2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Sep 23, 2017
  • 1 Jan Dhan Yojana and the 1 Billion-1 Billion-1 Billion “JAM” Revolution [ Yojana ]

    Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) aimed at providing financial services to the poor: Opening bank accounts for the poor. Giving them electronic means of payment (via RUPAY cards)

    Image of Jan Dhan Yojana

    Image of Jan Dhan Yojana

    Image of Jan Dhan Yojana

    • Placing them in a position to avail cred

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  • 2 NITI Aayog Lunches Ease of Doing Business Report: an Enterprise Survey of Indian States [ Eco. ]

    NITI Aayog launched Ease of Doing Business report based on an Enterprise Survey of 3, 500 manufacturing firms across India. Survey assesses the business regulations and enabling environment across India from firms’ perspective.

    Image of Ease of Doing Business Index

    Image of Ease of Doing Business Index

    Image of Ease of Doing Business Index

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  • 3 Nasikabatrachus Bhupathi: New Frog Species with Pig Face Discovered in Western Ghats [ Env. ]

    Indian scientists discovered Nasikabatrachus bhupathi, a new species of frog in Western Ghats with snout-shaped nose, just like a pig. It has been named after the Indian herpetologist S. Bhupathy.

    Map of New Frog Species With Pig Face In Western Ghats

    Map of New Frog Species With Pig Face In Western Ghats

    Map of New Frog Species With Pig Face In Western Ghats

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  • 4 What is TAPI Gas Pipeline? India Hosting Steering Committee Meeting of TAPI Gas Pipeline [ Eco. ]

    India is hosting the next steering committee meeting of 1, 814 km long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline as decided by sixth joint India-Turkmenistan Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) meeting on trade, economic, scientific, and technological cooperation

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  • Sep 21, 2017
  • 1 🌟 New Tectonic Microplate “Malpelo Plate” Off the Coast of Ecuador (Important) [ Geog. ]

    Rice University’s researcher have found new tectonic mircoplate off Ecuador’s coast in the eastern Pacific Ocean and named it Malpelo plate, after a Colombian island and an oceanic ridge it contains.

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    Image of Malpelo Plate

    Image of Malpelo Plate

    Key Facts

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  • 2 US Designates Hizbul Mujahideen as Foreign Terrorist Organisation [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The United States named Pakistan based Kashmiri terrorist outfit Hizbul Mujahideen as a “Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) ” paving way for a series of US sanctions dealing blow to Pakistan projecting the militant group as a voice of Kashmiri people and validates India’s posit

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  • 3 🌟 Impact of Climate Change in India : Costing India $10 Billion/Year (Important) [ Env. ]

    According to Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture, extreme weather events are costing India $9 - 10 billion annually with climate change projected to impact agricultural productivity with increasing severity from 2020.

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    Image of Impact of Climate Change In India

    Image of Impact of Climate Change In India

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  • 4 🌟 What is Bioethanol? New Technique to Produce Bioethanol from Cotton-Stalks from CSIR-NIIST [ Env. ]

    CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (CSIR-NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram developed new technique for producing bioethanol from discarded cotton-stalks using chemical and biological methods.

    Image of Bioethanol And Co-products

    Image of Bioethanol And Co-products

    Image of Bioethanol And Co-products

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  • 5 What are Biosensors? Biosensor to Detect Kidney Disorders Developed by IITs [ Sci-Tech ]

    Researchers from Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) - Bombay and Indore jointly developed a biosensor to detect kidney disorders in less than eight minutes measuring both the pH and urea concentration with a single drop of urine.

    Image of Biosensor to Detect Kidney Disorders

    Image of Biosensor to Detect Kidney Disorders

    Image of Biosensor to Detect Kidney Disorders

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  • Sep 20, 2017
  • 1 सर्वोच्च न्यायालय का मौलिक अधिकार पर ऐतिहासिक फैसला (Historical Decision-in Hindi) [ Policy-Governance ]

    प्रस्तावना: - जीवन का अधिकार हमारा मौलिक हक है। सर्वोच्च न्यायालय ने प्राइवेसी यानी, निजता को इसके बराबर माना है। न्यायालय की 9 जजों की संविधान पीठ ने 63 साल पुराने फैसले को पलटते हुए कहा कि निजता अब हर नागरिक का मौलिक हक है। संविधान पीठ ने पहले 1954 में, फिर 1962 में प्राइवेसी

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  • 2 नेपाल के प्रधानमंत्री देऊबा की पांच दिवसीय भारत यात्रा(Nepal’S PM 5 Day Visit to India-in Hindi) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    प्रस्तावना: - नेपाली प्रधानमंत्री शेरबहादुर देऊबा पांच दिवसीय भारत यात्रा पर आ रहे हैं। उनकी यह यात्रा ऐसे दौर में हो रही है जब हमारा चीन से डोकलाम को लेकर विवाद चल रहा है। वहीं नेपाल, दो दशक से राजनीतिक अस्थिरता के दौर से गुजर रहा है। भारत व नेपाल के बीच हमेशा से गहरे सामाजिक व

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  • 3 ICOSIS Unveils Ocean Forecasting System for Comoros, Madagascar, and Mozambique [ Sci-Tech ]

    Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) inaugurated Ocean Forecasting System for Indian Ocean countries Comoros, Madagascar, and Mozambique at the third Meeting of Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Asia and Africa (RIMES) at Port Mor

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  • 4 World’S First Diamond Futures Contracts by ICEX [ Eco. ]

    The Indian Commodity Exchange (ICEX) has launched world’s first diamond futures contracts providing exporters with means to contain their losses. ICEX received approval from market regulator Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) for trading in diamond futures contracts.

    Image of World's First Diamond Futures Contracts By ICEX

    Image of World’s First Diamond Futures Contracts By ICEX

    Image of World’s First Diamond Futures Contracts By ICEX

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  • 5 August 29: International Day Against Nuclear Tests [ Important Days ]

    The International Day against Nuclear Tests was observed on 29th August to raise awareness against nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions. Seeks to promote peace and security and prevent nuclear catastrophes to avert devastating effects on humankind, envir

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  • Sep 19, 2017
  • 1 अंतरिक्ष और खोज (Space and Discovery - in Hindi) [ Sci-Tech ]

    डीप (गहरा) स्पेस (अंतरिक्ष) हैबिटैट (वास): -नासा के वैज्ञानिक एक ऐसे डीप स्पेस हैबिटैट (डीएसएच) का निर्माण कर रहें हैं, सिसके जरिये अंतरिक्ष यात्रियों को लंबे समय के लिए अंतरिक्ष में भेजना संभव हो सकता है। यह खगोलीय अन्वेषण के लिहाज से भी अहम पड़ाव साबित हो सकता है। फिलहाल नासा क

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  • 2 बाबा राम रहीम मामला(Baba Ram Rahim Case -in Hindi) [ Policy-Governance ]

    प्रस्तावना: -डेरा सच्चा सौदा प्रमुख गुरमीत राम रहीम सिंह को दोषी करार दिया गया हैं। रेप (बलात्कार) केस (प्रकरण) में पंचकूला की विशेष सीबीआई की विशेष अदालत ने उन्हें दोषी पाया है। अब उन पर 28 अगस्त को सजा सुना दी गई है। फिलहाल उन्हें कोर्ट (न्यायालय) से सीधे जेल ले जाया गया है। उ

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  • 3 Deep Ocean Mission of India [ Sci-Tech ]

    The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) launching Deep Ocean Mission for research in ocean science and developing technology to harness ocean resources to Explore India’s 7, 500 km coastline and 2.4 million square km of exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

    Map of International Seabed Authority

    Map of International Seabed Authority

    Map of International Seabed Authority

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  • 4 West Bengal’S Gobindobhog Rice Gets Geographical Indication Status [ Eco. ]

    Geographical Indications Registry (GIR) granted geographical indication (GI) status to Gobindobhog rice, a specialty from Burdwan district of West Bengal. South Damodar belt is traditional area of Gobindobhog rice cultivation.

    Map of Native Areas of Cultivation

    Map of Native Areas of Cultivation

    Map of Native Areas of Cultivation

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  • 5 IAEA- World’S First Low-Enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - UN global nuclear watchdog opened world’s first Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank in Oskemen in Kazakhstan. First of its kind LEU bank not to be under control of any individual country.

    Image of IAEA- World’s First Low-Enriched Uranium Bank

    Image of IAEA- World’s First Low-Enriched Uranium Bank

    Image of IAEA- World’s First Low-Enriched Uranium Bank

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  • Sep 18, 2017
  • 1 उच्च दस समाचार (High Ten News - in Hindi) (August) [ None ]

    मुक्त व्यापार: - पश्चिम देशों ने व्यापार विस्तार करने और विकासशील देशों के संसाधनों का दोहन करने के मकसद से विश्व व्यापार संगठन का गठन कर मुक्त व्यापार के समझौते किए। लेकिन, चीन सहित कई विकासशील देशों ने सस्ती श्रम लागत के दम पर पश्चिमी बाजारों पर कब्जा कर लिया। बढ़ते व्यापार घाट

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  • 2 उच्च दस समाचार (High Ten News - August in Hindi) [ None ]

    परमाणु हथियार: - 6 बार तबाही की दर से लौटी दुनिया। करगिल युद्ध के दौरान जनरल परवेज मुशर्रफ भारत पर परमाणु हमला करने की तैयारी में थे। वही एक अमरीकी सैन्य कमांडर (सेनाध्यक्ष) ने कहा यदि राष्ट्रपति ट्रंप कह दे ंतो यह चीन पर परमाणु हमला कर सकते है। यह पहली बार नहीे। जापान पर किए गए

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  • 3 JPI- Judicial Performance Index for Lower Judiciary Suggested by NITI Aayog [ Policy-Governance ]

    (NITI) Aayog has suggested judicial performance index (JPI) to check delay in finalization of cases in lower judiciary. Suggested as part of ’Three Year Action Agenda (2017 - 20) recommendations” for reforms to expedite justice delivery system, particularly lower courts.

    Image of Index for Lower Judiciary Suggested by NITI Aayog

    Image of Index for Lower Judiciary Suggested by NITI Aayog

    Image of Index for Lower Judiciary Suggested by NITI Aayog

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  • 4 Comptroller and Auditor General of India [ Policy-Governance ]

    CAG is constitutional office under article 148 appointed by President of India for period of 6 years or up to age of 65 years, whichever earlier. CAG is ranked 9th highest office and enjoys the same status as a judge of Supreme Court.

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    Image of Comptroller And Auditor General of India

    Image of Comptroller And Auditor General of India

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  • 5 In a First Assam Extends AFSPA Orders on Its Own [ Policy-Governance ]

    Assam Government extended the term of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958 declaring entire state “Disturbed Area” for six months under Section 3 of AFSP Act. First time a state government has extended AFSPA and Disturbed Area provision on its own.

    Image of States Under AFSPA

    Image of States Under AFSPA

    Image of States Under AFSPA

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  • 6 SAAB, Adani Group Announce Collaboration for Defence Manufacturing [ Defense ]

    Swedish defence company-SAAB and India’s Adani Group have agreed to collaborate in defence manufacturing. Partnership for design, development, and production of single engine Gripen fighter jets under ‘Make in India’.

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    Image of Collaboration for Defence Manufacturing

    Image of Collaboration for Defence Manufacturing

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  • Sep 17, 2017
  • 1 India’S First Full-Time Woman Defence Minister: Nirmala Sitharaman [ Appointments ]

    Nirmala Sitharaman (58) became first full time woman Defence Minister of India. She is second woman to become Defence Minister, first being Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who held additional defence portfolio from 1980 - 82.

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    Image of Nirmala Sitharaman

    Image of Nirmala Sitharaman

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  • 2 TRAPPIST-1 Planets Might Have Water [ Sci-Tech ]

    Earth-sized planets orbiting ultra-cool TRAPPIST-1 dwarf star likely have great amounts of water and might be habitable as found by joint team of European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA.

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    Image of TRAPPIST-1 System

    Image of TRAPPIST-1 System

    • New study found that hydrogen floating

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  • 3 🌟 Breakthrough Listen Project (Important): Dwarf Galaxy Send 15 Radio Bursts (Important) [ Sci-Tech ]

    Breakthrough Listen project detected 15 fast radio bursts (FRBs) coming from a dwarf galaxy about 3 million light years away from earth with Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia.

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    Image of Breakthrough Listen Project

    Image of Breakthrough Listen Project

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  • 4 Credit Lines Pact Signed by Five Banks of BRICS Nations [ Eco. ]

    BRICS Inter bank Cooperation Mechanism (ICM) Banks agreed to establish and cooperate on local currency credit lines. Allows five banks to extend credit lines in local currencies to BRICS ICM members and BRICS companies against guarantees of signatory banks.

    Image of Overview of BRICS Financial Cooperation

    Image of Overview of BRICS Financial Cooperation

    Image of Overview of BRICS Financial Cooperation

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  • 5 🌟 Locky Ransomware and Xafecopy [ Sci-Tech ]

    The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) issued alert Locky ransomware that can lock computers and demand ransom for unlocking them. Advanced malware uses cryptoviral extortion encrypting victim’s files, making them inaccessible.

    Image of Average Monthly Mbps of Attacks

    Image of Average Monthly Mbps of Attacks

    Image of Average Monthly Mbps of Attacks

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