2018: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Jun 18, 2018
  • 1 EPFO 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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  • 2 Government 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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  • 3 President 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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  • 4 Petroleum 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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  • 2 JNPT 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
  • 1 Mission 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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  • 2 India 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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  • 3 Asian 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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  • 4 Aviation 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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  • 4 ISRO–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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  • 3 Expected 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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  • 4 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 23) [ Policy-Governance, Bills, Committees & Bodies ]

    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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  • 5 Expected 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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  • 6 Expected 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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  • 7 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 20) [ Sci-Tech, Policy-Governance, Committees & Bodies ]

    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.

    • Works as a nodal agency

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  • Jun 8, 2018
  • 1 National 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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  • 2 Linking of SWIFT to the Core Banking System [ Eco., Committees & Bodies ]

    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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  • 6 First 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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