2018: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Jun 1, 2018
  • 1 🌟 What are the Norms for National Pension Scheme? (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Eco. ]

    National Pension Scheme is contributory pension system. NPS is mandatory for all Central Govt. employees. GoI has currently made 3 changes in NPS including withdrawal norms. The Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) relaxed the norms for partial withdrawal under t

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  • 2 New Catering Policy of Railways [ Policy-Governance, Railways ]

    New Catering Policy’s objective is to provide quality food to rail passengers, by unbundling catering services on trains. Other objective is to create primary distinction b/w food preparation & food distribution in trains.

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  • 3 🌟 What is E-Way Bill and Clarity on Movement from SEZ/FTWZ? (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Eco. ]

    e-Way Bill is electronic way bill for movement of goods which can be generated on e-Way Bill Portal. It is electronically generated for the specific consignment of goods from one place to another. CGST Rules have been amended on Central Tax with effect from March 2018.

     Image of E-Way Bil

    Image of E-Way Bil

    Image of E-Way Bil

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  • 4 Cool EMS Service B/W India & Japan [ Policy-Governance, Eco., Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Cool EMS Service is one-way service from Japan to India. This service allows customers in India to import Japanese food items for personal use allowed under Indian regulations. Food items will be post in special cool boxes containing refrigerant to preserve quality of food items.

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  • 5 What is Charkha Museum? [ Culture ]

    National Charkha Museum was inaugurated on 21st May, 2017. Located at Cannaught place in Delhi. Museum depicts history & evolution of Charkha, shows symbol of Nationalism, freedom movement by weaving Swadeshi cloth.

    Image of National Charkha Museum

    Image of National Charkha Museum

    Image of National Charkha Museum

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  • 6 🌟 Official Amendments in “Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill,2016 (Important) [ Bills ]

    Official amendments in the “Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016 were approved to regulate surrogacy in India thru establishing National Surrogacy Board, State Surrogacy Boards & Appropriate Authorities in States & UTs.

    Image of Official Amendments in “Surrogacy Bill,2016

    Image of Official Amendments in “Surrogacy Bill, 2016

    Image of Official Amendments in “Surrogacy Bill, 2016

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  • 7 Inauguration of Uttarakhand’S Second Mega Food Park [ Eco., Agri. ]

    The Food Park is being set up in Uttarakhand at cost of Rs. 99.96 cr. & it gives benefit nearly 25, 000 farmers. Himalayan Mega Food Park Pvt. Ltd. is being set up in 50.14 acres area. Park would have facilities for primary processing & storage near farms.

    Image of IInd Mega Food Park

    Image of IInd Mega Food Park

    Image of IInd Mega Food Park

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  • 8 Tripartite MoU for Rooppur Nuclear Plant [ Eco., Int. Rel & Org. ]

    MoU was signed at Moscow, Russia b/w State Atomic Energy Corporation ‘Rosatom’ & Department of Atomic Energy on 1st March, 2018 in implementation of Rooppur Nuclear Power Project in Bangladesh.

    Image of Rooppur Nuclear Plant

    Image of Rooppur Nuclear Plant

    Image of Rooppur Nuclear Plant

    • MoU is providing

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  • 9 North-East Industrial Development Scheme (NEIDS) 2017 [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    North-East Industrial Development Scheme (NEIDS) 2017 was approved with financial outlay of Rs. 3000 cr. upto March, 2020. This Scheme is combination of incentives covered under earlier schemes with huge outlay.

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  • May 31, 2018
  • 1 Building Igloos on Moon- What is the Difference Between Lunar Soil and Earth Soil? [ Sci-Tech, Space and ISRO ]

    ISRO is doing experiment on probable structures for lunar habitation with academic institutions: Different options are being prepared about requirements & complexities of habitats.

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    Image of Building Igloos on Moon

    Image of Building Igloos on Moon

    • Scientists have designed 5 p

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  • 2 Closure of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians [ Eco. ]

    Closure of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) was approved to enhance support in channelizing Diaspora’s contribution to GoI’s programmes like National Mission for clean Ganga & Swachh Bharat Mission.

    Image of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians

    Image of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians

    Image of India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians

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  • 3 Commonwealth Winners from India [ Sports ]

    India has finished Common Wealth Games 2018 with the 3rd rank in tournament with 26 Gold medals & total 66 medals. Ragala Venkat Rahul won Gold medal for weightlifting & motivates youngsters to pursue weightlifting.

    Image of Commonwealth Winners from India

    Image of Commonwealth Winners from India

    Image of Commonwealth Winners from India

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  • 4 ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit Issues Delhi Declaration [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit was held in New Delhi to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue between two sides under the theme of “Shared Values, Common Destiny”.

    Image of India Commemorative Summit Issues Delhi Declaration

    Image of India Commemorative Summit Issues Delhi Declaration

    Image of India Commemorative Summit Issues Delhi Declaration

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  • 5 India-Korea Business Summit- 2018 [ Eco., Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Second India-Korea Business Summit was held in New Delhi under the theme “India-Korea: Scaling up the Special Strategic Relationship through Trade and Investments”. Summit aims to create open and action-oriented dialogue between top business leaders and the government officials f

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  • 6 SRIJAN’- Idea Competition for 635 Station Development on Indian Railways [ Railways ]

    Taking up redevelopment of 635 Railway stations across the country, Railways has launched ‘SRIJAN’ (Station Rejuvenation Initiative through Joint ActioN), a competition to invite innovative & high-impact ideas from people. ‘SRIJAN’ is the world’s largest-ever transit-oriented-dev

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  • May 30, 2018
  • 1 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 19) [ Int. Rel & Org., Schemes & Proj., Bills, Culture ]

    Tele - Law: In its effort to make legal aid easily accessible to the marginalized communities and citizens living in rural areas. Government of India launched the ‘Tele - Law’. Available across the Common Service Centre (CSC) network.

    • This will connect the citizens to legal ser

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  • 2 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 18) [ Int. Rel & Org., Schemes & Proj. ]

    SRISTI - SRISTI - Sustainable Rooftop Implementation for Solar Transfiguration of India is a proposed scheme by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The proposed scheme will incentivize installation of roof top solar projects in India.

    • It aims to achieve a national solar ro

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  • 3 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 17) [ Sports, Health, Awards, Schemes & Proj. ]

    National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic and Semi - nomadic Tribe: The National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic and Semi - nomadic Tribes has given its report in 2016. While some of these communities want recognition as SCs/STs and OBCs, others want recognition as DNTs/NTs.

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  • 4 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 16) [ Policy-Governance, Eco., Env., Schemes & Proj. ]

    Government released India Youth Development Index & Report 2017 - India has 65 % of the population less than the age of 35 years and 50 % below 25 years of age and it is expected to be youngest in the world by 2020 with median age of 29 years.

    • The National YDI value is 0.569 wit

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  • 5 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 15) [ Int. Rel & Org., Health, Schemes & Proj., Yojana ]

    Biodiversity hotspots in Goa: Three new sites recognised - Bird Life International, a conservation organisation, has recognized three new sites in Goa as hotspots for protection. The sites have been added to their list of “Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas”.

    • The inclusion of

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  • 6 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 14) [ Sci-Tech, Defense, Schemes & Proj., Yojana ]

    Intergovernmental Oceanographic commission: The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC/UNESCO) was established by a resolution adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO.

    • It assists governments to address their individual and collective ocean and coastal mana

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  • 7 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 13) [ Env., Schemes & Proj., Yojana ]

    Bharatmala project - National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is set to get the power to approve projects with a construction cost of more than Rs. 1, 000 crore. Currently, all such highway projects need to be approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).

    • Main

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  • 8 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 12) [ Int. Rel & Org., Committees & Bodies ]

    India to Join Global Foreign Exchange Committe - India will join Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC) - newly-constituted forum of central bankers and experts for promotion of a robust and transparent foreign exchange (Forex) market.

    • Committee set up under guidance of the Ba

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  • 9 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 11) [ Policy-Governance, Eco., Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Indian China Standoff- Indo-Bhutan Ties - Standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam (located at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan) underlines India’s relationship with Bhutan, including military responsibilities.

    • June 2017: Chinese Army (People’s Liberation

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  • May 30, 2018
  • 1 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 10) [ Policy-Governance, Int. Rel & Org., Disaster Management ]

    India and African Continent - India and South Africa are celebrating 20 years of strategic partnership this year. 2 decades of fruitful cooperation in trade, science, technology and development spanning across the knowledge chain resulted in robust networking of institutions.

    • Du

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  • 2 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 9) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    India and Afghanistan Launch 2nd Air Cargo Route Linking Kabul with Mumbai - 2nd India-Afghanistan air cargo route linking Kabul to Mumbai. It was officially inaugurated at Hamid Karzai international airport in Kabul.

    • Route is expected to boost export of fresh fruits and medicin

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  • 3 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 8) [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    UK, India Launch Joint Research Projects on Clean Water & Energy - United Kingdom and India launched joint research projects on ‘Water Quality Research’ and ‘Energy Demand Reduction in Built Environment’.

    • ‘Water Quality Research’ program has 8 projects and ‘Energy Demand Reducti

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  • 4 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 6) [ Sci-Tech, Policy-Governance, Defense ]

    Mumbai 12th wealthiest city in the world - According to a report by New World Wealth, Mumbai, the economic hub of India is the 12th wealthiest city. Mumbai also features among the top to cities in terms of billionaire population.

    • The list of 15wealthiest cities was topped by New

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  • 5 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 5) [ Health, Env., Schemes & Proj., Yojana ]

    Yatri Mitra Sewa - A Yatri Mitra can either be a Sahayak or any other person provided by IRCTC or the service provider appointed by IRCTC for this purpose. IRCTC may provide this service ‘Free of cost’ through some NGO, PSUs etc under CSR.

    • Yatri Mitra shall provide Wheel chair c

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  • 6 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 4) [ Schemes & Proj., Yojana ]

    Neeranchal National Watershed Project - To further strengthen and provide technical assistance to the Watershed. It is assisted by World Bank. Bring about institutional changes in watershed and rainfed agricultural management practices in India.

    • Build systems that ensure watersh

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