2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Aug 21, 2017
  • 1 Types of Repo Rates [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reduced short-term lending rate, or repo rate, by 25 basis points to 6 % in its third bimonthly policy review for the financial year 2017 - 18.

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    Image Shows the Types of Repo Rates

    Image shows the Types of Repo Rates

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  • 2 Prime Minister’S Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir [ Edu. ]

    The Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir being implemented since 2011 to encourage the youth to pursue higher education in educational institutions outside the state with initiatives to ensure the benefits availed by all deserving students. Scholarship for 2017 - 18 ope

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  • 3 Women in Defense Forces [ Defense ]

    Since 1992, when the Army allowed women, numbers increased- in 22 years, their strength has grown from 50 to 1300. Women recruited to Indian Army as officers through: Short Service Commission (SSC) along with men candidates into Army Service Corps, Army Ordnance Corps, Army Educa

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  • 4 Ocean Observation Systems [ Sci-Tech ]

    The Ministry of Earth Sciences implements Ocean Observations System programs since 1996 to acquire real-time, time series data on surface meteorological and upper oceanographic parameters from the Indian seas including from the Indian Ocean Region.

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    Image of Ocean Observation Systems

    Image of Ocean Observation Systems

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  • 5 Swadesh Darshan and Prasad Schemes: Theme Based Religious, Wildlife, and Forest Tourism Schemes [ Policy-Governance ]

    For integrated development of Theme-Based Tourist Circuits, the Ministry of Tourism in 2014 - 15 launched Swadesh Darshan Scheme. Schemes ‘Swadesh Darshan’ and ‘PRASAD’ provide Central Financial Assistance to States and Union Territories, for tourism projects upon adherence to th

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  • 6 Electronic Health Records and Intensified Mission Indradhanush [ Policy-Governance ]

    Government targets full immunization coverage by 2018 by accelerating immunization coverage and providing greater focus on urban areas and other pockets of low immunization coverage. Following measures are to be taken:

    Health Records and Intensified Mission Indradhanush

    Health Records and Intensified Mission Indradhanush

    Health Records and Intensified Mission Indradhanush

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  • 7 Special Package to Reduce Debt Burden of Farmers [ Policy-Governance ]

    Government has taken the several initiatives to reduce the debt burden of farmers. Ensuring availability of agriculture credit at a reduced interest rate of 7 % to farmers through interest subvention scheme for short-term crop loans up to Rs. 3.00 lakh (Department of Agriculture,

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  • 8 Plastic Converted to Petrol and Bio-Glue for Wound Healing [ Sci-Tech ]

    CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun in collaboration with GAIL Ltd. developed a process to convert waste polyethylene and polypropylene into petrol and diesel. One kilogram of waste polyethylene and polypropylene can be converted to either about 600 - 650 ml of pet

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  • 9 TREAD Assistance Scheme Women Entrepreneurship Programme [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The focus of the Trade Related Entrepreneurship Development Assistance Scheme (TREAD) is to promote self-employment and income generation activities for women mostly from SHG groups in non-farm sector. TREAD envisages economic empowerment of women through grant upto 30 % of Loan

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  • Aug 21, 2017
  • 1 Measures to Protect Women Workers Abroad [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Indian Missions in the Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries including Gulf Countries report many atrocities on women working in foreign countries. To protect them government has taken several measures.

    Measures to Protect Women Workers Abroad

    Measures to Protect Women Workers Abroad

    Measures to Protect Women Workers Abroad

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  • 2 New ISARC for Harnessing and Sustaining Rice Production in Eastern India and Spice Park [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    International Rice Research Institute South Asia Regional Centre is to be set up to play a major role in harnessing and sustaining rice production in eastern India & similar ecologies in other South Asian and African countries.

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    Image of International Rice Research Institute

    Image of International Rice Research Institute

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  • 3 NCBC Bill: What is National Commission for Backward Classes and Its Constitutional Status? [ Bills ]

    A Constitutional body is set up under instruction of Constitution. Government is required to set up and cannot dispense off a constitutional body when it makes difficult decisions. They require amending part of the Constitution. They constitutional bodies cannot be invalidated by

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  • 4 SC Bans Antimony, Lithium, Mercury, Arsenic and Lead in Fireworks: Harms of These Chemicals [ Env. ]

    According to SC directives, no firecrackers manufactured shall contain antimony, lithium, mercury, arsenic and lead in any form whatsoever. The substances cause air and noise pollution. Court asked PESO to ensure compliance by manufacturers.

    SC Bans Antimony,Lithium, Mercury Arsenic and Lead in Fireworks

    SC Bans Antimony, Lithium, Mercury Arsenic and Lead in Fireworks

    SC Bans Antimony, Lithium, Mercury Arsenic and Lead in Fireworks

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  • 5 Kranti Diwas Quit India 9 Aug 1942 and Dr. Yosuf Mehar Ali [ Important Days ]

    Kranti Diwas is a day observed to remember the historic ‘Quit India Movement’ initiated by Gandhi and Indian National Congress. The term “Quit India” was given by Dr. Yosuf Mehar Ali. It is also known as August Movement Day or August Kranti Divas. It is celebrated by national int

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  • 6 Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Arvind Panagariya Resigns [ Policy-Governance ]

    Panagariya had joined as the first vice-chairman of the Niti Aayog in January 2015. He said the Columbia University was not giving him further extension. He would be leaving the Niti Aayog on August 31.

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    Image of Dr. Arvind Panagariya

    Image of Dr. Arvind Panagariya

    • The India

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  • Aug 18, 2017
  • 1 About Ram Nath Kovind- Elected 14th President of India- Took Oath on July 25th [ Appointments ]

    Ram Nath Kovind born on 1st October 1945 is a lawyer and now the President of India. He is the 2nd Dalit leader to be elected to the post. Earlier served as the 35th Governor of Bihar from 2015 to 2017 and as Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 2006.

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    Image of About Ram Nath Kovind- Elected 14th President

    Image of About Ram Nath Kovind- Elected 14th President

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  • 2 27 Cities Selected for Smart Cities Mission in 3rd Stage [ None ]

    27 cities have been selected by the Union Ministry of Urban Development from 12 States for the third phase of  Smart Cities Mission based on the scores of the Smart City Challenge competition in which total 63 cities had participated.

    • Amritsar of Punjab state has topped the list

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  • 3  Income Declaration Scheme 2016: Will kick start from 1st June 2016 [ None ]

    From 1st June 2016 the Income Declaration Scheme 2016 or four month window for announcement of domestic black money shall come into effect. The window offers an occasion to all people who have not professed income properly in former years to come onward and state their secret inc

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  • Aug 17, 2017
  • 1 टाइम जोन (समय क्षेत्र) (Time Zone in Hindi) [ Eco. ]

    प्रस्तावना: - समय सच में बड़ा बलवान होता है। समय में ताकत होती है। ये मुट्‌ठी में बंद रेत के समान होता है। कब फिसल जाए पता ही नहीं चलता है। समय को बांधना इंसान के बस में नहीं, लेकिन समय के अनुसार चला जा सकता है। देश में चर्चा चल रही है टू टाइम जोन (दो समय क्षेत्र) अपनाने के बारे

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  • 2 NITI Aayog Clears Six Proposals for High-Tech Public Transport [ Sci-Tech ]

    The NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog has approved six public transport proposals conditional on trial runs and safety measures before commercial operations.

    National Institution for Transforming India

    National Institution for Transforming India

    National Institution for Transforming India

    Metrino

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  • 3 उच्च दस समाचार(Top Ten News in Hindi) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    पश्चिम बंगाल और केरल: -पिछले हफ्ते जब दिल्ली भाजपा की नेता नूपुर शर्मा ने गुजरात 2002 के दंगों के चित्र ट्‌वीट किए और उन्हें बंगाल 2017 के बताने की कोशिश की तो वे सिर्फ पार्टी (राजनीतिक दल) के वफादार कार्यकर्ता होने की कोशिश कर रही थीं। भाजपा के राजनीतिक प्रोपेगंडा शस्त्रागार मे

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  • 4 पनापा पेपर्स और पाकिस्तान( Panapa Papers and Pakistan in Hindi ) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    प्रस्तावना: -यू ंतो मध्य अमरिका का देश पनामा अपनी व्यस्ततम जहाजी नहर के लिए पहचाना जाता है, लेकिन पिछले एक वर्ष से यह देश पनामा पेपर लीक की वजह से चर्चा में हैं। डेटा लीक की यह सुनामी युरोप होती हुई पूरी दूनिया में फैल रही है और अब यह हमारे पड़ोसी देश पाकिस्तान में एक अंजाम तक पह

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  • 5 ’महामहिम’ रामनाथ कोविंद भारत के नए राष्ट्रपति 2017(Mahamahim Ramnath Kovind,New President of India) [ Appointments ]

    प्रस्तावना: - उम्मीद के मुताबिक भाजपा के रामनाथ कोविंद देश के 14वें राष्ट्रपति चुल लिए गए। आंकड़ों का गणित कोविंद के साथ था लिहाजा भारी अंतर के साथ उन्होंने कांग्रेस प्रत्याशी मीरा कुमार को शिकस्त दी। आजादी के 70 सालों में पहला मौका होगा जब भाजपा की विचारधारा का कोई व्यक्ति राष्ट

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  • 6 भारत और चीन (India and China in Hindi) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    प्रस्तावना: -हिमालय सदियों से हमारा पहरेदार रहा है। उत्तर की सर्द हवाओं से भारत को बचाता रहा है। लेकिन पूर्वोत्तर में भारत के सीमावर्ती राज्यों और पड़ोसी देश भूटान के बहाने विस्तारवादी चीन के मंसूबे ठीक नहीं जान पड़ते हैं। भारतीय सेनाओं ने भी कदम पीछे नहीं हटाए हैं। वर्ष 1962 वाला

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  • 7 जी-20 सम्मेलन जर्मनी 2017 (G-20 Conference Germany 2017 in Hindi) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    रस्तावना: -जी 20 देशों की मीटिंग (सभा) जर्मनी में शुरू हुई। पहले दिन जी 20 समूह फोटो (छायाचित्र) ली गई। इसमें 36 राष्ट्र प्रमुख मौजूद रहे मेजबान जर्मनी की चांसलर अंगेला मर्केल और अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति ट्रंप पहली कतार में थे। पीएम मोदी जी दूसरी कतार में थे। पिछली बार मेजबान चीन ने

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  • 8 जीएसटी (GST in Hindi ) [ Policy-Governance ]

    प्रस्तावना: - राष्ट्रपति प्रणव मुखर्जी और प्रधानमंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी 30 जून 2017 की मध्यरात्रि को संसद भवन में गुडस (अच्छी) एंड (और) सर्विस टैक्स (सेवा कर) (जीएसटी) का एप लांच (प्रक्षेपण) किया है। इस ऐतिहासिक कदम के बाद लंबे समय से चर्चा में रहा जीएसटी पूरे देश में कर कानून के र

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  • 9 Registration Dates Revised,Aadhaar Mandatory for NET Forms,Research Not Must for College Professors [ Policy-Governance ]

    Research no longer be a condition for college professors’ promotion but continue to be mandatory for university teachers’. However, teachers still have to mandatorily do a student and a community activity for a promotion. Teachers intent on research could pursue it.

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    Image of UGC NET Updates

    Image of UGC NET Updates

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  • Aug 17, 2017
  • 1 Eastern and Western India Floods-2017 [ Env. ]

    There were two low-pressure areas over the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea at the same time bringing heavy rainfall to Saurashtra, northern Gujarat, southern Rajasthan, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and eastern Chhattisgarh.

    Image of Distict Rainfall Map

    Image of Distict Rainfall Map

    Image of Distict Rainfall Map

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  • 2 Promotion of Clean Fuel in Railways [ Env. ]

    The railway is one of the most fundamental (apart from roads) means of transportation. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heavy metal (Pb, Cd, Cu, Zn, Hg, Fe, Co, Cr, Mo) contents were established in soil and plant samples collected in different areas of the railway junction. T

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  • 3 Surveys by NSSO [ Edu. ]

    National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Ministry of Statistics, and Programme Implementation conducts nation-wide surveys on various socio-economic subjects whose results are used for planning, policy formulation, and decision-making.

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    Image of National Sample Survey Office

    Image of National Sample Survey Office

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