One Stop GK Guide – Current Affairs – Politics – Highlights 2017 – Part 2

Find Part 1 here and Part 3 here.

If you are planning to give any of these exams, here we have compiled some of the most talked about or important happenings all over the world. Divided into 5 broad categories viz. politics & government, sports, top awards, business/commerce, and trivia + entertainment, these highlights will help you focus your preparation. They have been divided month wise, for easy reference.

Politics & Government

April 2017

  • 800 MW Supercritical Thermal Power Plant in Karnataka commissioned by BHEL
  • Signing of new Air Services Agreement between India and Serbia approved by the Union Cabinet
  • Terror attack at the metro system of Russia
  • Ban on polyethene manufactured below 50 microns by J&K Govt
  • Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to address Canadian Parliament
  • Foundation stone of Multi-modal terminal on River Ganga in Jharkhand was laid by PMNarendra Modi
  • First Air services agreement between India and Georgia approved by the Union Cabinet
  • Five agreements with Bangladesh including Audio Visual Co-Production approved by the Union Cabinet
  • Over USD 2 billion defence deals were signed between India and Israel
  • Uttar Pradesh (North India ) will get a DNA bank for wildlife
  • Six agreements including cooperation in civil aviation security were signed between India-Australia
  • PAN and TAN issuance within 1 day by CBDT
  • Age limit for UPPSC exams for those who appeared in 2013 increased by UP Government
  • MoU between India and Russia for cooperation in Science & Technology notified by the Union Cabinet
  • President Pranab Mukherjee gives approval to four GST related legislation
  • Mother of all bombs dropped by the US on ISIS Caves in Afghanistan
  • BHIM-Aadhaar Pay app launched by PM Narendra Modi
  • India inked MoU with South Korea for defence shipbuilding
  • Ghana, Kenya and Malawi taking part in the WHO malaria vaccine pilot programme
  • Cuba and Morocco re-established diplomatic ties after 37 years
  • NASA launches Super Pressure Balloon from New Zealand
  • China’s first home-built aircraft carrier hit the water on 26th April 2017
  • The Union Government takes 10 new Swachh Iconic Places under Swachh Bharat Mission
  • India and Sri Lanka sign MoU on Economic Cooperation
  • MSEFC Portal and MyMSME Mobile App launched by the Union Government
  • ISRO launching 5 satellites to improve – India’s communication system

May 2017

  • IBBI constitutes Technical Committee to lay down Technical Standards for the performance of core services
  • National Steel Policy 2017 was approved by the Union Cabinet
  • Central Sector Scheme SAMPADA approved by CCEA
  • Cooperation between India and Japan on Railway Safety approved by the Union Cabinet
  • The Highway Saga & SRISHTI exhibitions inaugurated by Nitin Gadkari
  • South Asia Satellite successfully launched by ISRO
  • Express Wi- Fi in India launched by Facebook
  • Deal signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey to on the Syrian crisis
  • Assam was declared as Disturbed Area under AFSPA for 3 more months
  • Two Indian warships visited Egyptian port cities on 5th May 2017
  • Every house in Haryana to get a smart ID
  • The Union Government sets up a task force to compute reliable and timely employment data
  • 29th edition of CORPAT between India and Indonesia begins at Port Blair
  • India, US exchange views on maritime developments in Asia-Pacific & IOR
  • Light Combat Aircraft Tejas successfully test-fired air-to-air missile
  • India and UK to sign MoU to increase efficiency of urban transport system
  • Union Government revises Base Year of WPI to 2011-2012 from 2004-05 on 12th May 2017
  • Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, 2017 passed by the UP Assembly
  • India, Palestine sign five agreements for cooperation in different sectors on 16th May 2017
  • MoU for cooperation signed between Indian Navy and Space Application Centre
  • State of emergency over cholera outbreak declared by Yemen
  • Indian Railways to install CCTV cameras at over 900 stations under Nirbhaya fund
  • GST Rates of 1211 items announced by GST Council
  • 19 killed in suspected terror attack following a pop concert in Manchester, UK
  • Petroleum Minister co-chairs India OPEC Institutional Dialogue at Vienna
  • US, six Gulf countries sign MoU to curb financing terror organisations
  • Hindi Advisory Committee recommends state encouragement to teach Hindi voluntarily
  • Series of projects in Gujarat inaugurated by PM Modi
  • Two Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with Indian taxpayers signed by CBDT
  • India became the second largest steel producer in the world
  • Free Wi-Fi facility at 28 Railway Stations inaugurated by Railway Minister
  • High-speed Tejas Express launched by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu
  • US President calls for complete isolation of Iran
  • PM Narendra Modi calls for creation of Asia-Africa growth corridor for the development of Africa
  • ISRO and NASA collaborate to build Earth-imaging satellite NISAR
  • World’s smallest nation Nauru ratifies the International Solar Alliance Pact
  • Environment Ministry and OzonAction organised the “Ozone2Climate” Technology Roadshow in Agra
  • Reader with guidelines for raising happy children released by the WCD Ministry
  • Test flight completed by World’s largest aircraft Airlander 10
  • Abolition of Foreign Investment Promotion Board approved by the Union Cabinet
  • India’s first underwater rail tunnel completed on 23rd May 2017
  • Sale of cattle for slaughter banned by the Union Environment Ministry
  • Construction begins on world’s largest telescope in Chile
  • 8 MoUs signed at India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference
  • Order against Abu Salem in 1993 Mumbai blasts case likely to be announced by TADA Court
  • India’s first Electric Mass Transport Project launched in Nagpur
  • ISRO set to launch India’s heaviest rocket – Fat Boy
  • Four agreements signed between Mauritius – India
  • India’s own global positioning system NavIC to be operational from 2018
  • MoU signed between Amul and ISRO for fodder acreage estimation
  • MoU signed between India and Fiji on – Defense Cooperation
  • India and Spain signed seven Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on – 31st May 2017

June 2017

  • Loan Agreement for HP Public Financial Management Capacity Building signed by India and the World Bank
  • Deep Ocean Mission will be launched by the Ministry of Earth Sciences
  • 12 agreements signed between India and Germany
  • Ties to Qatar cut by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain
  • India’s heaviest satellite using launch vehicle GSLV Mark III D1 launched by ISRO
  • Loan agreement between World Bank and India signed for – Assam Citizen Centric Service Delivery project
  • Union government to implement India’s first Rural LED Street Lighting Project in AP
  • MoU for construction of Budhigandaki Hydro-power Project signed between China and Nepal
  • Habibganj Railway Station will be India’s first private railway station
  • India’s Presidential Election 2017 to be held on 17th July
  • MoU between India and Korea for export credit of USD 9 billion approved by the Union Cabinet
  • Telangana became the first Indian state to launch pension for single women
  • $318 million line of credit to Sri Lanka will be provided by India
  • May’s future as British PM uncertain as Conservatives lose majority
  • Kambala Bill cleared by – Union Ministry of Law and Justice
  • Tele Law to provide legal aid in rural areas via video conferencing launched by the Union Government
  • 18 Sectoral Groups for smooth implementation of GST constituted by the GST Council
  • GST Rates of 66 items reduced by – GST Council
  • The government launched the MHA Panel to examine rules on people’s movement near Indo-Myanmar border
  • India became the 7th largest exporter of agri-products across the Globe
  • Separate time zone demanded by Arunachal Pradesh
  • New batch of Rs 500 notes with inset letter A issued by the RBI
  • Two ILO Conventions on elimination of child labor ratified by India
  • Intensified Diarrhea Control Fortnight launched by the Union Health Ministry
  • The World Bank granted $520 Million to Afghanistan in order to boost their economy
  • Anti-tank Nag missile successfully test-fired by DRDO
  • Interest Subvention to banks on short-term crop loan to farmers by the Union Cabinet
  • Proposal to introduce Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill 2017 approved by the Union Cabinet
  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Kochi Metro on 17th June 2017
  • Narmada Control Authority cleared the final raising of Sardar Sarovar Dam
  • 12 percent reservation for poor Muslim communities by Telangana state
  • ‘National Mission on Cultural Mapping of India’ launched by the Ministry of Culture
  • India became the 71st country to ratify UN TIR Convention
  • ‘Celebrating Yoga’ mobile app launched by the Union Government
  • Sweden Pledges to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2045
  • Historical agreement signed between India and Portugal to promote cooperation in field of archives
  • Uttarakhand became the 4th state to be open defecation free
  • India to become the most populated country in the world by 2024 as per UN Report
  • TB patients have to submit Aadhaar details to avail cash benefits announced by the Health Ministry
  • Portal on weather information launched by Power Minister Piyush Goyal
  • ‘My Plant’ app to create database on tree plantation to be launched by the Maharashtra Government
  • Another 30 cities under Smart City Mission announced by the Union Government
  • Amendment of Social Security Agreement between India and the Netherlands approved by Union Cabinet on 22nd June 2017
  • VAJRA scheme to attract Indian scientists abroad launched by the Union Government
  • Haryana became the 5th Open Defecation Free state
  • Cartosat-2 along with 30 nano-satellites launched by ISRO
  • Prosperity through Partnership statement released by India and the United States on 26th June 2017
  • Pakistan-based Hizbul chief Syed Salahuddin as global terrorist declared by US
  • 11 agreements signed during PM Modi’s visit between India-Portugal
  • Visa applicants from these 6 Muslim nations require close family ties in the US – Trump’s travel ban
  • New bidding mechanism for mega oil and gas auctions launched by the Union Government
  • India’s communication satellite GSAT-17 successfully launched on 29th June 2017
  • USD 35 million agreement signed between India and the World Bank
  • First batch of modern bullet-proof helmets given to the Indian Army
  • Joint Communique issued between India-Netherlands
  • Proposal to break up Coal India into 7 firms by India’s policy panel
  • Union Government launched the National Biopharma Mission on 30th June 2017

To Be Continued in Part 3 here.


To check out One Stop GK Guide for Sports, click here.

To check out One Stop GK Guide for Entertainment – Trivia, click here.

To check out One Stop GK Guide for Top Awards, click here.

To check out One Stop GK Guide for Business/Commerce, click here.


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