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  1. 562 more Ekalavya schools for tribals soon: Oram The government will set up 562 more Ekalavya Model Residential School (EMRS) in tribal areas across the country that will be on par with the Navodaya Vidyalayas. Detailing about the budgetary provisions for budget 2018-19, Oram said 271 EMRSs have already been sanctioned out of which 190 are currently operational. The EMRS are planned under a government scheme for model residential school for Indian tribals (Scheduled Tribes) across India. 2. Sex ratio at birth dips in 17 of 21 large states, Gujarat records 53 points fall  The sex ratio at birth (SRB) saw a decline in 17 out of 21 large states of the country, with Gujarat recording an alarming dip of 53 points, a report released by the Niti Aayog stated and stressed on the need to check sex-selective abortion.  According to the report, among the 17 states which recordedRead More
  1. Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurated the 2018 edition of the World Sustainable Development Summit This event was inaugurated by Narendra Modi at VigyanBhawan in the capital on Friday, 16thFebruary. WSDS is the flagship forum of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and seeks to bring together on a common platform, global leaders and thinkers in the fields of sustainable development, energy and environment sectors. The theme of the Summit this year is ‘Partnerships for a Resilient Planet’, WSDS 2018 seeks to create action frameworks to resolve some of the most urgent challenges facing developing economies in the backdrop of climate change. The Summit will address a wide variety of issues, including combating land degradation, effective waste management mechanisms to make cities free of landfills free, combat air pollution effectively, measures to increase resource and energy efficiency, facilitate transition to clean energy and create financial mechanisms to enable effectiveRead More
  1. Gadkari releases India’s first ‘Highway Capacity Manual’ Union minister Nitin Gadkari released country’s first ever Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) which will guide road engineers and policy makers about road expansion. The manual known as ‘Indo-HCM’ has been developed by CSIR-CRRI on the basis of an extensive, country-wide study of the traffic characteristics on different categories of roads like single lane, two-lane, multi-lane urban roads, inter- urban highways and expressways and the associated intersections on these roads. The manual lays down guidelines for when and how to expand or manage different types of roads and their intersections and the level of services to be put in place. It has been developed based on the unique nature and diversity of traffic on Indian roads.   2.  India-Russia Agriculture Business Summit held in New Delhi India and Russia discussed trade relations in the agricultural sector in a business summit on 13th feb 2018. As a partRead More
  1. NITI Aayog launches ‘Healthy States Progressive India Report’; Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu best performers In an effort to better assess health outcomes across India, the NITI Aayog on Friday launched the Healthy States Progressive Report. Released by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, Ministry of Health Secretary Preeti Sudan. This report is the first step to establish an annual systematic tool to measure and understand the complexity of nation’s performance in health. As per the report, among larger states, Kerala, Punjab and Tamil Nadu ranked on top in terms of overall performance, while Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh are the top three ranking states in terms of annual incremental performance. Among smaller states, Mizoram ranked first followed by Manipur on overall performance, while Manipur followed by Goa were top-ranked states in terms of annual incremental performance, revealed the report. Meanwhile, among Union Territories, Lakshadweep showed both the best overall performance asRead More
  1. Maharashtra govt approves new wildlife sanctuary at Ghodazari Maharashtra State Government has approved Ghodazari in Chandrapur district as a new wildlife sanctuary in the state. The new wildlife sanctuary will include 159 sq km of Brahmapuri forest. This decision will not only help in conserving the forest but will also benefit nearly 40 villages in the region on account of consequential increase of tourism related activities.   2. Govt makes PAN mandatory for transactions over Rs. 2.5 lakh As announced in Union Budget 2018, providing Permanent Account Number (PAN) will be mandatory for any entity entering into a financial transaction of Rs 2.5 lakh or more with effect from April 1, 2018. As per Finance Bill 2018, through which the Budget is passed, Permanent Account Number (PAN) would be used as Unique Entity Number for non-individuals. Thus, every non-individual entity shall be required to apply to the Assessing Officer for allotment of PAN.   3. Environment Ministry launches ‘GreenRead More
  1. India becomes third largest producer of crude steel According to a recent report published by World Steel Association (WSA), India overtook the US to become the world’s third-largest steel producer in 2018. China has remained world leader by producing 831.7 MT in 2017, up 5.7% from 786.9 MT in the year-ago period.  Japan is second largest global steel producer. World Steel Association (WSA) WSA is a non-profit organisation and is one of the largest industry associations in world. Its members represent approximately 85% of the world’s steel production. It includes over 160 steel producers with 9 of the 10 largest steel companies, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. It was founded in July 1967 and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. 2. Union Government Signs $250 Million Loan Agreement With ADB The Asian Development Bank and the Indian Government signed a 250 million dollar loan to financeRead More
  1. First ever India-Vietnam Bilateral Army Exercise from Jan 29 in Jabalpur The first ever India-Vietnam Bilateral Army Exercise (VINBAX-2018) will be conducted at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh from January 29 to February 03, as part of joint training undertaken with friendly foreign countries by Indian Army. This will be a Table Top Exercise to carry out training for Peace Keeping Operations under United Nations mandate and will be jointly undertaken between 15 officers each from Indian Army and Vietnam People’s Army. The joint exercise, mutual interaction and sharing of experiences amongst both the armies shall further strengthen cultural and historical ties between the nations and take the bilateral relations forward to greater heights. 2. Roger Federer wins sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title Roger Federer has soared even higher into the grand slam stratosphere after annexing a record 20th men’s singles major with tense Australian Open victory over Marin Cilic.Read More
  1. Nagaland declared as ‘disturbed area’ for 6 more months A home ministry official said the decision to continue the declaration of Nagaland as “disturbed area” has been taken as killings, loot and extortion have been going in various parts of the state which necessitated the action for the convenience of the security forces operating there. The entire Nagaland has been declared as “disturbed area” for six more months, till June- end, under the controversial AFSPA, which empowers security forces to conduct operations anywhere and arrest anyone without any prior notice.   2. Finance Ministry to relaunch GoI bonds with 7.75% rate Subhash Chandra, Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs under Ministry of Finance, has tweeted that new subscription to GoI Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2003 would now bear 7.75 per cent interest rate as compared to 8% earlier. On Jan 1, 2018, Central Government notified that 8% GoI Savings (Taxable) Bonds, 2003 shall beRead More


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