The Virtual ID is a random 16-digit number. ID can be generated as many time as possible.

The older ID gets automatically cancelled once a fresh one is generated.

Users can go to the UIDAI website to generate their virtual ID which will be valid for a defined period of time, or till the user decides to change it.

The ID, along with the biometrics of the user, would give any authorised agency, like a mobile company, limited details like name, address and photograph, which are enough for any verification.

Agencies that undertake authentication would not be allowed to generate the Virtual ID on behalf of the user.

The Aadhaar-issuing body will start accepting the ‘Virtual ID’ from March 1, 2018.

The ‘Virtual ID’ will be made compulsory for all agencies undertaking authentication from June 1, 2018

Released by: Plan India, an NGO

Top 5 States: 1. Goa; 2. Kerala; 3. Mizoram; 4. Sikkim; 5. Manipur

Bottom 5 States: 26. Arunachal Pradesh; 27. Jharkhand; 28. Delhi; 29. Uttar Pradesh; 30. Bihar

It is a Pan India scholarship program for school children to increase the reach of Philately. Under the scheme of SPARSH (Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude & Research in Stamps as a Hobby), it is proposed to award annual scholarships to children of Standard VI to IX having good academic record and also pursuing Philately as a hobby through a competitive selection process in all postal circles. Every Postal Circle will select a maximum of 40 scholarships representing 10 students each from Standard VI, VII, VIII & IX. The amount of Scholarship will

be Rs. 6000/- per annum @ Rs. 500/- per month.

Best City Bus Services Award: Surat Municipal Corporation for succeeding in attracting 87% of the private vehicle and auto rickshaw users to use city buses.

Best Non-Motorised Transport Award: Mysuru for its public bicycle sharing programmes.

Best Urban Transport Initiative Award: Kochi for completing its metro rail project in a quick time.

Commendable Initiative Award: H-TRIMS, a Traffic Integraged Management initiative of Hyderabad and Chittoor city police’s initiative for improving road safety

Presented on: National Press Day – 16 Nov 17

Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award: Shri Sam Rajappa and Shri Sarat Mishra

Rural Journalism & Developmental Reporting Award: Ms. Shalini Nair (Indian Express)

Investigative Journalism Award: Shri K. Sujith of Mangalam Daily and Ms Chitrangada Choudhury, Freelancer from Odisha

Photo Journalism awards: Shri C.K. Thanseer, Chandrika Daily, Shri Vijay Verma, Press Trust of India and Shri J.Suresh of Malayala Manorama.

Best Newspaper Art: Shri Gireesh Kumar, Times of India

Observed from: 19th to 25th November, 2017

The week long programmes to be observed during Qaumi Ekta Week will be as under:

November 19, 2017: National Integration Day

November 20, 2017: Welfare of Minorities Day

November 21, 2017: Linguistic Harmony Day

November 22, 2017: Weaker Sections Day

November 23, 2017: Cultural Unity Day

November 24, 2017: Women’s Day

November 25, 2017: Conservation Day

india ranked at 133rd position out of 156 , India witnessed a drop of 11 places from last year’s 122nd rank . published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network on the eve of International Day of Happiness (20 March).

India only more happier than Afghanistan in south asia

Top 5 countries :1. Finland; 2. Norway; 3. Denmark; 4. Iceland; 5. Switzerland

India and its neighbours: 75. Paksitan; 86. China; 97. Bhutan; 101. Nepal; 115. Bangladesh; 133. India.Out of a total 156 countries under review, Burundi is the least happy country

  • GOBAR DHAN: Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources Dhan
  • FATF: Financial Action Task Force
  • SRIJAN: Station Rejuvenation Initiative through Joint ActioN
  • NARI: National Repository of Information for Women
  • iCreate: International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Technology
  • POSHAN: PM’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment
  • FINE: Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • SATH-E: Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital in Education
  • PENCIL: Platform for Effective Enforcement for No Child Labour
  • SPARSH: Scholarship for Promotion of Aptitude & Research in Stamps as a Hobby
  • SATH: Sustainable Action for Transforming Human capital

VAJRA: Visiting Advanced Joint Research  ( by DST )

  • MSP for all unannounced kharif crops will be one and half times of their production cost like majority of rabi crops.
  • Institutional Farm Credit raised to 11 lakh crore in 2018-19 from 8.5 lakh crore in 2014-15.
  • 22,000 rural haats to be developed and upgraded into Gramin Agricultural Markets to protect the interests of 86% small and marginal farmers.
  • Operation Greens launched to address price fluctuations in potato, tomato and onion for benefit of farmers and consumers.
  • Two New Funds of Rs 10,000 crore announced for Fisheries and Animal Husbandary sectors.
  • Re-structured National Bamboo Mission gets Rs.1290 crore.
  • World’s largest Health Protection Scheme covering over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families launched with a family limit upto 5 lakh rupees for secondary and tertiary treatment.
  • Deficit pegged at 3.5 %, projected at 3.3 % for 2018-19.
  • Ten prominent sites to be developed as Iconic tourist destinations
  • NITI Aayog to initiate a national programme on Artificial Intelligence(AI)
  • Standard Deduction of Rs. 40,000 in place of present exemption for transport allowance and
  • reimbursement of miscellaneous medical expenses. 2.5 crore salaried employees and pensioners to benefit.
  • Exemption of interest income on deposits with banks and post offices to be increased from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 50,000.
  • TDS not required to be deducted under section 194A. Benefit also available for interest from all fixed deposit schemes and recurring deposit schemes.

Hike in deduction limit for health insurance premium and/ or medical expenditure from Rs. 30,000 to

Rs. 50,000 under section 80D.

  • Increase in deduction limit for medical expenditure for certain critical illness from Rs. 60,000 (in case of senior citizens) and from Rs. 80,000 (in case of very senior citizens) to Rs. 1 lakh for all senior citizens, under section 80DDB.
  • Proposed to extend Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana up to March, 2020. Current investment limit
  • proposed to be increased to Rs. 15 lakh from the existing limit of Rs. 7.5 lakh per senior citizen.
  • More concessions for International Financial Services Centre (IFSC), to promote trade in stock exchanges located in IFSC.
  • To control cash economy, payments exceeding Rs. 10,000 in cash made by trusts and institutions to be disallowed and would be subject to tax.
  • Tax on Long Term Capital Gains exceeding Rs. 1 lakh at the rate of 10 percent, without allowing any
  • indexation benefit. However, all gains up to 31st January, 2018 will be grandfathered.
  • Proposal to introduce tax on distributed income by equity oriented mutual funds at the rate of 10 percent.
  • Proposal to increase cess on personal income tax and corporation tax to 4 percent from present 3 percent.
  • Proposal to roll out E-assessment across the country to almost eliminate person to person contact leading to greater efficiency and transparency in direct tax collection.
  • Proposed changes in customs duty to promote creation of more jobs in the country and also to

Incentivise domestic value addition and Make in India in sectors such as food processing, electronics,

auto components, footwear and furniture.

  • Prepared by – NITI Aayog in technical collaboration with World Bank and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  1. Large States: 21

Top Overall Performers: Kerala, Punjab and Tamil Nadu

Most Improved: Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh

  1. Smaller States: 8 (Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Goa, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and Nagaland

Top Overall Performers: Mizoram, Manipur and Meghalaya

Most Improved: Manipur, Goa and Meghalaya

  1. Union Territories: 7

Top Overall Performers: Lakshadweep, Chandigarh and Delhi

Most Improved: Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands

  1. 20 जनवरी, 2018 को मध्य प्रदेश के मुख्यमंत्री शिवराज सिंह चौहान ने घोषणा की कि प्रदेश में ‘मुख्यमंत्री जन-धन सुरक्षा योजना’ जल्द ही लागू की जाएगी। इस योजना के माध्यम से लोगों को सुरक्षित निवेश के लिए प्रेरित किया जाएगा। साथ ही, चिटफंड कंपनी के मालिकों को खोजकर उनके विरुद्ध कठोर कार्यवाही की जाएगी।
  2. Odisha Government has launched Mukshyamantri Kalakar Sahayata Yojana (MMKSY) to provide financial assistance to the literature and cultural artists of state.

It will provide monthly financial assistance of Rs. 1200 to literature and cultural artists of state. State government has also lowered age in the eligibility criteria as compared to previous artist assistance scheme, under which only 4000 artists were being given Rs 1000 per month

As per new eligibility criteria, male artist can get assistance under after attaining age of 50 years (earlier it was 60 years) and female artist can get it at age of 40 years (earlier it was 50 years).

  1. 8 जनवरी, 2018 को जम्मू और कश्मीर की मुख्यमंत्री महबूबा मुफ्ती ने राज्य के असंगठित क्षेत्र के श्रमिकों को आर्थिक और सामाजिक रूप से सशक्त बनाने हेतु मुहाफिज (संरक्षण) नामक योजना का शुभारंभ किया   इस योजना का उद्देश्य इन श्रमिकों को संस्थागत सामाजिक-आर्थिक सुरक्षा प्रदान करना है।यह योजना मुख्यमंत्री की पहल पर शुरू की गई है।

योजनान्तर्गत जम्मू-कश्मीर भवन और अन्य निर्माण कामगार कल्याण बोर्ड के साथ पंजीकृत भवन और लगभग तीन लाख श्रमिकों को आकस्मिक दुर्घटना, जीवन और विकलांगता बीमा के तहत कवर किया जाएगा।

  1. The Union Ministry of Communications has launched DARPAN (The Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India) to improve quality of service, add value to services and achieve financial inclusion of un-banked rural population. DARPAN is Information Technology (IT) modernisation project aimed at realising financial inclusion of un-banked rural population. It offers core banking services to the account holders.

The project intends to provide low power technology solution to each branch postmaster (BPM). This will enable each of approximately 1.29 lakhs branch post offices (BOs) to improve service delivery.


  1. पर्यटन मंत्रालय की धरोहर गोद ले योजना के तहत 7 कम्पनियों को चुना गया है जो देश की महत्वपूर्ण 14 इमारतों के रख-रखाव की जिम्मेदारी लेंगे।

27 सितंबर 2017 को विश्व पर्यटन दिवस के मौके पर राष्ट्रपति ने पर्यटन मंत्रालय की “एक धरोहर गोद ले योजना” का शुभारंभ किया था। जिसके तहत निजी, सार्वजनिक क्षेत्र की कंपनियों और कॉरपोरेट जगत के व्‍यक्तियों को स्‍मारक स्‍थलों को गोद लेने और संरक्षण तथा विकास के माध्‍यम से स्‍मारकों और पर्यटन स्‍थलों को स्‍थायी बनाने का दायित्‍व निभाने के लिए आमंत्रित किया था।

इस प्रयास में संस्कृति मंत्रालय एवं भारतीय पुरातत्‍व सर्वेक्षण ने भी पर्यटन मंत्रालय का सहयोग दिया। योजना का उद्येश्य देशभर के स्‍मारकों, धरोहरों और पर्यटन स्‍थलों को विकसित कर पर्यटक अनुकूल बनाने के लिए योजनाबद्ध और चरणबद्ध तरीके से पर्यटन संभावना तथा सांस्‍कृतिक महत्‍व को बढ़ाना है।

 14 महत्वपूर्ण इमारतों की जिम्मेदारी 7 अलग-अलग कम्पनियों को चुना गया है। इन सात कम्पनियों पर जिन इमारतों की जिम्मेदारी होगी उनका विवरण इस प्रकार है..

  • दिल्‍ली स्थित जंतर-मंतर को गोद लेने के लिएएसबीआई फाउंडेशनका चयन किया गया।
  • कोणार्क का सूर्य मंदिर, भुवनेश्‍वर का राजा रानी मंदिर, जयपुर और ओडिशा के रत्‍नागिरी स्‍मारक को गोद लेने के लिएटी के इंटरनेशनल लिमिटेडको चुना गया।
  • कर्नाटक के हम्‍पी, जम्‍मू-कश्‍मीर के लेह पेलेस, दिल्‍ली का कुतुब मीनार, महाराष्‍ट्र की अजंता गुफा को गोद लेने के लिएयात्रा ऑनलाइन प्राइवेट लिमिटेडका चयन किया गया।
  • कोच्चि के मत्‍तानचेरी पेलेस संग्रहालय और दिल्‍ली का सफदरजंग मकबरा गोद लेने के लिएट्रेवल कॉरपोरेशन ऑफ इंडिया लिमिटेडको चुना गया।
  • गंगोत्री मंदिर क्षेत्र और गोमुख तक के मार्ग और जम्‍मू कश्‍मीर के माउंट स्टोककांगरी, लद्दाख को गोद लेने के लिएएडवेन्‍चर टूर ऑपरेटर एसोसिएशन ऑफ इंडियाका चयन किया गया।
  • दिल्‍ली की अग्रसेन की बावड़ी को गोद लेने के लिएस्‍पेशल होलीडेज ट्रेवल प्राइवेट लिमिटेड, का चयनदिल्‍ली के रोटरी क्‍लब के साथ किया गया।
  • दिल्‍ली के पुराने किले को गोद लेने के लिएएनबीसीसीको चुना गया।

1. aim- to help the distressed sections of the society socially, economically and psychologically.

2.Captain Amarinder Singh said that, 10.25 lakh farmers of Punjab coming under the debt waiver scheme will receive the benefits by November 2018

A state- level nutrition scheme for HIV-positive children, at a campaign conducted by Himachal Pradesh AIDS Control Society on the eve of National Youth Day, in Shimla.

As per this nutrition scheme, nutritional supplement will be provided to boost immunity of more than 400 youth within the age of 18.

Under this scheme, poor people of Manipur will be provided cashless treatment at government hospitals, health centres and other empanelled selected private hospitals.

All eligible families, identified from the Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC), will be provided Rs.  2 lakh cover for treatment of seven critical identified critical ailments viz. cardiovascular diseases, neurological conditions, kidney ailments, liver ailments, neo-natal diseases, cancer and burns.