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

East Africa Famine: 20 million struggle for food

Famine has been declared in South Sudan which is further fueled by a deadly combination of drought and conflict. Officials estimated that nearly 4 million people are already struggling to get enough food and it is expected the famine will spread to more areas such as Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen, in the coming months affecting an additional 1 million people. In Kenya, the government has declared a national emergency and Ethiopia is Continue Reading

Govt launches Nakshe Portal: Topography Maps of India now available online

A new web portal “Nakshe” was launched by the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi today, on the occasion of 250th anniversary of Survey of India(SoI). Nakshe Portal, a web-application developed by SoI, in association with NIC Uttarakhand State Unit – will provide free download of Survey of India’s topographic maps of the entire country in PDF format to Indian citizens. The topographic maps Continue Reading

Supreme Court bans Alcohol on Highways: Analysis

Last week, the Supreme Court confirmed its December order on banning sale of liquor near National and State highways.The SC bench, which consisted of Justice DY Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao were of the opinion that allowing liquor vending within 500 metres of highways would negate the purpose of curbing drunken driving.The important points to note include: In December 2016, the apex court had ordered a complete shutdown of liquor shops Continue Reading

BSIII BSIV Issue Explained: What is Bharat Stage Emission Standard

During last 2 days there has been unprecedented rush to buy new vehicles, vehicle showrooms had to be closed and at some places even police protection was required. The huge rush to buy vehicles has been triggered by heavy discount in terms of 12000-15000 + free insurance being offered by Auto-Companies. Why are company offering such heavy discounts on vehicles ? On 29th March, 2017, the Supreme Court of India passed a Continue Reading