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Daily Current Affairs with Gist of PIB (9th March - 2017)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Aadhaar.jpgNo one to be deprived of benefits for lack of Aadhaar

  • Government has said that no one will be deprived of the benefits for lack of Aadhaar. In a statement issued today, the Government has reiterated that till Aadhaar number is assigned to any individual, the benefit will continue to be given based on alternate means of identification. It also directed the departments to provide Aadhaar enrolment facilities to their beneficiaries under Regulation 12 of Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations 2016.
  • Considering the usefulness of Aadhaar in curbing leakages and bringing transparency in delivery system, the Government has recently issued orders to use Aadhaar in several other welfare schemes funded from the Consolidated Fund of India. While these orders require beneficiaries of these programs to give their Aadhaar number, it has also been ensured that no one is deprived of the benefits for want of Aadhaar.

Daily Current Affairs with Gist of PIB (8th March - 2017)

National

CAG to undertake audit of demonetisation fallout

  • The Comptroller and Auditor General of India will soon begin an audit ofvarious aspects of demonetisation announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 last year.
  • The huge amount of data generated by banks and the Income-Tax Department in the wake of demonetisation would also be covered.
  • The CAG said he had conveyed to the government his stand on the recent move of the GST Council to delete section 65 of the preliminary draft that authorised CAG to audit GST (Goods and Services Tax).
International

WikiLeaks reveals CIA files describing hacking tools

  • WikiLeaks published thousands of documents described as secret files about CIA hacking tools the government employs to break into users's computers, mobile phones and even smart TVs from companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung.
  • The documents describe CIA efforts - cooperating with friendly foreign governments and the US National Security Agency - to subvert the world's most popular technology platforms, including Apple's iPhones and iPads, Google's Android phones and the Microsoft Windows operating system for desktop computers and laptops. Some technology firms they were evaluating the information.
  • Microsoft Corp. said it was looking into the report, while the maker of secure messaging app Signal said the purported CIA tools affected users' actual phones and not its software design or encryption protocols.

Daily Current Affairs with Gist of PIB (7th March - 2017)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Indian-Flag.pngTricolour on tallest flag mast installed near Attari border

  • A 360-foot- high (110 metres) flag post, said to be the country's tallest, was inaugurated at the Indo-Pak Attari Border, just a stone's throw from Pakistan.
  • Punjab Minister Anil Joshiinaugurated the country's largest tricolour on the tallest flag post - measuring 110 metres in length, 24 metres in width and 55 tons in weight.
  • At present, the tallest flag is in Ranchi (300-foot high).
  • Built at an approximate cost of Rs 3.50 crore, the post was a project of the Amritsar Improvement Trust Authority of the Punjab Government.

Daily Current Affairs with Gist of PIB (6th March - 2017)

National

UIDAI plugging data leak: Author

  • In the dock for writing an article on the “security loopholes” in the Aadhaar system, Sameer Kochhar, head of a Gurgaon-based think tank, says he has only done his “patriotic duty” and the Unique Identification Authority of India has taken corrective measures after his “expose”.
  • Mr. Kochhar is the author of Modinomics, a book on the development model followed in Gujarat when Narendra Modi was Chief Minister.
  • “I have only done my patriotic duty by writing a story on the vulnerability in the Aadhaar system, based on the inputs and evidence received.
  • UIDAI has not only accepted the vulnerability but is also working overtime to take corrective action to make Aadhaar more secure.

Daily Current Affairs (4th March - 2017)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/farmer-suicides.pngSupreme Court takes government to task over farmer suicides

  • The Supreme Court expressed grave concern over farmers’ suicide due to indebtedness andcrop failure and said it felt the government was going in a “wrong direction” in tackling the real problem.
  • Chief Justice J.S. Khehar said the issue of farmers’ suicide was of “extreme importance” and paying compensation to the families of such victims “post-facto” was not the real solution.
  • “Farmers’ suicides have been happening for so many decades and it is surprising that no action has been taken to address the causes behind suicides.”
  • The Bench, also comprising Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and S.K. Kaul, said “if the matter is moved on a right track, a lot can be achieved” andfixed the plea for further hearing on March 27.

Daily Current Affairs (3rd March - 2017)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Antyodaya-Express.pngAntyodaya Express


  • Indian Railways introduced the first Antyodaya Express between Ernakulam and Howrah viz. 22877/22878 Ernakulam-Howrah Antyodaya Express (Weekly).
  • The train service was inaugurated on 27.02.2017 by Minister of Railways through video conferencing from Rail Bhawan, New Delhi. As announced in Railway Budget 2016-17, Antyodaya Express are long-distance, fully unreserved, super fast train service, for the common man to be operated on dense routes.

Daily Current Affairs (28th February - 2017)

National

Enforcement Directorate issues fourth summon to Zakir Naik

  • The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons, to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik in connection with its money laundering probe case against him and others.
  • They indicated that the latest summons could well possibly be the last issued  to him and the agency may move court for an arrest warrant against him, if he again chooses to ignore the summons.
  • Naik, through his lawyer, had made a proposal to depose via video link some days back even as he apprehended that he could be arrested by he agency like his aide Aamir Gazdar.
  • “My client is willing and ready to give any statement before you via Skype or any other mode of electronic media to assist you in your investigation,” a letter sent by Naik, also the founder of NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), through his lawyer Mahesh Mule had said.

Daily Current Affairs (4th January - 2017)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Manohar-Parrikar.jpgFighter jet selection will begin soon, says Parrikar

  • The government will initiate the process for selecting a new single engine fighter jet to be built in India with extensive technology transfer as soon as the guidelines for giving a bigger role to the private sector in defence manufacturing is finalised, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said .
  • He said the criteria for selection would be the cost and the extent of technology transfer. While the price discovery and selection of local partner would be through competitive process, the final deal would also have a government to government agreement.
  • In anticipation of the major order for upwards of 100 jets, U.S.-based Boeing and Lockheed Martin and the SAAB of Sweden had already submitted detailed offers on their F-18, F-16 and Gripen fighters. However, F-18 is a twin engine jet which rules it out of the competition.

Daily Current Affairs (31st December - 2016)

 

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/VK-Sasikala.jpgSasikala takes over as AIADMK general secretary

  • V.K. Sasikala, close aide of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, formally took over as the general secretary of the AIADMK on 31-12- 2016.
  • She became the second woman leader to lead the party after Jayalalithaa.
  • The AIADMK general council appointed Ms. Sasikala as general secretary. She will be the interim general secretary till she is formally elected to the post.
  • Garlanded the statue of MGR even as a few women cadre raised the slogan "Puratchi Thalaivi Vaazhga". A few seconds later they chanted "chinnamma Vaazhga".

Daily Current Affairs (30th December - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Admiral-Sunil-Lanba.jpgChief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba to chair committee of Chiefs

  • Putting an end to speculation that the government might appoint Lt. Gen. Praveen Bakshi, superseded for the post of Army Chief, as the Permanent Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC), the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Sunil Lanba, is all set to assume chairmanship of the committee on December 31.
  • Admiral Lanba received the Chairman’s baton on 29 december from the outgoing Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. He will assume charge once Mr. Raha steps down on December 31. The Chief of the Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh, will also retire the same day.

Daily Current Affairs (28th December - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/P-Rama-Mohana-Rao.jpgFormer Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary terms raid a ‘constitutional assault’

  • Former Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P. Rama Mohana Rao lashed out at the Central and State governments calling the recent income tax raid on his house and official chamber in the Secretariat a “constitutional assault” on his high office, alleging procedural violations in the operation and debunking reports of large-scale seizures.
  • He denied any links with Sekhar Reddy, a businessman and public works contractor arrested by the CBI and whose properties were also raided by the taxmen the previous week.
  • On December 21, the Income-Tax department conducted extensive searches at the houses and offices of Mr. Rao and his family members in Chennai, Bengaluru and Andhra Pradesh where they seized Rs. 30 lakh cash and five kg of gold.

Daily Current Affairs (27th December - 2016)

National

Polavaram project gets Central funds

  • The Centre released Rs.1,981.54 crore, through the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (Nabard), for Andhra Pradesh’s ambitious Rs.16,000-crore Polavaram irrigation project along the Godavari river.
  • He was speaking at an event attended by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti, where funding was also disbursed for 99 irrigation projects in Gujarat and Maharashtra under the Long Term Irrigation Fund announced in Budget 2016-17.
  • Stating that the people of Andhra Pradesh had been nursing a feeling of economic discrimination and unfair treatment since the division of the State, Mr. Jaitley said it was due to the BJP’s efforts that the UPA government made some commitments, though without any financial allocation.

Daily Current Affairs (26th December - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Aadhaar.jpgNeed to link Aadhaar with details of voters

  • The Supreme Court had asked the Election Commission to study the possibility on the basis of an application by an UAE-based doctor Shamsheer V.P., represented by advocate Haris Beeran, for electoral reforms to allow inter-State migrants voting privileges like postal ballot available to government servants.
  • There is an emergent need to link Aadhaar with the electoral details of voters”, the Election Commission of India has given a mixed response to the Supreme Court on providing absentee voting rights, like electronic voting and proxy voting, to over 300 million domestic migrants in the country, saying there is no foolproof mechanism to verify their identity and block duplicity.

Daily Current Affairs (24th December - 2016)

National

http://iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Elections.jpgBihar-style grand alliance buzz in U.P.

  • Sitting side by side were Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Sharad Pawar, Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel, Rashtriya Lok Dal’s (RLD) Ajit Singh, Indian National Lok Dal’s Dushyant Chautala, Janata Dal (S) leader H. D. Deve Gowda, Samajwadi Party’s Amar Singh and their host Janata Dal (United) leader Sharad Yadav.
  • It was, however, the context of the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh that dominated the air, with news that the Congress, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the RLD had more or less agreed on a seat-sharing pact.
  • Of the 403 seats going to polls in U.P., senior sources in the both the SP and RLD said the Congress was to be offered 78 seats, while the RLD 22. “The offer is that the SP contests the lion’s share of 300 seats in what could be a Bihar-style mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) in U.P. ,” said a Congress source. This talk, however, leaves out the JD(U), which is currently in alliance with the RLD for the U.P. polls.
  • Former JD(U) president Sharad Yadav told The Hindu that the unity of the parties that had broken off from the erstwhile Janata Party was the need of the hour. “We were the stronger political force than the Jan Sangh [erstwhile BJP], and, the decline of the importance of the politics of the countryside, the rural areas is all related to the break-up of socialists. Jab Janata Party tooti toh andolan bhi khatam ho gaya (when the Janata Party broke up, the mass movement with it also ended),”

Daily Current Affairs (22nd December - 2016)

National

http://iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Narendra-Modi.jpgOpposition's protest is like Pakistan army's cover-fire to militants: PM on note ban

  • Those who are against demonetisation "are like Pakistan", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • The commotion created in Parliament is like the 'cover fire' that Pakistan uses to ensure terrorists infiltrate into India.
  • The PM was referring to Parliament's just-concluded winter session which barely functioned as most opposition parties wanted to discuss the ban on high-value notes and ruling party MPs didn't want to.
  • Our army makes us proud but some people have questions even on their bravery. Is it good to view institutions like this?, "he said referring to some politicians questioning whether the surgical strikes in September on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir did occur".

Daily Current Affairs (21st December - 2016)

National

In Chandigarh win, BJP sees ‘yes’ for note ban

  • An alliance of the Bharatiya Janta Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal has swept the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation elections, winning 21 of the 26 wards for which polls were conducted.
  • Terming the victory a trailer, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said this result would prove a trendsetter for ensuring back-to- back victory of the alliance for the third consecutive term in Punjab.
  • The Congress contested all 26 seats, while the Bahujan Samaj Party had fielded candidates in 17 wards. Polling was held on December 18.
  • The municipal corporation has 36 members, of which 26 are elected and nine are nominated. The Chandigarh MP is an ex-officio member.

Daily Current Affairs (2nd November - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Arms-Deal.jpgIs the arms deal trail destined to go cold?

  • The sensational revelation that hundreds of crores was paid by Russian and British arms firms to companies controlled by alleged arms dealer Sudhir Choudhrie’s family may not result in any breakthrough against corruption in defence deals in India, say defence establishment sources.
  • Quoting the BBC and The Guardian, The Hindu reported that secret banking documents showed remittance of almost €100 million (about Rs. 730 crore) in just 12 months by Russian arms firms into accounts of companies controlled by Choudhrie, his family and close associates.
  • Through the past several decades, the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate have investigated allegations of corruption in many defence deals. However, not one of them has resulted in successful conviction of all the accused.

Daily Current Affairs (29th October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Narendra-Modi.jpgPM Modi will spend occassion Diwali with soldiers of the ITBP

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will spend Diwali with soldiers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) at Mana post in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.
  • Prime Minister Modi had earlier spent Diwali with soldiers of the Indian Army posted at the world’s highest battlefield of Siachen, as well as the Dogra war memorial at Amritsar.
  • He also made it a point to be in Srinagar before his visit to Siachen in 2014, in solidarity with the flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Mr. Modi, also launched a campaign to send Diwali greetings to those serving on India’s borders, called “Sandesh for Soldiers.

Daily Current Affairs (27th October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Cow.jpgIndia to map genes of local cattle breeds to boost milk yield

  • India is the world’s largest producer of milk, due partly to importing European cows and cross-breeding them with local varieties as well as a successful decades-long programme to source milk from small farmers via cooperatives.
  • the milk productivity of its cattle, ranging from 2-4 kg a day, is much lower than the 25-38 kg a day of cattle in the U.S., Europe or Israel.
  • India is home to the largest cattle population (13.1 % of world’s cattle population) in the world which constitutes 37.3 % of its total livestock.

Daily Current Affairs (25th October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Narendra-Modi.jpg

Triple talaq anti-women, says Modi

  • Addressing a Bundelkhand Parivartan rally in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Modi raised the issue of triple talaq among Muslims while condemning the practice of female foeticide among Hindus.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke out strongly against triple talaq, arguing that in the 21 century the “lives of Muslim women cannot be allowed to be ruined” by the contentious custom.

Daily Current Affairs (24th October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Narendra-Modi.jpgNarendra Modi to visit Varanasi, launch gaspipeline project

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit his Lok Sabha constituency on 24-10-2016 where he is set to launch a 1500-km- long gas pipeline costing Rs 51,000 crore and doubling of railway tracks on a busy route.
  • Mr. Modi will launch “Urja Ganga”, the gas pipeline project which promises to provide piped cooking gas to residents of Varanasi within two years and, in another year thereafter, cater to millions of people in states like Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha.
  • Mr. Modi is also scheduled to flag off projects like doubling of railway tracks on the busy Allahabad—Varanasi section and expansion of the Diesel Locomotive Works (DLW) here besides laying foundation stone for a fully air-conditioned perishable cargo centre.
  • He will also release a stamp dedicated to the ancient temple town, which is believed to be among the oldest surviving ones in the world.

Daily Current Affairs (21st October - 2016)

National

http://www.iasplanner.com/civilservices/images/Pakistan.jpgNo ‘blanket ban’ on Pakistan artists in India

  • The government clarified that Pakistani artists remain free to perform in the Indian entertainment industry as there is no “blanket ban” against them.
  • “As far as the government of India is concerned, there is certainly no blanket ban on the Pakistani artists.
  • Due to the prevailing atmosphere, security situation and sentiment of local organisers, we will do so [evaluate] on a case to case basis,” said Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson of Ministry of External Affairs.
  • The ban on Indian TV and radio channels in Pakistan was declared by the Chairman of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Wednesday and will include the DTH services.
  • The MEA however maintained that its policy to highlight Pakistan as a supporter of terror-tactics remains on track. “We are all aware, in our region, which country is the epicentre of terrorism,” the Spokesperson said.

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