2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Sep 4, 2017
  • 1 ISRO Developing Hyperspectral Imaging Earth Observation Satellite [ Sci-Tech ]

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is launching a full-fledged Earth observation (EO) Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS). ISRO’s HySIS satellite can observe 55 spectral or colour bands from 630 km above ground.

    Image of Hyperspectral Imaging Technology

    Image of Hyperspectral Imaging Technology

    Image of Hyperspectral Imaging Technology

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  • Sep 2, 2017
  • 1 Launch of National Cyber Coordination Centre [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has operationalized first phase of National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC). Scans internet traffic metadata coming into the country detecting cyber threat in real-time and alert various organizations, Also look at

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  • 2 Bionic Leaf: Bacteria Can Convert Solar Energy to Liquid Fuel [ Sci-Tech ]

    Scientists from Harvard University created a system that uses bacteria to convert solar energy into liquid fuel. Work produces an “artificial leaf, ” using a catalyst to make sunlight split water into hydrogen and oxygen, with a bacterium engineered to convert carbon dioxide plus

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  • 3 Degradable, Biodegradable and Compostable Plastic: NGT Bans Use of Non-Biodegradable Plastic Bags [ Env. ]

    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed an ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags less than 50 microns in the entire national capital Delhi with a fine of Rs. 5, 000 on possession of non-biodegradable plastic bags less than 50 microns

    Image of Biodegradable vs nonbiodegradable Bags

    Image of Biodegradable Vs Nonbiodegradable Bags

    Image of Biodegradable vs nonbiodegradable Bags

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  • 4 State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017 and Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017 Passed [ Bills ]

    Parliament passed Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017 replacing the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 promulgated by President in May 2017. Many bank associates with SBI:

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    Image of Merger of SBI Associates

    Image of Merger of SBI associates

    Key Features of

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  • 5 Venkaiah Naidu Sworn in as 13th Vice President of India [ Appointments ]

    Former Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu was sworn in as 13th Vice President of India. He was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind at a Rashtrapati Bhavan. After the swearing in he took charge as the Chairman of Rajya Sabha.

    Information of Venkaiah Naidu

    Information of Venkaiah Naidu

    Information of Venkaiah Naidu

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  • Sep 1, 2017
  • 1 SATH: Case Study of Competitive,Cooperative Federalism-NITI Aayog Selects 6 States [ Policy-Governance ]

    Pushing competitive, cooperative federalism, NITI Aayog has collaborated with Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Karnataka to radically transform Health specifically improving healthcare delivery and key outcomes.

    Table contain shows the Cooperative and Competitive

    Table contain shows the Cooperative and Competitive

    Cooperative Competitive

    Tax-sharing

    Exclusive taxation

    Definition of tax base per level of government

    Competition for tax base

    Definition of competencies

    Common competencies

    Compulsory transferencies

    Voluntary transferences

    Free transferencies

    Earn market transferencies

    Compensatory transferencies to governments

    Transferences to individuals

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  • 2 Promoting Employment of Women and Girls in Government Organisations [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Government is making efforts to encourage the women to join Government service by providing following special facilities: Maternity leave, Childcare leave, Child adoption leave, Special allowance to women with disabilit,

     Women & Girls are at the Heart of Development

    Women & Girls Are at the Heart of Development

    Women & Girls are at the Heart of Development

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  • 3 Measures to Improve Quality of Education [ Edu. ]

    A good quality education provides all learners with capabilities to become economically productive, develop sustainable livelihoods, contribute to peaceful and democratic societies, and enhance individual well-being. Following are some government measures to improve quality of ed

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  • 4 1st Meeting of Japan-India Coordination Forum (JICF) for Development of North-Eastern Region [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Japan-India Coordination Forum (JICF) for Development of North-Eastern Region in its first meeting at Delhi identified priority areas of cooperation- connectivity and road network development (especially inter-state roads & major district roads), disaster management, food process

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  • 5 Indian Global Positioning System [ Sci-Tech ]

    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) deployed an indigenous regional positioning system- “Navigation with Indian Constellation” (NavIC). Consists of seven satellites providing Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) services in Indian mainland and surrounding region up to 1500

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  • 6 Measles-Rubella (MR) Campaign Reaches 2nd Phase [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India and 10 other WHO South East Asia Region countries resolved to eliminate measles and control rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020. Costs of Indian immunization program are shown above.

    Measles-Rubella Campaign Reaches 2<sup>nd</sup> Phase

    Measles-Rubella Campaign Reaches 2nd Phase

    Measles-Rubella Campaign Reaches 2nd Phase

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  • 7 Education Loan and Scholarship Schemes- Vidya Lakshmi Portal [ Edu. ]

    All Scheduled Commercial Banks provide Education Loan to students with simple interest charged during the study period up to commencement of repayment. Accrued interest is added to the principal amount for calculating the repayment EMI (Equated Monthly Instalment).

    Image of Vidya Lakshmi Portal

    Image of Vidya Lakshmi Portal

    Image of Vidya Lakshmi Portal

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  • 8 18 Biosphere Reserves in India [ Env. ]

    Biosphere Reserve (BR) is an international designation by UNESCO for representative parts of natural and cultural landscapes extending over large area of terrestrial, coastal, or marine ecosystems or a combination.

    Location of 18 Biosphere Reserves in India

    Location of 18 Biosphere Reserves in India

    Location of 18 Biosphere Reserves in India

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  • 9 Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016- Complete Ban on Use of Polythene Bags in 17 States and UTs [ Env. ]

    The Government has notified Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016 to regulate manufacture, sale, distribution and use of plastic bags including carry bags of compostable plastic, and plastic sheets for packaging or wrapping applications.

    Plastic Waste Management Rules

    Plastic Waste Management Rules

    Plastic Waste Management Rules

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  • Sep 1, 2017
  • 1 Swachh Bharat New Initiatives: Swachh Survekshan Gramin 2017 [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    On third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched third party verification survey report on progress of Mission in rural India. The Quality Council of India (QCI) conducted a third-party assessment of rural sanitation in all Sta

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  • 2 List of Military and Defense Agreements: Summary [ Defense ]

    A list of military or defence related agreements signed with other nations for the last three years (i. e. from 1st August 2014) is placed as under. Defence Budget 2007 - 2016 (figure in INR core) includes Capital Expenditure, Revenue, Expenditure, Total Expenditure.

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  • 3 Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) was established as a society in 1994 to facilitate agri-business ventures by catalyzing private investment through Venture Capital Assistance (VCA). State level SFAC is a counterpart of Central SFAC.

    Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium

    Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium

    Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium

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  • Aug 31, 2017
  • 1 E-Trans & DEEP E-Bidding Portals Launched by Union Power Ministry [ None ]

    ‘e-Trans’ & ‘DEEP’ e-bidding web portals has been launched by the Union Power Ministry of State (IC) for Power, Coal New & Renewable Energy and Mines Shri Piyush Goyal for electronic bidding and e-reverse auction of tariff-based electricity transmission projects at New Delhi.

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  • 2 Indian Economy & Issues Relating to Planning Mobilization - 7th pay commission - Hit’s & Misses [ None ]

    The Cabinet approved recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission on pay and pensions in a decision that will boost consumption by putting extra disposable income in the hands of the central government’s 4.7 million employees and 5.3 million pensioners

    Recommendation:

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  • Aug 29, 2017
  • 1 📹 64 Expected Topics: IAS Mains 2017 [ IAS Upd. ]

    In this lecture we have covered major 64 topics for IAS Mains GS 2017 paper 1 to 4. The details for the topics are available at the respective current affairs links with the topics. Don’t miss out this topics!

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  • 2 📹 Economic Survey 2016-17 Volume-2: Analytical Perspective on Economy [ Eco. ]

    Overview and Outlook for Policy: Economic Survey 2016 - 17 Volume 2 found a rekindled optimism due to structural reforms such as launch of the GST, positive impacts of demonetization, decision to privatize Air India, rationalization of energy subsidies and determination to addres

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  • 3 📹 Highlights of the Economic Survey 2016-17 Volume-2 [ Eco. ]

    The fiscal outcome in 2016 - 17 marked by strong growth in tax revenue, sustenance of the pace of capital spending and a consolidation of non-salary and pension revenue expenditure- containing fiscal deficit to 3.5 per cent of GDP in 2016 - 17.

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  • 4 Labor Law Reforms: Improving Working Conditions of Laborers [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Ministry of Labor and Employment has taken a number of legislative initiatives in labor laws during the last 3 years. Such initiatives include: Amendment to the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965- eligibility limit for bonus enhanced from Rs. 10, 000/- to Rs. 21, 000/- per month and

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  • 5 Salt Farming Industry in India: Revival Plans [ Eco. ]

    India is the third largest salt producer after China and USA with global annual production about 230 million tones. In 1947, salt was imported from the United Kingdom & Adens but today India is in a position of exporting surplus salt. Production of salt during 1947 was 1.9 millio

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  • 6 New India – Manthan: PM’S Call to All District Collectors for Sankalp Se Siddhi [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Prime Minister addressed district collectors on the theme “New India – Manthan” on the occasion of 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement for working at the grassroots level. Prime Minister said that district collectors are young and capable and should make resolutions for

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  • 7 Steps to Reduce Depletion of Groundwater Resources [ Env. ]

    The National Water Policy (2012) formulated advocates conservation, promotion and protection of water and highlights the need for augmenting the availability of water through rain water harvesting, direct use of rainfall and other management measures.

    Hydrogeological Map of India

    Hydrogeological Map of India

    Hydrogeological Map of India

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  • 8 Adopting of UN Fundamental Principle of Official Statistics [ Policy-Governance ]

    UN fundamental principles of official statics ensure that national statistical systems in countries produce appropriate and reliable data that adhered to certain professional and scientific standards. Conference of European Statisticians developed and adopted the Fundamental Prin

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  • 9 Bharatmala Pariyojana: Road and Highways Project [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Bharatmala is an ambitious road and highways project with total investment estimated at Rs. 10 trillion largest ever outlay for a government road construction scheme garlanding the territory of India. Bharatmala subsumes all existing highway projects including National Highways D

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  • Aug 29, 2017
  • 1 Solar Energy Installed Capacity Reached 13652 MW [ Env. ]

    As on 31.07. 2017, the cumulative Solar Energy capacity installed is 13652 MW while the same at the end of 2014 - 15 was 3743.97 MW. Map shows the solar irradiance in India. The States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have

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