2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Aug 12, 2017
  • 1 Indian-Origin British Sculptor Anish Kapoor Wins $ 1 Million Israeli Prize [ Scholarship Upd. ]

    Renowned Indian - origin British sculptor Anish Kapoor was honored with the prestigious $1 million 2017 Genesis Prize. Prize is given for his utmost contribution for Jewish community. He was chosen by the prize committee headed by Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky.

    Genesis winner 2017, Indian-Origin Anish Kapoor

    Genesis Winner 2017, Indian-Origin Anish Kapoor

    Genesis winner 2017, Indian-Origin Anish Kapoor

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  • 2 Scientists Develop Terahertz Transmitter Capable of Sending Data 10 Times Faster Than 5G [ Scholarship Upd. ]

    Scientists developed terahertz (THz) transmitter technology. It is a next generation system which can transmit digital data over 10 times faster than 5G networks. It will pave transmitting digital data at a rate exceeding 100 gigabits per second (gbps) with a single channel using

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  • 3 Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill 2016 Passes by Parliament [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The government has passed a total of 119 amendments to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014. India became a participant of United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in year 2007. The Bill will replace the existing PwD Act, 1995, which was enac

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  • 4 Parliament Passed Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill - 2016 [ Policy-Governance ]

    The government has passed a total of 119 amendments to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014. India became a participant of United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities in year 2007.  The Bill will replace the existing PwD Act, 1995, which was ena

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  • 5 SBI: First Domestic Bank to Open Branch in Yangon, Myanmar [ None ]

    State Bank of India (SBI) India’s largest lender will be set up its foreign branch in Yangon, the capital city of Myanmar - SBI became the first domestic bank to open a branch in Myanmar.

    • Yangon the 54th foreign branch of the SBI will spread the global presence of India’s largest

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  • 6 Lebong Omani Music Unique to Tripura – Special Focus Art & Culture [ Sci-Tech ]

    Tripura the third smallest country of India has a tropical monsoon climate so it is mostly surrounded with tall green grass and Angiospermae across year. So, creative and fun-loving local peoples have found an entertaining and eco-friendly way to clear their exasperating pests.

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  • Aug 9, 2017
  • 1 Credit Guarantee Fund for Startups [ Policy-Governance ]

    Government is formulating a Credit Guarantee Scheme for Startups (CGSS) with a corpus contribution of INR 2000 crores for Startups to raise loans without any collateral. The proposed scheme will provide credit guarantee upto INR 500 lakhs per case inclusive of term loan, working

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  • 2 Export of Marine Food Products [ Eco. ]

    Gujarat is the top producer. Andhra Pradesh is the second largest producer in 2015 - 16. In addition, Goa is the third largest producer. Among the union territories, Andaman and Nicobar and Dam and Diu are also important producers.

    Image of Indian Seafood Exports

    Image of Indian Seafood Exports

    Image of Indian Seafood Exports

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  • 3 Codex Alimentarius Commission in Geneva- Three Codex Standards for Spices [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Codex Alimentarius, or “Food Code” is a collection of standards, guidelines and codes of practice adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The Commission, also known as CAC, is the central part of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. Member-countries unanimously a

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  • 4 Fast Breeder Reactors now In Indian Power Plants: Everything You Should Know About Reactors [ Sci-Tech ]

    Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) carrying out a R&D on sodium cooled fast breeder reactor technology for the past 30 years. A test Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR), is in operation from 1985 onwards which has provided valuable feedback. Based on this 500MWe Protot

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  • 5 Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011- Revision of Cost [ Eco. ]

    The SECC -2011 project was concluded on 31.3. 2016. With Government, spending a large sum of money on poverty alleviation and welfare programmes in rural and urban areas SECC paves the way for better targeting of the poor and evidence based targeted intervention.

    Key Findings of Socio Economic and Caste Census

    Key Findings of Socio Economic and Caste Census

    Key Findings of Socio Economic and Caste Census

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  • 6 India Condoles Passing Away of Professor Yash Pal [ Edu. ]

    Yash Pal (26 November 1926 – 24 July 2017) will be remembered as an Indian scientist, educator and educationist known for study of cosmic rays, and for building Indian institutions for education. In his later years, he became leading science communicators.

    Image of Professor Yash Pal

    Image of Professor Yash Pal

    Image of Professor Yash Pal

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  • 7 Antibiotics Resistance:Antibiotics in Animal Feed-Overuse of Antibiotics for Growth Promotion [ Env. ]

    US-based Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy (CDDEP), found samples from 530 birds in 18 poultry farms in Punjab found resistant to a range of critical antibiotics.

    Image shows the examples of How Antibuotic Resistance Spreads

    Image Shows the Examples of How Antibuotic Resistance Spreads

    Image shows the examples of How Antibuotic Resistance Spreads

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  • 8 PMVVY- Senior Citizen Pension Scheme [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Pradhan Mantri Vaya Vandana Yojana is the Senior Citizen Pension Scheme. It will provide an assured return of 8 per cent per annum payable monthly. The scheme is exempted from GST or goods and services tax. The scheme provides the government an opportunity to decrease the interes

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  • Aug 8, 2017
  • 1 Smoking E-Cigarettes is Injurious to Health [ Health ]

    Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, have been on the market in the U. S. since 2008. It has gained wider use in recent years. The handheld devices deliver not only addictive and harmful nicotine, but can be loaded with toxic chemicals such as lead, diacetyl and nickel.

    Image of E-Cigarette

    Image of E-Cigarette

    Image of E-Cigarette

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  • 2 Strategic Partnership Pact with 3 Ukrainian State Firms Has Been Signed by Reliance Defence [ Defense ]

    A strategic partnership agreement with 3 Ukrainian state firms to collaborate on a range of military products has been signed by Reliance Infra-led Reliance Defence Ltd and these three Ukrainian state-owned firms are:

    1. Ukroboronprom
    2. Spetstechno Exports
    3. Antonov

    Key facts:

    • The t

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  • 3  2016 Nelson Mandela Award Has Been Won by Swat Activist Tabassum Adnan [ Awards ]

    2016 Nelson Mandela Graca Machel Innovation Award has been won by Pakistani women’s rights activist from Swat valley Tabassum Adnan the second woman from Pakistan’s Swat valley to win this international recognition after Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai.

    • She won the award on the

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  • 4  E-Voter Mobile App for Kerala Assembly Polls Has Been Launched by EC [ None ]

    An innovative mobile application named e-voter with comprehensive details about the forthcoming 2016 Assembly polls in Kerala by the Election Commission of India (ECI). The app is imagined for voters’ simplification for search in electoral roll, information concerning candidates,

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  • 5  New UN University Council is Indian Academician Radha Kumar [ None ]

    New United Nation’s University Council is Indian academician Radha Kumar along with other 11 people by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, she will serve for terms of either three or six years and shall express its principles and policies, consider and approve biennial budget and w

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  • 6  At Recurve Event at Archery World Cup Deepika Kumari Creates Equals World Record [ None ]

    India’s Deepika Kumari has reached to the equivalent of world record in Women’s Recurve event at the qualifying stage of Archery World Cup held in Shanghai, China with recorded a score of 686 out of 720 to finish 1st in qualifiers and equal the world.

    Image of Deepika Kumari

    Image of Deepika Kumari

    Deepika Kumari Indian athlete archery

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  • 7  New PM of Tibetan Government-in-Exile is Lobsang Sangey [ None ]

    Lobsang Sangey (48) is re-elected for consecutive term as the Prime Minister of Tibetan government-in-exile. The Tibetan election officials have announced result of election in the northern Indian town of Dharmsala which is the headquarters of the government-in-exile.

    Image of Lobsang Sangey

    Image of Lobsang Sangey

    Lobsang Sangey re-elected as PM of Tibetan government-in-exile

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  • Aug 5, 2017
  • 1 AIDS Deaths Reduced but Still Claimed 1 Million Lives in 2016: UN [ Health ]

    In 2016, 19.5 million of the 36.7 million people living with HIV had access to anti-retro viral treatment. AIDS-related deaths fell from 1.9 million in 2005 to one million in 2016. There were 1.8 million new infections, half of 3.5 million in 1997.

    AIDS Deaths Reduced but Still Claimed 1 Million Lives in 2016

    AIDS Deaths Reduced but Still Claimed 1 Million Lives in 2016

    AIDS Deaths Reduced but Still Claimed 1 Million Lives in 2016

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  • 2 10 Things Flagged by CAG- 2017 [ Policy-Governance ]

    In audit reports to Parliament, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) highlighted issues such as poor hygiene and food quality in trains to critical shortage of ammunition in the Indian Army. Following 10 observations were made by CAG:

    Image of 10 Things Flagged by CAG- 2017

    Image of 10 Things Flagged by CAG- 2017

    Image of 10 Things Flagged by CAG- 2017

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  • 3 Flexible and Strong Artificial Silk Developed [ Sci-Tech ]

    Scientists from the University of Cambridge developed super-stretchy and strong artificial (synthetic) spider silk, almost entirely composed of water. The synthetic spider silk mimics properties of spider silk, one of strongest natural materials. It has range of applications from

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  • 4 School of International Biodesign Develops SOHUM:Indigenous Low-Cost Hearing Screening Device [ Sci-Tech ]

    School of International Biodesign (SIB) startup Sohum Innovation Labs India Pvt. Ltd. developed SOHUM, an indigenously developed low-cost hearing screening device for newborns. The Sohum aims to make this battery-operated non-invasive screening device available across the country

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  • 5 3D Printing- 3D-Printed Soft Silicone Heart [ Sci-Tech ]

    Scientists from ETH Zurich in Switzerland developed a 3D-printed soft silicone heart resembling and functioning like human organ. Not exact replica but can still save lives and serve as an artificial heart while waiting for heart transplant.

    Image shows the Process of 3D Printing

    Image Shows the Process of 3D Printing

    Image shows the Process of 3D Printing

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  • 6 UGC & Education NEWS:Higher Institutes to Take Tanking Test &UGC Plans Award Degrees Online Courses [ Edu. ]

    All higher institutes to join the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) with the number of institutes participating in the rating dropped to 2, 995 in 2017, from 3563 in 2016. HRD ministry to relax criteria for rankings.

    Image of 5 Advantages of Online Learning

    Image of 5 Advantages of Online Learning

    Image of 5 Advantages of Online Learning

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  • 7 US Navy Tests World’S First Laser Weapons System(LaWS) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    World’s first-ever active Laser Weapons System (LaWS) was deployed aboard the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship of US Navy. In a test, it destroyed a drone in flight and moving targets on the Persian Gulf. USS Ponce is first ship in the world to be deployed with such advanced w

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  • 8 ISRO Earns 6.1 Million Euros from 29 Nanosatellite Launches on June 23 [ Sci-Tech ]

    The Indian Space Research Organization’s (Isro+) commercial arm Antrix earned 6.1 million euros from the launch of 29 Nano satellites from 14 + countries on June 23, adding to the 157 million euros it earned from foreign launches in the last four years. While the space agency has

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  • 9 Difference Between Biomethane and Fossil Fuel-India’S First Bio-CNG Bus Developed by Tata Motors [ Env. ]

    India’s largest Commercial Vehicles manufacturer Tata Motors unveiled first Bio-CNG (bio-methane) bus. The bus was rolled out at the Urja Utsav, bio-energy programme, organized by the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

    Image of Biomethane and Fossil Fuel

    Image of Biomethane and Fossil Fuel

    Image of Biomethane and Fossil Fuel

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