2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Sep 6, 2017
  • 1 🌟 Rajasthan: First State to Adopt LED Street Lights in All ULBs- Important [ Sci-Tech ]

    Rajasthan is 1st state of India to adopt Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) of Central Government in all urban local bodies (ULB) of state. It will begin replacing around 5 lakh conventional street lights with LED street lights across the state.

    Location of Rajasthan

    Location of Rajasthan

    Location of Rajasthan

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  • 2 🌟 Murga: Winner of First Prize at Swachh Bharat Short Film Festival- Important [ None ]

    Murga has won the first prize at the Swachh Bharat Short Film Festival (SBSFF).Directed by young filmmaker Katyayan Shivpuri from Maharashtra.Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu honored Katyayan with award, certificate and cash prize of 10 lakhs rupees.

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  • 3 🌟 UR Rao: First Indian Inducted into IAF Hall of Fame- Important [ None ]

    Udupi Ramachandra Rao a former ISRO Chairman and space scientist was inducted in the Hall of Fame of International Astronautical Federation (IAF) at the closing ceremony of the 67th IAF Congress 2016 held at Guadalajara, Mexico. He is renowned for his remarkable contribution to t

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  • 4 🌟 Sports Sector Gets the Infrastructure Status- Important [ Sports ]

    The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Affairs proposed addition of sports in the coordinated master list of infrastructure sub-sectors. Union Ministry of Finance gave approval.The Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Affairs had moved this proposal to address insufficiency of spor

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  • 5 🌟 Jharkhand: First State Implementing DBT in Kerosene PDS (Public Distribution System) - Important [ None ]

    Jharkhand is India’s first state to implement Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) Scheme for Kerosene Public Distribution System. Four districts are selected under the scheme given below it:

    1. Chatra
    2. Hazaribagh
    3. Khunti
    4. Jamtara

    The scheme will be implemented from 1st October 2017.

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  • 6 🌟 Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh’S Urban Areas Declared Open Defecation Free- Important [ None ]

    Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh’s urban areas are declared open defecation free (ODF) by the Union Urban Development Ministry on second anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission and 147th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 2, 2016. These two states are first to become open

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  • 7 🌟 Union Government Notifies Constitution of Monetary Policy Committee- Important [ Committees & Bodies ]

    The union government has notified the constitution of Monetary Policy committee (MPC). With this the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) Act, 1934 stands amended by the Finance act, 2016. With this,The purpose of new MPC is to provide institutional framework for maintaining Price stabili

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  • 8 🌟 Indian Army’S Surgical Strikes Across LoC- Important [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Indian Army successfully completed surgical strikes across the LoC at the terror pads in the Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK). First surgical strikes directed by India’s military in the response of Uri attack on India army base that killed 18 Indian soldiers.

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  • 9 🌟 Union Cabinate Approves Strategic Sale of Bharat Pumps and Wind Ups Hindustan Cables- Important [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Cabinet has given green signal for sale of loss-making Bharat Pumps and Compressors Limited after 12 years. Jessop & Company - a state-run company was last sold through this route. Cabinet has also directed to windup Hindustan Cables that stopped production in 2003.

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  • Sep 6, 2017
  • 1 🌟 Government to Launch “Progress Panchayat” in Mewat- Important [ None ]

    Progress Panchayat will connect minority’s communities, especially Muslims to make the special policies, programmes and schemes related to education, health, and employment and eliminate their fear and misgivings with the government.

    Location of Mewat Haryana

    Location of Mewat Haryana

    Location of Mewat Haryana

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  • 2 🌟 India 39th in Most Competitive Economy Index by WEF Jumped 16 Spots - Important [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India is at 39th position in the index of most competitive economy 2016-17. The index is released by World Economic Forum (WEF) in the list of 138 countries. India has not become second fastest growing BRICS country after China.

    • India has jumped 16 spots and claimed 39th rank in o

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  • 3 🌟 9 Indian Island for Tourism Growth-Important [ None ]

    9 Island from Andaman & Nicobar (4) and Lakshadweep (5) are selected to boost the tourism under the Niti Aayog master plan.These include azure seas, white coral beaches of Lakshadweep, and the tropical lushness of Andaman & Nicobar. This decision was inspired by how Singapore dr

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  • 4 🌟 India Suspend Talks on Indus Waters Treaty (Important) [ None ]

    The Indian Government has decided to suspend all further talks on India-Pakistan Indus Waters Treaty. This was decided in a meeting headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the aftermath of the Uri attack.

    National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishanka

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  • 5 🌟 Approval Grated for First Phase of Ken-Betwa Interlinking (Important) [ None ]

    India’s first ever inter-State river interlinking project Crore Ken-Betwa gets approval of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL). At the meeting of NBWL which was chaired by Anil Madhav Dave Minister of State (MoS) for Environment and Forests. It will be completed at the estimat

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  • 6 🌟  Indian American Harmeet Kaur Dhillon Appointed as Important Republican Position [ None ]

    At the United States national level an Indian American Sikh woman Harmeet Kaur Dhillon (47) from California was elected to an important position in the Republican Party. And with this she elected as the most recent national committee woman, a key position of the Republican Nation

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  • 7 NAAC’S Revised Accreditation Framework [ Edu. ]

    NAAC understanding the changing trends in higher education, feedback, and experience from its accreditation exercise involving more than 11, 132 institutions (518 Universities and 10614 Colleges till July 2017) came up with new accreditation framework to remain relevant and globa

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  • 8 ISRO, NASA for 2021 NISAR Mission [ Sci-Tech ]

    ISRO and NASA have launched NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission to co-develop and launch a dual frequency synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite by 2021. Satellite to be most expensive earth-imaging satellite costing around $1.5 billion. Aims to study global envi

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  • 9 Strategic Partnership Policy: Big Picture of Privatization of Defense [ Defense ]

    India’s first private sector missile sub-systems manufacturing facility- Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS) plant was inaugurated near Hyderabad. Established under ‘Make in India’ initiative with new policy to encourage private participation in defense production

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    Image of Privatization of Defense India

    Image of Privatization of Defense india

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  • Sep 6, 2017
  • 1 What is Arbitration,Arbitration & Conciliation Act 1996 [ Eco. ]

    Justice Srikrishna Committee, a High Level Committee reviewing the Institutionalization of Arbitration Mechanism submitted its report. The Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 regulates domestic arbitration in India.

    Image of Arbitration & Conciliation Act 1996

    Image of Arbitration & Conciliation Act 1996

    Image of Arbitration & Conciliation Act 1996

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  • 2 Crime Data Collection in India: Government Merges NCRB with BPRD [ Policy-Governance ]

    Union Home Ministry merged National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) with Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) to: improve administrative efficiency, allow optimal utilization of resources for policing, boost crime data collection, and improve policing research efforts.

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  • Sep 5, 2017
  • 1 📹 Highlights of Reforms Measures in the Economic Survey 2016-17 Volume-2 [ Eco. ]

    This part of economic survey- volume 2 covers Agriculture and Food Management, Industry and Infrastructure, Social Infrastructure, and Employment and Human Development. Previous part of the survey focused on several important sectors including services.

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  • 2 Loan Pact with AIIB for Rural Roads Project [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India signed loan agreement with China led-Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) for financing of $329 million for Gujarat Rural Roads Project (GRRP). Multilateral development bank backed by China- a rival to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

    Image of Loan Pact with AIIB for Rural Roads Project

    Image of Loan Pact with AIIB for Rural Roads Project

    Image of Loan Pact with AIIB for Rural Roads Project

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  • 3 Nanotechnology-Based Drug Delivery System Developed by All-Women Team of IIT Delhi Researchers [ Sci-Tech ]

    All-women team of researchers from IIT Delhi developed a new drug delivery platform based on nanoparticles with ability to boost the efficacy of antibiotics at the cellular level and improve chances of recovery from cancer-related bacterial infections.

    Image of Nanotechnology-Based Drug Delivery System

    Image of Nanotechnology-Based Drug Delivery System

    Image of Nanotechnology-Based Drug Delivery System

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  • 4 IISc Researchers Develop Low-Cost, Sensitive CO Sensor [ Sci-Tech ]

    Indian Institute of Science (IISc) researchers developed a highly sensitive, low cost miniature nanometre-scale carbon monoxide (CO) sensor for pollution monitoring using novel fabrication technique not involving costly lithography technology.

    Image of Fabrication Process Flow

    Image of Fabrication Process Flow

    Image of Fabrication Process Flow

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  • 5 Maharashtra Government $270 Million from Green Climate Fund [ Env. ]

    Maharashtra Government is getting help of $270 million as Green Climate Fund (GCF) from 2030 Water Resources Group (2030WRG). Amount invested in state government’s integrated watershed program- Jalyukt Shivar Yojana to augmented ground water in drought affected areas.

    Image of $270 Million As Green Climate Fund

    Image of $270 Million As Green Climate Fund

    Image of $270 Million As Green Climate Fund

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  • 6 Drug Pricing in India: Committee to Make Drugs More Affordable [ Health ]

    Drug prices in India controlled using Drugs (Prices Control) Order (DPCO) - an order under Section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 empowering government to fix and regulate the prices of essential bulk drugs and their formulations.

    Image of Opposing New Rate Policy

    Image of Opposing New Rate Policy

    Image of Opposing New Rate Policy

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  • Sep 4, 2017
  • 1 NSDC and Google India Launches Mobile App Development Program [ Sci-Tech ]

    The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Google India jointly launched Android Skill Development program for improving mobile developer ecosystem. NSDC’s partners will design and deliver 100-hour course outside the formal education system.

    Image of Average Retention Curve for Apps

    Image of Average Retention Curve for Apps

    Image of Average Retention Curve for Apps

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  • 2 Government Expanding Logistics Data Bank Project to South India [ Eco. ]

    The Union Ministry of Shipping expanding Logistics Data Bank (LDB) project to southern region after covering the western logistics corridor. Launched at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), Mumbai in July 2016,

    Image of EDI Interfaces developed by NTI

    Image of EDI Interfaces Developed by NTI

    Image of EDI Interfaces developed by NTI

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  • 3 India Ratifies 2nd Commitment Period of Kyoto Protocol [ Env. ]

    India ratified second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol to contain the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and deposited Instrument of Acceptance of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.

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    Image of The Kyoto Protocol

    Image of The Kyoto Protocol

    • India became 80th count

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  • 4 What are Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties and Difference [ Eco. ]

    Anti-dumping (AD) & Countervailing (CVD) duties are enforced to protect local manufactures- they are protectionist. Customs duty on the other hand is used purely for revenue. Customs duty is specific to product and unlike AD and CVD not specific to country or manufacturer.

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    Image of Anti-Dumping Duty V/S Customs Duty

    Image of Anti-Dumping Duty V/S Customs Duty

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