscal.


  • Amazon overtakes microsoft to become world's most valuable company: Amazon has overtaken Microsoft to become the world’s most valuable listed company. The online giant was valued at $810 billion as compared to Microsoft at $789 billion.


  • Vijay Mallya First Tycoon to Be Named “Fugitive Economic Offender”: Vijay Mallya became the first tycoon to be charged under a new anti-fraud law, with a court in Mumbai naming him as an offender under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018.


  • Andhra Pradesh Tops ACIs Ease Of Doing Business Index: Andhra Pradesh topped the ranking in Ease of Doing Business followed by Maharashtra and Delhi, according to a team of researchers led by Tan Khee Giap, co-director of Asia Competitiveness Institute (ACI), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.


  • RBI forms expert committee to rejuvenate MSMEs: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has constituted an expert committee, which will review the current institutional framework in place to support MSMEs along with examining the factors affecting timely and adequate availability of finance to them.


  • SCCL launches social media wall: Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), a public sector miner, launched the social media wall on the YouTube Channel Singareni Siren, Facebook application, Instagram and Twitter handles, all at one place. It aims at bringing together all the social media applications introduced to disseminate information on the developments.


  • Export Promotion Cell for MSMEs: The ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) has established an export promotion cell to create a sustainable ecosystem for MSMEs. The benefits likely to accrue from the setting up of the cell include integration MSMEs into global value chain, evaluation of readiness of MSMEs to export their products and services, and recognition of areas where improvements are required in order to be able to export effectively and efficiently.


Key Updates: December 2018


  • India pips China in FDI inflows for the first time in 20 years: From Walmart to Schneider Electric and Unilever on the one side and TPG Capital or KKR on the other,a tide of global capital is flooding into India from strategic investors to financial sponsors and consequently changing the pecking order of mega M&A sweepstakes in the prized market of Asia. For the first time in two decades, India has been getting more foreign investment than its neighbour China.


  • P. V. Bharathi appointed as MD and CEO of Corporation Bank: The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of P V Bharathi as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Corporation Bank. Prior to this elevation, Bharathi was an Executive Director at Canara Bank.


  • RBI launches survey to capture retail payment habits: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has launched a survey to understand the “Retail Payment Habits of Individuals” (SRPHi). The survey will cover a sample of 6,000 individuals from different socio-economic background across six cities, viz., Delhi, Mumbai Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru and Guwahati.


  • Indian Firm Takes over Operations of Iran’s strategic Port Chabahar: Iran formally handed over the port to India during a first meeting of the follow-up committee for the implementation of the Chabahar Agreement between Iran, Afghanistan, and India in the port city Tehran.


  • RBI shortlists TCS, Wipro, IBM, 3 others for setting up Public Credit Registry: The Reserve Bank of India has shortlisted six major IT companies, including TCS, Wipro and IBM India, to set up a wide-based digital Public Credit Registry (PCR) for capturing details of all borrowers and wilful defaulters.


  • India overtakes Germany to become seventh largest Stock Market: India’s ascent on the global stage has claimed another victory after its stock market overtook Germany to become the seventh largest in the world. The Asian giant edged past the equity market of Europe’s largest economy for the first time in seven years.


  • NITI Aayog releases Sustainable Development Goals India Index: The NITI Aayog has released the Baseline Report of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index, which comprehensively documents the progress made by India's States and Union Territories towards implementing the 2030 SDG targets. The SDG India Index tracks progress of all States and UTs on 62 Priority Indicators selected by NITI Aayog, which in turn is guided by MoSPI's National Indicator Framework comprising 306 indicators and based on multiple-round consultations with Union Ministries/Departments and States/UTs.


  • Government approved Mahindra's Rs 1,900 crore tourism plan: The Maharashtra government has approved a film-centric entertainment destination to be developed by the Mahindra Group at an investment of Rs 1,900 crore in a suburb of Mumbai. The Bollywood theme-based tourism project will be developed on 82,950.5 sqm area belonging to the Mahindra Group on its plot in suburban Kandivali.


  • Capital First merges with IDFC Bank to create IDFC First Bank: Capital First and IDFC Bank shares rallied 5 percent intraday after the both companies announced completion of their merger. Both shares had also gained 5 percent each in previous session.


  • Nasscom partnered with IIT Madras for skill development: IT industry body Nasscom has announced a partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras for reskilling students and employees in the Information Technology sector and IT-enabled Services (ITeS). The partnership is aimed at building an able workforce to support the industry and other stakeholders.


  • Nepal government bans use of Indian currency notes above Rs 100: Nepal’s government has banned the use of Indian currency notes of Rs 2,000, Rs 500 and Rs 200 denominations, in a move that could affect Indian tourists visiting the Himalayan nation, where Indian currency is widely used, as well as Nepalese working in India.


  • Iran falls to 6th biggest oil supplier to India in November: India's monthly oil imports from Iran plunged to their lowest in a year in November with Tehran dropping two places to become only the sixth biggest supplier after New Delhi cut purchases due to the impact of U.S. sanctions, according to ship tracking data and industry sources.


  • India, China join hands to promote tea globally: Indian Tea Association (ITA) and China Tea Marketing Association (CTMA), have signed a memorandum of understanding to promote green and black tea consumption in major tea markets in Europe, the U.S., Russia and West Asia, besides India and China.


  • British telecom to set up research centre in Bengaluru: Global telecom behemoth British Telecommunications plc (BT) was setting up a research centre in Bengaluru in partnership with the premier Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for collaborative research. The Centre will focus on the development of artificial intelligence, mobility and cyber-security technologies, and utilise these in the company’s programmes, products and services.


  • OBOPAY launches new generation pre-payment instrument for enterprise customers: OBOPAY, the global financial technology company has launched a new generation pre-payment instrument named as OBOPAY card in partnership with Federal Bank and MasterCard. The new card will have multiple features like split transaction, multi wallet facility, ATM withdrawals, inter-card fund transfer, and many others.


  • Arundhati Bhattacharya appointed as the new chairman of SWIFT: Former SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya has been appointed the chairman of SWIFT India Domestic Services, the local unit of SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) global. Arundhati Bhattacharya served India’s largest bank by assets SBI as its 24th Chairman.


  • Government notifies four commonly used medical devices as drugs: Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has notified commonly used medical devices nebulizers, blood pressure monitors, digital thermometers and glucometers as drugs under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. It will enable the government to ensure their quality and performance. The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) will regulate the import, manufacture and sale of these devices from January 2020.


  • World Bank assisted project SMART launched in Maharashtra: Maharashtra Government has released Planet Lender assisted Condition of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation (Clever) Undertaking to renovate rural Maharashtra. This task aims to revamp agricultural worth chains, with exclusive target on marginal farmers across 1,000 villages. This initiative is in line with Union Government’s action in the direction of doubling farmers’ earnings by 2022.


  • Repo rate keeps unchanged at 6.5% in monetary policy: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) kept its policy rates unchanged as was widely expected, and cut its inflation forecast for the rest of the financial year, citing a sharp fall in crude oil prices and food “deflation”.


  • CCEA approves strategic sale of Rural Electrification Corporation: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its ‘In Principle’ approval for strategic sale of the Government of India’s existing 52.63% of total paid up equity shareholding in Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) to Power Finance Corporation (PFC) along with transfer of management control.


  • Cabinet approves launch of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the launching of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) to be implemented by Department of Science & Technology at a total outlay of Rs. 3660 crore for a period of five years.


  • RBI to introduce Ombudsman Scheme for Digital Transactions: The Reserve Bank has introduced an “ombudsman scheme” to provide cost-free mechanism to redress grievances of customers related to digital transactions.


  • Yes Asset Management receives SEBIs approval to launch 2 new schemes: YES Asset Management has received markets regulator SEBI's approval to launch two mutual fund schemes i.e. YES Liquid Fund and YES Ultra Short Term Fund.


  • Qatar to leave OPEC from January 2019: Qatar is set to leave the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), having joined the cartel back in 1961. According to the series of tweets, the withdrawal decision reflects Qatar’s desire to focus its efforts on plans to develop and increase its natural gas production from 77 million tons per year to 110 million tons in the coming years.


  • World Bank unveils US $200 billion in climate action investment for 2021-25: The World Bank has unveiled USD 200 billion in climate action investment for 2021-25, adding this amount to a doubling of its current five-year funding.


Key Updates: November 2018


  • DRL launches Chlorthalidone tablets in United States: Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) has launched Chlorthalidone tablets, a therapeutic equivalent generic version of Hygroton (chlorthalidone) tablets used in the treatment of high blood pressure, in the U.S.


  • RBI eases external commercial borrowing norms: The Reserve Bank of India has relaxed norms for external commercial borrowings (ECBs) by reducing the mandatory hedging provision to 70 per cent from the current 100 per cent. The relaxed norms will apply to the ECBs with a maturity period between three and five years, the central bank said in a notification.


  • India and China amends Double Taxation Avoidance treaty: The Government of India and the People’s Republic of China have signed a protocol, to amend the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) for the avoidance of double taxation and for the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income.


  • 2019 Ducati launched Panigale V4 R in India: Ducati India has launched its flagship supersport motorcycle, the 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R, at Rs 51.87 lakh (ex-showroom India). This is an introductory price and bookings for the motorcycle are now open across all Ducati dealerships in India.


  • Paytm partners with LIC for insurance premium payments: Paytm has announced a strategic partnership with the country’s largest insurance firm – Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to allow users make LIC insurance premium payments seamlessly on the platform in under a minute.


  • Carpet city Bhadohi gets “export excellence” tag: The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has granted the export excellence tag to Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh which is known by the name Carpet city.


  • Prime Minister launches Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge: The Prime Minister of India launched a Grand Challenge on resolving seven identified Ease of Doing Business problems with the use of cutting edge technologies. The objective of this Challenge is to tap the potential of young Indians, startups and other private enterprises to provide solutions to complex problems using current technology.


  • NSE launched online platform for retail investors to buy G-sec: National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) has launched a mobile application and web-based platform for retail investors to buy government securities. The launch of the app for investing in government securities is an important milestone at a time when the country is seeing a surge in digital payments.


  • IKEA to launch Better Air Now initiative: Ikea plans to turn rice straw, a rice harvesting residue that is traditionally burned and contributes heavily to air pollution, into a new renewable material source for Ikea products. Its main aim is to take action on one of the largest, global environmental issues by launching its “Better Air Now” initiative.


  • Mahindra opened its electric technology manufacturing hub in Bengaluru: Mahindra Electric Mobility has opened its electric technology manufacturing hub set up with an investment of Rs 100 crore in Bengaluru. The manufacturing hub is the next step by Mahindra in the electric technology space to increase local value addition and bring affordable electric vehicle (EV) technology to redefine mobility in India.


  • Government to release Rs 75 coin to mark 75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by Bose: The government has announced it will release a Rs 75 commemorative coin on the occasion of 75th anniversary of hoisting of Tricolour for the first time by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Port Blair.


  • Google to Increase a Transparency Policy For Buying Political Adverts Ahead of Indian Elections: Google is planning to implement a policy in India that was used during the US mid-term elections, where it tried to put in place a control over who is spending on political advertisements.


  • IndusInd Bank launches Nexxt Credit Card in India with buttons: IndusInd Bank has launched the IndusInd Bank Nexxt Credit Card - the first interactive Credit Card in India with buttons, which provides customers with the flexibility of three payment options at a Point of Sale (POS) terminal - Credit, Converting Transactions into EMIs with 4 tenure options (6, 12, 18 & 24 months) or using accumulated Reward Points, by simply pushing a button on the card.


  • Twitter launches PowerOf18 campaign to boost youth engagement for 2019 polls: Twitter India has launched a new initiative titled PowerOf18, aimed at encouraging the youth to contribute in public debates and participate in civic engagement for the 2019 general elections.


  • India overtakes US to become 2nd largest smartphone market behind China: India has overtaken the United States to become the second largest smartphone market in the July-September 2018 quarter. Recovering from a slump in the previous financial quarter, India grew its mobile phone shipments by 23% from the previous year.


  • Cabinet approves setting up of Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh: The Union cabinet has approved the “Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh” will be set up in Relli village of Vizianagaram District as provided under the Thirteenth Schedule to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.


  • India participates in China's First International Import Expo: India will participate in China's first international import expo in Shanghai as part of its efforts to reduce the over USD 51 billion trade deficit with the neighbouring nation. Leaders from 18 countries, including Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will participate in the six-day mega event, which is aimed at exhibiting China's import potential.


  • Reliance Industries receives India's first LC payment via blockchain: HSBC has executed India's first financial transaction using blockchain for a deal involving an export by Reliance Industries to an American client. The blockchain-enabled letter of credit transaction was for a shipment from the Mukesh Ambani-led company to US-based Tricon Energy, and helped reduce the time required to process the documents.


  • RBI initiates process to set up digital Public Credit Registry: The Reserve Bank of India has initiated steps to set up a wide-based digital Public Credit Registry (PCR) to capture details of all borrowers, including wilful defaulters and also the pending legal suits in order to check financial delinquencies.


  • Indian Coast Guard launches new Offshore patrol vessel ICGS Varaha: The Indian Coast Guard has launched a new offshore patrol vessel called ICGS Varaha from a corporate shipyard near Chennai. This is the third in a series of seven similar ships to be handed over to the Coast Guard. The timeline for the delivery of all the vessels is March 2021.


  • India moves up to 77th World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index: India has jumped 23 ranks in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business Index 2018 to 77. The Index ranks 190 countries across 10 indicators ranged across the lifecycle of a business from “starting a business” to “resolving insolvency”.


  • Government Promulgates Ordinance to amend Companies Act, 2013: The government has promulgated an ordinance to amend the companies Act, 2013. The President has assented to the promulgation of the Companies Ordinance, 2018 wherein various provisions related to change in financial year, re-introducing of commencement certificate, registered office, conversion of company, and deposit have been discussed.


  • India to get U.S. sanctions waiver on oil trade with Iran: The US has agreed to let eight countries - including Japan, India and South Korea - keep buying Iranian oil after it re-imposes sanctions on the OPEC producer to choke the Islamic Republic’s biggest source of income and pressure it to renegotiate a new nuclear deal.


  • ICICI Bank launched co-branded credit card with Amazon pay: ICICI Bank has announced the launch of a co-branded credit card in an exclusive partnership with “Amazon Pay”, the online payment platform of the global e-commerce company Amazon. Christened, “Amazon Pay ICICI Bank Credit Card”, the card offers best in the industry rewards points programme for the digitally savvy customers.


  • India tops as Asia’s most investment savvy economy: India is Asia's most investment savvy economy and more than two-thirds of the country's affluent class prefer to use various investment products to achieve their financial goals and greater social mobility.


Key Updates: October 2018


  • RBI to inject Rs 40,000 crores into banking system via OMO in November 2018: The Reserve Bank of India will inject Rs 40,000 crore in the banking system via open market operations in November through purchase of government securities as it looks to meet festive season demand for funds.


  • India doubles its presence in QS Asia Ranking 2019: Indian higher education institutes have doubled their presence in the 2019 edition of the QS Asia Rankings, but none made it to the top 20. The National University of Singapore has been assessed as Asia’s best university. IIT-Bombay remains the highest ranked institution.


  • BEML received Top Challengers and Best Mining Equipment Seller Award: Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), a Mini Ratna Public Sector Undertaking, under the Ministry of Defence, received the prestigious “Top Challengers Award 2018” for the excellent performance during financial year 2017-18 and Best Seller in Crawler Equipment- Dozers and Rigid Dump Truck segment for mining sectors.


  • Roopam Sharma Won World Health Summit Startup Award In Berlin: Roopam Sharma, a 23-year old Indian scientist, won the World Health Summit Startup award, 2018 for his invention, Manovue – the world’s first intelligent personal assisting system for the visually impaired. Sharma was awarded at an annual event of the health summit in Berlin recently.


  • India To Become Third Largest Aviation Market: India, currently the world’s seventh largest aviation market, is set to be among top three aviation market by 2024 according to global aviation body IATA.


  • Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank, Dena Bank to set up internal committees to merge operations: Bank of Baroda (BoB), Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank will be merged to create the country’s third largest lender as part of efforts to revive credit and economic growth.


  • India ranked 58th in WEF’s Global Competitiveness Index 2018: India has been ranked as the 58th most competitive economy on the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness index for 2018, which was topped by the US. India's rank rose by five places from 2017, the largest gain among G20 economies.


  • OYO Hotels launches operations in UAE: OYO has launched the operations with over 10, full inventory franchised and operated hotels in Dubai, Sharjah and Fujairah in the UAE.


  • Structural reforms making India resilient to global shocks: Structural reforms in areas like taxation and bankruptcy are helping the Indian economy in building resilience to global shocks and maintain a robust growth rate despite challenges.


  • India-Azerbaijan sign protocol on trade and economic, science and technology cooperation: India-Azerbaijan has signed protocol on trade and economic, science and at the 5th meeting of India-Azerbaijan Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic, Science and Technology Cooperation which concluded in New Delhi. During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on present economic situation and reviewed the current status of bilateral trade. Trade turnover between India and Azerbaijan from January to August this year was 657.9 million dollars.


  • Singapore tops World Bank first Human Capital Index: The World Bank has unveiled a new system to rank countries based on their success in developing “human capital”. The index ranks 157 countries based on their education and health outcomes and the impact they are having on productivity. Singapore topped the list, followed by South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong.


  • Indus Towers Wins Deming Prize for 2018: Indus Towers, world's largest telecom tower company has won the Deming Prize for 2018, being the first Indian company in the service sector and the fifth in the world to achieve this. The Deming Prize was bestowed on Indus Towers for distinctive performance improvements through the application of Total Quality Management (TQM) practices.


  • WEF launches Centre for Fourth Industrial Revolution in India: The World Economic Forum has launched its new centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in India, which would aim to bring together the government and business leaders to pilot emerging technology policies.


  • India to be the 11th wealthiest: India will be the world's 11th wealthiest nation, ahead of countries such as Switzerland, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Taiwan. India's personal wealth will grow to $5 trillion by 2022, up from $3 trillion in 2017.


  • India's aluminium makers win Japan sales in market shake-up: Indian aluminium makers including Hindalco Industries and Vedanta Ltd are boosting sales to Japan as U.S. sanctions against Russia’s Rusal and import tariffs shake up traditional supply routes.


  • NASSCOM unveils Centre of Excellence for IoT in Haryana: In collaboration with the Haryana government, Indian IT industry's apex body Nasscom has launched its Centre of Excellence for Internet of Things (CoE - IoT). The aim of Nasscom's Centre of Excellence is to act as a perfect collaboration for innovation and high-end technologies.


  • India ranked 28th among 73 countries in govt e-payment adoption: 2018 Visa Survey: India’s ranking on the government's adoption of e-payments has moved up to 28th in 2018, from 36th in 2011. The country is one of the top-performing countries in terms of citizen-to-government (C2G), business-to-government (B2G) and government-to-business (G2B) transactions.


  • Several Indian companies debarred by World Bank in 2018: The World Bank released the World Bank Group Sanctions System Annual Report FY18, which aims to combat fraud and corruption in projects and prevent wrongdoing from happening. It also aims to reduce risk and help bring more private investment into developing countries.


  • Mukesh Ambani emerges richest Indian for 11th consecutive year: Reliance Industries’ Chairman Mukesh Ambani has emerged as the richest Indian for the 11th consecutive year with a net worth of USD 47.3 billion, according to Forbes magazine.


  • Project Utkrisht launched by Indian Railways: Indian Railways has plans to develop 640 Utkrisht rakes as part of upgradation of its mail/express trains in the next two years at a cost of Rs 4 billion. Its aim to develop 140 rakes by March 2019 after which we are planning to roll out 500 more by March 2020.


  • SIDBI Launches National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign “Udyam Abhilasha”: On the occasion of Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi i.e. October 02, 2018, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) had launched a National Level Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign, Udyam Abhilasha in 115 Aspirational Districts identified by NITI Aayog in 28 States and reaching to around 15,000 youth.


  • BSE becomes first stock exchange to launch commodity derivative contracts: BSE has launched gold and silver derivative contracts and has applied for the launch of crude oil and copper contracts with Sebi.


Key Updates: September 2018


  • Finance Minister launches Jan Dhan Darshak app: The Department of Financial Services (DFS) under the Ministry of Finance along with the National Informatics Centre (NIC) has jointly developed a mobile application called “Jan Dhan Darshak” as a part of financial inclusion (FI) initiative. It will act as a locator app guiding common people to find financial service touch point at a given location in the country.


  • Union Finance Minister launches web portal for MSME banking credit space: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has launched a transformative initiative in MSME credit space. The web portal to enable micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to get in-principle approval of loans within hour without need for branch visit.


  • Finance Minister launches Financial Inclusion Index: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has launched the Financial Inclusion Index in New Delhi. The index will be a measure of access and usage of a basket of formal financial products and services that includes savings, remittances, credit, insurance and pension products.


  • Cabinet approves National Digital Communications Policy-2018: The Union Cabinet Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the National Digital Communications Policy-2018 (NDCP-2018) and re-designation of the Telecom Commission as the "Digital Communications Commission”.


  • World Bank approves framework to support India’s transition to high-middle income country: World Bank Board of Executive Directors has endorsed an ambitious five-year Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for India which aims to support India's transition to a higher middle-income country by addressing some of its key development priorities such as resource efficient and inclusive growth, job creation and building its human capital.


  • PM Modi lays foundation stone of world-class convention centre in Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of India International Convention and Expo Centre (IICC) in Dwarka, New Delhi. The facilities provided at the centre will be on a par with the best in the world in size and quality, offering setting for international and national events, meetings, conferences, exhibitions and trade shows, the ministry said in a statement.


  • SEBI reduces KYC norms for Foreign Portfolio Investors: Securities and Exchange Board of India has revised know-your-client (KYC) requirements norms for foreign portfolio investors (FPIs). The revision follows widespread fears from several quarters that the earlier norms would lead to overseas funds exiting the Indian market.


  • Government proposes merger of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank: The government decided to merge three public sector banks (PSBs) to create the third largest lender of the country, as part of efforts to clean up the country's banking system. The merger move comes in the wake of the government’s Alternative Mechanism, after consultation with the Reserve Bank of India, recommending the amalgamation of Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank.


  • Government takes steps to check rising Current Account Deficit, fall in rupee: The Modi government has decided to take an array of steps to check the rising Current Account Deficit (CAD), and the fall in rupee. The steps include removal of withholding tax on rupee-denominated bonds known as Masala bonds issued till March next year, relaxation for Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI), to cut down non-essential imports and also increase exports.


  • CCEA approves continuation of Capacity Development Scheme: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved continuation of the Capacity Development Scheme for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20 with an outlay of Rs 2,250 crore. The Capacity Development Scheme is an Ongoing Central Sector Scheme of MoSPI. The overall objective of the scheme is to augment infrastructural, technical as well as manpower resources for making available credible and timely Official Statistics for policy makers and public at large.


  • NITI Aayog, Intel and TIFR collaborate to set up Model International Center for Transformative AI: NITI Aayog, Intel and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, TIFR are collaborating to set up a Model International Center for Transformative Artificial Intelligence, ICTAI. This collaboration aims to bring together fundamental and applied research, innovation and technology development to solve important problems.


  • India, France ink agreement to collaborate for Gaganyaan mission: France, India could ink a pact with Russia for sharing of expertise on ISRO's ambitious human space mission project 'Gaganyaan' during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi next month. The human mission project envisages sending three Indians to space by 2022.


  • Government launches National Mission on GeM: Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu launched the National Mission on Government e-Marketplace (GeM) for increasing awareness and accelerating the use of (GeM). It is aimed at creating awareness about GeM, train the buyers and sellers, get them registered in GeM and increase the procurement through GeM.


  • Google launches new search engine for scientific community: Google has launched a new search engine for the scientific community that will help them make sense of millions of datasets present online. The service, called Dataset Search, will help scientists, data journalists and geeks find the data required for their work and their stories - or simply to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.


  • Lockheed Martin, Tata JV to make F-16 jet wings: The wings of Lockheed Martin and India's TASL had agreed to move the entire manufacturing base of the F-16 Block 70 to India in anticipation of a sizable order for the fighter jet by the Indian armed forces.


  • Asia Index launches index to measure the performance of private banks: The S&P BSE Private Banks Index is designed to provide market participants with a transparent and rules-based benchmark that measures the performance of private banks listed in India.


  • RBI tightens ombudsman scheme: The Reserve Bank of India has tightened the banking ombudsman scheme with the objective to strengthen the grievance redressal mechanism for customers.


  • Mauritius remains top source of FDI into India in 2017-18: Mauritius remained the top source of foreign direct investment into India in 2017-18 followed by Singapore, whereas total FDI stood at USD 37.36 billion in the financial year, a marginal rise over the USD 36.31 billion recorded in the previous fiscal.


  • Prime Minister launches India Post Payments Bank: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the IPPB at Talkatora Stadium in Delhi. A payments bank operates on a small scale; it carries out most banking operations but cannot give loans or issue credit cards directly.


Key Updates: August 2018


  • Government imposes 25% safeguard duty on import of solar cells from china: Government has imposed 25% safeguard duty on solar cells imports from China and Malaysia for two years to protect domestic manufacturers from steep rise in the inbound shipments of the product.


  • NABARD sanctions Rs 772 crore for Water projects: NABARD has sanctioned Rs 722 crore for eight water projects in the rural areas of Haryana, which will supply water to 256 villages and 72 hamlets, are in progress.


  • Japan pips China as World's 2nd biggest stock market: Japan became the world’s second-largest stock market, overtaking China. The Japanese stocks were worth dollar 6.17 trillion, while Chinese stocks lagged behind with dollar 6.09 trillion.


  • Startup India launches startup academia alliance program: Startup India has launched Startup Academia Alliance Programme for academic scholars and startups, which aims to reduce the gap between scientific research and its industrial applications, and increase the efficacy of technologies for wide impact.


  • Government appoints S Gurumurthy and Satish Marathe as part-time Directors on RBI Board: The government has appointed journalist S Gurumurthy and Satish Marathe patron of Sahakar Bharati as part-time directors on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) board after an approval from the appointments committee of the cabinet.


  • Rupee for first time crashes historic low of Rs. 70 mark against US dollar: The Indian rupee hit the 70-per dollar mark for the first time, tumbling to a record low, as a Turkey-led rout in emerging-market currencies intensified losses. The rupee slipped as much as 0.2 percent to 70.08 per dollar in Mumbai and is down almost 9 percent this year in Asia’s worst performance.


  • NPCI launches UPI 2.0 with overdraft facility: The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) launches Unified Payments Interface (UPI) 2.0, the new digital payment platform comes with a wide range of new features supported by all major Indian banks including State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank, RBL Bank, YES Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, IndusInd Bank, Federal Bank and HSBC.


  • Tech Mahindra signs 4 year deal with US football team: IT firm Tech Mahindra has signed a four-year technology partnership deal with US-based football team Jacksonville Jaguars. The Indian company would provide modern tools like artificial intelligence and data analytics to enhance experience of the team's fans and front office efficiencies.


  • HAL becomes first PSU to transact on TReDS Platform: Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has become the first public sector enterprise to make a transaction on the “TReDS platform”. TReDS is an online electronic institutional mechanism for facilitating the financing of trade receivables of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) through multiple financiers.


  • India revises F19 growth 7.2% in 2018-19 down from earlier projection of 7.4%: India Ratings and Research has revised downwards its forecast for the growth of the Indian economy in 2018-19 to 7.2% from the 7.4% projected earlier.


  • Public sector banks to come out of PCA by year end: Union government expects the public sector banks to come out of the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework by the end of this year and will provide them adequate capital when required.


  • Strong wage policies needed to promote inclusive growth in India: The International Labour Organisation (ILO) released a report named “India Wage Report: Wage policies for decent work and inclusive growth”, the country's economy in the past two decades has seen an annual average GDP rate of 7 percent but low pay and inequality persist. India's economic growth has resulted in fall in poverty, moderate change in employment patterns with a growing proportion of workers in services and industry.


  • Reliance becomes 1st Indian company to hit Rs 8 trillion market cap: Reliance Industries (RIL), Mukesh Ambani became the first Indian company to cross Rs 8 trillion in market capitalization after the company’s shares witnessed a record rally in 2018.


  • World Bank launches first global Blockchain bond: The World Bank launched bond-i (blockchain operated new debt instrument), to be created, allocated, transferred and managed through its life cycle using distributed ledger technology.


  • India's Largest Business Incubator Bhamashah Technohub Launched In Jaipur: The Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje launched India's largest business incubator “the Bhamashah Techno Hub” in Jaipur, that will provide end-to-end support to startups, ranging from infrastructure, technology, angel funding, access to venture capitalists, mentorship, exposure to national and international organisations and experts and much more.


  • Google launches new platform for Indic language publishers: Search engine Google has unveiled a Project named “Navlekha” to bring India’s 135,000 Indic language publications online in a hassle-free manner for Indian users.


Key Updates: July 2018


  • Govt forms panel to upgrade norms for states and districts level GDP, Economic data collection: The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) has set up a committee to upgrade the norms for computation of economic data at states and districts level in the backdrop of plans to revise the base year for National Accounts or GDP calculation.


  • Income Tax Department launches “Instant” PAN Card Service: The Income Tax Department has launched an “instant” Aadhaar-based PAN allotment service for individuals seeking the unique identity for the first time with free of cost. 


  • BSE to delists over 222 companies: India's biggest stock exchange in terms of daily turnover BSE has delisted as many as 220 companies as trading in their shares has remained suspended for more than six months. The move comes at a time when authorities are clamping down on shell companies - listed as well as unlisted-for being allegedly used as conduits for illicit fund flows.


  • RBI issued license to Bank of China to operate in India: The Reserve Bank of India issued license to Bank of China to operate in India, the commitment made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Chinese President Xi Jinping to allow Bank of China to set up branches in India.


  • YES Bank gets SEBI nod to launch mutual fund business: YES Bank, the country’s fourth largest private sector lender has received a final regulatory approval from the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to start mutual fund business. This approval is subsequent to the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI).


  • 25 countries in Global Bank listed as “High risk jurisdictions”: China, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Cyprus and Mauritius, along with 21 other countries have recognized as “high-risk jurisdictions” by global banks acting as custodians for foreign funds which comprise the largest group of investors in the Indian stock market.


  • CBIC launches GST “Verify App”: The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has launched a mobile app “GST Verify” to protect interest of consumers and provides the details of the person/ company collecting GST.


  • Reliance Industries becomes India's largest taxpayer in the private sector: Reliance Industries has become the India's largest payer of Goods and Services Tax (GST), Excise and Customs Duty, and Income Tax in the private sector.


  • NSG becomes 1st central force to opt for e-ticketing: The National Security Guard became the first central paramilitary force to opt for e-ticketing instead of the railway warrant under an agreement signed with the IRCTC, a statement from the catering and tourism arm of the railways.


  • Mark Zuckerberg becomes the 3rd richest person in the world: Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg has become the world's third richest person with 81.6 billion dollars wealth, according to Bloomberg.


  • Asian Development Bank approves USD 503M worth lining project in Bihar: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved USD 503-million lining project of the Son canal in Shahabad-Bhojpur region of Bihar which would benefit the agriculture sector immensely in the region.


  • India and China agreed to reduce tariffs on Indian medicines: India and China had agreed on reducing tariffs on Indian medicines, especially cancer drugs, which are in great demand in China as they are much cheaper than their western counterparts.


  • India and South Korea agree on framework to improve trade: India and South Korea has signed a joint statement agreeing to discuss an “early harvest” package for the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) aimed at identifying key areas for enhanced trade between the two countries.


  • India beats France to become world's sixth largest economy: India has become the world's sixth-biggest economy in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), pushing France to the seventh place.


  • India becomes 69th shareholder of European development bank: India has become 69th shareholder of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), paving the way for more joint investment with Indian companies across the banks.


  • India becomes vice-chair of Asia Pacific Region of WCO: India has become the vice-chair (regional head) of the Asia Pacific region of the World Customs Organization (WCO) for a period of two years to June, 2020.


  • IMF cuts India’s economic growth forecast to 7.3% from 7.4% in 2018: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has slightly downgrading India's GDP growth forecast by 10 basis points to 7.3% in 2018 and by 30 basis points to 7.5% in 2019, making it the fastest growing country among major economies.


  • India remains fastest growing major economy till 2019-20: According to Asian Development Bank (ADB), India will continue to be the fastest growing major economy, ahead of China, with a growth rate of 7.3 per cent in 2018-19 and 7.6 per cent in 2019-20.


  • Banks and financial institutions sign agreement to fast track bad loan resolution: Twenty-four banks led by the State Bank of India signed the intercreditor agreement (ICA) framework to speed up the resolution of stressed assets which are under Rs. 500 crore bracket.


  • Parliament passes Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018: Parliament passed a Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018,  that seeks to prevent big economic offenders like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi from fleeing the country and evading the legal process.


  • Invest India, Business France signed MoU To Promote Investment: Invest India and Business France have signed an MoU to promote investment facilitation and cooperation between startups of India and France. It will be to facilitate direct foreign investment by providing practical investment information to enterprises and support the companies pursuing those opportunities which contribute positively to economic growth of the two countries.


  • India places 11th at kearney FDI Confidence Index: India placed 11th position in the 2018 at Kearney FDI Confidence Index, down from 8th in 2017 and 9th in 2016.


  • EIL launches Electric Vehicle charging and battery swapping infrastructure: Essel Infraprojects has launched electric vehicle charging and battery swapping infrastructure to invest Rs 1750 crore in phased manner with the launch of 250 charging stations, 1000 battery swapping stations in 20 cities of Uttar Pradesh.


Key Updates: June 2018


  • India increases its ranking in global real estate transparency index: India has increased its ranking by one place to 35th in the Global Real Estate Transparency Index, driven by policy reforms and liberalization of FDI rules in property as well as retail sectors.


  • Lawrence Haddad and Dr. David Nabarro win World Food Prize 2018: Lawrence Haddad, who is a British economist and food policy researcher, and Dr. David Nabarro, who has worked with the World Health to improving the availability of nutritious food for pregnant women and children in an effort to reduce the effects of malnutrition in developing countries.


  • AIIB to invest $200 million into an NIIF for development of infrastructure projects: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is likely to invest USD 200 million in a fund of funds set up by India to take interest in infra projects.


  • ADNOC ties up with Saudi Aramco to build Ratnagiri Refinery: The World’s biggest oil producer, Saudi Aramco and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop and build an integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex at Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.


  • Power distribution company BYPL signs MoU with Finnish company: Power distribution company BYPL has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Business Finland, a Finnish government agency, for collaborative activities in different areas, including energy efficiency and electric vehicles.


  • Arijit Basu appoints as the SBI’s new Managing Director: The Reserve Bank of India has appointed Arijit Basu as the Managing Director of the State bank of India. He had to fill the position that fell vacant following the elevation of Rajnish Kumar as the chairman.


  • SEBI approves Buyback Regulations and Changes Timeline for IPO Pricing: The Securities and Exchange Board (SEBI) has decided to approve the amendments to buyback and takeover regulations and reduced the timeline for announcing the price band of initial public offering (IPO) from 5 to 2 days. SEBI had made a proposal to bring changes based on suggestions made by the regulator’s Primary Market Advisory Committee (PMAC).


  • NASSCOM launches Women “Wizards Rule Tech programme”: National Association of Software & Services Companies (NASSCOM) launched “Women Wizards Rule Tech programme” to increase the number of women in senior levels in the Information Technology (IT) industry and to support women who are moving up the career ladder, while also paving the way for potential leaders of the future.


  • B Sriram appoints as the IDBI new Managing Director and CEO: State Bank of India's (SBI) Managing Director B. Sriram was appointed as the IDBI Bank's CEO and managing director on an interim basis for a period of three months.


  • Government expands BPO scheme for rural youth to 1 lakh seats: Indian Government planned to enhance its BPO promotion scheme to one lakh seats, and will also set up India's largest National data centre in Bhopal.


  • Liberalised remittance scheme - RBI alters “relative” definition to check outward remittances: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has narrowed the definition of relatives to check the flow of funds under the “maintenance of close relative” category of “Liberalised remittance scheme” and prevent misuse of facility. Hence, funds under this category can be sent only to immediate relatives such as parents, spouses, children and their spouses.


  • TCS becomes first Indian company to cross Rs 7 Trillion Market Cap: Tata Consultancy Services, the largest IT outsourcing company created history to became the first Indian company to close the trading session with a market valuation surged past the Rs 7- lakh crore mark, making it the first company to achieve this milestone.


  • Paytm Tops By Volume and Axis Bank Tops By Value in mobile banking: At 17.2%, Axis Bank commands the largest value share of mobile banking transactions but it’s Paytm that tops volumes with 22%.


  • Government launches Rs 500-crore credit enhancement fund: The government has decided to launch a Rs 500-crore credit enhancement fund will help in upgrading credit ratings of bonds to facilitate infrastructure investments by insurance and pension funds.


  • “Atal Bhujal Yojana” scheme: World Bank has approved Rs 6000 crores for Atal Bhujal Yojana scheme (Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation) which aims to improve groundwater management in priority areas in the country through community participation.


  • Defence minister approves Equipment Acquisition proposals for Defence forces: Nirmala Sitharaman, which is a Defence Minister approved equipment Acquisition proposals valued at over Rs 5500 crore to strengthen Indian defence while encouraging indigenisation and self-reliance in the field of Defence Procurements, the DAC approved procurement of 12 High Power Radars for the Indian Air Force under “Buy (Indian) IDDM” category.


  • RBI to setting up Public Credit Registry to curb bad loans: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had decided to set up a public credit registry, an information repository contains all loan information of individuals and corporate borrowers. A credit repository will help banks to differentiate between a bad and a good borrower and offer attractive interest rates to good borrowers and higher interest rates to bad borrowers.


  • M K Jain appointed as new RBI deputy governor: The new fourth deputy governor of Reserve Bank of India appointed namely, Mahesh Kumar Jain experienced banker, MD & CEO of IDBI Bank since March 2017, RBI for a three year term.


  • India gets first shipment of cheapest LNG from Gazprom Russia: After US, India received cheapest Liquefied Natural Gas under a long-term deal as Russia began shipping natural gas at the cost of $7 per million British thermal unit(mmBtu) and aimed at transforming the country into a gas-based economy. Every year $25 billion worth gas will come to India and nearly $1.5 billion worth of LNG will be bought from Russia in next 20 years.


  • Union Home minister launches “Online analytical tool”: Union Home Minister launched a web based analytical tool to facilitate closer monitoring of the flow and utilization of foreign contributions received by various organizations registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. This tool has analytical features to conduct big data mining and data exploration and helps to monitor decision-makers in various departments of Government to scrutinize source of foreign funds and gives them capacity to take data-driven and evidence-based decisions regarding the compliance of the provisions of the FCRA, 2010.


  • Income Tax Department launches New Benami Transactions Informants Reward Scheme: Income Tax Department had launched a new reward scheme titled “Benami Transactions Informants Reward Scheme which aims to encouraging people to give information about benami transactions and properties as well as income earned on such properties by such hidden investors and beneficial owners.


Key Updates: May 2018


  • Baba Ramdev's Patanjali ties up with BSNL for Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM cards: After becoming India's most trusted Fast Moving Consumer Goods brand, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev's Patanjali entered in the telecom sector. At an event, Baba Ramdev launched Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM cards, in alliance with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). In addition to attractive data and call package, the card also comes with the medical and life insurance covers of Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 5 lakh, respectively. However, the covers could only be availed in the case of road accident.


  • Anubrata Biswas as MD & CEO of Airtel payment Bank: Airtel payment bank has appointed Anubrata Biswas as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He has more than 17 years experience in the Banking sector. Earlier, he was the joint General Manager and Retail Business Head in South India for ICICI Bank.


  • Air India Express ranked second cheapest airlines in global: In India Indigo and Air India Express have been ranked Low-cost carriers among the top five cheapest airlines in the world, according to Global Flight Pricing report.


  • ICICI Bank launches innovation lab: ICICI Bank has introduced innovation labs and centres, taking the digital route for growth, by partnering fintech and offering support to them through a Rs 100-crore innovation fund.


  • India receives largest remittance in the world: India was the largest remittance-receiving country in the world, with migrant workers from the country sending home $69 billion in 2017, according to a report which said remittances to the Asia-Pacific region amounted to $256 billion last year.


  • India’s First stock exchange recognized as DOSM: The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), the oldest stock exchange in Asia has become the first stock exchange in India to be designated as a ‘Designated Offshore Securities Market’ (DOSM) from the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).


  • India’s economy likely to rebound at 7.3 percent this fiscal: Indian Economic growth is expected to strengthen to 7.3 percent in financial year 2018-19 (April -March) from 6.6 per cent in fiscal 2017-18 and further to 7.6 percent in 2019-20 on the back of robust activity from construction, manufacturing, and services sectors.


  • India projected to be fastest growing economies for coming decade: India has the potential to be the world's fastest growing economy over the coming decade and is projected to grow at 7.9 percent annually, ahead of China and the US, according to a Harvard University report in May 2018 at New York.


  • NITI Aayog inks to collaborate with IBM to develop crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence: NITI Aayog and IBM signed a Statement to develop a crop yield prediction model using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide real time advisory to farmers in Aspirational Districts. The scope of this project is to introduce and make available climate-aware cognitive farming techniques and identifying systems of crop monitoring, early warning on pest/disease outbreak based on advanced AI innovations.


  • India inks $200 million loan agreement with World Bank for POSHAN Abhiyan: India signed an agreement with the World Bank for a USD 200-million loan for the National Nutrition Mission (POSHAN Abhiyan) across 315 districts of the country to achieve its goal of reducing stunting in children aged 0-6 years from 38.4 percent to 25 percent by 2022. The Nutrition Mission was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2018 in Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan.


  • September 2019 climate summit announced by UN Chief: The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced a climate summit set to take place in September 2019 in New York to review the Paris Agreement commitments. The announcement was made at the opening ceremony of the 37th session of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.


  • Walmart acquires 77 percent equity stake in Flipkart: The world’s largest retailer Walmart acquires a 77 percent in Bengaluru-based e-commerce holding Flipkart Group for $16 billion. Walmart agreed to buy a controlling stake in India’s biggest online retailer, striking a blow against rival


Key Updates: April 2018


  • Debjani Ghosh has taken charge as the President of NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Services Companies), succeeding R Chandrashekhar. She is the former MD of Intel South Asia. She will the first woman to head NASSCOM since it was founded 30 years back.


  • Jio Payments Bank Limited has commenced operations as a payments bank with effect from April 3, 2018. Jio Payments Bank is a 70:30 joint venture between Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries and the State Bank of India (SBI). H. Srikrishnan has been appointed as the MD and CEO of Jio Payments Bank. Payment Banks are part of differentiated model of Indian Banking. These banks can accept deposit up to 1 lakh per customer, can facilitate payments, issue services like ATM cards, net banking, mobile banking and can also sell third party products like insurance. Apart from basic regulatory and statutory differences, the major difference in terms of operations for Payment banks is restriction to offer loans to customers.


  • India has surpassed Japan and has become the world’s second largest producer of crude steel in February 2018, according to Steel Users Federation of India (SUFI). China is the current largest producer of crude steel in the world.


  • SBI Life Insurance Company Limited has appointed Sanjeev Nautiyal as its new MD and CEO. He succeeds Arijit Basu as MD & CEO of SBI Life Insurance. Mr. Nautiyal joined State Bank of India in 1985 as a probationary officer and has served many important roles in his more than 30 year career. His last assignment was as Chief General Manager of Ahmedabad Circle of State Bank of India.


  • Chandra Shekhar Ghosh has been re-appointed as managing director and CEO of Bandhan Bank for a three year term from 10th July 2018. Mr. Ghosh is also the founder of Bandhan Bank. With an asset base of Rs 30,236 crore as on FY 17, Bandhan Bank, the latest entrant to Indian Banking System, occupies the seventeenth position among private sector banks and the thirty-eighth position among all banks.


  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to use Gross Domestic Product (GDP) instead of Gross Value Added (GVA) to measure economic activity in India. GVA gives the picture of the state of economic activity from the producers' side or the supply side while GDP provides the picture from the consumers' side or the demand side.


  • According to a statement by Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Indian economy would expand by 7.3 % in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and 7.6 % in the next fiscal year. In ADB’s Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2018 report, it stated that the reduction in growth to 6.6 % in FY 2017 was partially due to demonetization.


  • The  13th edition of   ‘India Business Leader Awards’ (IBLA) was held in New Delhi. The names of the winners in different categories are: Outstanding Company of the Year Award -Motherson Sumi; Outstanding Business Leader of the Year award - Kumar Mangalam Birla; Most Promising Company of the Year award - RBL Bank; Brand of the year - Motilal Oswal; Brand of the Year (Jury special commendation) - Vicks; State of the Year - Chhattisgarh; Lifetime Achievement award - Arundhati Bhattacharya; Hall Of Fame - Late Deshbandhu Gupta; Outstanding Contribution to Brand India - India Blind Cricket team; Young Turks Startup of the Year - Blackbuck; Young Turk of the Year - Zomato; The Disruptors - JIO; Emerging Disruptors - Hector Beverages; Entertainment Leader of the Year - Ranveer Singh; CNBC Asia's India Business Leader of the Year - Ajay Piramal; CNBC Asia's India Disruptor of the Year - Keshav Murugesh; CNBC Asia's Corporate Social Responsibility - Adar Poonawalla; CNBC Asia's India Talent Management - Rana Kapoor.


Key Updates: March 2018


  • Invited by India, representatives from 50 countries are gathering for a WTO mini-ministerial meeting to be held between March 19-20. Though without a pre-announced agenda, this meet is aimed at facilitating an exchange of views on various challenges facing the multilateral trading system. This will be the second WTO mini-ministerial meeting being hosted by India, after the first in 2009.


  • WPI inflation at 2.48 % in February is the lowest in seven months. On the basis of Wholesale Price Index (WPI), inflation was 2.84 % in January and 5.51 % in February 2017. The previous low level was recorded in July at 1.88 %.


  • India’s trade deficit narrowed to $12 billion in February, its lowest in five months. But American President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum could impact it for worse in coming months. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hosting a mini-ministerial meeting of members of the World Trade Organization next week  which is expected to discuss the impact of Mr. Trump’s decision.


  • Walmart Stores Inc is in the final stage of negotiations to become the largest shareholder in Flipkart, India’s biggest online retail company. This will pitch Walmart, the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer into a direct face-off with another giant American retailer- Amazon. 
    Walmart is expected to buy about 20-26% stake in Flipkart.


  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has barred all lenders from issuing letters of undertaking (LoU)- a form of credit guarantee which is supposed to be at the center of fraud in public sector bank, PNB. A LoU is a promise by the issuing bank to pay in case of default by the one on whose behalf it was issued. 


  • As per the government data, Industrial production growth rose to 7.5% in January from 7.1% in the previous month on the back of strong manufacturing. The simultaneously released Consumer Price Index (CPI) showed a further decline in retail inflation to 4.44% in February from 5.1% in the previous month. 
    With accelerating growth and softer inflation, experts are foreseeing signs of industry revival.


  • Tata Sons has sold a 1.48% stake in Tata Consultancy Services (its flagship IT services firm) to raise Rs 8,127 crore ($1.25 billion). The sale is seen as a move to settle debts and invest in group firms across sectors such as auto and steel. 


  • India and France has signed 14 key agreements in strategic areas of security, nuclear energy, education, environment, urban development and railways.
    Traditionally both the countries have enjoyed great bilateral relations. France is the major supplier of military equipment and nuclear fuel to India.


  • Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) was launched by National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog on the occasion of International Women’s Day. This platform is meant to help women in scaling their initiatives through mentorship, partnerships and help in strategy formulation.


  • National Company Law Tribunal has admitted Aircel’s bankruptcy petition and directed that directors, promoters and chairman and managing director of the company should not leave the country without permission until further notice. Aircel, along with Dishnet Wireless and Aircel Cellular, had filed for bankruptcy in the NCLT Mumbai bench after it failed to reach an agreement with lenders. It owes ?15,000 crore to lenders and ?35,000 crore to operational creditors.


  • The Union Cabinet has approved two key measures in telecom sector to enhance ease of doing business and attract investments. It includes revising the limit of the cap for spectrum holding for Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) to aid consolidation of telecom licensees and deferred payment liabilities of spectrum auction of TSPs to increase cash flow for telecom service providers in immediate timeframe and provide them some relief.


  • The Centre has approved last week the proposal to set up the National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA). It is intended to serve as an independent regulator for the auditing profession. The move comes after the discovery of multi-crore fraud at state run Punjab National Bank. As proposed, NFRA can investigate into professional matters or misconduct of any member or a firm of chartered accountants, can issue summons and examine on oath, inspect any book, registers and documents of any professional/firms probed and impose penalties and even powers to debar a member of a firm.


  • The seasonally-adjusted Nikkei India Services Business Activity Index fell from 51.7 in January to 47.8 in February, its lowest level since August. While a reading above 50 implies an expansion while one below 50 denotes a contraction.


  • The Centre has set up a steering committee under the chairmanship of the Economic Affairs Secretary to look into the development and regulation of the fintech sector in India.
    The objective of the panel is “to consider various issues relating to development of fintech space in India with a view to make fintech-related regulations more flexible and generate enhanced entrepreneurship in an area where India has distinctive comparative strengths vis-à-vis other emerging economies”.


Key Updates: February 2018


  • The first sale of electoral bonds in India will start from March 1, 2018 for period of 10 days at main branches of State Bank of India in four metro cities- Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi. The electoral bonds scheme was announced in Union Budget 2017 with an aim for increasing transparency in political funding. It makes India first country in the world to have such unique bonds for electoral funding. As per provisions of Electoral Bond Scheme, a person, who is a citizen of India or an entity incorporated/established in India can purchase electoral bonds. Only registered political parties, which have secured not less than 1% of the votes polled in the last election of the Lok Sabha or legislative assembly of the state, will be eligible to receive electoral bonds.


  • India is signing an Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation (DTAA) and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with different nations. The Agreement will stimulate flow of investment, technology and personnel from India to signed countries & vice versa, and will prevent double taxation. The Agreement will provide for exchange of information between the nations as per latest International Standards. It will improve transparency in tax matters and will help curb tax evasion and tax avoidance. The Agreement also meets treaty related minimum standards under G-20 OECD Base Erosion & Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project, in which India participated on an equal footing. India signed this treaty with Iran and Kenya this month.


Key Updates: January 2018


  • The Government of India notified the Scheme of Electoral Bonds for political funding in the country. Electoral Bond would be a bearer instrument in the nature of a Promissory Note and an interest free banking instrument; Bond would be issued/purchased for any value, in multiples of Rs.1,000, Rs.10,000, Rs.1,00,000, Rs.10,00,000 and Rs.1,00,00,000 from the Specified Branches of the State Bank of India.


  • The purchaser would be allowed to buy Electoral Bonds only on due fulfilment of all the extant KYC norms and by making payment from a bank account. It will not carry the name of payee. Electoral Bonds would have a life of only 15 days during which it can be used for making donation only to the political parties registered under section 29A of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1951 (43 of 1951) and which secured not less than one per cent of the votes polled in the last general election to the House of the People or a Legislative Assembly.


Key Updates: December 2017


  • IMF and WB released the Financial System Stability Assessment (FSSA) and Financial Sector Assessment (FSA) respectively on their websites. India is assessed conforming to the highest international standards. The Second comprehensive FSAP has now been successfully conducted for India in 2017.
    FSAP, a joint program of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB involved in developing countries and region only), undertakes a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of a country’s financial sector. Since September 2010, it is being undertaken in 25 jurisdictions (now 29), with systemically important financial sectors, including India, every five years. Last FSAP for India was conducted in 2011-12 and the report published by IMF on Jan 15, 2013.


  • According to Central Board of Direct Taxes, the provisional figures of Direct Tax collections up to November, 2017 show that net collections are at Rs 4.8 lakh crore, which is 14.4 per cent higher than the net collections for the corresponding period of last year. According to the statement, the net direct tax collections represent 49 per cent of the total Budget Estimates of direct taxes for 2017-18 (Rs 9.8 lakh crore). The gross collections (before adjusting for refunds) have increased by 10.7 per cent to Rs 5.82 lakh crore during April-November, 2017.


  • The Government has launched Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana to provide an insurance cover to rural areas of the country. Also it helps in expansion of Postal Life Insurance. Under the Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana, at least one village having a minimum of 100 households will be identified in each of the revenue districts of the country. All households of that identified village will be covered with a minimum of one Rural Postal Life Insurance policy.


Key Updates: Novemebr 2017


  • Global rating agency, Standard & Poor's (S&P) has kept India's sovereign rating unchanged, at 'BBB minus' with a stable outlook. According to S&P, the ratings reflect the country's strong GDP growth, sound external profile, and improving monetary credibility. Also, the country's strong democratic institutions and its free press promote policy stability and also underpin the ratings. S&P added that these strengths are balanced against vulnerabilities stemming from the country's low per capita income and relatively high general government debt stock. ‘BBB’ rating is a notch above junk status.


  • State Bank of India has launched a new unified integrated app named as Yono App ('You Only Need One'). It will offer its all financial services and products to the customers and also will provide lifestyle related choices.


  • The government has notified Minimum Export Price of onion at 850 dollars per tonne to ensure its availability in the domestic market.  According to the government, it will discourage cheap export from the country and augment its domestic availability.


  • The Union Cabinet has given its approval for setting up the 15th Finance Commission which is supposed to assess the tax resources of the country and give suggestions for their distribution among states. As per Article 280(1) of the Constitution, the government has to form the Finance Commission after every five years, or at an earlier time as the President deems necessary. The recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission, chaired by former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Y.V. Reddy, are valid from 2015 to 2020. The recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission will be implemented in the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2025


  • Moody's Investors Service upgraded India's local and foreign currency issuer ratings to Baa2 from Baa3 and changed the outlook on the rating to stable from positive. This upgrade comes after 14 years, the last time being in 2004. This one level shift in ranking from the lowest investment grade puts India in same category along with Italy and Philippines


  • Centre has given the go-ahead for setting up India's first mega coastal economic zone (CEZ) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Maharashtra as part of a plan to develop 14 such industrial clusters to spur manufacturing and generate jobs. Coastal economic zones are spatial economic regions comprising of group of costal districts which will together a develop a business friendly ecosystem.


  • The RBI has asked banks to provide doorstep banking facilities to senior citizens of more than 70 years of age and differently-abled people by 31st of December this year. Banks have been directed to provide basic services like pickup of cash and instruments against receipt, delivery of cash against withdrawal from accounts, delivery of demand drafts, etc., to the customers through doorstep banking.


  • The World Bank has released the Doing Business (DB) Report 2018. Among 190 countries all over the world India is ranked at 100th spot, up from 130th last year. New Zealand has topped the ranking for two consecutive years. The ranking is done across 10 indicators, based on survey conducted by a team of experts. It is done to access the regulatory and business process related scenario in a country.


Key Updates: October 2017


  • To provide banks much needed support in resolving its stressed assets and boosting the credit growth, The Government has unveiled an ambitious plan to infuse Rs 2.11 lakh crore capital over the next two years into public sector banks (PSBs). Its funding will be provided by budgetary provisions of Rs 18,139 crore and sale of recapitalisation bonds worth Rs 1.35 lakh crore. The balance is to be raised by the banks themselves by diluting the government's equity share.


  • The Ministry of Power along with the Ministry of Textiles have launched its new initiative named Sustainable and Accelerated Adoption of efficient Textile technologies to Help Small Industries (SAATHI). Under this initiative, EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited), a public sector entity under Ministry of Power would procure energy efficient power looms, motors etc. In bulk and provide to small and medium power loom units at zero upfront cost.


Key Updates: September 2017


  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA has removed restrictions on export of tur, urad and moong dal. However, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority needs to give prior approval for the same. Earlier, export of only organic pulses and Kabuli Chana was allowed. This decision will help in providing greater choice to farmers in marketing their products at remunerative prices.

Sports updates


Key Updates: August 2019


  1. National Sports Day is celebrated every year on 29th August to mark the birth anniversary of which legendary hockey player? - Major Dhyan Chand


  1. Who are the winners of National Sports Awards 2019?


Khel Ratna 2019  : Bajrang Punia (wrestling), Deepa Malik (para-athletics)

Arjuna Award 2019 : Ravindra Jadeja (cricket), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam (hockey), Ajay Thakur (kabaddi), Tajinder Pal Singh Toor (athletics), Mohammed Anas Yahiya (athletics), Sundar Singh Gurjar (para sports-athletics), S Bhaskaran (body building), Sonia Lather (boxing), Gaurav Singh Gill (motor sports), Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth (badminton), Pramod Bhagat (para sports-badminton), Anjum Moudgil (shooting), Harmeet Rajul Desai (table tennis), Pooja Dhanda (wrestling), Fouaad Mirza (equestrian), Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (football), Poonam Yadav (cricket), Simran Singh Shergill (polo), Swapna Burman (athletics)

Dronacharya Award (regular category): Mohinder Singh Dhillon (athletics), Sandeep Gupta (table tennis) and Vimal Kumar (badminton).  

Dronacharya Award (lifetime category): Sanjay Bhardwaj (cricket), Rambir Singh Khokar (kabaddi) and Mezban Patel (hockey).

Dhyan Chand Award: Manoj Kumar (wrestling), C Lalremsanga (archery), Arup Basak (table tennis), Nitten Kirrtane (tennis) and Manuel Fredricks (hockey).


3.   Which cricket stadium is being renamed in the name of Former minister, Arun Jaitley? - Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium


4. Who became the 1st Indian to win a world title in motorsports? - Aishwarya Pissay (FIM World Cup in women’s category)


5.  Which campaign was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on National Sports Day? - Fit India Movement (It is to encourage people to give priority to fitness and sports in their daily life)


6. Who became the 1st Indian to win gold in BWF World Championships 2019? - PV Sindhu ( Kento Momota from Japan won in the Men’s Single Category)


7. Who won bronze in men’s single category in BWF World Championship 2019? - Sai Praneeth


8. Which  country won historic gold at 2019 Junior Track World Cycling Championship? - India


9. Name the Maharashtra government initiative to train athletes from tribal areas for international sports events? - Mission Shakti


10. Which Indian female wrestler won Gold in 53kg in Poland Open Wrestling Tournament ? -  Vinesh Phogat


Key Updates: July 2019


  1. Which Indian cricketer became the fastest batsman in the world to reach 20,000 international runs mark? - Virat Kohli

  2. Prithu Gupta, who became the 64th Chess Grandmaster of India, belongs from which city? - Delhi

  3. Which country has emerged as the winner of FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2019 held in France recently? - The USA

  4. Which Indian player was recently included in ICC Hall of Fame? - Sachin Tendulkar ( He became the sixth Indian player to be included after Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid. Along with Tendulka, South African bowler Allan Donald and Australia’s wicketkeeper Cathryn Fitzpatrick are the other players to be included ). 

  5. Which cricket team has been recently suspended by ICC from International Cricket? - Zimbabwe

  6. Who were the winners of the Wimbledon Open, the third Grand Slam tournament of the year in Lawn Tennis (Organized at grass court of All England Club in London) ? - Men’s Singles - Novak Djokovic (Serbia)Women’s Singles - Simona Halep (Romania)

  7. The 3rd edition of Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG-2020) is scheduled to be held in which city? - Guwahati

  8. Which company has become the official sponsor for the Indian cricket team? - BYJU’s

  9. Who won the women's singles titles at the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships? - Ayhika Mukherjee

  10. Who won the men's singles titles at the 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships? - Harmeet Desai

  11. Who has been elected as chairman of the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation (CTTF)? - Vivek Kohli

  12. Who has been adjudged player of the tournament at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup? - Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

  13. Which team won 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup? - England

  14. On which date, the 2019 edition of International Olympic Day (IOD) is observed?- June 23

  15. Which Indian personality has been elected as a member of International Olympic Committee (IOC)? - Narinder Batra

  16. Which Indian woman boxer has won gold in the 51kg category at the 23rd President's Cup? - Mary Kom

Key Updates: June 2019


  • IOA President Narinder Batra elected to IOC: Narinder Batra, President of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was elected as a member of International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. With Batra now being elected to IOC, the number of Indians who are currently active members of IOC will increase to two.


  • Italy won the bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the 2026 Winter Olympics will be staged at the Italian venue of Milan/Cortina d'Ampezzo. The Winter Games will happen from 6 February to 22 February in 2026. Italy beat off a bid from Stockholm/Are in Sweden. Italy has previously hosted the Winter Olympics twice. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be staged in Beijing.


  • Indian Women’s hockey team won FIH Series: Indian Women's Hockey team won the FIH (Fédération Internationale de Hockey) defeated Japan 3-1 in the finals held at the Hiroshima Hockey Stadium, Japan. Indian team Captain Rani Rampal scored the first goal in the 3rd minute and Gurjit Kaur scored goals at the 45th and 60th minutes.


  • Lewis Hamilton won French Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the French Grand Prix held in Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France. It was the sixth win of the season and 79th of his career. French Grand Prix is one of the oldest motor races in the world. It is first held at 1906.


  • Indian Gymnast, Pranati Nayak won bronze at 2019 Asian Artistic Gymnastic Championship held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia: India’s Pranati Nayak won a bronze medal at the Senior Asian Artistic Championships in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She secured sixth place and came up with a score of 13.384 to win the bronze medal.


  • PU Chitra strikes Gold & Johnson wins silver at Folksam Grand Prix 2019: Asian champion PU Chitra of India won a gold medal in women's 1500m at Folksam Grand Prix 2019 held in Sollentuna, Sweden. She defeated Mercy Cherono of Kenya who finished a former IAAF World Cross Country champion. 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Jinson Johnson from India won a silver medal in men's 1500m.


  • Rashid Khan becomes most expensive bowler in World Cup history: Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is the most expensive bowler in World Cup history. He has given 110 runs in 9 overs against England in the ongoing World Cup. The record earlier belonged to New Zealand’s Martin Snedden 105 runs for two wickets against England in the 1983 World Cup.


  • Australia and Qatar to be guest nations at the 2020 Copa America: Australia will be one of the two guest nations at the 2020 Copa America. Qatar will also return to 2020 tournament, which will be co-hosted by Argentina and Colombia. Qatar and Japan are the guest nations in 2019 Copa, which started on June 15 in Brazil. This year’s Copa America broadcast to a record 178 countries.


  • Peter Gilchrist won the 2019 Pacific International Billiards Championship: Peter Gilchrist won the 2019 Pacific International Billiards Championship at the Yarraville Club in Melbourne, Australia. He defeated Kolkata cueist Kothari who had been on a roll winning the International Reventon Classic Snooker championship.


  • Virat Kohli is the only Indian in the list of top paid athletes: Indian cricketer Virat Kohli is the only Indian in the Forbes list of world's highest-paid athletes. He has been estimated with an annual earnings of $25 million. He was ranked 83rd in 2018. The list is topped by Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi.


  • China claims 4 gold medals at 2019 ITTF World Tour Hong Kong Open: China claimed four gold medals at 2019 ITTF World Tour Hong Kong Open. The event was held from 6 June to 9 June.  Women's singles: Wang Yidi the women’s singles title by defeating second seed Mima Ito of Japan. She secured 4-0 scoreline (11-3, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6). This is her first international win. Men's singles: Chinese player Lin Gaoyuan defeated Tomokazu Harimoto of Japan and clinched the title. He secured 11-3, 7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7. Men’s doubles: The men’s doubles title was won by Liang Jingkun and Lin Gaoyuan. They defeated Jang Woo-jin and Lim Jong-hoon of South Korea and secured 6-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-8. Women’s doubles: In the women’s doubles, Chinese pair Chen Ke and Mu Zi defeated Jeon Ji-hee and You Eun-chong of South Korea 9-11, 11-1, 11-4, 11-5.


  • Lewis Hamilton won Canadian Grand Prix 2019: Lewis Hamilton won Canadian Grand Prix , the world of Formula One championship title 2019. Hamilton won 78th career win in Formula One . He also fifth out of the seven races contested this season. He secured seventh win at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix and defeated Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).


  • Rafael Nadal clinched the 12th French Open title by defeating Dominic Thiem: World number two Rafael Nadal clinched the 12th French Open title in 15 years in men's single category held in Roland Garros Stadium, France. He defeated world number four Dominic Thiem in the men's singles. The Spaniard won the match with a scoreline of 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. The 33-year-old has now won 18 Grand Slam titles, two fewer than world number three Roger Federer.


  • Ashleigh Barty wins the 2019 French Open Women’s Title: Aussie tennis star Ashleigh Barty has made history with an incredible French Open demolition, romping to a straight sets win in the final. She become Australia’s first French Open champion in 46 years with a dominant 6-1 6-3 win over Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova.


  • Japan defeat Mexico and won FIH Hockey Series: International Hockey Federation (IHF) conducted Men's Hockey Series. The Final match is played at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, Japan defeated Mexico by a goal 3 - 1.


  • Viswanathan Anand lost to Magnus Carlsen in Armageddon: Viswanathan Anand defeated against world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the Armageddon game at the Altibox Norway Chess Tournament.


  • Indian Football team Baichung Bhutia congratulated Chhetri for India’s most-capped player: Former India skipper Bhaichung Bhutia congratulated Sunil Chhetri and became India's most capped international player with 108 appearances. He overtook his mentor Bhutia's record of 107 matches and captained India in the King's Cup opener against Curacao.


  • Sidharth Rawat won ITF Men’s Future Tennis Title: Sidharth Rawat won his title in the ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament held in Thailand. Last year he won with Manish Sureshkumar for doubles. He improved his current rank of 510 from 430.


  • Anton Aditya Subowo re-elected as President of Badminton Asia: Indonesia’s Anton Aditya subowo re-elected as President of Badminton Asia for another four year period. There were around seven people who were selected as the vice-presidents.   


 Key Updates: May 2019


  • Ivo Karlovic becomes oldest man to win a match at the French Open 2019: Croatia's Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to win a match at the French Open in 46 years as he beat Spain's fellow veteran Feliciano Lopez in a first-round duel.


  • ICC launches Criiio Campaign on eve of Men’s World Cup: The ICC launched the criiio campaign on the eve of the men’s World Cup, bringing together 460 million people playing cricket globally to celebrate the magnificent diversity of cricket.


  • Chelsea clinched the UEFA Europa League 2019 Cup: Chelsea clinched UEFA Europa League title for the second time after beating Arsenal 4-1 in the final.


  • Rahi Sarnobat clinches gold in the women's 25m pistol in 2019 ISSF World Cup: Rahi Sarnobat booked an Olympic quota place for India with a gold in women's 25m pistol event but it was teenager Saurabh Chaudhary who stole the limelight by setting a new world record en route to a yellow metal at the season's third ISSF World Cup in Munich. Saurabh bagged his second World Cup gold of the year in men's 10m Air Pistol event, shattering both the senior and junior world records in the process.


  • Apurvi Chandela bags 10m air rifle gold in ISSF World Cup Rifle: Apurvi Chandela from India won the 10m Air Rifle Women’s Final at the 2019 ISSF World Cup in Munich, only won her  first World Cup Gold medal earlier this year on her home soil in New Delhi. Chandela scored 633.0 points in qualification, where she was ranked first, and 251.0 points in the final.


  • China beats Japan to win 2019 Sudirman cup final: Shi Yuqi stunned world champion Kento Momota as hosts China whitewashed Japan for an 11th Sudirman Cup title. Japan have never won the badminton world mixed-team championship and their search goes on after they were well beaten 3-0 in the Chinese city of Nanning.


  • Aniruddha and Nikki win the 2019 ITF Men's Futures Tennis: Aniruddh Chandrasekhar and Niki Poona Won the 2019 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Men's Futures Tennis Tournament in Kampala, Uganda.


  • Sethu FC Crowned As Indian Women’s League Champions: Sethu FC turned around a first-half deficit to clinch their first ever Indian Women's League trophy after defeating Manipur Police 3-1 at the Guru Nanak Stadium.


  • Rafael Nadal clinches Italian Open 2019 title: Rafael Nadal has won a record 34th ATP Masters 1000 title with a victory over Novak Djokovic in the Italian Open final.


  • Karolina Pliskova won Women’s Singles Title: Karolina Pliskova sealed her second title of the season by defeating Johanna Konta in straight sets in the final of the Internazionali d'Italia.


  • BWF launched 2 New Formats of Badminton Game: BWF and HSBC have jointly launched the new outdoor game. BWF has unveiled Air Badminton, a new outdoor shuttlecock named as Air Shuttle at a global launch ceremony outside the Tianhe Gymnasium in Guangzhou, China.


  • Koepka sets 36-hole major record as Tiger Woods misses cut: Defending champion Brooks Koepka completed the lowest 36-hole showing in major golf history to seize a record seven-stroke lead after two rounds of the PGA Championship while Tiger Woods missed the cut.


  • Sourav Ganguly and Sanjay Manjrekar named in ICC commentary panel for World Cup 2019: Sourav Ganguly and Sanjay Manjrekar are among the commentators who have been included in the lineup announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) that will be covering the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.


  • Sir Andy Murray receives the knighthood award: Sir Andy Murray has received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace. The three-time Grand Slam champion was awarded the honour by Prince Charles at an investiture ceremony.


  • Helo becomes team sponsor of Indian Wheelchair Cricket Association for Asia Cup: Helo, India's social media platform, has announced its partnership with the Indian Wheelchair Cricket Association as the team sponsor for Team India during the Asia Cup 2019, is scheduled in Nepal. This association makes Helo the first social media app to host and promote Indian Wheelchair Cricket on its platform.


  • First Time an Anti-corruption officer for each team ICC World Cup: In a first, all the 10 participating teams at the upcoming ICC World Cup will have a dedicated anti-corruption officer attached with it to deliver a corruption-free tournament.


  • Former India cricketer G.S. Lakshmi becomes 1st female ICC match referee: India's GS Lakshmi has become the first woman to be appointed to ICC's international panel of match referees and will be eligible to officiate in international games with immediate effect.


  • Novak Djokovic wins Men’s Singles Title in Madrid Open Tennis: Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to win a third Madrid Open title and a record-equalling 33rd Masters crown. MS Hussain The world number one, who was also champion in the Spanish capital in 2011 and 2016, has pulled level with Rafael Nadal at the top of the list for Masters wins in a timely boost two weeks away from the French Open.


  • Mumbai Indians clinched the Indian Premier League 2019 title: Mumbai Indians pipped Chennai Super Kings to a record fourth Indian Premier League (IPL) title when Rohit Sharma’s men triumphed by the narrowest of margins — by one run — to beat Chennai Super Kings in a nail-biting final at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.


  • Lewis Hamilton wins Formula One Spanish GP: Lewis Hamilton won the Spanish Grand Prix for a third consecutive year after overtaking Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas at the first turn in Barcelona.


  • Manchester City retains Premier League football title: Manchester City Football Club clinched another Premier League title by beating Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 on the final day of the season. Despite beating Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0, Liverpool needed City to lose or draw to stand a chance at the title, which it last claimed 29 years ago.


  • Van Dijk won Premier League Player of the Season award: Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named Premier League Player of the Season. By doing so, he became the first defender to win the Player of the Season award in seven seasons, after Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany in 2011-12.


  • Kiki Bertens wins Women’s singles title in Madrid Open tennis: Kiki Bertens beat Simona Halep in straight sets to win the women's title at the 2019 Madrid Open.


  • World’s First Women’s Cricket Magazine launched: The inaugural issue of world's first exclusive women's cricket magazine 'Criczone' was released with Indian team vice-captain Smriti Mandhana featuring as the cover story.


  • Saurav Ghosal & Joshna Chinappa Win Asian Individual Squash Championship Titles: Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa rewrote India's squash history when the duo emerged champions in the Asian Individual Squash Championship in Kuala Lumpur.


  • Bajrang Punia wins gold at Ali Aliev tournament in Russia: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia clinched another gold medal at the Ali Aliev invitational tournament in Dagestan, Russia. Bajrang, currently the world No. 1 in the 65kg freestyle category, made a stunning comeback in the final affair to defeat local favourite Viktor Rassadin 13-8.


  • Kumar Sangakkara to become 1st Non-British President of MCC: Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been named as the first non-British president of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and will take up his one-year post in October.


  • Apurvi Chandela becomes World Number One in women’s 10m Air Rifle: Apurvi Chandela achieved a new milestone in her career as the shooter became the new world No 1 in women’s 10m air rifle event.


  • Sathiyan Gnanasekaran becomes 1st Indian to break into top 25 of table tennis rankings: India's G Sathiyan scaled new heights in his rapidly rising career by becoming the first Indian to break into the top-25 of world rankings.  


Key Updates: April 2019


  • India topped the 2019 ISSF Rifle Pistol World Cup: India drew blank on the final day but still topped the chart for the second consecutive ISSF World Cup, third time in two years, by bagging three gold and a silver at the Beijing edition of the Rifle/Pistol event in Beijing. India topped the medals tally ahead of hosts China (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze), who won five medals in total. In the last edition in New Delhi, India had jointly topped the standings with Hungary.


  • India finishes Asian Wrestling Championships with 16 medals: India wrapped up their campaign at the Asian Wrestling Championships on a resounding note with 16 medals after Greco-Roman grapplers added a silver and a bronze on the concluding day in Xi'an, China. Harpreet Singh settled for a silver in 82kg while Gyanender won a bronze in 60kg on the final day of competition. India's overall tally of 16 medals included eight -- one gold, three silver and four bronze -- won by men's freestyle wrestlers, four bronze by women and three silver and a bronze by Greco-Roman wrestlers.


  • Valtteri Bottas wins Azerbaijan Grand Prix: A determined Valtteri Bottas resisted an attacking final charge by his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win Azerbaijan Grand Prix and regain the lead in the 2019 drivers title race.


  • Dominic Thiem clinched 2019 Barcelona Open Title: Dominic Thiem overpowered Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-0 to win the Barcelona Open title, boosting his credentials as a potential Roland Garros champion.


  • Eliud Kipchoge won the London Marathon 2019 title: Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya ran the second-fastest time ever to win the London Marathon for a record fourth time, and compatriot Brigid Kosgei swept to victory by almost two minutes in the women’s race.


  • India bag 5 medals on opening day of Asian Athletics Championships: Javelin thrower Annu Rani and 3000m steeplechaser Avinash Sable led the charge with a silver each as India won five medals on the opening day of the Asian Athletics Championships. Quartermiler M P Poovamma, 5000m runner Parul Choudhary and 10000m runner Gavit Murali Kumar bagged a bronze each on a day which saw sprint sensation Hima Das suffer a lower back spasm during her 400m heat.


  • Services lift Santosh Trophy title with 1-0 win over Punjab: Services won their sixth Santosh Trophy title with a 1-0 victory over home side Punjab, thanks to a second-half strike by Bikash Thapa at the Guru Nanak Stadium.


  • Fabio Fognini became the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title: Fabio Fognini became the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title with a straight-sets victory over Dusan Lajovic in Monte Carlo.


  • Bajrang Punia regained top spot in world wrestling rankings: Top Indian grappler Bajrang Punia regained the world number one spot in the men’s 65kg freestyle category in the rankings issued by United World Wrestling.


  • ICC partners with UNICEF to deliver One Day for Children at Mens Cricket World Cup 2019: International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket for Good in partnership with UNICEF announced “One Day for Children”, a tournament-wide campaign focussed on bringing the world of cricket together as one team to help build a better world for every child, at the World Cup.


  • Mithali Raj named goodwill ambassador of Indian team's at the Street Child Cricket World Cup: Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj has been named the goodwill ambassador of Team India at the Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC).


  • Mumbai shuttler Harsheel Dani clinches Dutch International badminton title: India’s Harsheel Dani recovered from a game down to get the better of Denmark’s Mads Christophersen to clinch the Dutch International badminton title at Wateringen, Netherlands.


  • Golfer Tiger Woods wins fifth green jacket: Tiger Woods won the 83rd Masters, capturing his 15th major title to cement an epic return from scandal and injuries that once threatened his career.


  • Murali Kartik made brand ambassador of Fantasy 11: Fantasy 11, a fantasy sports platform, has roped in former Indian cricketer Murali Kartik as its brand ambassador.


  • Meena Kumari clinches gold as Indian boxers: Meena Kumari Maisnam continued her fine run to win gold medal in the 54 kg at the Boxing World Cup in Cologne. Sakshi (57 kg) and Pwilao Basumatary (64 kg) lost their final bouts and had to settle for the silver while Pinki Rani (51 kg) and Parveen (60 kg) won bronze as India finished with five medals.


  • Paralympics medallist Deepa Malik wins New Zealand Prime Ministers Sir Edmund: Rio Paralympics silver medallist Deepa Malik was named as the recipient of the New Zealand Prime Minister's Sir Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 2019 in recognition of her "inspiring achievements".


  • Indonesian Nuraeni named as Best athletic coach in Asia 2019 by AAA: Indonesian Eni Nuraeni was named as the best athletic coach in Asia by Asian Athletic Association (AAA)for the short-haul run category in 2019.


  • Virat Kohli, Smriti Mandhana named the Wisden's Leading Cricketers in the World: Virat Kohli and Smriti Mandhana, the top scorer in women's One-day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) since the start of last year, have been named Wisden's Leading Cricketers of the year 2018.


  • Isaak Hayik, 73, crowned world's oldest soccer player: 73-year-old Israeli Isaak Hayik set a new world record as the oldest person to play in a professional soccer match.


  • Graham Reid named chief coach of India's men's hockey team: Hockey India, confirmed the appointment of Graham Reid as chief coach of the India men’s hockey team. The 54-year-old Reid is likely to join the team midway through the national camp in Bengaluru.


  • Spain's Garbine Muguruza defends Monterrey Open title: Spanish second seed Garbine Muguruza claimed back-to-back Monterrey Open titles as Victoria Azarenka succumbed to injury in the final.  Muguruza won the opening set and was in control of the second before former world number one Azarenka retired due to a leg injury, the score 6-1 3-1 at the time.


  • Lin Dan clinched  Malaysia Open Badminton title in Men’s Singles: Chinese badminton ace Lin Dan clinched the Malaysia Open after an electric performance against countryman Chen Long to claim his first major title in two years.


  • Rawat has been qualified for 2020 Olympics: Indian swimmer Kushagra Rawat took a step forward towards qualifying for 2020 Olympics after achieving the B standard of the 800m freestyle event at the Speedo Thailand Age Group Championships in Bangkok.


  • Praful Patel becomes 1st Indian to be a member of FIFA Executive Council: Praful Patel, president of All India Football Federation (AIFF), has become the first Indian to be elected as a member of FIFA Executive Council. Patel, who serves as a Senior Vice President at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), was one of the eight candidates vying for the spot in the election, which was held during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.


  • ESPN India Multi-Sport Awards 2018: Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu and star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra were named as female and male sportsperson of the year in the ESPN India Multi-Sport Awards for their achievements in 2018. Sindhu got the nod for the top women’s award for her season-ending BWF World Tour Finals tournament in China and her impressive performance at the 2018 World Championships. Neeraj was picked for the top men’s award for his gold at 2018 Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, setting the national record of 88.06m.


  • Virat Kohli becomes all-time leading IPL scorer: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli overtook Suresh Raina to become the leading run-scorer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) during their home game against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.


  • Saurav Ghosal becomes first Indian to enter top-10 in men's PSA rankings: Saurav Ghosal became the first Indian male squash player to enter the top 10 in the latest PSA world rankings. Indian women squash players Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal had earlier reached top-10 in the world rankings.


  • India win ICC Test Championship mace for 3rd straight year: India retained the ICC Test Championship Mace and won the purse of USD one million for a third year running after a memorable season that saw Virat Kohli's men winning its maiden series in Australia.


  • Roger Federer wins Miami open 2019 title: Roger Federer defeated defending champion John Isner in straight sets at the Miami Open to win his 101st career singles title.


  • Shashank Shekhar wins 10 km Nepal’s (COAS) Marathon and Run for Fun: India's Shashank Shekhar won the 10 kilometre race of Nepal's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Open Marathon and Run for Fun held in Kathmandu. Shekhar of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Contingent at Embassy of India in Kathmandu secured first position.


  • Deepak Singh Wins Gold At Makran Cup In Boxing: National champion Deepak Singh (49 kg) was the lone Indian boxer to notch up a gold, while five others claimed silver medals in the Makran Cup in Chabahar, Iran.


Key Updates: March 2019


  • Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary clinches gold at Asian Airgun Championship: Young pistol shooters Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary clinched a gold medal each, their second in the competition, as India continued their domination at 12th Asian Airgun Championship in Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei.


  • NRAI was awarded the Best Sports Federation: The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) was presented the “best Sports Federation” award in the country by the Association Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM). “This is another feather on the cap of the shooting sport community. They have been raising the performance bar every day over the past few years.


  • Archana Kamath clinched a silver medal at Oman Open table tennis: Indian paddler Archana Kamath clinched a silver medal in the under-21 women’s singles section of the Seamaster ITTF Challenge Plus 2019 Oman Open table tennis tournament, at Muscat.


  • India clinches SAFF Women's Championship for 5th time: India continued their dominance at the SAFF Women's Championship by lifting their fifth straight title with a 3-1 victory over hosts Nepal in the final.


  • ESPNcricinfo Superstats launched: ESPNcricinfo has partnered with Indian Institute of Technology - Madras to launch “Superstats”, a next level artificial intelligence tool that can analyse cricket statistics through machine learning and forecast, if and how a player’s or a team’s performance can turn around a game, on real time.


  • India bags 188 medals at Special Olympics: India has bagged 368 medals - 85 Gold, 154 Silver and 129 Bronze at Special Olympic Games in Abu Dhabi. Our correspondent reports that the eight-day extravaganza finally drew to a close in a spectacular ceremony.


  • Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch Cherry blossom-themed torch: The torch design for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games was unveiled. The theme of the pink gold torch centres on “sakura” or cherry blossom in Japan, which arrives every spring to much fanfare, and it was designed with input from children from the areas most severely damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.


  • Suresh Raina becomes first cricketer to score 5000 runs in IPL: Suresh Raina achieved a major milestone when he reached 15 vs RCB in the IPL 2019 opener. He became the first to score 5000 runs in IPL.


  • Neeraj Chopra to lead Indian athletics team in Asian Championships: Star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was named to lead a 39-member Indian athletics team for next month's Asian Championships in Doha, with sprint sensation Hima Das also making the cut in 400m despite her recent below-par show.


  • Lakshya, Riya break into top 100 in BWF badminton rankings: Young Indian shuttlers Lakshya Sen and Riya Mookerjee broke into the top-100 to be placed 76th and 94th among men’s and women’s singles players in the latest world badminton rankings.


  • Bengaluru FC Crowned ISL Champions for 1st time: Bengaluru FC clinched their maiden Indian Super League title as Rahul Bheke found a championship-winning header in the dying minutes of the final against FC Goa.


  • Archana Kamath clinched a silver medal at Oman Open table tennis: Rising Indian paddler Archana Kamath clinched a silver medal in the under-21 women’s singles section of the Seamaster ITTF Challenge Plus 2019 Oman Open table tennis tournament, at Muscat.


  • Diksha becomes 2nd Indian golfer to win on Ladies European Tour: Diksha Dagar became only the second Indian woman to win on Ladies European Tour after clinching the South African Open, eking out a one-shot victory with a bogey-free final round, in Cape Town.


  • Karnataka beats Maharashtra to win Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Karnataka defeated Maharashtra to win their maiden Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. Chasing a target of 156 runs, Mayank Agarwal (85*) took charge of Karnataka's innings after the fall of opener Belur Sharath (2) and anchored a match-winning partnership of 92 runs off 59 balls with left-hander Rohan Kadam (60) for the second wicket.


  • India’s Padmanaban Gopalan bagged the Commonwealth Youth Award for the Asian region: The Indian social entrepreneur Padmanaban Gopalan from Tamil Nadu has bagged the Commonwealth Youth Award for the Asian region from among hundreds of nominations for his technology-based food rescue organisation.


  • Dipa Karmakar selected as Barbie Role Model: Dipa Karmakar, who became the first Indian female gymnast to win a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, was recently honoured by Barbie for “breaking boundaries to inspire” the next generation girls.


  • Kavinder SinghBisht won gold at the 38th GeeBee Boxing Tournament, Finland: Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) won gold while Shiva Thapa (60kg) and three other Indian pugilists claimed silver medals to end a fine campaign at the 38th GeeBee Boxing Tournament in Helsinki, Finland.


  • Indians at Dan Kovlov 2019: The medal winners for India at the Dan Kovlov 2019 wrestling event is: Bajrang Punia won gold in the Men’s freestyle wrestling 65kg category. Pooja Dhanda claimed gold in the Women’s 59kg category. Sakshi Malik claimed silver medal in the Women’s 65kg category. Sandeep Tomar claimed silver medal in the Men’s 61kg category. Vinesh Phogat claimed silver medal in the Women’s 53kg.


  • P Iniyan, becomes India's 61st chess Grandmaster: Tamil Nadu's 16-year-old P Iniyan defeated Ukraine's 37-year-old Grandmaster Sergey Fedorchuk in Noisiel Open chess tournament in France to become India's 61st Grandmaster.


  • Yomif Kejelcha breaks indoor mile world record: The 21-year-old, Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha beaten the world indoor mile record with a time of 3min 47.01sec at the Bruce Lehane Invitational in Boston.


  • Cabinet approved for the Centre for Disability Sports at Gwalior: The union cabinet has approved the setting up of a Centre for Disability Sports in Gwalior, a move which is likely to benefit para-sports in the country.


  • Sheikh Ahmad re-elected as President of Olympic Council of Asia: Kuwait's Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah was re-elected president of the powerful Olympic Council of Asia despite forgery charges that forced him to step aside from the International Olympic Committee and other duties.


  • Roger Federer wins his 100th career title in Dubai: Roger Federer claimed the 100th ATP title of his career by beating 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.


  • Shashank Shekhar wins 10 km Nepals (COAS) Marathon and Run for Fun: India's Shashank Shekhar won the 10 kilometre race of Nepal's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Open Marathon and Run for Fun held in Kathmandu. Shekhar of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Contingent at Embassy of India in Kathmandu secured first position.


  • Deepak Singh Wins Gold At Makran Cup In Boxing: National champion Deepak Singh (49kg) was the lone Indian boxer to notch up a gold, while five others claimed silver medals in the Makran Cup in Chabahar, Iran.


Key Updates: February 2019


  • Sir Alastair Cook Officially Receives Knighthood At Buckingham Palace: Former England skipper Alastair Cook officially received the knighthood for his services to cricket at an investiture ceremony in Buckingham Palace. He is the first England cricketer to receive a knighthood since Sir Ian Botham in 2007. Cook will continue to play for Essex this year after signing a new three-year deal last season.


  • Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold with world record in SSF World Cup: Teenager Saurabh Chaudhary smashed the world record to win gold in the ISSF World Cup, securing India’s third Olympic quota.


  • India Captain Manpreet Singh won 2018 Asian player of the year award: Indian Captain Manpreet Singh has been honoured with the 2018 Player of the Year award by the Asian Hockey Federation while women's team striker Lalremsiami bagged the Rising Player of the Year prize. Manpreet led the Indian team to an unbeaten streak at the Asian Champions Trophy in Muscat where the team was declared joint winners with Pakistan.


  • Rashid Khan 1st bowler in T20I history to pick 4 wickets in 4 balls: Leg-spinner Rashid Khan became the first bowler to bag four wickets off successive deliveries in Twenty20 Internationals. With his impressive bowling performance in the third and final T20I against Ireland in Dehradun, Khan also became the seventh bowler to pick up a hat-trick in T20Is.


  • Chennai Spartans wins inaugural Pro Volleyball League Title: Chennai Spartans defeated Calicut Heroes 3-0 to win the the inaugural edition of the Pro Volleyball League. The local favourites beat Calicut 15-11, 15-12, 16-14 in the summit clash. League's top scorer and best spiker Rudy Verhoeff again delivered as he scored 13 points (11 spikes and 2 blocks) for the winners.


  • Chris Gayle brakes Shahid Afridi’s record for Most Sixes in International Cricket: Chris Gayle toppled Shahid Afridi to top the list of most international sixes during the 1st ODI between West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown. Gayle hit a six of the first ball in the 15th over of the West Indies innings off Moeen Ali to surpass Pakistan's Afridi. Gayle now has 488 international sixes, one more than Afridi.


  • Sunil Chhetri awarded the first ever Football Ratna Award: Talismanic Indian striker Sunil Chhetri was awarded the first ever Football Ratna honour by Football Delhi, the association governing the sport in the city.


  • Mary Kom designated as brand Ambassador of PUMA: Six-time world women boxing champion MC Mary Kom was named as a brand ambassador for global sportswear giant PUMA for a two-year period.


  • Saina Nehwal beats PV Sindhu to clinch second successive title: The big battle between India's badminton queens was once again won by Saina Nehwal. Making light of the top seed and arch-rival PV Sindhu, Saina won 21-18, 21-15 to retain her crown in the Senior National Badminton Championship.


  • Jharkhand-Based NGO Yuwa Wins Laureus World Sports Awards: Yuwa, a Jharkhand-based NGO which works for girl empowerment, has won the Laureus Sport for Good Award, becoming the third Indian entry to bag the honour. The NGO, founded by Americans Franz Gastler and Rose Thomson Gastler in 2009, runs a football program in rural Jharkhand covering 450 girls.


  • Vidarbha successfully defends its Irani cup title: Vidarbha became only the third team in Indian domestic cricket history to defend the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup. The defending champions defeated Rest of India by virtue of their first innings lead on the fifth and final day of the match in Nagpur to retain the Irani Cup that they had won last year. Vidarbha chasing 280, was 11 runs away from victory, when both the captains agreed to a draw.


  • Elise Mertens beats Simona Halep to win Qatar Open title: In tennis, Belgium's Elise Mertens has claimed the biggest title of her career by beating top seed Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to win the Qatar Open.


  • De Goede, Van Doren win 2018 FIH players of year awards: Netherlands' Eva de Goede and Arthur Van Doren of Belgium named as the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Players of the Year for 2018. While de Goede, 29, was named the Female Player of the Year, world champions Belgium's Van Doren, 24, was picked up as the Male Player of the Year for a second consecutive time.


  • Derrick Pereira becomes the India U-23 Football team coach: Derrick Pereira was named head coach of the India U-23 team for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qualifiers slated to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from March 22.


  • Shane Warne named Rajasthan Royals brand ambassador: Australia spin legend Shane Warne was named as brand ambassador of Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming Indian Premier League. Warne, who led Rajasthan Royals to its first and only IPL title in 2008, was the mentor of the side last season.


  • Prajnesh Gunneswaran breaks men's singles top-100 barrier: Prajnesh Gunneswaran broke into men's singles top-100 for the first time in his career with a jump of six places that took him to 97. Prajnesh is only third Indian player to break into the top-100 barrier in the past decade after Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri.


  • Jamie Chadwick becomes first female winner of MRF: Jamie Chadwick has become the first female winner of the MRF Challenge Series by mounting a turnaround at the final event of the season.


  • Pat Cummins wins first Allan Border Medal: The fast bowler Pat Cummins has been bestowed with the coveted Allan Border Medal at the 2019 Australian Cricket Awards in Melbourne, in recognition of his success over the past 12 months.


  • Mirabai Chanu notched up gold at EGAT Cup in Thailand: World champion Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu notched up a gold medal at the EGAT Cup in Thailand. Chanu won the 48 kg category gold with an effort of 192 kg in the silver level Olympic qualifying event.


  • Sana Mir from Pakistan becomes first Asian woman cricketer to play 100 T20Is: Former Pakistan women's cricket team skipper Sana Mir became the first Asian woman cricketer to play hundred T20 international matches. She made this record when the Pakistan women’s team played their third and final T20 against West Indies in Karachi.


  • Smriti Mandhana becomes world No.1 ODI batswoman: India opener Smriti Mandhana has become the No.1-ranked batter in the MRF Tyres ICC Rankings for Women after scoring her fourth ODI century and an unbeaten 90 in the three-match series against New Zealand.


  • Haryana Hammers beat Punjab Royals to win Pro Wrestling League title: Haryana Hammers won the fourth edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) as they defeated Punjab Royals 6-3 in the summit clash at the Gautam Buddha University indoor stadium. Local boy Rajneesh clinched the men’s 65kg category against Andrey Kviatkovski of Ukraine 9-3 to give the last year’s finalists an unbeatable 5-2 lead over Delhi Sultans with two bouts remaining.


Key Updates: January 2019


  • Novak Djokovic wins Australian Open title: World number one magnificent Novak Djokovic won a record seventh Australian Open title and a third successive Grand Slam as he swept aside Rafael Nadal in Melbourne.


  • Shriyanka Sadangi and Akhil Sheoran won gold in the H&N Cup: Indian pair Shriyanka Sadangi (of Odisha) and Akhil Sheoran (of New Delhi) won the mixed air rifle gold in the H&N Cup international shooting championship in Munich, Germany. The Indian pair, which had qualified in the third place behind two Russian teams surged ahead of them in the five-team final. Shriyanka and Akhil put 502.9 points on the board to beat the second Russian team of Daria Vdovina and Vladimir Maslennikov by two points.


  • Saina Nehwal wins Indonesia Masters title 2019: Saina Nehwal was crowned the women's singles champion at the Istora after Carolina Marin withdrew with an injury midway during the first game.


  • India’s Karthik Sharma wins New South Wales men’s Amateur Golf: India's Kartik Sharma won the New South Wales men's Amateur Golf Champion after getting past Australian Nathan Barbieri in the scheduled 36-hole final at Terrey Hills. It’s been a rough run for Barbieri, who last week made it to the final match of the Australian Amateur only to lose to Conor Purcell.


  • Brisbane Heat won their maiden women’s Big Bash title: Australia wicketkeeper-batswoman Beth Mooney's skillful innings helped Brisbane Heat to clinch their maiden Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) title at the Drummoyne Oval in Sydney.


  • Mohammed Shami becomes the fastest Indian bowler to claim 100 wickets: Mohammed Shami became the fastest Indian bowler to claim 100 ODI wickets, during the first one-dayer against New Zealand at Napier. Shami reached the milestone in his 56th match, with the wicket of opener Martin Guptill.


  • Virat Kohli named captain of ICC's Test, ODI teams of the year: Virat Kohli became the first Indian cricketer to make a clean-sweep of the ICC’s annual individual awards and was also named captain of the world body’s Test and ODI teams of the year.


  • Maharashtra with 228 medals win overall trophy at the Khelo India Youth Games: Maharashtra walked away with the Overall Trophy at the Khelo India Youth Games, as they amassed a mammoth 85 gold, 62 silver and 81 bronze for a total of 228 medals. Their sportspersons and officials received the trophy from Union Minister Prakash Javadekar and Maharashtra Sports Minister Vinod Tawde at the closing ceremony in Pune.


  • Ankita Raina wins ITF women's tennis tournament title 2019: Ankita Raina, current Indian No. 1 in women's singles, won $25,000 ITF women's title in Singapore. Raina defeated Dutch tennis player Arantxa Rus 6-3 6-2 to lift the trophy.


  • India 1st away team to win bilateral series in all formats: India defeated Australia in the third ODI to clinch the three-match series 2-1. With this, India became the first visiting side to win a bilateral series in all three formats in Australia.


  • Wasim Jaffer becomes first Asian to slam 2 first-class double tons: Wasim Jaffer became the first batsman to score 1000 runs in a season twice in Ranji Trophy. The 40-year-old Jaffer had scored 1260 runs from 16 innings at an average of 84 for Mumbai in 2008-09. This year, playing for Vidarbha, Jaffer needed 31 before the semi-final against Kerala.


  • Vinesh Phogat becomes first Indian athlete to be nominated in Laureus World Comeback of Year Award: Star wrestler Vinesh Phogat had a stellar 2018 in which she won gold at the Commonwealth Games, a silver in the Asian Championships in Bishkek and a gold at the Asian Games in Jakarta.


  • Taslim Mir won U17 badminton title at KIYG 2019: Taslim Mir clinched the girl’s U-17 badminton title at the Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) 2019. Taslim Mir defeated Manasi Singh and secured 23-21, 21-16 win at the Balewadi stadium, Maharashtra.


  • Mary Kom becomes 'World No 1' Boxer in latest AIBA World Rankings: MC Mary Kom’s unprecedented sixth world title triumph has propelled her to the number one position in the International Boxing Association (AIBA) latest world rankings. The 36-year-old Manipuri woman became the most successful boxer in world championships’ history when she claimed the 48 kg category top honours in last year in Delhi.


  • Bihar spinner Ashutosh Aman creates history, breaks Bishan Bedis 44-year old record: The 32-year-old Aman achieved the feat when he trapped Manipur’s Sagatpam Singh lbw for his 65th wicket and eclipsed former India captain Bedi’s tally of 64 wickets for Delhi in 1974-75 season.


  • 10-year-old Abhinav Shaw becomes youngest gold medallist in Khelo games: Abhinav Shaw became the youngest gold medallist at the Khelo India Youth Games when he teamed up with Mehuli Ghosh to help West Bengal win the 10m air-rifle mixed team event.


  • Roger Federer wins 2019 Hopman Cup: Roger Federer has become the most successful player in Hopman Cup history after leading Switzerland to a 2-1 win in an enthralling final of the mixed teams tournament in Perth.


  • Jasprit Bumrah finishes 2018 as the highest wicket-taker across all formats: India pacer Jasprit Bumrah finished 2018 as the highest wicket-taker across all formats in the calendar year. The fast bowler, who helped India win the third Test in Melbourne by 137 runs by picking up a nine-wicket haul, took 78 wickets in this year. Bumrah took 48 wickets in 9 Tests, 22 wickets in 13 ODIs and 8 wickets in 8 T20I matches.


Key Updates: December 2018


  • Smriti Mandhana wins ICC women's cricketer of the year award: Talented India vice-captain Smriti Mandhana was adjudged “Women's Cricketer of the Year” as well as the “Women's ODI Player of the Year” by the ICC. Left-handed opener Mandhana won the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Award for the 'Women's Cricketer of the Year' for scoring 669 runs in 12 ODIs along with 622 runs in 25 T20 Internationals in 2018.


  • Modric beats Djokovic to win Balkan athlete of the year award: Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric won the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup with his Spanish club Real Madrid as well as being instrumental in helping Croatia reach the World Cup final in Russia. He was awarded the tournament’s Golden Ball Award.


  • Indian woman Vedangi Kulkarni becomes fastest Asian to cycle the Globe: Indian woman Vedangi Kulkarni, 20, has become the fastest Asian to cycle the globe in 124 days in 2018, which was three weeks faster than the previous record. The girl had covered 29,000 kms in 159 days, covering 300 km daily. The trip began from Perth in Australia in June.


  • Seven-year Old Archie Schiller Named Australia 'Co-Captain' for Melbourne: A clinical India mopped up Australia's tail to win the third Test by 137 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). After the win, Indian cricketers greeted seven-year-old Australian co-captain Archie Schiller, who was added in the Australian's squad for the MCG Test.


  • WV Raman appointed as the new coach of the India women's cricket team: Former India opener W V Raman has been appointed head coach of the Indian women’s cricket team. Raman, who was most recently a batting consultant at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, was selected by an ad-hoc committee comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.


  • 16-Year-Old Prayas Becomes Youngest Ever Crorepati in History: Prayas Ray Barman became the youngest-ever crorepati at the age of 16. The teen all-rounder can bowl leg-spin and is also a handy bat. Royal Challengers Bangalore roped in the youngster for Rs 1.5 Cr from a base price Rs 20 lakh.


  • Ultra Marathon runner Apoorva Chaudhary sets a national record: Ultra runner Apoorva Chaudhary created a new national record completing 176.8 km in the women’s 24-hour event of the NEB 24 Hour Stadium Run held under the aegis of Athletics Federation of India at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.


  • Doughty Belgium gets the top of the world in Hockey World Cup: The maiden finalist Belgium proved more than equal match for three-time winner the Netherlands, being crowned the new champion of world hockey at the Kalinga Stadium with a 3-2 win in shootouts.


  • Sindhu wins gold beating Okuhara in World Tour finals: P.V. Sindhu celebrated gold at last after the Indian defeated Japan's Nozomi Okuhara to win badminton's season-ending World Tour Finals.


  • Virat Kohli becomes second fastest to 25th Test century: Virat Kohli has become the second fastest batsmen to scored 25 Test hundreds as he reached the milestone in 127 innings on Day 3 of the Perth Test between India and Australia at the brand new Optus Stadium.


  • Joshna Chinappa wins National Squash Women’s Singles Title: Joshna Chinappa and Mahesh Mangaonkar clinched the women’s and men’s singles titles at the National Squash Championships in New Delhi. Both were memorable wins for the players for different reasons.


  • Djokovic and Halep wins 2018 ITF world champions: Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep named as the 2018 ITF world champions by the governing body of global tennis. World number one Djokovic receives the honour from the International Tennis Federation for the sixth time, while it is the first year that Romania's top-ranked Halep has been recognized.


  • International Cricket Council ropes in Royal Stag as official sponsor: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has roped in Indian alcobev brand Royal Stag as official sponsor for the next five years. The partnership, which runs through 2023, will cover international events, including the upcoming big-ticket calendar events – the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC T20 World Cup and ICC World Test Championship.


  • Naomi Osaka's coach becomes first ever WTA Coach of the Year: Sascha Bajin, coach of the world number five Naomi Osaka, has become the first-ever recipient of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Coach of the Year Award.


  • SAIL Hockey Academy Wins Aga Khan Gold Cup Tournament: Steel Authority of India's Hockey Academy beat Army XI Danapur 2-1 to clinch the 115th All India Aga Khan Gold Cup hockey tournament. Jay Prakash Patel scored the match-winning goal for the SAIL Hockey Academy (SHA) in the final match played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium.


  • Golden State Warriors named sports illustrated's 2018 sportsperson of the year: The Golden State Warriors were named Sports Illustrated‘s 2018 Sportsperson of the Year, an award that recognizes an athlete or team who best exemplifies the ideals of achievement and sportsmanship. The NBA team, which has won three of the last four NBA championships, was recognized with this year’s award for exhibiting those attributes on and off the court, according to the publication.


  • Virat Kohli becomes first Asian skipper to win a Test in South Africa, England and Australia: India has earned a hard-fought 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series after registering a 31-run victory over Australia in the opening Test at the Adelaide Oval. And with this win India captain Virat Kohli also became the first Asian captain to win Tests in Australia, England and South Africa.


  • Yasir Shah Breaks 82 year old Record, becomes fastest bowler to take 200 Test wickets: Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the fastest bowler to take 200 wickets in Test cricket history. Shah had New Zealand batsman Will Somerville caught leg before wicket during the fourth day of the third and final Test at Sheikh Zayed Stadium to achieve the feat in his 33rd Test match.


  • Hungary to host 2023 World Athletics Championships 2013: The Hungarian capital of Budapest will host the 2023 World Athletics Championships. The next worlds will take place in Doha in 2019 before going to Eugene, United States, in 2021. It will be the first time Budapest has hosted the worlds, having previously hosted the 1998 European championships.


  • Ada Hegerberg wins the first ever women's Ballon d'Or: Ada Hegerberg created history by becoming the inaugural winner of women's Ballon d'Or award but the inspirational Norwegian forward was left embarrassed when host DJ Martin Solveig asked her to twerk on stage in Paris.


  • Delhi Daredevils renamed as Delhi Capitals ahead of 2019 IPL season: Delhi Daredevils (DD) was renamed itself Delhi Capitals for the upcoming 2019 Indian Premier League season. The Delhi franchise unveiled its new identity - including a new name and a logo.


  • Croatia star Luka Modric wins Ballon d'Or to end Ronaldo, Messi era: The 2018 Ballon d'Or winner will be revealed at a glittering ceremony in Paris, with Croatia's Luka Modric and a host of French World Cup winners all hoping to finally end the 10-year duopoly of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.


  • Abhinav Bindra becomes first Indian to get highest shooting honour: Ace Indian shooter Abhinav Bindra added yet another feather to his illustrious cap. The 36 year old who is still India's only individual Olympic gold medallist was awarded the coveted ISSF Blue Cross. The Blue Cross is the highest recognition conferred by the parent body of international shooting, the ISSF.


Key Updates: November 2018


  • Norway’s Carlsen beats Caruana to defend chess world title 2018: Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen defended his chess world championship title by beating American challenger Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in rapid tie-breaker games.


  • Varsha Varman wins gold medal in women's trap: The 24-year-old Harvard graduate, Varsha Varman, representing Madhya Pradesh, won the women's trap gold at the ongoing 62nd national championship for shotgun event.


  • Manu Bhaker clinches twin golds in National Shooting Championship: The 16-year-old Manu Bhaker of Haryana claimed the individual gold in junior girl's sport pistol with 24, a yellow metal in junior team and a silver in senior team.


  • Sameer Verma wins Syed Modi International Badminton Championship: India's Sameer Verma defeated Lu Guangzu of China in the men's singles final to successfully defend and win the Syed Modi International Championships in Lucknow while Saina Nehwal settled for silver.


  • Australia beat England to win fourth Women's World T20 2018: Australia have won their fourth Women's World Twenty20 championship after cruising to an eight-wicket victory over England in the final.


  • Harmanpreet Kaur named captain of Women's World T20 XI: India's batting star Harmanpreet Kaur has named captain of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 XI, which also featured opener Smriti Mandhana and leg-spinner Poonam Yadav.


  • India’s Bhawani Devi wins gold medal in Senior Commonwealth Fencing Championship 2018: Bhawani Devi becomes first Indian to win a gold medal in the Sabre event in the Senior Commonwealth Fencing Championship 2018 in Canberra.


  • Mary Kom Wins Sixth World Championship Title: India’s Mary Kom has created history by becoming the first woman to win six boxing world titles by clinching the 48 kg gold at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.


  • Pablito wins P. Natesan Cup: Craig Marshall-trained Pablito (A.M. Alam astride) won the P. Natesan Cup, the main event of the races. The winner is the property of Mr. Wayne Beck. Craig Marshall also saddled two more winners on the day.


  • ICC teams up with Google: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced a partnership with Google to offer fans a great viewing experience of the semi-finals and final of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in the West Indies.


  • Wasim Jaffer becomes first Indian to touch 11,000-run milestone in Ranji Trophy: Veteran first-class cricketer Wasim Jaffer became the first Indian batsman to touch the 11,000-run figure in the Ranji Trophy. The Vidharbha batsman achieved the milestone during the third-round match against Baroda in Nagpur at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium.


  • Dhruv wins IOCL AITA Championship: Dhruv Sachdeva defeated the top seed Siddhant Kishore Sharma and secured 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4 in the boys’ final of the IOCL All India Tennis Association (AITA) Championship 2018 series junior tennis tournament held in New Delhi organized by Grand Slam Tennis Foundation.


  • Mohd. Asab wins gold: Mohd. Asab and Ahvar Rizvi pipped the reigning World champion Ankur Mittal to win the double trap gold and silver in the 62nd National Shotgun championship.


  • Alexander Zverev beats world no. 1 Djokovic to win ATP Finals title: Alexander Zverev thrashed Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final to win the ATP World Tour Finals title in London.


  • Lakshya Sen bagged bronze BWF World junior badminton championship: India's top junior shuttler Lakshya Sen settled for a bronze medal at the Li Ning BWF World Junior Badminton Championships 2018 at Markham.


  • Gukesh wins World U-12 Open chess championships: International Master Gukesh D and Savitha Shri B won gold medals in U-12 Open and girls category respectively at the World Cadets Chess Championship in Spain.


  • Lewis Hamilton win gives Mercedes the title: World champion Lewis Hamilton steered his Mercedes to a nail-biting victory in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, a triumph that clinched the constructors’ championship for a fifth consecutive season for the team.


  • Indian Wrestler Bajrang Punia becomes World No.1 in 65 kg category: Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia has touched a new high in his career by achieving the number one rank in the world in the 65kg category. The 24-year-old Bajrang, who has won five medals this season, including CWG and Asian Games gold and a silver at the World Championship, was placed atop the ranking table with 96 points in the UWW list.


  • Harmanpreet Kaur becomes first Indian women to hit century in T20I cricket: Captain Harmanpreet Kaur became the first Indian woman to record a century in the shortest format, her scintillating 51-ball 103 powering the team to an imposing 194 for five in the ICC World T20 opener against New Zealand.


  • Angad Vir Singh Bajwa bags gold in Men’s Skeet at 8th Asian Shotgun Championship: Angad Vir Singh Bajwa shot to gold with a world record score in the men's skeet final of the 8th Asian Shotgun Championship, becoming the first Indian skeet shooter to win a continental or world level event.


  • Athlete Hima Das appointed first Youth Ambassador of UNICEF India: The United Nations Children's Fund-India (Unicef-India) has appointed Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter Hima Das as the country's first ever youth ambassador.


  • Rohit Sharma becomes first batsman to hit four T20I hundreds: Rohit Sharma became the first batsman to score four T20 International (T20I) centuries. He achieved the milestone in 58 balls during the second T20I against the Windies at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.


  • India clinches bronze in SAFF U-15 at Nepal: India clinched bronze with against hosts Nepal 1-0 to secure victory in the third-place play-off at the 2018 SAFF U-15 Championship football tournament.


  • Rahul Dravid inducted into ICC Hall of Fame: India's batting legend Rahul Dravid was officially inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame minutes before the fifth and final ODI of the series between India and West Indies at Thiruvananthapuram.


  • Mary Kom named brand ambassador of 2018 Women's World Boxing Championship: Olympic bronze medalist MC Mary Kom was named as the brand ambassador of the 10th edition of the Women's World Championship in New Delhi.


Key Updates: October 2018


  • Simona Halep becomes first Recipient Of Chris Evert WTA World No.1 Trophy: World number one Simona Halep has become the first recipient of the Chris Evert Women's Tennis Association (WTA) World No.1 Trophy, named after WTA's first-ever world number one, Chris Evert.


  • India wins Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management Award: India has clinched the Commonwealth Association For Public Administration and Management Award, 2018. Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) is a non-profit association which represents an international network of over 1100 senior public servants, Heads of Governments, academician and researchers from over 50 different countries across the Commonwealth.


  • Virat Kohli becomes fastest batsman to reach 10,000 ODI runs: Virat Kohli became the fastest ever to reach the milestone of 10,000 ODI runs, adding another feather to his bulging cap of records in international cricket. He became the fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni to complete 10,000 ODI runs, getting to the mark in his 213th game.


  • Sir Cecil smashes National record in Mysore Derby: Sir Cecil (Trevor up) won the Mysore Derby, the chief event of the races, in a new National record timing of 1 minute, 59.05s for the 2000m, which bettered Castlebridge’s run of 1m, 59.62 in the same race here last year. The winner is owned by Sarainaga Racing Pvt Ltd and trained by S. Padmanabhan.


  • Akash Malik wins India’s maiden archery silver at Youth Olympics: The 16-year-old Akash Malik became the first Indian to win a silver medal in archery at the Youth Olympic Games.


  • Indian men’s and women’s hockey team bag silver: Indian men and women teams finished their 2018 Youth Olympic Games campaign with silver medals at Buenos Aires, Argentina.


  • Grappler Simran wins silver: Indian wrestler Simran clinched a silver in women’s freestyle 43 kg category competition after she lost to Emily Shilson of United States in the final bout in Buenos Aires.


  • Asian Para Games 2018: India records best-ever show with 72 medals: India recorded its best-ever medal haul at 2018 Asian Para Games on a high after bagging a total of 72 medals - 15 gold, 24 silver, and 33 bronze medals, their best show in the event's history.


  • Pranjala wins second successive title: Y. Pranjala beat top seed Conny Perrin of Switzerland 6-1, 7-6(2) in the final to win her second successive title in the $25,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament.


  • India ranked 5th as ICC launches global women’s T20I team rankings: The International Cricket Council launched a global MRF Tyres ICC Women's T20I Team Rankings. India are placed fifth while three-time champions Australia topped the 46-team table.


  • Sundar Singh Gurjar wins silver in javelin throw: Indian javelin thrower Sundar Singh Gurjar won a silver medal in the men’s F46 category of the Asian Para Games, while another Indian Rinku won the bronze as India dominated the podium in the Javelin event.


  • Raw Gold wins the Sardar K.B. Ramachandra Raj Urs Memorial Cup: Raw Gold (Dhebe up), won the Sardar K.B. Ramachandra Raj Urs Memorial Cup, the feature event of the races. The winner is owned by M/s. K.R. Swamy & S. Inayathulla and trained by S. Inayathulla.


  • Gold for archer Harvinder Singh at Asian Para Games: Archer Harvinder Singh notched up the men's individual recurve gold in the Asian Para Games by finishing on top in the men’s individual recurve event, while track-and-field athletes added a silver and a bronze to India's tally in the Asian Para-Games in Jakarta.


  • Weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga wins India’s maiden gold medal: India won their maiden gold medal at a Youth Olympic Games with Jeremy Lalrinnunga clinching the yellow metal in Men's 62 kg weightlifting.


  • Air pistol ace Manu Bhaker clinched gold in the Youth Olympics: Indian shooter Manu Bhaker became the first to claim a gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


  • Thangjam Tababi Devi clinches India’s first judo medal at Olympics: Thangjam Tababi Devi became India’s first judo medallist at the Olympic level, claiming a silver at the ongoing Youth Games after losing to Venezuela’s Maria Giminez in the finals of the women’s 44 kg category.


  • Shahu Mane clinches silver in 10m air rifle: Indian shooter Shahu Tushar Mane bagging a silver in the men’s 10m air rifle on the opening day of competitions in the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.


  • Manipur won the 24th Senior Women’s National football championship: Manipur won the 24th Senior Women's National Football Championship title defeating hosts Odisha 2-1 in the final at Cuttack.


  • Raegan and Ishita won junior titles in National ranking table tennis tournament: Raegan Albuquerque of Maharashtra beat Manush Shah 4-2 to lift his maiden Junior Boys trophy in the 11 Sports National Ranking (East Zone) Table Tennis Championships in Guwahati. Delhi’s Ishita Gupta, on her first appearance in a final, wore the Junior Girls crown, beating Prapti Sen 4-0.


  • Adithya and Pranathi bagged titles in sub junior boys and girls singles titles: Ernakulam K.R. Pillai Academy’s Adithya Joseph and Thiruvananthapuram YMCA Academy’s Pranathi P. Nair won the sub-junior boys and girls singles titles in the Thiruvalla YMCA-P.O. John memorial all-Kerala table tennis tournament at the YMCA.


  • Yuvraj Wadhwani Lifts Asian Junior Squash Title: Yuvraj Wadhwani has clinched the 25th Asian junior individual squash championship title after defeating Anas Ali Shah of Pakistan in the final of the boys' U-13 individual event.


Key Updates: September 2018


  • Lewis Hamilton wins Russian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton won a Mercedes one-two in the Russian Grand Prix to extend his title lead to 50 points after teammate and pole sitter Valtteri Bottas was ordered out of his way at the Sochi Autodrom.


  • Caruana defeats Anand in USA’s win: Indian spearhead Viswanathan Anand lost to World No. 2 Fabiano Caruana in their much-awaited clash as top seed USA squeezed out a 2.5-1.5 victory in the fourth round of the Chess Olympiad.


  • India beat Bangladesh to win Asia Cup trophy 2018: India defeated Bangladesh by three wickets in Asia Cup final held in Dubai and won a seventh and second consecutive Asia Cup trophy.


  • Sable cracks 37-year-old national record: Avinash Sable erased Gopal Saini's 37-year-old national record to retain the men's 3,000m steeplechase title in style on the concluding day of the National Open athletics championships at the Kalinga Stadium.


  • Pande clinches maiden men's crown: 20 year’s old qualifier Siddhesh Pande of Maharashtra defeated Manav Thakkar in a seven-game humdinger in the East Zone National-ranking table tennis.


  • Croatia's Luka Modric wins FIFA's best player of the year award: Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's decade-long domination of football's individual awards by being crowned FIFA's best player of the year. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time.


  • Anthony Joshua beats Alexander Povetkin to retain world titles: Britain’s Anthony Joshua retained his world heavyweight titles by inflicting the first stoppage defeat of Alexander Povetkin’s professional career with a ruthless seventh-round finish at Wembley Stadium.


  • India wins silver in Asian Team Snooker Championship: India won silver medal after losing to Pakistan 2-3 in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship in Doha.


  • Hangzhou city of china will host 2022 Asian Para Games: The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) confirmed that Hangzhou in China will host the fourth edition in 2022.


  • National Sports Awards 2018: Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.


  • India Blue wins 2017-18 Duleep Trophy: India Blue has won 2017-18 Duleep Trophy by defeating defending champion India Red by an innings and 187 runs in the final match played.


  • Lewis Hamilton wins Singapore Grand Prix 2018: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix and a major step towards another world ­championship. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was second, while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third in the 11th edition of the night race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.


  • Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge sets new marathon world record in Berlin: Kenyan Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge set a new marathon world record in Berlin, smashing the previous best as he clocked race in 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds.


  • Maldives defeats India 2-1 to lift SAFF cup 2018: Maldives defeated India 2-1 to clinch their second South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Suzuki Cup 2018 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka. The win for Maldives comes 10 years after their first SAFF Cup title in 2008. Ibrahim Mahudhee Hussain and Ali Fasir scored in the 19th and 66th minutes respectively for Maldives against the run of play.


  • Hima Das appointed as Sports Ambassador of Assam: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has announced that Indian Athlete Hima Das will be appointed as the first sports ambassador of the state, who recently became the first Indian woman to win gold in track 400m event at IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championship in France.


  • Novak Djokovic wins US Open men’s singles title: Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets to win the US Open men’s singles title in the final at the Flushing Meadows.


  • Naomi Osaka wins US Open women’s singles title: Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams to win the US Open women’s singles title in the final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, and became the first Japanese player to win a major singles title in the history of the sport.


  • Om Prakash Mitharwal strikes gold in 50m pistol event in ISSF World Championship: Indian shooter Om Prakash Mitharwal won his maiden gold medal at the ISSF World Championships, claiming the top honours in the 50m pistol event in Changwon, South Korea.


  • Ikee Rikako named as Most Valuable Player (MVP) of Asian Games: Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee became the first female athlete awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at an Asian Games.


  • India records best-ever performance at Asian Games 2018: India won 69 medals at the Asian Games 2018 for best-ever medal haul at Asian Games 2018. Indonesia read 69 medals – 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze to surpass the medal count from 2010 Games in Guangzhou, China and match the gold medal tally from the first-ever Asian Games in 1951.


  • Amit Panghal bags gold in men's boxing: Indian boxer Amit Panghal clinched gold in the men's light fly (49kg) boxing competition at the 2018 Asian Games, in Jakarta, Indonesia.


  • India’s Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar win gold in bridge at Asian Games: India won a gold medal in the bridge competition of the 18th Asian Games with Pranab Bardhan and Shibhnath Sarkar clinching the top honours in the men's pair event.


Key Updates: August 2018


  • P V Sindhu wins silver at World Badminton Championships 2018: Indian shuttler P V Sindhu won the silver medal after losing to Spain's Carolina Marin in the women's singles final of the BWF World Badminton Championships 2018 at Nanjing, China.


  • Netherland wins women’s world hockey cup: Netherland defeated Ireland 6-0 to win Women’s Hockey World Cup for a record eighth time.


  • Georgia Hall wins the Women's British Open: The 22-year-old Georgia Hall at Royal Lytham secured a maiden major title with a thrilling victory on home soil at the Ricoh Women's British Open.


  • Union Sports Minister launches Rugby World Cup 2019 trophy tour: Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore launched the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour in India, welcoming the Webb Ellis Cup to the capital.


  • Viraj Madappa wins maiden Asian Tour title: The 20-year-old Viraj Madappa became the youngest Indian to win an Asian Tour trophy at Take Solutions Masters in Bengaluru.


  • Esow Alben creates history by winning India’s first ever cycling medal at world level: Esow Alben created history by winning India's first junior cycling World Cup silver medal in the men's keirin event of the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships at Aigle in Switzerland.


  • India wins SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship by defeating Bangladesh: Indian girls clinched the SAFF U-15 title after defeating defending champions Bangladesh by a solitary goal in the final at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan.


  • Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold medal at 2018 Asian Games: Wrestler Bajrang Punia clinched India's first gold medal in the 18th Asian Games after defeating Takatani Daichi of Japan in the men's 65 kg freestyle final to grab the yellow metal.


  • First Indian woman to win gold medal at 2018 Asian Games: Vinesh Phogat created history by becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to win a gold medal in the final at the Asian Games 2018.


  • Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold medal on debut at Asian Games: Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary won the gold medal in the men's 10m air pistol event at the Asian Games to help India win its third gold medal of the Games in Indonesia.


  • Liu Xiang breaks record in 50m backstroke swimming in Asian Games 2018: The 21-year-old China's Liu Xiang set a new world record in the women's 50 metres backstroke to win gold at Asian Games 2018.


  • David Beckham to receive 2018 UEFA president’s award: Former England captain David Beckham is to receive the 2018 UEFA President's Award in honour of his achievements in the game and his work since retiring as a player.


  • Heena Sindhu won a Bronze in the 10m Air Pistol event: Heena Sidhu won a Bronze medal in Women's 10m Air Pistol event at Asian Games 2018.


  • India win four bronze medals in Wushu, Sarnobat clinches gold in 25-metre pistol event: Indian shooter Rahi Sarnobat won gold medal in the women's 25-metre pistol event at Asian Games 2018 and India won four bronze medals in Wushu - Roshibina Devi in Sanda 60kg category, Santosh Kumar in Sanda 56kg category, Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh in Sanda 60 kg category and Narender Grewal in Sanda 65kg category.


  • Ankita Raina wins Bronze medal in Women's singles in Indonesia: Indian tennis player Ankita Raina clinched a bronze medal at the Asian Games after losing to China’s Zhang Shuai in the women’s singles semifinal.


  • Shardul Vihaan and Rahi Sarnobat clinched silver and gold medals: The youngest Indian shooter Shardul Vihan bagged silver medal in men's Double Trap final and Indian woman shooter Rahi Sarnobat clinched a gold medal in 25m pistol event at the Asian Games.


  • Indian rowers clinch two more bronze medals in rowing: Indian rowers Rohit and Bhagwan bagged two bronze medals in rowing at JSC Lake in Asian Games 2018. Japan’s Miyaura Masayuki and Takeda Masahiro won the gold, while Koreans Kim Byung Hoon and Lee Minhyuk (7:03.22) cliched silver.


  • Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan win a gold in tennis: The Indian men's tennis pair of Rohan Bopanna-Divij Sharan clinched gold medals at the Asian Games, dominating the final clash with a thoroughly clinical performance in Palembang.


  • P V Sindhu only Indian in Forbes Highest paid female athletes in the world: The 23-year old, Ace shuttler PV Sindhu is the only Indian in the top 10 of Forbe’s highest paid athletes in the world. Sindhu is also the the highest ranked non-tennis female player and is ranked seventh in the list.


  • Indian women gets second in Women's kabaddi for 1st time at Asiad: India clinched silver medal in women's kabaddi at the Asian Games 2018 after losing to Iran in the final.


  • Dutee Chand wins India's first medal in 20 years in women's 100m: Dutee Chand clinched India's first silver medal in women's 100m at the Asian Games 2018.


  • Hima Das wins 400m silver at Asiad, breaks national record: The 18-year-old Indian athletes, Hima Das broke the national record to clinch silver medal in women’s 400m race at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta.


  • Anas clinches India's 1st men's 400m silver medal at Asiad: Sprinter Muhammed Anas Yahiya clocked 45.69 seconds to bag silver medal in the men's 400m event at the Asian Games 2018.


  • P V Sindhu wins silver in women's singles badminton: Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu wins silver after losing to world number one Tzi Tzu Ying in the final in Indonesia.


  • Tejinderpal Singh wins gold medal at Asiad 2018: Tejinderpal Singh won India's 1st Athletics gold medal in the men's shot put at the Asian Games 2018.


  • Manjit wins India's first gold in 800m at Asiad 2018: India's Manjit Singh won first Athletics gold medal in 800m at the Asian Games 2018.


  • Swapna Barman wins India’s first gold medal in Heptathlon Athletics at Asiad 2018: The 21-year-old Swapna Barma became the first Indian to win gold medal in the heptathlon event at the Asian Games.


  • Arpinder Singh wins gold medal in Men’s Triple Jump event at Asiad 2018: India's Arpinder Singh won gold medal in the men's triple jump event in 48 years with a jump of 16.77m at the Asian Games.


Key Updates: July 2018


  • Rahul Dravid becomes fifth Indian to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame: India captain Rahul Dravid became the fifth Indian to be inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame and received the honour along with former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and former English women’s cricketer Claire Taylor.


  • Australia wins Hockey Champions Trophy Final 2018: World Champions Australia defeated India 3-1 to clinch their second consecutive Champions Trophy title in Breda, Netherlands.


  • Lee Chong Wei wins 12th Malaysia Open Badminton singles title: Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei defeated Japan’s Kento to won a historic 12th Malaysia Open Badminton title.


  • Max Verstappen wins Austrian F1 GP: Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix for Red Bull while Lewis Hamilton lost the championship lead in a disastrous double-retirement for Mercedes.


  • Sports Authority of India to be renamed as “Sports India”: Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has declared the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is set to be renamed as “Sports India”.


  • India’s Bajrang Punia wins gold medal at Tbilisi Grand Prix and Deepak wins bronze: The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Bajrang Punia emerged champion at the Tbilisi Grand Prix in the 65kg category and Deepak Punia won the bronze medal in the 86 kg category by defeating Turkey’s Osman Gocen 5-3.


  • India's Dalabehera bags bronze in Junior world weightlifting Championship: Indian lifter Jhilli Dalabehera won the bronze medal in Junior world weightlifting Championship at Tashkent (Uzbekistan).


  • Major General Vikram Dogra becomes first Indian Army officer to complete Ironman Triathlon: Major General Vikram Dogra has become the first Indian Army officer to complete the Ironman Triathlon event in a day without a break. Ironman Triathlon consists of three consecutive events - 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km cycling and 42.2 km of running.


  • Dancing Dragon wins Maharaja’s Gold Cup: Mr Sarosh Modi a leading Dancing Dragon won the Maharaja’s Gold Cup held at Bengaluru. The winner is owned by Manjri Horse Breed Farm Pvt Ltd rep by. Mr & Mrs. S.P. Mistry & Mrs. Anneka Darashah and trainer by G. Nityanand.


  • 52 years old Indian woman, completed ironman triathlon in Austria: Anju Khosla became the oldest Indian woman to complete an ironman triathlon in Austria. The event entails a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike ride and a 42 km run.


  • Dipa Karmakar becomes first Indian to win gold at Gymnastics World Cup: Dipa Karmakar won the gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey.


  • Manav Thakkar and Manika Batra win titles in National Ranking tournament at Panchkula: Manav Thakkar of Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) won the men and youth titles, while Manika Batra won the women's title and youth girls’ title went to Akula Sreeja in National Ranking (North Zone) Table Tennis Championships at Panchkula.


  • India bag 4 medals in the Asia Cup World Archery Ranking Tournament: India bagged three silver medals and a bronze to finish joint third with Iran in the Asia Cup World Ranking Tournament Stage 3 in Taipei.


  • Hima Das wins gold in World Junior Athletics C'ships: Indian sprinter, 18-year-old Hima Das scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman athlete to win gold in women's 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships.


  • Anish and Manu won gold in shooting: Haryana teenagers Manu Bhaker and Anish Bhanwala emerged champions in junior tournament at the Military Shooting Range in Pilsen, Czech Republic. Anish Bhanwala won in junior men’s 25m rapid fire pistol and Manu clinched the gold in the women's 10m Air Pistol.


  • World’s highest altitude ice hockey game plays in Himalayas: After two years of planning, The Hockey Foundation's attempt to set the record for the world's highest altitude ice hockey game was deemed successful as they played the sport on a rink they set up in the Himalayas. The Hockey Foundation, a New York based non-profit organization won this record by gathering players and playing a Guinness World Record-certified game in the northern parts of the Indian Himalayan region in Ladakh.


  • Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber won Wimbledon titles: Serbian champion Novak Djokovic defeated Kevin Anderson to win fourth Wimbledon title and German champion Angelique Kerber defeated Serena Williams to won Wimbledon women’s singles at the finals.


  • FIFA World Cup 2018: France beats Croatia 4-2 to become world champions: World champions France defeated Croatian team 4-2 to win second World Cup title after 20 years in Moscow. Golden Ball award: Luka Modric (Croatia). Golden Boot award: Harry Kane (England captain) for scoring six goals across six games. Golden Glove award: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium). FIFA Young Player award: 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe (France). FIFA Fair Play Award: Spain for superb disciplinary record.


  • Neeraj Chopra wins gold at Sotteville Athletics meet: India's ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the gold at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France, beating a competitive field that included 2012 London Olympics gold-medallist Keshorn Walcott.


  • India wins one silver and two bronze medals: Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Divya Kakran had won silver, while Reena and Karuna returned with bronze in women’s freestyle at the Junior Asian Wrestling Championships in New Delhi.


  • Sports Authority of India shortlists 734 youngsters for “KHELO INDIA” scholarship programme: The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has shortlisted 734 young players for a scholarship programme under the Khelo India Talent Identification Development scheme.


  • Tokyo 2020 committee officially launches Olympic mascots: The Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee officially launched its Olympic mascots Mirai Towa and Someity at a massive event attended by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and committee president Yoshiro Mori. The name of the blue-checked Olympic mascot “Mirai Towa” is derived from a combination of the Japanese words for future and eternity and seeks to "promote a future full of eternal hope in the hearts of people all over the world".


  • Ajay Karthikeyan and Divya Deshmukh win 44th National sub-junior open chess: Ajay Karthikeyan of Tamil Nadu scored 9.0/11, finished half point ahead of Sankalp Gupta of Maharashtra and won his first National championship while Divya Deshmukh scored 9.0/11, finished half point ahead of Meenatchi Rajam of Tamil Nadu and won the National championship for second consecutive year in the final round of the 44th National sub-junior (under-15) open chess at Kalyani.


  • 5 years old Saanvi gets national medal in U-7 Chess Tournament: Five years old Saanvi Agarwal competed for 32nd Nationwide U-7 Open and Women Chess Championships and has won the title.


  • Egypt defeats England to win World Junior squash team title: A formidable Egypt defeated England 2-0 in the final to win the boy's title at the WSF-World junior squash team championship in India.


  • Bajrang Punia and Pinki win medal at the Yasar Dogu International as Indian wrestlers: India's star wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Pinki won gold medals at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul, Turkey while Sandeep Tomar and Pooja Dhanda win silver medal in the final.


  • Johnson wins Canadian Open golf championship: World number one Dustin Johnson win the RBC Canadian for the first time after firing 6-under 66 in the final round to finish at 23 under.


Key Updates: June 2018


  • Manu Bhaker wins gold in 10m air pistol: Commonwealth Games gold medalist and Youngest Indian Manu Bhaker defeated the Chinese and the Koreans by a big margin and won the women’s air pistol gold at ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany.


  • Saurabh Chaudhary wins gold in 10m air pistol: Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Youngest Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary won 10m air pistol gold at ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany.


  • R Praggnanandhaa becomes world’s 2nd Youngest Chess Grandmaster: R. Praggnanandhaa became the second youngest Grandmaster in the World at 12 years, 10 months and 13 days.


  • Archer Deepika Kumari wins gold at salt lake World cup: Ace Indian Archer Deepika Kumari clinched her first individual gold medal after a gap of six years at the Salt Lake World Cup, in the USA.


  • Hamilton wins in France to retake F1 lead: Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton achieved the French Grand Prix from pole position for Mercedes to retake the overall lead from Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who finished fifth after a first lap collision.


  • US sprinter Noah Lyles wins 100m race to clinch US National title in Des Moines: Noah Lyles, a 20-year-old American sprinter ran the fastest 100-metre race of the year to clinch the US national title in Des Moines, Iowa.


  • Sandeep Sejwal clinches gold at Singapore National Swimming Championships: Indian swimmer Sandeep Sejwal clinched the gold medal in men’s 50m breaststroke event at the Singapore National Swimming Championships in Singapore.


  • Us golfer koepka wins US open title at New York: American Brooks Koepka, 28-year-old has won the US Open golf championship at the Shinnecock Hills course in New York, becoming the first player in almost 30 years to successfully defend his title.


  • First Indian cricketer to play in England's Kia Super League: The Indian women's cricket team opener, Smriti Mandhana, 21-year-old, is set to become the first player from Indian cricket team to appear in England's Kia Super T20 League. She has scored over 826 runs with a highest score of 76 in the 40 T20 Internationals.


  • Gavit Murali Kumar won gold in men's 10,000 metre race at Gouden Spike meeting: Indian young long-distance runner, Gavit Murali Kumar won the Gold medal in men's 10,000 metre race at Gouden Spike meet in Leiden, Netherlands to become the second fastest Indian in this event as the country's track and field athletes continued their build-up for the upcoming Asian Games.


  • India wins Intercontinental Cup Football Title: India defeated Kenya to won the title of Intercontinental Cup Football Tournament at Mumbai Football Arena.


  • Rafael Nadal wins 11th French Open Title: World number one Tennis star Rafael Nadal defeated Austrian Dominic Thiem to won 11th French Open title “grand slam” at Roland Garros.


  • Halep Wins Maiden Grand Slam Title: World number one Tennis star Simona Halep defeated American tenth seed Sloane Stephens and clinched the Maiden Grand Slam title in the French Open final tennis tournament in Paris.


  • Sports ministry approves upward revision of pension to meritorious sportspersons: Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore has approved the upward revision of pension to meritorious Sportspersons. Under this revision, the rate of pension has been doubled of the existing rate of pension on winning medals in international sports events.


  • Mithali Raj score 2,000 runs in T20 International: The first Indian women star cricketer, Mithali Raj scored 2,000 runs in T20 Internationals and achieved the feat during India's seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Women's Asia Cup T20 at Kuala Lumpur.


  • Indian cricketer Virat Kohli Only In World's Highest Paid Athletes List: Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has made it to the list of top 100 “World's Highest Paid Athletes 2018”. The Indian skipper is ranked 83rd with earnings of USD 24 million. Surprisingly, this year no women being featured in the list.


  • South Africa's Cricketer Of the Year - Kagiso Rabada Wins Award: The World Number One Test Bowler, Kagiso Rabada won the South Africa’s cricketer of year award at Jozi.


  • Sanjana Ramesh clinched MVP Award At Basketball without borders Asia: India's Sanjana Ramesh was awarded the “Most Valuable Player” (MVP) in the boys and girls section at the awards ceremony of the tenth Basketball without borders Asia, which featured 66 campers from 16 countries from the Asia-Pacific region.


Key Updates: May 2018


  • Real Madrid clinched 13th Champion League record title in final: Real Madrid has won the third successful Champions League final in Kyiv, clinching the title for a record 13th time. Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in the history to clinch five Champions League titles. 


  • Japan women win’s the uber cup: Japan women Akane Yamaguchi won the 6th uber cup in May 2018. She defeated Thailand’s champion Ratchanok Intanon in the final badminton championships in Bangkok to end a 37-year wait to regain the title. 


  • Tejaswini Sawant wins gold medal in 50m Rifle Prone event: India’s Tejaswini Sawant won a gold medal in the women's 50m Rifle Prone event in Munich Grand Prix ahead of the ISSF World Cup Rifle / Pistol stage in the German city.


  • Chennai Super Kings awarded IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won their third Indian Premier League (IPL) title after beating Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH) at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. Shane Watson's unbeaten 117 knock helped chennai to win the IPL trophy.


  • India’s Shahzar Rizvi ranked World No.1 in ISSF World rankings: Shahzar Rizvi, India’s 10m air pistol shooter has risen to the top of the world rankings in men’s in International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), riding on his silver medal-winning performance in the just-concluded World Cup in Changwon, Korea to ensure his elevation as the world’s number one shooter in the men’s 10m air pistol Olympic discipline.


  • World champion Vetter Neeraj Chopra breaks own  national record: After winning Commonwealth Gold, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra came up with a massive 87.43m throw at the season-opening Doha Diamond league to rewrite his own national record and finish fourth in the 10-man competition.


  • Indian archers Priyadharshini and Aman clinch gold: Tamil Nadu triple jumper Priyadharshini Suresh and Haryana's 400m hurdler Aman had won gold in the South Asian junior athletics championships (SAJAC) at Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo. At the end of two-day meet, they bagged 20 gold, 22 silver and eight bronze medals to put India on top of the medals table. Sri Lanka (12-10-19) and Pakistan (0-1-1) took second and third positions. Indians also created new meet records in the men's long jump, triple jump, women's triple jump, 100m hurdles, javelin throw and 1500m events.


  • Juventus rout AC Milan won Coppa Italia for fourth straight season:  Juventus won the Coppa Italia for the fourth consecutive year and a record 13th time with a crushing 4-0 victory over AC Milan who suffered a second-half meltdown in the final.


Key Updates: April 2018


  • Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth has emerged as World Number 1 in the men’s single category according to the latest edition of the BWF (Badminton World Federation) rankings. Kidambi Srikanth has replaced Denmark's Viktor Axelsen to become World Number 1. He has become the first Indian male player to achieve this mark. Earlier, Saina Nehwal became the first Indian girl to become World No.1 in 2015.


  • India’s Leander Paes has became the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup. He has broken the 46-year-old record of Italian player Nicola Pietrangeli with his 43rd double win in the competition held in Tianjin, China. During his long and illustrious career, Paes achieved the feat of longest unbeaten winning streak of 24 matches in Davis Cup with Mahesh Bhupathi.


  • The 2018 Commonwealth Games were held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, between 4 and 15 April 2018. Among the 71 participating countries, Australia topped the medal chart followed by England and India. Indian team won 26 gold medal, 20 silver medals and 20 bronze medals.


  • Indian Badminton players, PV Sindhu & Kidambi Srikanth have been named 'Sportspersons of the Year' at the inaugural ESPN Multi-Sport Awards. Coach Pullela Gopichand has been adjudged 'best coach'. Indian National Women's Hockey Team was adjudged the 'Team of the Year'.


  • According to the latest FIFA rankings, Germany is at the numero uno position followed by Brazil in the second position.


Key Updates: March 2018


  • Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro defeated top-ranked Roger Federer to win his first Indian Wells title and second consecutive ATP crown.


  • Seventh seeded Shi Yuqi from China defeated fellow national Lin Dan to win final of the All England Open badminton championships in Birmingham. In the women's final, top seed and defending champion Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan defeated second seeded Akane Yamaguchi from Japan .


  • Indian Men Cricket Team won Nidahas Trophy in a thrilling final opposite Bangalesh.


  • H.S. Prannoy and P.V Sindu have reached quarterfinals of the All England Badminton Championship.


  • Maharashtra’s Sanjivani Jadhav won the women’s bronze in the 14th Asian Cross Country Championships at Guiyang, China. She was the World University Games 10,000m silver medallist last year. The Asian Cross Country Championships is a biennial regional cross country running competition for athletes from Asia. It is organised by the Asian Athletics Association and was first held in 1991 in Fukuoka, Japan.


  • Australia clinched the 2018 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at 27th edition of the tournament held in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, early this month. Six teams participated in the tournament with India finishing at 5th spot.


  • The All England Championship, one of the badminton’s most prestigious and oldest sports tournaments is set to begin on March 14 in Birmingham. Fourth seed P. V. Sindhu and the unseeded Saina Nehwal lead India's challenge in women’s category. India’s men championship hopes are on K. Srikanth (3), who is in a great form lately. Previously only Prakash Padukone (1980) and Gopichand (2001) from India have won this tournament.


  • As per the latest rankings released by United World Wrestling, reigning Asian champion Navjot Kaur has became World No. 2 in the 65 kg category. In men’s ranking, Vinesh Phogat is No. 2 in the 50kg category behind Lei Chun of China.


  • Indian junior archers bagged three gold and three bronze medals to finish their Archery Asia Cup on a high note. Trio of Akash, Gora Ho and Gaurav Lambe, Promila Daimary and Muskan Kirar triumped with gold medals.


  • Indian shooter Anjum Moudgil won silver medal in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. This was India’s eighth medal in the competition and the first silver after having won three golds and four bronze medals already, in the ongoing event.


  • Manu Bhasker (16 yrs) from Haryana became the youngest Indian to win a World Cup gold in shooting (women’s 10m air pistol) at the ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.


  • Navjot Kaur becomes first Indian woman to win gold medal (65 kg freestyle wrestling category) at Asian Wrestling Championship held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In the same event, bronze medals were won by Bajrang Punia (65 kg freestyle) and Vinod Kumar Omprakash (70 kg freestyle).


Key Updates: January 2018


  • The new Khelo India logo, reflecting the freshness, agility and vitality of New India was launched at a ceremony by the Union Minister of  State Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Rathore.The Khelo India School Games, to be broadcast by Star Sports, is being held in collaboration with the School Games Federation of India and National Sports Federations by setting up an Organizing Committee as per procedure of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. SGFI and NSFs will draw up and conduct an annual calendar of competitions leading up to the Khelo India School Games.


Key Updates: December 2017


  • Australia defended the Hockey World League title that they won in Raipur two years ago by claiming a 2-1 triumph over reigning Olympic champions Argentina, in Bhubaneswar. India finished with the bronze medal by defeating Germany.


Key Updates: November 2017


  • Indian wrestler Ritu Phogat has clinched the silver medal in Under-23 (48 Kg. category) Senior World Wrestling Championship at Poland. The 23-year-old, lost against Turkish Wrestler Demirhan in the gold medal bout of women's 48 kilogram category.


  • In the National Wrestling championship currently being held in Indore, two-time Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar (silver medallist in 2012 London Olympics and bronze medallist at 2008 Beijing Olympics, India's lone woman Olympic medal winner Sakshi Malik (Bronze medallist in 2016 Rio Olympics) and Geeta Phogat (winner of India’s first ever gold medal in Commonwealth Games 2010) won gold medal in their respective categories in the event.


  • Mary Kom has won the gold medal in the Asian Boxing Championships in the Light Flyweight category, defeating DPR Korea's Kim Hyang Mi. This is Mary Kom's sixth medal in the Asian Women's Boxing Championships which includes four gold medals and one silver medal won in previous editions of the tournament.


  • Women's Asia Cup hockey 2017 title is won by Indian team which defeated China in the finals. The tournament was held in Japan. As the winner of the tournament India also qualified for the world cup tournament to be held in England in 2018.


  • Held every fourth year, the women’s Asia cup hockey tournament was started in 1985.


  • Indian shooters Prakash Nanjappa, Amanpreet Singh and Jitu Rai made a clean sweep in the 50m pistol event at the Commonwealth Shooting Championships at Gold Coast in Australia. Prakash won the coveted gold medal, Amanpreet the Silver and Jitu settled for bronze medals.