2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Jan 5, 2017
  • 1 RBI Appoints Surekha Marandi as Executive Director [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Reserve Bank of India has appointed Surekha Marandi as its Executive Director (ED). She appointed in place of U.S. Paliwal, who retired in December 2016. She has also served on the Boards of United Bank and Bank of Baroda.

    Seal of the Reserve Bank of India

    Seal of the Reserve Bank of India

    Seal of the Reserve Bank of India

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  • 2 Finland First Country to Introduce Basic Income for Unemployed [ Policy/Governance ]

    Finland becomes the first country in the world to pay a basic monthly income to unemployed citizens. The move is an effort on the part of the country’s government to reduce poverty and boost employment.  The basic monthly income will amount to about €560.

    Image of Finland - Currency

    Image of Finland - Currency

    Image of Finland - Currency

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  • 3 📹 Online in-Service Teacher Capacity-Building Program [ Education ]

    SCERT, Delhi as an academic authority has been providing academic resource support to the Directorate of Education (DoE) and Education Departments of MCDs, NDMC and Cantonment Board. The focus is on quality improvement in school education with latest content and relevant pedagogi

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  • 4 📹 Themes and Issues for Policy Consultation on Higher Education [ Education ]

    Some of the major themes and questions for policy consultation on higher education are mentioned below which mainly include governance, ranking of institutes, technology enabling of institutes and more.

    1. Governance reforms for quality

    • Quality is a multi-dimensional concept and s

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  • Jan 4, 2017
  • 1 Google Introduces Tools for Small Businesses in India [ Science/Technology ]

    Google Intensifying its efforts to capture the small and medium business (SMB) market in India. Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the launch of new tools, training and support systems for SMBs in India. The company also launched a certification course for SMBs in collaboration w

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  • 2 Bunkar Mitra Helpline for Handloom Weavers [ None ]

    Bunkar Mitra helpline started functioning now. The helpline is meant to extend professional expertise to distressed handloom weavers. The helpline was launched by the Union Textiles Minister Zubin Irani on the occasion of Good Governance Day.

    Handloom Helpline Centre by Ministry of Textiles

    Handloom Helpline Centre by Ministry of Textiles

    Handloom Helpline Centre by Ministry of Textiles

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  • 3 Assembly Election 2017 in Five States of India [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Election Commission today announced the dates and phases of elections for 5 states - Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Goa. About 160 million people spread across five states will vote in February and March. For both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress,

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  • 4 Air Marshal SB Deo Takes Over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff of Indian Air Force [ Policy/Governance ]

    Air Marshal SB Deo is going to be the next Vice Chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF). He will take over from Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa who is all set to be the new IAF chief. He will hand over charge of the Western Air Command to Air Marshal. He is assuming to join the off

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  • 5 China Announces Ban on Ivory Trade by End of 2017 [ Policy/Governance ]

    This sparks hope among conservationist groups that it could stem the tide of mass killing of elephants. The Chinese government announced the commitment to end the ivory trade.it has announced a ban on ivory trade and all processing activities by the end of 2017.

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  • 6 📹 National Curriculum Framework of Teacher Education, 2005 [ Education ]

    The framework is an endeavor of the National Council for Teacher Education to encourage interested parties and stakeholders to give their views on the qualitative and quantitative improvements that could be achieved in educating teachers at school, graduate, post-graduate, doctor

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  • 7 📹 Scheme of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) [ Education ]

    This scheme was started in 2014-15 for 3 years – Project based & scheme based outcome. There are 4 main pillars on which this scheme focuses: institution, individual, network and academic leadership.

    • Institutional Oriented: Creation of New Institutional Arrangements

      • Schools of Ed

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  • Jan 3, 2017
  • 1 India’S First Laser Technology-Based Check-Post in Gujarat [ Science/Technology ]

    Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani dedicated India’s first laser technology-based advanced AVMS RTO check-post at Shamlaji of Aravalli district. Along with this programme, Rupani also laid foundation stones of various developmental works worth Rs 30 crore in tribal area of Arava

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  • 2 Former Union Minister Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil Passes Away [ Policy/Governance ]

    Ex-Member of Parliament and former union minister Balasaheb Vikhe Patil passed away in Loni at Maharashtra He represented the Kopargaon constituency of Maharashtra. He is a member of the Indian National Congress (INC) political party. He was 84 and had been suffering from kidney

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  • 3 Andhra Pradesh Government Launches NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme [ Policy/Governance ]

    The new health scheme offering medical insurance to those who were not covered under any of the existing health schemes of the state government. Andhra Pradesh Government has launched NTR Arogya Raksha Scheme to provide the medical treatment to the people below Above Poverty Line

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  • 4 Shraddha, Ghyansham Kumar Devansh Chosen for 2016 Bharatiya Jananpith Navlekhan Award [ Awards ]

    Two new Hindi writers Shraddha and Ghyansham Kumar Devansh have been chosen for Bharatiya Jnanpith Navlekhan Award for the year 2016.The award on Shraddha for her short story, ‘Hawa Mein Phadphadati Chitthi’.Devansh for his poem ‘Akash Mein Deh’.

    Bharatiya Jananpith

    Bharatiya Jananpith

    Bharatiya Jananpith

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  • 5 David R Syiemlieh Appointed as UPSC Chairman [ Policy/Governance ]

    President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Professor David R Syiemlieh as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Syiemlieh, who is serving as the Member of UPSC, will succeed Alka Sirohi, a former IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre.

    Image of David R Syiemlieh

    Image of David R Syiemlieh

    Image of David R Syiemlieh

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  • 6 📹 All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) [ Education ]

    Higher education is of vital importance for the country, as it is a powerful tool to build knowledgebase society of the 21st Century. The official statistical system plays a key role in any society, especially, in a large and diverse democracy. A key principle of the system is th

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  • 7 📹 Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan (RAA) [ Education ]

    In pursuance of the focus on connecting school based knowledge to life outside the school and making learning of Science Mathematics a joyful and meaningful activity, to bring focus on innovation and use of technology, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has set up the Ras

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  • Jan 2, 2017
  • 1 Suresh Prabhu Inaugurated Series of Railway Projects in Andhra Pradesh [ Policy/Governance ]

    Andhra Pradesh government signed memorandum of understanding with the Indian Railways. It is for setting up a joint venture company for taking up major rail projects in the state. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, took part in the programme through a video link.

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  • 2 CSL Completes Delivery of 20 FPVs to Indian Coast Guard [ Economy ]

    The Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has delivered ICGS AYUSH, the 20th Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) to the Indian Coast Guard.   It is last in the series (CSL Yard No BY 520) and was delivered three months ahead of schedule. During the current financial year, CSL has delivered four FPV

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  • 3 Amazon’S Flying Warehouse to Launch Drones [ Science/Technology ]

    Amazon wins a patent for flying the warehouse in the US, announced plans for an “airborne fulfillment center” (AFC). Amazon will fly a warehouse at an altitude of around 45,000 feet that would act as a Launchpad for drones, with an aim to deliver consignments.

    Amazons future project working strategy

    Amazons Future Project Working Strategy

    Amazons future project working strategy

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  • 4 Anil Baijal Takes Oath as Delhi Lieutenant Governor [ Policy/Governance ]

    Former Union Home Secretary Anil Baijal took oath as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi. The oath was administered by Chief Justice of Delhi High Court. He was formally appointed as Delhi LG as a replacement of Najeeb Jung. He served as Union Home Secretary during Atal Bihari Vajpa

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  • 5 India, Sri Lanka is Setting SOPs to Solve Fishermen Issues [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India and Sri Lanka have expressed confidence for finding a long-lasting solution to the issue of fishermen between the two countries. The talks co-chaired by Union Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh and Sri Lankan fisheries minister Mahinda Amaraweera. It was participant by

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  • 6 📹 (U-DISE) Unified District Information System for Education [ Education ]

    Unified District Information System for Education (U-DISE) being the only source of data for Educational Planning at Elementary & Secondary level, is implemented at the State in coordination with National University of Educational Planning and Authority (NUEPA), New Delhi since 1

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  • 7 📹 National Research Professorship (NRP) [ Education ]

    The main purpose of this scheme is to honor distinguished academics and scholars in recognition of their contribution to knowledge. This scheme was released in 1949.Age 65 years with outstanding contributions.Honor distinguished academics & scholars in recognition of their contri

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  • Jan 1, 2017
  • 1 Soli J Sorabjee Re-Elected as President of India International Centre [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Former attorney general Soli J Sorabjee was re-elected president of the prestigious cultural institution India International Centre (IIC). Directors of IIC unanimously elected Sorabjee for a second consecutive term. Sorabjee has been working for IIC for two decades.

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  • 2 Pakistan Opens New Nuclear Plant Built with Help of China [ Science/Technology ]

    Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has inaugurated a nuclear power facility built with the assistance of China in Islamabad. The three power plants at Chashma are known as C-1, C-2 and C-3 respectively. The government plans to increase the power production by about 60 percent.

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  • 3 PM Narendra Modi Launches Aadhaar Based Mobile Payment App Called BHIM [ Science/Technology ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a mobile app for the Unified Payment Interface (UPI). The application, which will be common across all banks and financial institutions, is called BHIM (Bharat Interface for Mobile). The central banking system was born out of a thesis written

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  • 4 Dinanath Bhargava, Man Who Designed National Emblem, Passes Away [ Policy/Governance ]

    Dinanath Bhargava a co-artist in the team that sketched the national emblem ‘Lion Capital of Ashoka’ and decorated the pages of the Constitution’s manuscript, died at the age of 89 in Indore India. He was suffering from cardiac ailments since past decade.

    Dinanath Bhargava, who sketched national emblem

    Dinanath Bhargava, Who Sketched National Emblem

    Dinanath Bhargava, who sketched national emblem

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  • 5 India Second Biggest Arms Buyer: US Report [ Economy ]

    Saudi Arabia was the leading developing world arms purchaser from 2008-2015. India was the second largest developing world arms purchaser. A United States Congress Research’s report title is ‘Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations 2008-2015’.

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    Image for Representational Purposes

    Image for representational purposes

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