Events of National Importance For UPSC Prelims and Mains 2019

This article will help in covering the following topics of the syllabus

Prelims – Current events of national importance.

Mains

  • Essay Paper-III
  • General studies II – Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

As you know Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2019 will be conducted on 2nd June 2019, and mains will be starting from 20th September 2019 in which current affairs will play a crucial role. Events of National Importance For UPSC Prelims and Mains 2019

So in this article, we will be updating Events of National Importance between January 2018 to August 2019 on monthly basis. Bookmark this page in your browser so that you don’t miss any important event. The events are compiled from newspapers (The Hindu, TOI, IE & ET), magazines, and various online resources.


December 2018

  • Review petition of NJAC dismissed. 425
  • GSAT-11 satellite to be launched.. 427
  • Govt to collect fingerprint data. 428
  • India now has a witness protection programme. 429
  • Agriculture Export Policy 2018. 432
  • NM-ICPS approved.. 434
  • Amendment of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951 approved.. 437
  • New chief economic advisor. 438
  • Telangana pulls back quota plea. 440
  • 1st International Conference on SWM… 442
  • First Indian state to have 4 international airports. 444
  • Agni-5 successfully test-fired. 445
  • Sebi to relax OFS framework. 447
  • New RBI governor. 450
  • SC bars disclosure of the identity of rape victims. 451
  • Partners Forum 2018. 453
  • Complete electrification under Saubhagya. 454
  • DSRV inducted.. 456
  • Tribunal for Manipur insurgent groups. 457
  • KCR takes oath as Telangana CM… 459
  • NMDP Council to be set up.. 460
  • No irregularities in purchase of Rafale jets. 462
  • New CM of Mizoram… 463
  • First military flight by Bio-Fuel. 464
  • IFMC rules 2018. 466
  • Strategy for New India @ 75. 467
  • India in RSF report. 470
  • Swachh Survekshan 2018
  • Baseline Report of the SDG India Index
  • NABCB Accreditation in Asia- Pacific Region
  • IFC-IOR inaugurated.
  • Draft IT rules issued for public consultation
  • First in the country
  • Bogibeel bridge inaugurates
  • Andhra Pradesh gets the nod for separate HC
  • Second Delta Ranking of the Aspirational Districts
  • 100 Smart Cities Selected in 4 Rounds
  • Drone Olympics’ announced
  • India’s new land warfare doctrine
  • Renames 3 Andaman and Nicobar islands
  • Mrinal Sen passes away

November 2018

  • ‘Statue of Unity’ dedicates to the nation
  • India ranking in GPI
  • India’s First Justice City
  • Viraat to become a commercial hub
  • India’s N-triad
  • Women of India Organic Festival 2018
  • India in GTSI 2018
  • First induction of artillery guns
  • TN gets SEBI nod
  • India’s first container vessel
  • Training programme for CBRN
  • Draft of IWTCS
  • Awards of NITI Aayog’s AIM and UNICEF
  • Himalayan State Regional Council Constituted
  • GSAT-29 Successfully launched
  • Govt mulls grant for maternity leave
  • Mother Cauvery statue
  • Maharashtra approves quota on Tamil Nadu model
  • Western Peripheral Expressway
  • India closer to malaria-free tag
  • Vacation Deprivation Report 2018
  • ACROSS and NFAR approved
  • Allied and Healthcare Council of India
  • Mary Kom wins historic gold
  • UN selects Noida in SDG cities initiative
  • Capacity Building Programme for Urban Water Management
  • NDMA conducts a training programme for CBRN
  • High-End Skill Development Centre
  • Ethanol extraction allows for blending from foodgrains
  • A new division for startups
  • Parl panel to take stock of IL&FS Group

October 2018

  • ‘Operation Samudra Maitri’ launched
  • 46th Chief Justice of India
  • India’s first deportation
  • GI Tag for Alphonso
  • Delhi’s Statehood verdict
  • IndiaSkills 2018 concludes
  • SGB Scheme FY19 launched
  • No innovative universities in India
  • India wins seat to UN Human Rights Council
  • AB merged with SS scheme in WB
  • IITs dominate Indian University Rankings
  • Allahabad named ‘Prayagraj’
  • PPP guidelines for district hospitals
  • India’s first railway station inside tunnel
  • National Police Memorial dedicates to the Nation
  • SC order on use and sale of firecrackers
  • GoM set up to look into sexual harassment
  • Web portal of SPARC launched
  • Sustainable Sanitation Kicked off
  • Kerala’s flood report
  • India’s first inland waterways shipment
  • India’s intangible heritage inventory

September 2018

  • Law panel supports for simultaneous polls
  • Consultation paper on common code
  • India Post Payments Bank launched
  • MOVE Cyclathon
  • First ground base at the North Pole
  • F-16 fighter jet will produce in India
  • Only 16% Nirbhaya Fund utilised
  • India Ranks 19th In ‘Theft Rankings’ Regarding Nuclear Materials Security
  • UST Global campus to host SHEROES summit
  • Sikkim to be on the aviation map
  • ABVP rues delay in new education policy
  • IMA moots mandatory cadaver organ donation, ads by doctors
  • Bengaluru will host Aero India in February 2019
  • INSA cuts funds for awardees
  • Supreme Court won’t stay SC/ST Act changes
  • Rafale deal: National security at risk?
  • Aadhaar software not hacked: UIDAI
  • PM Modi announces the launch of ‘Swachhata Hi Seva Movement’
  • India’s first missile tracking ship is readying for sea trials
  • Criminal politicians: 25 States, UTs did not respond to Supreme Court orders
  • India among nations with ‘no or little enforcement’ against foreign bribery: Report
  • CIC wants the break-up of how MPLADS funds are utilised
  • First Indian State to set up cyber varsity
  • NRC: Tribunal questions process of identifying foreigners
  • National Registry of Sexual Offenders
  • Rationalisation of CSS schemes
  • Now Live-in partners can adopt a child
  • The launch of Ayushman Bharat scheme from Jharkhand
  • First airport in the Himalayan State
  • DISC Deadline Gets Extended
  • FGM refers to the constitution bench
  • ISA, IORA and REINVEST meet
  • AP tops in ‘Ease of Living Index’
  • National tourism awards 2016-17
  • Parakarm Parv 2018

August 2018

  • Startup India Yatra
  • Re-structuring of ASRB approved
  • Shutdown over Article 35A
  • Violating norms in Boeing P-8I
  • M Karunanidhi passes away
  • GII- 2018 launched in India
  • Govt approves water aerodromes
  • Bru repatriation deferred
  • VS Naipaul dies at 85
  • Swachh Survekshan 2019
  • New CSS for promoting Pharmacovigilance
  • The first project under the SDS
  • Permanent commissioning of women in armed forces
  • The UK returns 12th century Buddha statue
  • 11th World Hindi Conference
  • NOTA voting option can’t be permitted in RS
  • Kerala to get cyclone warning centre
  • Policy for thalassemia patients
  • IBC 2018 inaugurated
  • 5 Thematic area in Himalayan Region
  • India’s first biofuel flight
  • Govt plans steps on women safety
  • Healing touch to Siachen soldiers
  • India’s first biofuel flight maiden voyage
  • India gets its first LED cinema screen
  • SC orders re-verification of NRC
  • Six States sign MoU for Lakhwar dam

July 2018

  • 37th UNESCO Heritage Site
  • AFSPA extended in Nagaland
  • WAPCOS celebrates foundation day
  • SC deadline for final NRC draft
  • India’s First Global Mobility Summit
  • Renaming of Agartala airport
  • First BS-VI engine certificate
  • First ever ‘India Tourism Mart’
  • Six institutes get ‘Eminence’ tag
  • No interim order on SC/STs promotions
  • Adultery law is under consideration
  • 4th National Conclave on Mines & Minerals
  • President nominates four members to Rajya Sabha
  • 12th-century coins dug up in Bastar
  • 21 nuclear reactors under implementation
  • Nuclear missile tracking ship
  • UN report on HIV infections
  • SPC programme launched
  • Public Affairs Index 2018
  • Swachh Survekshan Grameen launched
  • India’s first UMS
  • New Nuclear Power Plants
  • Data protection report submitted
  • “Mission Satyanishtha” launched
  • ‘Made-in-India’ multi-fuel war tank
  • National Viral Hepatitis Control Program
  • Major cities to get missile shields
  • UN’s E-Government index 2018

June 2018

  • First ever adventure tourism guidelines
  • Agreement on Financing for PMGSY
  • India’s coastline now extends
  • India’s First Advanced Forensic Lab
  • Strategy on AI released
  • SC clears decks for reservation in promotion
  • Geo-Intelligence Asia – 2018
  • Global Peace Index 2018
  • QS Rankings 2019
  • Govt opens a lateral entry
  • India to have its 1st police museum
  • “Rail Madad” launched
  • New Swachh Iconic Places launched
  • Rani Rashmoni inducted

May 2018

  • Disaster Risk Reduction database
  • ‘Vijay Prahar’ exercise
  • DST celebrates its foundation day
  • 75 National Resource Centres notified
  • NWIC launched
  • ‘World’s first’ women’s special train
  • First Apex Conference of Smart Cities
  • TRIFED goes digital
  • Frozen Semen Station under RGM
  • Buddhist tourism circuit to more states
  • National Wind-solar Hybrid Policy
  • Draft Cauvery scheme submitted in SC
  • SC justifies its verdict on SC/ST Act
  • IP Nani launched
  • SC approves draft Cauvery Management Scheme
  • “AYUSH” finds a place in the English Language
  • Kishanganga hydropower project inaugurated
  • Zojila project in Leh inaugurated
  • Historic Circumnavigation completed
  • UGC (Online Courses) Regulations, 2018 approved
  • Curtain Raiser of SURYA KIRAN-XIII
  • EPE inaugurated
  • Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE)
  • No fly-by-night operator will be allowed
  • Web portal ‘Praapti’ launched
  • Notice by Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal

 


April 2018

  • TN files contempt against Cauvery issue
  • Only Indian city in top 10 tech hubs’ list
  • Govt questions SC order on SC/ST Act
  • Article 370 is not temporary
  • Exercise Gaganshakti-2018
  • India at CWG 2018
  • India’s most powerful locomotive
  • Satyagraha se Swachhagraha
  • Delhi airport debuts in world’s top 20 busiest
  • DRDO at DefExpo 2018
  • ‘EoI’ for first offshore wind energy
  • e-FRRO scheme launched
  • Gaganshakti-2018 concluded
  • 10th Defexpo-2018
  • First ‘LED street light district’
  • Districts removed from Maoist-hit areas.
  • Mecca Masjid blast verdict.
  • World Heritage Day 2018.
  • States ranks on nutrition..
  • First Smart City becomes fully Renewable Energy.
  • India top in remittances in 2017.
  • AFSPA removed from Meghalaya.
  • Restructured NBM approved.
  • First license for Liquid Chlorine.
  • First-ever Mock Exercise on Bio-Disasters.
  • Tejas carries out successful test firing of BVR missile.

March 2018

  • Cabinet ups guarantee to NAFED
  • Conference on ‘World Rare Disease Day’
  • World’s largest solar park inaugurated
  • XPL-18 Concludes
  • Bengaluru to get Fund from Nirbhaya Fund
  • DefExpo 2018
  • ICH in UNESCO’s List
  • Sukhad Yatra App launched
  • National Nutrition Mission launched
  • SC allows passive euthanasia
  • No provision for states having a flag
  • 4 cities shortlisted for IDY
  • India’s first coastal policing academy
  • Rare signed photo of Gandhi auctioned
  • India is world’s largest arms importer
  • Drug QOL-2C developed
  • Award for E-office
  • 105th Indian Science Congress
  • Ram Sethu will not be damaged
  • Basmati fails to get GI tag
  • Made-in-India train replace Shatabdi
  • 7TH Women Science Congress Inaugurated
  • World’s First Trusted Digital Repository
  • Smart India Hackathon 2018
  • Strategy on RE Initiated
  • First Indian Sign Language Dictionary
  • Drug Law Enforcement
  • INS Ganga decommissioned
  • Notice to Cambridge Analytica
  • India pledges to help Palestine refugees
  • ‘Print Biennale India 2018’ inaugurated
  • World’s oldest city goes ‘wireless’
  • Ranking of ‘aspirational’ districts.
  • Remove ‘bridge course’ get nod

February 2018

  • SC adopts roster system
  • IIT-IIT launched
  • The electoral bond under judicial scanner
  • Adult woman free to choose the place of living
  • Asia University Rankings 2018
  • J&K to get new Act after 114 years
  • India in global IP index
  • New Affiliation Norms for ITIs
  • International Conference on Unani Medicine
  • Only Indian city among world’s top richest
  • Railways launches ‘whistleblower’ portal
  • First ever Highway Capacity Manual
  • ‘Paschim Lehar’ begins
  • LTCG will not impact NPS
  • India’s defence budget in world’s top 5
  • Cauvery dispute verdict
  • BRO builds a strategic road
  • The international Theatre Olympics
  • Languages heading for extinction
  • PILs in SC for population control
  • Home Ministry sets deadline for Cyber labs
  • Global Digital Health Partnership Summit
  • National Conference on “Agriculture-2022”
  • 13-digit for M2M services
  • Marks of Prelims exam can’t be made public: SC
  • First tranche of electoral bonds on sale
  • First ever govt to rank medical college
  • SC order spells relief for jute industry
  • Sustainable Biofuels 2018
  • Viral Load test for PLHIV launched.
  • 21st National Conference on e-Governance
  • Hetero launches HIV treatment drug in India.
  • J-K panel suggestion.

January 2018

  • Free conversion of PIO cards to OCI stopped
  • The rollout of cleanliness survey
  • World’s biggest sand sculpture
  • Rajya Sabha made a history
  • Asia’s longest tunnel road
  • ‘Operation Alert’ launched
  • First in Cyclone Ockhi
  • Can women be punished for adultery
  • Courts cannot assume the role of legal protector: SC
  • India’s ‘first coffee’ brews GI tag
  • e-Sansad and e-Vidhan projects
  • SC revises the earlier order
  • New SIT sets up for anti-Sikh riots
  • Nirbhik, Nirghat decommissioned
  • 7-member team for Judge’s rift
  • Teen Murti Chowk renamed
  • Bengal joins Swachh contest
  • Centre scraps Haj subsidy. 378
  • 15% universities allow to offer online degrees
  • Govt plans liveability index of 116 cities
  • Nine cities under SCM
  • National Urban Policy
  • Inclusive Development index 2018
  • First time in NFHS
  • India’s first civil plane in the sky
  • ‘Bharat Parv’ as part of Republic Day 2018
  • Army gifts T-55 battle tank
  • India marks 69th Republic Day
  • Key tableaux themes this year
  • Hindi word of 2017
  • First Nepal player in IPL
  • NLU report
  • Asia’s largest drip irrigation project

 


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