One Stop GK Guide – Current Affairs – Politics – Highlights 2017 – Part 3

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Whether you are giving SNAP, XAT, TISSNET, or IIFT Entrance Exams, you must keep abreast of current affairs and happenings all over the world. GK or general knowledge is an indispensable part of all these exams. And for some careers, GK is a deciding factor.

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

July 2017

  • Historic indirect tax regime -GST after 17 years of debate launched by India
  • 65 MoUs signed at Textiles India 2017
  • Short range surface-to-air missile successfully test-fired by India
  • Same-sex marriage approved by the German Parliament
  • Petya Ransomware – Threat to Modern Technology
  • Madhya Pradesh sets new record by planting 6 Crore saplings in just 12 hours
  • Flood situation arisen in Manipur
  • Free GST Facilitation Centers set up across Goa
  • Compulsory registration of marriages recommended by the Law Commission
  • Menace of terrorism and radicalism to be fought together by Israel and India
  • Har Haath Ek Kitaab launched by the National Book Trust
  • CGST won’t apply on items not registered under trademark law announced on 5th July 2017
  • New transport policy to overhaul transport system of the state unveiled by Punjab government
  • EPFO inked agreement with 5 banks to collect PF dues
  • Veteran leader Babu Jagjivan Ram was paid homage by PM Modi
  • India declares itself free from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 and H5N8 on 6th July 2017
  • Student-scientist connect program JIGYASA launched by the Union Government
  • Malabar Exercise 2017 begun by India, Japan and the US
  • MRP on packaged consumer products going to be same from 1st January 2018
  • Panchsheel Pact between China and India
  • India ranks 23rd among 165 nations in the 2017 Global Cybersecurity Index
  • PM Modi raises issues of terrorism, climate change at BRICS Leaders’ Informal Meeting in Hamburg on 7th July 2017
  • Union Government proposes scheme to open residential schools for SC girls on 7th July 2017
  • Import of aircraft, aircraft engines from ambit of GST exempted by the Union Government
  • Digital initiatives to promote e-education launched by President Pranab Mukherjee
  • India grants Rupees 3.2 crore help to the Philippines to fight ISIS
  • RailCloud Project, NIVARAN-Grievance Portal and CTSE Scheme launched by Railway Ministry
  • Services by Educational Institutions to students are exempted from Tax under GST
  • A supercluster of galaxies, Saraswati Discovered by Indian scientists
  • World Youth Skills Day 2017 observed globally on 15th July 2017
  • India-Russia celebrating 70 years diplomatic relations
  • Galaxy 1000 times brighter than Milky Way discovered by Scientists
  • Millions of precious minerals under Indian seabed discovered by the geological team
  • Bill passed to boost defence cooperation with India by the US House of Representatives
  • Right of Children to Free & Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill scheduled for consideration in Lok Sabha on 18th July 2017
  • Shala Siddhi Prohatsan Yojana in 25000 government schools launched by MP
  • Solar project to electrify remote village of Agaween in Egypt launched by India
  • Cap on weight of school bags put by Telangana State
  • MoU between India and Netherlands on cooperation in space technology apprised by the Union Cabinet
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology Public Private Partnership Bill 2017 cleared by the Lok Sabha on 19th July 2017
  • mAadhaar app for syncing Aadhaar data on mobile phone launched by UIDAI
  • Quality mark logo for milk and milk products launched by the Union Government
  • MoU with NIUA for preparing Delhi Master Plan 2041 signed b the DDA
  • National Food Security Act statement was given by Supreme Court on 21st July 2017
  • SHe-box portal for sexual harassment complaints launched by the Union Government
  • Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017 introduced in Lok Sabha on 24th July 2017
  • Mobile app Aarambh for road maintenance launched by the Union Government
  • National Anti-profiteering Authority to be selected by the GST Council
  • Madras HC makes Vande Mataram mandatory in schools, private and government offices
  • MoU signed between Uttarakhand government and AAI to develop civil aviation sector
  • Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017 passed by the Parliament
  • Second highest tiger count in India recorded by Uttarakhand

August 2017

  • Russia asks 755 US diplomats to leave country following American sanctions on 30th July 2017
  • e-RaKAM portal for selling agricultural produce launched by the Union Government
  • ASI protected monuments to be declared Polythene Free Zones by the Archaeological Survey of India
  • Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project sanctioned on 2nd August 2017
  • NABARD (Amendment) Bill, 2017 passed by the Lok Sabha
  • Appointment of three Indian Americans confirmed by the US Senate
  • Government to develop green airports in Andhra Pradesh
  • India’s first ever Heli-taxi service launched by Bangalore
  • Online portals MahaDBT, MahaVASTU launched by the Maharashtra Government
  • Entire Assam as ‘disturbed’ area under AFSPA for a month- declared by the Union Government Center
  • Rs 1 Lakh Cr on education and road connectivity to be spent by the J&K government
  • Earthquake of magnitude 7 on Richter scale struck China on the 8th August 2017
  • Citizens of 80 countries including India can now enter Qatar without visa
  • Web portal to enable online orders for textbooks launched by – NCERT
  • India ratifies second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol on 8th August 2017
  • Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017 launched by the Union Government
  • Online registration for custodians of securities launched by – SEBI
  • Full-fledged Hyperspectral Imaging Earth observation satellite to be developed by ISRO
  • Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as 13th Vice President of the country on 11th August 2017
  • 10 projects worth more than Rs 2000 Crore approved by the National Mission for Clean Ganga
  • Lok Sabha passes State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017 on 10th August 2017
  • Delhi Assembly passes Minimum Wages (Delhi) Amendment Bill 2017, Netaji Subhash varsity bill on 10th August 2017
  • Next steering committee meeting of TAPI gas pipeline to be hosted by India
  • G-7 Interior Minister’s summit on security to be hosted by Italy
  • Bullock Cart Racing to remain banned in Maharashtra- Bombay HC on 16th August 2017
  • India’s first Partition Museum opens in Amritsar
  • 4th Advance Estimate of production of major crops for 2016-17 released by the Union Government
  • LED bulbs, tube lights, fans to go on sale at petrol pumps across India
  • MoU between India and Sweden on Intellectual Property Rights approved on 16th August 2017
  • RBI announced Aadhar linkage mandatory for farmers to avail short-term crop loans in 2017-18 on
  • Artificial womb to save extremely premature babies developed by scientists
  • GEF Grant Agreement with World Bank signed by the Union Government
  • Nagaland Government constitutes committee to review Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 on 20th August 2017
  • Delegation of Powers to Border Roads Organisation approved by the Union Ministry of Defence
  • Compassionate family pension instead of employment to be launched by the Assam government
  • India’s first calf born to surrogate cow in August 2017
  • Physical police verification of passport to be replaced with Online verification
  • Panneerselvam sworn in as Deputy CM of Tamil Nadu on 21st August 2017
  • Digital Police Portal under CCTNS project launched by the Union Government
  • ICMR signs Deal signed between IVI for vaccine research and development on 21st August 2017
  • Second ship of Landing Craft Utility MK-IV inducted by the Indian Navy
  • Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat Program on 21st August 2017
  • Common Services Centres (CSC) in India to launch Doorstep Enrollment Facility for Elders
  • NITI Aayog to launch Mentor India Campaign on 22nd August 2017
  • Cabinet approves India-Nepal MoU on drug matters on 23rd August 2017
  • India-Nepal signed 8 agreements to boost the bilateral relations on 24th August 2017
  • Union Cabinet approves setting up of Commission to examine sub-categorization within OBCs on 23rd August 2017
  • “YUVA – Skill Development Programme” inaugurated by Rajnath Singh
  • No interview for non-gazetted posts in Uttar Pradesh announced by the Uttar Pradesh Government
  • ISRO all set to launch India’s 8th navigational satellite on 31st August 2017

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


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