2018: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Jun 25, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Steps Taken by Union Government for Promotion of Bamboo: India’S Top Bamboo (Important) [ Agri., Schemes & Proj. ]

    In a meeting with the representatives of International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR), held in New Delhi, the Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, said that India has the potential to become a significant play

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  • 2 Centre Constitutes Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal [ Committees & Bodies ]

    The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation has constituted Mahanadi Water Dispute Tribunal for adjudication of longstanding disputes between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over sharing of Mahanadi river water.

    Map of Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal

    Map of Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal

    Map of Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal

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  • 3 🌟 Development of Eight New National Waterways (Important) [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    As per feasibility reports of the new National Waterways (NWs) completed so far, 36 NWs have been found technically viable for development. Government has started working on 8 new National Waterways. The details of the waterways is given in the table below.

    Map of Eight New National Waterways

    Map of Eight New National Waterways

    Map of Eight New National Waterways

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  • 4 Implementation of UNNATI Project [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Under Project UNNATI 116 initiatives have been identified for various major ports. Out of the 116 initiatives, 86 have been implemented so far. The aims and objectives of Project UNNATI of the Ministry of Shipping are:

    Map of the aims & objectives of Project UNNATI

    Map of the Aims & Objectives of Project UNNATI

    Map of the aims & objectives of Project UNNATI

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  • 5 Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India & RBI Ink an MoU for Effective Implementation [ Eco., Bills ]

    The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for increased cooperation in effective implementation of insolvency law. The MoU was singed at time when authorities are working on ways to address huge a

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  • 6 Government Issues Clarification on Gold Imports Scheme [ Eco., Schemes & Proj. ]

    Government of India had clarified that abolition of 80: 20 scheme eliminated undue advantage to Premier Trading Houses (PTHs) / and Star Trading Houses (STHs) and import of gold was also reduced.

    Image of Bridging Trade Deficit Gap

    Image of Bridging Trade Deficit Gap

    Image of Bridging Trade Deficit Gap

    80: 20

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  • 7 India Won “Best Exhibitor Award” at ITB – Berlin [ Awards ]

    India won Best Exhibitor Award at ITB–Berlin World Tourist Meet convened at Berlin, Germany. More than 100 countries had participated in the mega meet with their respective Tourism Ministers. It is the first time India has won this prize.

    Image of 50 Years ITB History

    Image of 50 Years ITB History

    Image of 50 Years ITB History

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  • Jun 22, 2018
  • 1 Sex Ratio at Birth Dips in 17 of 21 Large States [ Ranks & Indices ]

    The sex ratio at birth (SRB) saw a decline in 17 out of 21 large states of the country, with Gujarat recording an alarming dip of 53 points, a report released by the Niti Aayog stated and stressed on the need to check sex-selective abortion.

    Decreasing trend of sex ration at birth

    Decreasing Trend of Sex Ration at Birth

    Decreasing trend of sex ration at birth

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  • 2 Indo-French Knowledge Summit Ends with Mutual Recognition of Educational Qualifications [ Edu., Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The first ever Indo-French Knowledge Summit ended successfully in New Delhi. Jointly organized by the French Institute in India, along with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research & Innovation (MESRI), Republic of France and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), G

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  • 3 IREDA, EIB Ink 150mn-Euro Loan Agreement for Renewable Energy [ Eco., Int. Rel & Org., Env. ]

    Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) and European Investment Bank (EIB) inked a 150 million euros loan agreement, a move that will benefit over 1.1 million households with clean energy.

    IREDA, EIB Ink 150mn-Euro Loan Agreement for Renewable Energy

    IREDA, EIB Ink 150mn-Euro Loan Agreement for Renewable Energy

    IREDA, EIB Ink 150mn-Euro Loan Agreement for Renewable Energy

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  • 4 Founding Conference of International Solar Alliance [ Int. Rel & Org., Env. ]

    The founding conference of the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA) was held in New Delhi on March 11. President of India had hosted dinner for all the members of ISA who had attended the founding Conference.

    Image of International Solar Alliance

    Image of International Solar Alliance

    Image of International Solar Alliance

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  • 5 Consultation on Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 [ Health, Bills ]

    The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare conducted extensive consultative process (initiated in 2006) with experts, with the objective of proposing suitable amendments to Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971.

    Image of Medical Termination of Pregnancy

    Image of Medical Termination of Pregnancy

    Image of Medical Termination of Pregnancy

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  • 6 Basel III Capital Regulations: What are Basel I and Basel II Regulations? [ Eco. ]

    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has implemented ‘Basel III capital regulations’ in India in phases, targeting full implementation by March 31, 2019. Norms/guidelines regarding capital required to be maintained by banks in India including the Basel III capital regulations, are issued

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  • Jun 21, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Amendments to the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India Regulations, 2016 (Important) [ Eco., Bills ]

    Insolvency & Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) has evolved transparent & consultative process for making regulations. IBBI effectively engages stakeholders in regulation making process to factor in ground reality, secure ownership of regulations & make regulations robust & precise

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  • 2 🌟 1st Medal at Ongoing ISSF World Cup-Air Warrior SGT Shahzar Rizvi (Important) [ Sports ]

    World record holder Shahzar Rizvi claimed India’s 1st medal at ongoing ISSF World Cup, winning 10m air pistol silver. He belonged to IAF Shooting team. At CWG, Mitharwal’s 2 bronze medals had come in 10m air pistol & 50m pistol events, while Rai had won 10m air pistol gold.

    Image of World record holder Shahzar Rizvi (ISSF World Cup)

    Image of World Record Holder Shahzar Rizvi (ISSF World Cup)

    Image of World record holder Shahzar Rizvi (ISSF World Cup)

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  • 3 130 Years of Indian Railways Iconic Station: Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Building [ Railways ]

    Pride of Indian Railways Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus has completed 130 years. It is Central Railways’ current headquarters building, popularly known as Victoria Terminus.

    Image of Railways Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

    Image of Railways Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

    Image of Railways Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus

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  • 4 FAME India: Government Proposes Multi-Modal Public and Shared Transport in the Cities [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Government has announced the launch of public and shared transportation based on electric power train, through a system of Expression of Interest (EoI). FAME-I was focused more on private vehicles. The government is giving priority to public transport in the second phase of incen

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  • 5 Surya Mitra & Solar Study Lamp Scheme-One Million Solar Study Lamps Scheme Successfully Implemented [ Sci-Tech, Env., Schemes & Proj. ]

    The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said today it has distributed one million solar study lamps under Solar Study Lamp Scheme for states including Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh.

    Image of Surya Mitra and Solar Study Lamp Scheme

    Image of Surya Mitra and Solar Study Lamp Scheme

    Image of Surya Mitra and Solar Study Lamp Scheme

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  • 6 Draft Guidelines on Food Fortification of Salt, Milk, Wheat Flour, Rice and Edible Oil [ Policy-Governance, Health ]

    The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued the draft guidelines on fortification for five food items – salt, milk, wheat flour, rice and edible oil – to boost production and consumption of fortified foods.

    Image of Commonly Fortified Foods

    Image of Commonly Fortified Foods

    Image of Commonly Fortified Foods

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  • 7 Elimination of Malaria [ Health ]

    The Union Health Ministry and Family Welfare for first time has unveiled National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Malaria Elimination (2017 - 22). It has set malaria elimination deadline as 2027, three years ahead of the global deadline. The NSP is based on 2016 National Framework for M

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  • 8 First Ever Multi-Nation Naval Exercise at Sea Begins in Andaman [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    The first-ever multi-nation naval exercise at sea, ’MILES-18’, began at the Andaman Sea. It was a part of the tenth edition of MILAN. 11 naval ships of 8 countries (Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Thailand) and nine Indian ships too

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  • Jun 20, 2018
  • 1 🌟 HRD Ministry 75 National Resource Centres for Online Refresher Programmes for Education (Important) [ Edu. ]

    Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched initiative of online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) platform SWAYAM.

    Image of free online education swayam

    Image of Free Online Education Swayam

    Image of free online education swayam

    • In

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  • 2 High Powered Committee to Examine System of CBSE Class X & XII Exams to Prevent Leakages [ Edu., Committees & Bodies ]

    High Powered Committee was constituted on 4th April 2018 by Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to examine entire system of concluding Class X & Class XII exams conducted by CBSE.

    Image of High Powered Committee to Examine System of CBSE

    Image of High Powered Committee to Examine System of CBSE

    Image of High Powered Committee to Examine System of CBSE

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  • 3 ‘Green Good Deeds’ Movement Launched by Dr Harsh Vardhan [ Env. ]

    Union Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEFCC) launched Green Good Deeds campaign on 19th May 2018. Purpose of people-oriented campaign is to sensitise people & students, in particular abt climate change & global warming.

    Image of ‘Green Good Deeds’ Movement

    Image of ‘Green Good Deeds’ Movement

    Image of ‘Green Good Deeds’ Movement

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  • 4 DigiGaons: CSC Reach 2.50 Lakh Gram Panchayats & 700 Digital Villages to Be Established by the 2018 [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Network of solar-powered Common Service Centres (CSCs), which act as access points for delivery of various digital services to villages in India, will be expanded to 2.50 lakh gram panchayats by year-end.

    Map of 6 adopted villages in country in pilot phase

    Map of 6 Adopted Villages in Country in Pilot Phase

    Map of 6 adopted villages in country in pilot phase

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  • Jun 19, 2018
  • 1 DEPwD to Organise Cochlear Implant Awareness Programme [ Policy-Governance, Health ]

    Department of Empowerment of Persons w/Disabilities (DEPwD) under Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment Organised ‘Cochlear Implant Awareness Programme’ on 6thMay, 2018 at Huda Convention Centre in Faridabad, Haryana.

    Image of Cochlear Implants Work

    Image of Cochlear Implants Work

    Image of Cochlear Implants Work

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  • 2 🌟 What is a Phumdi? Floating Lab to Monitor Manipur’S Loktak Lake (Important) [ Env., Disaster Management ]

    The Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Laboratory (IBSD), Imphal, set up a floating laboratory in northeast India’s largest freshwater lake, Loktak to constantly monitor its water quality and eventually improve it.

    Image of largest water lake in India

    Image of Largest Water Lake in India

    Image of largest water lake in India

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  • 3 🌟 India and France Ink 14 Pacts, Major Boost to Defence & Nuclear Energy Cooperation-(Important) [ Int. Rel & Org., Defense ]

    France is the ninth largest foreign investor in India with a cumulative investment of over six billion dollars from April 2000 to October 2017. Indian and French forces would be able to access each other’s ports and bases in the Indian Ocean region.

    Image of MoUs Between India And France

    Image of MoUs Between India And France

    Image of MoUs Between India And France

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  • 4 🌟 Govt of India Launches I-Metros for Association of Indian Metro Rail Companies [ Schemes & Proj., Railways ]

    Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs launched “I-METROS”, an association of all Indian Metro Rail companies at a Conference on “Indian Metros: Collaborating for Excellence”. “I-METROS” will share or exchange ideas and experience among the metro railway projects in India.

    Image of Metro Rail Advantages

    Image of Metro Rail Advantages

    Image of Metro Rail Advantages

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  • 5 🌟 Global Firepower Index or Power Index: Indian Military Ranked 4th Strongest in World (Important) [ Defense, Ranks & Indices ]

    Out of 133 countries, India is ranked fourth on a global index for its military strength, only the United States, Russia and China are ranked above India on the list. Pakistan is ranked 13th on the Global Firepower index 2017.

    Image of Top 25 military powers

    Image of Top 25 Military Powers

    Image of Top 25 military powers

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