The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill of 2017

Context: The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill of 2017 has been introduced by the government in the Parliament. About the Bill: The Bill proposes to allow non-resident Indians (NRIs) to emerge as a decisive force in the country’s electoral politics on their own terms. The amendment paves the way Read More …

Pare Hydroelectric Plant

Context: A Loan agreement and a Guarantee agreement for providing additional funding of Euro 20 million has been signed for the project ‘Pare Hydroelectric Plant’ under Indo-German Bilateral Development Cooperation. About the Pare Hydroelectric project: The Pare Hydro Electric Project (2 x 55 MW) is planned as a run-of-the-river scheme Read More …

Kimberley Process-2017

Context: The KP Plenary Session is being held at Brisbane, Australia. In one of the landmark decisions favoring India’s leading position in Diamonds globally, India was appointed as the Kimberly Process (KP) Vice Chair for 2018 & Chair for 2019 in the last plenary held in Dubai in November, 2016. Read More …

STRIVE PROJECT India signs $125 Million Financing Agreement with World Bank

Context: India has inked Financing Agreement with World Bank for International Development Association (IDA) Credit of US $125 million (equivalent) for Skills Strengthening for Industrial Value Enhancement Operation (STRIVE) Project. The objective of project is to improve access to quality and market-driven vocational training and apprenticeships. The closing date for Read More …

Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project Gets Environmental clearance

Context: The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has accorded environmental clearance for Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project (KLIP) in Telangana. The project is to build at estimated to cost about Rs. 80,499.7 crore and proposed to be completed in three years. It Read More …

Centre Road Fund (Amendment) Bill – 2017

Context: The Lok Sabha has unanimously passed Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Bill seeks to amend the Central Road Fund (CRF) Act, 2000. The CRF Act regulates Central Road Fund (CRF) into which cess levied and collected on high speed petrol and diesel is credited for development of Read More …

Losar Festival

Context: The traditional festival of Losar was celebrated in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir to mark the beginning of New Year in this Himalayan region. The 10 day long festival began with illumination of religious and residential places and by visiting monasteries for prayer. About Losar festival The Losar Read More …

Naseem Al Bahr

Indian Naval Ships Trikand and Teg are deployed to Oman for bilateral exercise ‘Naseem Al Bahr’ or ‘Sea Breeze’. This exercise is the 11th edition and has been a biennial feature since 1993. The Indian ships entered Muscat on 16 Dec 17 for the harbour phase. Delegations from Royal Navy Read More …

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017

Highlights of the Bill The Right to Education Act, 2009 prohibits detention of children till they complete elementary education i.e., class 8.  The Bill amends this provision to state that a regular examination will be held in class 5 and class 8 at the end of every academic year.  If Read More …

Indian Diaspora is World’s Largest UN World Migration Report – 2018

Context: According to UN World Migration Report (2018) Indian diaspora is world’s largest, with slightly more than 15.6 million people from India living overseas. The report was released by International Organisation for Migration. The Indian diaspora constitutes 6% of the total number of international migrants (people living outside the country Read More …