2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Sep 9, 2017
  • 1 ‘Gaj Yatra’ to Mark World Elephant Day 2017 [ Env. ]

    Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministery launched ‘Gaj Yatra’ campaign to protect elephants on World Elephant Day which covers 12 elephant range states. The campaign will be led by the Wildlife Trust of India.

    Map of Various countries Covers Elephant Range

    Map of Various Countries Covers Elephant Range

    Map of Various countries Covers Elephant Range

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  • 2 MoU Between India and BRICs for BRICS Agriculture Research Platform (BRICS-ARP) [ Agri. ]

    Ex-post facto approval was given by cabinet for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and various BRICs countries for establishment of the BRICS Agriculture Research Platform (BRICS-ARP).

    Image of BRICS Agriculture Research Platform (BRICS-ARP)

    Image of BRICS Agriculture Research Platform (BRICS-ARP)

    Image of BRICS Agriculture Research Platform (BRICS-ARP)

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  • 3 150 Universities and 230 Colleges Initiated Gender Champions Scheme [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme addresses the declining Child Sex Ratio (CSR) and related issues of women empowerment- tri-ministerial effort of Ministries of Women and Child Development, Health & Family Welfare and Human Resource Development with emphasis on mindset change

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  • 4 Namami Gange Mission: Foreign Aid and Projects [ Env. ]

    Namami Gange Programme has short term, medium term and long-term activities providing continues cleaning of rivers. Short term entry level activities cover development of Ghat crematoria and river surface cleaning activities.

    Image of Namami Gange Mission: Foreign Aid and Projects

    Image of Namami Gange Mission: Foreign Aid and Projects

    Image of Namami Gange Mission: Foreign Aid and Projects

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  • 5 Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) with the financial assistance of the World Bank envisages repair and rehabilitation of 198 dams in seven states- Jharkhand (DVC), Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, and Uttarakhand (UJVNL). The number of dams h

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  • 6 Schemes for Welfare and Development of Textile Workers (Summary) [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Government had also approved a special package for textile sector with an outlay of Rs. 6000 crore to boost employment generation and exports, particularly in Garmenting and Made-ups. Government is implementing various policy initiatives and schemes for the development of tex

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  • 7 Update on Gross Domestic Product and Per Capita Income [ Eco. ]

    Annual estimates of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) and Per Capita Income (measured as per capita net state domestic product) at constant and current prices prepared by all the States and UTs except UTs of Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and Lakshadweep are given as follow

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  • 8 AGRI UDAAN- Food and Agribusiness Accelerator 2.0 [ Agri. ]

    ICAR-NAARM Technology Business Incubator (TBI), a-IDEA and Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad’s (IIM-A) incubator Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) announced “AGRI UDAAN”- Food and Agribusiness Accelerator 2.0.

    Programme to select startups for m

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  • 9 🌟 Antimicrobial Resistant Infections Especially Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis(Important) [ Health ]

    A person has drug resistant TB if the TB bacteria if it does not respond to, and therefore resistant to, at least one of the main TB drugs. Drug susceptible TB is the opposite of drug resistant TB. Drug resistant TB is acquired if TB treatment is inadequate or from the direct tra

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  • Sep 9, 2017
  • 1 Financial Assistance to Economically Backward Class Children [ Policy-Governance ]

    For empowerment of Economically Backward Classes (EBCs), following two Schemes are being implemented from 2014 - 15 by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment: Dr. Ambedkar Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Post-Matric Scholarship for Economically Backward Classes (EBCs) Stude

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  • 2 🌟 How are Castes Included in Scheduled Caste List? (Important) [ Bills ]

    Scheduled Castes are specified under the provisions of Article 341 of the Constitution of India. Government has Modalities for deciding claims for inclusion in, exclusion from and other modifications in the list of Scheduled Castes.

    Image of Scheduled Tribes

    Image of Scheduled Tribes

    Image of Scheduled Tribes

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  • 3 Government Efforts to Developing Domestic Cruise Industry [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Cruise tourism is a high-end luxury tourist segment of tourism sector. India has a huge potential of hosting nearly 40 lakh cruise tourists. Government plans to promote the number of tourist ships visiting India up from the present 158 to about 955 per year.

    Advantages of Cruise Tourism

    Advantages of Cruise Tourism

    Advantages of Cruise Tourism

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  • 4 Update on UJALA Scheme & DDUGJY: 25.28 Crores LEDs Distributed by EESL in 36 States and UTs [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    This has resulted in estimated energy savings of more than 32.84 billion kWh per year and avoided peak demand of 6575 MW. The GHG emission reductions due to this are in tune of 26.60 Million tonnes CO2 per year.

    Image of UJALA Scheme

    Image of UJALA Scheme

    Image of UJALA Scheme

    Decentralized Dist

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  • 5 🌟 Demonetization on Black Money, Widening of Tax Base and Direct Tax Collections (Important) [ Eco. ]

    Government cancelled the Legal Tender Status of Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 denomination currency notes on 8th November 2016 with several objectives: Flushing out black money. Eliminate Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN).

    Image of History of Demonetization In India

    Image of History of Demonetization In India

    Image of History of Demonetization In India

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  • 6 Rajasva Gyan Sangam- 2017: PM Address to Tax Administrators [ Policy-Governance ]

    Rajasva Gyan Sangam is the annual conference of senior officers of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC). In 2016, for the first time, a joint conference of the two boards was held under the umbrella of “Rajaswa Gyan Sangam” inaugur

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  • 7 🌟 Commission to Implement Sub-Categorization Within Other Backward Classes. (Important) [ Policy-Governance ]

    Panel for sub-categorization of other backward classes was created to enable equitable distribution of quota benefits. The creamy layer ceiling was raised from Rs. 6 lakh a year to Rs. 8 lakh.

    Image of Sub-Categorization within Other Backward Classes

    Image of Sub-Categorization Within Other Backward Classes

    Image of Sub-Categorization within Other Backward Classes

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  • 8 Justice Dipak Misra Sworn in as 45th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court [ Appointments ]

    Justice Dipak Misra was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind. He will be 45th chief justice of the Supreme Court with 14-month tenure till October 2018. Takes over from chief justice J. S. Khehar.

    Image of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

    Image of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

    Image of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

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  • Sep 8, 2017
  • 1 Largest Volcanic Region on Earth Under Antarctica [ Sci-Tech ]

    Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth two kilometers below the surface ice sheets covering West-Antarctica. Found almost 100 volcanoes with the highest as tall as the Eiger stands at almost 4, 000 m in Switzerland.

    Image of Landsat Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) Project

    Image of Landsat Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) Project

    Image of Landsat Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) Project

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  • 2 🌟 Republic Day 2018, Not One Guest but 10 ASEAN Leaders- Act East Policy (Important) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Giving boost to act East Policy, India to invite ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), leaders for the Republic Day 2018. First time ever so many leaders will together be chief guests at the parade displaying India’s military might.

    Image of Republic Day Celebrations

    Image of Republic Day Celebrations

    Image of Republic Day Celebrations

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  • 3 New Metro Rail Policy Makes Public Private Partnership Mandatory to Seek Central Aid [ Policy-Governance ]

    Moving forward metro as modern mode of mass transportation, the Metro Rail Policy 2017 seeks to make Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mandatory for seeking central assistance. Following are other important points:

    Image of Metro Rail Status,Operational,Construction,Planning

    Image of Metro Rail Status, Operational, Construction, Planning

    Image of Metro Rail Status, Operational, Construction, Planning

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  • 4 New Catering Policy -2017 in Railways [ Policy-Governance ]

    To improve the standard of food in trains, new Catering Policy was issued on 27th February 2017 with IRCTC mandated to unbundle distinction primarily between food preparation and food distribution. Other important elements include:

    Image of New Catering Policy -2017 in Railways

    Image of New Catering Policy -2017 in Railways

    Image of New Catering Policy -2017 in Railways

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  • 5 Triple Talaq in India and World- Supreme Court Decision Regards It as Unconstitutional [ Policy-Governance ]

    Triple talaq is a form of Islamic divorce, which allows any Muslim man to legally divorce his wife by stating the word talaq (the Arabic word for “divorce”) three times in oral, written, or more recently electronic form.

    Image of Triple Talaq in India and World

    Image of Triple Talaq in India and World

    Image of Triple Talaq in India and World

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  • Sep 7, 2017
  • 1 HIV and AIDS and STI 2017-24: Test and Treat Policy for HIV Patients [ Health ]

    ‘Test and Treat Policy for HIV patients’ was launched in April 2017 providing treatment to all “people living with HIV (PLHIV) ”. PLHIV to be treated with Antiretro Viral Therapy regardless of CD4 count, clinical stage, age, or population. The National Strategic Plan for HIV and

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  • 2 Reducing the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR): Schemes and Policies [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    IMR has reduced by 58 % in India during 1990 - 2015 more than the global decline of 49 % during the same period. Full immunization coverage improved from 43.5 % in 2005 to 62.0 % in 2015 and mortality due to tuberculosis reduced from 76 per 1, 00, 000 in 1990 to 32 per 1, 00, 000

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  • 3 🌟 India’S Defence Procurement Procedure- Make in India in Defense (Important) [ Defense ]

    ‘Make in India’ in defence manufacturing driven by capital acquisition of defense equipment and measures for promoting indigenous design, development and manufacture of defence equipment through public and private sector like:

    Image of India’s Defence Procurement Procedure

    Image of India’s Defence Procurement Procedure

    Image of India’s Defence Procurement Procedure

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  • 4 Ensuring Quality of Drugs: Schemes and Measures [ Health ]

    Government has taken number of steps to check the quality of drugs with National Drug Survey in the year 2014 - 16, found 3.16 % Not of Standard Quality (NS). Test reports of the Not of Standard Quality (NSQ) drugs forwarded to the State Licensing Authorities for appropriate acti

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  • Sep 6, 2017
  • 1 🌟 Renard Series for Currency Denominations (Important) [ Eco. ]

    Countries use the Renard series for convenient use of currency where the ratio between adjacent denominations of currencies is 1: 2 or 1: 2.5. The denomination should be twice or two-and-half times of its preceding denomination allowing exchange of value ordinarily in a maximum o

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  • 2 🌟 Chabahar Port: India, Iran for Early Operationalization (Important) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India and Iran expressed commitment for early completion of Chabahar Port- considered very important from strategic and trade perspective. India ready to aid Iran in taking up operations in Chabahar Port between the actual activation of contract.

    Map of Map of Zaranj-Delaram road, Chabahar Port, Gwadar port

    Map of Map of Zaranj-Delaram Road, Chabahar Port, Gwadar Port

    Map of Map of Zaranj-Delaram road, Chabahar Port, Gwadar port

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  • 3 🌟 List of NABARD Schemes (Important) - NABARD E-Shakti [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    NABARD provides institutional credit for boosting rural economy. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) constituted a Committee to Review the Arrangements For Institutional Credit for Agriculture and Rural Development (CRAFICARD) on 30 March 1979, under the Chairmanship of Shri B. Sivaraman

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  • 4 🌟 2 Major Afforestation Schemes of Environment Ministry (Important) [ Env. ]

    To achieve targets of National Forest Policy to maintain 33 % forest and tree cover the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has 2 major afforestation or tree plantation schemes: National Afforestation Programme (NAP) scheme and National Mission for a Green

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