2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Sep 6, 2017
  • 1 🌟 Real Estate Act: Govt Notifies Rules for 5 Union Territories (UTs)- Important [ Policy-Governance ]

    The Union Ministry of Housing has notified the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) (General) Rules, 2016, to be applicable to the five Union Territories. The Act regulates the housing sector to bring transparency and ensuring timely completion of projects in UTs.

    Act dictates

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  • 2 🌟 India, Russia Agree to Double the Range of BrahMos Missile- Important [ Sci-Tech ]

    The Brahmos missile jointly developed by India and Russia is the deadliest cruise missile in the world- supersonic speed with deadly accuracy and ability to hit targets 290 km away. Missile can be fired from a standoff range without the Indian forces coming under enemy fire.

    Bene

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  • 3 🌟 Bindheswar Pathak Appointed as Brand Ambassador of Swachh Rail Mission- Important [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak was appointed as the Brand Ambassador for Swachh Rail Mission of Indian Railway by the Union Ministry of Railways. He is the founder of Sulabh International.Indian Railways engaged with Sulabh International to clean important railway stations as part of the

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  • 4 🌟 Latvia is First Baltic Sea Nation to Join with China’S OBOR- Important [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Latvia became the first country in the Baltic Sea to sign a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to link up with China’s OBOR (One Belt and One Road) Initiative. MoU was signed after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s met his Latvian counterpart Maris Kucinskis in Riga (capital of Latvia)

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  • 5 🌟 “Saur Sujala Yojana” Launched in Chhattisgarh- Important [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Saur Sujala Yojana was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chhattisgarh on the occasion of the 16th foundation day celebration, under which solar powered irrigation pumps will be provided to farmers at a subsidized price.

    Image of Saur Sujala Yojana

    Image of Saur Sujala Yojana

    Image of Saur Sujala Yojana

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  • 6 🌟 NHPC Commissions 50 MW Wind Project in Rajasthan- Important [ Policy-Governance ]

    National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) the largest hydropower Generation Company of India selected Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) for 50 MW wind power project (WPP).The project synchronized with the national grid in October 2016.

    Location of NHPC Commissions 50 MW Wind Project in Rajasthan

    Location of NHPC Commissions 50 MW Wind Project in Rajasthan

    Location of NHPC Commissions 50 MW Wind Project in Rajasthan

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  • 7 🌟 Kerala: 3rd Open Defecation Free State - Important [ Policy-Governance ]

    After Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh, Kerala becomes 3rd Open Defecation Free state of India under theSwachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), it was announced by the Drinking Water and Sanitation Secretary Parameswaran Iyer in New Delhi on 1st November- the foundation day of Kerala.

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  • 8 🌟 Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan- Important [ Policy-Governance ]

    Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan (PMSMA) has been launched to provide free health check-ups to pregnant women at government health centres and hospitals. This scheme was launched by Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda in New Delhi.

    Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan

    Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan

    Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan

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  • 9 🌟 India’S First Solar Storage Power Plant of India at Andaman- Important [ Sci-Tech ]

    First city-scale battery Solar Storage Power Plant of India is going to be setup at Andaman- well known for its fabulous beaches.NTPC, the largest power generation utility of India will construct two solar storage plants with total 25 mw (megawatt) capacity at Port Blair under th

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  • Sep 6, 2017
  • 1 🌟 Union Cabinet Approves IISER, Berhampur in Odisha - Important [ Edu. ]

    Union Cabinet approved Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER) at Berhampur in Odisha. This is an ex-post facto approval. It will be established under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It will start its 2016-17 academic sessions from 1st August 2016.

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  • 2 🌟 Election Rules to Allow E-Transfer of Postal Ballot- Important [ Policy-Governance ]

    Election Commission of India (ECI) has modified the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 to allow the e-transfer of postal ballot. New rules empower a returning officer in any constituency to send postal ballots to an eligible voter by electronic means.

    • Postal ballots allow voters to

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  • 3 🌟 Urja Ganga Launched in Varanasi - Important [ Sci-Tech ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Urja Ganga, the highly ambitious gas pipeline project in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. He also launched other schemes worth of Rs 5000 crore in his Lok Sabha constituency. Gas pipeline would provide piped cooking fuel to residents of the eastern r

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  • 4 🌟 Irrigation Projects in Indus Basin on Fast Track - Important [ Policy-Governance ]

    4 project in Indus river basin planned by Union Government are not on fast track to increase irrigation area in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The area included in this project is 2.05 lakh acres. India had decided to utilize maximum amount of water from rivers, which pass through Indi

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  • 5 🌟 📹 Western Zonal Council Meeting Held in Mumbai - Important [ Policy-Governance ]

    Western Zonal Council’s 22nd meeting was held at Mumbai, Maharashtra. This meeting was held under the leadership of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Chief Ministers, Ministers of States and Union Territories administrators as well as senior officers of Union and State Governmen

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  • 6 🌟 Smooth-Coated Otter Sighted for First Time in Krishna Sanctuary- Important [ Eco. ]

    Smooth-coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) was sighted for the first time in the mangrove forest near the Krishna wildlife sanctuary (KWS) in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh. The presence of otter is a key indicator to the increase of the mangrove cover in KWS.

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  • 7 🌟 Union Government Unveiled UDAN Scheme for Regional Air Connectivity- Important [ Eco. ]

    Union ministry has launched the regional air connectivity scheme known as UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Naagrik) to increase affordability of flying. Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju launched this scheme in New Delhi. In January, 2017 this scheme will be rolled out and

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  • 8 🌟 Porbandar-Wansjaliya, Okha-Kanalus Sections of Gujarat Become Green Train Corridors- Important [ Sci-Tech ]

    Union Ministry of Railways has declared the Okha-Kanalus and the Porbandar-Wansjaliya railway sections of Gujarat as Green Train Corridors. All trains passing on these 175-km long lines are now equipped with bio-toilets making them waste discharge free zone as part of the Swachh

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  • 9 🌟 Government of Maharashtra Launches Kaushalya Setu Skill-Development Programme- Important [ Policy-Governance ]

    Government of Maharashtra launched ‘Kaushalya SETU (Self-employment and Talent Utilisation)’ a skill development programme for students. Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis laun

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  • Sep 6, 2017
  • 1 🌟 Government Funds Ro Pax Ferry in Gulf of Cambay Under Sagarmala Programme -Important [ Policy-Governance ]

    Union Ministry of Shipping sanctioned the Capital Dredging Project of Ro Pax Ferry Services between Gogha & Dahej in Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat. Ministry released Rs 58.50 Crore as first installment of grant-in–aid to Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB).

    Of the total cost estimated at Rs

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  • 2 🌟 Narendra Modi Launches National SC/ST Hub and Zero Defect – Zero Effect Scheme - Important [ Policy-Governance ]

    PM Narendra Modi launched the national SC/ST hub and the zero defects, zero effect on environment (ZED) scheme for the MSME (micro, small, and medium enterprises) sector at Ludhiana in Punjab. Modi presented National Awards to MSMEs and distributed 500 traditional wooden charkhas

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  • 3 🌟 Narendra Modi Inaugurates 3 Mega Hydro Projects in Himachal Pradesh - Important [ Eco. ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated three hydroelectric projects (HEPs) with a generating capacity of 1,732 MW in Himachal Pradesh. These 3 power projects use generating equipment supplied and commissioned by state owned Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).

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  • 4 🌟 BIMSTEC Countries Decided to Fight Terrorism of All Forms- Important [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries have committed to fight terrorism in all forms. BIMSTEC seven member countries produced Leaders Retreat Outcome Document according to which terror acts will not be justified on

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  • 5 🌟 India and Russia Sign 16 Agreements Across Diverse Sectors - Important [ Policy-Governance ]

    India and Russia signed 16 agreements across diverse sectors related to the infrastructure, defence, ship, energy, space, building sectors etc. This agreement was signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    • This followed delegation-level talk duri

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  • 6 🌟 China Unhappy with US Over Asia Interventions- Important [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Beijing rapped Washington for its interventions in Asia as tensions are growing between the two powers over territorial disputes in the SCS (South China Sea). Defence Minister of China criticized recent US involvement in Asia’s trouble spots.

    Image of South China Sea

    Image of South China Sea

    Image of South China Sea

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  • 7 🌟 Terrorists Attack in Shopian J&K- Important [ None ]

    Terrorist activity targeted Shopian Paramilitary Convoy in Kashmir on 10th October 2016. Three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers and five civilians were injured in this attack at a CRPF convoy in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir.

     Location of Shopian

    Location of Shopian

    Location of Shopian

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  • 8 🌟 Janani Suraksha Yojana Pays Dividends: Study- Important [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) has played important role in reducing ‘socioeconomic disparities’ existing in maternal care. The study was conducted by researchers from Delhi based National Council of Applied Economic Research.

    Image of Janani Suraksha Yojana

    Image of Janani Suraksha Yojana

    Image of Janani Suraksha Yojana

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  • 9 🌟 India-Pakistan Border to Be Sealed Completely by 2018- Important [ None ]

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced that India-Pakistan border will be completely sealed by December 2018. It is an extensive plan to monitor India’s frontier security. Union Home Minister held meeting with representatives of 4 states sharing border with Pakistan in Jaisa

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  • Sep 6, 2017
  • 1 🌟 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in India - Important [ None ]

    The 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) will be hosted by India in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) at New Delhi from November 3 to 5, 2016. India is hosting this conference for the second time.

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  • 2 🌟 Rs. 114 Crore Approved for Projects Under HRIDAY Scheme- Important [ Important Days ]

    Union Ministry of Urban Development approved projects worth Rs.114 under Heritage Infrastructure Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) scheme for enhancing infrastructure facilities in heritage sites in five cities.

    These five cities are:

    1. Varnasi in Uttar Pradesh
    2. Amritsar i

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  • 3 🌟 MS Sahoo is Chairman of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India- Important [ None ]

    MS Sahoo a Financial markets expert was appointed as the Chairman of Union Finance Ministry constituted four-member Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI). Serve as chairperson of IBBI for five years till 2021.

     Image of MS Sahoo

    Image of MS Sahoo

    Image of MS Sahoo

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