Current Analyst: (16 – 31) Jan, 2016

Focus Issues

  1. Stand Up Start Up India Program
  2. Imposition of President Rule in Arunachal Pradesh: An Analysis
  3. Zika Virus


  1. Indian Economy + Schemes    
  • Ministry of Shipping initiated Project Green Port to make Indian ports cleaner and greener
  • Easwar panel’ suggests friendlier direct tax laws
  • Changes in Gold monetization Scheme
  • CCEA approved hybrid annuity model for Highway projects
  • Start-up India Policy
  • Union Government inks loan agreement with World Bank for’ Neeranchal National Watershed Project’
  • India to be fastest growing economy in 2016: UN Report
  • 5/25 scheme to Restructure Stressed loans
  • UNESCAP released World Economic Situation and Prospects 2016 report
  • Decline in exports sector + Rupee fall + Currency War
  • What is negative Interest rate and what are its implications: Japan case-study
  • India and USA settle 100 TAX DISPUTES
  • SEBI panel suggests reforms to grow alternative fund Industry
  • Why stock market in India is falling from past 10 months
  • Government identifies 104 NH stretches to raise Rs 1 lakh cr.
  • Richest 1%, now wealthier than rest of the world, says Oxfam
  • Government approves Hybrid Annuity based PPP model for wastewater recycling in ‘Namami Gange Programme’
  • New Power Tariff Policy
  • Exempting tax withdrawal for NPS- an Analysis
  • Smart Cities Project: 20 cities selected
    • SEBI suspends Fresh contracts in commodity derivatives to curb speculative             participation
  • Domestic Tyre companies seek protection against dumping from China
    • UNESCAP released World Economic Situation and Prospects 2016 report
  1. Polity + Constitution + Governance + Social Issues 
  • Jharkhand to set up fast track courts for trial of witchcraft-related attacks
  • President Rule in Arunachal Pradesh
  • The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment             Act,
  • 2015 to be enforced with effect from January 26, 2016
  • Transparency International released Corruption Perceptions Index 2015
  • Gujrat control of Terrorism and Organized Crime Bill returned back by the president             3rd time
  • NFHS survey- 2015 released
  • Minority Status for AMU, JAMIA, St. Stephens: Pros and Cons
  • Zero-tolerance policy on graft released by DGFT
  • Regulatory hurdles and Urban Transport
  • Union Government launched Sahaj Scheme for online booking of LPG cylinders
  • Latest NSSO survey shows stark inequality between urban India and poorest sections
  • Digital India Effect: E-Governance Transactions Double In 2015
  • 19th National Conference on e-Governance
    • Andhra Pradesh Government launched Giriputrika Kalyana Pathakam Scheme for tribal people
  1. International Relations + Defense + Security 
  • China’s President Xi Jinping formally opens AIIB in Beijing
  • US lifts Nuclear sanctions on Iran
  • Cabinet approves MoU between India and UK in the field of Public Administration and             Governance Reforms
  • 4th India Africa Hydrocarbons Conference
  • 1st Ministerial Meeting of Arab-India Cooperation Forum held in Manama
  • SC upholds no open tender policy for key Defence spares
  • Marshall Islands sue Britain, India and Pakistan over Nuclear weapons
  • CERT-In inks Cyber Security Agreements with 3 Nations
  • Union Cabinet approves raising of 17 Indian Reserve Battalions
  • International Solar Alliance Headquartered in India with United Nations as Strategic Partner
  • India and Armenia sign Protocol amending the’ Double Taxation Avoidance Convention’
  • Sushma Swaraj’s Isreal Visit in Perspective of security needs
  • Passage of Amendment in Nepal’s constitution + Madhesis Reject changes in Constitutional             Amendment
  • India, China, other EMs get more Voting Rights
  • WEF Davos Meeting
    • Government agencies launched a Massive National Risk Assessment (NRA) Exercise
  1. Environment + Geography 
  • Union Government notified stricter standards for Sugar Industry to minimise Water Pollution
  • India inks Loan Agreement with World Bank for Bihar -Kosi Basin Development Project
  • Sikkim becomes the 1st fully organic State of India
  • Shift in Winter Season: Is it long-term Phenomenon
  • Policy on Promotion of City Compost
  • Ganga Action Plan and Namami Gange Updates
  • Center notifies revised standards for CETPs to minimise Water pollution
  • IMD launches a system to monitor Aerosols and Black Carbon in atmosphere
  • Union Government held first National Stakeholder Consultation on BIOFIN Project
  • Bird species Himalayan Forest thrush found in North-east
    • Increase in Renewable Energy use to Boost Global GDP by $1.3 trillion
  1. Science & Technology 
  • Zika: Overview and Implications
  • India successfully test fired ‘Akash Missile’ at Chandipur
  • 4th Industrial Revolution
  • CuTi technolgy developed under ATAC Programme by DRDO to be used in Manufacturing
  • Chinese scientists develop new Bio-artificial Liver
  • Scientist breed high yield Super Arhar variety
  • NASA launched SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket with Jason-3 Ocean-monitoring Satellite
  • World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
  • German Measle Vaccine ready at Hand, challenges in rollout
    • ‘Green’ Cement