Current Affairs | INDIA

Current Affairs | INDIA

June 26 to July 2, 2018


Section A: INDIA

• NITI Aayog releases first Delta Ranking under the Aspirational Districts Programme.
• More than 19,500 mother tongues are spoken in India: Census data
• Centre to scrap UGC, bring in Higher Education Commission
• FSSAI proposes life imprisonment, Rs 10 lakh fine for food adulteration
• Indore-Veraval Mahamana Express train flagged off
• Sanitary pad vending machine installed in Hirakhand Express
• Railways eliminates all unmanned level crossings from 4 zones
• 'ReUnite' mobile app to trace missing, abandoned children launched
• PM lays foundation stone for key projects in AIIMS
• PM reviews progress towards holistic development of islands
• Union Cabinet approves proposal to utilise services of retired central doctors
• Sixth Passport Seva Divas held
• Harsh Mander resigns as NHRC monitor

Section B: INDIA & THE WORLD

• Seychelles President concludes India visit
• India increases grants to $15m to Global Environment Facility
• India pledges USD 5 million for UN Palestinian aid agency
• India, Pakistan exchange lists of prisoners in each other's jails
• Final Nepal-India EPG meeting held in Kathmandu
• India, Australia agree for balanced free trade agreement
• Australia, India to collaborate for reviewing school curriculum, teaching methodologies
• China to lower tariffs on several Indian goods
• US tells India and others to end oil imports from Iran by Nov 4
• Heads of Indian missions attend brainstorming meet in Delhi
• US permanent representative to the UN Nikki Haley visits India
• Swaraj holds talks with UAE Foreign Minister
• Indian Navy chief calls on Bangladesh president

May 1st Week.


• India signs up for USD 200-million loan from World Bank for nutrition mission
• HRD Ministry launches online training programme for higher education faculty using SWAYAM
• Govt to expand Van Dhan Vikas Kendras in Tribal Districts
• 100 more „one stop centres‟ for women in distress approved
• Dakota aircraft joins IAF again
• Military exercise Vijay Prahar concludes
• UPSC releases civil services 2017 marks, topper gets 55.6 per cent
• ICMR launches month-long campaign on hypertension to raise awareness
• Cabinet approves setting up of 20 AIIMS across the country, upgrade 73 medical colleges
• AIR to broadcast dawn chorus of birds on May 6
• Cabinet secretary gets second extension, to hold post till June 2019
• Mallikarjun Kharge re-appointed PAC Chairman
• Frank Noronha retires as Principal Director General of PIB
• Eminent scholar and Marxist economist Ashok Mitra dies at 90
• Former IAF chief Idris Hassan Latif dies at 94
• Chhota Rajan, 8 others get life imprisonment for murder of journalist

Section B: INDIA & THE WORLD

• Tackling climate change: Global Covenant of Mayors launches its South Asia chapter
• UNSECO organizes South Asian Conference on education in Kathmandu
• India, China hold border personnel meet at Chusul in Ladakh
• India, Sri Lanka to firm up plan to combat drug crimes
• Cultural festival held in Egypt to mark birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore
• 3rd edition of UNPCAP being organised in New Delhi
• Swaraj holds talks with Serbian counterpart; vows to boost trade, defence ties
• 10 Indian cities out of 20 rank among the most polluted in the world: WHO
• India, US explore ways to boost cooperation in Indo-Pacific region
• Indian, French navies begin final phase of Varuna exercise
• Joint Indo-Malaysian military exercise commences at Kuala Lumpur
• India Japan Energy Dialogue held in New Delhi
• CBDT notifies the Protocol amending DTAA with Kuwait
• 7 Indian engineers abducted in Afghanistan by Taliban gunmen
• Direct flight launched between Herat and New Delhi started
• SCO Secretary-General visits India
• AMCHAM India elects Krish Iyer as new Chairperson


April 2018.


– SC favours videography of selection process conducted for government jobs
– India-South Korea joint exercise ‘SAHYOG-HYEOBLYEOG 2018’ conducted in Bay of Bengal
– Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli arrives in India on a 3-day visit
– Bollywood actor Raj Kishore dies at 85
– 3 in every 5 Indians admitted using mobile phones while driving: Nissan survey
– New Delhi is India’s most hospitable city: Airbnb Hospitality Index
– 5 YSR Congress Party Lok Sabha MPs resign over denial of Special Category Status to AP
– 10 marine fisheries from India identified for eco-labelling certification of London-based Marine Stewardship Council
– Gobardhan Yojna, a central scheme for converting cattle dung into manure and biogas, to be launched from Haryana on April 30
– Gobar is an acronym for Galvanising Organic Bio Agro Resources
– 2 nd leg of Parliament’s Budget Session ends with nearly 250 working hours being wasted in disruptions
– RH300 sounding rocket, developed by VSSC, launched from Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station in Thiruvananthapuram
– TN: State govt. launches “Amma” Free Wi-Fi zones in five cities
– J&K: Jammu’s first tulip garden opens at Sanasar in Ramban district
– MP, UNICEF to start vaccination drive from April 7 to immunise infants against pneumonia and meningitis
– Assam assembly passed Bills to increase salaries of all MLAs by up to 50%


– I&B Ministry constitutes committee to frame rules to regulate news portals and media websites
– Indian Navy organising HADR exercise ‘Chakravat’ in coordination with Kerala govt. from April 5 to 8
– Jodhpur court gives 5-year jail term to Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case
– Karnataka Assembly polls: EC to set up 450 Sakhi Pink booths managed completely by female staff
– Punjab: Pathankot joins civil aviation network with Alliance Air operating its first flight from Delhi under UDAN
– National Maritime Day observed on April 5 MONETARY POLICY REVIEW
– RBI keeps key lending rate (repo) on hold at 6%
– Reverse repo rate stands at 5.75%, bank rate at 6.25%
– Inflation projection revised downwards to 4.7-5.1% in H1 of FY19 & 4.4% in H2
– GDP growth projected to strengthen from 6.6 in FY18 to 7.4% in FY19

– I&B Ministry constitutes committee to frame rules to regulate news portals and media websites
– Indian Navy organising HADR exercise ‘Chakravat’ in coordination with Kerala govt. from April 5 to 8
– Jodhpur court gives 5-year jail term to Salman Khan in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case
– Karnataka Assembly polls: EC to set up 450 Sakhi Pink booths managed completely by female staff
– Punjab: Pathankot joins civil aviation network with Alliance Air operating its first flight from Delhi under UDAN
– National Maritime Day observed on April 5

– Nirmala Sitharaman meets her Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu in Moscow
– India to develop stealth fighter Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA): Sitharaman
– External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meets Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev in Baku
– India, Japan and the US hold 9 th trilateral meeting in New Delhi
– Cabinet approves the Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018
– Shah Rukh Khan’s wax figure unveiled at Madame Tussauds Delhi
– ‘Ratna Bhandar’, the treasury of 12 th -century Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri, opened for inspection by ASI after 34 years
– Maharashtra govt. to provide Rs 88 crore financial assistance to Aamir Khan’s Paani Foundation for water conservation
work – Committee headed by retired secretary (higher education) Vinay Sheel Oberoi to probe CBSE question leaks
– Monsoon 2018 is likely to be ‘normal’ with ‘zero chance’ of a drought: Skymet