Union Home Ministry launches e-FRRO scheme
e-FRRO Scheme has already been implemented as a pilot project in four Foreigners Regional Registration Offices (FRROs) in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
Union Government to constitute Task Force for fast-tracking Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology
The Task Force will build up a strategy to accelerate the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Technology with implementable recommendations for Central Government, State Governments, industries and research institutions.
Supreme Court to Waqf Board: Show documents signed by Shah Jahan to prove ownership on Taj Mahal
The court was hearing an appeal filed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) against the waqf board’s decision to declare the Taj Mahal as its property. The ASI also maintained that there was no waqfnama.
Top Cabinet Approvals: 12 April 2018
The Union Cabinet approved the revision of pay and allowances of Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories with an aim to bring the pay and allowances of LGs at par with that of the Secretaries to the Union Government.
India, Morocco sign MoU to promote cooperation in mineral exploration
India and Morocco have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote cooperation in the field of mining and geology for a period of 5 years. The main focus of the MoU would be on the development of geological infrastructure for Geoscience Maps and geochemical maps and strengthening geological research.
Government appoints panel to review CSR enforcement under Companies Act
Constitution of a 12-member panel to review the enforcement of CSR provisions under the Companies law as well as look at having a centralised scrutiny and prosecution mechanism to deal with violations.
Consent to marriage is inherent in Hindu Marriage Act: Supreme Court
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud ruled this while hearing a petition filed by a Karnataka woman who claimed that the consent of the bride or the groom has not been made mandatory in the law.
Provision of Aadhaar Act validating collection of data is ‘badly drafted’: Supreme Court
The court’s ruling came after Attorney General KK Venugopal sought to defend the data collected from 2009 to 2016 on the strength of administrative orders without obtaining the consent of the people on the collection and storage of their biometric and demographic data.
PM Modi addresses National Convention of Swachhagrahis at Motihari
While launching the centenary celebration of the Mahatma’s Champaran Satyagraha, the Prime Minister also revived the sanitation drive ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’ and reframed it as ‘From Satyagraha to Swachagraha’.
India signs MoU with World Expo 2020 Dubai
India has already designated Binoy Kumar, Special Secretary in the Department of Commerce, as Director General of World Expo 2020 Dubai.
Delhi’s IGI Airport ranked among World’s Top 20 Busiest Airports
Indira Gandhi International Airport climbed up from the 22nd to the 16th position as the busiest airport in the world this year.
PM Modi launches India’s first all-electric superfast train engine in Bihar
With the launch of this engine, India now competes with Russia, China, Germany and Sweden that have successfully run 12000 horsepower and above capacity electric Locomotives.
India, Bangladesh sign six MoUs including 129.5 km oil pipeline deal
This oil pipeline deal is a part of the six Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) which were signed between India and Bangladesh during a bilateral meeting between the foreign secretaries of both the countries.
Walmiki and Malhar: Two endangered languages discovered
Prof Panchanan Mohanty, former dean of the School of Humanities at University of Hyderabad (UoH) has discovered two languages Walmiki and Malhar, which have been lying hidden from linguists. They are spoken in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.
India, World Bank sign 420 million project agreement to benefit farmers in Maharashtra
The project is expected to benefit over 7 million people that are spread over an area of 3.0 million ha and cover 5142 villages across 15 most climate vulnerable districts of Maharashtra.
Union Government launches UTTAM App for Coal Quality Monitoring
The app seeks to monitor the process of Third Party Sampling of coal and coal dispatches across all the CIL subsidiaries.
Government institutes committee to regulate online news
The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has instituted a committee to regulate online portals including news websites, entertainment sites and media aggregators. The 10-member committee will include secretaries of various government departments.
Top Cabinet Approvals: 5 April 2018
The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the Memorandum of Understanding between India and Iran on the establishment of an expert group on trade remedy measures to promote cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
Union Cabinet approves Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018
The Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018 aims to strengthen the human rights institutions of India for effective discharge of their mandates, roles and responsibilities.
NIRF India Rankings 2018 released: IISc Bengaluru adjudged best institution in India
In this third edition of NIRF Rankings, a total of 2809 institutions participated in 9 categories. These institutions submitted 3954 different profiles.
Commonwealth Games 2018: India finishes third in medal tally
The final day of Commonwealth Games was action-packed for India, with two of India’s star shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehal battling it out in the women’s singles final and recently crowned world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth fighting for the top spot in the men’s singles.
Germany top FIFA rankings, Brazil second
The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking of April 2018 ranked current world champions, Germany at the top despite one draw and defeat in March. The nation with 1533 points still has quite a lead over Brazil, which is ranked at the second position with 1384 points.
Commonwealth Games 2018: Sathish Sivalingam claims India’s third Gold medal in Weightlifting
Weightlifter P Gururaja opened India’s medal account at the 21st Commonwealth Games by claiming a Silver Medal in the men’s 56 kg category with a snatch and lift of 249kg (111+138).
Mithali Raj wins ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ award
Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj was named ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ at the Telangana Sports Journalists Association annual awards for 2017 in Hyderabad. Ace Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and PV Sindhu won the best senior male and female athlete award respectively.