The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved
the renaming of the new Central Sector Scheme – SAMPADA (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and
Development of Agro-Processing Clusters) as “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY)” for the period
of 2016-20 coterminous with the 14th Finance Commission cycle. Earlier, CCEA in its meeting held in May, 2017
approved the new Central Sector Scheme – SAMPADA (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development
of Agro-Processing Clusters) with same allocation and period.
Objective: The objective of PMKSY is to supplement agriculture, modernize processing and decrease AgriWaste.
Financial Allocation: PMKSY with an allocation of Rs. 6,000 crore is expected to leverage investment of Rs.
31,400 crore, handling of 334 lakh MT agro-produce valuing Rs. 1,04,125 crore, benefit 20 lakh farmers and
generate 5,30,500 direct/ indirect employment in the country by the year 2019-20.
Jury comprising: P.T. Usha, track and field Olympian; Pooja Thakur, Wing Commander, Indian Air Force;
Nirupama Rao, Former Foreign Secretary and Ambassador, Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog;
Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog and Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator.
Launched on International Women’s Day on 8 March, the contest aimed to gather lesser-known stories of
women leading change. It was hosted on MyGov.in and ran till 1 June and was supported by an extensive
outreach campaign to promote equal opportunity for women.
- Laxmi Agarwal: Attacked in 2005 in broad daylight at the age of 15, Laxmi Aggarwal is today a champion of violence against women. She has filed public interest litigations in India’s highest court to restrict the sale of acid.
- Safeena Husain: The founder and executive director of Educate Girls, a non- profit organization working for girls’ education, Safeena Husain has worked to bring education to some of India’s most backward districts.
- Kamal Kumbhar: Broke free from the shackles of poverty and a suffocating marriage to create a microenterprise
network, enabling women like herself to realise their dreams of a brighter tomorrow.
- Subasini Mistry: After losing her husband at a young age, Subasini Mistry saved for two decades to build a hospital for the needy.
- Arunima Sinha: Is the first female amputee to scale the highest mountain in the world.
Jamuna Tudu: Along with her band of women activists, Jamuna Tudu has conserved 50 hectares of forest land around her village in Jharkhand, taking on encroachers with little more than bows and arrows and courage.
The Govt has fixed the ceiling prices of knee implants to prevent unethical profiteering and ensure affordable and quality healthcare for the common man.
Type of Knee implant Average MRP earlier New ceiling price
Cobalt chromium Rs. 1,58,324 54,720
Titanium & oxidized zirconium 2,49,251 76,600
High flexibility implant 1,81,728 56,490
Revision implants 2,76,869 1,13,950
The Government of India has decided to launch a new sub-scheme named Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana
(AGEY) as part of the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM). The Self Help Groups under DAY-NRLM will operate road transport service in backward areas.
The Community Investment Fund (CIF) provided to Community Based Organization (CBOs) under DAY-NRLM will be utilized to support the SHG members in this new livelihoods initiative. The beneficiary SHG member will be provided an interest free loan by the CBO from its Community Investment Fund upto Rs.6.50 lakh for purchase of the vehicle which could be either e-riksha, 3 wheeler or 4 wheeler. All vehicles under the scheme shall have a defined colour code and carry AGEY branding to ensure their identity and avoid diversion to other routes.
AGEY will be initially implemented in 250 Blocks in the country on pilot basis with each Block provided upto 6 vehicles to operate the transport services.
- The place in Tamil Nadu where a memorial of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was inaugurated by the
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi – Rameshwaram
- Agaween village at which India has launched solar project with state-of-the-art technology for its electrification is located in – Egypt
- The place in Uttar Pradesh where the establishment of International Rice Research Institute, South Asia Regional Center has been approved by the Union Cabinet – Varanasi
- The country to which India has granted a financial aid of 500,000 US dollars to enable it to fight the terror group ISIS – Philippines
- The country in which China has dispatched troops to establish its first overseas military base – Djibouti
- The State which has become the first in the country to fix minimum educational qualification for candidates interested in contesting elections to village cooperative societies and various other cooperative bodies – Rajasthan
- The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgia which has been removed from the list of WHS in danger – Gelati Monastery
- The airport which has ranked first in Customer Satisfaction among 49 airports in the country in the latest CSI survey conducted by an independent agency commissioned by the Airport Authority of India for the period of January-June 2017 – Raipur (Swami Vivekananda Airport)
- The venue of G-20 Summit (12th meeting) held from 7 to 8 July 2017 – Hamburg, Germany
- The state in which 6.6 crore trees were planted in just 12 hours in an attempt to break the record of 5 crore tree in 24 hours by Uttar Pradesh – Madhya Pradesh
- The 1,00,000 ton nuclear powered aircraft carrier commissioned by the United States Navy is named – USS Gerald R. Ford
- The joint military exercise conducted by the Navies of India, USA and Japan in the Bay of Bengal from 10 to 17 July 2017 – Malabar 17
- The mobile phone App launched by the Ministry of Earth Sciences for timely dissemination of Ocean Information and Advisory Services that includes Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) advisories, Ocean State Forecast (OSF), High Wave Alerts and Tsunami early warnings is named – Sagar Vani
- The mobile phone App for performance based maintenance of rural roads launched by the Ministry of Rural Development is named – Aarambh
- The recruiting app launched by Google for small and medium sized business enterprises is named – Hire
- The new tax payer service module compiling various tax tools, live chat facility, dynamic updates, and important links to various processes within the Income Tax Department in a single module is named – Aaykar Setu
- The company which has developed India’s first bio-methane bus (bio-methane is produced out of biodegradable materials like kitchen waste) – Tata Motors
- The rocket capable of placing a low earth satellite in space, launched by Iran from Imam Khomeini Iranian Space Agency is named – Simorgh
- The massive supercluster of galaxies (about 4 billion light years away and spreads over a great wall about 600 million light years across) discovered by a group of astronomers belonging to Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Pune, besides NIT, Jamshedpur and Newman College, Thodupuzha has been named – Saraswati
- Ahmedabad was in the race for the prestigious UNESCO title along with Delhi and Mumbai. More than 600 year old Walled City of Ahmedabad founded by Ahmed Shah has been declared India’s first World Heritage City, recognising heritage value of the walled city’s unique heritage
- The city in United Arab Emirates which has been announced as the World Book Capital for 2019 by UNESCO –Sharjah
- The country which has unveiled world’s first train which runs on virtual track making use of sensor technology instead of metal rails – China
- The place in Maharashtra where IOC, BPCL and HPCL have jointly decided to build one of the world’s largest integrated refinery-cum-petrochemicals complexes with a capacity of 60 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) to be commissioned by the year 2022 – Ratnagiri
- The places in Kerala where foundation stones of 2 mega food parks developed by Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA) and Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) respectively were laid recently – Palakkad and Alappuzha
- The place in Odisha where the State’s first Mega Food Park was inaugurated by Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Hon’ble Minister of Food Processing Industries – Rayagada
- The city in which the first case of Zika virus infection in India has been reported – Ahmedabad
- The country which has decided to withdraw from 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change – U.S.A.
- The two Indian States which have become the 4th and 5th States to be declared Open Defecation Free (after Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala) – Uttarakhand and Haryana – 6th is arunachal Pradesh ( grameen component )
- The State which has become the first in the country to launch a pension for single women (Rs. 1000/- per month) – Telangana
- The State which has announced implementation of Green Protocol for wedding ceremonies banning use of plastic and non-biodegradable items at such functions – Kerala
- The State in which first project for rural LED street lighting in the country under the Government of India’s Street Lighting National Project (SLNP) will be implemented – Andhra Pradesh
- The state in which India’s first automatic coastal warning for disasters (Early Warning Dissemination System) that would enable loud sirens go off simultaneously from towers at 122 locations by July – Odisha
- The hypersonic missile capable of travelling at 4600 mph (making it impossible to be intercepted) test fired by Russia is named – Zircon
- The new training programme for State Govt officials launched by the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh with the objective of improving the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen centric administration is named – COMMIT (Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training)
- The initiative launched by Kerala Social Security Mission (KSSM) under the social justice department for the management of disabled in the State is named – Anuyatra
- The Navratna PSU with which Indian Railways has signed a MoU for smart redevelopment of 10 railway stations (Delhi Sarai Rohilla, Lucknow, Gomtinagar, Kota, Tirupati, Nellore, Ernakulam, Puducherry, Madgaon and Thane New Stations) – NBCC Ltd
- China’s first X-Ray Modulation Telescope launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on 15 June to study the evolution of black holes, strong magnetic fields and gamma-ray bursts is named – Insight
- The private sector insurance company which has been taken over by Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India in the interest of policy holders – Sahara India Life Insurance
- The rank of India in the Global Cybersecurity Index released by International Telecommunication Union (the list is topped by Singapore, USA and Malaysia at 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively) – 23rd
- The company with which the National Book Trust has launched the Har Haath Ek Kitaab scheme to enable people to buy and donate books to underprivileged children – Snapdeal
- The Indian telecom company which has launched the Asia-Africa-Europe (AAE-1) submarine cable system, (the longest 100Gbps technology based submarine system) with a length of over 25,000 km from Marseille, France to Hong Kong – Reliance Jio
- Venue for 2019 asian athletics games: Doha, Qatar
Best Film: Neerja
Best Director: Aniruddha Roy Choudhary for Pink
Best Actor: Shahid Kapoor (Udta Punjab)
Best Actress: Alia Bhatt (Udta Punjab)
Best Music Direction: Pritam Chakraborty (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)
Developed by: DRDO
Three variants: Muntra-S, Muntra-M, Muntra-N
Muntra-S: For unmanned surveillance
Muntra-M: For detecting mines
Muntra-N: For areas where there is nuclear radiation or bio-weapon risk
Host: England and Wales from 24 June to 23 July 2017
Teams: Australia, England, New Zealand, West Indies, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan
Semi-finalists: Australia, England, India and South Africa
Winners and runners-up: England and India
Player of the series: Tammy Beaumont (England)
Most runs: Tammy Beaumont (England)
Most wickets: Dane van Niekirk (S Africa)
Captains: Mithali Raj (India), Heather Knight (England)
Most runs by an Indian: Mithali Raj
Most wickets by an Indian: Deepti Sharma
Venue for 2021 World Cup: New Zealand
PMVVY is a Pension Scheme announced by the Government of India exclusively for the senior citizens available from 4th May, 2017 to 3rd May, 2018; The Scheme can be purchased offline as well as online through Life Insurance Corporation of India
Following are the major benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY):
Scheme provides an assured return of 8% p.a. payable monthly (equivalent to 8.30% p.a. effective) for 10 years.
Pension is payable at the end of each period, during the policy term of 10 years, as per the frequency of monthly/ quarterly/ half-yearly/ yearly as chosen by the pensioner at the time of purchase.
The scheme is exempted from Service Tax/ GST.
On survival of the pensioner to the end of the policy term of 10 years, Purchase price along with final pension installment shall be payable.
Loan upto 75% of Purchase Price shall be allowed after 3 policy years (to meet the liquidity needs). Loan interest shall be recovered from the pension installments and loan to be recovered from claim proceeds.
The scheme also allows for premature exit for the treatment of any critical/ terminal illness of self or spouse.
On such premature exit, 98% of the Purchase Price shall be refunded.
On death of the pensioner during the policy term of 10 years, the Purchase Price shall be paid to the beneficiary.
A global treaty banning nuclear weapons was adopted at the United Nations on July 7 despite opposition from nuclear powers. The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 in favour with one country, NATO member
The Netherlands voting against. Singapore abstained.
None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons viz. the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel, took part in the negotiations or the vote. Even Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945, boycotted the talks as did most NATO countries.
The treaty will be open for signature to all States at UN Headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017, and enter into force 90 days after it has been ratified by at least 50 countries.
National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination (2017-22) was launched by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare recently. The Strategic Plan gives year wise elimination targets in various parts of the country depending upon the endemicity of malaria in the next 5 years. The target year for elimination of malaria is 2027.
The National Framework for Malaria Elimination (NFME) launched in 2016 outlined India’s commitment for
eliminating malaria by 2030.
National Biopharma Mission is the first ever Industry-Academia mission to accelerate biopharmaceutical development in India. The program named Innovate in India (i3) will witness an investment of USD 250 million with USD 125 million as a loan from World Bank and is anticipated to be a game changer for the
Indian Biopharmaceutical industry.
India has been an active player in the pharmaceutical industry and has contributed globally towards making life saving drugs and low cost pharmaceutical products accessible and affordable for those in need. Be it the Rotavirus vaccine, heart valve prosthesis or affordable insulin, India has been a forerunner in these and many more. Despite, these advances Indian biopharmaceutical industry is still 10-15 years behind their
counterparts in the developed countries and faces stiff competition from China, Korea and others. The lacuna primarily exists due to disconnected centers of excellence, less focus on translational research and staggered funding. There was an immediate need felt to focus on consolidated efforts to promote product discovery, translational research and early stage manufacturing in the country to ensure inclusive
i3 is committed to addressing these gaps with a Mission to make India a hub for design and development of novel, affordable and effective biopharmaceutical products and solutions. The aim of the Mission is to Enable and nurture an ecosystem for preparing India’s technological and product development capabilities
in biopharmaceuticals to a level that will be globally competitive over the next decade, and transform the health standards of India’s population through affordable product development.
The Mission to be implemented by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Biotechnology will bring together expertise from national and international corridors to provide strategic guidance and direction to move promising solutions through the
product development value chain. The program thereby stands unique in its approach as it becomes a cradle to innovate, co-create and co-facilitate scientific discoveries and offers young entrepreneurs an avenue to engage with the best in the industry