Point-Wise Current-Affairs & GS (Includes Important PIB Updates) 2018 with Maps & Data- IAS, SSC etc

  • Jan 18, 2019
  • 1 QS Asia Rankings 2019: 8 Universities from India Among Top 100 [ Education, International Relations/Organizations, Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    QS Asia University Ranking is annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). 8 Indian universities have figured among top 100 in list of Asia’s top 50 universities.

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    Image of QS Asia University Ranking 2018

    Image of QS Asia University Ranking 2018

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  • 2 What is Anti-Defection Law? AIADMK MLAs’ Disqualification Verdict [ Policy/Governance, Political Science ]

    Madras High Court upheld disqualification of 18 MLAs of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) loyal to sidelined leader TTV Dinakaran. If member of house belonging to political party.

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    Image of AIADMK MLAs Disqualification Verdict

    Image of AIADMK MLAs Disqualification Verdict

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  • 3 MIT Scientists Developed Extremely Micro Robots [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently developed micro-robot that can be used to monitor oil or gas pipeline or to diagnose disease in human body. Size of this robot is abt 10 micrometres. In addition, scientists have discovered way in which such robot

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  • 4 Union HRD Minister Releases the Revised CBSE Affiliation Bye Laws [ Education, Policy/Governance, Political Science ]

    Union HRD Minister released revised CBSE Affiliation Bye Laws to ensure speed, transparency, hassle-free procedures, & ease of doing business w/Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

    Image of New Affiliation Bye - Laws

    Image of New Affiliation Bye - Laws

    Image of New Affiliation Bye - Laws

    • Revised affili

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  • Jan 17, 2019
  • 1 Statue of Sir Chhotu Ram Unveiled, Foundation Stone of Rail Coach Refurbishing at Karkhana [ Govt. Schemes/Projects, Personalities, Railways ]

    PM has unveiled 64-foot-tall statue of peasant leader Sir Chhotu Ram at his native village Sampla in Rohtak dist. of Haryana. Statue is sculpted by renowned sculptor & Padma Bhushan-recipient Ram Vanji Sutar. Also foundation stone of rail coach refurbishing factory was laid at Ka

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  • 2 Global Temperature Could Exceed 1.5°C in Just 12 Years: UN (IPCC) Special Report [ Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released special report on global warming in Incheon, South Korea. Report includes contributions from 91 authors & review editors from 40 countries.

    Image of Global Mean Surface Temperature

    Image of Global Mean Surface Temperature

    Image of Global Mean Surface Temperature

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  • Jan 16, 2019
  • 1 Upgraded MIG-29 Adds to Air Power [ Defense ]

    Indian Air Force’s beast MiG-29 has gained in strength & ferocity after upgrade, giving force, battling shortage of fighter aircraft, much-needed boost. It is twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed in Soviet Union.

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    Image of MIG - 29 Aircraft’s

    Image of MIG - 29 Aircraft’s

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  • 2 Saudi Arabia to Join CPEC as 3rd Strategic Partner [ Economy, International Relations/Organizations ]

    Pakistan has invited Saudi Arabia to join $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as 3rd strategic partner. Formal request in this regard was made after Pakistan PM visited Saudi Arabia during his 1st foreign trip after getting elected.

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    Image of China - Pakistan Economic Corridor

    Image of China - Pakistan Economic Corridor

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  • 3 🌟 Vice President Lays Foundation Stone for Kartarpur Corridor [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Vice President laid foundation stone for construction of Kartarpur Sahib Corridor on Indian side at Mann village in Gurdaspur dist. , Punjab. Corridor will provide visa free passage to Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit holy site of Gurudwara Darbar Sahib at Kartarpur in Pakistan.

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    Image of Kartarpur Map

    Image of Kartarpur map

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  • 4 PhD Holders from Top 500 World Universities Eligible for Direct Recruitment as Assistant Professor [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    All PhD holders who are involved w/research programmes in India or pursuing higher education in foreign universities can rejoice now. After completing their Doctoral degree, they will be eligible for direct recruitment as assistant professors in Indian universities, according to

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  • Jan 15, 2019
  • 1 Lancet Countdown 2018 Report: India Among Worst Hit by Climate Change [ International Relations/Organizations, Environment/Ecology ]

    Lancet Countdown 2018 report has asked Indian policy makers to take series of initiatives to mitigate increased risks to health & loss of labour hours due to surge in exposure to heatwave events in country over 2012 - 2016 period.

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    Image of Lancet Countdown 2018 Report

    Image of Lancet Countdown 2018 report

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  • 2 U.S. Jury Clears Tata Consultancy of Anti-American Bias Claims [ Economy, International Relations/Organizations ]

    In victory for Indian IT outsourcing industry, California jury unanimously sided w/Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) & said that Indian consulting major has not discriminated against non-South Asian workers in US as alleged in lawsuit.

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    Image of Indian IT Outsourcing Industry

    Image of Indian IT outsourcing industry

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  • 3 Defence Acquisition Council Approval: New Frigates to Get BrahMos [ Policy/Governance, Defense ]

    Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurements worth ₹ 3000 cr. It includes BrahMos cruise missiles for 2 stealth frigates to be procured directly from Russia & armored recovery vehicles for Army’s Arjun tanks.

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    Image of Sea Defence

    Image of Sea Defence

    BrahMos Super

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  • 4 🌟 ‘HIV Self-Screening Test to Become Major Game-Changer in Country’ [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    1st December marked 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. This year’s theme is ‘Know your status’. There is need for active participation by both youth & ‘at risk’ population groups.

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    Image of New HIV Infections Among Adults

    Image of New HIV infections among adults

    HIV is Still

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  • 5 🌟 The Ethics of Gene Editing [ Science/Technology, Health, Ethics ]

    World Health Organization is creating working group to study gene editing & complex ethical, social & safety issues procedure raises. Gene-editing system called Crispr-Cas9 or Crispr is simple, cheap & effective.

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    Image of Gene Editing

    Image of Gene editing

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  • Jan 11, 2019
  • 1 🌟 3 New PAN Rules Effective from December 5 [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    In order to prevent tax evasion, IT Dept. changed PAN card rules. Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) making tax rules mandatory for business worth over Rs. 2.5 lakh in financial year for Permanent Account Number (PAN) will come into effect on 5th December 2018.

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    Image of The PAN Card

    Image of The PAN card

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  • 2 S-400 Missile Deal to Be Signed During Vladimir Putin’S India Visit [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    India & Russia signed USD 5.43 billion deal for India to procure S-400 Triumf missile system from Russia. Deal was signed following 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit b/w PM & Russian President & other delegates

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    Image of S-400 Missile Deal with Russia

    Image of S-400 Missile Deal with Russia

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  • 3 What is APIX Technology [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Computers & ICT ]

    APIX (Application Programming Interface Exchange) is a banking technology platform launched at Fintech Festival in Singapore. Fintech platform aims to connect companies to financial institutions globally & become banking solution for 2 billion people w/o bank accounts worldwide.

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  • 4 Environment Ministry Notifies Graded Response Action Plan to Combat Air Pollution in NCR [ Policy/Governance, Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) notified Graded Response Action Plan to combat air pollution in NCR Delhi region. MoEFCC amended laws & formally tasked SC-appointed panel w/implementing graded action plan for pollution control.

    Image of MoEFCC amended laws and formally

    Image of MoEFCC Amended Laws and Formally

    Image of MoEFCC amended laws and formally

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  • Jan 10, 2019
  • 1 📹 Kurukshetra December -2018 Science & Technology for Rural India (Part-3) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Prevent Soil erosion: Several other measures are mulching, minimum tillage, no-till by direct seeding, strip cropping, agroforestry, shelter belts, & reduced stocking rates & grazing intensities, Increase soil organic matter content

    • Soil Nutrient Balance & Cycles
    • Mitigating Soil

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  • 2 📹 Kurukshetra December 2018 - Science & Technology for Rural India (Part 2) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Innovative Technologies for Higher Productivity Major changes in agricultural production took place in mid-1960s w/introduction & adaptation of new production technologies which is known as “Green Revolution” technology. Agriculture is still main livelihood of approximately half

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  • Jan 9, 2019
  • 1 PSLV-C43 Successfully Launches Earth Observation Satellite HysIS and 30 Foreign Satellites [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched country’s 1st advance earth observation satellite Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) along w/30 other satellites from 8 countries.

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    Image of Sriharikota Map

    Image of Sriharikota map

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    Image of PSLV - C43

    Image of PSLV - C43

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  • 2 Arvind Saxena Appointed UPSC Chairman [ Education, Personalities ]

    President appointed Arvind Saxena as Chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC conducts examination to select bureaucrats, diplomats & police officers. He will have tenure till 7th Aug. , 2020, when he attains age of 65 years.

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    Image of Appointed UPSC Chairman

    Image of Appointed UPSC Chairman

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  • 3 GSAT-11: India’S Heaviest Communication Satellite Launched Successfully from French Guiana [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    Indian Space Research & Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched India’s heaviest & most-advanced communication satellite GSAT-11 into space. It was launched on board of Ariane 5 VA-246 rocket from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana.

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    Image of The GSAT -11

    Image of The GSAT -11

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  • 4 PM Inaugurates Mahatma Gandhi Museum at Rajkot [ Culture ]

    PM inaugurated Mahatma Gandhi Museum in Rajkot. Museum is set up at Alfred High School, which was imp. part of formative years of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji studied in Alfred High School for 4 years & completed his matriculation.

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    Image of First English Medium School in Saurashtra

    Image of First English medium school in Saurashtra

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  • Jan 8, 2019
  • 1 Steel Plant in YSR Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance ]

    Steel Ministry has reviewed preparation for establishing steel plant in YSR Kadapa dist. of Andhra Pradesh. This project was envisaged under Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014.

    Image shown Map of The Kadapa

    Image Shown Map of The Kadapa

    Image shown Map of The Kadapa

    Draft Report on Steel Plant in YS

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  • 2 Workshop on Online Course on Digital Payments Launched by NITI Aayog in Collaboration [ Policy/Governance, Computers & ICT ]

    Workshop on “Online Course on Digital Payments” was organized by FICCI & NITI Aayog. Course was developed by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) & Department of Telecommunications (DoT) w/inputs form key stakeholders targeting mid-level Govt. Officers/Academicians engaged

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  • 3 🌟 What is Open Government Data (OGD) Platform India [ Education, Computers & ICT ]

    Govt. has provided 2 lac Datasets on open data platform to provide opportunity for innovation to all. It is set-up by National Informatics Centre (NIC) in compliance w/Open Data Policy. Its objective is to provide platform for proactive access to Govt. -owned shareable data.

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    Image of Open Government Platform (OGPL)

    Image of Open Government Platform (OGPL)

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  • Jan 5, 2019
  • 1 Who is a D-Voter, What is NRC? [ Policy/Governance, Political Science ]

    Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), published recently, includes only those able to prove they were in Assam before 1971. It excludes D- voters. Some 2.48 lakh people got D-voter tag during NRC process.

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    Image of Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC)

    Image of Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC)

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  • 2 VS Naipaul, Fiery Novelist and Nobel Laureate [ Education, International Relations/Organizations, Awards, Personalities ]

    Indian origin writer & famous British novelist Sir V. S. Naipaul died in London on 12th Aug. 2018. He was 85 years old. Naipaul was known as ‘Sir Videya’ among fans. He has written insensitivity on imp. issues like colonialism, idealism, religion & politics.

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    Image of Sir Videya

    Image of Sir Videya

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  • 3 🌟 Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General, Dies at 80 [ Education, Policy/Governance, Personalities ]

    Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General passed away after a short illness. He was 80. Kofi Annan Foundation described him as “global statesman & deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for fairer & more peaceful world”.

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    Image of Kofi Atta Annan

    Image of Kofi Atta Annan

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  • Jan 3, 2019
  • 1 Submarine-Hunting Copters for Navy and New Guns for Army [ Defense ]

    Defence Acquisition Council, DAC approved approx. 46,000 cr. rupees for procurement of services. DAC clears procurement proposal worth over Rs. 46,000 cr. for services for Indian Army & Navy.

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    Image of Shaping The Procurement Policy

    Image of Shaping The Procurement Policy

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  • 2 Government Begins Consolidation of Regional Rural Banks [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    Govt. has begun work on consolidation of regional rural banks along w/public sector lenders & intends to bring down number to 36 from existing 56. Centre has initiated consultations w/states as they are one of sponsors of RRBs in country. Sponsor banks are preparing blueprint for

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  • 3 🌟 Human Development Index Report 2018 [ Policy/Governance ]

    As per latest human development ranking released by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), India has climbed one spot to 130 out of 189 countries. In 2010, figures were 46 & 49 countries, respectively.

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    Image of HDI Report 2018

    Image of HDI Report 2018

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  • 4 ‘Robotic Skins’ Can Now Turn Inanimate Objects into Complex Robots [ Science/Technology ]

    Researchers from Yale University have developed type of skin that allows users to turn inanimate objects into movable things & everyday objects into robots. This type of skin is developed in lab of Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio.

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    Image of Type of Skins

    Image of Type of Skins

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  • Jan 2, 2019
  • 1 What is Block Chain? Reliance Receives India’S First LC Payment Via Block Chain [ Science/Technology, Economy, Computers & ICT ]

    HSBC Holdings has executed letter of credit (LC) payment using block chain for export by Reliance Industries to US-based Tricon Energy. Block chain technology offers way for untrusted parties to reach consensus on common digital history.

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    Image of Block Chain Technology

    Image of Block Chain Technology

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  • 2 JK Lakshmipat University Opens Admissions for Pinnacle MBA 2019 [ University Entrance Upd. ]

    -JK Laksmipat University has announced admissions for the fresh batch of Pinnacle MBA 2019. The Pinnacle MBA programme has been designed in consultation with Industry with a good blend of academics, industry exposure and personal mentoring by industry professionals.

    -The foundin

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  • 3 Cabinet Approves National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems [ Education, Science/Technology, Policy/Governance, Computers & ICT ]

    Union Cabinet has approved launching of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS). It will be implemented by Department of Science &Technology under Ministry of Science & Technology for period of 5 years.

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    Image of The NM-ICPS

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  • 4 🌟 Cabinet Approves Implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam (National Project) on River Ravi in Punjab [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Union Cabinet has approved implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam Project on river Ravi in Punjab. It has approved central assistance of Rs. 485.38 cr. (for irrigation component) over 5 years period from 2019 to 2023.

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    Image of Ravi River

    Image of Ravi River

    Image of Cabinet Approves Implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam

    Image of Cabinet Approves Implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam

    Image of Cabinet Approves Implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam

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  • Dec 31, 2018
  • 1 📹 Yojana December 2018: Digital India (Part 3) [ Yojana ]

    Digital Developing Service: DigiLocker has enabled people to store, share & verify their documents & certificates thru cloud. National Scholarship Portal has become a source of facilitating education.

    • It is a one-stop solution that ensures students to access various services st

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  • 2 📹 Yojana December 2018: Digital India (Part 2) [ Yojana ]

    BPO Promotion in Small Towns: To create employment opportunities for local youth & secure balanced regional growth of IT & It Enables Services sector in each state, India BPO Promotion Scheme & North East BPO Promotion Scheme have been launched under Digital India Programme.

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  • 3 📹 Yojana December 2018: Digital India (Part 1) [ Yojana ]

    Key Topics included in this Article: JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile), JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile), Jeevan Pramaan, eHospital & Online registration services, Soil Health Card, DigiLocker.

    • eNAM (Electronic National Agriculture Market)

    • Digital Payments

    • Online Registration System

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  • Dec 27, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Constitutional Validity of Aadhaar [ Policy/Governance, Political Science ]

    5- Judge constitutional bench of SC upheld constitutional validity of flagship Aadhaar Scheme. Apex Court in its judgement has listed out host of services for which linking of Aadhaar is not mandatory.

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    Image of Decoding The Verdict

    Image of Decoding The Verdict

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  • 2 🌟 IISc Bengaluru is India’S Top Ranked University [ Education ]

    Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, is highest-ranked educational institution from India. Indian Institute of Technology-Indore comes 2nd, as per Times Higher Education’s (THE) world university rankings 2019.

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    Image of India’s Top Ranked University

    Image of India’s Top Ranked University

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  • 3 DAC Approved Projects Worth Rs 9,100 Crores [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance, Defense ]

    Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of equipment for Defence Forces worth Rs. 9,100 cr. Upgraded Akash Weapon System is operationally critical equipment that will provide protection to vital assets.

    This would include:

    Procurement of 2 Regiments of Akash Miss

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  • 4 SC Decriminalises Adultery: Supreme Court Declares Section 497 of IPC Unconstitutional [ Policy/Governance, Political Science ]

    SC has unanimously struck down Section 497 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) 1860 that makes adultery punishable offence for men. Judgment was given by 5-judge bench of SC including CJI on petition filed by non-resident Keralite Joseph Shine.

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    Image of SC Decriminalises Adultery

    Image of SC Decriminalises Adultery

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  • 5 🌟 Civil Aviation Ministry Approves Setting Up Water Aerodromes [ Policy/Governance ]

    Civil Aviation Ministry has given in-principle approval to set up water aerodromes in country. To start w/it has identified 5 states: Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh & Assam for development of water aerodromes.

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    Image of Water Aerodromes

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  • Dec 26, 2018
  • 1 Committee of Experts Submits Its Report on Regulating Audit Firms and the Networks [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Committee of Experts submitted its report to Ministry of Corporate Affairs presenting its findings & recommendations on regulating audit firms & their networks. Report addresses issues raised by SC w/focus to strengthen legal regime of auditors & promote development of audit prof

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  • Dec 25, 2018
  • 1 🌟 In Justice Indira Banerjee’S Appointment to Supreme Court, a New Record [ Policy/Governance ]

    Centre cleared names of 3 high court judges to be elevated to SC of India. Those who were elevated to apex court included U’Khand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph, Madras HC Chief Justice Indira Banerjee & Orissa HC Chief Justice Vineet Saran.

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    Image of Crucial Dates

    Image of Crucial Dates

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  • 2 Indian-Origin Mathematician Akshay Venkatesh Wins Fields Medal [ Education, Awards, Personalities ]

    Akshay Venkatesh, Indian-Australian mathematician, was awarded Fields medal at International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Akshay Venkatesh is one of 4 winners of Fields medal.

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    Image of Child Prodigy to Acclaimed Researcher

    Image of Child Prodigy to Acclaimed Researcher

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  • 3 🌟 Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Computers & ICT ]

    Justice BN Srikrishna Committee submitted its report on data protection law to Union Minister for Electronics & IT, law & justice. Bill will apply to processing of personal data w/i India, including State.

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    Image of Privacy Law in the Making

    Image of Privacy law in the making

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  • Dec 24, 2018
  • 1 CVC Analyzes Top 100 Bank Frauds [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    Central Vigilance Commission- CVC has analyzed top 100 Bank Frauds till last year in which it identified loop holes & suggests systemic improvements. Study was done in 13 sectors comprising.

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    Image of CVC Report on Bank Frauds

    Image of CVC Report on Bank Frauds

    • Study was

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