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28th Nov – 10th Dec

  • India has been re-elected as member of International Maritime Council of IMO.
    Salient Features:
    – It is a agency of UN, – Regulates shipping, – HQ:London, – Established in 1948 in Geneva, – Addresses: environmental concerns, safety, legal matters, co-operation etc.

  • Anil Kumble the highest wicket taker for India both in test (619 wickets) and in one day (337 wickets) has been resigned as chief mentor of Mumbai Indians.
  • PV Sindhu or Pusarla venkata Sindhu has won the 2015 Macau Open Grand Prix gold badminton tournament.
  • Vijay Kumar Choudhary has been elected as the speaker of Bihar assembly.
  • Co-Founder and Chairman of Chettinad group and a politician MAM Ramaswamy passed away recently in Chennai.
  • Justice T.S.Thakur has been sworn in as the 43rd CJI. He was previously been held the post of Chief Justice in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana HC. He also headed the bench of IPL spot fixing scam and of Saradha chit fund scam.
  • Scientist M. Nair Rajeevan has been appointed as the secretary of Union Ministry of Earth Sciences whose name is being cleared by Appointment Committee of Cabinet.
  • Badminton player Carolina marin of Spain has won the Female Player of the year award by the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
  • Indian American entrepreneur Frank Islam has been selected for 2015 UP Ratna Award which is conferred by UP government on NRIs who have made significant contribution in the field of science, technology, medicine etc.
  • President has given assent to Maharashtra Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2015 that will women to work in night shifts and with this Maharashtra will become ht six state in the country to allow working of women in night shifts, other five states that have allowed this previously are Rajasthan, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh.
  • International Film Festival of India (IFFI) has been held in Goa. It was established in 1952 as a sort of giving a recognition to films of different world. It is being held jointly by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting & Government of Goa.
  • India has been ranked 131 on global ICT Development Index according to Measuring the Information Society (MISR) Report with top 3 best performing countries are South Korea, Denmark and Iceland.
    In developed world 81.3% households have access to internet, while it is 34.1% in developing world and 6.7% for Least Developed Countries.

  • President gave assent to the Labour laws (Gujarat Amendment) Bill, 2015 which includes several new provision like:
    – ban on strikes, – Out of the court dispute settlement, – Redefining definition of contractors to outsource work, – Payment of wages by check instead of cash for companies employing more than 20 persons.

  • Government has started a new initiative called as Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) Scheme with an aim to improve the quality of higher education in country, under it international academicians will deliver short courses in various higher education institutes of India which later on will be available on web portal of IITkgp as well.
  • Government has launched national Food Security Act, 2013 to provide adequate quality of food at affordable prices to poor to live a life of dignity under Article 21 of CoI.
  • Cabinet nod for setting up of 6 new IITs in Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Goa, Jammu & kashmir, Kerala and Karnatka.
  • Union government is going to allow the option of e-Postal Ballot System and Proxy Voting for NRIs.
    Under e-Postal ballot system a blank ballot will be provided to NRIs electronically which they can send back viz normal post.
    In Proxy voting NRIs can appoint a proxy in their place for voting after certain formalities.

  • First International Science Festival took place in IIT-Delhi organised by Union Ministry of Science and Technology.
    Salient Features:
    – For showcasing Indian scientists and institutions achievements, – Exploring ways to translate academic research to industrial applications, – Increasing interaction between scientists for knowledge sharing etc.

  • Lok Sabha has passed The Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015 to establish Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) as a national standard body for standardization, assessment, quality assurance of goods, articles etc.
    Salient features of this new BIS Bill, 2015 are:
    – BIS as a national body for establishing formula, certification etc. for standards, – Licensing authority for quality standards, – Will certify precious metals, – Mandatory certification for products of public interest, to prevent unfair trade practices, safety of environment etc., – Penalties for improper use of standards, – Penalty for people including in such unfair practice etc.

  • Delhi Government has passed Jan Lokpal Bill, 2015 to act against corrupt officials. Salient Features include:
    – Three member body, – Jurisdiction on central as well as state employees in NCT, – Investigation period is a maximum of 6 months, – Special courts to deal with such cases, – Punishment from 6 months to up to 10 years, – Confiscation of assets acquired through corruption, – Transfer or suspension of public servants if there are chances that evidences might get tempered due to their continuance in working, -Protection of whistle blowers etc.

  • Allahabad High Court has made a judgement that even daughters are eligible for appointments on compassionate grounds in government jobs. Court said that denying jobs to them and allowing the same for sons violates several fundamental rights like Article#14 (Right to Equality), Article#15 (Prohibition of Discrimination) and Article#16 (Equality of Opportunity).
  • Union government has launched Accessible India Campaign or Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan for achieving universal accessibility, equal opportunity for development, independent living etc. for persons with disabilities.
    Salient Features:
    – Campaign has been drafted by MoSJ&E, – Converting at least 10% of government owned public transport carriers fully accessible by March 2018.

  • Lok Sabha has passed High Court and Supreme Court judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2015 to bring uniformity and do away with in-discrimination of salaries and pensions of judges elevated from the bar.
  • In a move towards complete digitization of legislative process and to reduce use of paper, Maharashtra government has started a website called as and has become the first state in country to allow MLAs to raise online questions and move different motions in the house.
  • Atomic Energy (Amendment) Bill, 2015 has been introduced in Lok Sabha with the motive to facilitate and fast track setting up of nuclear power projects in India.
    The passage of this bill along with other benefits will help in enabling NPCI to enter into JV with other PSUs.

  • Pune and Rajkot to replace CSK and RR teams of IPL for a period of two years. The franchises were picked through reverse bidding by i.e. bidders were to quote amount less than maximum and the one with lowest bidding were given the franchises.
    RM Lodha Committee suspended CSK and RR after it found that some of their officials were involved in spot fixing scam.

  • Lok Sabha passed Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill, 2015 which will amend the old Indian Trusts Act, 1882 to remove old archaic provisions.
    Salient Features:
    – Greater flexibility to trustees will be provided to look after the money of trust and to invest according to their own assessment of the risk return, – Notify a class of securities for purpose of investment of trust money by trustees

17th – 27th Nov

  • “Sunil Gokarn who is ex-deputy governor of RBI has been appointed as ED at the IMF and he will now represent Indian constituency which comprises India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka. Currently, it’s the time when emerging economies are pushing hard for quota reforms so that they can have greater say in functioning.
    IMF’s Board of Governor consists of one governor and one alternate governor from each member country.”

  • “Syed Akbaruddin has been appointed as India’s next permanent representative to the UN, earlier he was high profile spokesperson of MoEA.
    Permanent representative is India’s formost diplomatic representative to UN and is the head of diplomatic mission to UN.”

  • Siril Verma was able to won silver medal in World Junior Badminton Championship of 2015.
  • Mitchell Johnson announced his retirement from International cricket.
  • “Senior Vishwa Hindu Parsishad leader Ashok Singhal passes away.
    Former Research and Analysis Wing Director Shakaran Nair who is credited with success of 1971 Bangladesh War, training Mukti Bahini etc. passed away.”

  • Dr. Satya Paul the Secretary General of Indian Red Cross Society passed away recently. Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) is a voluntary humanitarian organization established in 1920 which basically deals with relief during time of calamities, emergencies, providing healthcare facilities to vulnerable people etc. and is a part of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
  • JDU leader Nitish Kumar sworn in as Chief Minister of Bihar for the record 5th time. Coalition of RJD, JDU and Congress got 80, 71 and 27 seats respectively.
  • T.S.Papola a noted labour economist passed away in New Delhi.
  • Pankaj Advani won 2015 IBSF World Snooker Championship.
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia became the first tennis player to won ATP World Finals for fourth time.
  • India’s junior men’s hockey team won the 8th edition of Men’s Junior Asia hockey cup by defeating Pakistan by score of 6-2.
  • “Anju Bobby George has been appointed as Chairperson of Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) by Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs.
    TOPS has the objective of identifying and supporting potential sportsperson which have the capability to won medal in olympics in 2016 and 2020 olypics and been formulated under National Sports Development Fund (NSDF)”

  • “Odisha government staretd the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013 in 14 of its 30 districts.
    Under NFSA, 2013 a person is entitled to get 5 kg of foodgrain per month which includes wheat, rice and coarse grain available at price of Rs. 3, Rs. 2 and Rs. 1 respectively from PDS shops.
    Pregnant women, lactating women, children (6-14 years) etc. are provided food under MDM and ICDS.”

  • Government approved AMRUT Action plan for 81 cities in 5 states i.e. in TN, MP, Jharkhand, Odisha and Mizoram. Under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation of Urban Transformation an efficient and good infrastructure will be made to support good sewerage networks and water supply in urban areas.
    Union government cleared over Rs. 3000 crores under its AMRUT scheme which is a urban transformation scheme with its focus on urban renewal projects like enhancing water supply, sewerage network, availability of public spaces etc. in 102 cities of five states viz. Haryana, Chattisgarh, Telangana, Kerala and West Bengal.

  • “HRD ministry has formed a 13 member committee to revive in ancient Indian language Sanskrit under which important tasks include:
    a. To integrate sanskrit study with other subjects like, maths, physics, chemistry etc.
    b. Ways to impart sanskrit education through modern tools”

  • Delhi Government has passed Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) (Delhi Amendment) Bill, 2015 which comes under the concurrent list of the seventh schedule. With this amendment the government has empowered magisterial enquiry in case of death or any other casuality under police custody.
  • Delhi Assembly passed a Delhi Right os Citizen to Time Bound Deliver of services Amendment Bill, 2015 under which citizens will get hassle free services ina time bound manner, mandatory and automatic compensation in case of non-delivery of services etc.
  • 2019 will be the deadline for completion of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), which is a centrally sponsored scheme started in 2000 to provide single all-weather road connectivity for rural areas, Ministry of Rural development is it’s nodal authority.
  • 25th November: International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to raise awareness among people of world to end violence against women and girl. On this day 100s of monuments being lit orange as it’s a colour of a bright and optimistic future.
  • 26th November: National Milk Day to mark the birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien also called as the Father of the White revolution wha gave the idea to start a billion-litre idea-operation Flood to transform India from a milk deficient country to become one of world’s largest mild producer. He was the founding chairman of Gujarat Co-Operative Milk Marketing federation (GCMMF) and have founded around 30 cooperative institutions like AMUL, GCMMF etc. Also it was his leadership under whom amul’s one of the key invention of milk powder from buffalo milk took place.
  • 26th Novermber: On this day in 1949 Constitution of India was adopted after which on 26-01-1950 it came into force. So this year on this day India’s first ever Constitution Day has been observed to spread awareness among people about Indian Constitution and its architecture Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
  • Bihar is going to be the sixth dry state of India from 1st, April 2016. Other five sry states of India are Gujarat (1958), Nagaland (1989), Manipur (1991), Kerala and UT of Lakshadweep (2014).

4th – 16th Nov

  • IPL COO Sundar Raman resigned whose is suspected of being included in IPL spot fixing case. SC’s Mudgal committee had investigated IPL spot fixing scandal.
  • All India Radio’s Nikkam Ivarkkoppam a malyalam programmes which literally means “Stand beside them” has won 2015 Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) prize. It was scripted by Biju Manthew. Also, ABU prize is the most prestigious award in broadcasting industry.
  • According, to SC ruling daughters cannot inherit ancestral property if father died before 2005 i.e. before Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005 came into force which amended the Hindu Succession Act, 1956. Before, 2005 daughters were only able to ask for sustenance in case of hindu family only which after the passage of act gave them chance to ask for a share.
  • Maharashtra government approved APJ Abdul Kalam Amrut Yojana to curb malnutrition among tribal children by providing one full hot cooked meal to every pregnant (in third trimester) and lactating woman during first three months post-delivery in tribal areas.
  • Meghalaya High Court as asked Central Government to impose AFSPA-1958 in militancy hit Garo hills os the state to maintain law and order situation in the state.
  • Justice T.S.Thakur will be the next and 43rd Chief Justice of India, who will replace CJI H.L.Dattu on 2nd December, 2015.
  • Cabinet nod for Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojna (UDAY( scheme for financial restructuring of debt of power companies. It will convert their debt into state bonds, assures the rise of efficient and vibrant discoms. Improving operational efficiency by:
    a. Swapping coal linkages,
    b. Monitoring AT&C losses
    c. Focusing on smart metering and feeder separation etc.

  • President of India Pranab Mukherjee launched IMPRINT i.e. Impacting Research Innovation and Technology India which is a JV between IIT’s and IISC with an aim to promote research in identified areas, ensure support and higher funding for research, measure outcomes of innovation and research efforts etc.
  • President had given nod for Haryana Cow Protection Bill, 2015 which bans complete slaughter of cows, sale of beef and beef products in haryana state with strict punishment for violators. The bill was reserved by Haryana’s governor for President’s consideration as per provisions of Article 201 of Constitution of India.
  • India inked MoUs with six countries in the filed of International Civil Aviation Negotiation i.e. with Oman, Kazakhastan, Kenya, Ethiopia, Finland, Weden, Norway and Denmark.
  • PM NaMo during it’s UK visit inaugrated Ambedkar memorial acquired by Maharashtra government and unvieled a Basaveshwara Statue in London who worked against social evils of his time and has helped in strengthening democracy at the grassroots, his ideas are included in Basava Purana of Suth India’s Lingayat community and is known for Bhakti movement in South India in 12th c.
  • Three new members nominated for Film Television Institute of India (FTII) which is an autonomous institute under Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
  • Noted Children’s Book witer and author of Tenali Rama ‘Kamal Laxman’ passed away.
  • PoI Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated 35th edition of Indian International Trade Fair (IITF) in New Delhi with this year focus is Bangladesh. Objective behind this fair is to focus on sectors of Indian economy for skill development and job creation.
  • Health Ministry inaugurated country’s first AMRIT outlet i.e. Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment at AIIMS which will sell many drugs at highly discounted rates of around 60-90%, which will be available based on authentic prescriptions from doctors.

24th Oct – 3rd Nov

  • 8th edition of National Seed Congress held in Hyderabad with an aim to address the accessibility issue of quality seeds and supply system issue for farmers. With this the basic outsome required is increased crop productivity, food security etc.
  • Tsunami early warning system Siren has been successfully tested in Mumbai, which can give data about approaching tsunami, has a radical range of 3 kms and is remotely controlled romm Hyderabad.
  • NDRF tied up with 30 PSUs to tackle and mitigate disasters combinedly. It was established in 2006 under Disaster Management Act of 2005 to undertake rescue and relief operations in case of disaters, emergency etc. and functions under the aegis of MHA.
  • ASI found temple complexes at Chikkabetta of Artipura in Mandya district of Karnatka belonging to the western Ganga dynasty.
  • Following Madhesi’s and Tharu community protest against Nepal’s new constitution, India has stopped supply of fuel to Nepal and so Nepal has inked a MoU with China for supply of fuel to end its fuel crisis. It is the first time that China is commerically supplying fuel to Nepal.
  • Government appointed 5 member committee to review research grants offered by UGC to review research fellowships that is being granted to students in India to pursue M.Phl and Ph.D.
  • October 31 being celebrated as National Unity Day or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas i.e. on the birthday of Iron man or Bismarck of India.
  • Government announced Draft Aviation Policy-2015 with an aim to popularize air travel in India, special funds to develop over 300 airports and air strips in smaller cities, increase in FDI in this sector to over 50% is proposed from current 49% etc.
  • FB partnered with BSNL for setting up over 100 wi-fi hotspots in rural India i.e. wjere it is not commercially feasible to run it.
  • Indian Railways has announced new scheme known as Vikalp Scheme under which waitlisted passengers will be accomodated on other alternative train in the same route if they opt for it.
  • 11th National Tribal Crafts Mela Aadishilp begun in New Delhi organised by TRIFED to provide a platform for tribals to showcase their talent as well as to provide them a platform to them to sell their art and craft works.

21-23 Oct

  • “Mortality rate among Indian girls of less than five years of age if higher than the boys.
    a. General preference for sons
    b. Special treatment for boys viz. in nurtition, health treatment etc.
    c. Even after having ban on sex selective abortions this practice is still prevalent”

  • Maharashtra government to use its Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) law against hoarders and balck marketers of pulses.
  • Government appointed VK Malhotra as President of All India Council of Sports established in July 2015 to deliberate on matters relating to the development and promotion of sports in India.
  • First car free day was observed in Delhi on 22nd October to encourage people to use public transport. Delhi government has plan to observe ‘car free day’ on diffferent streches on 22nd of every month.
  • Sam Pitroda’s autobiography “Dreaming Big = My Journey to Connect India’ released, he is also called as the ‘Father of Indian Telecommunication Revolution’.
  • Government inaugrated Indian Police Foundation for suggesting reforms in the Indian Police and Indian Police Institute for research and training insititute for police officers for pursuit of professional excellence.
  • PM Namo laid the foundation stone for Andhra Pradesh’s new capital city i.e. Amravati which was ancient seat of Satavahan kingdom and is situated on the banks of Krishna river.
  • Alok Rawat becomes the first male member of National Commission for Women which is a statutory body established under the NCW Act of 1990 to review the constitutional and legal safeguards for women.
  • India’s first paragliding world cup took place at Kangra in Himachal Pradeah whose offical mascot is Snow Leopard.

14 – 19 Oct

  • Cabinet gives nod to India-Taipei MoU on Micro Small and Medium Enterprises to promote cooperation, understand each other’s strength, technologies, policies, markets etc.
  • Cabinet gave approval for revised cost estimate for Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project in Myanmar to create a multi-modal mode for transport for cargo shipment from eastern ports of India to Myanmar. It will also provide an alternate access route to India’s north-east region, will help in development of noerth-east etc. The project will connect Sittwe Port in Myanmar to India-Myanmar border viz roadway.
  • Pranab Mukherjee becomes first Indian President to address Israeli parliament Knesset
  • Kailash Satyarthi selected for 2015 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year Award in recognition for championing the cause of child reform and ending all forms of violence against children.
  • SC permits voluntary use of Aadhaar cards in welfare schemes like MGNREGA, PMJDY, pension schemes and EPF.
  • SC declared NJAC Act, 2014 and 99th Constitutional Amendment Act, 2014 unconstitutional and void which will hurt the independence of judiciary. It held that Collegium system will remain operative which was established by its earlier ruling of in 1993 for appointment of judges to the higher judiciary.
  • “Shreehari Aney is new Advocate General of Maharashtra.
    Article 165 of the article says that an Advocate General for the State is qualified to be appointed as a judge of a High Court, holds office during the pleasure of the Governor of state, whose duty is to give advice to state government on legal matters and perform duties of legal character assigned by Governor.”

  • Rajasthan Government notifies 5% quota for Gujjars and other Special Backward Classes (SBC).
  • Maharashtra declares drought-like condition in 14,708 villages i.e. approximately 34% of the state including Marathawada, North Maharashtra and Konkan region.
  • Telecom operators to compensate consumers by Rs. 1 for call drop according to TRAI. Call drop refers to interrupted or disconnected voice call before it is completed, which can happen due to weak signal strength, bad environmental conditions etc.

9-13 Oct

  • Indian railways launched mobile apllication to book unreserved train tickets.
  • November 26 to be observed as Constitution Day (Samvidhan Divas) to spread awareness of Indian Constitution and of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. It was on this day in 1949 when Constituent Assembly adopted Indian Constitution which came into force on 26 January, 1950.
  • Foundation stone for 4th terminal of JNPT in Mumbai has been laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It will increase the handling capacity of JNPT to 10 million standar units from current 4.5 mn.
  • India and Jordan signed six MoUs in various fields like cultural exchange, cooperation in communication and IT, diplomacy etc.
  • India-Ecuador signed a protocol to establish Ecuador Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) to enhance bilateral trade and investment relations. It aims to improve existing relations, function as primary forum for further promotion and promotion activities.

8 Oct

  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry: For “mechanistic studies of DNA repair” to Sweden’s Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and Turkish born Aziz Sancar.
  • Experts are of the opinion that effective risk communication strategy by public health authorities to warn and alert people in advance of impending outbreak of diseases and protective measures to be taken could have prevented avoidable deaths such as due to dengue. It is a sophisticated tool and deployed effectively in developed nations.
  • To give a push to clean energy projects in the country, the government has decided to waive transmission charges for electricity generated from renewable sources i.e. inter-state transmission of renewable energy at zero cost.

7 Oct

  • Peace accord between the Centre and the Naga rebel group NSCN (I-M) took place in August. Now there is a news saying that NSCN (I-M) has probably set up a training camp, recruited a few hundred new cadres, and is contributing to possible new flare-up f inter-tribe tensions in the fragile state.
  • Nobel Prize for Physics: For discovery of neutrino oscillations to Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur Macdonald of Canada.
  • Government has decided to strengthen vigil along ports to ensure that there is no illegal export of cow meat which is banned in India, whereas Buffalo meat export is allowed. APEDA (Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) said there is no illegal export of cow meat as production and exports are strictly monitored through a software, ‘Meat Net’.
  • Army opposes home Ministry’s border embankment plan saying that it will lead to hurdle in their forward movement during time of attack.
  • States are going to hire international consulting firms for building plan for smart cities development in the hope of preparing robust development plans to win government funding.

6 Oct

  • German will be taught again in KV’s as an additional foreign language in conformity with the National Education Policy of India, a joint declaration for same has been signed between max Mueller Bhavan and KV Sangathan. Also modern Indian languages will be taught in Germany.
  • UP government report doesn’t fix motive for Dadri killing. Dadri tension spills over to neighboring areas. Technology is being used to spread false information to fuel communal fire.
  • Drones to be used for high resolution imagery of crop assessment to provide insurance related benefits with less delay.
  • All the existing lights in Karnatka homes will be replaced by LED bulbs and the cost of bulbs to be deducted from monthly electricity bill.
  • Tobacco production of Karnatka dips by 20% to 83.5 million kg this year from 103 last year. Other hand government seeks to discourage its consumption under the provisions of COTPA, 2003.

5 Oct

  • According to Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) bengaluru has become a ‘landing point’ for drug cartels from South America. The seizure in the city of various psychotropic substances shed light into the strong and excalating drug scene.

3 Oct

  • “India Intended Nationally Determined Contributions targets are:
    1. Reduction of carbon emissions intensity by 30-35% below 2005 levels by 2030
    2. To get around 40 % of the installed power capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy sources by 2030. Currently, it is around 30 %
    3.Creation of total carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030
    4. Mobilisation of additional funds, both domestic and from developed countries, to implement adaptation and mitigation goals”

  • Plan of government to make panic button compulsory on cell phones.
  • Maharashtra become the first state in the country to offer birth and death certificates, marriage certificates, domiciles etc. online under the Right to Service (RTS) act, passed by their state government recently.
  • Tipu sultans Palace in bengaluru has become 3rd in the country and 1st in state to have facilities like tactile pathway and Braille signage installed by Bhopal based NGO Arushi. Now visually impaired persons will be able to access the site on their own.As much as 2.21% of the population in country comprises people with disabilities.
  • SC to examine if it is ok to examine if rape victim can testify through Skype seeing the ongoing privacy concerns.
  • PIB: Now, every response to actions taken by government, on social media, is carefully scrutinized by a team drawn from the information services. Also there is another team that keeps a watch on the press and then, there is the electronic media monitoring centre which keeps a close watch on television.

2 Oct

  • In a response to India’s stand on Intended Nationally Contributions (INDCs) on climate change, Mr. Javedkar said India will look after economic growth before committing itself to cut down emissions that will slow down the economy.
  • Penkal Otrumai is the forum of women plantation workers of Munnar protesting for wage hike.
  • Tirupati is the only place in india which has a veda pathshala for ‘Atharvana Veda’ which is learned and taught by only be a handful in the country.
  • Mid-Day meals lacking quality and regularity issue. It has provision that of school fails to serve food to students for three consecutive school days or five days a month, then State government will have to pay a “food security allowance” as compensation.It was launched in 1995 to enhance enrolment and attendance in schools and improve nutritional levels among children.
  • Election Commission notice to Lalu Prasad Yadav for violationg the model code of conduct by allegedly invoking caste-based emotions in his public lecture.
  • SC dismissed a PIL saying that Attorney General cannot appear in cases related to private matters. SC said that is there is no conflict of interest then he can do so and so there is no need to scrutinize the Article 76 related to the appointments and powers of AGI.

23 Sept – 1 Oct

  • India to set up India sign language research training centre, it’s main aim will be to tpovide equal opportunities to hearing impaired persons so that they can fully participate in every sphere of life
  • Rajasthan Assembly passes two bills to provide reservation of 5% to special backward classes and 14% for economically backward classes.
  • Central government special grant of Rs. 1000 crore to Andhra Pradesh.
  • India signs loan agreement with ADB for upgrading tourism infrastructure and services in three states i.e. Punjab, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
  • Governor of Meghalaya V. Shanmuganathan gets sdditional charge of Manipur as well. Article 153 ofCoI says that there shall be governor for each state and 7th amendment facilitated appointment of the same person as a governor of two or more states.
  • Google will provide Wi-Fi in 400 Indian railway stations which will be available without any cost initially.
  • Government releases commemorative stamp on Dr. B. R. Ambedkar as part of his 125th birth anniversary celebrations.
  • India to chair G20 in 2018 which is a forum for global econmic and financial cooperation.

22 Sept

  • GE says that India has to homogenize liability law. It says that unless India reached an agreement with the US on “common language” on the civil nuclear liability law they will not invest in India. They are also of the view that the standard liability law has been adopted by the rest of the world.
  • Different muslim organizations have vowed to campaign against religious extremism in response to fears about exposure of Muslim youths to the IS ideology.
  • Bengaluru police to use electronic tags on habitual offenders to monitor their movements, after an analysis revealed that they were involved in more than 40% of the crimes reported in the city. It will not only help the investigating agencies, but also inconvenience to the innocent.
  • A new controversy by government by proposing that every citizen should keep a copy of all their communications in the cyber space, including emails and chats, for a period of 90 days and be able to make it available to security agencies when demanded, under the Draft National Encryption Policy.
  • With minimum educational qualification norm by Haryana government for contesting in panchayat elections, it will strike off almost 50% from participating in the grassroots democracy for the sole reason that they are illiterate.

21 Sept

  • Indian Railways and WWF proposal of having pictorial representation of natural habitats and wildlife on certain trains and stations to create awareness of the need for conservation and protection of forests, tigers, birds and other species.
  • Due to ongoing war tension in Iraq, Afghanistan etc. Osmania university of Hyderabad saw sharp drop in number of students taking admission from these countries.
  • Tamil Nadu lost a total of 3,48,806 man days due to strikes and lockouts in 2014-15.
  • Army destroyed papers on V.K.Singh’s military intel unit which is violation of army regulations as well as the ruler governing classification and handling of classified documents
  • Estimated production of major crops from Kharif 2015-16 is around 124.05 MT of foodgrains an increase of 3.78 MT, rice production of around 90.61 MT an increase of around 2.59 MT.

19 Sept

  • “Bose family was snooped upon post-Independence, something which may politically embarrass the Congress. 64 files relating to Subhas Chandra Bose raise questions about whether he had indeed died in an air crash at Taihoku, now in Taiwan, on August 18, 1945.
    “It is not known whether the news of a living Bose is based upon positive evidence of his whereabouts suspected to be in Red China or Soviet Russia or upon what is described as the negative evidence of the failure of the best brains of the Anglo-American security services to dig up slightest evidence in confirmation of the story of Bose’s death in a plane crash and subsequent cremation with full military honours in Tokyo,” it says.”

  • Out of about 29.9 lakh registered NGOs only about 10% files their annual income and expenditure statements according to CBI.
  • Amendment in Evidence Act to enable easier handling of cyber offences, as the Indian Evidence Act was framed in 1972 has been amended only once in 2000 and currently as we can see a rise of approximately 50% in cyber crime cases, the rate of conviction is low due to lack of evidence. In 2013 approximately 4,356 cases of cyber crime has been reported.
  • “SC made NCW a party to a PIL questioning the constitutionality of a provision permitting a man to have physical relationship with his wife even if she is aged between 15 and 18.
    There is an exception to Section 375 of the IPC which is violative of Article 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution of India to the extent that it permits intrusive sexual intercourse with a girl child aged between 15 and 18 years, only on the ground that she has been married. While the same issue is contradictory to provision of POCSO Act which provides that physical relationship with a minor constitutes the offence of rape and it does not exclude such relationship between a man and his minor wife. ”

18 Sept

  • 795 low capacity cell phone towers have been set up in the Maoist-affected districts of the country, known as the Red Corridor. These towers can handle only 20 calls at a time.
  • To ensure better and scientific management of land issues, Andhra Pradesh government has decided to geo-tag every piece of land in the state. It will help in better land management and crop management, plus it will provide crop-wise details in case of crop damage and to verify claims. Satellite imagery would be used to cross check with the details on the ground. It would prevent mortgaging of same land for more than a single loan or availing loan on fake pass books.

17 Sept

  • NGT orders to immerse only biodegradable Ganesha idols in Yamuna to make sure that it is not choked with hazardous chemicals.
  • Centre firm on withdrawing Indira, Rajiv stamps saying that stamps should not focus on just one family but honour everyone who contributes to the making of India. Based on the advice of the Philatelic Advisory Committee, it was decided to issue a definitive series of stamps to represent the diversity of India.
  • 23 lakh apply for 368 peon posts in UP including many postgraduates and 255 Ph.D.
  • Government to provide an additional 50 days of work to MGNREGS beneficiaries during current financial year wherever drought or natural calamities have been notified. The scheme guarantees 100 days of work. The poorest household will benefit from this, as it will help in immediate absorption of rural seasonal unemployment and reduce rural distress.
  • The Syama Prasad Mookerjee Rurban Mission aimed at transforming rural areas to economically, socially and physically sustainable spaces. Rural clusters which have latent potential for growth in all states and can trigger overall development in the region are selected for development.
  • The Naga insurgent group-National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) been banned for five years over issue of violent activities like ambush in Manipur in June.
  • The government plans to ship out “non-performing” babus by forcing them to compulsorily retire from service.Under fundamental Rule 56(J), the government has the “absolute right” to retire, if necessary in the public interest, any Group A and B employee who joined service before the age of 35 and has crossed the age of 50.
  • “FM bids:
    The government has netted Rs. 1,156 crore from auctioning 97 channels in 54 cities. Radio operators are of the opinion that reserve prices are very high as the prices were fixed after the highest bid from last phase. The question before the radio operators is how are they going to get returns after having bid sky high.”

16 Sept

  • Centre to roll pout it new plan – the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN)- that will allow internationally renowned experts to undertake short teaching stints in Indian universities and higher education institutes.The decks have also been cleared to allow central universities, IITs and NITs to hire adjunct faculty from abroad without having to pay the threshold limit of $25,000.
  • According to TRAI, telecom companies have enrolled more customers but the infrastructure required has been ignored because of which TRAI is blaming them for call drops.

15 Sept

  • Madras High Court has called upon the authorities to take immediate steps to declare its premises a ‘high security zone’ and provide security cover by the CISF. “This is necessary for a smooth functioning of the High Court_ as continuance of recent incident of agitation by advocates on court campuses_ are not only destructive and disrespectful towards the court_ but also affect the very ability of the court to dispense justice. It sets a bad example for the other litigants who attend in person and dilutes the authority of the Court” the Bench said.
  • Tamil was considered the oldest language after Sanskrit_ Hindi has the widest reach.
  • UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on Monday to use a text as basis for discussion to include India as permanent member of UNSC.
  • Munnar women to form all-women trade union ending decades long association with the trade unions. Plucking the tender tea leaves is the exclusive domain of women workers as men are mostly engaged as factory workers including drivers and security guards.
  • MDGs,Five primary goals of MDGs are: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger_ achieve universal primary education_ promote gender equality_ reduce child mortality_ improve maternal health.
    Targets achieved by India are:
    – To halve income poverty 47.8%(1990) to 20.7%(2015);
    – To halve proportion of people without safe drinking water 34% (1990) to 17% (2007-08).
    Targets not achieved:
    – To halve proportion of people suffering from hunger: 33% (2015_target was 26%);
    – To increase share of women in wage employment: 29% (2015_ target was 50%);
    – To reduce maternal mortality rate: 140 (2015_ target was 109).”

  • After Rajasthan_ Haryana has become the second state to fix minimum educational qualifications for those contesting panchayat polls_ excluding a cast swathe of the poor and socially disadvantaged from aspiring to becoming members of local bodies. But the laws passed are violative of 73rd Constitutional amendment for local self-governance in rural areas.
  • A girl raped and paraded naked by a ‘khap panchayat’ as punishment for her brother falling in love with an upper caste girl and eloping with her.

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26 August, Muslim population growth rate decreases but still more than that of Hindus approx. 24.6 while that of hindus is 16.76. Hindu population is around 96.63 crore and that of muslims is approx. 17.22 crore_ Christians 2.3% and Sikhs 2.16%. Data released by Registrar General and Census Commissioner.Sex ratio of muslims have raised from 936 (2001) to 951 (2011)_ while for Hindus it is 939 from 931. Assam remains the state with the largest muslim population as a proportion (34.22%)_ followed by UK and Kerala. Registrar General of India reports to Home Ministry.
26 August, State ministers are saying that they will make necessary changes related to Land ordinance in their state laws as passing it in central government parliament is taking time.
26 August, Patel and patidar community in Gujarat asking for reservation in government jobs and education institutions_ second such case after Gujjars of Rajasthan asking the same.
26 August, Special category status demand of Andhra Pradesh_ Government sent the case to NITI aayog.
26 August, CBI yet to take serious look on National Herald case referred to it by ED.
26 August, Novel Peace Prize winner Mhd. Yunus to help MH in reviving MSMEs by helping on microfinance.
26 August, FTII students expressed satisfaction that they were heard “objectively” and hoped for a solution when the committee submits its report to the government this week. The controversy over the appointment of actor Gajendra Chauhan
26 August, Sanskrit week in all CBSE affiliated schools but is not mandatory.

27 August, A new born baby died after bitten by rodents.
27 August, A man burned himself when his daughter was not allowed to write an exam for teacher just because she has done her education from Hyderabad. He tried hard to contact different ministers who could have made some impact but nobody took it seriously.
27 August, Seeing the misuse of social media in recent patel community reservation demand based agitation to spread their message government has decided to launch a “24×7 situation room” to analyse social media content and generate social media intelligence. Aim is to build a “counter-narratice” in real time to ensure that “credible information is disseminated”.
27 August, Recent agitation related to patel (patidar) community in Gujarat who are demanding reservation and created a no law and order situation in some places of state have been referred to Gujarat CM as law and order is a state subject.
27 August, Kadar tribal of Kollam getting affected by alarming levels of demographic change.
27 August, Shakti Vahini a NGO helped rescuing a Darjeeling girl from a racket that trafficked her to Delhi.
27 August, Recent case of illiberal censorship_ show-cause notices to three private TV channels for alleged violations- sparked a controversy where media persons were unnecessary targeted. Although SC has held that the powers of parliament and legislatures could override freedom of speech but cannot override personal liberties guaranteed under Article-21_ so legislature cannot punish them for true journalism for their private or personal motive.
27 August, Benefits of constructing Chabahar port of Iran for India are: i. Cost cutting on transportation of crude oil and urea. ii.Enhanced Afghan connectivity as Ircon international will build a railway line to connect Chabahar with Zahedan on Afghan border. iii.An enhancement to international North-South corridor as well that will help connect India with Azerbaijan_ Turkmenistan and other Central Asian trading partners
27 August, Life expectancy of women in INDIA IS AROUND 68 YRS and that of men is around 64 yrs.
28 August, “Call to Action 2015” summit aims to discuss strategies while the world transits from MDGs to SDGs.
28 August, Indian Newborn Action Plan (INAP) launched in Sept.2014 now targeted reduction in Neonatal Mortality Rate and still births to a single digit by 2030.
28 August, Govt. asked IIT’s to adopt villages under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan.
28 August, Exceptions: UK and Assam where muslim growth rate is significantly higher than the national average_ while the Hindu growth rate is lower.Sikhs as a community had the worst sex ratio in 2011 at 903.
28 August, Right now child care for less than 6 yrs of age is under part IV i.e. DPSPs_ plan to make it mandatory by including Article-24A to make child’s right to basic care and assistance an enforceable right.
29 August, Sahitya Sammelana’s “bhojana sammelana” to discuss the pros and cons of the yettinahole project or the Nethravathi diversion project in dakshina kannada district.
29 August, 1983 villages have been adopted by police officers_ DLO etc. under Grama Jyothi Programme of Telangana government. They were supposed to coordinate with functional committees that were constituted under seven heads and work for creation of basic civic amenities in the adopted villages.
29 August, SC asked centre to revisit national policy for elderly_ saying it is over 15 years old_ in the wake of the enactment of the maintenance and welfare of parents and senior citizens act-2007. The national Policy on Older Persons (NPOP) envisages state support to ensure financial and food security_ healthcare_ shelter and other needs of older persons_ equitable share in development_ protection against abuse and exploitation and availability of service to improve the quality of their lives.
29 August, Tulu film industry growing stronger day by day_ even though this language is not included in the 8th schedule of constitution and is spoken in only the coastal districts of Karnatka by about 75 lakh people.
29 August, Aerial seeding in Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna and Guntur district to scatter seeds. It has been usually done to repopulate forest land after some type of disaster since the 1930s.
29 August, OCIs can write JEE under general category.
29 August, Between 7-14 years of age over 80% of children are attending school. Less than 2 out of 3 young Indians in 15-19 age group go to any sort of educational institution. For people enrolling in graduate and postgraduate courses_ fewer than 25% of those aged between 20-24 were enrolled in an educational institution in 2011.
29 August, Law commission recommended that early childcare_ including crèche and day care facilities_ be made a legal entitlement. It will include Article 24A and commission also called for amending the Maternity Benefit Act to double it from 3 months.

31 August, Land acquisition billed lapsed finally after multiple try by NDA government.
31 August, CAMPCO: Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative Ltd. Is a multi-state cooperative of farmers of Karnataka and Kerala.
31 August, No tribal council yet in Maharashtra_ TACs are mandated as per the Fifth schedule of the constitution_ to advice on matters pertaining to the welfare and advancement of the STs in respective states as may be referred to them by the Governor.
31 August, Smart city concept in India has copied the name from western countries but lacks crucial point of using IT related activities to decrease work load on people_ what ever government committing is seen in the AMRUT too_ they simply aim to straighten up haphazard municipal services.
1 Sept, Railway will launch a zero-accident mission envisaging renewal of tracks_ more railway bridges and rolling out of accident-proof coaches and engines.Also_ it will bring change to accounting system as moving to commercial accounting was one of the key recommendation of the Bibek Debroy panel on railway restructuring.
1 Sept, Kalburgi murder case has been referred to CBI.
1 Sept, Telangana to get funds back deducted by RBI: “Since the money in the principal account of Telangana held by the RBI formed part of the Consolidated Fund of Telangana_ Article 204(3) of the CoI mandates that the consolidated fund of a state can be debited only after the due process of appropriatation”.
1 Sept, SC lifts stay on Santhara ritual oh Jains saying that it’s a component of non-violence . Santhara is a Jain ritual of fasting unto death.
1 Sept, Sabarimala and Sree Padmanabha Temple in Thiruvananthapuram would be included in national pilgrim tourism circuit under PRASAD scheme.
1 Sept, Council seat in UNSC elite group will make it easier for it to gather support for the inclusion of Hindi in the list of UN official languages.
1 Sept, 2nd September trade unions strike is not a political strike but is a strike for the national interest. 10 trade unions united to mobilize workers to push the government to recognize their 12-point charter and roll back the “ill-conceived” labor law reforms. The new labor laws are influenced by private companies. They are opposed to FDI in retail_ sale of state-owned shares to private firms and the withdrawal of the social security net.
2 Sept, Violence in Manipur over passage of three bills viz. Protection of Manipur People’s Bill_ 2015; Manipur land Revenue and Land Reforms Bill_ 2015 and Manipur Shops and Establishments Bill_ 2015- Protesters are of the opinion that these bills would facilitate buying of land by migrant workers in the state_ they will loose their ancestral lands as indigenous population is getting outnumbered due to inward migration from neighboring countries and other parts of the country.
2 Sept, Vice-President demand for muslim quota faced opposition from BJP. VP does not salutes to flag is correct according to flag protocol.
2 Sept, Benefits to Andhra Pradesh if it gets Special category status are tax incentives to promote industrialization_ special financial support for the new capital_ special development package and release of the balance grant to bridge the revenue deficit.
2 Sept, Trade Unions strike today of 10 unions with approximately 15 crore workers.
2 Sept, A bus falls in gorge near Nathpa in Kinnaur (H. P).
2 Sept, Putarekulu sweet belongs to Andhra.
2 Sept, Bad monsoon this year likely to hit sugarcane farmers in Maharashtra as they have made some decisions related to it like: in some districts purchasing sugarcane only from those farmers who are using drip irrigation and also planning to ban sugarcane crushing in some areas and sugarcane will be bought by government as fodder for cattle.
2 Sept, Internet curfew in Ahmedabad_ Surat since protest started by patel community to remain for two more days.
2 Sept, India’s try to locate its POWs reached a dead end with no result. Question of why India did not approach International Court of Justice.
2 Sept, Sri Lanka again arrested 12 Indian fishermen.
2 Sept, Centre to fill up over 15000 vacancies specially identified for disabled persons by February 2016.
2 Sept, Kerala’s Sree Vadakkunnathan Temple won UNESCO’s “Award of Excellence” prize.
2 Sept, Urban Development Ministry came with a smart card that will help passengers swipe and buy tickets anywhere in the country known as the Smart National Common Mobility Card. It can be used as a credit/ debit card as well.
2 Sept, With the financial woes of Posco and Vedanta Alumina denting its image_ Odisha is now focuses on non-mineral sectors to woo investment. As agriculture has limited potential to add to GDP_ so manufacturing sector will be the priority.
4 Sept, Kerala still has a lot of brides in the age group of 12-15 approx. 23183 which is illegal.
4 Sept, Green peace India registration cancelled by MHA. Measures taken under violation of FCRA saying that it was affecting the public interest and economic interest of the state. Greenpeace: Saying that it is against he community’s right to dissent. Saying that it is yet another attempt to silence campaigns for a more sustainable future and transparency in public processes. Government point to dismiss it: firstly they said that in a 2012 Hindu newspaper there is photo of poster by Greenpeace against Kudankalam nuclear power plant attempting to create fear in readers and secondly that NGO transferred money from an FCRA-designated account to a FCRA utilization account and from there to five other bank accounts which is a violation of FCRA rules.
4 Sept, Global Hindu Buddhist Initiative concluded between India and Sri Lanka in New Delhi
4 Sept, Court ordered CBI to probe into the multi-crore Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association scam case in which former CM Farooq Abdullah is one of the accused.
4 Sept, Problems in smart city initiative: land acquisition problem_ financial model of the project relies largely on high property taxes and expensive public services.
5 Sept, Government is firm on the revision of pension every five years in OROP issue because of the administrative difficulty of doing it annually.
5 Sept, The complicated procedure of calculating 40% weightage of intermediate marks for entry into NITs and IIITs may be done away for the next year.
5 Sept, Greenpeace registration gets cancelled one of the reason is payment of annual salary of around 56951 Euros to international activist Greg Muttitt. Cancellation of FCRA permit means that it cannot receive foreign funds anymore and has to depend on domestic contributions. According to MHA when an NGO license is suspended for 180 days_ it can withdraw 25% of the foreign funds as per norms_ where as Greenpeace withdrew all the amount giving misleading information.
5 Sept, 39 people injured as Mangalore Express derails.
5 Sept, Nishad community of Bihar agitated for their inclusion in SC category.
5 Sept, Only 65 teachers for 3000 pupils in a Chandampet Mandal of Nalgonda district forcing parent to opt for private institutions

7 Sept, Modiji confirmed that all service personnel who had taken premature retirement would be entitled to the OROP scheme.
7 Sept, Centre makes orange colored Suraksha hose mandatory at homes_ because of its better safety features and conforming to standards.
7 Sept, Some 12 newspapers on both sides of Kashmir have decided to exchange news and views through the internet. Will sign a MoU to share content “to build a permanent linkage nad to understand each other’s problems”.
7 Sept, In a major relief to domestic manufacturers and security agencies_ the MHA have asked to Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) not to allow bulk import of ammonium nitrate (AN) in loose form because it poses a threat to the national security.
7 Sept, WB first in number of minor girls in sex work after being trafficked 852 out of 2020.

8 Sept, Public Accounts committee needs more teeth and greater transparency in its functioning .PAC is expected to table its final report on 2G spectrum allocation and the Commonwealth Games scam.
8 Sept, SC rejects to hear a PIL asking to interpret the “absolute privilege” a MP claims to disrupt parliamentary proceedings at the cost of tax payers money.

9 Sept, A Saudi diplomat accused of using two Nepalese women as sex-slaves.
9 Sept, For the 1st time_ the external services division of All India Radio has started broadcasting Hindi lessons in China and Southeast Asia. Every Sunday 20 minute program.
9 Sept, Pakistan Rangers delegation will enter India through Wagah-Atari border. India will stress on adding more layers of channel of communication with Pakistan Rangers. At present a communication channel exists only at the sector level and India wants it to the levels of company commander_ battalion and ING. India will also ask for frequent joint patrolling and confidence building measures.
9 Sept, Investors meet in Tamil Nadu.

10 Sept, After Greepeance_ the license of Sabrang trust_ an NGO has been cancelled under FCRA for violations_ including transfer of foreign funds to domestic accounts.
10 Sept, Thousands of Malayali manual labourers in Saudi Arabia_ many of whom are school dropouts or are uneducated_ may now get an opportunity to seek better jobs there_ thanks to the State Literacy Mission’s decision to offer them non-formal education that may pull their academic standards to the equivalent of regular 10th standard.

14 Sept, An Indus valley settlement discovered in 1957 in Alamgirpur district of UP stands abandoned and unprotected in the upper Doab region between the Ganga and Yamuna.
14 Sept, Kalamandalam Satyabhama a pioneer who reinvented Mohiniyattam died on 13th Sept.
14 Sept, Following major train accidents like 2006 Mumbai train blast_ Indian Railways upgraded close circuit television network at all major stations but the RPF feels the upgraded facilities need to be backed by better training in a day and age where terror threats have gone up manifolds. For it CISF and RPF have now come together for a training program where the CISF will train RPF men on analysis of CCTV footage and passenger profiling to thwart a possible attack.

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