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UGC grants autonomy to 60 higher educational institutions

In a historic decision, 60 Higher Educational Institutions have been autonomy by the University Grants Commission. The move will enable the universities to start new courses, off-campus centers, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programs.

India, Hong Kong sign double taxation avoidance agreement
India and Hong Kong have signed a double taxation avoidance agreement {DTAA} to improve transparency in tax matters and help curb tax evasion and avoidance. The treaty will improve transparency in tax matters and prevent double taxation.

President Ram Nath Kovind confers Padma Awards
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on March 20 presented the Padma awards to 43 eminent personalities at a Civil Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Awards are conferred to people belonging to various disciplines or fields including art, social work, sports, public affairs, science and engineering, medicine and literature and education.


Airbnb ties up with NEC, NEDC to boost tourism in Northeast India
Another MoU was signed between NERCORMP and Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organization {HESCO} for leveraging community resources and appropriate local resources based technology for development.

Jnanpith awardee Kedarnath Singh passes away
Kedarnath Singh won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1989 for his poetry collection Akaal Mein Saras and the Jnanpith Award in 2013.


Indo-French Naval exercise Varuna 2018 begins
The Indian Navy and the French Navy have been conducting naval exercises since 1983. These exercises were christened as Varuna in 2001.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi promoted as State Councillor
Wang will be taking up the talks with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval who is India's Special Representative on border talks with China.

New species of water strider discovered in Nagaland
Striders are small insects that are adapted for life on top of still water, using surface tension to their advantage so that they can walk on water.

Li Keqiang re-elected as Prime Minister of China for the second term
The 13th National People’s Congress also approved the appointment of Yang Xiaodu as the Director of National Supervisory Commission.

India’s first cloned Assamese buffalo born
Assamese buffaloes are found only in the North-Eastern part of the country and they are used mainly for agricultural work.


The Philippines formally withdraws from International Criminal Court
The withdrawal came a month after ICC announced an investigation into thousands of extrajudicial killings that occurred under President Duterte's campaign against illegal drugs.

Railway introduces an innovative analytical approach to enhance productivity
A mathematical formula based software will be used to increase the productivity of locomotives and revenue.

NASA Twins Study confirms the change in Astronaut's DNA by time spent in Space
Scientists measured Scott's Metabolites which are necessary for maintaining life, Cytokines that are secreted by immune system cells and Proteins to track physical changes in him.

India ranks 78th on WEF Energy Transition Index 2018
The report's Energy Transition Index ranked India at the 78th position. The Index was topped by Sweden.

US challenges India's export subsidy programmes at WTO
As per US trade representative, export subsidy programmes harm American workers by creating an uneven playing field on which they must compete.



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