General News Droupadi Murmu elected as 15th President of India; wins presidential elections with 64% votes. Vice President: NDA picks ex-Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar; Opposition picks Margaret Alva. Monsoon session of Parliament commenced on July 18 to continue till August 12. Union ministers Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, RCP Singh quit as Rajya Sabha terms end. Smriti Irani gets additional charge of Minority Affairs; Scindia assigned Steel Ministry. PT Usha, Ilaiyaraaja, V Vijayendra Prasad, and Veerendra Heggade nominated to Rajya Sabha. Both Houses of Parliament witness frequent disruptions following Opposition uproar on different issues. Aerospace major Safran group to set up $150-million overhaul, repair facility in Hyderabad. NSA Ajit Doval meets his UK counterpart, discuss regional security, cooperation in defence sector. Indian Army, Navy begin recruitment under Agnipath scheme: Navy to induct around 20% women. India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier ‘Vikrant’ handed over to Indian Navy. Jaishankar meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Bali. COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava: Free COVID booster drive for adults aged 18-75 years launched. India’s total COVID – 19 cases at 4.4 crore; 68.5% of population fully vaccinated. Centre issues guidelines for Monkeypox patients; invites bid to develop vaccine. Maharashtra CM Eknath […] Read more
General News President Election 2022: BJP picks former Jharkhand Governor Draupadi Murmu; Opposition picks Yashwant Sinha; Voting to be held on July 18. Rajya Sabha polls: BJP registers win in Haryana, Karnataka, and Maharashtra. Congress retains Rajasthan. Agnipath: Centre to hire youth on a 4-year contractual basis for tri-services. Protests erupt against ‘Agnipath’ scheme in many states; highways blocked; rail traffic disrupted. G7 and its 5 partner countries, including India, pledge to protect free speech; PM Modi attends summit. PM Modi meets UAE President Sheikh Mohamed; leaders reaffirm commitment to deepen partnership. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu holds delegation level talks with top leadership of Gabon, Senegal & Qatar Israel Defence Minister Benjamin Gantz reviews defence cooperation with PM Modi, Rajnath. India, Vietnam ink military logistics support pact and vision document to expand defence ties. Iranian Foreign Minister meets PM Modi, Jaishankar; talks focus on bilateral ties, connectivity. India hosts 2-day special ASEAN-foreign ministers meet in Delhi. 16th ASEAN defence ministers meet: Defence ministers agree to strengthen regional cooperation. BRICS leaders show commitment to respect sovereignty, territorial integrity. S Jaishankar holds discussion with Austrian and Spanish counterparts and Mauritius PM. PM Modi chairs first National Conference of Chief Secretaries. PM inaugurates […] Read more
General News PM Modi attends Quad summit in Tokyo, holds bilateral talks with US President Biden, Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese and Japanese PM Kishida. Quad leaders vow to stand together for free and open Indo-Pacific region. PM Modi meets France’s Macron, Germany’s Scholz and Danish PM Frederiksen during his Europe visit. India, Germany sign joint declaration of Intent on Forest Landscape Restoration. India-France agrees on deeper French involvement in ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ efforts in defence sector. PM Modi participates in India-Nordic Summit; invites Nordic companies to invest in Sagarmala project. WHO must be reformed, India ready to play key role: PM Modi at 2nd Global COVID Summit. PM Modi, Nepal PM Deuba lay foundation stone for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in Nepal’s Lumbini. President Kovind embarks on 7-day state visit to Jamaica, Saint Vincent and Grenadines. S Jaishankar participates in BRICS Foreign Ministers’ meeting. India and UAE sign MoU to enhance bilateral cooperation on Climate Action. President Kovind presents military honours; confers 13 Shaurya Chakras, 14 Param Vishisht Seva Medals. PM Modi inaugurates and lays foundation stone of 11 projects worth more than ₹31,500 crore in Chennai. Defence Ministry approves revised ‘scales of accommodation’ for armed forces. Rajnath Singh inducts 2 […] Read more
General News Budget Session of Parliament concludes; Lok Sabha clocks 129% productivity, Rajya Sabha 99%. President gives assent to Bill unifying Delhi’s 3 Municipal Corporations. PM Modi launches projects worth ₹20,000 crore in 1st J&K visit since article 370 move. Centre sanctions ₹1584.25 crore for Panchayati Raj institutions to strengthen grassroots democracy in J&K. India, US reaffirm commitment to promote regional stability and rule of law at 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. PM Modi, WHO Chief, Mauritius PM inaugurates WHO-Global Centre for traditional medicine in Jamnagar. India signs 7 MoUs for social development projects worth over ₹12.96 crore with Maldives. UK PM Boris Johnson visits India; India, UK sign defence cooperation agreement, promise FTA by year end. PM Modi, EU President Ursula von der Leyen hold talks; agree on establishment of trade council. India, US sign MoU on Space Situational Awareness at 2+2 ministerial meeting. PM Modi and Nepal PM S B Deuba finalise 4 pacts to expand ties in areas such as railways, energy. PM Modi, Ratan Tata inaugurate 7 state-of-the-art cancer hospitals in Assam. Hindi should be an alternative to English and not to local languages: Amit Shah. Vinay Mohan Kwatra takes over as foreign secretary from Harsh Vardhan Shringla. […] Read more
General News Assembly Elections 2022: BJP retains power in 4 States, landslide win for AAP in Punjab. 2nd terms for CMs in UP, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand; Bhagwant Mann takes oath as 18th Punjab CM. Bypolls in West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Maharashtra will be held on April 12, counting on April 16. 2nd part of Budget session of Parliament resumes. Parliament approves ₹1.42 lakh crore budget for J&K. Govt approves acquisition proposals of armed forces worth over ₹8,000 crore. India, China ‘agree to maintain stability on ground’ in 15th round of LAC talks. PM Modi upholds commitment to Indo-Pacific region’s peace, stability and prosperity at QUAD meet. Japan’s PM Fumio Kishida arrives in India; announces ₹3.2 lakh crore worth investments over next 5 years. PM Modi and Scott Morrison hold India-Australia Virtual Summit, discusses regional, international issues. China Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with NSA Ajit Doval, EAM Jaishankar. PM Modi calls for regional unity and cooperation among BIMSTEC nations. India, Indonesia discusses countering terrorism, cyber safety and maritime security issues. Sonia Gandhi continues as Congress interim President; Congress’ G-23 pushes for party overhaul. Sharad Yadav merges LJD with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD. Assam, Meghalaya sign historic agreement to […] Read more
General News Assembly Elections 2022: 78.94% voter turnout recorded in Goa, 62.5% in Uttarakhand, 65.50% in Punjab. UP Assembly Elections 2022 Phase 1: 60.17% , Phase 2: 60.44%, Phase 3: 61.02% and Phase 4: 59.77%, Phase 5: 53.98%. Manipur Phase 1: 78.03%. First leg of Budget Session concludes, both Houses adjourned till March 14. India’s energy needs to double in next 20 years: PM Modi at World Sustainable Development Summit. PM Modi holds India-UAE virtual summit with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, release roadmap to boost ties. India France sign roadmap to enhance bilateral exchanges on blue economy and ocean governance. India, Maldives hold dialogue to expand defence cooperation. India-EU hold 2nd maritime security dialogue; both commit to inclusive, rules-based Indo-Pacific. US announces Indo-Pacific strategy to support India’s continued rise and regional leadership. Jaishankar, British counterpart Liz Truss discuss India-UK ‘Roadmap 2030’, Ukraine. Saudi Arabia land forces Commander calls on Army chief Naravane on first visit to India. Oman Defence Ministry’s Secretary General calls on Air Chief Marshal, discusses bilateral ties. Govt creates post of Maritime Security Advisor, Vice Admiral Ashok Kumar takes Charge. 40 countries take part in Indian Navy’s multilateral exercise MILAN 2022. Army Chief MM Naravane discusses bilateral […] Read more
General News Assembly elections 2022: EC announces 7-phase election in 5 states from Feb 10, counting on March 10. UP to vote in 7 phases; Manipur in 2 phases; Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa in single phase. CM Adityanath to contest from Gorakhpur, Akhilesh Yadav to contest from home turf Karhal. AAP names Bhagwant Mann as Punjab’s CM candidate, Amit Palekar as Goa CM candidate. India displays its military might, cultural diversity, socio economic progress at 73rd Republic Day parade. President approves 384 Gallantry Awards, other decorations to Armed Forces; Padma awards announced. Vaccination for 15-18 age group, booster dose to senior citizens, healthcare and frontline workers begins. India’s total COVID caseload touches 4.14 crore; cumulative vaccination crosses 166.7 crore. Focus on localised curbs to contain COVID, minimise damage to livelihood: PM Modi to Chief Ministers. No one can be forced to get vaccinated against their wishes: Centre tells SC. PM Modi launches India-assisted projects with Mauritius counterpart Pravin Kumar Jugnauth. PM Modi reviews strategic partnership with new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz . India, 5 Central Asian countries decide to establish joint working group on Afghanistan. PM lays foundation stone of 22 developmental projects worth over ₹4,800 crore in Imphal. PM Modi […] Read more