Dates held: 6 – 28 Oct 2017

Teams: 24

Host Cities: Delhi, Goa, Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata and New Mumbai

Venue of the final match: Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata

Winner: England; Runner-up: Spain

Venue: Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi.

Organised by: Ghummakkad Narain – the Travelling Literature Festival which was started under the aegis of UNESCO in 2010.

Book launched: Curious Tales from the Himalayas co-authored by Shaguna Gahilote and Prarthana Gahilote.

The Union Cabinet approved setting up of National Nutrition Mission with a three year budget of Rs.9046.17 crore commencing from 2017-18.

Major impact: The programme through the targets will strive to reduce the level of stunting, undernutrition, anemia and low birth weight babies. It will create synergy, ensure better monitoring, issue alerts for timely action, and encourage States/UTs to perform, guide and supervise the line Ministries and States/UTs to achieve the targeted goals.

Benefits Coverage: More than 10 crore people will be benefitted by this programme. All the States and districts will be covered in a phased manner i.e. 315 districts in 2017-18, 235 districts in 2018-19 and remaining districts in 2019-20.

Cate Blanchett, for her leadership in raising awareness of the refugee crisis.

Sir Elton John, for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Shah Rukh Khan, for his leadership in championing children’s and women’s rights in India

Held in – Pakistan and UAE from – 08 to 20 Jan 18

Winners – India ; Runners-up – Pakistan

Finals played at – Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Participants – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Australia

Inaugurated by – Indian PM Narendra Modi and Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu

at – Dev Dholera near Ahmedabad

Joint venture of – Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Limited (GMDC) and Gujarat Entrepreneurship and Venture Promotion Foundation (GEVPF)

Aim – To provide technology and assistance to the innovative and imaginative minds in their entrepreneurial journey.

Advisory board – Dilip Shanghvi, MD, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, Uday Kotak, Executive Vice Chairman and MD of Kotak Mahindra Bank, Narayan Murthy, Infosys co-founder and Professor Jagdish Bhagwati

Functioning – iCreate provides 13-week grooming program to equip an individual with the right skill and tools required in the entrepreneurial world. At the end of this, the participants have the option to pitch their idea for further development. The proposals are evaluated by an independent panel and selected subsequently. Financial assistance up to Rs 50,000 is provided by the venture for few deserving pitches.

Open to – Students, existing entrepreneurs, traders, small sized businessmen.

  • Najma Heptullah for 2013
  • Shri Hukumdev Narayan Yadav for 2014
  • Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad for 2015
  • Shri Dinesh Trivedi for 2016
  • Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab for 2017
  • DARPAN – Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India . Objective is To improve the quality of service, add value to services and achieve financial inclusion of unbanked rural population

Art-Music : 1. Shri Illaiyaraja, 2. Shri Ghulam Mustafa Khan

Literature and Education : Shri Prameswaran Parameswaran

Padma Bhushan

Sports – Billiards/Snooker : Shri Pankaj Advani

Sports – Cricket : Shri Mahedra Singh Dhoni

Public Affairs: Shri Alexander Kadakin (Russia)

Others – Spiritualism : Shri Philipose Mar Chrysostom

Others – Archaeology : Shri Ramachandran Nagaswamy

Art – Painting: Shri Laxman Pai

Literature and Education : Shri Ved Prakash Nanda

Art – Music: Shri Arvind Parikh

Art – Music: Ms. Sharda Sinha

Top FIVE countries: 1. Japan; 2. South Korea; 3. Germany; 4. Switzerland; 5. China   ; Rank of India: 30

India has been categorised under Legacy Countries

  1. Leading: Countries with a strong production base today that exhibit a high level of readiness for the future

through strong performance across the Drivers of Production component.

  1. Legacy: Countries with a strong production base today that are at risk for the future due to weaker

performance across the Drivers of Production component.

  1. High-Potential: Countries with a limited production base today that score well across the Drivers of

Production component, indicating that capacity exists to increase production in the future depending on

priorities within the national economy.

  1. Nascent: Countries with a limited production base today that exhibit a low level of readiness for the future

through weak performance across the Drivers of Production component.

  • CriSidEx – a composite index based on a diffusion index of 8 parameters, and measures MSE (Micro and Small Enterprises) business sentiment on a scale of 0 (extremely negative) to 200 (extremely positive).

(Developed by – CRISIL+  SIDBI ;First reading for October to December – 107 )

Awarded by: Indian Council for Child Welfare

Bharat Award: Nazia (Uttar Pradesh)

Geeta Chopra Award: Netravati Chavan (Karnataka)

Sanjay Chopra Award: Karanbeer Singh (Punjab)