2018: Point-Wise CA and GS Articles

  • Jun 22, 2018
  • 1Sex Ratio at Birth Dips in 17 of 21 Large States [ Country Rank ]

    The sex ratio at birth (SRB) saw a decline in 17 out of 21 large states of the country, with Gujarat recording an alarming dip of 53 points, a report released by the Niti Aayog stated and stressed on the need to check sex-selective abortion.

    Decreasing trend of sex ration at birth

    Decreasing trend of sex ration at birth

    Decreasing trend of sex ration at birth

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  • 2Indo-French Knowledge Summit Ends with Mutual Recognition of Educational Qualifications [ Edu., Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The first ever Indo-French Knowledge Summit ended successfully in New Delhi. Jointly organized by the French Institute in India, along with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research & Innovation (MESRI), Republic of France and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), G…

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  • 3IREDA, EIB Ink 150mn-Euro Loan Agreement for Renewable Energy [ Eco., Int. Rel & Org., Env. ]

    Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) and European Investment Bank (EIB) inked a 150 million euros loan agreement, a move that will benefit over 1.1 million households with clean energy.

    IREDA, EIB Ink 150mn-Euro Loan Agreement for Renewable Energy

    IREDA, EIB Ink 150mn-Euro Loan Agreement for Renewable Energy

    IREDA, EIB Ink 150mn-Euro Loan Agreement for Renewable Energy

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  • 4Founding Conference of International Solar Alliance [ Int. Rel & Org., Env. ]

    The founding conference of the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA) was held in New Delhi on March 11. President of India had hosted dinner for all the members of ISA who had attended the founding Conference.

    Image of International Solar Alliance

    Image of International Solar Alliance

    Image of International Solar Alliance

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  • 5Consultation on Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 [ Health, Bills ]

    The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare conducted extensive consultative process (initiated in 2006) with experts, with the objective of proposing suitable amendments to Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.

    Image of Medical Termination of Pregnancy

    Image of Medical Termination of Pregnancy

    Image of Medical Termination of Pregnancy

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  • 6Basel III Capital Regulations: What are Basel I and Basel II Regulations? [ Eco. ]

    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has implemented ‘Basel III capital regulations’ in India in phases, targeting full implementation by March 31, 2019. Norms/guidelines regarding capital required to be maintained by banks in India including the Basel III capital regulations, are issued …

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  • Jun 21, 2018
  • 1 Amendments to the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India Regulations, 2016 (Important) [ Eco., Bills ]

    Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has evolved transparent & consultative process for making regulations. IBBI effectively engages stakeholders in regulation making process to factor in ground reality, secure ownership of regulations & make regulations robust & precise…

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  • 2 1st Medal at Ongoing ISSF World Cup-Air Warrior SGT Shahzar Rizvi (Important) [ Sports ]

    World record holder Shahzar Rizvi claimed India’s 1st medal at ongoing ISSF World Cup, winning 10m air pistol silver. He belonged to IAF Shooting team. At CWG, Mitharwal’s 2 bronze medals had come in 10m air pistol & 50m pistol events, while Rai had won 10m air pistol gold.

    Image of World record holder Shahzar Rizvi (ISSF World Cup)

    Image of World record holder Shahzar Rizvi (ISSF World Cup)

    Image of World record holder Shahzar Rizvi (ISSF World Cup)

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  • 3130 Years of Indian Railways Iconic Station: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Building [ Railways ]

    Pride of Indian Railways Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus has completed 130 years. It is Central Railways’ current headquarters building, popularly known as Victoria Terminus.

    Image of Railways Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

    Image of Railways Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

    Image of Railways Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

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  • 4FAME India: Government Proposes Multi-Modal Public and Shared Transport in the Cities [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Government has announced the launch of public and shared transportation based on electric power train, through a system of Expression of Interest (EoI). FAME-I was focused more on private vehicles. The government is giving priority to public transport in the second phase of incen…

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  • 5Surya Mitra & Solar Study Lamp Scheme-One Million Solar Study Lamps Scheme Successfully Implemented [ Sci-Tech, Env., Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said today it has distributed one million solar study lamps under Solar Study Lamp Scheme for states including Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh.

    Image of Surya Mitra and Solar Study Lamp Scheme

    Image of Surya Mitra and Solar Study Lamp Scheme

    Image of Surya Mitra and Solar Study Lamp Scheme

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  • 6Draft Guidelines on Food Fortification of Salt, Milk, Wheat Flour, Rice and Edible Oil [ Policy-Governance, Health ]

    The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued the draft guidelines on fortification for five food items – salt, milk, wheat flour, rice and edible oil – to boost production and consumption of fortified foods.

    Image of Commonly Fortified Foods

    Image of Commonly Fortified Foods

    Image of Commonly Fortified Foods

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  • 7Elimination of Malaria [ Health ]

    The Union Health Ministry and Family Welfare for first time has unveiled National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Malaria Elimination (2017 - 22). It has set malaria elimination deadline as 2027, three years ahead of the global deadline. The NSP is based on 2016 National Framework for M…

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  • 8First Ever Multi-Nation Naval Exercise at Sea Begins in Andaman [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The first-ever multi-nation naval exercise at sea, ’MILES-18’, began at the Andaman Sea. It was a part of the tenth edition of MILAN. 11 naval ships of 8 countries (Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand) and nine Indian ships too…

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  • Jun 20, 2018
  • 1 HRD Ministry 75 National Resource Centres for Online Refresher Programmes for Education (Important) [ Edu. ]

    Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched initiative of online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) platform SWAYAM.

    Image of free online education swayam

    Image of free online education swayam

    Image of free online education swayam

    • In …

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  • 2High Powered Committee to Examine System of CBSE Class X & XII Exams to Prevent Leakages [ Edu., Committees ]

    High Powered Committee was constituted on 4th April 2018 by Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to examine entire system of concluding Class X & Class XII exams conducted by CBSE.

    Image of High Powered Committee to Examine System of CBSE

    Image of High Powered Committee to Examine System of CBSE

    Image of High Powered Committee to Examine System of CBSE

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  • 3‘Green Good Deeds’ Movement Launched by Dr Harsh Vardhan [ Env. ]

    Union Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC) launched Green Good Deeds campaign on 19th May 2018. Purpose of people-oriented campaign is to sensitise people & students, in particular abt climate change & global warming.

    Image of ‘Green Good Deeds’ Movement

    Image of ‘Green Good Deeds’ Movement

    Image of ‘Green Good Deeds’ Movement

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  • 4DigiGaons: CSC Reach 2.50 Lakh Gram Panchayats & 700 Digital Villages to Be Established by the 2018 [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Network of solar-powered Common Service Centres (CSCs), which act as access points for delivery of various digital services to villages in India, will be expanded to 2.50 lakh gram panchayats by year-end.

    Map of 6 adopted villages in country in pilot phase

    Map of 6 adopted villages in country in pilot phase

    Map of 6 adopted villages in country in pilot phase

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  • Jun 19, 2018
  • 1DEPwD to Organise Cochlear Implant Awareness Programme [ Policy-Governance, Health ]

    Department of Empowerment of Persons w/Disabilities (DEPwD) under Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment Organised ‘Cochlear Implant Awareness Programme’ on 6thMay, 2018 at Huda Convention Centre in Faridabad, Haryana.

    Image of Cochlear Implants Work

    Image of Cochlear Implants Work

    Image of Cochlear Implants Work

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  • 2 What is a Phumdi? Floating Lab to Monitor Manipur’S Loktak Lake (Important) [ Env., Disaster Management ]

    The Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Laboratory (IBSD), Imphal, set up a floating laboratory in northeast India’s largest freshwater lake, Loktak to constantly monitor its water quality and eventually improve it.

    Image of largest water lake in India

    Image of largest water lake in India

    Image of largest water lake in India

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  • 3 India and France Ink 14 Pacts, Major Boost to Defence & Nuclear Energy Cooperation-(Important) [ Int. Rel & Org., Defense ]

    France is the ninth largest foreign investor in India with a cumulative investment of over six billion dollars from April 2000 to October 2017. Indian and French forces would be able to access each other’s ports and bases in the Indian Ocean region.

    Image of MoUs Between India And France

    Image of MoUs Between India And France

    Image of MoUs Between India And France

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  • 4 Govt of India Launches I-Metros for Association of Indian Metro Rail Companies [ Schemes & Proj., Railways ]

    Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs launched “I-METROS”, an association of all Indian Metro Rail companies at a Conference on “Indian Metros: Collaborating for Excellence”. “I-METROS” will share or exchange ideas and experience among the metro railway projects in India.

    Image of Metro Rail Advantages

    Image of Metro Rail Advantages

    Image of Metro Rail Advantages

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  • 5 Global Firepower Index or Power Index: Indian Military Ranked 4th Strongest in World (Important) [ Defense, Country Rank ]

    Out of 133 countries, India is ranked fourth on a global index for its military strength, only the United States, Russia and China are ranked above India on the list. Pakistan is ranked 13th on the Global Firepower index 2017.

    Image of Top 25 military powers

    Image of Top 25 military powers

    Image of Top 25 military powers

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  • Jun 18, 2018
  • 1EPFO Launches New Facilities for UAN- Aadhaar Linking [ Policy-Governance, Eco. ]

    The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation introduced a UAN-Aadhaar linking facility for members using EPFO Link in the UMANG mobile app. In addition to the existing web facility already available at EPFO’s website- it will provide convenience to UMANG Mobile App users.

    Image of Bank Account - Aadhaar Card Link

    Image of Bank Account - Aadhaar Card Link

    Image of Bank Account - Aadhaar Card Link

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  • 2Government Launches 2nd Swajal Yojana Project in Rajasthan [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation launched the second project of Swajal pilot project at Village Bhikampura, Karuli, Rajasthan. Ensures availability of clean drinking water to every household round the year and to generate employment.

    Map of 2<sup>nd</sup> Swajal Yojana Project in Rajasthan

    Map of 2nd Swajal Yojana Project in Rajasthan

    Map of 2nd Swajal Yojana Project in Rajasthan

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  • 3President of India Receives Special Issue of ‘Think India’ Journal on Deen Dayal Upadhyay [ Culture, Speeches ]

    Philosopher-politician Deendayal Upadhyay was important national figure. He enriched Indian politics & public thought thru his writing & ideas. There is need for broader consciousness & need to rise above party politics to evaluate him & his work.

    Image of Deen Dayal Upadhyay

    Image of Deen Dayal Upadhyay

    Image of Deen Dayal Upadhyay

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  • 4Petroleum Minister Inaugurates World-Class Interpretation Centre & Tourist Amenities at Sun Temple [ Culture ]

    World-class Interpretation Centre & tourist facilities at Konark Sun Temple was inaugurated by Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas w/Utkal Divas celebrations in Odisha. Sun Temple of Konark in Odisha is one of the important tourist attractions in the region.

     Image of Odisha Day

    Image of Odisha Day

    Image of Odisha Day

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  • Jun 15, 2018
  • 1 Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018 - (Important) [ Bills ]

    Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2018 ensures harmony amongst employees in private sector & Public Sector Undertakings Organizations under Govt. Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha & lok Sabha on 15th March, 2018. Present upper ceiling on gratuity amount under Act is Rs. 10 Lakh.…

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  • 2JNPT Rolls Out Direct Port Delivery Transport Solution [ Eco. ]

    Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) is working on innovative transport solution to ensure seamless & faster cargo movement thru Direct Port Delivery (DPD). This will benefit 1600 importers.

    Chart of Cargo traffic at major ports (MMT)

    Chart of Cargo traffic at major ports (MMT)

    Chart of Cargo traffic at major ports (MMT)

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  • 3📹 Nipah Virus (NiV) [ Health ]

    Zoonosis that causes disease in humans and animals, Nipah Virus Host – Fruit Bats (Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus), RNA virus that is part of the Paramyxovidae family. WHO list of Blueprint priority disease: 1st identified - Kampung Sungai Nipah, Malaysia in 1998 (pigs as in…

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  • Jun 14, 2018
  • 1 New Integrated Scheme for School Education (Important) [ Edu. ]

    Department of School Education & Literacy formulated Integrated Scheme on School Education for period 2018 to 2020. New scheme will subsume existing education schemes as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) & Teacher Education (TE) .

    Image of New Integrated Scheme for School Education

    Image of New Integrated Scheme for School Education

    Image of New Integrated Scheme for School Education

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  • Jun 13, 2018
  • 1Mission Indradhanush- PM Launches Campaign to Eradicate TB from India by 2025 [ Health ]

    A deadline of 2025 was set to free India from tuberculosis (TB), five years ahead of the global deadline set by World Health Organization (WHO). The announcement of the deadline was made during the “End TB summit”.

    Image of PM Launches Campaign to Eradicate TB from India by2025

    Image of PM Launches Campaign to Eradicate TB from India by2025

    Image of PM Launches Campaign to Eradicate TB from India by2025

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  • 2India and France to Co-Host First International Solar Alliance Summit [ Int. Rel & Org., Env. ]

    The aim of the summit is to deliberate on a finance mechanism for the promotion of solar energy in member countries, crowd funding and technology transfer. The summit is of particular significance to India as it strives to achieve the ambitious target of generating 175 GW of rene…

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  • 3Asian Development Bank and Inter Solar Alliance Sign Pact to Promote Solar Energy [ Int. Rel & Org., Env. ]

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Solar Alliance (ISA) signed a cooperation arrangement to promote solar energy deployment in Asia and the Pacific. The cooperation envisages: Solar power generation,

    Image of International Solar Alliance

    Image of International Solar Alliance

    Image of International Solar Alliance

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  • 4Aviation Multi-Skill Development Centre in Chandigarh [ Edu., Sci-Tech ]

    An aviation multi-skill development centre (MSDC) was opened in Chandigarh. It is a CSR initiative of Airports Authority of India (AAI), first-of-its-kind centre would cost Rs. 5.2 crore.

    Pilot Outlook by Region Map

    Pilot Outlook by Region Map

    Pilot Outlook by Region Map

    • The centre, which has come up i…

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  • Jun 11, 2018
  • 1 National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill - (Important) [ Health, Bills ]

    Amendment to National Medical Commission Bill is being referred to Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee (DRPSC). NMC Bill seeks to replace Medical Council of India w/National Medical Commission as top regulator of medical education in India.

    Image of Meaning of MCI

    Image of Meaning of MCI

    Image of Meaning of MCI

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  • 2 National Academic Depository (NAD) - (Important) [ Edu., Policy-Governance, Schemes & Proj. ]

    Union Cabinet approved establishment of National Academic Depository (NAD). All degrees, certificates & awards in country will be made digitally available for verification on single spot under NAD.

    Image of National Academic Depository

    Image of National Academic Depository

    Image of National Academic Depository

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  • 3 What is Dark Net and Golden Cresent? Narco-Terrorism in India (Important) [ Sci-Tech, Int. Rel & Org., Env., Geog. ]

    Narco-terrorism & its funding is serious problem for World, especially for India. The challenge for law enforcement agencies & society is to prevent drug abuse from youth. Problem of Drug Trafficking assumes importance for India as it lies in ’Golden Cresent’ & Golden Triangle’ a…

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  • 4ISRO–BHEL Tie Up for the Production of Space Grade Lithium-Ion Cells [ Sci-Tech, Space and ISRO ]

    ISRO has entered into Technology Transfer Agreement (TTA) with Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd (BHEL) to transfer technology for manufacture of space-grade Li-Ion cells. Key Facts of Tie-Up: TTA was signed at ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru.

    Image of Lead acid battery & Nickel Metal Hydride Battery

    Image of Lead acid battery & Nickel Metal Hydride Battery

    Image of Lead acid battery & Nickel Metal Hydride Battery

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  • 5📹 Expected Questions on Health and Defense 2018 (Part – 3) [ Health, Defense ]

    Indian Army finalises Rs. 15000 crore indigenous ammunition project - Indian Army has finalised Rs. 15, 000-crore indigenous ammunition project. Range of ammunition for its critical weapons and tanks will be produced indigenously.

    • It aims to overcome long delays in imports and a…

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  • Jun 10, 2018
  • 1📹 Expected Questions on Health and Defense 2018 (Part – 2) [ Health, Defense ]

    Zero Hunger Programme to be launched in October - Zero Hunger Programme through interventions in farm sector in India will be launched on occasion of World Food Day (October 16). Focus on agriculture, nutrition and health in a symbiotic manner.

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  • 2📹 Expected Questions on Health and Defense 2018 - (Part - 1) [ Health, Defense ]

    Usutu Virus - It belongs to “flavivirus” family along with tick-borne encephalitis, West Nile, and Dengue virus, The virus is an African origin and it was first detected in Austria in 2001. It caused a severe bird die-off, mainly of blackbirds and songbirds.

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  • 3Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 24) [ Policy-Governance, Eco., Schemes & Proj., Bills ]

    FoSCoRIS – FSSAI launches online platform: To bring in transparency in food safety inspection and sampling, food regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has put in place a nationwide online platform called ‘FoSCoRIS’.

    • It has asked states to adopt this syst…

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  • 4Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 23) [ Policy-Governance, Bills, Committees ]

    Delimitation: The constitution was amended to freeze the delimitation till 2026, This led to a situation where many states have representation in parliament that is disproportionate to their population.

    • Delimitation literally means the act of fixing the boundaries of constituen…

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  • 5Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 22) [ Policy-Governance, Eco., Schemes & Proj. ]

    Youth Parliament Scheme: Shri S. S. Ahluwalia distributes Prizes for the: 29th National Youth Parliament Competition, 2016 - 2017 for Kendriya Vidyalayas, 51st Youth Parliament Competition, 2016 - 17 for Delhi Schools.

    • Aims: At inculcating among younger generations the spirit o…

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  • 6Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 21) [ Sci-Tech, Int. Rel & Org., Appointments ]

    Evaluation study on ‘Nai Roshni Scheme’: NITI Aayog conducted an evaluation study on ’ Nai Roshni ’ - the scheme for Leadership Development of Minority Women in 2015 - 16. Main objective of the study: To assess impact of the scheme on minority women, To identify policy/programme…

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  • 7Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 20) [ Sci-Tech, Policy-Governance, Committees ]

    Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) - Chaired by the Union Minister for Rural Development. Launched for sustainable development of rural areas.

    • An autonomous body registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860.

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  • Jun 8, 2018
  • 1National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) from NRDWP & Ministry of Finance to Help with Potable Water [ Eco., Schemes & Proj. ]

    There are 365050 ST dominated habitations in country, out of that 301858 (82.69%) habitations are covered w/provision of safe drinking water supply & 53090 (14.54%) are partially covered.

    Image of Water Worries

    Image of Water Worries

    Image of Water Worries

    • Affected States with poor drinking water co…

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  • 2Linking of SWIFT to the Core Banking System [ Eco., Committees ]

    In Budget Speech 2018 - 19, Steering Committee on Fintech related issues was constituted to consider various issues relating to development of Fintech space in India. Terms of the Committee: Develop Fintech space to make Fintech related regulations more flexible

    Image of Multiple bank channels

    Image of Multiple bank channels

    Image of Multiple bank channels

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  • 3“Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry” for Sericulture Sector [ Agri., Schemes & Proj. ]

    Central Sector Scheme “Integrated Scheme for Development of Silk Industry” is approved for next 3 years from 2017 - 18 to 2019 - 20. Scheme has 4 components: Research & Development (R&D), Training, Transfer of Technology and IT Initiatives, Seed Organizations and farmers extensio…

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  • 4 Main Aims of National Health Policy 2017 (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Health ]

    National Health Policy, 2017 aims attainment of highest possible level of health & wellbeing for all at all stages thru preventive & promotive health care orientation in development policies, & universal access to good quality health care services w/o anyone having to face financ…

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  • 5 First Meeting of the NITI Forum for North East in Agartala (Important) [ Policy-Governance ]

    1st meeting of Newly constituted NITI Forum for North East was held in Agartala, Tripura on 10th April, 2018 to give boost to development projects in region by identifying constraints & streamlining resources.

    Image of NITI Forum for North - East

    Image of NITI Forum for North - East

    Image of NITI Forum for North - East

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  • 6First Indian Sign Language Dictionary of 3000 Words, What is (ISLR & TC) ? [ Sci-Tech ]

    1st Indian Sign Language Dictionary was launched by Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment in Delhi. Dictionary contains 3, 000 words. There are 50, 71, 007 deaf people & 19, 98, 535 with speech disability in India.

    Image of Alphabetic Chart Indian Sign Language

    Image of Alphabetic Chart Indian Sign Language

    Image of Alphabetic Chart Indian Sign Language

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