Important Acts amendments and bills (January 2017 to September 2018) For UPSC Prelims and Mains 2018

Important Update 22nd October 2018 – This article was published to cover up the current affairs for UPSC Prelims and Mains 2018, click here for UPSC Prelims and mains 2019 current affairs .

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


  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.


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General studies II –

  • Indian Constitution-  amendments, significant provisions and basic structure
  • Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
  • Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, the conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.

As you know Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 was conducted on 3rd June 2018, and mains was concluded in the month of October 2018 in which current affairs played a crucial role.

So in this article, we have updated all important Acts amendments and bills between January 2017 to September 2018. 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.


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September 2018

  • Successful Test of NAG
  • Instant Triple talaq is a criminal offence
  • Committee constitutes for jail reforms
  • Panel formed for Lokpal

August 2018

  • Seva Bhoj Yojna launched
  • Bill to give constitutional status to NCBC
  • President nod to fugitive Bill
  • NCBC Bill passed
  • Juvenile Justice Amendment Bill, 2018 introduced
  • Govt withdraws FRDI Bill from LS
  • Bill to restore original SC/ST atrocity law passed
  • SC to constitute panel on issues in jails
  • Bills to amend GST laws passed
  • Sports University Bill passed
  • LS passes arbitration bill
  • Draft on standards for medical devices
  • Regulations for Drones announced
  • Law panel to recommend the framework for simultaneous polls

July 2018

  • SC lashes out at Centre over welfare scheme
  • DNA Technology Regulation Bill 2018 approved
  • Copyright treaties get nod
  • IBBI amends the IBBI Regulations, 2016
  • Allow gambling as regulated activities
  • Labour ministry finalises IR Code
  • SC on Section 377
  • MRA signed in 2010 approved
  • Fugitive economic offenders bill passed
  • Govt drops FRDI Bill
  • A Bill to scrap ‘no detention’ rule passed
  • The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2018 approved
  • Amendments to the anti-corruption law passed
  • Proposes to change in Trade Unions Act
  • Nod to the panel for DNT, SNT and NT
  • Panel for mob violence
  • Bill to punish bribe-givers passed
  • Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018 passed
  • Monuments amendment bill sent to select panel
  • Monitoring committee for the clean Yamuna
  • Human trafficking Bill passed
  • Panel recommendations on the Passport Act
  • The Criminal Law Amendment Bill passed
  • A Bill to revamp homoeopathy council passed
  • Committee set up on stressed power projects

From time to time the current affairs magazines section containing full coverage of events will also get updated, which you can download in PDF format.

The magazines given below are updated  with full coverage from January 2017 to May 2018

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June 2018

  • National Sports University Ordinance, 2018
  • Dam Safety Bill 2018 approved
  • Withdrawal of Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013
  • Internet telephony amended

May 2018

  • FFC constitutes an Advisory Council for ToR
  • Par panel to look into black money
  • Ordinance for amendments to bankruptcy code
  • One-person commission for Thoothukudi violence
  • Deliberations on Punchhi panel recommendations

April 2018

  • Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018 approved
  • Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018 approved
  • Fugitive economic offenders Ordinance gets nod
  • Fugitive economic offender’s ordinance promulgated
  • Ordinance promulgates.

March 2018

  • Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018 approved
  • Anti-trafficking bill Cleared
  • Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill introduced
  • Bill to prevent scrutiny of foreign poll funds to parties
  • SC passes slew under SC/ST Act.
  • Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill 2018
  • Gratuity Act, 2018 brought in force

February 2018

  • Bill to amend PMLA through Finance Act 2018
  • Government makes Amendments in Small Savings Act
  • Committee set up to FDC drugs
  • Draft rules of Compensatory Afforestation Act
  • Cabinet nod to amend Chit Funds Act

January 2018

  • Centre on Brahmaputra studies set up
  • IBC Amendment Bill cleared
  • Heritage monuments bill passed
  • Par panel for law on data privacy
  • New Consumer Protection Bill introduced
  • Don’t privatise Air India: Par panel
  • Amendments to Companies Act notified
  • Panel on National Anthem row
  • Cryptocurrencies panel submits report
  • More amendments in insolvency law

December 2017

  • 15th finance panel holds first meeting
  • Govt sets up panel to address NPAs
  • NCM forms committee
  • Triple Talaq Bill cleared
  • GST Council firm on e-way Bill
  • Bill clears to replace MCI
  • A Bill on Rajya Sabha on Right to health
  • Committee for loss-making PSU
  • Bill to amend Payment of Gratuity Act
  • Bill to amend Indian Forest Act tabled
  • Companies (Amend) Bill, 2017 Passed
  • Cabinet clears new consumer protection bill
  • Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill Passed
  • Bill on GST compensation cess
  • Bill amending Forest Act passed
  • Bill for GST cess hike passed
  • Bill Criminalising triple talaq passed
  • Bills to repeal obsolete laws passed
  • Bill on changes in bankruptcy code introduced
  • Amendments to bankruptcy code Passed
  • Bill to make employment fundamental right rejected

November 2017

  • Govt amends Arms Rules
  • Inter-State Council reconstituted
  • Amendment in the NCTE Act, 1993
  • Cauvery tribunal gets extension
  • Panel for DBI in UP
  • 15th Finance Commission approved
  • President gives nod for Code ordinance
  • Data privacy authority

October 2017

  • AYUSH varsity Bill get nod
  • Par Panel for Dokalam, Rohingya issue
  • Draft bill on passive euthanasia
  • The revamped BIS Act
  • MPC minutes suggestion


September 2017

  • Govt notifies e-way bill
  • The Code on Wages Bill 2017
  • Economic Advisory Council formed
  • Committee to advise on RERA


August 2017

  • India Hub of Arbitration Submits Report


July 2017

  • The first bill of entry in IGST filed
  • India’s anti-hijacking law comes into force
  • Bankruptcy proceedings amended
  • Maritime Admiralty Bill passed
  • Legislation on DNA profiling
  • Bill to amend Companies Act cleared

June 2017

  • Anti-abuse provision in the Finance Act 2017
  • Implementation of the E-Way Bill
  • New Bill with bankruptcy in financial sector
  • Oversight committee for bad loan resolution
  • Govt notifies amended income tax rules
  • 7th pay panel recommendations cleared
  • Amendments in the Legal Metrology Rules, 2011

May 2017

  • Real Estate Act comes into force

April 2017

  • Employees Compensation Bill passed
  • Bill to accord constitutional status to NCBC approved
  • Bill to reform transport sector passed
  • Parliament clears landmark HIV Bill
  • Parliament’s Budget Session ends
  • Presidential nod for 4 GST laws
  • Cabinet clears to allow use of paper trail machines

March 2017

  • Trade Mark Rules 2017
  • Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in the Parliament
  • Change in No-Detention Policy
  • Bill to amend Enemy Property Act passed
  • Maritime Admiralty Bill passed by Lok Sabha
  • Parliament passes Enemy Property bill
  • National Health Policy approved
  • Cabinet clears GST Bills
  • Rajya Sabha passes HIV and AIDS bill
  • Finance Bill 2017 passed
  • India notifies amended tax treaty with Singapore
  • Commission for backward classes approved
  • Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amended Act, 2016
  • Mental Healthcare Bill passed in Parliament
  • GST supplementary bills passed
  • Parliament passes Finance Bill 2017

February 2017

  • Payment of Wages (Amendment) Bill 2017
  • Bill to replace note ban ordinance passed in LS
  • Payment of Wages Bill passed
  • Govt approves Revenue Insurance Scheme for plantation crops
  • Parliament passes bill for wage payment via e-mode
  • FSSAI drafting organic food norms
  • Bill passed to allow Kambala
  • GST Council clears law to compensate states

January 2017

  • SC limits the government’s power to issue ordinances
  • Govt relaxes Companies Act norms for IFSC
  • Jallikattu Bill passed
  • NGT lacks power: MoEF
  • Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana launched
  • New Scheme for Rural Housing approved

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