Point-Wise Current-Affairs & GS (Includes Important PIB Updates) 2019 with Maps & Data- IAS, SSC etc

  • Sep 22, 2019
  • 1 Down to Earth Summary 1-15 September 2019 Part 3 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    11. Asia is most severely affected by land degradation, desertification and drought Economic appraisal (cost of restoration vs. benefit of restoration) in the ELD Asia study report says that if all Asian countries invest and develop sustainable land management technologies on its

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  • 2 Down to Earth Summary 1-15 September 2019 Part-2 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    6. More than 100 countries are at the risk of desertification. The risk is likely to displace 700 million people worldwide by 2050. The desertification has resulted in a number of social and economic stressors such as food security, wealth and productivity. Sudan was under mili

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  • 3 Down to Earth Summary 1-15 September 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    1. The Dictum of Desertification: The United Nation’s Convention emphasized land and water by preventing land degradation and water scarcity. To prevent the world from deadly impacts of the climate change. Building wealth for the poorest and improving their livelihoods. Mitigatin

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  • 4 Thar Link Express Suspended [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The weekly Jodhpur-Munabao Thar Link Express has been suspended by the government of India over the arising tensions with Pakistan due to the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir. Prior to this India also cancelled Samjhauta Express from its end after Pakistan’s announcement of s

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  • 5 National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019 Passed [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Minister of Commerce and Industry introduced the National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha on July 30,2019 following which the bill was successfully passed in the upper House. This bill will amend the National Institute of Design Act, 2014, which

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  • 6 Dam Safety Bill 2019 [ Govt. Schemes/Projects, Bills ]

    The Jal Shakti Minister of India introduced the Dam Safety Bill 2019 in the Lok Sabha in August 2019. Various reasons have led to the establishment of a national authority to look into the institutional and legal safeguards as far as the management of dams is concerned.

    Image shows of Dam Safety Bill 2019

    Image Shows of Dam Safety Bill 2019

    Image shows of Dam Safety Bill 2019

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  • Sep 20, 2019
  • 1 Approval of Sugar Export Policy for Evacuation of Surplus Stocks [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Cabinet Committee on economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved sugar export policy for evacuation of surplus stocks during sugar season 2019 - 20. The lump sum export subsidy will be subsidy@Rs. 10,448 per Metric Tonne (MT) to sugar mills for the sugar season 2019 - 20.

    Image shows of Furthering Income Support to cane Farmers

    Image Shows of Furthering Income Support to Cane Farmers

    Image shows of Furthering Income Support to cane Farmers

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  • 2 Amendments/Changes in the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019 [ Policy/Governance, Bills ]

    The Union Cabinet of India has intimated for the amendments/changes in the National Medical Commission Bill, 2019. The National Medical Commission Bill aimed towards improving the medical education system in the country by maintaining adequate and high-quality medical professiona

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  • 3 Proposal for Review of FDI Policy on Various Sectors Approved [ Economy, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Union Cabinet of India has approved the proposal for Review of Foreign Direct Investment on various sectors. When an investor from a foreign country invests in a business for which the foreign investor has the direct control over the company purchased is known as Foreign Dire

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  • 4 Report on the Composite Water Management Index 2.0 [ Policy/Governance, Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    The National Institution for Transforming India released Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0) report on August 23,2019. To assess and improve the performance of States and Union Territories in efficient management of water resources, the CWMI is an important tool. 25 State

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  • 5 Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme 2019 [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    The Union Finance Minister of India announced Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme, 2019 on Aug 22,2019. This scheme will be operationalized from 1st September 2019 and shall continue till 31st December 2019. This scheme is expected to be availed by large number of tax

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  • Sep 19, 2019
  • 1 Constitution of Advisory Board for Banking Frauds [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    To examine bank fraud over Rs. 50 crore and recommend action an Advisory Board has been constituted by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). This Advisory board is just a reconstituted version of Advisory Board on Bank, Commercial and Financial Frauds.

    Constitution of Advisory Board for Banking Frauds

    Constitution of Advisory Board for Banking Frauds

    Constitution of Advisory Board for Banking Frauds

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  • 2 Preparation of Roadmap for Distribution of Fortified Rice [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    A decision regarding distribution of fortified rice was taken in a review meeting between Union Food Minister and NITI Aayog. This distribution is to be done nationwide through ration shops. The Department of Food and Public has also been given instructions regarding the distribu

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  • 3 Sustainable Fashion Project SU.RE Launched [ International Relations/Organizations, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Union Minister for Textiles launched Project SURE on 22 August 2019 on the occasion of Lakmé Fashion Winter/Festive 2019 held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The aim is to promote sustainable fashion contributing towards a clean environment.

    Image shows of Sustainable Fashion Project SU.RE Launched

    Image Shows of Sustainable Fashion Project SU. RE Launched

    Image shows of Sustainable Fashion Project SU. RE Launched

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  • 4 Thailand to Host Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference 2019 [ International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    Thailand will be hosting the 2019 Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) in Thailand’s capital city Bangkok. From India’s end, the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Air Staff- Air Chief Marshal will be representing the conference.

    Thailand to Host Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference 2019

    Thailand to Host Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference 2019

    Thailand to Host Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence Conference 2019

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  • 5 India to Assist UAE in Launch of Its First Spacecraft “Hope Probe” [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    In a significant development towards the field of Space and Technology, the UAE Space Agency and ISRO will work together to launch UAE’s first spacecraft “Hope Probe” by July 2020. The President of UAE announced the launch of the Emirates Mars Mission Project in 2014 itself. UAE

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  • 6 Memorandum of Understanding Between Indian Army and Tata Realty [ Defense, Kurukshetra ]

    In a significant progress towards the field of Defence and Security, a memorandum of understanding has been signed between Indian Army and Tata Realty & Housing on 22 Aug 2019. The army Personnels are entitled to immediately take over dwelling units in 13 ‘Ready to Move in’ proje

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  • 7 RuPay Card Launched in UAE [ International Relations/Organizations, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    In a significant development to boost India’s relationship with UAE, the serving Prime Minister of India on his UAE visit dated 24th August 2019 launched RuPay card at the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. UAE has become the first country in the Gulf region where RuPay card has been la

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  • Sep 18, 2019
  • 1 Composite Water Management Index 2019 [ Country/State Ranks/Indices, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The NITI Aayog has declared Gujarat as the most successful state in India in terms of Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0). 25 States and 2 UTs were ranked were ranked by CWMI 2.0 for the reference year 2017 - 18 as against base year 2016 - 17. Also it has been found that

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  • 2 Organisation of Aadi Mahotsav at Leh-Ladakh [ Policy/Governance, Yojana ]

    In a significant step to boost the local economy in Ladakh, Aadi Mahotsav is being organised at Polo Ground, Leh Ladakh starting from start from 17 August till 25 August 2019 with the theme a celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture and Commerce. The event was inaugurat

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  • 3 Innovation for Clean Air Initiative Launched in Bengaluru [ International Relations/Organizations, Environment/Ecology ]

    In a significant development towards Clean Air Initiative, India and UK have together launched a two year joint initiative at Bengaluru (Capital of Karnataka). The main aim is to provide a unique air quality measurement system by integrating satellite and sensor data thereby sup

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  • Sep 17, 2019
  • 1 Ocean Energy Received Renewable Energy Status [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth, Geography ]

    The Ocean Energy has now been assigned Renewable Energy status by the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Hereafter energy produced using various forms of ocean energy such as tidal, wave and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) will be considered as Renewable En

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  • 2 54th Know India Programme [ Policy/Governance, Important Days ]

    40 participants from 9 countries, namely Fiji (7), Trinidad & Tobago (7), Mauritius (7), Guyana (6), Suriname (5), Myanmar (3), South Africa (2), Israel (2) and Reunion Island (1) out of which 26 are female and 14 are male have taken part in 4th Edition of Know India (KIP) Progra

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  • 3 National Medical Commission Bill to Replace Medical Council of India [ Health, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    In a significant reform in the field of medical education sector, the National Medical Commission Act 2019 passed by both Houses of Parliament on 08th August 2019. There would be a constitution of four autonomous boards who will be accountable for conducting undergraduate and pos

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  • 4 Title Sponsorship Rights Awarded to Paytm for 5 More Years [ Sports ]

    The Paytm’s association as title sponsor for Indian cricket has been extended for 5 more years by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. This sponsorship extension is applicable to all cricket matches, domestic and international, played in India.

    This title sponsorship right

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  • 5 Abrogation of Article 370 [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations, Bills ]

    The Union Minister for Home Affairs in India introduced two bills followed by two resolutions regarding Jammu and Kashmir in Lok Sabha on 6th August 2019. The state of Jammu and Kashmir is to be bifurcated into two Union territories – Jammu and Kashmir (with legislature) and Lada

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  • 6 ISRO Technical Liaison Unit at Moscow [ Science/Technology, International Relations/Organizations ]

    In a significant development towards the field of Science and Technology, the Union Cabinet has approved setting up of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Technical Liaison Unit (ITLU) at Moscow, Russia.

    This ISRO unit is mandated to collaborate with Space agencies and ind

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  • Sep 15, 2019
  • 1 Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha Drive Launched for School Students [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    To create awareness among the school students across the country, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) launched Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha drive on 9th August 2019. A similar scheme known as Jal Sanchay was launched by the Prime Minster of India as part of Jal Sha

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  • 2 Defence Procurement Procedure to Be Reviewed by a New Committee [ Defense, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    To strengthen ‘Make in India’ initiative, a new committee has been approved by the Union Minister of Defence. This new committee shall review the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 and Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009 as both the procurements have been withstanding for

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  • 3 Offer of E-Tourist Visa Fee Based on Tourist Footfall [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Indian government has planned to offer a flexible e-tourist visa regime for more than 160 countries based on tourist footfall. The e-tourist visa fee would be higher for peak season of July to March whereas the fee would be lower during lean period of April to June. The main

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  • 4 Framework to tax big Tech Companies [ International Relations/Organizations, Newspaper Editorials ]

    The govt. of India is likely to set a revenue threshold of Rs. 20 crore and a limit of 500,000 users above which non-resident technology companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter will have to pay direct taxes on profits earned locally.

    These limits are to be introduced as p

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  • 5 20 Institutions of Eminence Released [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    A list of 20 institutes-10 public and 10 private have been recommended recommended for Institutions of Eminence or IoE status under the supervision of the University Grants Commission or UGC which is also the higher education regulator.

    The private institutions proposed under IO

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  • 6 Liquidity Infusion of Rs 10,000 Crore to Be Provided to HFCs [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    With an aim to boost lending and accelerate growth, the housing sector regulator (National Housing Bank) has opened a liquidity infusion facility of Rs. 10000 crore for Housing Finance Companies (HFCs). This is expected to improve liquidity in sector.

    This would also enable comp

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  • Sep 13, 2019
  • 1 Agricultural Mechanization for in-Situ Management [ Policy/Governance, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    In a significant development in the field of Agriculture, Agro Industry & Allied Activities, a special scheme has been approved to support the efforts of the Governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and NCT of Delhi to address air pollution. This includes subsidization of

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  • 2 Setting Up of Chief of Defence Staff Post [ Defense, Appointments ]

    In a significant development in the field of Defence, the Prime Minster of India on 15th Aug 2019 announced the institution of the office of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). This Chief of Defense Staff will be above the three service levels Army, Navy and the Airforce. This announce

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  • 3 Tamil Yeoman Tamil Nadu’S State Butterfly [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Butterfly species Tamil yeoman (Cirrochroa thais) has been officially declared as state butterfly of Tamil Nadu. Earlier this species was notified by an order on lines of the State Tree (Palm), Bird (Emerald Dove), Flower (Gloriosa) and Animal (Nilgiri Tahr). Cirrochroa thais is

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  • 4 SDG Dashboard Launched [ Science/Technology, International Relations/Organizations, Health ]

    India’s first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) dashboard was launched by Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) in a bid to effectively track country’s progress on Agenda 2030 adopted by UN. The Dashboard was launched on occasion of National Statistic

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  • Sep 11, 2019
  • 1 Centre Educational Institutions Bill, 2019 Passed [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    The Parliament of India has passed the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill, 2019 has been passed by the Parliament. The bill was passed in Lok Sabha on 1st July 2019 later on 3 July 2019 the same was passed by the Rajya Sabha. The Bill has repla

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  • 2 The Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill 2019 [ Health, Bills, Down-to-Earth ]

    The Minister of Labour and Employment introduced The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2019 in Lok Sabha. All establishments employing at least 10 workers along with mines and docks comes under this Code Bill Policy. For certain types of establishments and

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  • 3 Jaipur Shortlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site [ Culture ]

    The Pink city of India Jaipur, known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture, made an official entry into UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site list. The decision was taken at 43rd session of UNESCO World Her

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  • 4 Agri-Business Incubation Centre in Chhattisgarh [ Policy/Governance, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    Union Agriculture Ministry has set up an Agri Business Incubation Centre in Chhattisgarh. The centre is set up by Agriculture Ministry Indira Gandhi Agriculture University of Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Agri Business Incubation Centre is set up under National Agriculture Development Sc

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  • 5 Yojana August 2019 : Citizen Centric E-Services (Part - 4) [ Yojana ]

    Welfare & Empowerment of Marginalized Thru. Budgetary Interventions: Current Govt. has clearly visualized development w/following visions to make it real: Building physical & social Infrastructure;

    Digital India reaching every sector of economy; Pollution free India w/green Moth

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  • 6 Yojana August 2019 : Citizen Centric E-Services (Part - 3) [ Yojana ]

    Budget 2019 - 20: Some Reflections: -A few of these basic facts are summarized below: Budget aims at 7 % GDP growth rate. Average growth rate during last five years has been 7.5 %. There is a declaration of an intent to become a 5 trillion economy by 2024. Survey also informs tha

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  • 7 Yojana August 2019 : Citizen Centric e-Services (Part - 2) [ Yojana ]

    Transforming Urban India: -Missions for Urban Rejuvenation: Govt. embarked on one of most comprehensive programmes of planned & systematic urban development w/launch of various flagship missions to bring about a transformative change in lives of people w/inclusive participative &

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  • 8 Yojana August 2019 : Citizen Centric e-Services (Part - 1) [ Yojana ]

    Key Topics Included In This Article: Macro economic Outlook, Measures for attracting Foreign/Domestic Investment, InFinance Act, 2019 (Interim Budget), Jal Shakti Abhiyan, Har Ghar Jal, Mission for Urban Rejuvenation, Metro Projects: Connecting City, Swachha Bharat Mission (Urban

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  • 9 New Lizard Species Named After Lord Indra [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology ]

    A new lizard species has been found in micro raptor stomach and it has been named after Lord Indra. This lizard represents a new species-Indrasaurus Wangi unlike any previously known. Microraptor is a genus of small, four-winged paravian dinosaurs who would normally eat fish, mam

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  • Sep 11, 2019
  • 1 Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Ethics ]

    The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012 was formulated in order to effectively address sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children. The Act ensures to put children first emphasizing child-friendly reporting, recording of evidence, investigation a

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  • Sep 9, 2019
  • 1 Decline in Paddle Stubble Burning by 41% (Policies and Governance, Environment) [ Policy/Governance, Environment/Ecology ]

    As per the Union Minister there has been a reduction of 41 % in stubble burning cases in UP, Punjab, Haryana in 2018 as compared to 2016. Various government efforts were put in for consideration under Central Sector Scheme (CSS) on ‘Promotion of Agricultural Mechanization for In-

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  • 2 Territorial Army [ International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    The Territorial Army is defined as the second line of defence which is not at all a source of profession, occupation or employment. Every year the volunteers belonging to the Indian Army serve in uniform for few days to prepare themselves in times of emergency. Those who are alr

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  • 3 New Species of Duck-Billed Dinosaurs Identified [ Science/Technology ]

    A new species of duck-billed dinosaurs has been identified by the Scientists from US and Spain. This species is believed to have had roamed the Earth around 80 million years ago. This dinosaur has been named for its aquiline nose and wide lower jaw, shaped like two trowels lay si

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  • 4 Global Innovation Index 2019 [ International Relations/Organizations, Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    India has improved its ranking in the Global Innovation Index 2019 by five places to 52nd in 2019 from 57th position in 2018. The Global Innovation Index ranking was announced by the Commerce and Industry Minister. This was for the first time that the GII is being launched in an

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  • 5 The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill [ Policy/Governance, Bills ]

    The Minister of Law and Justice introduced the Arbitration Bill 2019 in Lok Sabha on July 3,2019. This bill aims at establishing autonomous and independent institutions in India for better management and arbitration. The Bill aims at providing establishment of the NDIAC to conduc

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