Defence Current Affairs Summary: Dec 2016 – March 2017

India has signed government-to-government (G2G) deal with the United States (US) to buy 145 M-777 Ultra-Light Howitzers worth $750 million under the Foreign Military Sales programme. India has successfully test-fired Agni-V: Surface-to-surface Nuclear capable ballistic missile Launched from Integrated Test Range from the Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island off Odisha coast. Three-stage solid propellant ICBM Range > 5,000 Kms. India successfully test-fired its home-grown long range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Agni-IV from the Abdul Continue Reading

Person in News: Dec 2016 – March 2017

PERSON IN NEWS The Union Government has given senior IPS officer Rakesh Asthana additional charge of the post of Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). UAE based Indian environmental activist Kehkashan Basu (16) has won 2016 prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize. President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Anil Baijal, former bureaucrat, as the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. The Union Government has appointed Viral V Acharya as new Deputy Governor at the Continue Reading

COMMITTEES & COMMISSIONS: UPSC IAS Prelims 2017

The Union Ministry of Law and Justice has constituted a High Level Committee (HLC) to review institutionalisation of arbitration mechanism in India. The committee will be headed by Justice B N Srikrishna, the retired Judge of Supreme Court. The Union Government has proposed setting up Financial Data Management Centre (FDMC) based on recommendation of a committee set up under the Department of Economic Affairs (DEC). The Committee was headed by Continue Reading

Important International Summits

Important International Summits Summits Comment BRICS Summit Countries (5)- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa 8th BRICS Summit 2016 – Benaulim, Goa, India East Asia Summit (EAS) The East Asia Summit (EAS) is a forum held annually in Starting 16 countries in the East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian regions. Membership expanded to 18 countries including the United States and Russia at the Sixth EAS in 2011. EAS meetings Continue Reading

Science and Technology Current Affairs Summary: Dec 2016 – March 2017

SCIENCE CURRENT AFFAIRS Scientists from Ireland have claimed discovery of a new human organ named the mesentery that exists in the digestive system. It will be human body’s 79th organ. Mesentery connects the intestine to the abdomen.  The organ was previously thought to consist of fragmented and disparate structures. India formally became an associate member of CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) with the government completing the internal approval procedures Continue Reading