Agni-IV missile successfully test fired

The flight-trial of India's long range, strategic ballistic missile, Agni-IV, on Jan 2, from a road-mobile launcher on Abdul Kalam Island, off Odisha coast, was "a grand success.”
Agni-IV's success proved the reliability and efficacy of India's long-range ballistic missile system.
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Agni-IV is a two-stage, surface-to-surface missile that can travel 4,000 km and can carry a nuclear warhead weighing one tonne.

Drug discovery for GPCR signalling made easy by IIT Kanpur

Researchers have shown that the regulation of G Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) by new drugs can be simpler than generally thought — it can be mediated by engaging only the end of the receptor, which is called the tail of the receptor.

Significance of these findings:
With this, discovering new drugs that bind to G Protein-Coupled Receptors (GPCRs), which are central to almost every physiological process in our body such as vision, taste, immune response and cardiovascular regulation, becomes easier.

PM Modi announced inclusion of NBFCs in the Credit guarantee scheme

PM’s New Year eve speech has opened up opportunities for digital lending players, including startups in the space. PM has announced the inclusion of non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) in the credit guarantee scheme for small, medium and micro enterprises (SMEs) and also extended the scheme for loans up to Rs 2 crore.

RBI sets up counters for NRI deposits

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has opened a new window for non-resident Indian and citizens who were staying abroad since November 8 to deposit the demonetised ₹1,000 and ₹ 500 currency notes.

Details:

  • For RICs: Resident Indian citizens who were abroad during November 9, 2016 to December 30, 2016 can avail this facility upto March 31, 2017.

Prime Minister's first address to the Nation after demonetisation: Important announcements

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation today i.e., December 31, 2016, his first since November 8, the day he announced a ban on circulation of old Rs 500, 1000 notes. 
Announcing a string of schemes during his New Year eve speech, the PM announced a string of schemes for the poor, farmers and senior citizens.