2017: Point-Wise CA and GS Articles

  • Dec 31, 2017
  • 1 Scheme DARPAN in Post Offices for Financial Inclusion (Important) [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Ministry of Communications launched DARPAN “Digital Advancement of Rural Post Office for A New India” Project to improve the quality of service, add value to services, and achieve “financial inclusion” of un-banked rural population.

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  • 2Dr. Lalji Singh: Father of DNA Fingerprinting in India Passes Away [ Personalities ]

    Eminent scientist and father of DNA fingerprinting in India Dr. Lalji Singh passed away. He was instrumental in making DNA fingerprinting mainstream in India for research and for forensic applications.

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    Image of DNA Fingerprinting

    Image of DNA Fingerprinting

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  • 3First NIC-CERT Launched by MeitY to Prevent, Predict Cyberattacks on Government Utilities [ Sci-Tech ]

    The Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) launched first NIC-CERT, a setup of National Informatics Centre (NIC) to prevent and predict cyber-attacks on government utilities.

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    Image of Cyberattacks in India

    Image of Cyberattacks in India

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  • 4What is Meteor Shower? What are Other Meteor Showers? [ Env. ]

    Rocks and dust particles from space close to Earth’s atmosphere are called meteoroids. Those entering and blazing through the atmosphere are called meteors. Geminid Meteor Shower in 2017 was observed on December 13.

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    Image of Meteor Shower

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  • 5Excitonium is the Latest New State of Matter- What are Other States of Matter? [ Sci-Tech ]

    Physicists from University of Illinois discovered a new form of matter called excitonium. This condensate, made up of excitons, was theorized almost 50 years ago. Term ‘excitonium’ was coined in the 1960s by Harvard theoretical physicist Bert Halperin.

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    Image of Excitonium Latest New State of Matter

    Image of Excitonium Latest New State of Matter

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  • Dec 29, 2017
  • 1📹 Yojana December 2017 Comprehensive Summary / Gist: Consumer Awareness [ Yojana ]

    NEXT ISSUE – Banking Sector Reforms, Key Issues: Consumer awareness on services is complex – hospital bills, threatens of legal action, evidence of consent, Consumer rights and consumer protection (2500 yrs ago – Kautilya), Consumer Protection Act, 1986 – protect for both goods a…

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  • Dec 28, 2017
  • 1📹 Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code & IBBI (Current Affairs / GS 2017-18) - WW.51 [ Eco. ]

    Next Week! ! Bharatmala Pariyojana: 👌 What is Insolvency, Bankruptcy & Liquidation? , Types of Loans? , 👌 What is NPA? , Need for a Code & Board? Single law for insolvency & bankruptcy.

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  • 2Hunga Tonga: New Volcanic Pacific Island Gives NASA a Glimpse of Life on Mars [ Sci-Tech ]

    NASA satellites have been observing new volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean. The emerging rock offers scientists a laboratory to map rarely seen rapid geological processes, which could model the mysterious terrain of Mars.

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    Map of Hunga Tonga

    Map of Hunga Tonga

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  • 327th National Energy Conservation Day Was on 14thDecember, 2017 [ Important Days ]

    The Energy Conservation Day is organized on 14th December each year by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under Ministry of Power to demonstrate India’s achievements in energy efficiency and conservation.

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    Image of Climate Change Tips

    Image of Climate Change Tips

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  • 4What is World Class University Tag [ Edu. ]

    Indian government approved the enabling regulatory architecture for setting up and upgrading of 10 public and 10 private Institutions of Eminence to enable them to reach amongst top 100 of world institutions ranking.

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  • Dec 27, 2017
  • 1 US Stalemates Permanent Solution for Stockholding Issue at MC11 -WTO (Important) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    US disagreed to any permanent solution on the public stockholding issue at the ongoing ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) - MC11in Buenos Aires. US move poses a threat to the talks reaching a successful conclusion.

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    Image of Stockholding Issue at MC11

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  • 2New Initiatives for Universal Health Coverage [ Health ]

    Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched ‘LaQshya’ Initiative and mHealth: Safe Delivery Application on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day. In addition, Operational Guidelines for Obstetric High Dependency Units and Intensive Care Units were released.

    State of Health Care

    State of Health Care

    State of Health Care

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  • 3Rajasthan First State with Hindi E-Mail IDs [ Sci-Tech ]

    Rajasthan was first state in India to launch free email addresses in Hindi for its residents. The facility will be available at name@rajasthan. bharat (in Devanagari script). Aims to increase participation of people towards e-governance and ensuring maximum government facilities …

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  • 4INS Kalvari: First Scorpene-Class Submarine Inducted in Indian Navy [ Defense ]

    Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari was commissioned into the Indian Navy. It is first of the six Scorpene-class submarines built under the strategic Project 75 by Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) with assistance and technology transfer from France’s DCNS.

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    Image of Scorpene Submarines

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  • Dec 26, 2017
  • 1Importance of Ken-Betwa River Linking- Government Merging 2-Phases of Ken-Betwa River Linking [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Ken-Betwa ILR project transfers surplus water from the Ken River to the Betwa basin through concrete canal to irrigate India’s worst drought-prone Bundelkhand region. Union Government is clubbing phase I and phase II of Ken-Betwa inter linking river (ILR) project resulting i…

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  • 2Agreement with UNESCO on Establishment of ITCOO in Hyderabad [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Cabinet approved the establishment of International Training Centre for Operational Oceanography (ITCOO), as a Category-2 Centre (C2C) of UNESCO, in Hyderabad, Telangana. Agreement establishes training centre for countries on Indian Ocean Rim (IOR), African countries bordering In…

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  • 3 What is Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR)? - (Important) [ Disaster Management ]

    The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), 2015 - 2030, is the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda identifying targets and priority actions towards reducing disaster risks by resilient and sustainable development.

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  • 4Schemes for Promotion of Cottage and Coir Industries [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Cottage Industries play important role in the Indian Economy by providing employment opportunities reducing the regional imbalance, assuring more equitable distribution of national income and wealth.

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    Image of Coir Products

    Image of Coir Products

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  • Dec 25, 2017
  • 1Universal Immunization Programme(UIP)- Mission Indradhanush & Intensified Mission Indradhanush [ Defense ]

    India’s UIP is one of the largest public health programmes in the world targeting 3 crore pregnant women and 2.7 crore new born annually and conducting more than 90 lakh immunization sessions.

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    Image of Mission Indradhanush

    Image of Mission Indradhanush

    Most cost effective pub…

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  • 2 Summary of Health Schemes, Bills and Policies for Achieving Universal Health Coverage (Important) [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Health coverage in India is still very poor. Health expenditure is also very small portion of GDP. Following are the details of important government policies and schemes for achieving goal of Universal Health Coverage.

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    Image of health coverage in india data

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  • 3Tuirial Dam in Mizoram and North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme [ Policy-Governance ]

    Centre approved Central Sector North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme to fill gaps in creation of infrastructure in two sectors of physical infrastructure and social infrastructure.

    Tuirial Dam in Mizoram Development Scheme

    Tuirial Dam in Mizoram Development Scheme

    Tuirial Dam in Mizoram Development Scheme

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  • 4Government Steps to Boost Digital Transactions [ Eco. ]

    The cabinet to give a shot in the arm to Digital India approved several steps like taking brunt of Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) on all debit card/BHIM UPI/AePS transactions up to a value of Rs. 2, 000 (small transactions). Move encourages digital transactions for the ease and low…

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  • 5 National Medical Commission Bill:New Regulator for Medical Education,Exit Tests for MBBS (Important) [ Health ]

    The Union Cabinet cleared National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, dissolving Medical Council of India (MCI) as the apex medical education regulator. MCI Used to conduct annual inspections and managed the education.

    Union Cabinet cleared National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill

    Union Cabinet cleared National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill

    Union Cabinet cleared National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill

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  • 6Legatum Prosperity Index: India Comes Closer to China [ Country Rank ]

    Legatum Prosperity Index is annual ranking developed by the London-based Legatum Institute. According to the 2017 ranking, gap between prosperity of China and India narrowed by four ranks since 2016.

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    Image of Top Contributors To Global Prosperity Gains Since 2007

    Image of Top Contributors To Global Prosperity Gains Since 2007

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  • 7 ECourts Mission Mode Project Launches E-Filing. What is National Judicial Data Grid? (Important) [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The eCourts Mission Mode Project (Phase I 2010 - 15; Phase II 2015 - 19) is a national eGovernance project for ICT enablement of district and subordinate courts of the country. It is being implemented by the Government of India with a total outlay of 1670 crores (Phase II).

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    Image of Mission Mode Project

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  • 8National Commission for Minorities Appointed Committee Looking into Minority Status [ Committees ]

    The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) set up three-member committee to study minority status of Hindus in 8 states where their population is less than 50%. Committee led by NCM’s Vice Chairman George Kurien has been given three months to submit its report.

    Census India Religion Distribution Map

    Census India Religion Distribution Map

    Census India Religion Distribution Map

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  • Dec 21, 2017
  • 1Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act- Uttar Pradesh [ Bills ]

    Uttar Pradesh became first state to endorse Union Government’s draft law- Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act making the practice of instant “triple Talaq” or Talaq-e-biddat a cognizable and non-bailable criminal offence.

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  • 2Amitabh Kant Committee to Look into NPAs in Power Sector [ Committees ]

    Union Government constituted high-level committee headed by NITI Aayog Chief Executive Amitabh Kant for addressing problem of Non-performing assets (NPAs) or stressed assets in power sector.

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    Image of NPAs In Power Sector

    Image of NPAs In Power Sector

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  • 3 Kumbh Mela Included in UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. (Important) [ Culture ]

    The Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage under UNESCO inscribed ´Kumbh Mela´ on UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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    Image of UNESCO world heritage site info graphic

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  • 4Power Reforms to Achieve Vision of ‘24x7 Power for All’ States for Achieving Target by March 2019 [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Following are the main reforms to decrease the losses of the DISCOMs and make them viable ultimately achieve the 24x7 power for all. Power Utilities must devise strategy to reduce their losses without burdening the consumer with high power tariffs irrationally.

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    Image of 24x7 Power for All

    Image of 24x7 Power for All

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  • 5 Urban Missions: AMRUT and Smart Cities Understanding Them as Inter-Linked Programmes (Important) [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The AMRUT and Smart Cities Missions are inter-linked programmes where AMRUT follows a project-based approach and Smart Cities Mission an area-based strategy. The Union Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for implementing the mission in collaboration with the state govern…

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  • Dec 20, 2017
  • 1India Eliminated Infective Trachoma? Which Other Diseases Have Been Eliminated [ Health ]

    Infective Trachoma was a leading cause of infectious blindness among children. India is now declared free of Infective Trachoma. Trachoma caused by poor environmental and personal hygiene and inadequate access to water and sanitation.

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    Image of Diseases Eliminated In World

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  • 2 Why Declaring Jerusalem the Capital of Israel is So Controversial? (Important) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    US recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and plans to relocate the US embassy there, against seven decades of US foreign policy. Status of Jerusalem is sensitive issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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    Jerusalem old city Green Line Map

    Jerusalem old city Green Line Map

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  • 3Steinbeis University in Germany Now Offering Course with Focus on ‘Make in India’ [ Edu. ]

    Germany’s Steinbeis University announced an MS degree in Global Technology Management Asia. The program is specially designed by the Berlin-based University to build technology framework for ‘Make in India’ initiative.

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  • 4 Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill (Important) [ Bills ]

    June 2017, the Central government approved the FRDI Bill intended to frame new rules for failing banks to contain the impact of a failing bank and protect the rights of depositors.

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    Image of Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance

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  • 5Kapu Reservation Bill Passed in Andhra Pradesh Assembly [ Bills ]

    Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly passed Kapu Reservation Bill, 2017 providing 5 % quota in education and employment by including them in Backward Classes list. The Telugu word Kapu or protector. They are also referred to by their caste title Naidu, which means leader.

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    Image of Peoples of South Asia

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  • Dec 19, 2017
  • 1📹 Blue Economy Versus Ocean Economy [ Env. ]

    Next Week! ! Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code: Ghogha-Dahej Ro-Ro ferry service allows traveling from Ghogha to Dahej through the sea which in future can also link Hazira, Pipavavo, Jafrabad, Daman and Diu, and even to Bombay.

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  • 2Chabahar Port- Phase-1 Inaugurated in Iran [ Eco. ]

    The first phase of Iran’s Chabahar port (Shahid Beheshti Port) with significant strategic and economic importance for India was inaugurated by Iran. Iran’s only oceanic port located on the Gulf of Oman, southeast of Iran near Pakistani border jointly developed by India, Iran and …

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  • 3“Petro” Venezuela’S New Virtual Currency [ Eco. ]

    Venezuela launched cryptocurrency called Petro to circumvent US-led financial sanctions backed by the country’s vast natural resource reserves. Venezuelan President approved the creation of BlockchainBase observatory to oversee development and rollout of new cryptocurrency.

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  • 4Akash Successfully Tested with Indigenous Radio Frequency [ Defense ]

    India’s indigenous surface-to-air missile Akash successfully test fired with “made in India” radio frequency seeker from Chandipur in Odisha. Akash system is primarily designed as an air defence SAM; it also provides missile defense capabilities, providing air defence for an area…

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  • 5 Chandrayaan-2 India Shoots for Moon Landing in 2018 (Important) [ Space and ISRO ]

    ISRO is getting ready to land its very first lunar rover by the end of March 2018, as part of its Chandrayaan-2 mission- the Indian government’s most ambitious moon exploration project to date.

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  • 6What is Incheon Strategy? Inter-Governmental Meeting of Asia and Pacific Decade [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The High Level Inter-Governmental Mid-Point review meeting of Asia and Pacific Decade for Persons with Disabilities, 2013 - 2022 was held in Beijing with Indian delegation led by Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment.

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  • Dec 18, 2017
  • 1 7 Principles of Srikrishna Committee on Data Protection. Protecting Individual Data (Important) [ Policy-Governance ]

    Spread of IT and “Aadhaar” based services in India not only increases beneficial use of data but also allows unregulated and arbitrary use of personal data. Data protection laws are required to guard such unauthorized use.

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    Image of Srikrishna Committee on Data Protection aadhar

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  • 2 What is BIMSTEC Coastal Shipping Agreement? BIMSTEC Discuss Shipping Agreement (Important) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Members of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) in New Delhi discussed the promotion of coastal shipping under the draft text of BIMSTEC Coastal Shipping Agreement drafted by the Ministry of Shipping, Government of India.

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    Image of BIMSTEC Coastal Shipping Agreement

    Image of BIMSTEC Coastal Shipping Agreement

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  • 3Mines and Mineral Development and Regulation Act, 1957: Amendments in the Mineral Auction Rules [ Bills ]

    The Mines and Mineral Development and Regulation Act, 1957 was amended in 2015 by Ministry of Mines to include Mineral Auction Rules, 2015 which prescribed the procedure of the auction process. On 30/11/2017, further amendments have been proposed.

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    Image of revenue from auction mines

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  • 4 Union Cabinet Approved National Nutrition Mission (NNM) (Important) [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Union Cabinet approved National Nutrition Mission (NNM) with a three year budget of Rs. 9046.17 crore from 2017 - 18. Set up Nutrition Resource Centres, involving masses through Jan Andolan for their participation on nutrition through various activities, among others.

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    Image of National Nutrition Mission

    Image of National Nutrition Mission

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  • 5India-Singapore Ink Bilateral Agreement for Navy Cooperation [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India and Singapore signed Bilateral Agreement for Navy Cooperation, which will allow Indian Navy ships logistical support, including refueling at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base located near disputed South China Sea (SCS).

    Map of Straits of Singapore and Malacca

    Map of Straits of Singapore and Malacca

    Map of Straits of Singapore and Malacca

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  • 6Does India Have ICMB? Hwasong-15 is North Korea’S Most Powerful ICBM [ Defense ]

    North Korea successfully launched Hwasong-15, a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). India has a series of ballistic missiles called Agni. Following figure depicts the range of Agni.

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    Image of Agni Missile Range comparison

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  • 7Indian Airforce Achieves Air to Air Refueling AAR on Transport Aircraft [ Defense ]

    An Indian Air Force Embraer transport aircraft specialised in conducting Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) function carried out Air to Air Refuelling (AAR). The AAR refueling allows an aircraft to fly a long duration flight beyond its endurance.

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    Image of Indian Airforce Achieves Air to Air Refueling

    Image of Indian Airforce Achieves Air to Air Refueling

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  • Dec 17, 2017
  • 1Project Swarna of Ministry of Railways 1st Swarna Rajdhani Plies from New Delhi – Sealdah [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Project Swarna aims to make major leap in improving passenger experience on Rajdhani trains. 14 Rajdhani Trains & 15 Shatabdi Trains are planned to be upgraded under Project Swarna. Earlier New Delhi- Kathgodam Shatabdi Express was launched under Project Swarna.

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    Image of Swarna of Ministry of Railways

    Image of Swarna of Ministry of Railways

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  • 2What is Securitizing the Future Flows? Higher Education Funding Agency (HEFA) [ Edu. ]

    Higher Education Funding Agency provides additional funds for research and related infrastructure. HEFA Board in its 2nd meeting approved projects for Rs. 2, 066.73 Cr for six institutions – IITs Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Kharagpur, Kanpur, and NIT Suratkal.

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  • 3 What is National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance? (Important) [ Health ]

    World Antibiotic Awareness Week is a World Health Organisation campaign focusing attention on antibiotic resistance. Like climate change, antibiotic resistance in one region has consequences across the globe.

    National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance

    National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance

    National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance

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  • 4 What is Universal Health Coverage? Karnataka Finalizes the Road (Important) [ Policy-Governance ]

    Karnataka’s amended the law governing private medical establishments to provide universal health coverage in the State. It provides for basic components of healthcare reform: Lays down treatment standards.

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    Image of World Health Organization

    Image of World Health Organization

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  • 548th International Film Festival of India Held in Goa [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    48th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) was held in Panaji in Goa. The closing ceremony was held at Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Bambolim. Following are key points:

    International Film Festival India

    International Film Festival India

    International Film Festival India

    • Around 200 films from 82 cou…

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  • Dec 16, 2017
  • 1Bulk Solid Waste Generator’S Compliance Guidebook for ULBs [ Policy-Governance ]

    For building Urban Local Bodies capacity under the Swachh Bharat Mission Urban, Minister of state for Housing and Urban Affairs conducted a National Workshop titled “Accelerating Implementation of Urban Missions” under Pradhan Mantri Avaas Yojana (Urban), and Swachh Bharat Missio…

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