2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Aug 29, 2017
  • 1 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP): 1000 PMBJP Kendras Opened in Uttar Pradesh [ Yojana ]

    Aim of the scheme is to make quality medicines available at affordable prices for all, particularly the poor and disadvantaged, through exclusive outlets “Jan Aushadhi Medical Store” to reduce out of pocket expenses in healthcare.

    Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana

    Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana

    Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana

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  • 2 EESL’S Buildings Energy Efficiency Programme [ Policy-Governance ]

    Majority of the government buildings are old constructions and consume large amount of energy, the Ministry of Finance has made installation of energy efficient appliances in all Central Government buildings mandatory. Department of Expenditure has nominated Energy Efficiency Ser

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  • 3 Childhood Obesity in India [ Health ]

    Junk Food means food containing high levels of calories from sugar or fat with little fiber, protein, vitamins or minerals leading to rapid increase in blood sugar levels (high glycemic index) and forcing body to produce high levels of insulin to counter the rising blood sugar.

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  • 4 Exhibition “Indian Historical Monuments in Company Painting School” in National Museum [ Eco. ]

    Exhibition on “Indian Historical monuments in Company Painting School” in Ajanta Hall, National Museum presents illustrated paintings on Indo-Islamic Monuments with scenes of Mughal Architectures made with photo realistic approach.

    Indian Historical monuments in Company Painting School

    Indian Historical Monuments in Company Painting School

    Indian Historical monuments in Company Painting School

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  • 5 Prevalence of Cancer in India: Agreement Between NICPR and AIIA for Prevention [ Health ]

    MoU has been signed on 19th October 2016 between National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR) and All India Institute of Ayurveda for prevention of cancer and research.

    Image of Geography of Cancer

    Image of Geography of Cancer

    Image of Geography of Cancer

    The main objectives are:

    • Bring p

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  • 6 Schemes for Conservation of Medicinal Plants (Policy)- 53 Medicinal Plant Species Threatened [ Policy-Governance ]

    Survey by Botanical Survey of India (BSI) found out that of 8, 000 medicinal plants, 53 species are threatened. National Medicinal Plants Board has been taking various steps to protect the threatened species.

    Image of Medicinal Plants

    Image of Medicinal Plants

    Image of Medicinal Plants

    Central Secto

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  • Aug 24, 2017
  • 1 Summary of Bills Passed in Monsoon Session 2017 [ Bills ]

    In monsoon session 2017, productivity of Lok Sabha was 77.94 % and that of Rajya Sabha 79.95%; 13 Bills passed by both Houses of Parliament during the Session. GST extended to Jammu & Kashmir, will lead to its Economic Integration with the rest of the Country.

    Summary of Bills Passed in Monsoon Session 2017

    Summary of Bills Passed in Monsoon Session 2017

    Summary of Bills Passed in Monsoon Session 2017

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  • 2 NITSER Amendment Bill Passed in Rajya Sabha [ Edu. ]

    NITSER (National Institutes of Technology, Science Education, and Research) Amendment Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha on 26th July, 2017. Bill proposes two new Institutions namely Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Tirupati and IISER Berhampur in the Second

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  • 3 भारत और इजरायल ( India and Israel In Hindi) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    प्रस्तावना: - भारतीय और यहूदी दो महान सभ्यताएं हैं। आधुनिक विश्व में भले ही दोनों देशों का वर्तमान स्वरूप लगभग सात दशक ही पुराना है, लेकिन सदियों से हमारे बीच संबंध रहे हैं। एक ओर जहां भारत भौगोलिक और जनसंख्या की दृष्टि से विराट है वहीं इजरायल दोनों की पैमानों पर काफी छोटा है। ल

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  • 4 खोज ( Search in Hindi) [ Sci-Tech ]

    सरस्वती खोज: -भारतीय अंतरिक्ष वैज्ञानिकों के एक दल ने आकाशगंगाओं का एक बहुत बड़ा समूह (सुपरक्लस्टर) खोजा है जिसका आकार अरबों सूर्यों के बराबर है। इसका नाम सरस्वती रखा गया है। पुणे स्थित ’इंटर यूनिवर्सिटी (विश्वविद्यालय) सेंटर (केन्द्र) फॉर (का) एस्ट्रोनॉमी (खगोल) एंड (और) एस्ट्रो

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  • 5 National Trade Facilitation Action Plan [ Eco. ]

    The Union Government released 76-point National Trade Facilitation Action Plan (NTFAP) to be adopted by the National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF), reflecting commitment to implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

    National Trade Facilitation Action Plan

    National Trade Facilitation Action Plan

    National Trade Facilitation Action Plan

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  • 6 Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Ministry of Rural Development launched Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY), a sub-scheme under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) to provide alternative livelihood to Self Help Groups (SHGs) of operating public transport service

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  • 7 Castor Plant Reduce Soil Pollution [ Env. ]

    Researchers from University of Hyderabad found that Castor bean plants prove useful in fighting soil pollution by absorbing toxic heavy metals from soil due to industrial pollution.

    Castor Plant Reduce Soil Pollution

    Castor Plant Reduce Soil Pollution

    Castor Plant Reduce Soil Pollution

    Key Facts

    • Roots, leav

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  • 8 USS Gerald R Ford: World’S Largest Aircraft Carrier Inducted by US [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The United States (US) Navy inducted USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), the world’s largest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. USS Gerald Ford is first in the series of three of the futuristic ships of the Ford-class carriers ordered by US Navy. Its ope

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  • 9 India Had 3rd Highest Terror Attacks in 2016: US [ Defense ]

    According to the Country Report on Terrorism released by the US State Department, India witnessed third highest number of terrorist attacks in 2016, more than Pakistan. Several countries routinely experience terrorist attacks.

    India Had 3<sup>rd</sup> Highest Terror Attacks in 2016

    India Had 3rd Highest Terror Attacks in 2016

    India Had 3rd Highest Terror Attacks in 2016

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  • Aug 24, 2017
  • 1 Aarambh Mobile App for Road Maintenance [ Sci-Tech ]

    The Union Ministry of Rural Development launched Aarambh mobile app for performance based maintenance contracting and community contracting for maintenance of rural roads. Uses Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping for making road inventories and condition survey.

    Aarambh Mobile App for Road Maintenance

    Aarambh Mobile App for Road Maintenance

    Aarambh Mobile App for Road Maintenance

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  • 2 The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 [ Bills ]

    Parliament passed The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 dealing with cases of accidents in navigable waters or contracts related to commerce on such waters. The Bill upgrades laws related to civil matters of admiralty jurisdiction of courts, ma

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  • 3 First Floating Wind Farm Off Scotland Coast [ Eco. ]

    World’s first floating wind farm known as Hywind being built off the coast of Scotland in the North on a trial basis for 20, 000 homes. Floating wind farm to harvest wind power in waters too deep for bottom standing turbines usually installed in shallow waters.

    First Floating Wind Farm off Scotland Coast

    First Floating Wind Farm off Scotland Coast

    First Floating Wind Farm off Scotland Coast

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  • 4 Minimum Wage: New Wage Code Bill [ Bills ]

    Labour Code on Wages Bill will ensure a minimum wage across all sectors by integrating existing labour related laws. The Labour Code on Wages Bill consolidates the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, the Payment of Wages Act, 1936 and the Equal Remuneration A

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  • 5 Green Climate Fund: NABARD’S AMA with GCF [ Env. ]

    National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) signed an Accreditation Master Agreement (AMA) with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) becoming first Indian organisation to get Direct Access Entity status of the GCF providing first step to access GCF resources.

    Image shows GCF Architecture

    Image Shows GCF Architecture

    Image shows GCF Architecture

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  • Aug 21, 2017
  • 1 BharatNet Project: Phase II Approved [ Policy-Governance ]

    Second phase of the BharatNet project was approved by Union government to power the Digital India initiative. The second phase aims at covering the remaining 1.50 lakh Gram Panchayats (GPS) for a total estimated expenditure of Rs. 42, 068 crore bankrolled from the Universal Servi

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  • 2 Sagar Vani: Information Dissemination System for Coastal Community [ Env. ]

    Ministry of Earth Science launched Sagar Vani, an integrated information dissemination system to serve coastal community, especially anglers with advisories and alerts towards safety at Sea. Developed by ESSO-Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS).

    Cyclone Warning Organisational Structure

    Cyclone Warning Organisational Structure

    Cyclone Warning Organisational Structure

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  • 3 India Quake App for Earthquake Parameter Dissemination [ Sci-Tech ]

    Ministry of Earth Science launched India Quake application developed by the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) for automatic dissemination of earthquake parameter (location, time, and magnitude) after the occurrence of earthquakes.

    Key Features of India Quake App

    Key Features of India Quake App

    Key Features of India Quake App

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  • 4 Indian Institutes of Management Bill,2017 Declares IIMs as Institutions of National Importance [ Edu. ]

    Bill empowers Indian Institutes of Managements to attain global excellence in education, research, and allied areas. It provides administrative, academic, and financial autonomy to them to grant degrees.

    Image shows the rank of Top MBA College in India 2016

    Image Shows the Rank of Top MBA College in India 2016

    Image shows the rank of Top MBA College in India 2016

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  • 5 NPCI to Operate Bharat Bill Payment System [ Bills ]

    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) allows National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to operate as Bharat Bill Payment Central Unit (BBPCU) and operate Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS). 24 Bharat Bill Payment Operating Units certified- 10 private sector banks, 3 public sector banks

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  • 6 Navy’S Second LCU Mark IV L52 Ship Launched by GRSE [ Defense ]

    LCU Mark-IV vessels are designed for multipurpose amphibious operations by Indian Navy and Army for security of Andaman and Lakshadweep. LCU L52 ship second of eight Mark IV LCU vessels built by GRSE.

    Navy’s Second LCU Mark IV L52 Ship Launched by GRSE

    Navy’s Second LCU Mark IV L52 Ship Launched by GRSE

    Navy’s Second LCU Mark IV L52 Ship Launched by GRSE

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  • 7 MRSAM Defense System, Muntra and Mark IV L52 Ship [ Defense ]

    DRDO developed Muntra, India’s first unmanned, remotely operated tank at its Chennai lab, Indian Army signed MoU with DRDO for one regiment of the advanced Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles (MRSAM) defense system and Navy’s second Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mark IV L52 ship b

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  • 8 What is String of Pearls: Hambantota Port Deal Between Sri Lanka and China [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    A geopolitical theory on potential Chinese intentions in the Indian Ocean region building a network of Chinese military and commercial facilities and relationships along sea lines of communication extending from the Chinese mainland to Port Sudan.

    Hambantota Port Deal between Sri Lanka and China

    Hambantota Port Deal between Sri Lanka and China

    Hambantota Port Deal between Sri Lanka and China

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  • 9 Gelator to Remove Oil from Spills: IISER [ Sci-Tech ]

    Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram developed hydrophobic and oleilophilic gelator that can take up oil on contact. It is a cost effective method to recover marine oil spills.

    Gelator to Remove Oil from Spills IISER

    Gelator to Remove Oil from Spills IISER

    Gelator to Remove Oil from Spills IISER

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  • Aug 21, 2017
  • 1 What are Sprites (Spacecraft) and Breakthrough Starshot? [ Sci-Tech ]

    Breakthrough Starshot is a research and engineering project by Breakthrough Initiatives to develop a proof-of-concept fleet of light sail spacecraft, named StarChip. They are capable of making the journey to the Alpha Centauri star system, 4.37 light-years away, at speeds between

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