2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Sep 17, 2017
  • 1 🌟 What is Global Environment Facility (GEF) and GIM? Grant Agreement Signed with World Bank [ Env. ]

    A Grant Agreement of USD 24.64 million for “Ecosystem Service Improvement Project” was signed with World Bank Global Environment Facility (GEF). Project entirely financed by the World Bank out of its GEF Trust Fund for 05 years.

    Image of National Mission for Green India

    Image of National Mission for Green India

    Image of National Mission for Green India

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  • 2 🌟 North Eastern Cultural and Information Centre to Be Set Up in Delhi [ Culture ]

    North Eastern Cultural and Information Centre will be set up in Delhi soon in line with the priority of North East region. Centre to act as cultural and information hub of the North Eastern Region.

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    Image of North Eastern Culture India

    Image of North Eastern Culture india

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  • 3 FASTag Scheme of NHAI: NHAI Launches Mobile App MyFASTag and FASTag Partner [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    FASTag is a NHAI program for Electronic Toll Collection on Toll Plazas on National Highways. FASTag device employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the linked prepaid account.

    Image of How Does RFID Work?

    Image of How Does RFID Work?

    Image of How Does RFID Work?

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  • 4 Navika Sagar Parikrama - Circumnavigating the Globe on Indian-Built Sail Boat INSV “Tarini” [ Defense ]

    A 6-member all-woman Indian Navy team is sailing around the globe on INSV Tarini in a first-ever first ever such effort by Indian women. Following are important facts: Sailing around the world is called circumnavigation.

    Image of Navika Sagar Parikrama

    Image of Navika Sagar Parikrama

    Image of Navika Sagar Parikrama

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  • 5 🌟 What is TRIFED? TRIFED Celebrates World Honey Bee Day [ Agri. ]

    Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) came into existence in 1987. It is a national-level apex organization functioning under Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

    Organization functioning under Ministry of Tribal Affairs

    Organization Functioning under Ministry of Tribal Affairs

    Organization functioning under Ministry of Tribal Affairs

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  • Sep 14, 2017
  • 1 🌟 Data Generation for Gender Indicators of Sustainable Development Goals (Important) [ Policy-Governance ]

    India is a signatory to the “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” resolution (2030 Agenda) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Goal 5 is a standalone goal to “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.

    Image of Sustainable Development Goals

    Image of Sustainable Development Goals

    Image of Sustainable Development Goals

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  • 2 Street Lighting National Programme Illuminates 50,000 Km (Supporting Data) [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    For supporting your answers you can use following data on Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) for converting streetlights retrofitted to LED lights: Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a government of India company has become world’s largest street light management company.

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  • 3 Ministry of Defence Delegates Powers to Border Roads Organisation [ Defense ]

    The Ministry of Defence will delegate administrative and financial powers to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) upto the level of Chief Engineer and Task Force Commander to avoid delays.

    Image of Border Roads In India Map

    Image of Border Roads In India Map

    Image of Border Roads In India Map

    What is BRO?

    • BRO

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  • 4 ‘Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat’ Launched by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan [ Env. ]

    ‘Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat’ Programme is an initiative of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan aimed to prepare a physical health and fitness profile cards for more than 12 lakh Kendriya Vidyalaya students.

    Image of Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat programme

    Image of Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat Programme

    Image of Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat programme

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  • 5 Digital Police Portal Launched Under CCTNS Project [ Policy-Governance ]

    The CCTNS system links elements of Criminal Justice System like Criminal Justice System such as the police, courts, prisons, prosecution, forensic laboratories, finger prints and juvenile homes with the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) database.

    Image of Digital Police Portal

    Image of Digital Police Portal

    Image of Digital Police Portal

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  • Sep 13, 2017
  • 1 🌟 India’S Exclusive Rights to Explore Polymetallic Nodules from Central Indian Ocean Seabed Basin [ Eco. ]

    India’s exclusive rights to explore polymetallic nodules from seabed in Central Indian Ocean Basin (CIOB) were extended by five years. Rights over 75000 sq. km of area in international waters allocated by International Seabed Authority for developmental activities for polymetalli

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  • 2 What are Common Services Centres (CSC) and Their New Schemes [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    CSCs work on multiple-services-single-point model for providing facilities for multiple transactions at a single location. They were approved in September 2006. Forms a strategic component of the National eGovernance Plan.

    Image of CSCs work on multiple-services

    Image of CSCs Work on Multiple-services

    Image of CSCs work on multiple-services

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  • 3 “Champions of Change” Initiative Organized by NITI Aayog for Young Entrepreneurs [ Policy-Governance ]

    Young CEOs at the “Champions of Change - Transforming India through G2B partnership” initiative organized by NITI Aayog at Pravasi Bharatiya Kendra heard the Prime Minister’s second address in this series, following his interaction with young entrepreneurs last week.

    Image of Champions of Change

    Image of Champions of Change

    Image of Champions of Change

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  • 4 Public Sector Banks Allowed to Amalgamate Through Alternative Mechanism (AM) [ Eco. ]

    Public Sector Banks can now amalgamate through an Alternative Mechanism (AM) facilitating consolidation of Nationalized Banks into strong and competitive banks. Decision for creating strong and competitive banks.

    Image of Amalgamate Through Alternative Mechanism

    Image of Amalgamate Through Alternative Mechanism

    Image of Amalgamate Through Alternative Mechanism

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  • 5 SAMPADA Scheme Renamed to Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    SAMPADA (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters) was renamed “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY) ” for 2016 - 20 coterminous with the 14th Finance Commission cycle.

    Image of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana Aims

    Image of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana Aims

    Image of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana Aims

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  • 6 तीन तलाक पर सर्वोच्च न्यायालय का ऐतिहासिक फैसला (Three Talaq Supreme Court Judgments on Divorce in Hindi) [ Policy-Governance ]

    प्रस्तावना: - सर्वोच्च न्यायालय ने अपने ताजा फैसले में मुस्लिम समाज में प्रचलित तीन तलाक को असंवैधानिक करार दिया है। मुस्लिम महिलाओं की पीड़ा का कारण रहे तीन तलाक की इस सामाजिक कुरीति को लेकर तर्क-वितर्कों का दौर चल रहा था। अब उम्मीद बंधी है कि मुस्लिम महिलाओं को उनका जायज हक मिल

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  • Sep 12, 2017
  • 1 ‘Mentor India’ NITI Aayog’S New Program [ Policy-Governance ]

    NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) promotes innovation and entrepreneurship with ‘Mentor India’ program: Envisaged to be the largest formal volunteer mentor network for maximizing the impact of ATLs.

    Image of Atal Innovation Mission:In A Nutshell

    Image of Atal Innovation Mission: In A Nutshell

    Image of Atal Innovation Mission: In A Nutshell

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  • 2 🌟 Supreme Court Judgement on Right to Privacy (Important): Privacy Laws in Other Countries [ Policy-Governance ]

    The nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India JS Khehar in a unanimous decision declared right to privacy a fundamental right under the constitution.

    Image of Name of 9 Judge Bench

    Image of Name of 9 Judge Bench

    Image of Name of 9 Judge Bench

    Privacy is protected

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  • 3 Important International MoUs (Part- 2) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Following map shows the growing influence of China. Application of genomic in Zebu Cattle and their crosses and buffaloes. To counter this India has signed a number of MoUs with other countries. Most important are given below

    Image of China's Worldwide Reach

    Image of China’s Worldwide Reach

    Image of China’s Worldwide Reach

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  • Sep 11, 2017
  • 1 Important International MoUs (Part - 1) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Following map shows the growing influence of China. To counter this India has signed a number of MoUs with other countries. MoU will promote development of Genomics and Assistant Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) in Cattle through joint activities. Most important are given below.

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  • 2 MoU by Election Commission with Election Management Bodies of Other Countries [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Election Commission has entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the field of electoral management and administration with the Election Management Bodies of other countries and International Agencies:

    Map of Democracy Ranks Index

    Map of Democracy Ranks Index

    Map of Democracy Ranks Index

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  • 3 FarmerZone Agriculture DBT’S Smart Agriculture Conclave [ Agri. ]

    The Union Ministry of Science and Technology is creating FarmerZone- collective open-source data platform for smart agriculture based on biological research and data for benefit of small and marginal farmers.

    Image of Smart Agriculture Conclave

    Image of Smart Agriculture Conclave

    Image of Smart Agriculture Conclave

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  • 4 🌟 Aggregate Measurement of Support (AMS): Joint Proposal by India & China in WTO (Important) [ Eco. ]

    India and China jointly asked for elimination of the Aggregate Measurement of Support (AMS) or ‘Amber Box’ to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). These are most trade-distorting forms of farm subsidies given by developed countries.

    Image of Three Categories of Domestic Support

    Image of Three Categories of Domestic Support

    Image of Three Categories of Domestic Support

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  • 5 Record Horticulture Production in 2016-17: 300 Million Tones [ Agri. ]

    Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare released the Third Advance Estimates of Area and Production of Horticulture Crops for 2016 - 17: The area under horticulture crops increased from 24.5 million ha to 25.1 million ha

    Image of Production of Foodgrains And Horticulture

    Image of Production of Foodgrains And Horticulture

    Image of Production of Foodgrains And Horticulture

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  • 6 PSLV-C39 Flight Carrying IRNSS-1H Navigation Satellite Unsuccessful [ Sci-Tech ]

    The forty first flight of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C39), conducted on August 31st 2017 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, was unsuccessful. Now with satellite inside the heat shield resulted in the unsuccessful mission.

    PSLV-C39 Flight Carrying IRNSS-1H Navigation Satellite

    PSLV-C39 Flight Carrying IRNSS-1H Navigation Satellite

    PSLV-C39 Flight Carrying IRNSS-1H Navigation Satellite

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  • 7 APEDA’S New App for Farm Registration & Approval and Lab Sampling [ Agri. ]

    Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) developed Hortinet as an integrated traceability system for providing Internet based electronic services for

    • Facilitating farm registration
    • Testing and certification of grape, pomegranate and vegetables

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  • 8 All About Election Commission (Important): Shri Sunil Arora New Election Commissioner [ Policy-Governance ]

    Shri Sunil Arora assumed charge as the new Election Commissioner of India in August 2017. Details of the election commission are given below. 1980 batch IAS officer from Rajasthan cadre, superannuated on 30th April 2016 as Secretary, Information & Broadcasting.

    Model of Hierarchy & Electoral Cell Hierarchical Structure

    Model of Hierarchy & Electoral Cell Hierarchical Structure

    Model of Hierarchy & Electoral Cell Hierarchical Structure

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  • Sep 9, 2017
  • 1 Preparatory Meeting of the First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The two-day Preparatory Meeting of the First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ marks the first phase of the First ‘BIMSTEC Disaster Management Exercise- 2017’ organized by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF). This Exercise will provide a platform to share the B

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  • 2 Economic Survey Proposes Transparency of Rules Act [ Bills ]

    The Second volume of Economic Survey 2016 - 17 proposed Transparency of Rules Act (TORA), a progressive legislation to end asymmetry of information regarding rules and regulations faced by an average citizen.

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    Image of Economic Survey Proposes Transparency of Rules Act

    Image of Economic Survey Proposes Transparency of Rules Act

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  • 3 Tagore National Fellowship for Cultural Research, Cultural Talent Discovery Scheme [ Edu. ]

    Jawaharlal Nehru University (School of Art & Aesthetics) is the only Participating Institution under the “Tagore National Fellowship for Cultural Research” Scheme. This Fellowship is not specific to students and covers academicians, scholars, and artistes of repute.

    Image of World's Top Languages For Cultural Research In India

    Image of World’s Top Languages For Cultural Research In India

    Image of World’s Top Languages For Cultural Research In India

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