1.Union Budget 2018-19: Complete Analysis


Budget 2018 Takeaways-

Exports are expected to grow 15% in 2018.

Budget 2018 Takeaways-

As per the FM in the Union Budget, India is expected to become the fifth largest economy very soon.

The Growth rate is expected between 7.2-7.5% in the second half of 2017-18.

Ayushman Bharat program discussed.

Eklavya schools for tribal children.

24 new government medical colleges.

Govt. will initiate an integrated B-Ed programme for teachers.

2 major initiatives as part of Ayushman Bharat program.

Eklavya schools to be open for tribal children.

24 new govt medical college & hospitals.

Rs. 600 crore for nutritional support to all TB patients.

Rs. 1200 crore for health and wellness centres.

Govt. is launching a new national health protection scheme – Rashtriya Samaj Beema Yojana. This will have 50 crore beneficiaries and 10 crore families will get 5 lakh per year for their families to cover secondary and tertiary hospital expenses. This is the world's largest government-funded healthcare program.

The government increased allocation for SC-ST earmarked programmes: Rs 56,000 crore for SCs and Rs 39,000 crore for STs.


2.India & World Bank sign USD 100 million loan agreement to Tamil Nadu

India & World Bank sign USD 100 million loan agreement for Tamil Nadu Rural Transformation Project to boost the rural economy of Tamil Nadu.

The Tamil Nadu Rural Transformation Project will create an enabling environment for producer organizations and enterprises to promote businesses across select value chains.

The Project will be operational in 120 blocks across 3994 villages in 26 Districts of Tamil Nadu.


3.India Slips to 42nd Place on EIU Democracy Index, Norway Tops


India has slipped to 42nd place on an annual Global Democracy Index according to the data compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). India has moved down from 32nd place last year.

The top 5 Countries in the list are-

  • Norway,

  • Iceland,

  • Sweden

  • New Zealand and

  • Denmark.

The index ranks 165 independent states. The list has been divided into four broad categories- full democracy, flawed democracy, hybrid regime and authoritarian regime. North Korea is ranked the lowest at 167th, while Syria is a notch better at 166th place.



1.Anu Kumar wins first gold in Khelo India School Games

Anu Kumar (Uttarakhand) grabbed the first gold medal of the Khelo India School Games in 1500 meters (4 minutes and 4 seconds) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.

In the girl category, C Chanthini (Kerala) won the gold medal in 1500-metres run.

Abhishek Singh (Uttar Pradesh) won the Shot Put with an excellent throw of 18.73 metres while Praveen of Tamil Nadu won the triple jump in his sixth attempt with 15.22 metres.

Haryana girl Pooja excelled in the Shot Put and won the gold with a best of 13.88 metres.



1.World Bank Commits $100 million to Boost Tamil Nadu's Rural Economy


The government and World Bank signed a $100 million (about Rs 6,400 crore) loan agreement to promote rural economy in selected blocks of Tamil Nadu across 26 districts, benefiting over 4 lakh people. The funding aimed at promoting rural enterprises, facilitate their access to finance and create employment opportunities for youth particularly women.

  • Jim Yong Kim is the 12th President of the World Bank Group.

  • World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, USA.