2017: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Oct 3, 2017
  • 1 MoUs Signed During Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Visit to India (Part 1) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    15 major agreements were signed between both countries during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visit to India. PM Shinzo Abe’s visit and the MoUs were signed under the backdrop of growing influence of China in the region, making India’s partnership with Japan strategically very

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  • 2 India’S First High Speed Rail Project Started by PM Modi and Japanese PM Abe [ Policy-Governance ]

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi jointly laid the foundation for India’s first high speed rail between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Bullet train project symbolizes speed and progress, and will to deliver results quickly.

    Map of India’s first High Speed Rail Project

    Map of India’s First High Speed Rail Project

    Map of India’s first High Speed Rail Project

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  • 3 Hindi Diwas and Rajbhasha Awards [ Awards ]

    The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the Rajbhasha Awards on the occasion of Hindi Diwas on September 14, 2017. Aims to propagate Hindi language and its cultural heritage and values.

    Map of Number of Hindi Speakers

    Map of Number of Hindi Speakers

    Map of Number of Hindi Speakers

    About Nati

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  • 4 Note on MGNREGA [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    MGNREGA Scheme has seen major changes in the last two years with use of ICT tools, space technology, and focus on improving livelihood of people. MGNREGA Provides diversified livelihood opportunities through convergent programme implementation.

    Image of MGNREGA data

    Image of MGNREGA Data

    Image of MGNREGA data

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  • Oct 2, 2017
  • 1 Alang-Sosiya Shipyards: 76 Million US Dollar Loan Deal with Japan International Cooperation Limited [ Eco. ]

    A loan deal worth $76 million with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) was approved to upgrade the environment management plan at Alang-Sosiya ship recycling yards. Total cost of the project to be $111 million, out of which $76 million provided as soft loan from JICA

    Map of Alang-Sosiya Shipyards

    Map of Alang-Sosiya Shipyards

    Map of Alang-Sosiya Shipyards

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  • 2 New Intelligence Set-Up of SSB and Welfare and Rehabilitation Board (WARB) App [ Appointments ]

    New Intelligence Set-up of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was launched to provide well-knit intelligence network. India shares 1, 751 km-long border with Nepal and 699 km-long border with Bhutan.

    Image of Intelligence Set-up of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

    Image of Intelligence Set-up of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

    Image of Intelligence Set-up of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)

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  • 3 India’S ‘External Debt a Status Report for 2016-17’ [ Policy-Governance ]

    India’s External Debt stock stood at US $471.9 billion at end-March 2017, decreasing by US $13.1 billion (2.7 per cent) over the level at end-March 2016 based on the data by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on June 30, 2017 and information available from other sources.

    Chart of India Total External DEBT

    Chart of India Total External DEBT

    Chart of India Total External DEBT

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  • 4 🌟 Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol 30th Anniversary and 23rd World Ozone Day Celebrated [ Env. ]

    The International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer (or World Ozone Day) is observed every year on September 16 for the preservation of the Ozone Layer. 23rd World Ozone Day has the theme - “Caring for all life under the Sun”.

    Image of Kigali Amendment

    Image of Kigali Amendment

    Image of Kigali Amendment

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  • 5 Northeast Venture Fund for Young Startups [ Eco. ]

    Young Start-Ups can avail of the “Venture Fund” facility provided by the Ministry of Development of Northeast to anybody who wishes to set up an entrepreneurship Northeast region. Fund in addition to the provisions of tax holiday and exit period available in the Government of Ind

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  • Sep 28, 2017
  • 1 Marshal of Indian Air Force, Arjan Singh Passes Away [ Defense ]

    The Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh passed away at Army Hospital (R&R), New Delhi at 98. Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC lead the Air Force when he was only 44 years old. He was the Chief of IAF in the year 1965 in the war.

    Image of Commissioned Ranks

    Image of Commissioned Ranks

    Image of Commissioned Ranks

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  • 2 🌟 Defence: Indigenous Development of Trawl System [ Defense ]

    The Trawl system recently crossed a major milestone with the successful completion of blast trials in collaboration with HEMRL Pune, which demonstrated the survivability of the equipment, when subjected to successive series of blast directly underneath it

    Image of Trawl System by DRD

    Image of Trawl System by DRD

    Image of Trawl System by DRD

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  • 3 Swachhata Hi Seva and Seva Divas- Swachh Bharat Mission [ Policy-Governance ]

    “Swachhta Hi Seva” is a nation-wide fortnight sanitation campaign under Swachh Bharat Mission launched by President Ram Nath Kovind from Ishworiganj village in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. It is to run from September 15th to October 2nd, 2017.

    Map of 2 Years of Swachh Bharat Statewise Impact

    Map of 2 Years of Swachh Bharat Statewise Impact

    Map of 2 Years of Swachh Bharat Statewise Impact

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  • 4 Dual-Use Chinese Highway to Nepal Via Tibet: Chinese Growing Influence [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    China opened strategic 40.4-kilometre highway in Tibet between Xigaze airport and Xigaze city centre with short section linking to the Nepal border. This highway in Tibet to Nepal border could be used for both civilian and defence purpose- improving road connectivity between Tibe

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  • 5 Bakhshali Manuscript: How Old is Zero? 500 Years Older Than Previously Believed [ Sci-Tech ]

    Scientists traced the origins to zero considered as greatest breakthroughs in the history of mathematics to an ancient Indian text- Bakhshali manuscript. Bakhshali manuscript was housed in the UK since 1902.

    Image of Bakhshali Manuscript

    Image of Bakhshali Manuscript

    Image of Bakhshali Manuscript

    • Bakhshal

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  • Sep 27, 2017
  • 1 🌟 10 Must Know Facts on Sardar Sarovar Dam- Now Dedicated to the Nation [ Policy-Governance ]

    PM dedicates Sardar Sarovar Dam to the nation and attended the closing ceremony of Narmada Mahotsav at Dabhoi. The occasion was marked by prayers and chanting of hymns at the Dam at Kevadia.

    Map of Narmada Dam (Now Dedicated to the Nation)

    Map of Narmada Dam (Now Dedicated to the Nation)

    Map of Narmada Dam (Now Dedicated to the Nation)

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  • 2 Cassini- Huygens Space Probe Orbiting Saturn Now Retired [ Sci-Tech ]

    The Cassini space probe was deliberately disposed of via a controlled fall into Saturn’s atmosphere on September 15, 2017, ending its nearly two-decade-long mission. Method of disposal chosen to prevent biological contamination of Saturn’s moons now thought to offer potentially h

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  • 3 Father of Nephrology in India- Dr. Kirpal Chugh Passes at 85 [ Health ]

    Dr. Kirpal Singh Chugh, widely regarded as the “father of nephrology in India” and Padma Shri (2000), the country’s fourth highest civilian award, passed away at 85. He belonged to Patti in Tarn Taran.

    Image of Father of Nephrology In India- Dr. Kirpal Chugh

    Image of Father of Nephrology In India- Dr. Kirpal Chugh

    Image of Father of Nephrology In India- Dr. Kirpal Chugh

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  • 4 ‘The Man Who Saved the World’ Dies in Russia [ Awards ]

    Stanislav Petrov a Soviet military officer credited with helping prevent US-Russia nuclear war died at the age of 77: Petrov dismissed a warning about US nuclear strike as a false alarm. The probe later proved that Petrov was right and prevented the war.

    Image of The Man who Saved the World

    Image of The Man Who Saved the World

    Image of The Man who Saved the World

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  • 5 Lunar Occultation: 3 Planets Behind the Moon [ Sci-Tech ]

    In September 2017, moon will shortly block Venus, then Mars and then Mercury in the sky in an event called a lunar occultation. Occultation occurs when moon passes in front of a celestial object.

    Image of Lunar Occultation: 3 Planets behind the Moon

    Image of Lunar Occultation: 3 Planets Behind the Moon

    Image of Lunar Occultation: 3 Planets behind the Moon

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  • Sep 26, 2017
  • 1 World’S First Plant-Based Zika Vaccine [ Health ]

    Scientists from US developed the world’s first plant-based Zika vaccine claimed to be more effective, safer, and cheaper by using proteins derived from Tobacco plant. The plant-based Zika vaccine works against DIII, a part of a Zika viral protein playing a key role in infecting p

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  • 2 El Nino of 2014-16 Aided Massive Release of Carbon Dioxide [ Env. ]

    Data collected by NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite found that monster El Nino of 2014 - 16 caused over 3 billion tonnes of carbon release into the atmosphere, taking carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration to record levels.

    Chart of Recent Global Monthly Mean CO2

    Chart of Recent Global Monthly Mean CO2

    Chart of Recent Global Monthly Mean CO2

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  • 3 School Chalo Abhiyan Launched [ Edu. ]

    Even after government taking several initiatives to eradicate illiteracy in India, 70 - 80 lakh students are still out of school. Now government is undertaking School Chalo Abhiyan from next year to enroll these 70 - 80 lakh students in the country:

    Image of School Chalo Abhiyan

    Image of School Chalo Abhiyan

    Image of School Chalo Abhiyan

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  • 4 🌟 Indian Growing Income Inequality: from British Raj to Billionaire Raj (Important) [ Ethics ]

    A new paper released by economists shows that share of India’s national income accruing to the top 1 percent income earners is now at its highest level since the creation of the Indian Income tax in 1922:

    Chart of The Rich Get Richer

    Chart of The Rich Get Richer

    Chart of The Rich Get Richer

    • India’s ric

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  • 5 First Advanced Homoeopathy Research Lab [ Health ]

    India has its first virology laboratory to develop homoeopathy drugs against diseases such as H1N1 (swine flu), dengue, chikungunya at Kolkata’s Dr. Anjali Chatterjee Regional Research Institute for Homoeopathy (RRIH)

    Image of Alternative Medicine

    Image of Alternative Medicine

    Image of Alternative Medicine

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  • 6 What is Rapid Intensification? Contradictory Predictions for Hurricane Irma [ Env. ]

    The range of possibilities presented by the forecast models more than a week before Hurricane Irma spread from Mexico to Canada- those were quite inaccurate. Irma was designated a tropical storm but later strengthened into a large Category 3 hurricane, with winds of 115 mph.

    Image of Name of Hurricanes

    Image of Name of Hurricanes

    Image of Name of Hurricanes

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  • 7 🌟 Seven Principles for Good Teaching with Technology (Important) [ Edu. ]

    The following seven principles understand the steps to be taken by students and faculty members to improve undergraduate education: Frequent student-faculty contact in and out of class is a most important factor in student motivation and involvement.

    Image of Seven Principles for Good Teaching

    Image of Seven Principles for Good Teaching

    Image of Seven Principles for Good Teaching

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  • Sep 24, 2017
  • 1 🌟 What is Digital Classroom, Flipped Classroom, and Blended Learning? (Important ) [ Edu. ]

    In flipped classroom students receive instruction online but critique and apply knowledge in the classroom with their peers. With the advent of modern digital education, internet and mobile devices several new terms are now associated with teaching. These will be discussed below.

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  • 2 Fourth Session of the India-Tanzania Joint Trade Committee (JTC) [ Committees & Bodies ]

    The Fourth Session of the India-Tanzania Joint Trade Committee meeting was held in New Delhi, on 29th September 2017. Following are important points of the meeting: India and Tanzania enjoy close and cordial relations due to shared history of struggle against colonialism.

    India-Tanzania Close, Friendly & Co-Operative Relations

    India-Tanzania Close, Friendly & Co-Operative Relations

    India-Tanzania Close, Friendly & Co-Operative Relations

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  • 3 Production of Sugarcane [ Agri. ]

    First Hybrid clone species 205 was developed for sub-tropical climate and it was launched in 1918 for commercial farming: Shri Radha Mohan Singh. Sugarcane revolution started with launch of variety 205 and now ICAR- Sugarcane Breeding Institute has released variety 0238.

    Map of Production of Sugarcane In Various State

    Map of Production of Sugarcane In Various State

    Map of Production of Sugarcane In Various State

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  • 4 🌟 Equivalence of Posts in Central Public Sector in Government (Important) [ Policy-Governance ]

    Norms for establishing equivalence of posts in Government and posts in PSUs and PSBs for claiming benefit of OBC reservations are now finalized. Prevent children of senior people who may have been treated as non-Creamy Layer cornering government posts reserved for OBCs.

    Image of Backward Class

    Image of Backward Class

    Image of Backward Class

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