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India wins 1st ODI against England by 8 wickets
India claimed victory against England by 8 wickets with 59 balls to spare in the 1st ODI at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
With a tough target of 269 to chase, Rohit and Dhawan got India off to the best possible starts. Kuldeep Yadav
befuddled England batsmen with a captivating spell before Rohit Sharma’s great century saw India move to an
eight-wicket victory in the first ODI.

Deepika Kumari wins gold at Salt Lake World Cup in individual recurve final
Archer Deepika Kumari, who previously won four silver medals at an Archery World Cup stage, has finally
succeeded in getting gold for India at Salt Lake. It is her first individual gold in five years at the Salt Lake World
Cup. She competed against Germany’s Michelle Kroppen and won by 7-3 in the recurve final. After this triumph,
she will be representing India at the Archery World Cup Final in Samsun, Turkey in October.

Chennai Super Kings: The Ultimate Kings of IPL 2018
The Chennai Super Kings won the IPL 2018 against the SunRisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in the high-voltage
clash at the overcrowded Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. All credit goes to Shane Watson's unbeaten 117 runs off
57 balls, that ultimately turned the match in favor of the CSK. It was an astounding comeback by the team after
serving two years of the ban.

IPL 2018:Kings XI Punjab won by 15-runs against SunRisers Hyderabad, all credit
goes to Chris Gayle's stupendous batting
The team of Kings XI Punjab marked a remarkable win by 15-runs against SunRisers Hyderabad in yesterday's
match in Mohali. All credit goes to Chris Gayle for scoring 104-runs off 63-balls leading to the victory of its team by
15-runs. It was Gayle’s sixth century in the overall IPL seasons. After this match, Chris Gayle became the first
player who has scored a century in the IPL 2018.

India positioned at third, grabs a total of 66 medals in the CWG 2018
Including 26 gold medals in its medal tally, India has earned the third position in the Commonwealth Games 2018
held in Gold Coast, Australia. With a total of 66 medals, it has surpassed its medal tally of Glagow Commonwealth
Games 2014 by 2 medals. On the final day of the Games, Saina Nehwal claimed her victory by winning a gold
medal in an all-Indian final of women's singles in badminton against P V Sindhu, who won a silver medal. Joshna
Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal won a silver medal in the finals of the women's doubles in squash. The phenomenal
Indian shuttler, Kidambi Srikanth also won a silver medal in the finals of the men's singles. Table tennis player,
Manika Batra created history by winning the first ever women's singles table tennis gold for India. India is really
proud of its 200-strong athletics, who performed brilliantly throughout the tournament and ranked it on the third
position. The total medal count of India comes to 66 with a total of 26 gold medals, 20 silver medals and 20 bronze

Shooter, Anish Bhanwala won India's 16th gold medal at the Commonwealth Games
Anish Bhanwala has succeeded in getting India's 16th gold medal on Friday. He became the youngest gold
medalist from India at the Games. Anish shot a total score of 30 to win the finals. He faced tough competition from
20-year-old Australian shooter, Sergei Evglevski and 28-year-old Sam Gowin of England. But he kept himself
focused through all the eight rounds to finally, emerge on the top.

Om Prakash Mitharval wins second bronze medal in men's 50m pistol category
On Wednesday morning, Om Prakash Mitharval won his second bronze medal and secured a third place in the
50m pistol category at the Commonwealth Games 2018. He scored a total of 201.1 in the medal round to secure
bronze medal. Earlier, he had won a bronze medal in men's 10m pistol shooting category.

Indian boxing legend, Mary Kom enters the finals of women's 48kg boxing category
On Wednesday morning, Indian boxer, Mary Kom, secured her position in the finals of the women's 48kg boxing
category after winning her semi-finals.She defeated Sri Lanka's Anusha Koddithuwakku with 5-0 verdict. She
became the first Indian boxer to get into the finals of the Commonwealth Games 2018.She will fight for the gold in
the finals against Kristina O’Hara (Nigeria) and Tasmyn Benny (New Zealand). The final match will take place on
14th april.

CWG 2018: Jitu Rai wins gold, Om Mitharval wins bronze in men's 10m Air Pistol
On Monday morning, India again became proud when Jitu Rai won a gold medal in 10m Air Pistol category and
set a new Commonwealth Games record.His compatriot, Om Mirthaval equalled the qualification games record
and won a bronze medal in the finals. Mirthaval shot a total of 214.3 and lost silver to Kerry Bell of Australia, who
shot a total of 233.5 in the game. With the addition of these two medals, India has won 15 medals since the last
five days of CWG 2018.

CWG 2018: Gold medalist, Tejaswin Shankar enters the finals of high jump category
Gold medalist at Youth Commonwealth Games and national record holder, Tejaswin Shankar entered the finals of
the high jump competition after finishing ninth in the qualifying round. He finished a joint fifth in group A and ninth
overall. He made a start at 2.10m and cleared with 2.21m in final analysis.The finals of the high jump category is
scheduled on April 14.

Weighlifter Sathish Sivalingam bring India's third gold medal
Its a big day for India as the country won its third gold medal for weighlifting. Wighlifter Sathish Sivalingam won a
gold medal in the 77 kg category. Its a third gold medal for India so far after Mirabai Chanu and Sanjita Chanu in
the opening two days in the weighlifting category. After three attempts, he managed to lift a total of 144 kg in the
snatch and 179 kg in the clean and jerk in second attempt. He defeated his contender, Jack Oliver of England by
5 kg and secured the CWG title he won four years back in Glasgow.

Woman weightlifter Sanjita Chanu wins second gold for India on the 2nd day of
CWG 2018
Sanjita Chanu, a woman weighlifter, won gold in the women's 53 kg category for India on the second day of the
competition. She lifted a total of 192 kg in the competition. She made a new CWG record by lifting 84 kg in the
snatch category and then lifted 108 kg in the clean and jerk.She competed against Loa Dika Toua of Papua New
Guinea and Canada’s Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet. She made her first attempt of 81 kg in the snatch and took the lead.

Dhoni Receives Padma Bhushan
MS Dhoni, the former Indian cricket team captain, has been awarded Padma Bhushan. President Ramnath Kovind
awarded the former skipper the 3rd highest civilian honour on April 2, 2018. The date is significant since it falls on
the same day team India won the World Cup against Sri Lanka under Dhoni's captaincy. A number of ministers
and players posted congratulatory messages for the cricketer on Twitter.

Indian Premier League: Match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi
Daredevils rescheduled
The Indian Premier League(IPL) match between Royal Challengers Bangalore & Delhi Daredevils has been
rescheduled due to the Karnataka Elections. The match is preponed and will be played on 21st of April. The match
was scheduled to be played on 12th May at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru but now the place is also
changed. The match will be played in Delhi which is Royal's home.

IPL 2018: Steve steps down as Royals captain
Australian skipper Steve Smith has stepped down as the captain of IPL Team Rajasthan Royals, which is owned
by Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra, in the upcoming 11th edition of Indian Premier League starting on April 7. Smith
is given a one-test ban by ICC and this decision to step down came in the wake of the severe backlash he has
faced after he admitted to ball tampering during the third Test against South Africa. Ajinkya Rahane, who is the
Test vice-captain of India has been named as the new skipper of Rajasthan Royals.

Australia beats India by 36 runs in the 4th match
In Women T-20 series, Australia defeated India by 36 runs in the fourth match. India won the toss and invited the
Aussies to bat first. India had to chase a score of 187 runs which they failed to achieve and lost the match. The
final of T-20 series will be held on the 31st of this month.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Sundar climb in ICC Ranking
Yuzvendra Chahal, the Indian cricketer, has jumped two positions to the number two spot while Washington Sundar
moved up 151 places to 31st in the latest ICC T-20 rankings for bowlers. Both the spinners made considerable
gains in the tri-nation series in Sri-Lanka which India won after beating Bangladesh.

All England Open Badminton tournament: PV Sindhu storms into semi-finals
Indian Badminton player PV Sindhu stormed into the semi-finals of the All England Open Badminton tournament
which is taking place in Birmingham on Friday. Sindhu will play against Japan's Akane Yamaguchi for a place in
finals on Saturday. PV Sindhu is the open shuttler left in the tournament after HS Prannoy lost the quarter-final
against China's Yuxiang Huang.

Indian women cricket team loses match
Indian women cricket team was defeated by 60 runs. Australia clinched the three-match ODI series against India
on Friday at Vadodara. The first game was also won by the Australian team at the same venue by 8 wickets.

All England Championship: Saina crashes out
The Indian Star shuttler Saina Nehwal made a first-round exit from the All England Championship at Birmingham
on Thursday. Saina was defeated by the World number one Tai Tzu-Ying from Chinese Taipei. This was the eighth
successive loss of Saina to the Taiwanese wizard in five years. Another Indian player, Kidambi Srikanth was able
to progress to the quarterfinals after beating Frenchman Brice Leverdez.

ISSF World Cup: Manu Bhaker wins Gold
Manu Bhaker, 16-year-old Indian athlete bagged a gold medal beating the host country’s Alejandra Zavala, a two-
time World Cup Finals winner, with a 10.8 in the last shot of the 24 shot final, to come out on top with a score of
237.5. Zavala ended at 237.1 and won silver, while Celine Goberville of France won the bronze with a score of
217. India's Yashaswini Singh Deswal scored 196.1 points missed the medal and came fourth. In men's 10 meters
Air-rifle event Ravi Kumar won a Bronze, which was his first World Cup medal in the ISSF World Cup in
Guadalajara, Mexico.

India wins against South Africa in 3rd ODI
India has won by 124 runs against South Africa in the third One Day International. With this, India has taken a 3-0
lead. This is the biggest win for India against South Africa in South Africa in terms of runs. Earlier, on February 5,
Indian women's cricket team won against South Africa by 88 runs in Kimberley taking a lead of 1-0.

Virat Kohli scores 33rd century in ODI
India secured its first win in 2018 in Durban. Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli also scored his 33rd century in
ODI on Thursday. He secured 112 runs off 119 balls. The match was against South Africa in Durban, South Africa.
It was the first time in 2018 that the captains of both the teams secured a century in the ODIs.

Cricket World Cup 2018: India beats Pakistan in Under-19 World Cup
India defeated Pakistan by a massive score of 229 runs in the Under-19 World Cup. This defeat is the heaviest
defeat for Pakistan in terms of score. On February 3, India is going to face Australia in the summit clash. Australia
had beaten Afghanistan by six wickets in the first semifinal match on Monday.

World Super Series Final: PV Sindhu wins Silver
PV Sindhu won the Silver medal in World Superseries Final at Dubai. Though, she lost the match to Japan's Akane
Yamaguchi in the final which was held in Dubai, but she managed to win silver medal and several hearts. It was a
neck-to-neck fight. The match continued for over 94 minutes leaving both the players extremely exhausted. The
tussle between the two players was a treat to watch and every moment of the match was considered thrilling. In
the first match, Sindhu took a lead but later Yamaguchi made a vigorous comeback by 15-21, 21-12, 21-19 which
ultimately led to her victory. Sindhu is the second Indian female shuttler to win a silver medal in the season-ending
tournament. First was Saina Nehwal.
M C Mary Kom wins gold medal in 48 kg category in Asian Women's Boxing
Mary Kom notched up her fifth gold medal in 48 kg category in Asian Women's Boxing Championships at Ho Chi
Minh City in Vietnam. She has won World Championship 5 times and has Olympic Bronze medal to her credit. This
was Mary Kom’s fifth final in only six appearances, which means she remains unbeaten in the summit clash of the
continental championship.
This is Mary Kom's first international gold medal since the 2014 Asian Games and her first medal in over a year.

Indian women's hockey team lifts Asia Cup title
India beat China 5-4 in Women's Asia Cup final held at Kakamigahara in Japan. The match was a nail-biting one.
At full time, both teams were level One-One. Navjot Kaur in the 25th minute scored for India and was equalised by
Tiantian Luo of China when she converted a penalty corner in the 47th minute. With this win India Qualifies for
2018 World Cup. South Korea secured third place with a 1-0 win over Japan. The last time India won the Women's
Asia Cup title was in 2004. This is the second Asia cup title.

Amanpreet wins bronze at ISSF World Cup Final
Amanpreet Singh of India clinched a bronze medal in his maiden appearance in an International Shooting Sport
Federation (ISSF) World Cup Final being held at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.Amanpreet, who has appeared
in 21 World Cups so far, won his first medal at the ISSF World Cup earlier in March this year when he clinched a
silver medal in the 50m pistol event.Earlier, ace shooters Jitu and Heena Sidhu brought joy to the Indian squad by
striking gold in the 10m mixed team air pistol event on the opening day on Tuesday.

India to play three test matches in South Africa
As stated in a media release, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that India will play three
Test Matches against South Africa in a tour beginning on January 5th. The BCCI acting secretary stated in a media
release, “ India will play South Africa in a three match 'Mahatma Gandhi Nelson Mandela' Test Series, six-match One
Day Internationals (ODI) Test series followed by three Twenty20 Internationals.” Initially Indian Cricket Team was
supposed to play 4 Tests, 3ODIs and 3 Twenty20 Internationals. Indian Cricket team last toured South Africa in

P V Sindhu settles with silver in World Badminton Championship at Glasgow
In an exciting and hard fought final on Sunday, India's ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu had to settle with silver medal. The
final lasted for about one hour forty nine minutes. Sindhu lost to Japan's Nozomi Okuhara 19-21,22-20,20-22. Their
match was the longest in the World Championships. India's ace shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal made India
proud at the World Championship by bagging a silver and a bronze medal. For the first time India has bagged two
medals in the World Badminton Championship.

Pandya and Kuldeep help India to sail through day 2 of third test of India vs Sri
Lanka Series
On day two of the third and final test of India vs Sri Lanka series at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pandya
smashed a maiden test hundred in 86 balls. In the first innings, Sri Lanka was bowled by the Indian bowlers at 135
wherein Kuldeep Yadav took 4 for 40 and Shami claimed two wickets. Pandya's aggressive knock aided India to
487 runs at the end of the day. Pandya scored 26 runs off Malinda Pushpakumara's over smashing 3 sixes and 2
fours. His 26 runs off an over were the most runs scored by an Indian batsman in an over in Test Cricket.

Davinder Singh Kang becomes the first Indian to qualify for Javelin finals, World
Athletics Championship
With a best effort of 84.22m, Davinder Singh Kang becomes the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the
javelin throw at the World Athletics Championship. Kang, a 26 year old athlete from Punjab, completed his final
throw of 84.22m spectacularly. This is the first time ever that an Indian has qualified in the men's javelin throw final
round in the World Championship. Despite his shoulder injury, Davinder Singh Kang performed brilliantly, while
Neeraj Chopra succumbed at 82.26m in his best effort and could not qualify.
Ravindra Jadeja suspended from the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in
Amidst being the Man of the Match for the second Test against Sri Lanka and having 6 demerit points in 24 month
period, Ravindra Jadeja faces one match suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Jadeja has been
suspended from the 3rd test of the Sri Lanka vs India Test Series to be held from August 12 in Pallekele. Jadeja
faces this suspension after an incident which took place during Sri Lanka's second inning when Jadeja threw the
ball back at the batsman after fielding off his own bowling, the batsman had not left his crease.

India to Take on Australia in Women's Cricket World Cup Semifinals
In the ICC Women's World Cup, India will take on six-time champions Australia in the second semi-final in
Derby tomorrow. The match will provide the Indians a chance to avenge their morale-shattering eight-wicket loss
to Australia in the round-robin stage just a week ago in Bristol. The match is scheduled at 3pm India time.

Ravi Shastri to be head coach of Indian cricket team
According to reports, the BCCI has named Ravi Shastri as the new chief coach of the Indian cricket team. He will
be coach for the team till ICC World Cup 2019. Rahul Dravid has been appointed as batting consultant and Zaheer
Khan as bowling coach for a period of two years.

India beat Pakistan by 124 runs in ICC Champions Trophy match
This may be an old, storied rivalry but in recent years these games have been anything but competitive. It was
more of the same as India cruised to a 124-run victory. Pakistan’s target, adjusted to 324, was further revised to
289 in 41 overs following more showers.
After India had been asked to bat, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added 136 for the opening wicket, before
Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli clubbed Pakistan around in thrilling fashion. Hardik Pandya walked in ahead of MS
Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, and clobbered three successive sixes as Imad Wasim found himself stuck with last-over
duties. India scored 72 off the last four overs.The end was all too swift for Pakistan, which lost its last six wickets
for 50 runs.

FIFA President Infantino Congratulates Aizawl FC on Winning First National Title
As per reports, through a letter addressed to president of All India Football Association, the FIFA President Gianni
Infantino congratulated the Aizawl FC on winning the I-League championship. In his letter Infantino congratulated
the players, coach and staff of the club for spreading the positive message of football.
In the second match of Federation Cup 2017, Aizawl FC is scheduled to play Chennai City FC on Sunday.

Land Trouble for Setting up Manipur-based National Sports University
Sundargarh district administration of Odisha is finding it difficult to identify encroachment-free land of 150-200 acres
for building Manipur-based National Sports University (NSU). Sundargarh district administration has been asked by
the Sports and Youth Affairs Department for identifying land for the proposed NSU campus. Reports say
Sundargarh district administration has said that it has become very difficult for earmarking a single patch of land
that is more than 100 acres.

BCCI Receives Notice from Kerala High Court for Lifting Sreesanth's Lifetime Ban
As per reports, BCCI has received a petition from the Kerala High Court on Friday for lifting the ban which was
imposed on S Sreesanth. The step was taken after Sreesanth had sent a petition to court requesting the same.
Sreesanth is one of the cricketers who was charged for spot-fixing during the IPL 6 in 2013.

ISSF World Cup: Jitu Rai Won Bronze Medal
As per reports, Ace pistol shooter Jitu Rai bagged the bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event for the third podium
finish of India in ISSF World Cup. In the eight man final, Rai shot a total of 216.7 and finished the third on the
Rai in an interview said that initially he was in doubt if he would be able to win. But as it started, he climbed the
ladder one by one.
Science and Technology
India successfully tests supersonic cruise missile BrahMos
India successfully tested a formidable supersonic cruise missile BrahMos on Thursday at 8:42 AM. The test was
conducted from Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. Defence Minister Nirmala Sithraman congratulated the Armed
Forces, Defence Research and Development Organization and Defence Industry for their successful attempt.
Science and Technology
PM Modi to attend Indian Science Congress in Imphal
PM Modi is going to deliver the inaugural address at the 105th session of the Indian Science Congress at Manipur
University in Imphal, Manipur, on Friday. The five day Science Congress event is an annual congregation and will
be attended by science professionals from across the globe. The theme of Indian Science Congress 2018 is
“Reaching the Unreached through Science and Technology.”
Science and Technology
Biennal Auto Expo 2018: Inauguration today
The inaugration of Auto Expo 2018 is done today while it will be open to the general public on February 9. The 14th
edition of Auto Expo of 2018 is expected to see nearly 24 new launches and the unveiling of over 100 vehicles.
The first day of the Auto-Expo 2018 saw concepts from Maruti Suzuki, Renault, KIA Kotors along with the launch
of the Hyundai Ioniq and Elite i20. Other release and concepts include BMW 6 Series GT, BMW F750GS, BMW
F850GS, BMW M5, Maruti Suzuki E-Survivor electric compact SUV Concept, Mahindra Stinger Concept etc.
Science and Technology
India successfully tests nuclear-capable Short Range Ballistic Missile(SRBM) Agni-
India has successfully tested nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) Agni-1 with
a strike range of over 700 km from a test range on Tuesday. The test was conducted from Abdul Kalam island off
the coast of Orissa. According to reports, the test was conducted by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of Indian
Army with logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for a range of about
900 km.
Science and Technology
Surface ballistic missile Agni 5 tested successfully
India successfully tested its surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 on Thursday. The strike range of the missile
is over 5,000 kilometers. The missile is the most advanced of the Agni series. The missile was tested from a test
range off the Odisha coast. It has new technologies implemented in terms of navigation, radar, and tracking system.
Science and Technology
Supersonic ballistic missile test successful in the first attempt
India has successfully tested its indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence supersonic interceptor missile
which is capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude. The test was conducted by a
female scientist Dr. Shashikala Sinha, who is popularly known as “new missile woman” in India these days. It is a
big achievement for her as the test was successful in the first attempt.
Science and Technology
Indian Air Force submits RFP(Request for Proposal) to HAL, requests 83 Tejas light
combat aircrafts
Indian Air Force has forwarded a formal request(Request For Proposal) to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL) for
additional 83 Tejas light combat aircrafts on December 20, Wednesday. It also includes 73 Mark-1A upgraded
versions and 10 trainer versions of the LCA. The response from HAL will be provided within 3 months. Two
contracts are already signed between IAF and HAL. First for acquiring 20 Initial Operational Clearance (IOC)
standard aircraft and another for 20 Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard aircraft.
Science and Technology
Galaxy S9 Devices may Have Fingerprint Scanner below Camera
After Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 were criticized for the placement of fingerprint scanner, new leaks suggest that
in the Galaxy S9 series, the location will not be next to the camera module but rather below it. The leaked images
from the Android Headlines also reveal only one lens at the back. It remains to be seen if Samsung removes the
dual camera trend on both the S9 and S9+ devices.
Science and Technology
IAF Successfully Test Fired BrahMos from Sukhoi 30-MKI
In a first for India and the world, BrahMos was test fired on 22 November 2017 from IAF's Sukhoi 30-MKI. Counted
among the heaviest missiles in the world, BrahMos will be integrated on IAF's frontline fighter jet. The missile which
essentially adds to India's strike capabilities can be launched in either vertical or inclined configuration, depending
on the type of the ship. Development of higher range for the missile is also underway.
Science and Technology
Innovative techniques to be introduced by Indian Railway to eliminate rail accidents
According to reports, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has stated that innovative techniques will be introduced to
eliminate rail accidents. These techniques include revamping the existing signalling system by use of TPWS - Train
protection and Warning System and MTRC, Mobile Train Radio Communication. Railway will be eliminating existing
5000 unmanned level crossings in a time bound manner.
According to the Minister, about 20 stations will be modernised in an expedited manner with superior infrastructure
and passenger facilities, including disabled-friendly, by December 2018. It is also proposed to increase speed of
around 700 trains with effect from November this year.
Science and Technology
India's MOM completes three years in orbit
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) also called as Mangalyaan completes three years in space. The Mars Orbiter
Mission (MOM)spacecraft was successfully placed in the Martian orbit in its very first attempt by the ISRO. MOM
was successfully inserted into Mars' orbit on 24 September 2014. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
is only the fourth space agency in the world to send a mission to Mars. ISRO is the first space agency to do so in
its first attempt. On completion of Magalyaan's three years in Martian orbit, the Indian Space and Research
Organisation (ISRO) released MOM's second year science data.
Science and Technology
Google's Unified Payment Interface (UPI) based digital payment service Tez
Google has forayed in the payment segment with the launch of Tez. Tez is an app and is available in both android
and iOS platforms. Tez uses the government's Unified Payments Interface. The app was launched by Finance
Minister Arun Jaitley.
Tez allows users to do financial transactions like sending money, receiving payments directly into their bank
accounts and paying bills. The users can link the app to their bank accounts as the platform is built on the
government's Unified Payment Interface.
Google Tez supports several local languages including Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and
Science and Technology
Delhi High Court seeks response from Google, Yahoo on blocking Blue Whale web
After a plea was filed on August 17 against the infamous Blue Whale game, the Delhi High Court has sought for a
response from the famous IT companies Google and Yahoo. In the recent times, Blue Whale has led to the deaths
of hundred of teenagers across the world. However, in India there have been various cases of attempt to suicide
and suicide linked to Blue Whale. The game offers life challenges to teenagers, who are further asked to complete
these challenges which even involve harming their bodies and are asked to upload pictures of the same. The plea
seeks that the Delhi High Court direct IT giants-Google and Yahoo to block links associated with this harmful game.
Science and Technology
India successfully test-fires short-range surface-to-air missile
According to reports, India has successfully test-fired Surface-to-Air Missile from Test Range at Chandipur in
Odisha. This is the second developmental trial of the missile just within three months from the same test range.
Reports suggest that the missile is jointly developed DRDO and Bharat Electronics Ltd. The QR-SAM system can
also engage multiple targets within a range of around 30 km with two vehicle configuration for area air defence.
Science and Technology
ISRO successfully launches Cartosat-2 from Sriharikotta
According to reports, ISRO has successfully launched PSLV C-38 from Sriharikotta. It has placed Cartosat-2 Series
remote sensing earth observation satellite and 30 other nano-satellites into their orbits. Out of the 30 nano-satellites
29 belongs to foreign customers from 14 countries. This is the fortieth flight of its highly reliable polar satellite launch
vehicle lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta at 9.29 am.
Science and Technology
ISRO launches its heaviest ever rocket GSLV Mark III D1
According to reports, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has launched its heaviest ever rocket GSLV
Mark III D1 from Sriharikota. This is the first developmental flight of the heavy-lift launch vehicle GSLV Mark-III D1
that can carry 4-ton class satellites into the 36000 kilometer geostationary orbits.
As per reports, the mission's success will enable India to launch four-tonne satellites on its own rocket instead of
paying huge amounts of money to foreign space agencies to execute the operation.
Science and Technology
President Congratulates DRDO For Successful MRSAM Missile Launch
President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation
(DRDO) for successfully test-firing a medium-range ballistic missile, developed jointly with Israel. On Thursday,
India test-fired twice a medium-range surface-to-air ballistic missile, off the coast of Odisha. Mukherjee also
conveyed his greetings to the members of the team of scientists, engineers, and all others involved in the mission.
As per reports, the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India's Integrated Guided Missile Development
Program, Prithvi-II was inducted into India's armed forces in 2003. The Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500
kg to 1,000 kg of warheads.
Science and Technology
Truecaller Enters Lucrative Mobile Payment Market in India
As per reports, Truecaller partnering up with ICICI bank launched a service called Truecaller Pay which lets Android
users transfer money securely using mobile phones.
Truecaller is a popular call monitoring and spam call identification app based in Stockholm. At an event on Tuesday
in New Delhi, they announced a refreshed design of their mobile app Truecaller 8, introducing two new features for
flagging spam SMS and make mobile payments.
Science and Technology
Xiaomi Redmi 4A to be Launched on Monday, To Cost Around Rs. 6,000
Xiaomi is all set to launch its newest budget phone – Xiaomi Redmi 4A - in India on March 20 at an estimated cost
of around Rs. 6,000.
Reports say that Redmi 4A will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor. Other important features
include 2GB RAM, 16GB internal support, microSD card storage compatibility, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front
camera, and 3,120mAh battery.
Redmi 4A will come with MIUI 8 interface (based on older Android Marshmallow).
The well awaited smartphone is expected to be Reliance Jio compatible (4G VoLTE support) and will be exclusively
available on Amazon.in.
Science and Technology
Rolls Royce to Make Combat Aircrafts in India
Kishore Jayaraman, President of Rolls Royce (India and South Asia), while delivering a lecture at National Institute
of Technology (Trichy) during their annual techno-managerial festival Pragyan-2017, has said that his company
will build combat aircraft engines in India soon. While stressing on his company’s commitment towards
technological innovations, Jayaraman said that Rolls Royce is the only company to produce white body aircraft
engines. While charting out his company’s future plans in India, he said that they are all set to make Bangalore
their next generation technology hub in India.

Idea Cellular and Vodafone India Merger gets approval from government
The government has given its consent to the merger of Idea Cellular and Vodafone India, as confirmed by the
Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha today. There are still some formalities left to be completed to finalize this deal. After
the merger, these two big telecom giants will become the largest telecom operator in the country with more than
Rs. 1.5 lakh crore, 35% of market share, and over 430 million subscribers.
Government raises sugarcane price by Rs. 20 per quintal
The sugarcane's fair and remunerative price (FRP) has been increased by Rs. 20 per quintal to Rs. 275 by the
government today. This price will be applicable from the next marketing year beginning from October.
Tata Motors, M&M on top among top R&D spenders
Indian automobile giants Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra stood on the top in the list of the biggest spenders
on research and development in 2016-17. Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra spent ₹2,100.1 crore and
₹2,075.8 crore respectively in R&D. According to the reports, the five biggest R&D spenders in 2016-17 were Tata
Motors, M&M, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), Honda Cars India, and Ashok Leyland.
Mumbai has the "most beautiful" railway stations in India
The Railway Ministry declared Chandrapur and Ballarpur railway stations in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra
as the most beautiful railway stations in the country on Thursday. Both these stations will be awarded by the
Railway Ministry.
Ola and Uber drivers to go on an indefinite strike from Monday
Ola and Uber's drivers have planned to go on an indefinite strike from Monday across major cities including Delhi,
Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune etc. as the drivers have claimed that they are not being able to cover the costs due to
falling business. The strike has been called by the transport wing of Maharashtra Navnirnam Sena.
Prime Minister to address India-Korea Business Summit Today
Prime Minister Modi is going to address the second India-Korea Business Summit in New Delhi on Tuesday. The
theme of the summit is “India-Korea: Scaling up the Special Strategic Relationship through Trade and Investments”.
The third (India) and fourth (Korea) largest economies in Asia will be carrying two-way trade of nearly 17 billion
dollars.The Business Summit will be also be addressed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Commerce Minister
Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Top Officials of Ministry of Commerce
and Industry.
11,500 crores rupees fraud shocks Punjab National Bank
The Punjab National Bank (PNB) has detected a fraud of nearly 11,500 crores in one of its branch in Mumbai. The
fraud is considered as one of the biggest frauds in the Indian Banking System. As per reports, PNB detected
unauthorized transactions worth 11,500 rupees and has suspended 10 officers due to this scam. The case has
been referred to the CBI for further investigation.
RBI Monetary Policy Statement for 2017-2018 to be announced today
The Reserve Bank of India is going to announce its sixth bi-monthly monetary policy decision at 2:30 pm
on Wednesday. A 2-day meeting was started yesterday by The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), headed by RBI
Governor Urjit Patel, in Mumbai. All eyes are on the outcome of the 6-member MPC meeting which is being keenly
awaited by stakeholders amidst a huge sell-off in the stock markets globally.
Union Budget of 2018 released, no change in income tax rates
The last budget of Modi Government was released this Thursday. The budget has introduced reforms in various
sectors but there is no change in income tax rates. The Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the world's largest
health care program. Agricultural production and rural development is given the utmost importance in the budget
of 2018. The salary of President, Vice President and Governors also witnessed a hike this year. The budget of
2018 also reflected the commitment of the government towards digitalization.
New E-way bill system comes into effect from today
The E-way bill, which is an important part of GST architecture, has come into effect from today. Under this new
system, the transporters have to carry a system generated bill in order to move goods from one place to another.
This would prevent underreporting and evasion of the taxes. The E-bill will help in introducing uniformity across the
states for smooth inter-state movement of goods.
Ola to enter Australia for sharing rides
Ola has confirmed that it is soon going to enter the Australian market. It is Ola's first venture overseas. It has
planned to first launch in Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne. As per reports, Ola has to face its biggest rival in Australia
too as the taxi-hailing app in Australia is dominated by Uber. Ola is an online transportation network company. The
Bangalore-based company started operations in the year 2011.
PM Modi to share his vision for New India in Davos
The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is going to deliver a speech at the 48th World Economic Forum Meeting
on Tuesday. He will make the keynote speech that will formally open the annual meeting. Prime Minister Modi is
the first Indian PM to attend this summit in two decades. He is going to state his role as a global statesman in the
speech, who believes in democracy and dialogue. He is also going to project India as a global growth engine and
an investment destination.
Aadhaar Card Linking Date Extended
The government mandate of linking all your bank accounts with Aadhaar card has seen a relaxation in the deadline.
Earlier the deadline was 31 December 2017, but now it is extended to 31 March 2018. The Aadhaar card linking has
been mandatory in order to put a stop on money laundering and black money generation. The deadline was
extended on December 7.
Mukesh Ambani says GDP of India would double to $5 trillion in the next seven
Speaking at the HT Leadership Summit in Delhi, Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani stated
that the GDP of India would double to $5 trillion in the next seven years and to $10 trillion by the end of 2030.
Ambani further stated that within this century, the country can become the most prosperous nation in the world and
can overtake both China and the United States.
Paytm Payments Bank formally launched
The Paytm Payments Bank was formally launched on Tuesday. The bank was launched by CEO Vijay Shekhar
Sharma. With this formal announcement, the offline services of the Paytm Payments Bank have also begun.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was present on the occasion. At the event, the chief executive and founder shared
details of the progress made by the bank so far and also talked about how the Paytm Payments Bank will grow.
BharatNet phase 2 launched
Governmnet of India has launched BharatNet Phase 2 to provide high-speed broadband service in all Gram
Panchayats by March 2019. It is expected to cost around 34 thousand crore rupees.
Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has signed MoUs with states for the implementation of the second phase
of BharatNet. Under this phase, broadband connectivity will be provided in remaining 1.5 lakh Gram Panchayats
in the country. Broadband infrastructure on Optical Fibre network has been made available in more than one lakh
Gram Panchayats as part of BharatNet Phase-1 and by December this year, all these Panchayats will be
operational on the BharatNet infrastructure.
Almost 90 thousand installations have been completed and broadband services are expected to commence in 80
thousand Gram Panchayats soon.
GST rate on mass consumption items reduced
According to reports, GST Council has decided to reduce the tax rate of mass use items from 28 to 18 percent. The
Goods and Services Tax (GST), implemented "from July 1, has five tax slabs of 0 per cent, 5 per cent, 12 per cent,
18 per cent and 28 per cent.
This is being announced at the full GST council meeting headed by Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley, is
deliberating on to review the impact of the new tax regime.This decision will reduce rate of 177 goods from 28 to
18 percent.
India Post and Payment Bank to become operational by April 2018
The government stated that India Post Payments Bank will become operational in all 650 districts of the country by
April next year.
They will facilitate financial inclusion. Minister of Communications Manoj Sinha said in New Delhi that these banks
will be linked to 1.55 lakh rural post offices and carry out banking services.
The Minister said, two such banks are already operational in Ranchi and Raipur.
India levies anti-dumping duty on steel from EU, China, Korea
According to a notification issued by the Department of Revenue, India has slapped anti-dumping duty on certain
stainless steel products from the European Union and several other nations, including China and Korea, to protect
the domestic industry from cheap imports. The duty has been imposed by the Revenue department following a
recommendation by the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD).
In a notification, the Revenue department states that the levy ranges between 4.58 percent and 57.39 percent of
the landed value of cold-rolled flat products of stainless steel. The duty will be in effect until December 10, 2020,
while certain grades of stainless steel have been exempted from the levy. The anti-dumping duty will be imposed
on the imports of stainless steel products from China, Taiwan, South Korea, South Africa, Thailand, the United
States and the European Union.
Gold options trading on MCX launched
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has launched gold options trading on the leading commodity bourse MCX. MCX is
the leading commodity bourse in the country with a market share of over 90 per cent. Options are derivatives which
give a buyer the right but not the obligation to buy or sell an underlying asset or instrument at a specific price on or
before a certain date.This is the first product for options trading that the regulator Sebi has allowed after 14 years
of commencement of commodity exchanges in the country.The gold options contract launched today allows trading
in 1kg gold. 13-Oct-2017

IIP rises to 9-month high of 4.3% in August 2017

The data released by Central Statistical Organization shows that India's Industrial production is showing a nine-
month high of four point three percent in August 2017. This has been due to robust performance of the mining and
power sectors. Factory output had grown 4 percent in August 2016.
During August 2017, Manufacturing sector output grew 3.1 percent, mining sector output surged 9.4 percent, and
electricity generation increased 8.3 percent.
Production of capital good rose 5.4 per cent in August. Consumer durables output increased 1.6 percent, and
consumer non-durables output rose 6.9 percent during the month.
India to send 3 lakh youth to Japan for on-job training
According to reports, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has stated that India will send three lakh youth to Japan
for on-job training for 3-5 years as part of the government's skill development programme.
Japan will bear the financial cost of the skill training of Indian technical interns. This is as per the Memorandum of
Cooperation (MoC) between India and Japan on the 'Technical Intern Training Program (TITP)'.
The minister stated that the agreement is expected to be signed during his three-day visit to Tokyo starting October
State governments in India adopting GST at fast pace
According to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, state governments in India, are adopting Goods and Services Tax
(GST) at a fast pace. At an event jointly organised by CII and US India Business Council (USIBC) in New York,
Jaitley said the global integration of Indian economy is happening at a time when other economies are becoming
more protectionist.
Finance Minister stated that India is now a better place to do business because of the series of steps taken by the
government in the last three years. Finance minister also informed that India is now capable of taking big decisions
and implementing them at a large-scale. He said as many as 250 highways projects are under construction. India is
now having surplus power and capacity of Indian ports have been expanded, he said.
Anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of steel wire rods from China
The Centre has imposed anti-dumping duty on imports of certain steel wire rods from China for five years. This has
been done to safeguard the interest of domestic players from cheap in-bound shipments.The duty was imposed
after the Commerce Ministry's Directorate General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) recommended duty
on such imports. Earlier the DGAD had concluded that wire rod of alloy or non-alloy steel has been exported to
India at below the normal value due to which domestic industry has suffered material injury.
In a notification, Department of Revenue said that the anti-dumping duty imposed shall be effective for a period of
five years from the date of its imposition and shall be payable in Indian currency. These steel products are used in
many sectors such as automotive components, railway, engineering and construction.
India has already slapped anti-dumping duty on certain cold-rolled flat steel products from four nations, including
China and South Korea. Anti-dumping measures are taken to ensure fair trade and provide a level-playing field to
the domestic industry.
India's coffee output pegged at record 3.5 lakh tons in 2017-18
According to crop forcast released by Coffee Board, Coffee output in India, is pegged to be a record 3.50 lakh
tonnes in the 2017-18 marketing year started this month on higher acreage. The Coffee Board said the crop's
forecast for 2017-18 is placed at 3.50 lakh tonnes, comprising 1.03 lakh tonnes of Arabica and 2.47 lakh tonnes of
Robusta varieties. Higher output is mainly attributed to the additional bearing area of about 13,500 hectare in
traditional growing areas of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Sensex falls over 300 points
Amidst recent surgical strike at the Myanmar Border, Sensex has fallen over 300 points while the Nifty 50 trades
below 9,800. Sun Pharma lost 2% post AGM, Divis Labs fell 7% in USFDA observations for unit 2. Dr. Reddy Labs
was under pressure. Being the seventh session of loss in a row, this fall is the longest losing run in 2017. Due to
which the rupee sunk to a more than six month low on a foreign fund outflows.
RBI issues bright yellow rupees 200 note
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that it would issue Rs 200 notes on Friday. This new Rs. 200 note is
the second new denomination to be issued since the demonitisation exercise. The base color of the Rs. 200 note
will be bright yellow. It will bear the signature of Urijit Patel, the RBI governor on the front. The note will have the
'Swachh Bharat' logo with slogan along with a motif of Sanchi Stupa on the reverse side. The new note is smaller
than the existing 100 note with dimensions of 66mmx146mm. As per the experts, the new 200 note will improve
the efficiency of the present currency system in India. In a statement, the RBI said, “There is a logical need to
introduce the missing denomination of Rs. 200, which will make the present currency system more efficient.” The
new Rs 200 notes is called the 'missing middle' by the chief economic advisor of SBI group Soumya Kanti Ghosh.
Taxation system has become transparent since GST implementation
According to Government, the implementation of Goods and Services Tax, GST, will be beneficial for the country
as well as the states. The government sources stated that the taxation system in the country has become more
transparent after GST came into existence.
Wholesale inflation falls to 0.9% in June
According to reports, Wholesale inflation for June 2017 fell to 0.9 per cent as prices of food articles, including
vegetables, declined. The inflation has dropped to the lowest level in the last two quarters. Inflation in food articles
was negative (-) 3.47 percent in June and inflation in vegetables stood at -47.32 percent in June 2017.
India foodgrain output at record 273.38 Metric Tonnes in 2016-17
According to reports, Foodgrain production in the country has been estimated at a record level of over 273 million
tonnes during 2016-17. This information was provided by Minister of State for Agriculture SS Ahluwalia. The
production of rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses touched new record levels in the last fiscal.
Growth of India's industrial output is at 1.7% in May
According to reports, India's industrial output has grown at a slower rate of 1.7 per cent in May 2017 year on year
basis. Industrial output had grown 8 per cent in May last year. According to the data released by the Central
Statistics organization, mining sector output contracted 0.9 per cent in May, while manufacturing sector output grew
1.2 per cent. Output in the capital goods segment,declined to 3.9 per cent in May. But electricity generation grew
by 8.7 per cent in May.
Aircraft, aircraft engines import exempt from GST
According to reports, government is exempting the import of aircraft, aircraft engines and its parts via leasing route
from the purview of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).The notification from the Finance Ministry states that airlines
will not have to pay GST at the time of import. However, lease rentals will be subject to GST.
World Bank states that India is emerging as front runner in fight against climate
According to reports, World Bank has stated that India is emerging as a front runner in the global fight against
climate change. According to World Bank publication, India with a sweeping commitment to solar power, innovative
solutions and energy efficiency initiatives to supply its people with 24x7 electricity by 2030, is emerging as a front
runner in the global fight against climate change. The Indian government ambitious targets of 160 gigawatts of
wind and solar by 2022 has been sighted as positive initiatives.
CGST won't apply on items not registered under trademark law
According to a statement from the Finance Ministry, the 5 per cent Central GST will not apply to products that are
not registered under the Trade Marks Act. It further stated that the CGST rate on supply of certain goods such as
paneer, natural honey, wheat, rice and other cereals, flour, and pulses is zero. However, supply of such goods,
when put up in unit container and bearing a registered brand name would attract 2.5 per cent CGST. The
clarification comes amid doubts being raised with regard to the meaning of registered brand name for the purpose
of GST.
Prices for Petrol and Diesel to be Changed Daily from 1 May
As per reports, keeping with the international rates, the prices for petrol and diesel are going to change on daily
basis from 1 May. The pilot project is going to be launched by the major oil companies such as Indian Oil Corp
(IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) in five cities. The five cities
include Vizag in Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Udaipur in Rajasthan, Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and Chandigarh.
SoftBank Pushes for a Merger Between Flipkart and Snapdeal
As per reports, Japanese giant SoftBank has called for a merger between Flipkart and Snapdeal. SoftBank is likely
to acquire around 15% shares in the merged entity of Snapdeal and Flipkart. SoftBank currently owns 30% shares
in Snapdeal being the largest investor. Flipkart which is based out of Bangalore is estimated to be valued at $10-11
Flipkart would be getting a strong anchor investor in form of SoftBank’s arrival giving it the required footing to battle
Kumar Mangalam Birla to Handle Vodafone-Idea Merged Entity as its Chairman
As per reports, Kumar Mangalam Birla is going to be the chairman of Vodafone-Idea merged entity. Over a period
of time, both the companies will have equal stakes, said sources.
As both the companies are strong brands, Vodafone and Idea will be operating separately.
GSM Association Report Says India will be the Leader in Smartphone Adoption
GSM Association has conducted a global survey across 56 countries on mobile usage trend. In the GSMA
Intelligence Consumer Survey 2016, the Association has categorically mentioned that in terms of smartphone
adoption, India will lead the race with the net addition of 350 million connections during the period 2016-2020. The
report also says that the smartphone adoption rate will be highest in countries such as India, China, and Indonesia.
Uber India President Amit Jain Clears Air on Drivers' Earnings
Uber India President Amit Jain, in a blog post, has said that 80 per cent of their drivers throughout India earn
anything from Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 2,500 (after paying service fee) by working for 6 hours a day. He also said that Uber
is providing communication support (through video messages, texts, phone, and in-person support at their
greenlight centres) for resolving their concerns. At a time when some drivers are accusing Uber regarding their
earnings and incentives, Jain pointed out that only a “small number of individuals” are preventing majority drivers
wanting to work for Uber.
Few Banks to Charge More after Four Free Cash Transactions
A few banks like HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and ICICI Bank are charging at least Rs150 per transaction for withdrawals
as well as cash deposit after exceeding four free transactions in a month. The charges are applicable for both
savings and salary accounts and is effective from 2 March 2017.

Rajya Sabha to consider Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2018 today
The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill 2018 is going to be introduced in the Rajya Sabha today. The Bill will
be moved by the Minister of Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh to alter the Right to Information Act,
PM Modi to meet his Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet his Bhutanese counterpart, Tshering Tobgay today to discuss the issues
of mutual interest. Tshering Tobgay has come to India for a three-day visit and will be meeting President Ram Nath
Kovind this evening. This year, India and Bhutan are celebrating the Golden Jubilee of the establishment of formal
diplomatic relations.
Sushma Swaraj meets President of European Commission in Brussels
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had met European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker
in Brussels yesterday. During the meeting, both the leaders exchanged their views on the advancements made on
the understandings reached during the last India-EU Summit in 2017.
Union Government signs Collaboration Agreement with Google for Flood
The Union Government's Central Water Commission (CWC) which is India’s apex technical organization in the field
of Water Resources has signed a Collaboration Agreement with Google for flood forecasting. This collaboration
will help in the effective flood management in India. Google will utilize its high-resolution Digital Elevation Model
(DEM) to generate flood inundation maps with the forecast inputs of CWC.
Sushma Swaraj on a seven-day tour of four European countries to strengthen trade
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj left on Sunday for a seven-day tour of the four European countries - Italy,
France, Luxembourg, and Belgium. This tour aimed at strengthening India's strategic engagement and trade ties
with these countries.
PM Modi's interaction with Digital India beneficiaries today
Prime Minister is having an interaction with the beneficiaries of the Digital India scheme via the NaMo App from
9.30 am today. This is the fourth time he is having an interaction with the beneficiaries of different government
schemes through video conferencing. He has already conducted a similar interaction for Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala
Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jan Aushadhi Yojana, and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
Seva Bhoj Yojna launched by the Union Ministry of Culture
The Union Ministry of Culture launched Seva Bhoj Yojna, a fresh scheme to provide financial assistance to the
Charitable Religious Institutions (CRIs) on purchase of particular food items for the purpose of free distribution
among people on June 12, 2018. Under this scheme, the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) charged by the
Central government on the purchase of raw food materials by the religious institutions will be refunded.
Union Home Minister urges BPR&D to train policemen in soft skills
The Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh advised the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) to
provide training in soft skills to all the policemen in India. He also demanded BPR&D to recognize the exceptional
police officials at district level who can serve as role models for the others and stressed on giving training relating
to the prevention of cyber crimes. The policemen will also be taught about how to tackle crimes in the current
Madhya Pradesh CM announced power bill waiver scheme and subsidized power
scheme for the underprivileged
Madhya Pradesh's Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced Bijli Bill Mafi Yojana 2018 (Power Bill Waiver
Scheme) for the labourers and poor families in the poll-bound state on June 5, 2018. Along with this scheme, he
also approved Mukhyamantri Jan Kalyan (Sambal) Yojana 2018 (a scheme to provide subsidised power) to the
people falling below the poverty line in which they will be provided electricity at Rs. 200/- per month.
Union government launches Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan to assist farmers in
Aspirational Districts
The Union Government has launched 'Krishi Kalyan Abhiyaan' under which the farmers residing in the Aspirational
Districts will be provided assistance and advice on improving farming techniques and increasing their income. The
scheme was launched by the Agriculture Ministry after consultation with the Prime Minister.
Central Government constitutes Cauvery Water Management Authority
The Central Government formed a Cauvery Water Management Authority (CMA) on the directions of the Supreme
Court to resolve the dispute over sharing of river water among Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, and Puducherry.
The decision was announced in February 2018, which stated that the authority should be formed within six weeks
of the passing of the judgment.
Odisha government launches Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana for
state journalists
Gopabandhu Sambadika Swasthya Bima Yojana, a new health insurance scheme, has been launched by the
Odisha's state government for the journalists. The scheme will provide Rs. 2 lakh per annum health insurance
cover to all the journalists working in Odisha. It has come into effect w.e.f. June 1, 2018.
Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar dies of a heart attack
Maharashtra Agriculture minister, Pandurang Fundkar, 67, died of a heart attack on Thursday. He was a senior
BJP leader who served as an MP for three terms. He also headed the party from Maharashtra.
MP's chief minister launched 'My MP Rojgar Portal' for job-seeking youths
Madhya Pradesh's Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched 'My MP Rojgar Portal' to provide jobs
opportunities to the youths based on their educational qualification, skill sets, and interest. The motive of this portal
would be to ensure the availability of the suitable candidates to the employers as per the need of their business.
The portal is designed by the Madhya Pradesh Skill Development and Employment Generation Board under youth
empowerment mission.
HD Kumaraswamy to become Karnataka Chief Minister today
JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will be sworn-in as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka today. The state of
Karnataka is set to witness the second oath ceremony after BJP's BS Yeddyurappa resigned from his chief
ministerial post on Saturday right before the floor test in the state assembly.
High security alert in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Modi's visit
The security forces have been put on high alert as Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be coming to Jammu and
Kashmir to inaugurate the 330 MW Kishanganga hydroelectric power project and lay foundation stone for the semi-
ring road project. He will also reveal a plaque to mark the commencement of work on the Zojila Tunnel.
BS Yeddyurappa of BJP sworn as the new Chief Minister of Karnataka
BJP's BS Yeddyurappa took oath as Karnataka's new chief minister this morning. A petition was filed in the court
challenging the decision of the Karnataka's Governor Vajubhai Vala by the Congress and the Janata Dal Secular.
The Supreme Court in a rare overnight hearing supported the decision of the Governor and let BJP legislative party
leader BS Yeddyurappa swearing-in as the next Chief Minister of Karnataka.
President indicated indignation over National Awards controversy
President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed his indignation to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) over this year's
National Film Awards. Almost 55 awardees refused to attend the event after the news of the President attending
the event for only one hour and giving away only 11 national awards went viral. The rest of the awards were given
away by the Information and Broadcasting Minister.
President Ram Nath Kovind indicated indignation over National Awards
President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed his indignation to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) over this year's
National Film Awards. Almost 55 awardees refused to attend the event after the news of the President attending
the event for only one hour and giving away only 11 national awards went viral. The rest of the awards were given
away by the Information and Broadcasting Minister.
PM Modi to go on a two-day visit to Nepal from May 11
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be going on a two-day visit to the Himalayan state from May 11. This is his third
visit to Nepal after he became the Prime Minister of India in 2014. He will be meeting Nepalese counterpart, KP
Sharma Oli during his visit, who invited Modi to Nepal when he visited India. Both the sides had vowed to take this
relationship to the next level on the basis of "equality, mutual trust and respect".
Verdict of Asaram rape case today
The Jodhpur Court will announce its judgement over the Asaram rape case inside the premises of the Central Jail
in Jodhpur today. The arrangements for tight security have been made to avoid any violent protests in the area.
The three states-Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana have been warned to arrange for tight security by the Home
Ministry to ensure no violence takes place after the verdict. The police in Delhi are also on high alert.
Gadchiroli encounter: 37 Maoists killed in 48 hours
The C-60 squad of the Maharashtra police and CRPF have gunned down 37 Maoists in 48 hours in an encounter
in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. The combative assault was launched by the state security forces on
Sunday. No police casualties have been reported. This operation is a blow on the rebellious activities of the Naxals
in the region and the biggest battle won against the Maoists in the last 38 years.
Haryana CWG medallists snubbed government's ceremony of honouring them
The CWG medallists of Haryana have refused to attend the ceremony which is scheduled to take place on 26 April
in Panchkula, organized by the state government to honour them. The refusal came after the state government
decided to reduce the award money given to the CWG medallists. According to the state's policy, it will deduct the
amount of the cash prize given to athletes by their institutions (army or railways) from their award money. The
athletes protesting are Neeraj Chopra, Manoj Kumar, Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia.
Convict in 1998 blasts re-arrested after his "Eliminate PM Modi" audio goes viral
Mohammed Rafiq, a convict in the 1998 bomb blast case, has been arrested by the Coimbatore Police after his
telephonic conversation in which he was planning to kill PM Modi with a transport contractor, Prakash, went viral
on social media. He has already completed his jail term in the 1998 blast case. The Coimbatore Police has formed
special teams to investigate the matter.
None of the 6 sitting judges removed despite corruption charges against them
The 6 sitting judges have faced strict removal procedures in the past but none of them has been removed despite
serious corrution charges against them. The cases could not reach their conclusive stage as the process to remove
a judge is quite complex. He can only be removed by the order of the President. A motion is required to be passed
by both the Houses of Parliament by a majority of their members along with atleast two-third majority of their
members present and voting. Due to the procedural reasons, these cases were never settled and the removal of
these 6 judges never happened.
CM Chandrababu Naidu on hunger strike, demands Special Category Status (SCS)
to Andhra Pradesh
Today, CM Chandrababu Naidu, the Chief Miniter of Andhra Pradesh, is on hunger strike in Amaravati to demand
special status for the state. This protest is called 'Dharma Porata Deeksha' or 'Fight for Justice'. This protest has
begun from 7 a.m. this morning and it will end by 7 p.m. in the evening at Indira Gandhi Stadium. Naidu along with
thirteen ministers of his Cabinet will organise hunger strikes simultaneously in the districts which are under them.
PM Modi talks about the surgical attacks of 2016 in the event "Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke
Saath" in London
Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred Pakistan as a "terror export factory" in today's "Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath"
event in London. He clarified that the surgical attacks of 2016 in Pakistan were meant to give the country a lesson
that India will not tolerate any terrorism.He further revealed that India had continuously tried to communicate
Pakistan government about the top-secret operation of the surgical strikes by the Indian forces before making this
news public. After informing Pakistan about the operation, only then the Indian Government delivered this
information to the Indian media.The Prime Minister expressed his immense pride in the Indian Army as they
performed the top-secret operation courageously and returned after successfully accomplishing this task before
Politicising rape is wrong, says PM Narendra Modi in the UK
At a recent "Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath" event in London, PM Narendra Modi addressed the issue of rapes in
India to the audience. He spoke about the much-talked-about Kathua rape case in which an eight-year-old girl was
raped by several men inside the temple of Jammu and Kashmir.According to him, politicising rape is wrong. He
added that the recent incidents of rape were a disgrace to the country.The people should teach their sons to treat
girls with respect. “We ask our daughters what they have been doing when they come home late, but do we ask
our sons? These sinners are somebody’s sons!” he said.
Trial for the Kathua gang rape and murder case begins today
Finally, the trial for justice begins in the Kathua rape and murder case after days of protests by the enraged citizens
all over the country on Monday. Eight, including a juvenile, have been accused of keeping an eight-year old girl,
Ashifa in captivity and sexually assaulting her before murdering. The Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir,
Mehbooba Mufti has demanded for a special fast track court to finish the trial in 90 days. Separate charge sheets
have been filed for the seven culprits and a juvenile. While seven of the accused culprits will be tried in the sessions
court, the chief judicial magistrate of Kathua will hold the trial for the juvenile. The Supreme Court took a dig at
some lawyers of Jammu Bar Association as well as the Kathua Bar for hindering the judicial process of the case.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed two Sikh public prosecutors for the trial in this delicate case
to ensure “neutrality” in view of Hindu-Muslim polarisation over the case.
Unnao Rape Case: BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar taken into custody by the CBI
The CBI detained MLA Sengar from his Lucknow residence on Friday morning. He was taken to the CBI
headquarters in Hazratganj in Lucknow.Three cases have been filed by the CBI against the BJP MLA
Sengar.Yesterday, the Allahabad High Court criticized the UP government over the Unnao case and demanded
prompt action in the case. The move for the detention of the MLA by CBI came immediately after this.
Unnao rape case: UP Chief Minister Adityanath demands report of SIT by
Wednesday evening
As no proper actions were taken by the police in the rape case and the death of the victim's father in the police
custody, Adityanath gave his assurance of punishing the culprits responsible for the incidents.
After the gang-rape of a girl by BJP MLA Sengar and the custodial death of her father, several protests have been
taking place in Unnao by the Samajwadi Party workers.
The UP Chief Minister, Adityanath has directed the Uttar Pradesh Home Department to form a special investigation
team (SIT) which will investigate the case. The team formed is required to submit a report on the investigations
made by Wednesday evening.
Further, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has also issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh
government over the death of the victim's father in judicial custody in Unnao.
The Chief Minister called the incident unfortunate and declared that the top-ranking official will look into the matter.

Opposition gathering signatures to seek impeachment of Justice Dipak Misra
Congress is making efforts to bring impeachment motion in the parliament against Chief Justice of India Dipak
Misra and is backed by several opposition parties. Majeed Memon of National Congress Party(NCP) has collected
20 signatures so far. More leaders including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Kapil Sibal, and Ahmed Patel have signed the
Voting for 25 seats of Rajya Sabha is underway
The voting for 25 seats of Rajya Sabha is currently underway across the states of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal,
Karnataka, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Telangana. The polling of votes began on Friday morning and will
continue till 4 in the evening. The counting of votes will be started at 5 in the evening.
Raj Babbar resigns as Congress Party Chief
According to media reports, actor turned politician Raj Babbar, the Uttar Pradesh Congress Party Chief has offered
to resign from his post. The party hierarchy is yet to accept his resignation. Raj Babbar's resignation came after
the Goa Congress Chief Santharam Naik resigned from his post after drawing inspiration from the speech of the
Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
39 Indian hostages in Iraq confirmed dead
The 39 Indians who were missing in Masol, Iraq and were kidnapped by the terror outfit ISIS are confirmed dead
by Sushma Swaraj, the minister of external affairs. She confirmed it while speaking in Rajya Sabha. She further
said deep penetration radars were used to establish the bodies from a mass grave. The Indian authorities requested
their Iraqi counterpart to excavate the bodies.
Prime Minister congratulates Xi Jinping on re-election as China President
PM Modi has congratulated the President of China Xi Jinping on his re-election. He will serve a second five-year
term this time. Prime Minister Modi posted a message on social media platform and said he is looking forward to
working with Jinping to further develop the relations between the two countries.
India sends 13th Note Verbale to Pakistan
The Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad has issued a Note Verbale to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan
protesting against the intimidation and harassment of Indian High Commission officials. According to reports, this
is the 13th Note Verbale of this year on the subject. Three incidents of harassment were recently highlighted by
the Indian Embassy.
Andhra Pradesh CM announces two ministers in central government will resign
over special status
N Chandrababu Naidu, the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, has stated that ministers belonging to his Telugu
Desam Party will resign from the central government. According to media reports, the development comes after
Naidu was unsuccessful in securing special category status for the state of Andhra Pradesh. If TDP's demand for
special category status is not met, they might pull out of the ruling coalition.
Karnataka Lokayukta P Vishwanatha Shetty stabbed
The Lokayukta of Karnataka, P Vishwanatha Shetty, was stabbed by a youth in his office. The accused, who has
been identified as Tejas Sharma and has been taken into custody by the police, had come to Shetty's office on
some pretext and stabbed him multiple times. PV Shetty, a retired Supreme Court judge, has been admitted to
hospital and is reported to be out of danger.
Conrad Kongkal Sangma is going to take oath as Chief Minister of Meghalaya today
The President of National People's Party Conrad Kongkal Sangma will take oath as the Chief Minister of Meghalaya
today. Conrad is the son of former Lok Sabha Speaker late PA Sangma. He is going to be the 12th Chief Minister
of Meghalaya. Union Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah are likely to arrive in Meghalaya to
participate in the swearing-in ceremony of Sangma.