2018: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Jul 13, 2018
  • 1 NITI Aayog and Google Sign SoI to Help Grow AI Ecosystem in India [ Sci-Tech ]

    NITI Aayog & Google signed Statement of Intent (SoI) to enhance growth in artificial intelligence (AI) & machine learning (ML) ecosystem in India. SoI was signed on 7th May, 2018. SoI was signed by Anna Roy, Advisor, NITI Aayog & Rajan Anandan, Vice President of Google India & So

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  • 2 Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Act, 2018 [ Eco., Bills ]

    Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill was passed by Lok Sabha on 15th March 2018 & by Rajya Sabha on 22nd March 2018. It was brought in force on 29th March 2018. Bill will ensure harmony amongst employees in pvt. sector & in Public Sector & in Public sector Undertaking/Autonomous

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  • Jul 12, 2018
  • 1 How Does an IAS Officer Get Dismissed? Policy for Removal of Non-Performing Civil Servants [ Policy-Governance ]

    Up to January 2018, total 21, 195 of Group ‘A’ & 47, 039 of Group ‘B’ officers are reviewed, Out of which relevant rules were recommended against 83 Group ‘A’ & 128 Group ‘B’ officers, including 15 officers of All India Services.

    Image of Policy for Removal of Non-Performing Civil Servants

    Image of Policy for Removal of Non-Performing Civil Servants

    Image of Policy for Removal of Non-Performing Civil Servants

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  • 2 President Receives First Copy of Book “Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’S Greatest Thinker” [ Culture ]

    President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind received 1st copy of book “Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker”, from author Shri Pavan Sharma on 21st April, 2018. He established 4 Peethas – in north, south, east & west. Peethas.

    Img President Receives First Copy of Book - Adi Shankaracharya

    Img President Receives First Copy of Book - Adi Shankaracharya

    Img President Receives First Copy of Book - Adi Shankaracharya

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  • 3 🌟 What is National Institutional Ranking Framework? Ranking & Accreditation System (Important) [ Edu. ]

    Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) on 29th Sept. , 2015 to rank institutions across country. National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) does institutional assessment & accreditation.

     Image of Accreditation

    Image of Accreditation

    Image of Accreditation

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  • 4 🌟 What is Nirbhaya Fund, Police Didi? Projects Under Nirbhaya Fund (Important) [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    As per National Crime Records Bureau’s information, total 3, 39, 457 cases in 2014, 329, 243 cases in 2015 & 3, 38, 954 cases in 2016 registered against women. 8 cities which are selected for initiatives to take shape include Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad,

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  • 5 President’ Kovind’S Visit to Equatorial Guinea, Swaziland, & Zambia: Condecoracion’ [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    President of India, Ram Nath Kovind was on official visit to 3 African nations – Equatorial Guinea, Swaziland & Zambia from 7th- 12th April 2018. President’s visit to Equatorial Guinea concluded on 9th April 2018.

    Image President 'Kovind's official visit to 3 African nations

    Image President ‘Kovind’s Official Visit to 3 African Nations

    Image President ‘Kovind’s official visit to 3 African nations

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  • 6 🌟 What is Oxytocin- Uses and Misuses: Regulation of Manufacture, Sale and Import of Oxytocin [ Policy-Governance, Health ]

    To check misuse of Oxytocin, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has restricted manufacture of Oxytocin formulation for domestic use to public sector and banned import of Oxytocin & its formulations.

     Image of Oxytocin

    Image of Oxytocin

    Image of Oxytocin

    • Govt. regulations w/regard to manufac

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  • 7 🌟 Schemes for Promoting E-Learning (Important) [ Edu., Policy-Governance ]

    Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched many schemes for promoting e-learning. Objective is to take best teaching learning resources to all, including most disadvantaged. Main e-learning initiatives by MHRD are discussed below.

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  • 8 Professor J S Rajput as India’S Representative to the Executive Board of UNESCO [ Edu., Appointments ]

    Union Government nominated Professor JS Rajput, former Director of NCERT, as India’s representative to Executive Board (EXB) of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on March 25, 2018.

    Image of Secretary - General

    Image of Secretary - General

    Image of Secretary - General

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  • Jul 11, 2018
  • 1 Mission Mode Plan for Elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings in Indian Railways [ Policy-Governance, Railways ]

    Railway Ministry decided that unmanned level crossings (UMLC) across railways will be eliminated on a priority basis. Review meeting was done in presence of GMs of 5 critical zones (NR, WR, NER, NWR, ECR) w/significant number of UMLCs.

    Map of Kushinagar location

    Map of Kushinagar Location

    Map of Kushinagar location

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  • 2 🌟 Rocket Launches by ISRO (Important) [ Space and ISRO ]

    During last 3 years, from January 2015 to December 2017, total 169 foreign satellites from 23 countries were successfully launched on board Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). Income earned thru these launches was approx. 95 million Euros & 4.5 million USD in Foreign Exchange.

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  • 3 ‘Samarth’- Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Gathering on Samarth scheme was held in New Delhi to familiarize stakeholders w/target & functioning of scheme. Principle goal of scheme is to present talent coaching to youth for gainful & sustainable employment in textile sector excluding spinning & weaving.

    Image of Scheme for capacity building in textiles sector

    Image of Scheme for Capacity Building in Textiles Sector

    Image of Scheme for capacity building in textiles sector

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  • 4 29th National Road Safety Week: HIS with South Korea [ Eco., Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Transport ministry is working on 4E principles – Education, Enforcement, Engineering & Emergency – to improve road safety. Following are some important achievements. Ministry has set up Driving Training Centre (DTC) to provide training to those driving commercial vehicles & there

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  • 5 Sindhudurg Airport Will Be a Boost for Aviation Sector in Maharashtra [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Construction of new airport will be completed in 2018 in Parulechipi located in Sindhudurg dist. of Maharashtra. Project work is expected to be completed in June this year. Construction work will be completed in September before start of Monsoon & Ganesh Festival.

    Map of location of parulechipi for Aviation Sector- Maharashtra

    Map of Location of Parulechipi for Aviation Sector- Maharashtra

    Map of location of parulechipi for Aviation Sector- Maharashtra

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  • 6 First Meeting of Think Tank on Framework for National Policy on E-Commerce [ Policy-Governance, Eco. ]

    Minister of Commerce & Industry chaired 1st meeting of think tank to frame national policy on e-commerce on 24th April, 2018. Promote & diversify exports thru Plan schemes, policies & strategies.

    Image of Prabhu to chair ecommerce

    Image of Prabhu to Chair Ecommerce

    Image of Prabhu to chair ecommerce

    Objective

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  • 7 GOBAR-DHAN: Swachh Bharat Mission Launches GOBAR-DHAN to Promote Wealth and Energy from Waste [ Env., Schemes & Proj. ]

    To make farmers more self-reliant, central scheme ‘Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources Dhan (GOBAR-DHAN) ’ is launched at National level by Union Ministry for Drinking Water & Sanitation & State Govt. of Haryana.

    Map of Dairy Research Institute (Institute)

    Map of Dairy Research Institute (Institute)

    Map of Dairy Research Institute (Institute)

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  • Jul 10, 2018
  • 1 Tripling Gas Demand- Increasing Production and Consumption [ Eco. ]

    GoI has taken several steps while meeting demand of natural gas & reduce dependence on imports in country to enhance domestic natural gas production thru some policy initiatives. As per British Petroleum (BP) Energy Outlook 2018, India’s natural gas consumption will rise & triple

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  • 2 🌟 Umbrella Scheme ‘Green Revolution — Krishonnati Yojana’ in Agriculture Sector (Important) [ Agri., Schemes & Proj. ]

    Govt. approved continuation of agriculture sector umbrella programme, ‘Green Revolution —Krishonnati Yojana’, w/central outlay of Rs. 33, 269.97 cr. till March 2020. Programme, comprises of 11 schemes to develop agriculture & allied sector in holistic & scientific manner to incre

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  • 3 🌟 Gokul Grams: Rashtriya Gokul Mission Launched with Frozen Semen Station Set in Maranga (Important) [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    Frozen Semen Station is being set up in Maranga, Purnea in Bihar under Rashtriya Gokul Mission w/100 % contribution from Central Govt. 300 high genetic merit bulls will be kept at station & 50 lakh semen dose will be produced per year.

    Image of Location of Maranga, Purnea & Sudha in Bihar

    Image of Location of Maranga, Purnea & Sudha in Bihar

    Image of Location of Maranga, Purnea & Sudha in Bihar

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  • 4 🌟 NIRF India Rankings 2018 for Higher Education Institutions (Important) [ Edu. ]

    National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) is released by MHRD. This framework outlines methodology to rank institutions across the country. Indian Institute of Science (IISC) in Bengaluru became overall best institution in India by HRD Ministry’s NIRF.

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    Image of Parameters Pf Higher Education

    Image of Parameters pf Higher Education

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  • 5 🌟 Van Dhan Scheme to Help Increase Tribal Income Through Value Addition (Important) [ Schemes & Proj. ]

    PM launched Van Dhan Scheme of Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) on 14th April, 2018, during celebrations of Ambedkar Jayanti at Bijapur, Chattisgarh.

    Map of Bijapur location for Van Dhan Scheme

    Map of Bijapur Location for Van Dhan Scheme

    Map of Bijapur location for Van Dhan Scheme

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  • 6 🌟 General Development Assistance to Achieve Academic Excellence (Important) [ Edu. ]

    UGC provides financial assistance under Scheme “General Development Assistance” to eligible Central Universities, Deemed Universities, State Universities & colleges to set up new & strengthen existing infrastructural facilities in institutions.

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    Image of Campus Survey

    Image of Campus Survey

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  • 7 📹 Monuments in North Eastern States Identified for Listing Under World Heritage Site [ Culture ]

    Few monuments in North Eastern States are identified for listing under World Heritage Site as below: World Heritage Site is landmarks are selected by UNESCO. Apatani Cultural Landscape, Arunachal Pradesh - Surrounded by blue rolling hills & cut off from rest of populated areas of

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  • 8 MOU Between Indian Culinary Institute & IGNTU, Amarkantak for Degree Programmes & Research [ Edu. ]

    MOU is signed b/w Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) autonomous body under Ministry of Tourism, & Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU), Amarkantak in New Delhi. MOU was signed for imparting collaborative degree programmes including research in field of culinary arts.

    Map of MOU between Indian Culinary Institute & IGNT

    Map of MOU between Indian Culinary Institute & IGNT

    Map of MOU between Indian Culinary Institute & IGNT

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  • Jul 9, 2018
  • 1 MoU Between India and Sao Tome and Principe on Cooperation in the Field of Medicinal Plants [ Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Union Cabinet has given its ex – post facto approval for MoU b/w India & Sao Tome & Principe on cooperation in field of Medicinal Plants. MoU was signed on 14th March, 2018. MoU is expected to reach US $7 trillion by 2050.

    India and Medicinal Plants

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  • 2 What is Project ‘JATAN’? 6 Museums Under Ministry of Culture- 1 Lakh Art Objects Digitized [ Schemes & Proj., Culture ]

    Ministry of Culture has taken up project named ‘JATAN’ in collaboration w/C-DAC, Pune for creating online digital repository of museum collections on national portal www.museumofindia.gov.in for museums.

    Image of Integrated Framework of Virtual Museum

    Image of Integrated Framework of Virtual Museum

    Image of Integrated Framework of Virtual Museum

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  • 3 🌟 MNRE Issues National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Env. ]

    Union Ministry of New & Renewable Energy on 14th May 2018 issued National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy in New Delhi. Scheme for new hybrid projects under policy is expected shortly. It aims to reduce variability in renewable power generation & achieve better grid stability.

    Image of Wind And Solar Hybrid Power Systems

    Image of Wind And Solar Hybrid Power Systems

    Image of Wind And Solar Hybrid Power Systems

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  • 4 Summary of ISRO Missions to Moon & Mars [ Sci-Tech ]

    ISRO is preparing for Chandrayaan-2 in succession to its successful launch of Chandrayaan-1 in 2008. ISRO is all set to land its 1st lunar rover on moon by end of March 2018. CHANDRAYAAN-1: Launched from Sriharikota off East coast of India at estimated cost of USD 83 million.

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  • 5 🌟 Assistance to States for Modernization of Police- Modern Weapons to Tackle Terrorist [ Defense, Schemes & Proj. ]

    On April 4, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs said that fight in Naxals is State subject & Centre can only assist State Governments. Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) are provided w/latest state-of-the-art weapons to tackle terrorist & naxalite activities.

    Map of India Naxal Affected Districts

    Map of India Naxal Affected Districts

    Map of India Naxal Affected Districts

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