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Contents

Goods and Services Tax (GST) ........................................................................................................11

Mob Lynching......................................................................................................................................14

New AF-PAK Policy of U.S.................................................................................................................16

Gorakhpur Hospital Deaths............................................................................................................18

G-20: Hamburg Summit...................................................................................................................20

1.1 Economic Survey 2016-17 Volume-2............................................................................22

1.2 Rural Roads in India: Impact & Issues...........................................................................23

1.3 Universal Basic Income (UBI)...........................................................................................24

1.4 Financial Literacy: Status in India ..................................................................................24

1.5 Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017.................................................................................25

1.6 New Metro Rail Policy........................................................................................................26

1.7 Rail Safety..............................................................................................................................27

1.8 Food Hygiene Standards in Railways: CAG report.....................................................................28

1.9 India as a Methanol Economy.........................................................................................28

1.10 Consolidation of Oil Majors.............................................................................................29

1.11 Draft National Water Framework Bill, 2016.................................................................29

1.12 Shell Companies.................................................................................................................30

1.13 Trademark for Missionaries of Charity Sari.................................................................31

1.14 B.N. Srikrishna Committee on Arbitration ..................................................................32

1.15 National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP) .......................................................32

1.16 New version of NHB Residex released..........................................................................33

1.17 Codex Standards for Spices.............................................................................................34

1.18 National Agro-Forestry & Bamboo Mission (NABM)................................................34

1.19 Revisiting the National Mineral Policy, 2008..............................................................35

1.20 Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017......................................................................35

1.21 Bharat 22 ...............................................................................................................................36

1.22 FASTags..................................................................................................................................36

1.23 NABARD (Amendment) Bill, 2017 .................................................................................36

1.24 AGRI UDAAN: Food & Agribusiness Accelerator 2.0.................................................37

1.25 Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (Agey) ........................................................... 37

1.26 Centre of Excellence in Rice Value Addition (Cerva), Varanasi..............................37

1.27 Long Term Irrigation Fund (LTIF)....................................................................................38

1.28 Technology and Innovation Support Centres (TISC)...............................................38

1.29 E-Patenting ...........................................................................................................................38

1.30 GeM Samvad ........................................................................................................................38

1.31 Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES)..........................................................39

1.32 Advance Pricing Agreement (APA)................................................................................39

1.33 Operation Clean Money (OCM)......................................................................................40

1.34 Credit Rating Agencies.....................................................................................................40

1.35 Financial Data Management Centre (FDMC) .............................................................41

1.36 Depository Receipts (DRs) ...............................................................................................41

1.37 Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme......................................................................................41

1.38 Ramakrishna Math Institutions Excluded from EPFO Coverage..........................42

1.39 Amazon Gets Govt. Nod to Invest in Food Retail in India......................................42

1.40 Textiles India 2017..............................................................................................................42

1.41 Strategic Disinvestment ...................................................................................................42

1.42 Aayakar Setu ........................................................................................................................43

1.43 Tax Break for Industries in North-Eastern and Hilly States Till 2027...................43

1.44 NIFTY-50 ................................................................................................................................43

1.45 Hubballi-Ankola Railway Project ...................................................................................44

1.46 First DEMU train with Solar Powered Coaches..........................................................44

1.47 Railways, not a Commercial Undertaking?..................................................................44

1.48 Railtel......................................................................................................................................44

1.49 Digitization of Railways....................................................................................................45

1.50 Customer Satisfaction Index Survey for Airports.....................................................45

1.51 Heli-Taxi .................................................................................................................................45

1.52 Airsewa...................................................................................................................................45

1.53 Cochin Shipyard..................................................................................................................45

1.54 Farmer-Centric Programs by Dept. of Biotech...........................................................45

1.55 Garib-Sal................................................................................................................................46

1.56 Glufosinate-based Herbicide Basta...............................................................................46

1.57 NABI-CIAB..............................................................................................................................46

1.58 Urea Molasses Mineral Block (UMMB).............................................................................................................................46

1.59 Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan (JSA) ....................................................................................46

1.60 Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP)....................................................47

1.61 Tomato Price Rise................................................................................................................47

1.62 Data Point: Renewable Energy .......................................................................................47

2.1 India-Israel Relations.........................................................................................................48 2.2 Doklam Stand-off Ends.....................................................................................................49 2.3 Pangong TSO Lake Conflict .............................................................................................49 2.4 Delay in Indo-China Border Roads................................................................................50 2.5 India-Afghanistan Air Corridor.......................................................................................50 2.6 Cross-LOC Trade ..................................................................................................................51 2.7 India becomes SCO member ..........................................................................................52 2.8 Malabar Exercise 2017: Strategic Analysis..................................................................53 2.9 Qatar Diplomatic Crisis.....................................................................................................54 2.10 Saudi Arabia’s Economic Challenges............................................................................55 2.11 Decline in Gulf Jobs...........................................................................................................55 2.12 Hurdles In EU-India FTA....................................................................................................56 2.13 India, Japan Civil Nuclear Deal .......................................................................................57 2.14 Venezuela’s Economic Crisis............................................................................................57 2.15 Antarctica Policy and Law................................................................................................58 2.16 Chagos Archipelago Sovereignty Dispute..................................................................59 2.17 ‘SASEC’ Road Connectivity Investment Program......................................................60 2.18 Nawaz Sharif Removed as PM.........................................................................................60 2.19 Pant-Mirza Agreement .....................................................................................................60 2.20 Nepal-China Mega Hydropower Agreement................................................................. 61 2.21 The Admiralty (Jurisdiction & Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017......................61 2.22 Petrapole-Benapole Integrated Check Post ..............................................................62 2.23 Raise Act................................................................................................................................63 2.24 Samvad ..................................................................................................................................63 2.25 India re-elected to ECOSOC............................................................................................63 2.26 Neeru Chadha becomes ITLOS member.....................................................................63 2.27 TIR Convention ...................................................................................................................63 2.28 United Nations Ocean Conference, 2017....................................................................64 2.29 Sirajganj-Dhaikawa River Stretch ..................................................................................64 2.30 Bangladesh’s Diplomatic Station in Chennai.............................................................64 2.31 EU-India IFM .........................................................................................................................65 2.32 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo ....................................................................................65

3.1 Gorkhaland Agitation........................................................................................................66 3.2 Lone Wolf Attacks...............................................................................................................66 3.3 Strategic Partnership Policy ............................................................................................67 3.4 Private Sector in Defence.................................................................................................68 3.5 CAG Report's on Security Preparedness .....................................................................69 3.6 AFSPA......................................................................................................................................69 3.7 Inner Line Permit ................................................................................................................69 3.8 Penta Erythritol Tetra Nitrate (PETN) ...........................................................................70 3.9 Defence Procurement Fund ............................................................................................70 3.10 Defence Innovation Fund (DIF)......................................................................................71  3.11 Special Protection Group (SPG) .....................................................................................71 3.12 Ladakh Scouts......................................................................................................................71 3.13 Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI) ..................................................................72 3.14 INS Sindhuvir........................................................................................................................72 3.15 Landing Craft Utility (LCU) MK-IV...................................................................................72 3.16 Student Police Cadet (SPC) Programme......................................................................72 3.17 Digital Police Portal............................................................................................................72

4.1 All-India Judicial Service (AIJS).......................................................................................73 4.2 Should there be a fixed tenure for Chief Justice of India (CJI)?............................73 4.3 Election Commission & Contempt Powers.................................................................74 4.4 Corporate Donations received by Political Parties...................................................75 4.5 Can electoral bonds cleanse political funding?........................................................75 4.6 Need of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) Units.......................................76 4.7 Complete Justice Under Article 142: A Critique........................................................76 4.8 Rule 39AA (Secrecy of Ballots in Rajya Sabha Polls) ................................................77 4.9 Should India establish a Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO)? ...........................................78 4.10 Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Reforms................................................78 4.11 Bail Reforms..........................................................................................................................79 4.12 Article 35A ............................................................................................................................80 4.13 Tele-Law Scheme................................................................................................................80 4.14 New Indian President Elected.........................................................................................81 4.15 New Vice-President Elected.............................................................................................82 4.16 Rules 374-A of Lok Sabha.................................................................................................82 4.17 Vacating of seats in Parliament......................................................................................82 4.18 Conscience Vote (a.k.a. Free Vote).................................................................................82 4.19 Floor Test (State Assembly)..............................................................................................83 4.20 PM’s Independence Day Speech 2017.........................................................................83 4.21 Sankalp Se Siddhi ...............................................................................................................83 4.22 Majithia Wage Board..........................................................................................................83 4.23 Day Light Saving for North-East?...................................................................................84

5.1 No Detention Policy (NDP) ..............................................................................................85 5.2 National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET).....................................................................86 5.3 Do we need a single Higher Education Regulator? .................................................86 5.4 CAG Report on Implementation of RTE ......................................................................87 5.5 Professor Yash Pal (1926–2017)......................................................................................88 5.6 Learning Without Burden (Yashpal Committee Report, 1993).............................88 5.7 Draft National Education Policy (Kasturirangan Committee)...............................89 5.8 Madhyamik and Uchchtar Shiksha Kosh (MUSK) .....................................................90 5.9 Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat.....................................................................................90 5.10 Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital (SATH)............................................90 5.11 RTE (Amendment) Bill, 2017............................................................................................90 5.12 Indian Institutes of Management Bill 2017 ................................................................90 5.13 IIIT-PPP Bill 2017..................................................................................................................91 5.14 FDDI BILL, 2017 ...................................................................................................................91 5.15 NITSER Amendment Bill, 2017 .......................................................................................91 5.16 The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017......91 5.17 The Indian Institute Of Petroleum and Energy Bill, 2017.......................................92 5.18 Youth Parliament Scheme................................................................................................92 5.19 PPP for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s) in district hospitals? ...................92 5.20 Draft Pharmaceutical Policy, 2017.................................................................................93 5.21 National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination (2017-22).....................................94 5.22 National Deworming Day (NDD) ...................................................................................94 5.23 Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) .................95 5.24 Avian Influenza....................................................................................................................96 5.25 SWINE FLU (H1N1 and H3N2)..........................................................................................96 5.26 Vector Borne Diseases in Delhi.......................................................................................97 5.27 Measles-Rubella Vaccination Campaign .....................................................................97 5.28 Haemoglobinopathies (Haemoglobin disorders) ....................................................98 5.29 Zika Virus...............................................................................................................................99 5.30 Hepatitis.............................................................................................................................100 5.31 Sepsis...................................................................................................................................100 5.32 Dementia............................................................................................................................101 5.33 Silicosis................................................................................................................................101 5.34 Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) ..........................................................................................101 5.35 HIV-AIDS: 90-90-90 Targets...........................................................................................102 5.36 Leprosy (Hansen’s Disease)...........................................................................................102 5.37 Tuberculosis (TB)..............................................................................................................103 5.38 Mission Parivar Vikas.......................................................................................................104 5.39 Caesarean Section (C-Section) ....................................................................................104 5.40 Tobacco...............................................................................................................................105 5.41 WHO Revises Antibiotic Protocol................................................................................105 5.42 Ethno Medicinal Research Centre in Manipur........................................................106 5.43 New research institute in Yoga and Naturopathy.................................................. 106 5.44 Medicinal Plants...............................................................................................................106 5.45 Pharmacopoeia Commission for Indian Medicine & Homoeopathy...............106 5.46 Cyber Violence Against Women (VAW).....................................................................106 5.47 Witch-Hunting..................................................................................................................107 5.48 Gender Champions Scheme ........................................................................................108 5.49 Separate Shoes for Policewomen...............................................................................108 5.50 Child Pornography ..........................................................................................................109 5.51 International Child Abduction (ICA)..........................................................................109 5.52 Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017 ................................................................ 110 5.53 Swachhathon 1.0 .............................................................................................................110 5.54 Swachhta Pakhwada.......................................................................................................110 5.55 Data Point: Top Open-Defecation Free Villages.....................................................111 5.56 Global Liveability Ranking............................................................................................111 5.57 City Liveability Index ......................................................................................................111 5.58 Begging in India...............................................................................................................111 5.59 Maharashtra’s Social Boycott Law.................................................................................................113 5.60 Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana (PMVVY).....................................................113 5.61 Special Development Councils for Tribals.....................................................................113

 

6.1 Paris Climate Agreement...............................................................................................114 6.2 Carbon Imperialism ........................................................................................................115 6.3 Crop Residue Burning ....................................................................................................116 6.4 Firecrackers & Air Pollution: Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali.....................................117 6.5 Firecrackers & Air Pollution: SC Judgement............................................................117 6.6 Ganga and Yamuna as Living Entity ..........................................................................118 6.7 Religious Ceremonies & Water Pollution..................................................................118 6.8 Ngt Guidelines on Cleaning Ganga ...........................................................................119 6.9 Black Carbon (BC) ............................................................................................................119 6.10 Artificial Reefs...................................................................................................................120 6.11 Ecosystem Service Improvement Project ................................................................120 6.12 Attack on Environmentalists........................................................................................121 6.13 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) & Climate Change...............................................121 6.14 Goa declares coconut palm as State Tree ................................................................122 6.15 Northernmost Corals of the World Bleached..........................................................123 6.16 National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM).....................123 6.17 Plastic Waste......................................................................................................................123 6.18 Pollution Certificate ........................................................................................................124 6.19 World Elephant Day ........................................................................................................124 6.20 Kali Tiger Reserve.............................................................................................................125 6.21 Orang Tiger reserve: highest tiger density ..............................................................125 6.22 Nandankanan Biological Park (NBP)..........................................................................126 6.23 Nilgiri Tahr..........................................................................................................................126 6.24 Indian Sand Snake...........................................................................................................126 6.25 Karkata: A new genus.....................................................................................................127 6.26 Lantern Sharks/ Etmopteridae ....................................................................................127  6.27 CYCAS..................................................................................................................................127 6.28 Northern River Terrapin (Batagur Baska)..................................................................127 6.29 Oriental White Ibis...........................................................................................................128 6.30 Five Fish Species in Chilka Discovered by CIFRI..................................................... 128 6.31 Tendu/Kendu ....................................................................................................................128 6.32 Biodiversity Hotspots in Goa........................................................................................129 6.33 Coastal Zone Management Plan.................................................................................129 6.34 Floods in Assam: An Annual Phenomenon .............................................................129 6.35 CAG Report on “Schemes for Flood Control and Flood Forecasting"..............130 6.36 Urban Building Collapse ...............................................................................................130 6.37 Heat Waves........................................................................................................................131 6.38 Cyclone Management in Odisha................................................................................. 131 6.39 Landslides..........................................................................................................................132 6.40 India Quake .......................................................................................................................132 6.41 Zealandia / Tasmantis.....................................................................................................132 6.42 Largest Volcanic Region ................................................................................................134 6.43 Guam ...................................................................................................................................135 6.44 North Koel Reservoir Project........................................................................................135 6.45 Spain Terror Attacks........................................................................................................136 6.46 Seshachalam Biosphere Reserve ................................................................................136 6.47 World’s Highest Post Office ..........................................................................................136 6.48 Mont Blanc.........................................................................................................................136 6.49 Al-Aqsa Mosque ...............................................................................................................137 6.50 Athirappilly Hydel Project.............................................................................................137 6.51 Palur Canal .........................................................................................................................137 6.52 Pampa River (a.k.a Pamba River).................................................................................137

 

7.1 Polymetallic Nodules (Manganese Nodules)..........................................................138 7.2 Particle With two Charm Quarks Detected..............................................................139 7.3 Recent Missions of ISRO ................................................................................................140 7.4 Saraswati Supercluster...................................................................................................140 7.5 Planetesimals....................................................................................................................141 7.6 Smallest Star in the Universe: EBLM J0555-57Ab ..................................................141 7.7 Solar Flare Detected in Proxima Centauri................................................................141 7.8 Hyperspectral Imaging ..................................................................................................141 7.9 Science Express................................................................................................................142 7.10 DNA Digital Data Storage.............................................................................................. 142 7.11 Miniature Saturns Created............................................................................................143 7.12 G-Quadruplexes...............................................................................................................143 7.13 Cloud Seeding ..................................................................................................................143 7.14 Artificial Silk.......................................................................................................................144 7.15 Flatworms ..........................................................................................................................144 7.16 Autonomous Vehicle ......................................................................................................144 7.17 Encephalophone..............................................................................................................144 7.18 Klotho Protein...................................................................................................................144 7.19 Borealopelta Markmitchelli ..........................................................................................145 7.20 Lemmysuchus...................................................................................................................145 7.21 Construction of Ten Indigenous PHWR’s..................................................................145 7.22 Curcumin............................................................................................................................145

 

8.1 Should Marijuana be Legalised?.................................................................................146 8.2 Sports Ethics : Should betting be legalised?...........................................................147 8.3 Should their be Lateral Entry Into Civil Services?..................................................147 8.4 Ethics In International Relations: Diplomatic Immunity (DI) .............................148 8.5 Bioethics: Designer Babies (Gene Editing in Embryos)........................................148 8.6 Bioethics: DNA Profiling ................................................................................................150 8.7 Animal Ethics: Prevention of Cruelty to animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017....................................................................................151 8.8 Prevention of Destruction of Public Property (PDPP) Act..................................152 8.9 Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862).............................................................................152 8.10 Nepotism doesn’t rock!!!................................................................................................153 8.11 Charity.................................................................................................................................153 8.12 Apathy by Doctors........................................................................................................... 154 8.13 Whistleblowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 ............................................154 8.14 BCCI coming under RTI? ................................................................................................155 8.15 E-RTI Portal Launched by Delhi Government.........................................................156 8.16 The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016..................................................................156 8.17 Executive Assistants to District Collectors...............................................................156

 

9.1 World Heritage List: New Inscriptions (2017) .........................................................157 9.2 Traditional Headgears of India ....................................................................................160 9.3 Chirala Silk Saree..............................................................................................................162 9.4 Jainsem...............................................................................................................................163 9.5 People's Linguistic Survey of India...............................................................................................165 9.6 Kavirajamargam...............................................................................................................166 9.7 Ustad Hussain Sayeeduddin Dagar (1939-2017) ...................................................166 9.8 Sangeetha Kalanidhi Award.........................................................................................167 9.9 Slam Poetry........................................................................................................................168 9.10 Buddha Statue in Ghantasala ......................................................................................168 9.11 Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Bill, 2017 .........169 9.12 WADA................................................................................................................................... 169 9.13 Kambala..............................................................................................................................170 9.14 Theatre Olympics.............................................................................................................170 9.15 Nehru Trophy Boat Race................................................................................................170 9.16 Kandhei Jatra ....................................................................................................................171 9.17 Navroz .................................................................................................................................171 9.18 Maha-Mastak-Abhisheka...............................................................................................171 9.19 Ancient Bone Ornaments discovered.......................................................................................................172 9.20 Neolithic Age ....................................................................................................................172 9.21 Keezhadi Site is from Sangam Era ................................................................................................172 9.22 Paika Rebellion of Odisha .............................................................................................173 9.23 Bhima Bhoi.........................................................................................................................173 9.24 Basaveshwara....................................................................................................................173 9.25 Bir Bikram Kishore Debbarman (1908–1947)..........................................................174 9.26 Princess Naishu................................................................................................................. 174

 

10.1 2017 Women's Cricket World Cup ..............................................................................175 10.2 Women's Cricket: Prospects and Challenges..........................................................175 10.3 Sports Governing Architecture ...................................................................................176 10.4 2017 Wimbledon Championship................................................................................177 10.5 Mission Xi Million.............................................................................................................177 10.6 B. R. Barwale .....................................................................................................................177 10.7 Pakkiriswamy Chandra Sekharan ...............................................................................178 10.8 Maryam Mirzakhani ........................................................................................................178 10.9 Liu Xiaobo..........................................................................................................................178 10.10 Udupi Ramachandra Rao ..............................................................................................178 10.11 Ramon Magsaysay Award – 2017...............................................................................179 10.12 Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha (KKGSS)................................ 180 10.13 Panchgavya .......................................................................................................................180