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- The 26th edition of annual World Book Fair has begun in New Delhi. It is organised by National Book Trust (NBT), under Ministry of Human Resource Development in association with India Trade Promotion Organisation. The theme for this year is ‘Environment and Climate Change’. European Union is Guest of Honour Country for this year’s book fair.
- The Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education of Indian has registered an increase from 24.5% in 2015-16 to 25.2% in 2016-17 according to late latest All India Higher Education Survey (AIHES) released by HRD Ministry. GER is statistical measure for determining number of students enrolled in undergraduate, postgraduate and research-level studies within country and expressed as a percentage of population.
- The Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority of India (PFRDA) has announced that Atal Pension Yojana has reached a subscriber base of 80 lakh. Uttar Pradesh is the highest contributing state at 11.41 lakh.
- According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI), India’s foreign exchange reserves have scaled to fresh record high of $409.366 billion as on December 29, 2017. The surge was due to massive spike in foreign currency assets, which is key component of the reserves.
- Income Tax Department under the Union Finance Ministry has launched an on-line chat service on its national website www.incometaxindia.gov.in with a prominent icon stating ‘Live Chat Online- ask your query’.