2018: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Apr 15, 2018
  • 1 What are UAPAs and BAPAs? 5 UAPAs and 2 BAPAs Signed by CBDT in January, 2018 [ Policy-Governance, Eco. ]

    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) entered into five Unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (UAPA) and two Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (BAPA) during January 2018. The total number of Advance-Pricing Agreement (APAs) entered into by the CBDT is now 196.

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  • Apr 13, 2018
  • 1 Coal India Limited Launches ‘Grahak Sadak Koyla Vitaran App’ [ Policy-Governance ]

    Public sector undertaking Coal India launched ‘Grahak Sadak Koyla Vitaran App’ for benefitting customers being supplied coal by road. The app: Allows users to monitor if the dispatches are made on the principle of ‘First in First Out’.

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  • 2 What are Adverse Effects of Illegal Mining? Steps to Curb Illegal Mining and Theft in Coal Mines [ Policy-Governance, Env. ]

    Steps to Curb Illegal Mining of Coal - 1. Dozing off and filling up of rat holes with stone and debris wherever possible. 2. Digging trenches to isolate illegal mining sites. 3. Erecting concrete walls on mouth of abandoned mines

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    Image of Threats to the Western Ghats

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  • 3 Revival of Five Urea Units: Decline in Urea Imports Save US$ 1.08 Million in April-December 2017 [ Eco., Agri. ]

    Ministry of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers imports urea on Government account to bridge the gap between estimated indigenous production and assessed demand in the country. The import during the year 2017 - 18 (Apr-Dec) was 49.83 Lakh MT as against the import of 49.88 Lakh MT i

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  • 4 Disinvestment of Government Enterprises: Cabinet Approves Sale of Government Stake [ Eco. ]

    Continuing with disinvestment the Union Cabinet approved the sale of its entire stake of 73.47 % in the 41-year-old Mini Ratna firm Dredging Corporation of India. for around Rs1, 400 - 1, 500. Government plans to raise Rs72, 500 crore through disinvestment in Central Public Secto

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  • 5 📹 Expected Questions on Higher Education 2018 - NET Paper 1 (Part 2) - (Set - 3) [ Edu. ]

    PRAGATI - Scholarships for Girl Child for Technical education - Aims: At providing encouragement and support to girl child to pursue technical education, Providing a scholarship of Rs. 30000 and tuition fees 2000 month for 10 months until the duration of the course.

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  • 6 📹 Expected Questions on Higher Education 2018 - NET Paper 1 (Part 2) - (Set - 2) [ Edu. ]

    Promoting research and innovation - Progress of nation depends on its sustained growth of education and research in science and technology, To meet the objective, our research should bear international comparison in terms of standards of attainment.

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  • 7 📹 Expected Questions on Higher Education 2018 - NET Paper 1 (Part 2) - (Set - 1) [ Edu. ]

    Important terms of Education - Literacy rate: In India, a person aged 7 years and above who can both read and write with understanding in any language has been taken as literate. Literacy rate 2011 (In %) -

    • Total: 73.0

    • Male: 80.9

    • Female: 56.5

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  • Apr 12, 2018
  • 1 Summary of Down to Earth: 31 March 2018 (Part - 3) [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Crisis of Management - In case of Bengaluru, the extra allocation of water from Cauvery by Supreme Court would be of little relief unless the water is managed well. The 2013 - 14 report of the Comptroller and Auditor General says that half of the Cauvery waters, supplied to Benga

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  • 2 Summary of Down to Earth: 31 March 2018 (Part - 2) [ Down-to-Earth ]

    In Odisha, In January this year, village communities in Pipadi and Jamguda in Kalahandi district were denied access to take bamboo out of the forest area. They were told that they could transport bamboo outside the forest, only if it was done manually or by using a cycle, there b

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  • 3 Summary of Down to Earth: 31st March 2018 (Part - 1) [ Down-to-Earth ]

    World Of Cape Towns - Theewatreskloof Dam, Cape Town’s largest reservoir, has dries to just 13 % capacity after 3 years of drought. Cape Town is on notice that the day when its water will run out is very close.

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    February 2018 Supreme Court (SC) decision on alloc

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  • Apr 11, 2018
  • 1 📹 Expected Questions on Higher Education 2018 - NET Paper 1 (Part 1) (Set - 3) [ Edu. ]

    CCEA approves new Integrated Scheme for School Education - Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved new Integrated Scheme on School Education for period 2018 to 2020 to be formulated by Department of School Education and Literacy.

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  • 2 📹 Expected Questions on Higher Education 2018 - NET Paper 1 (Part 1) (Set - 2) [ Edu. ]

    NITSER Amendment Bill Passed in Rajya Sabha - NITSER (National Institutes of Technology, Science Education, and Research) Amendment Bill passed in Rajya Sabha on 26th July, 2017. Bill proposes two new Institutions in the Second Schedule of the NITSER Act, 2007: 1 - Indian Institu

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  • 3 📹 Expected Questions on Higher Education 2018 - NET Paper 1 (Part 1) (Set - 1) [ Edu. ]

    Rashtrapati Bhavan Hosts Nobel Laureates Seminar - Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 5, 2018, hosted a one-day Nobel Laureates Seminar, Seminar organized by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India in association with the Nobel Foundation.

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  • Apr 10, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Times Higher Education (THE) & Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings (Important) [ Edu. ]

    As per Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings-2018 25 institutes/universities found place in the top 1000 world University ranking. As per Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking-2018, 20 Institutions/Universities respectively found place in the top 10

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  • 2 What are Floating Rate Bonds? Auction for Sale of Government of India Floating Rate Bonds 2024 [ Eco. ]

    The Government of India announced the sale (re-issue) of Government of India Floating Rate Bonds 2024 for a notified amount of Rs. 3000 crore (nominal) through price based auction and 7.17 % Government Stock, 2028 for a notified amount of Rs. 8, 000 crore (nominal) through price

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  • 3 Location of New Sainik Schools [ Edu., Defense, Geog. ]

    The Sainik Schools are a system of schools in India established and managed by the Sainik Schools Society under Ministry of Defence. They were conceived in 1961 by V. K. Krishna Menon, the then Defence Minister of India.

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    Map of India Sainik School

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  • Apr 9, 2018
  • 1 🌟 What are Defence Capital Acquisitions Schemes? What is Dhirendra Singh Committee (Important) [ Defense, Committees & Bodies ]

    The new Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) - 2016 was implemented from 01.04. 2016. It lays the roadmap on how India, the world’s largest arms importer, will acquire defence equipment.

    • DPP 2016 replaces the Defence Procurement Procedure 2013 (DPP 2013)

    • Defence procurement poli

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  • 2 🌟 Summary of Achievements in Defence Sector Based on Report by Defence Ministry (Important) [ Defense ]

    India has the third largest military in the world and is the sixth biggest defence spender. India is largest importers of conventional defence equipment and spends around 30 % of its total defense budget on capital acquisitions.

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    Image of India’s Third Largest Military in the World

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  • 3 Assam- ‘India’S Expressway to ASEAN’ Advantage Assam - Global Investors Summit 2018 [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Advantage Assam - Global Investors Summit 2018 was help to position Assam as India’s Expressway to ASEAN. ‘Advantage Assam’ will be the largest ever investment promotion and facilitation initiative by the Government of Assam.

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  • 4 What is a LoU? Based on PNB Fraud [ Eco. ]

    Second largest state-owned lender Punjab National Bank was the victim of the India’s largest bank fraud amounting to over Rs. 11, 000 crore done by Jeweller Nirav Modi and related entities.

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    Image of Nirav Modi And Fraud Case

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  • 5 🌟 What is Green Good Deeds Campaign? Clean Air Campaign to Control Delhi Pollution (Important) [ Env. ]

    After several poor air quality days during winter, the Centre and Delhi government initiated a two-week Clean Air Campaign in in Delhi from February 10 to February 23 not only as a symbolic exercise, but a serious effort to drastically bring down pollution.

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  • Apr 7, 2018
  • 1 Upgrading of Aerospace Technology, ISRO’S Successful Experimental Missions [ Sci-Tech, Space and ISRO ]

    The 41st flight of PSLV (PSLV-C39) that took place on August 31, 2017 with Indian Regional Navigational Satellite (IRNSS-1H weighing 1425 kg) could not reach the designated orbit, is considered as a failure.

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  • 2 New DNA Test to Screen a Child for 193 Genetic Diseases [ Sci-Tech, Health ]

    A simple DNA screening test called Sema4 Natalis to detect 193 childhood-onset diseases, including epilepsy, spinal muscular atrophy, and cancer was developed by a US-based genomic testing company.

    New DNA Test to Screen a Child for 193 Genetic Diseases

    New DNA Test to Screen a Child for 193 Genetic Diseases

    New DNA Test to Screen a Child for 193 Genetic Diseases

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  • 3 Cancer Research: System to Predict Treatment Outcome of Chemotherapy [ Sci-Tech, Health ]

    Scientists developed a new system to non-invasively identify the breast cancer patients who would respond to chemotherapy within two weeks of beginning treatment. The novel dynamic “optical tomographic breast imaging system” generates three-dimensional (3-D) images of both breast

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  • 4 What Happens During Solar Minimum? Sun May Become 7% Cooler by 2050 [ Sci-Tech, Env., Space and ISRO ]

    Scientists based on 20 years of observations and data, have calculated that sun will be nearly seven percent cooler and dimmer by 2050 causing a mini ice age, said the team of researchers from San Diego.

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    Image of 400 Years of Sunspot Observations

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  • 5 International Cricket Council (ICC) Appoints Indra Nooyi as Independent Director [ Sports, Appointments ]

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced appointment of Indra Nooyi as its first female Independent Director. Who is Indra Nooyi? - Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi is an Indian American businesswoman.

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    Map of ICC Membership

    Map of ICC Membership

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  • Apr 6, 2018
  • 1 📹 Expected Questions on Environment 2018 - IAS / NET (Part 2) - (Set - 3) [ Env. ]

    Government forms committee to probe illegal cultivation of HT Cotton - Department of Biotechnology in Ministry of Science and Technology constituted Field Inspection and Scientific Evaluation Committee (FISEC).

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  • 2 📹 Expected Questions on Environment 2018 - IAS / NET (Part 2) - (Set - 2) [ Env. ]

    SECURE Himalaya Project and Third National Wildlife Action Plan for 2017 - 2031 - Union Government launched SECURE Himalaya, a six-year project, For conservation of locally and globally significant biodiversity,

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  • 3 📹 Expected Questions on Environment 2018 - IAS / NET (Part 2) - (Set - 1) [ Env. ]

    India awarded Certificate of Commendation by CITES for its effort to combat illegal wildlife Trade - By Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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