2018: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Jul 24, 2018
  • 1 India to Get Control of Chabahar Port in Iran for 18 Months-Faster Pace at Farzad-B Gas (Important) [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India and Iran signed a pact, which gives New Delhi operational control of a part of the strategically located Chabahar port on the Gulf of Oman for 18 months. Indian and Iran are also reaching appropriate results in energy cooperation, including on Farzad-B gas field.

    Image of Project roadmap

    Image of Project Roadmap

    Image of Project roadmap

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  • Jul 23, 2018
  • 1 What are Letter of Credits and Letter of Undertaking? RBI Scraps Bank LoUs (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has scrapped quasi bank guarantee instruments such as the Letter of Undertaking (LoUs) and Letter of Comfort (LoCs). The move is an attempt to plug a loophole and improve banks’ due diligence in trade credit.

    Image of End of LoU Story

    Image of End of LoU Story

    Image of End of LoU Story

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  • 2 Aadhaar Data Breach- Aadhaar Security [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance ]

    A recent report revealed that access to any Aadhaar holder’s details could be gained, through a mere payment of Rs. 500, via an anonymous service on WhatsApp. As per the report, the payment allowed the person to be designated as an ‘agent’, which in turn granted him access to the

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  • 3 Vodafone and Nokia to Create First 4G Network on Moon for Audi Lunar Quattro [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    Vodafone plans to create the first 4G network on the Moon to support a mission by ’PTScientists’ in 2019. The project will last for about 11 days because of massive change in temperature on the moon. Vodafone has appointed Nokia as its technology partner.

    Image of Vodafone and Nokia to Create First 4G Network on Moon

    Image of Vodafone and Nokia to Create First 4G Network on Moon

    Image of Vodafone and Nokia to Create First 4G Network on Moon

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  • 4 National Science Day 2018 (28th Feb) [ Science/Technology, Important Days ]

    National Science Day (NSD) is celebrated in India on February 28 each year to mark the discoveries of Indian physicist CV Raman and to spread the message about the importance of science in daily life of individuals. On 28 February 1928, Raman led experiments at the IACS with coll

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  • 5 2017 - Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill [ Economy, Bills ]

    The Union Cabinet approved the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2017 that seeks to protect the interest of lenders left high and dry by absconding corporate defaulters. Once voted into law, the new legislation will empower investigating agencies to confiscate, and vest with them

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  • 6 Government Nod for UGC Formula to Hit SC/ST, OBC Faculty Numbers [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    The number of SC, ST and OBC faculty in all central universities is set to shrink significantly with HRD Ministry accepted the University Grants Commission’s new formula for implementing reservation in teaching posts.

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  • 7 Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE): Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards [ Awards ]

    The President of India inaugurated Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FINE) in New Delhi. He also presented Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards. The festival aims to celebrate creativity and innovations.

    Image of Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards

    Image of Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards

    Image of Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Awards

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  • 8 NITI Aayog to Release SATH-E Roadmaps [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    NITI Aayog released comprehensive roadmaps and detailed timelines for its initiative Sustainable Action for Transforming Human Capital in Education (SATH-E) project to introduce system-wide Governance Transformation in school education.

    Image of NITI Aayog to Release SATH-E Roadmaps

    Image of NITI Aayog to Release SATH-E Roadmaps

    Image of NITI Aayog to Release SATH-E Roadmaps

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  • 9 CBSE Lowers Pass Criteria [ Education ]

    The CBSE Board has relaxed the exam pass criteria for the students who are set to appeared for Class 10th exams in 2018. The relaxation is just a temporary measure for Class X students appearing in 2018. This fresh criterion will only be applicable for this year.

    Image of CBSE Lowers Pass Criteria

    Image of CBSE Lowers Pass Criteria

    Image of CBSE Lowers Pass Criteria

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  • Jul 20, 2018
  • 1 AFSPA Revoked in Meghalaya, Parts of Arunachal: What is AFSPA? [ Policy/Governance, Defense ]

    Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) was completely removed from Meghalaya & some areas of Arunachal Pradesh w/effect from 1st April 2018.40 % of Meghalaya was under AFSPA including 20 km stretch of state’s 884.9 km border with Assam till September 2017.

    Map of AFSPA revoked in Meghalaya, Parts of Arunachal

    Map of AFSPA Revoked in Meghalaya, Parts of Arunachal

    Map of AFSPA revoked in Meghalaya, Parts of Arunachal

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  • 2 🌟 What is NIKSHAY and Active Case Finding? National Strategic Plan for TB Elimination (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    The National Strategic Plan (NSP) 2017 – 2025 is the plan produced by the government of India (GOI). The NSP 2017 – 2025 describes the activities and interventions that the GOI believes would bring about significant change in the incidence, prevalence, and mortality from TB. This

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  • 3 Details on National Centre for Disease Control [ Health, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) (previously known as National Institute of Communicable Diseases) is an institute under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It was established in July 1963 for research in epidemiology and control of communicable diseases and to r

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  • 4 Railways Opt for Reverse Auction Bidding [ Economy, Railways ]

    Indian Railways to implement an electronic reverse auction process for high-value items from 1 April, a first-of-its-kind initiative for the national transporter. Indian Railways aim to save Rs. 10, 000 crore a year by increasing competition and reducing expenditure on procuremen

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  • Jul 19, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Day-NULM – New Initiatives Likely to Reduce Vulnerability & Improve Working Conditions (Important) [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Ministry of State (I/C) for Housing & Urban Affairs is working on shaping future of ‘work in India’ through role of National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) & National Missions by widening employment opportunities & creating appropriate policies for urban informal workforce.

    Image of Organised & Unorganised workers in total

    Image of Organised & Unorganised Workers in Total

    Image of Organised & Unorganised workers in total

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  • 2 45th Chipko Movement Anniversary on Google Doodle [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology ]

    In 1973, Chipko movement was used to protect trees & forests from harvesting. Google celebrated this eco-feminist movement thru doodle. Main purpose of Chipko movement was to protect trees & forests.

    Image of 45<sup>th</sup> Chipko Movement Anniversary on Google Doodle

    Image of 45th Chipko Movement Anniversary on Google Doodle

    Image of 45th Chipko Movement Anniversary on Google Doodle

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  • 3 India and Guatemala Support for Non-Permanent Membership of UNSC [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India & Guatemala have agreed to support each other’s candidature for Non-Permanent Membership in United Nations Security Council. Guatemala will support India’s candidature for UNSC membership for 2021 - 22 while India will do so for Guatemala for 2031 - 32.

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    Image of Deadly Route to the Land of Opportunity

    Image of deadly route to the land of opportunity

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  • 4 Indian Cities 149% More Congested Than Asian Counterparts [ Economy ]

    Indian cites are 149 % more congested than other Asian cities, Uber commissioned BCG report said on Wednesday. Also according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG) survey, up to 89 % of people plan to buy new car in next 5 years.

    Image Indian cities 149% More Congested than Asian Counterparts

    Image Indian Cities 149 % More Congested Than Asian Counterparts

    Image Indian cities 149 % More Congested than Asian Counterparts

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  • 5 Initiatives to Prevent Rape Cases: Death Penalty for Rape of Children Below 12 Years [ Policy/Governance, Bills ]

    Union Cabinet approved ordinance to allow courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age. Number of measures put in place for speedy investigation & trial of rape cases.

    Image of Initiatives to Prevent Rape Cases

    Image of Initiatives to Prevent Rape Cases

    Image of Initiatives to Prevent Rape Cases

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  • 6 🌟 VOCs: Emerging Chemical Pollution Threat (Important) [ Environment/Ecology ]

    While stricter norms on industries & chemical usage has brought down concentration levels of pollutants in US & Europe, India is still engaged in twin battle against Industrial pollution and Vehicular pollution.

    Image of VOCs: Emerging Chemical Pollution Threat

    Image of VOCs: Emerging Chemical Pollution Threat

    Image of VOCs: Emerging Chemical Pollution Threat

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  • Jul 18, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Train 2018 Project: Indian Railways to Introduce 160 Kmph Engine-Less Trains (Important) [ Govt. Schemes/Projects, Railways ]

    Indian Railways is all set to roll out ’1st of its kind’ semi-high speed self-propelled train set. Integral Coach Factory (ICF) will ‘Make in India’ EMUs (Electric Multiple Units) that can travel at speeds of up to 160 kmph.

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    Image of Train 2018 Project

    Image of Train 2018 Project

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  • 2 Parliament Passes Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill [ Bills ]

    In move that will benefit millions of workers of private & public sector companies, Rajya Sabha passed Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, 2017. Features of the New Bill - Enhance ceiling of tax-free gratuity to Rs. 20 lakh from existing Rs. 10 lakh for employees under Payment

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  • 3 🌟 AFTO Policy: Railways Now a Preferred Carrier of Automobiles (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Railways ]

    Indian Railways emerged as the preferred mode of transportation for automobiles- due to low cost, faster service, reliability and safety. Indian Railways is working closely w/automobile industry to develop policies which are mutually beneficial to industry as well as Railways.

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    Image of Newly Released Policies of Indian Railways

    Image of newly released policies of indian railways

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  • 4 Ministry of Info. & Broadcasting Establishes a Dedicated Web-Portal for Promotion of Audio Visual [ Science/Technology ]

    Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will establish dedicated web portal to spread information on filming locations & production facilities available in India. Film Facilitation Office is in process of establishing dedicated web portal that will disseminate information on fil

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  • 5 🌟 Railways Phasing Out Asbestos- a Suspected Health Hazard (Important) [ Health, Environment/Ecology, Railways ]

    Broken-down asbestos roofs on railway stations were being replaced by metal sheets since June 2009. Asbestos sheet is manufactured from naturally occurring fibrous mineral has been an imp. construction material for India’s railways.

    Image Railways Phasing out Asbestos-a Suspected Health Hazard

    Image Railways Phasing Out Asbestos-a Suspected Health Hazard

    Image Railways Phasing out Asbestos-a Suspected Health Hazard

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  • 6 Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karykram: WAQF Related Schemes and their Implementation [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Minority Affairs Minister Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said under “Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karykram” (PMJVK), his Ministry for 1st time after Independence, will construct various infrastructure for socio-economic-educational empowerment of society on Waqf properties across country o

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  • 7 India Falls to 138th Rank in 2018 World Press Freedom Index [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Reporters W/o Borders (RSF) released World Press Freedom Index 2018 on 25th April, 2018, reflecting growing animosity towards journalists. Published annually by Reporters W/o Borders since 2002, World Press Freedom Index measures level of media freedom in 180 countries.

    India Falls to 138<sup>th</sup> rank in 2018 World Press Freedom Index

    India Falls to 138th rank in 2018 World Press Freedom Index

    India Falls to 138th rank in 2018 World Press Freedom Index

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  • 8 🌟 Kishanganga Hydropower Station and Pakal Dul Hydro Power Project (Important) [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    PM will inaugurate hydro-electricity project & participate in 100th birth anniversary celebrations of Ladakhi spiritual leader Kushak Bakula & university convocation. He will also dedicate 330 MW Kishanganga hydroelectric project.

    Map of Kishanganga Hydropower Station

    Map of Kishanganga Hydropower Station

    Map of Kishanganga Hydropower Station

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  • 9 🌟 Mutant Bacteria Could Be Answer to Plastics Pollution Crisis (Important) [ Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Great Pacific Garbage Patch is twice the size of Texas, & it’s only getting bigger. In fact, some estimates claim that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in ocean. New scientific discovery is providing some hope in plastics pollution crisis.

    Image of Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    Image of Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    Image of Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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  • Jul 18, 2018
  • 1 MoU Between ALIMCO & Aravali Power Company Pvt. Ltd (APCPL), Jhajjar [ Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), under Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, & Aravali Power Company Pvt Ltd (APCPL), Jhajjar signed MoU for Rs. 2 cr. for distribution of aids & assistive devices to persons w/disabilities at Charkhi Dadri dist. of

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