2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Aug 5, 2017
  • 1 US- New Sanctions Against Iran Over Ballistic Missile Program [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    United States imposed new economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program. US Department of Treasury targeted 16 entities and individuals from Iran. Sanctions target Iran for developing drones and military equipment, producing and maintaining boats, and procuri

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  • 2 Basic Structure Doctrine of the Constitution-Centre Given Go by SC Replace MCI Oversight Committee [ Policy-Governance ]

    Supreme Court allowed Union Government to replace the oversight committee set up to supervise the functioning of the Medical Council of India (MCI) with a panel of five eminent doctors. Government was also given liberty to replace any doctor.

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    Image of Basic Structure Doctrine

    Image of Basic Structure Doctrine

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  • Aug 2, 2017
  • 1 Underwater Abandoned Nets (Ghost Nets) Off Kerala Coast Major Threat to Marine Ecosystem [ Env. ]

    Ghost nets have become greatest killers of the marine ecosystem off Kerala coast. Ghost nets have destroyed or threatened underwater reefs required for flourishing fish stock by ‘stifling cover’. Globally, an estimated 10 % reduction in fish catch is blamed on ghost nets.

    Image of Underwater Abandoned Nets

    Image of Underwater Abandoned Nets

    Image of Underwater Abandoned Nets

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  • 2 Environment Ministry Approves Projects in 3 States Under NAFCC [ Env. ]

    Environment Ministry approved three projects for climate change adaptation in three states- Rajasthan, Gujarat and Sikkim. The projects would be funded under the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC).

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    Image of NAFCC Project Cycle

    Image of NAFCC Project Cycle

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  • Aug 1, 2017
  • 1 Fields Medal: Maryam Mirzakhani Only Woman to Win Fields Medal [ Awards ]

    Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician- only woman win a Fields Medal-most prestigious honor in mathematics, died Saturday causing big loss to the mathematical community worldwide.

    Image of Fields Medal

    Image of Fields Medal

    Image of Fields Medal

    • Dr. Mirzakhani worked on dynamics and geometry

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  • 2 What is Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate (PETN) - in News- Found in UP Assembly [ Sci-Tech ]

    Dangerous plastic explosive preferred by militants as it cannot be easily detected owing to its colorless crystals. PETN can be kept hidden in a sealed container or an electrical equipment surpassing security checks.

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    Image of Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate

    Image of Pentaerythritol Tetranitrate

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  • 3 Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel Won Golden Peacock Award for Eco Innovation [ Env. ]

    Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuel (IROAF) won Golden Peacock Award for Eco Innovation for 2017 for introducing eco-friendly and cost saving dual fuel 1400 HP Diesel engines on DEMU trains.

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    Image of Golden Peacock Awards

    Image of Golden Peacock Awards

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  • 4 JICA ODA Loan Assistance for ‘Dairying Through Cooperatives-National Dairy Infrastructure Plan’ [ Policy-Governance ]

    India first among the world’s milk producing Nations since 1998 with largest bovine population in the World. Milk production from 1950 - 51 to 2015 - 16, has increased from 17 million tons to 155.49 million tons.

    Dairying through Cooperative-National Dairy Infrastructure Plan

    Dairying through Cooperative-National Dairy Infrastructure Plan

    Dairying through Cooperative-National Dairy Infrastructure Plan

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  • 5 Science Express [ Edu. ]

    In the IX Phase Science Express exhibition train on the Nationwide tour since 17 February 2017, reached Madgaon in Goa. The current theme is ‘Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS) ’ focusing on Climate Change and Science & Technology

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    Image of Science Express

    Image of Science Express

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  • 6 India to Host 8th Edition of Theatre Olympics (TO) ‘the Biggest Theatre Celebration of the World’ [ Important Days ]

    8th edition of the greatest carnival of Theatre in the World to be held in India for the first time ever from February 17 – April 08, 2018 simultaneously in various cities across the country.

    Theatre Olympics ‘The Biggest Theatre Celebration of the World

    Theatre Olympics ‘The Biggest Theatre Celebration of the World

    Theatre Olympics ‘The Biggest Theatre Celebration of the World

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  • 7 India’S Look East Policy- SASEC Road Connectivity Investment Program (Tranche 2) [ Eco. ]

    Cabinet approval for upgradation and widening of 65 kms of Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39 in Manipur. Manipur is a landlocked state with 90 % of the area under difficult terrain and hence road transport only viable mass transport system.

    Location of Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39 in Manipur

    Location of Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39 in Manipur

    Location of Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39 in Manipur

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  • 8 SC Asks Government to Formalize Election Commissioners’ Appointment Through Law [ Policy-Governance ]

    Supreme Court has asked the Union government to formalize appointment of election commissioners through law. So far the appointment of the Election Commissioners have been fair and legitimate. This needs to be further strengthened by law.

    Election Commission of India

    Election Commission of India

    Election Commission of India

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  • 9 IRRI,South Asia Regional Center at National Seed Research & Training Center in Varanasi [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Union Cabinet approved the establishment of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), South Asia Regional Center (ISARC) at campus of National Seed Research and Training Center (NSRTC) in Varanasi.

    National Seed Research and Training Center

    National Seed Research and Training Center

    National Seed Research and Training Center

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  • Aug 1, 2017
  • 1 ‘White Tiger’ Spotted in Nilgiris [ Eco. ]

    Rare ‘white tiger’ with a pale skin colour was spotted for the first time in the Nilgiris. The tiger spotted in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is albino but was white with golden brown patches.

    Location of White tiger Distribution in the Wild

    Location of White Tiger Distribution in the Wild

    Location of White tiger Distribution in the Wild

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  • 2 Global Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons- 122 Countries [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The United Nations has adopted a historic global treaty banning nuclear weapons adopted by a vote of 122 members with Netherlands the only country voting against and Singapore abstaining from voting.

    Global Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

    Global Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

    Global Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons

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  • 3 RBI Limits Customer Liability in Online Banking [ Policy-Governance ]

    ‘Customer Protection – Limiting Liability of Customers in unauthorised electronic banking transactions’. This is to ease recent increase in customer grievances and also matches international standards.

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    Image of RBI Limits Customer Liability in Online Banking

    Image of RBI limits Customer liability in Online Banking

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  • 4 India to Join Global Foreign Exchange Committee [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India will join Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC) - newly-constituted forum of central bankers and experts for promotion of a robust and transparent foreign exchange (Forex) market. Committee set up under guidance of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

    India join Global Foreign Exchange Committee

    India Join Global Foreign Exchange Committee

    India join Global Foreign Exchange Committee

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  • 5 State Flag: Constitutional Position of State Flag- Will Karnataka Get One? [ Policy-Governance ]

    Karnataka Government constitutes a nine-member committee for possibility of designing a separate state flag. Jammu and Kashmir is only state having separate flag of its own due to special status granted by Article 370 of the Constitution.

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    Image of Constitutional Position of State Flag

    Image of Constitutional Position of State Flag

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  • 6 G20 Hamburg Action Plan [ Policy-Governance ]

    The 12th G-20 summit in Germany’s Hamburg city adopted Hamburg Action Plan for achieving strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth by tackling climate change, harnessing digitalization, and sustainable prosperity and well-being.

    G20 Hamburg Action Plan

    G20 Hamburg Action Plan

    G20 Hamburg Action Plan

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  • 7 India and Israel- OCI Card, Air Connectivity, & Israeli Chrysanthemum [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    PM Modi’s visit to Israel resulted in signing of seven agreements on areas including space, tech, and agriculture. The other prominent takeaways of the visit include OCI Card, strategic partnership, and technological fund.

    Image of India and Israel- OCI card,Air Connectivity

    Image of India and Israel- OCI Card, Air Connectivity

    Image of India and Israel- OCI card, Air Connectivity

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  • 8 ‘Aaykar Setu- Tax Payer Service Module’- Enhance E-Access of Taxpayers [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Income Tax Department launched online facility to enable payment of taxes, tracking of tax deducted at source and filing of applications for permanent account numbers (PAN) called ‘Aaykar Setu’.

    Image of Aaykar Setu- Tax Payer Service Module

    Image of Aaykar Setu- Tax Payer Service Module

    Image of Aaykar Setu- Tax Payer Service Module

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  • 9 Prime Minister Visit to Israel (July 5, 2017) - List of MoUs/Agreements [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    In the first such visit to the country by an Indian Prime Minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Israel from July 4 - 6, 2017 at the invitation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.

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    Image of PM India & PM Israel

    Image of PM India & PM Israel

    Important Ann

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  • Aug 1, 2017
  • 1 Nai Udaan- Financial Assistance for Minority Community Candidates for Civil Services Examination [ Edu. ]

    Some candidates, belonging to Minority communities, selected in the prestigious civil services examination will get financial assistance under “Nai Udaan” scheme, for coaching and preparation of competitive exams.

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    Image of Nai Udaan

    Image of Nai Udaan

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  • 2 “JIGYASA” - Student-Scientist Connect Programme Launched [ Edu. ]

    Jigyasa, a student- scientist connect programme was launched in which Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), joined hands with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to promote scientific temperament in the students.

    Image shows the Model of Engagement

    Image Shows the Model of Engagement

    Image shows the Model of Engagement

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  • 3 National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) [ Policy-Governance ]

    National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) is an Indian constitutional body was established through Constitution (89th Amendment) Act, 2003 to safeguard the interests of Scheduled Tribes.

    National Commission for Scheduled Tribes

    National Commission for Scheduled Tribes

    National Commission for Scheduled Tribes

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  • 4 First Edition of WINGS 2017 – “Sab Uden, Sab Juden”- Expanding Regional Connectivity [ Policy-Governance ]

    Around 338 delegates from Government and Civil Aviation sector participated in the first edition of WINGS-2017 whichbrought together Aviation Sector such as States, Tourism Departments and Tour Operators.

    First Edition of WINGS 2017 “Sab Uden, Sab Juden”

    First Edition of WINGS 2017 “Sab Uden, Sab Juden”

    First Edition of WINGS 2017 “Sab Uden, Sab Juden”

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  • 5 Skill India and SANKALP- Biggest Global Skill Park to Be in Bhopal [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    India’s biggest Global Skill Park will come up on 37 acre land allotted in Bhopal. It will be established with the support of Singapore’s Institute of Technical Education and Education Services (ITEES).

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    Image of Skill India

    Image of Skill India

    About Global Skill Park

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  • 6 ‘COMMIT’ Program for State Government Officials [ Policy-Governance ]

    Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C) launched a new training programme Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training (COMMIT) for State Government officials.

    ‘COMMIT’ Program for State Government officials

    ‘COMMIT’ Program for State Government Officials

    ‘COMMIT’ Program for State Government officials

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  • 7 Who Was Mahalanobis? 125th Anniversary Celebrations of Professor P.C. Mahalanobis [ Important Days ]

    President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Professor P. C. Mahalanobis in Kolkata. Indian Statistical Institute started by Prof. Mahalanobis imparts high quality education.

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    Image of P. C. Mahalanobis

    Image of P. C. Mahalanobis

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  • 8 Launch of NDR and OALP for India’S E&P (Exploration & Production) Sector [ Policy-Governance ]

    National Data Repository (NDR) and Open Acreage Licensing Policy (OALP) provide progressive, market driven Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP). Hydrocarbon Exploration and Licensing Policy (HELP) is investor friendly world-class policy for the next bidding round.

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