1. India will host The 14th session of Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at New Delhi.

2.Indian Railways is set to offer up to 25 percent discount on trains such as Shatabdi Express, Tejas and Gatimaan Express.

3. Sunil Gaur appointed as Chairperson of PMLA Appellate Tribunal.


4. Jio tops telecom market with 31.7 percent revenue share, Airtel is on second position.


5. The Union Government has constituted a 5-member Group of Ministers (GoM) to look into issues concerning the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The GoM will comprise Union Ministers Ravi Shankar PrasadJitendra Singh, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Narendra Singh Tomar and Dharmendra Pradhan.

6. The Indian Institute of Petroleum recently established a plant to turn plastic waste into diesel in  Dehradun.

7. Gujarat ranked first in Composite Water Management Index 2.0.

8.  India has become the first country in the world to issue a Biometric Seafarer Identity Document (BSID) to its seafarers at New Delhi.

9. The India Navy and India Meteorological Department (IMD) signed a MoU  at Kochi Naval Base to hand over the Cyclone Detection Radar (CDR) building by IMD to the navy.


10. Cabinet approves proposal for review of FDI policy on various sectors,


Digital Media
The new government policy of FDI will allow Digital Media for 49% FDI under approval route in Up-linking of 'News and Current Affairs' TV Channels. According to the Union Cabinet, it has been decided to permit 26% FDI under government route for uploading and streaming of News and Current Affairs through Digital Media.
Coal Mining
According to new  FDI policy, coal and lignite mining can get 100% FDI under automatic route for captive consumption by power projects, iron and steel and cement units and other eligible activities permitted under and subject to applicable laws and regulations. Now, with the new policy of FDI, a further 100% FDI under automatic route is also permitted for setting up coal processing plants. It will include plants like washeries and the company shall not do coal mining and shall not sell washed coal or sized coal from its coal processing plants in the open market.
Single Brand Retail Trading (SBRT)
New  FDI policy states that the current cap of considering exports for 5 years only is proposed to be removed, to give an impetus to exports. However, the present FDI policy provides that 30% of the value of goods has to be procured from India if SBRT entity has FDI more than 51%.
Contract Manufacturing
According to the new FDI policy Contract Manufacturing sector will be allowed 100% FDI. Some activities related to manufacturing can be conducted by the investee entity or through contract manufacturing in India under a legal tenable contract.


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