2018: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Apr 27, 2018
  • 1 National Deworming Day- National Deworming Initiative: India Has the Highest Burden of Helminths [ Health, Schemes & Proj. ]

    India has the highest burden of soil-transmitted helminths–parasitic worms–in the world. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare launched National Deworming initiative to protect more than 24 crore children in the age group of 1 - 19 years from intestinal worms, on the eve of the

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  • Apr 26, 2018
  • 1 🌟 WCD Ministry Sets Up National Women Entrepreneurship Council (Important) [ Eco. ]

    The Ministry of Women and Child Development is planning National Women Entrepreneurship Council (NWEC) to promote women entrepreneurship. Umbrella organization for socio-economic gender parity, financial inclusion, and economic empowerment of women in India.

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  • 2 🌟 Government Launches App to Monitor Fly Ash from Thermal Plants- What is Fly Ash? (Important) [ Env. ]

    ASH TRACK Mobile App was launched by the Ministry of Power for better management of fly ash produced by thermal power plants. App provides an interface between fly ash producers (Thermal Power Plants) and potential ash users such as – road contractors, cement plants etc.

    Government Launches App to Monitor Fly Ash from Thermal Plants

    Government Launches App to Monitor Fly Ash from Thermal Plants

    Government Launches App to Monitor Fly Ash from Thermal Plants

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  • Apr 24, 2018
  • 1 Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological Systems Inaugurated at INS Garuda [ Defense ]

    The Indian Navy started operation of the Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS) at INS Garuda, Naval air station located in Kochi, Kerala. IAAMS is equipped with state-of-the-art meteorological sensors, Radar Vertical Wind Profiler, Ceilometer, Transmissomete

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  • 2 Scheme for Harnessing & Allocating Koyala Transparently in India Revival of Thermal Power Plants [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Government approved a new policy for allocation of future coal linkages in a transparent manner for power sector consumers- ‘Scheme for Harnessing and Allocating Koyala (Coal) Transparently in India’ (SHAKTI).

    Image of Scheme for Harnessing and Allocating Koyala

    Image of Scheme for Harnessing and Allocating Koyala

    Image of Scheme for Harnessing and Allocating Koyala

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  • 3 Blue Economy: 14 Coastal Economic Zones Under Sagarmala [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    For promoting port-led industrialization, 14 Coastal Economic Zones (CEZs) covering all the Maritime States and Union Territories have been identified under National Perspective Plan of Sagarmala Programme.

    Image of Major port, Non-major port and Proposed CEZ

    Image of Major Port, Non-major Port and Proposed CEZ

    Image of Major port, Non-major port and Proposed CEZ

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  • Apr 22, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Schemes for ‘Brain Drain to Brain Gain’:Cabinet Approves PM’S Scheme for Research Fellows(Important) [ Edu., Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Union Cabinet approved ‘Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF) ’ scheme for a period of seven years from 2018 - 19 at a total cost of Rs. 1650 crore. The fellowship scheme was announced in the Budget Speech 2018 - 19.

    Image of Schemes for ‘Brain Drain to Brain Gain’

    Image of Schemes for ‘Brain Drain to Brain Gain’

    Image of Schemes for ‘Brain Drain to Brain Gain’

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  • 2 Amendments in Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India Regulations, 2017 [ Eco., Bills ]

    The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) amended the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Fast Track Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2017.

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    Image of Amendments in Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India

    Image of Amendments in Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India

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  • 3 🌟 Indian PM’S Historic Visit to Palestine,First Indian Investment in Upstream Oil Sector-3 (Important) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a three-nation visit to Palestine, United Arab Emirates, and Oman from 9 – 12 February 2018. Narendra Modi was the first Indian PM to visit Palestine with cooperation agreed on investment, trade, defence, and security. Important points are:

    Image of Omani trade with India

    Image of Omani Trade with India

    Image of Omani trade with India

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  • Apr 20, 2018
  • 1 Sagarmala Pariyojana for Blue Economy: Truck Parking Terminal at Chidambaranar Port [ Eco., Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation commissioned the container gantry cranes at Berth No. 8 (Dakshin Bharat Gateway Terminal) and inaugurated the Information Centre and Truck Parking Terminal a

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  • 2 🌟 National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change & Its 8 Missions: Activities Under Climate (Important) [ Env., Schemes & Proj. ]

    “The National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC) is a Central Sector Scheme which set up in the year 2015 - 16. Aim of NAFCC is to support concrete adaptation activities to mitigate the effects of climate change.

    Image of Timeline of India's Climate change Actions

    Image of Timeline of India’s Climate Change Actions

    Image of Timeline of India’s Climate change Actions

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  • 3 What is Startup India Learning Program? [ Edu., Schemes & Proj. ]

    This is in continuation of previous article on Startup India. Startup India Learning Program is a free online Entrepreneurship program by Startup India. Invest India in collaboration with UpGrad developed this program.

    Refer: Startup India and Start-Up Hubs

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  • Apr 19, 2018
  • 1 Detailed Overview of Startup India Plan-What is a Startup According to Start-Up India? (Important) [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Government of India announced ‘Startup India’ initiative for creating a conducive environment for startups in India. Various Ministries of the Government of India initiated a number of activities under the program.

    Image of Start-up India Action Plan

    Image of Start-up India Action Plan

    Image of Start-up India Action Plan

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  • 2 DRDO Tests Rustom-2 Drone [ Sci-Tech, Defense ]

    Rustome-2, also known as TAPAS-BH-201, is a medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) tested at its Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) at Challakere in Karnataka’s Chitradurga district.

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    Image of Aeronautical Test Range Challakere

    Image of Aeronautical Test Range challakere

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  • 3 🌟 What is Nagoya Protocol, Convention on Biological Diversity and CITES? (Important) [ Int. Rel & Org., Env., Agri. ]

    The Botanical Survey of India (BSI) and UK’s Natural History Museum (NHM) have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in field of genetic and taxonomic studies, research, and training, conservation of India, including species and habitat assessments.

    Image of Scope: Nagoya Protocol and ITPGRFA

    Image of Scope: Nagoya Protocol and ITPGRFA

    Image of Scope: Nagoya Protocol and ITPGRFA

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  • 4 How is Chandrayaan-2 Going to Work? Likely in April: India’S Second Mission to the Moon [ Space and ISRO ]

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch Chandrayan-2 Mission around April this year. Chandrayaan-2 is the country’s second mission to the moon. The total cost of the Chandrayaan-2 mission will be about Rs. 8 billion. If the mission could not be launche

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  • 5 Railways to Set Up Metro, Rail Coach Factory in Maharashtra’S Latur [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Indian Railways has decided to manufacture Metro coaches at a factory in Latur. The coaches manufactured at this plant are expected to be exported to other countries. This project is worth Rs. 600 crore.

    Image of Railways to set up a coach factory in marathwada

    Image of Railways to Set up a Coach Factory in Marathwada

    Image of Railways to set up a coach factory in marathwada

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  • Apr 18, 2018
  • 1 📹 North East: Yojana April 2018 Summary (Part – 3) [ Yojana ]

    The Fallacy of Socio-Cultural Isolation - Coined by British civil servant Alexander Mackenzie, the term ‘Northeastern Frontier’ in the contemporary time comprised of 8 Indian states viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

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  • 2 📹 North East: Yojana April 2018 Summary (Part – 2) [ Yojana ]

    Economic Survey: Recommendations - Tariff Rationalization, Classification of new commodities; Tariff rationalization; rationalization of coal tariff; Expansion of freight basket through containerization; New policy guideline for station to station rates; liberalized Automatic Fre

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  • 3 📹 North East: Yojana April 2018 Summary (Part – 1) [ Yojana ]

    Forthcoming Issue: Nutrition - North East is about pleasant tourist spot, fabulous handlooms and handicrafts or its friendly people, Due to its Geographical Isolation and perceived difference, the region has, faced backwardness and indifferent development in many sectors.

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  • 4 📹 Agriculture and Allied Sectors: Kurukshetra April 2018 Summary – (Part 3) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Potential of Sericulture -Sericulture is imp. Industry in Japan, China, India, Italy, France & Spain. Introduction - Employment generation - farm & non-farm activity of this sector creates 60 lakh man days of employment every year mostly in rural sector.

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  • 5 📹 Agriculture and Allied Sectors: Kurukshetra April 2018 Summary – (Part 2) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Organic Farming for Sustainable Environment - International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) is an international organization which regulates standards of OF & strengthens organic movement globally in its full diversity by uniting & assisting more than 120 coun

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  • 6 📹 Agriculture and Allied Sectors: Kurukshetra April 2018 Summary – (Part 1) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Forthcoming Issue: Technology for Rural Development - Agricultural production is only output near-farm & non-farm economic activities, % share of horticulture output in Agriculture has become 30%.

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  • Apr 17, 2018
  • 1 What is India’S Fastest Train? Railways Plans 10,000km of High-Speed Corridors for Faster Journeys [ Schemes & Proj., Railways ]

    Railway Ministry is planning 10, 000 km of new high-speed corridors to allow overnight trains to run at speeds of up to 250kmph. Refer: Railways: Do You Know Mission Raftaar, Safoorti and Zero Accident Missions?

    Image of Delhi to Varanasi bullet train

    Image of Delhi to Varanasi Bullet Train

    Image of Delhi to Varanasi bullet train

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  • 2 PFRDA Identifies 21 Banks as Makers of Excellence Under Atal Pension Yojana Outreach Programme [ Eco. ]

    21 banks were identified as Makers of Excellence under Atal Pension Yojna Outreach programme by Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA). Atal Pension Yojna aims to bring the economically disadvantaged section of the society in the unorganized sector within the p

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  • 3 India Poised for a Leap in Electric Mobility [ Policy-Governance, Env., Speeches ]

    Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways predicts that India is poised for a leap in electric mobility. This was unveiled while inaugurating the electric vehicle chargers- slow and fast charging-at an event, ’Charging the Drive’ held at the NITI Aayog premises.

    Image of Leap in Electric Mobility

    Image of Leap in Electric Mobility

    Image of Leap in Electric Mobility

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  • 4 🌟 Ramalingaswami Re-Entry Fellowship Programme and Ramalingaswami’S Research Formed (Important) [ Edu., Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship was conceived in the year 2006 - 07 for encouraging scientists (Indian Nationals) working outside the country to return. The Indian national scientists could pursue their research interests in Modern Biology, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, an

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  • Apr 15, 2018
  • 1 🌟 What is Importance of Duqm Port to India? Duqm Port in Oman to Check Influence (Important) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    An agreement giving Indian Navy access to the Duqm port in Oman will increase India’s strategic reach westwards and in the Indian Ocean. A dry dock will be available to the Indian Navy at Duqm as well, allowing for maintenance without returning vessels to India-based shipyards.

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  • 2 Railway Committee to Review Flexi-Fare System [ Committees & Bodies, Railways ]

    The railway board has initiated the process of reviewing the flexi-fare system in premium trains by comparing the prices with that of other modes of transport. The six-member committee will review the system and submit a report in 30 days.

    Image of Factsheet of flexi fare system

    Image of Factsheet of Flexi Fare System

    Image of Factsheet of flexi fare system

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  • 3 Overview of Steps Taken to Boost Railway Earnings [ Schemes & Proj., Railways ]

    Historical Overview of Steps Taken to Boost Railway Earnings - Government has taken following innovative measures to facilitate ticketing and boost the earnings: - Introduction of Premium Tatkal Quota with dynamic pricing: Dynamic fare component is increased with the subsequent b

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