General News Part 1 of Budget session concludes, Parliament to meet again on 13th March. Assembly elections 2023: Tripura records 87.63% voter turnout; Megahalaya 76.27%, Nagaland 84.08%. NSA Ajit Doval meets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, discusses India-US strategic ties. US, India elevate strategic partnership under iCET, launch initiatives to expand technology partnership. Ajit Doval holds wide-ranging discussions with Russian President Putin in Moscow. India and Spain agree to collaborate on digital infrastructure, climate action and sustainable development. India, France, UAE agree for trilateral cooperation initiative, in fields including energy, defence, economy. India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval meets his UK counterpart Tim Barrow in London. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives in India for 2-day visit; hold wide-ranging talks with PM Modi. Cabinet approves projects worth ₹6,600 crore to strengthen India’s borders. Centre drops mandate to upload Air Suvidha form for travellers from China, Japan, other 4 countries. 14th edition of Asia’s largest aero show, Aero India 2023 kicks off in Bengaluru. Rajnath Singh holds bilateral meeting with defence heads of 7 nations on the sidelines of the show. EAM Jaishankar, Fiji President Wiliame Katonivere inaugurate 12th World Hindi Conference in Nadi. Indian Army changes Agniveer induction process, entrance […] Read more
General News Budget Session of Parliament begins with President Droupadi Murmu’s address. Assembly polls for Tripura to be held on Feb 16, Meghalaya & Nagaland on Feb 27; counting on Mar 2. India celebrates 74th Republic Day with vibrant parade on Kartavya Path for the first time. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi Sisi witnesses parade as Chief Guest. President Murmu confers Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2023 to 11 children. PM Modi names 21 islands of Andaman Nicobar after Param Vir Chakra Awardees. Jaishankar holds talks with IAEA Chief on global energy situation, Ukraine conflict. Jaishankar meets Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe; holds discussion with his counterpart Sabry. India hosts virtual summit to flag challenges facing global South countries. Ministry of Defence signs up with other Ministries to award degrees to Agniveers. Rajnath Singh unveils crucial 28 projects along LAC in Arunachal Pradesh. India Navy commissions fifth Kalvari class submarine Vagir. EC’s demonstration of remote voting machine halted as Opposition protests. Jal Jeevan Mission achieves milestone of providing tap water to 11 crore rural households. PM Modi flags off World’s Longest River Cruise-MV Ganga Vilas from Varanasi. Amit Shah inaugurates projects worth ₹52 crore in Nagaland and worth ₹1,311 crore in […] Read more
General News Winter Session of Parliament concludes six days ahead of schedule; both Houses pass nine bills. 97% productivity recorded in Lok Sabha, 102% in Rajya Sabha. BJP secures over 52% vote share in Gujarat; Bhupendra Patel takes oath as CM for 2nd consecutive term. Himachal: Congress wins 40 of 68 seats; Sukhvinder Sukhu takes oath as CM, Mukesh Agnihotri as Deputy. AAP becomes latest political outfit to get ‘national party’ status Delhi MCD Election 2022: AAP crosses the majority mark and wins 134 seats. Maharashtra first state to pass Lokayukta Bill that will bring CM, Cabinet under its ambit. ECI calls all-party meeting to demonstrate remote voting tech for domestic migrants. India begins its G20 presidency; PM calls on states to showcase rich potential & vibrant culture in events. Jaishankar meets UAE counterpart in Abu Dhabi, discusses regional issues. India and Finland sign joint declaration of Intent on migration and mobility between the two countries. India, Germany ink migration and mobility partnership agreement. PM Modi virtually inaugurates 3 National Ayush Institutes, to promote traditional medicine research. PM Modi unveils several development projects worth over ₹6,800 crore in Tripura, Meghalaya. India, China hold 17th round of military talks on eastern […] Read more
General News Winter session of Parliament to begin on December 7 for 23 days. Himachal Pradesh witnessed a record voter turnout at 75.6% in the assembly elections. Gujarat assembly elections to be held in two-phase – December 1 and 5, results on December 8. Annual G20 Summit opens in Indonesia’s Bali province. G-20 Presidency handed over to India; next year’s Summit to be held on 9th and 10th September. India attends Moscow format of talks on Afghanistan to eradicate terrorism. India reiterates opposition to China’s Belt and Road Initiative at SCO meet. Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar participates in 17th East Asia Summit in Cambodia. Rozgar Mela: PM Modi virtually distributes appointment letters to over 71,000 new recruits. PM inaugurates month-long ‘Kashi Tamil Sangamam’ in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Indian Army approves five Make II projects providing impetus to ‘Atma Nirbhaarta’. DRDO conducts successful maiden flight-test of Phase-II Ballistic Missile Defence interceptor. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joins Rahul Gandhi for Bharat Jodo Yatra in Madhya Pradesh. Vikram-S, India’s first private rocket successfully lifts off from Sriharikota. ISRO conducts 200th consecutive successful launch of RH200 sounding rocket. ISRO successfully launches Oceansat-3, eight other customer satellites on their way to different orbit. India invites Egyptian […] Read more
General News Elections 2022: Himachal Pradesh elections to be held in a single-phase on Nov 12, counting on Dec 8. EC announces by- elections for seven assembly seats in six states on November 3. PM Modi, UN Chief Guterres launch Mission LiFE for climate-friendly behaviour. President Murmu flags off two train services in Northeast; launches various development projects. PM Modi launches Rozgar Mela, hands over 75,000 appointment letters. Rajnath Singh unveils several digital initiatives of Defence Accounts Department. India hosts SCO joint anti-terror drill to enhance operational capabilities. India’s Indigenous nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant carries successful launch of ballistic missile. Prachand, indigenously-developed Light Combat Helicopter inducted into Indian Air Force. India, China agree to continue talks through diplomatic, military channels to resolve border issues. India-Nepal agree to prevent misuse of their territories, illegal border crossing by third nation citizens. India to contribute $500,000 for UN Trust Fund for Counter-Terrorism. India joins global anti-crime network, can access worldwide database of criminals. Health Ministry to stop procuring fresh COVID vaccines, surrenders ₹4,237 crore from vaccination budget. India’s first case of Omicron BQ.1 reported in Pune; state govt warns of COVID surge amid festive season. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya reviews COVID situation; […] Read more
General News SCO Summit: PM Modi calls for reliable supply chain to foster economic recovery. World leaders deliberate on regional security situation, enhancing trade and connectivity at SCO Summit. Jaishankar Iterates India’s global efforts, censures neighbours for shielding terrorists at UNGA. India, UAE and France hold first trilateral ministerial meeting on the sidelines of a UNGA session. QUAD nations vow to assist each other in acting against malicious cyber activities. PM Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina jointly unveil Unit-I of Maitree Super Thermal Power Project. S Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh attend 2nd India-Japan 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Tokyo. India, UAE sign MoU to set up cultural forum to strengthen ties between two countries. S Jaishankar meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, apprises him of bilateral ties. India signs MoU with Gulf Cooperation Council to facilitate consultation. Jaishankar, LIoyd Austin discuss opportunities for bilateral defence industrial cooperation. India, France agree to expand cooperation on Indo-Pacific body. Lt Gen Anil Chauhan(retd) appointed as new Chief of Defence Staff. India and China hold talks in eastern Ladakh, focusing on maintaining security and stability in the region. Defence ministry inks ₹1,700 crore deal for additional BrahMos missiles for frontline warships. […] Read more
General News Jagdeep Dhankhar elected 14th vice president of India; highest poll-victory margin since 1997. Monsoon session: Parliament adjourned sine die 4 days ahead of schedule, 5 Bills passed by both Houses. Productivity of Lok Sabha was approximately 48% and that of Rajya Sabha was approximately 44%. Justice Uday Umesh Lalit took oath as the 49th Chief Justice of India. Government launches ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign amidst celebrations of 75th Independence day. Made-in-India gun used for 1st time for ceremonial salute at Red Fort on Independence Day. 107 Gallantry awards announced for Armed Forces and CAPF personnel. PM Modi, French President Macron discuss Ukraine conflict and its destabilizing consequences for world. Ajit Doval meets Russian counterpart Nikolai Patrushev; discuss bilateral, regional and global issues. India, Thailand review defence, trade ties as Jaishankar visits Bangkok. Maldives President Ibrahim Solih reaffirms ‘India-First’ policy during his visit, signs 6 agreements. S Jaishankar meets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on sidelines of ASEAN Ministerial Conference. S Jaishankar embarks on a 3-nation visit to South America. Rajnath Singh attends SCO Defence Ministers’ meeting at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Army Chief meets Bhutan King in Thimphu; focus on further boosting enduring strategic ties. Dharmendra Pradhan on 4-day […] Read more