2018: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Aug 13, 2018
  • 1 First AI Device to Detect Diabetic Retinopathy Now Approved [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    FDA (Federal Drug Agency) permitted marketing of IDx-DR for detection of diabetic retinopathy in adults, 1st medical device that uses artificial intelligence (AI) in this setting. Clinical trial included 900 patients w/diabetes from 10 primary care sites across U. S.

    Image of Diabetic Retinopathy

    Image of Diabetic Retinopathy

    Image of Diabetic Retinopathy

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  • 2 Ensuring Safety in Railways [ Railways ]

    F. Y. 2017 - 18 was best for Indian Railways in terms of safety in last 35 years. Indian Railways recorded 73 accidents in F. Y. 2018 in comparison to 104 in F. Y. 2017. This was 1st time in years that accidents did not cross 100.

    Image of Best Ever Safety Record In 2017-18

    Image of Best Ever Safety Record In 2017 - 18

    Image of Best Ever Safety Record In 2017 - 18

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  • 3 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM): Business Discontinuation Rate in India [ Economy, Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    Recent survey report on situation of entrepreneurship & business in India has put question mark on ground-level impact of ambitious Start-up India initiative. Survey found that, 11 % of adult population in India is engaged in “early-stage entrepreneurial activities”, & only 5 % o

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  • Aug 12, 2018
  • 1 NITI Aayog to Launch Composite Water Management Index [ Policy/Governance, Environment/Ecology ]

    NITI Aayog announced to launch Composite Water Management Index w/aim to achieve objective of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. Composite Water Management Index will be useful tool to assess & improve performance in efficient management of water resources.

    Image of Water Management Index

    Image of Water Management Index

    Image of Water Management Index

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  • 2 🌟 Modi Govt. to Replace UGC Act (Important) [ Education ]

    PM’s vision to create 20 institutions of eminence & Ministry of Human Resource Development’s reforms push have set stage for overhaul of higher education in India that is long overdue.

    Image of Regulatory Environment

    Image of Regulatory Environment

    Image of Regulatory Environment

    Background on Higher Edu

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  • 3 What is Meta University? Master of Mathematics Education First Meta University Program [ Education ]

    Meta University concept marks paradigm shift in Higher Education in India. It is based on premise that ‘Whole is Greater than Sum of Parts’. It allows students to move between various universities.

    Image of Meta University

    Image of Meta University

    Image of Meta University

    • By drawing upon established

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  • 4 Bengaluru Water Scarcity [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Bengaluru is one of 10 metropolitan cities besides Cape Town that is fast moving towards ‘Day Zero’ - situation when taps start running dry. Analysis by Down To Earth, magazine published by green think-tank Centre for Science & Environment, showed that at least 200 cities globall

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  • 5 Agreements Signed Between India and UK [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India & Britain signed 9 agreements in areas of technology, trade & investment on 18th April 2018 on side-lines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London on 19 - 20. Trade and investment and as global forces for good.

    Image of Agreements Signed Between India and UK

    Image of Agreements Signed Between India and UK

    Image of Agreements Signed Between India and UK

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  • 6 What is Squall? 98kmph Squall Battered Kolkata [ Disaster Management, Geography ]

    Storm, w/peak speed reaching abt 100 kmph, roared thru Kolkata for about 45 minutes leaving in its wake trail of unprecedented death & destruction. Details of Double Squall - 2nd-fastest to hit Kolkata since Cyclone Aila in 2009.

    Image of Squall Line

    Image of Squall Line

    Image of Squall Line

    • 1st

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  • 7 हरियाणा में पशु कल्याण बोर्ड का गठन(Constitution Animal’S Welfare Board - in Hindi) (Part 19) [ News Snippets (Hindi) ]

    हरियाणा में पशु कल्याण बोर्ड (परिषद) का गठन- हरियाणा सरकार ने पशु कल्याण के लिए राज्य पशु कल्याण बोर्ड गठित किया। इस बोर्ड को पशुपालन और डेयरी के अतिरिक्त मुख्य सचिव की अध्यक्षता में गठित किया गया।

    • पशुपालन और डेयरी के महानिदेशक पशु कल्याण बोर्ड के सदस्य सचिव होंगे।

    योग दिवस के

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  • Aug 11, 2018
  • 1 प्रधान मंत्री मोदी ने नामो ऐप पर सर्वेक्षण शुरू किया(PM Launches Survey-Namo App-in Hindi)(Part 18) [ News Snippets (Hindi) ]

    प्रधान मंत्री मोदी ने नामो ऐप पर सर्वेक्षण शुरू किया- प्रधान मंत्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने नामो ऐप पर एक सर्वेक्षण शुरू किया है, जिससे लोगों को केन्द्र, सांसदों और विधायकों को उनके निर्वाचन क्षेत्रों में सरकार के प्रदर्शन को रेट (माप/परिणाम) करने के लिए कहा गया है।

    Image of PM launches survey on Namo App

    Image of PM Launches Survey on Namo App

    Image of PM launches survey on Namo App

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  • 2 मणिपुर में पहला राष्ट्रीय खेल विश्वविद्यालय(1st National Sports Uni. in Manipur -in Hindi) (Part 17) [ News Snippets (Hindi) ]

    मणिपुर में पहला राष्ट्रीय खेल विश्वविद्यालय- केन्द्रीय मंत्रिमंडल ने मणिपुर में देश के पहले राष्ट्रीय खेल विश्वविद्यालय की स्थापना के लिए एक अध्यादेश को मंजूरी दे दी है। इम्फाल पश्चिम जिले में 524 करोड़ रुपये की लागत के साथ विश्वविद्यालय 3224 एकड़ जमीन पर फैला होगा।

    • मणिपुर में रा

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  • 3 स्वास्थ्य देखभाल में भारत 145वें स्थान पर(India Ranked 145th in Health Care - in Hindi) (Part - 16) [ News Snippets (Hindi) ]

    स्वास्थ्य देखभाल में भारत 145वें स्थान पर- स्वास्थ्य देखभाल की पहुंच और गुणवत्ता के मामले में भारत को 195 देशों के बीच 145वें स्थान पर रखा गया है। लांसेट के अध्ययन के अनुसार, भारत अपने पड़ोसी देश, श्रीलंका, चीन, बांग्लादेश और भूटान के पीछे है।

    • हालांकि 1990 के बाद भारत में कई सुध

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  • 4 Cabinet Approves Re-Structuring of NSDF and NSDC [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Union Cabinet approved the restructuring of National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The approval would lead to restructuring of composition of the Boards of NSDF and NSDC to strengthen governance, implementation and monitoring

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  • 5 🌟 Third Partners Meeting of the Global Peatlands Initiative: Brazzaville Declaration Signed (Imp.) [ International Relations/Organizations, Environment/Ecology ]

    The Brazzaville declaration was singed to promote better management and conservation world’s largest tropical peatlands-Cuvette Centrale region in Congo Basin from unregulated land use and prevent its drainage and degradation.

    Image of Democractis Republic of Congo

    Image of Democractis Republic of Congo

    Image of Democractis Republic of Congo

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  • Aug 10, 2018
  • 1 Naipunya Ratham Launched in Andhra Pradesh to Bring Technology to Remote Corners [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance ]

    Andhra Pradesh Government launched multi-utility vehicle NAIPUNYA RATHAM or World on Wheels to bring technology to remote corners. It was launched at State Secretariat in capital Amaravathi by State’s Chief Minister.

    Image of Naipunya Ratham Launched in Andhra Pradesh

    Image of Naipunya Ratham Launched in Andhra Pradesh

    Image of Naipunya Ratham Launched in Andhra Pradesh

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  • 2 Print Biennale India 2018 Hosted by Lalit Kala Akademi [ Culture ]

    The country’s National Academy of Art, the Lalit Kala Akademi hosted the first-ever International Print Biennale in the country with a record number of 17 countries taking part in it. An exhibition Eminent Printmakers of India showcasing master Indian printmakers was also held on

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  • 3 ADB, India Sign $120 Million Loan to Improve Rail Infrastructure [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India today signed a $120 million loan agreement to improve railway infrastructure. The loan would help in: Completing double-tracking of about 840 kms.

    Image of Indian Railways Gets 100% FDI In 17 Key Areas

    Image of Indian Railways Gets 100 % FDI In 17 Key Areas

    Image of Indian Railways Gets 100 % FDI In 17 Key Areas

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  • 4 Halkaa’ Bags Award at Montreal Fest [ Awards ]

    Indian filmmaker Nila Madhab Panda’s “Halkaa”, got the Grand Prix de Montreal award. The film premiered at the 21st Festival International du Film Pour Enfants de Montreal Film (FIFEM).

    Image of Halkaa' Bags Award At Montreal Fest

    Image of Halkaa’ Bags Award At Montreal Fest

    Image of Halkaa’ Bags Award At Montreal Fest

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  • 5 Lyrid 2018 Meteor Shower on April 22 [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    Lyrid 2018 meteor shower put on a good show this year due to dark, moonless skies during the peak. The Lyrids, which peak during late April, are one of the oldest known meteor showers. The Lyrid meteor shower indicates the start of the meteor shower calendar.

    Image of Meteor Shower Calendar For 2018

    Image of Meteor Shower Calendar For 2018

    Image of Meteor Shower Calendar For 2018

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  • Aug 9, 2018
  • 1 Antarctic Ice Melt: Sea Levels Might Be Rising Faster Than Once Thought [ Science/Technology, Geography ]

    The newly discovered ‘positive feedback loop’ results in deeper waters retaining their temperature, while hastening the process of glacial melt, which could have a negative effect on the world’s sea levels.

    Image of Antarctic Ice Melt

    Image of Antarctic Ice Melt

    Image of Antarctic Ice Melt

    Highlights:

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  • 2 IMD Forecasts a Normal Monsoon in 2018L Impact of El-Nino and IOD [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Rainfall would be 97 % of the 50-year average with a 56 % probability that rains would be normal to excess, the India Meteorological Department said in its first stage long range forecast.

    Imsg of Tracking The monsoon

    Imsg of Tracking The Monsoon

    Imsg of Tracking The monsoon

    Normal monsoon could be a

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  • 3 Global Solar Alliance Puts India Firmly in Driver’S Seat [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India found its rightful place under Prime Minister’s brainchild, the International Solar Alliance (ISA), which formally kicked off with 62 member-countries. The alliance started with adoption of the ‘Delhi Solar Agenda’ seeking.

    Image of Global Solar Alliance Puts India Firmly

    Image of Global Solar Alliance Puts India Firmly

    Image of Global Solar Alliance Puts India Firmly

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  • Aug 8, 2018
  • 1 टिकाऊ विकास पर भारत-डेनमार्क एमओयू (India-Denmark MOU on Sustainable Dev. - in Hindi) (Part 7) [ News Snippets (Hindi) ]

    टिकाऊ विकास पर भारत-डेनमार्क एमओयू- केन्द्रीय मंत्रिमंडल ने भारत और डेनमार्क के बीच समझौता ज्ञापन समझौता ज्ञात किया। इस समझौता ज्ञापन का उद्देश्य ज्ञान, संस्थागत सहयोग, अनुसंधान के आदान-प्रदान के माध्यम से पारस्परिक और पारस्परिक लाभ के आधार पर टिकाऊ और स्मार्ट (अच्छा) शहरी विका

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  • 2 फटा फ्यूगो ज्वालामुखी (Torn Fugo Volcano - in Hindi) (Part - 6) [ News Snippets (Hindi) ]

    फटा फ्यूगो ज्वालामुखी- ग्वाटेमाला का फ्यूगो ज्वालामुखी आकाश में राख के घने बादल का निर्माण करने के बाद फट गया। इस विस्फोट में मृतकों की संख्या बढ़कर 62 हो गई क्योंकि बचाव कार्यकर्ताओं ने विनाश हुए गांवों से अधिक लाशे बरामद की।

    • फ्यूगो में विस्फोट 2002 से हो रहा है, और 2017 में यह

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  • 3 ई-अपशिष्ट के उत्पादन के शीर्ष में 5 में भारत(India in Top 5 of E-Waste Production-in Hindi)(Part 5) [ News Snippets (Hindi) ]

    ई-अपशिष्ट के उत्पादन के शीर्ष में 5 में भारत- एक रिपोर्ट (विवरण) के मुताबिक, चीन, अमेरिका, जापान और जर्मनी के अलावा भारत दुनिया के शीर्ष पांच ई-अपशिष्ट पैदा करने वाले देशों में से एक है। एसोकैम और एन. ई. सी. द्वारा जारी रिपोर्ट के अनुसार राज्यों में, महाराष्ट्र सबसे अधिक 19.8 प

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  • 4 ASI Digs Deep into History of Kannada Language [ Culture ]

    The trial excavation at Karnataka’s Talagunda by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), about 80 km north of the ancient Shivamogga city could show that the language was in use at least seven decades earlier than believed.

    Image of trial excavation at Karnataka’s Talagunda

    Image of Trial Excavation at Karnataka’s Talagunda

    Image of trial excavation at Karnataka’s Talagunda

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  • 5 BV Doshi First Indian to Win Pritzker Architecture Prize (Nobel for Architecture) [ Awards ]

    Balkrishna Doshi, the legendary Indian architect who designs buildings and institutions, is being honored with the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the Nobel equivalent for the field. The Pune-born Doshi, who is 90, is the first Indian to receive the honor, the highest in the profess

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  • 6 Abolition of the 457 Visa Program by Australia [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Australian government abolished the 457 visa category that allowed employers to sponsor skilled foreign talent to work in the country for up to four years. The 457 category has now been replaced with the harder-to-get Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa that lets overseas wor

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  • 7 IBBI Liquidation Process Amendment: IBBI Amendments: Insolvency Resolutions Get a Boost [ Economy, Bills ]

    The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India has amended the IBBI (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2018 to fix a time frame for identifying resolution applicants.

    Image of IBBI Liquidation Process Amendment

    Image of IBBI Liquidation Process Amendment

    Image of IBBI Liquidation Process Amendment

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