2018: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Sep 25, 2018
  • 1 📹 UPSC CIVIL SERVICES MAINS EXAM 2017: General Studies Paper – 2 (Part - 2) [ IAS Upd. ]

    11. Explain the salient features of the constitution (One Hundred and First Amendment) Act, 2016. Do you think it is efficacious enough ‘to remove cascading effect of taxes and provide for common national market for goods and services’? (250 words)

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    IAS Mains

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  • 2 📹 UPSC CIVIL SERVICES MAINS EXAM 2017: General Studies Paper – 2 (Part - 1) [ IAS Upd. ]

    1. “The local self-government system in India has not proved to be effective instrument of governance”. Critically examine the statement and give your views to improve the situation. (150 words)

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    IAS Mains 2017 GS Paper 2 Discussion (Part 1)

    Dr. Manishika Ja

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  • 3 📹 Expected Topics UPSC Mains 2018 [ IAS Upd. ]

    Yojana & Kurukshetra: Technology for Rural Development: Kurukshetra May 2018 Summary, Nutrition: Yojana May 2018 Summary, North East: Yojana April 2018 Summary, Yojana January 2018 Summary: Banking Reforms.

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    Expected Topics for UPSC Mains 2018

    Yojana & Kuruks

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  • 4 📹 Kurukshetra September 2018: Sustainable Rural Development (Part - 2) [ Kurukshetra ]

    MGNREGS: Empowerment Rural India - Mahatma Gandhi National Rural employment Guarantee Scheme – flagship program of govt. is quite relevant as program aims at enhancing livelihood security of rural poor.

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    Sustainable Rural Development: Kurukshetra September 20

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  • 5 📹 Kurukshetra September 2018: Sustainable Rural Development (Part - 1) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Key Topics included in this Article: PM Sampada scheme & Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana, About National Agriculture Market (e-NAM), National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM).

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    Sustainable Rural Development: Kurukshetra September 2018 (In English)

    Dr. Ma

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  • 6 Road Transport Ministry Approves Digi Locker- Drive Without Carrying Your Driving License [ Schemes & Proj., Computers ]

    Ministry of Road Transport has made digital driving license & vehicle’s RC papers stored in Digi Lockers are now legally recognized at par w/original documents as per IT Act 2000 & is valid under Motor Vehicles Act 1988.

    Image of How to use the DigiLocker

    Image of How to Use the DigiLocker

    Image of How to use the DigiLocker

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  • Sep 24, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Policy for Disposal of Waste and Pollution Control: Steps to Manage and Reduce Waste (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Env. ]

    Ministry, in supersession of Municipal Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Rules, 2000, has notified Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. Project proposals are appraised by concerned State Level Expert Appraisal Committees & while recommending proposals for grant of clearance, env

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  • 2 Continuation of Schemes of Pre-Matric, Post Matric and Merit-Cum-Means Based Scholarship Schemes [ Edu., Schemes & Proj. ]

    Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved continuation of following schemes: Pre-Matric Scholarship Scheme, Post Matric Scholarship Scheme, Merit-cum-Means based Scholarship Scheme.

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    Image of Scholarship Schemes for Minority

    Image of Scholarship Schemes for Minority

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  • 3 Cabinet Approves Establishment of Medical College, Salempur at Deoria, Uttar Pradesh [ Edu., Schemes & Proj. ]

    Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved proposal for establishment of new medical college at Deoria on 18th July, 2018. This college would be built at cost of Rs. 250 cr. under Phase-II of Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

    Map of Cabinet Approves Est. of Medical College, Salempur

    Map of Cabinet Approves Est. of Medical College, Salempur

    Map of Cabinet Approves Est. of Medical College, Salempur

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  • 4 🌟 Union Government Notifies Amendments to Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 (Important) [ Bills ]

    Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) issued draft amendments to Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, making Vehicle Tracking System device & FASTags mandatory for all commercial vehicles obtaining national permit.

    Image of Union Government Notifies Amendments to Central Motor

    Image of Union Government Notifies Amendments to Central Motor

    Image of Union Government Notifies Amendments to Central Motor

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  • 5 Sagarmala Initiative: Hi-Tech Labs in CEMS, Visakhapatnam [ Eco., Schemes & Proj. ]

    Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS) has said that, its hi tech labs at Visakhapatnam are in ready state to commence orientation programmes for trainees. CEMS is well-funded startup in skill development for maritime & shipbuilding sector.

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    Image of Vision of Sagarmala

    Image of vision of sagarmala

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  • Sep 21, 2018
  • 1 Exploitation of Atomic Minerals in India [ Eco. ]

    10.98 million tonnes of resources of Molybdenum Ore is located in Tamil Nadu, but Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has not taken up any project for exploitation of Molybdenum available near Harur Taluk, Dharmapuri District in Tamil Nadu.

    Map of Molybdenum available near Harur in Tamil Nadu

    Map of Molybdenum Available Near Harur in Tamil Nadu

    Map of Molybdenum available near Harur in Tamil Nadu

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  • 2 High Lvl. Inter Ministerial Meeting on Issues of Pollution Affecting Taj Mahal-C.K.Mishra Committee [ Env., Committees & Bodies, Culture ]

    High level Inter ministerial meeting was held on 16th July 2018 to deliberate on various issues & actions to be taken to conserve Taj Mahal. Meeting focused on action points needed to overcome Air & Water pollution in & around Taj Mahal.

    Image of High Level Issues of Pollution Affecting Taj Mahal

    Image of High Level Issues of Pollution Affecting Taj Mahal

    Image of High Level Inter Ministerial Meeting on Issues of Pollution Affecting Taj Mahal

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  • 3 India-Assisted Emergency Ambulance Service Launched in Sri Lanka [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India-assisted emergency ambulance service was launched in Sri Lanka by Indian PM thru video conferencing. Inaugural function was held in Jaffna of Northern Province, in presence of Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe & several other dignitaries.

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    Image of India-Assisted Emergency Ambulance Service Launched

    India-Assisted Emergency Ambulance Service Launched in Sri Lanka

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  • 4 GST Council Cuts Rate on 88 Items on 21 July 2018 [ Eco. ]

    GST Council in its 28th meeting on 21st July, 2018, reduced Goods & Services Tax (GST) rates on 88 various goods & rationalised rates on various services. GST exempted from various services in sectors like agriculture, education & social security.

    Table contain shows GST Rates Reduction

    Table contain shows GST Rates Reduction

    GST Rates Reduction

    28 % to 18%

    28 % to 12%

    18%, 12%, 5 % to Nil

    12 % to 5%

    18 % to 12%

    18 % to 5%

    Paints & varnishes

    Fuel Cell Vehicle

    Stone/Marble/Wood Deities

    Chenille fabrics

    Bamboo flooring

    Ethanol for sale to Oil Marketing Companies

    Glaziers’ putty, grafting putty, resin cements

    Rakhi

    Handloom dari

    Brass Kerosene Pressure Stove

    Solid bio fuel pellets

    Refrigerators, water cooler

    Sanitary Napkins

    Phosphoric acid

    Hand Operated Rubber Roller

    Washing machines

    Coir pith compost

    Knitted cap

    Zip & Slide Fasteners

    Lithium-ion batteries

    Sal Leaves siali leaves & their products

    Vacuum cleaners

    Raw material for Jhadoo

    Domestic electrical appliances

    Khali dona

    Storage water heaters, hair dryers, hand dryers

    Circulation & commemorative coins, sold by SPMCIL to Finance Ministry

    Televisions up to size of 68 cm

    Crane lorries, fire fighting vehicle, concrete mixer lorries

    Trailers & semi-trailers

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  • Sep 19, 2018
  • 1 Government Sets Up High Level Committee Chaired by Union Home Secretary to Check Mob Lynching [ Bills, Committees & Bodies ]

    Considering increasing incidents of mob lynching, Union Govt. constituted High Level Committee chaired by Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba to deliberate in matter & make recommendations.

    Image of psychological characteristics of a mob

    Image of Psychological Characteristics of a Mob

    Image of psychological characteristics of a mob

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  • 2 SC Approves NALSA’S Compensation Scheme for Sexual Assault and Acid Attack Victims [ Pol Sci. ]

    Supreme Court (SC) approved ‘Compensation Scheme for Women Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault/Other Crimes-2018’, uniform compensation scheme for victims of sexual assault & acid attacks.

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    Image of Policy Drawn Up By Centre, Nalsa

    Image of Policy Drawn Up By Centre, nalsa

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  • 3 Watershed Development Projects and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana: in Detail [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    According to Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) report on Rural Development, watershed development projects lagging behind badly (only 10 % of projects complete). At the same time watershed development is vital component of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY).

    Image of Watershed Development Projects

    Image of Watershed Development Projects

    Image of Watershed Development Projects

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  • 4 SC Asks Centre to Inform in 10 Days’ Time Frame for Appointing Lokpal: as It Happened [ Pol Sci. ]

    Supreme Court of India has reprimanded central govt. over delay in appointment of Lokpal. SC has expressed dissatisfaction over govt. ‘s stand on completing appointment of Lokpal. Court stressed that even absence of recognised Leader of Opposition (LoP) does not hinder appointmen

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  • 5 🌟 Dam Safety Bill, 2018: All You Need to Know (Important) [ Bills ]

    Recently Union Cabinet approved proposal for introduction of Dam Safety Bill, 2018 in Parliament. Draft bill was finalized after wide consultation w/leading Indian experts & international experts. Here we will discuss all the relevant details.

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    Image of Panel to Advise on Regulations

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  • Sep 18, 2018
  • 1 Second Century BCE Buddhist Site at Thotlakonda in Visakhapatnam [ Culture ]

    Heritage conservationists & members of Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage (INTACH) has expressed concerns over proposed construction of amphitheatre, rest rooms & information centre at 2nd century BCE Buddhist site, Thotlakonda in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

    Map of Second Century BCE Buddhist Site at Thotlakonda

    Map of Second Century BCE Buddhist Site at Thotlakonda

    Map of Second Century BCE Buddhist Site at Thotlakonda

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  • 2 Ambubachi Mela: a Festival in Assam That Celebrates the Menstruation of Mother Earth [ Culture ]

    Ambubachi Mela is annual mela held at Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati, Assam, that celebrates menstruation course of Goddess Kamakhya. It is four-day fair. Festival is known as ‘Mahakumbh of the East’ as it draws lakhs of devotees from all over world.

    Image of Ambubachi Mela: a Festival in Assam

    Image of Ambubachi Mela: a Festival in Assam

    Image of Ambubachi Mela: a Festival in Assam

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  • 3 Government Launches Technology Challenge to Eliminate Human Entry into Septic Tanks [ Sci-Tech, Policy-Governance ]

    Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs launched ‘Technology Challenge: Identifying solutions for cleaning of Sewerage Systems & Septic Tanks’ to promote suitable techniques for cleaning sewers & septic tanks.

    Image of Government Launches Technology Challenge

    Image of Government Launches Technology Challenge

    Image of Government Launches Technology Challenge

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  • 4 Union Ministry of Railways & Coal Gave Awards for Beautification of Stations Premises [ Awards, Railways ]

    Union Ministry of Railways & Coal distributed awards to winning stations of Station Beautification competition in Rail Bhawan, New Delhi on 12th July 2018. Station Beautification competition was organized among Zonal Railways in December 2017.

    Map of Union Ministry of Railways

    Map of Union Ministry of Railways

    Map of Union Ministry of Railways

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  • 5 India Becomes Regional Head of Asia Pacific Region in WCO [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India has become Vice Chair of Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) for period of 2 years, from July 2018 to June 2020. India has wealth of experience in promoting security & facilitation of cross-border trade.

    Image of Regional Head of Asia Pacific Region in WCO

    Image of Regional Head of Asia Pacific Region in WCO

    Image of Regional Head of Asia Pacific Region in WCO

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  • 6 MCA Has Constituted a 10-Member Committee to Review the Offences Under the Companies Act, 2013 [ Eco., Committees & Bodies ]

    Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) constituted 10 Member Committee to review penal provisions in Companies Act, 2013. Committee headed by Secretary of Ministry of Corporate Affairs will examine ‘de-criminalisation’ of certain offences.

    Image of the Companies Act

    Image of the Companies Act

    Image of the Companies Act

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  • 7 Bansagar Canal Project Dedicated to the Nation [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Bansagar Canal Project was launched in Mirzapur on 15th July, 2018. It is irrigation project which will be beneficial for farmers of Mirzapur & Allahabad districts of UP. Project aims to provide big boost to irrigation in region. It promises to be greatly beneficial for farmers o

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  • 8 Union Government Launches India Smart Cities Fellowship and Internship Program [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Ministry of State for Housing & Urban Affairs, launched several new initiatives under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation (AMRUT) & Smart Cities Mission on 9th July, 2018.

    Image of Amrut's attribute

    Image of Amrut’s Attribute

    Image of Amrut’s attribute

    • These included India Smart Citie

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  • Sep 17, 2018
  • 1 Dr. T.K Chand Gets Knowledge Excellence Award for Outstanding Contribution [ Awards ]

    Dr. Tapan Kumar Chand, CMD, NALCO, received Knowledge Excellence Award from Secretary, Ministry of Mines, for Outstanding Contribution in Aluminium Knowledge domain, at 22nd International Conference on Non-Ferrous Minerals & Metals 2018 at Ranchi, Jharkhand.

    Image of Dr. T.K Chand Gets Knowledge Excellence Award

    Image of Dr. T. K Chand Gets Knowledge Excellence Award

    Image of Dr. T. K Chand Gets Knowledge Excellence Award

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  • 2 Scientists Found 240-Million-Year-Old ‘Mother of All Lizards’ [ Sci-Tech ]

    Fossil hundreds of millions of years old was recently identified as “mother of all lizards”. Ancient lizard was direct ancestor of approx. 10,000 species alive today that have inhabited planet for more than 240 million years. Megachirella fossil was found in Alps in northern Ital

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  • 3 CIMON (Crew Interactive MObile CompanioN) [ Sci-Tech ]

    CIMON robot hardwired to assist astronauts will launch from Florida to become 1stpersonal, artificial intelligence-powered companion in space. CIMON will launch to International Space Station atop SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and will return to Earth on 13th Dec 2018.

    CIMON, AI-based space assistant for Germany’s DLR Space Adm.

    CIMON, AI-based Space Assistant for Germany’s DLR Space Adm.

    Image of CIMON, AI-based space assistant for Germany’s DLR Space Adm.

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  • 4 🌟 Complex Organics Bubble Up from Ocean-World Enceladus (Important) [ Sci-Tech, Geog. ]

    Data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal complex organic molecules originating from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, strengthening idea that this ocean world hosts conditions suitable for life.

    Img of Complex Organics Bubble up from Ocean-World Enceladus

    Img of Complex Organics Bubble up from Ocean-World Enceladus

    Img of Complex Organics Bubble up from Ocean-World Enceladus

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  • 5 Scientists Just Found the Cause of Earth’S First Global Warming That Triggered Mass Extinctions [ Sci-Tech, Geog. ]

    When some of 1st worm-like creatures evolved at bottom of sea, they triggered wave of global warming that would lead to mass extinction. Based on limited fossil evidence available, that in following 100 million years mass extinctions would repeatedly strike Earth & its primitive

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  • 6 The Oldest Color Ever Discovered is 1.1 Billion Years Old [ Sci-Tech ]

    Scientists discovered oldest colours in geological record, 1.1 billion-year-old bright pink pigments extracted from rocks deep beneath Sahara desert in Africa. Pigments taken from marine black shales of Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania, West Africa, were more than half billion years

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  • Sep 14, 2018
  • 1 Einstein’S Theory of Relativity Proved in 3-Star Systems [ Sci-Tech, Space and ISRO ]

    Einstein’s Theory of Relativity was proven to work even in 3-star systems. Study conducted by scientists proved that legendary scientist was correct about gravity even in most extreme scales.

    Einstein’s Theory of Relativity Proved in 3-star Systems

    Einstein’s Theory of Relativity Proved in 3-star Systems

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  • 2 🌟 What is Govt’S 5-Pronged Strategy on Bad Loans? It Has near-Term Challenges (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Eco. ]

    5-pronged strategy recommended by panel of bankers for resolution of bad loans is useful long-term concept, but tighter deadlines & near-term funding challenges remain. For scrutiny on bankers on their commercial decisions, govt. non-interfering steering committee is proposed.

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    Image of Project Sashakt

    Image of Project Sashakt

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  • 3 Apply for Passport from Anywhere in India on Occasion of 6th Passport Seva Divas on 24th June [ Policy-Governance, Important Days ]

    Ministry of External Affairs, launched new schemes to make passport application significantly smoother process for people in further corners of country on occasion of 6thPassport Seva Divas on 24th June.

    Image of apply for passport from anywhere in india

    Image of Apply for Passport from Anywhere in India

    Image of Apply for passport from anywhere in india

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  • 4 India Preparing Comprehensive Aviation Plan and Cargo Policy for 2035 [ Policy-Governance ]

    Terming creation of infrastructure big challenge, Civil Aviation Ministry said India will need at least 1,000 planes in next few years as it prepares comprehensive & integrated plan for 2035 to boost sector.

    India Preparing Comprehensive Aviation Plan & Cargo Policy

    India Preparing Comprehensive Aviation Plan & Cargo Policy

    Image of India Preparing Comprehensive Aviation Plan and Cargo Policy for 2035

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  • 5 Indian Railways to Accept Digital Aadhaar, Driving Licence as ID Proof from Govt’S DigiLocker [ Sci-Tech, Computers, Railways ]

    Railways will accept soft copies of Aadhar & driving license provided they are in your DigiLocker, digital storage service operated by govt. that enables Indian citizens to store certain official documents on cloud.

    Indian Railways to Accept Digital Aadhaar & Driving Licence

    Indian Railways to Accept Digital Aadhaar & Driving Licence

    Image of Indian Railways to Accept Digital Aadhaar, Driving Licence as ID Proof

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