2018: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Aug 19, 2018
  • 1 US Supreme Court to Hear Dispute Over Power Plant in Gujarat [ Economy ]

    US Supreme Court agreed to take up appeal by Indian villagers against power plant in Gujarat near port city of Mundra in Gujarat, funded by US-based international finance institution, which has allegedly resulted in environmental damages.

    Map of Mudra Power Plant

    Map of Mudra Power Plant

    Map of Mudra Power Plant

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  • 2 Who Was Shujaat Bukhari? [ Personalities ]

    Shujaat Bukhari, renowned Kashmiri journalist, was shot dead in attack outside his office in Srinagar. Shujaat Bukhari was Editor-in-chief of Kashmiri publication Rising Kashmir. He was recipient of World Press Institute (WPI) USA fellowship & Asian Centre for Journalism Singapor

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  • Aug 17, 2018
  • 1 Newly Discovered 840 Small Planets Beyond Neptune [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    Researchers have discovered & confirmed 840 small worlds in distant, hard-to-reach area beyond Neptune. This is single largest finding of planets ever made & increases number of distant planets around sun by 50%.

    Image of Newly Discovered 840 Small Planets

    Image of Newly Discovered 840 Small Planets

    Image of Newly Discovered 840 Small Planets

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  • 2 New Benami Transactions Informants Reward Scheme, 2018 by the Income Tax Department [ Economy, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Income Tax Department has launched New Benami Transactions Informants Reward Scheme, 2018 w/objective to enhance people’s participation in IT Department’s efforts to unearth black money & to reduce tax evasion.

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    Image of Ministry of Finance

    Image of Ministry of Finance

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  • 3 Narendra Modi to Address 20,000 Swachh Bharat Volunteers in East Champaran District Motihari Town [ Policy/Governance ]

    PM arrived in Bihar on Tuesday to address 20, 000 ‘Swachh Bharat’ volunteers in East Champaran district’s Motihari town & launch key development projects. Theme of centenary celebrations of Champaran Satyagrah is “Satyagrah se Swachhagrah”.

    Map of Narendra Modi to address 20000 Swachh Bharat Volunteers

    Map of Narendra Modi to Address 20000 Swachh Bharat Volunteers

    Map of Narendra Modi to address 20000 Swachh Bharat Volunteers

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  • 4 India’S Longest Elevated 10.3 Km Long Hindon Elevated Road [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    Primary objectivity of the road was to ease traffic movement from Ghaziabad to New Delhi & vice versa. Hindon Elevated Road Project is being India’s longest elevated road reducing hour-long journey to just 18 minutes.

    Image of India’s Longest Elevated 10.3 km Long

    Image of India’s Longest Elevated 10.3 Km Long

    Image of India’s Longest Elevated 10.3 km Long

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  • 5 What is Iridium Messaging? Network Gets Boost from SpaceX [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    10 more satellites for Iridium’s commercial communications network flew into orbit Friday aboard Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, raising total number of upgraded Iridium spacecraft launched to 50 & clearing way for lift-off of SpaceX supply ship Mond

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  • 6 Food Processing Ministry to Collaborate with International Labs for Wider Acceptability of NIFTEM [ Education, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    Ministry will collaborate w/multiple international laboratories testing various food products so that food products approved by laboratories at National Institute of Food Entrepreneurship & Management (NIFTEM) get worldwide acceptability. This was announced in NIFTEM Institute in

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  • 7 Income Tax Department Issues Revised Income Tax Informants Reward Scheme, 2018 [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    Income Tax Department has released revised Income-tax Inquiry Scheme, 2018, on 1st June 2018. Under revised scheme, in respect of tax evasion of income & assets in India, in IT Department, specified officers of Directorate of Investigation can get prize money of Rs. 50 lakhs give

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  • Aug 16, 2018
  • 1 MPEDA: 4th Phase of Aquatic Quarantine Facility [ Economy, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Fully air-conditioned & sterile quarantine cubicles are used by scientists & technicians to closely monitor Pacific White Leg Shrimp (L. vannamei) at Aquatic Quarantine Facility (AQF) at Neelankarai in Chennai.

    Map of Neelankarai in Chennai

    Map of Neelankarai in Chennai

    Map of Neelankarai in Chennai

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  • 2 World Bank Approves Rs. 6,000 Crore Atal Bhujal Yojana [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Environment/Ecology ]

    World Bank has approved Water Resources & River Development Ministry’s Rs. 6000 cr. worth central sector scheme, ‘Atal Bhujal Yojana’. Scheme will be implemented over period of 5 years from 2018 - 19 to 2022 - 23 w/assistance from World Bank.

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    Image of Atal Bhujal Yojana

    Image of Atal Bhujal Yojana

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  • 3 What are Tropical Cyclones: World Meteorological Organisation Appreciates India Meteorological Dept. [ Geography ]

    Tropical cyclone is intense low pressure area or whirl in atmosphere over tropical or sub-tropical waters, w/organised convection & winds at low levels, circulating either anti-clockwise (in northern hemisphere) or clockwise (in southern hemisphere).

    Image of Tropical Cyclones

    Image of Tropical Cyclones

    Image of Tropical Cyclones

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  • 4 DARKNESS: World’S Largest Superconducting Camera Can Spot Nearby Exoplanets [ Science/Technology ]

    Scientists have developed world’s largest superconducting camera that can spot planets around stars near our solar system. Distinguishing that planet’s light from its star can be problematic.

    Image of DARKNESS: World's Largest Superconducting Camera

    Image of DARKNESS: World’s Largest Superconducting Camera

    Image of DARKNESS: World’s Largest Superconducting Camera

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  • 5 BrahMos Achieves Big ‘Make in India’ Feat [ Defense ]

    BrahMos, world’s fastest & most formidable anti-ship cruise missile, was successfully test fired w/indigenous seeker at Pokhran test range in Rajasthan on 22nd March, 2018. BrahMos ALCM weighing 2.5 ton is heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30MKI Fighter Aircraft modifi

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  • 6 🌟 DNA Computers Can Grow Itself- Store More and Be Faster Then Conventional Computers (Important) [ Science/Technology, Computers & ICT ]

    Scientists have designed new, super-fast computer made of DNA molecules that grows as it computes & can outperform all standard systems in solving practical problems. Researchers from University of Manchester showed feasibility of engineering universal turing machine (UTM) - comp

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  • 7 Agni-5 Missile Successfully Tested: Details of Agni-5 [ Defense ]

    India successfully test-fired indigenously developed nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-5 from Integrated Test Range on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Island, previously known as Wheeler Island on 3rdJune, 2018.

    Image of Agni 5 Test-Fired

    Image of Agni 5 Test-Fired

    Image of Agni 5 Test-Fired

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  • Aug 15, 2018
  • 1 📹 PM Independence Day Speech: Highlights [ Science/Technology, Economy, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Speeches, Women/Minority Empowerment ]

    Prime Minister addressed nation from ramparts of Red Fort in New Delhi as India celebrates the 72nd Independence Day. Speech began by congratulating all-women INS Tarini team for circumnavigating globe & paying tribute to freedom fighters & martyrs of Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

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  • 2 📹 Kurukshetra July 2018 Summary: Panchayati Raj (Part - 2) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Decentralized Planning: GP development plan (GPDP) will have a clear component addressing vulnerabilities of poor & marginalized people. Telangana, a newly emerged state announced a scheme ’ Gram Jyoti’ in August 2015 utilizing 14th FC funds, stating that scheme aims to “empower

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  • 3 📹 Kurukshetra July 2018 Summary: Panchayati Raj (Part - 1) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Key Topics included in this Article - Panchayati Raj: Achievements, Gaps & Challenges. Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA). National Plan for Technical Assistance. Mission Mode Project on e-Panchayat.

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    Panchayati Raj: Kurukshetra July 2018 Summary (In Englis

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  • 4 🌟 Using Railway for Cleanliness (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Railways ]

    Indian Railways has decided to take significant steps to maintain cleanliness in trains. National transporter has taken many steps, such as Clean My Coach, Coach Mitra. Railway Ministry claimed that most number of bio-toilets were installed during 2017 - 18, 40 % higher than targ

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  • 5 🌟 20 States Sign MoU for Implementing Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (Important) [ Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Union government exchanged MoU w/health ministers from 20 states, towards launch of Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM). Initiative will change landscape of healthcare in country.

    Image of 20 States Sign MoU for Implementing Ayushman Bharat

    Image of 20 States Sign MoU for Implementing Ayushman Bharat

    Image of 20 States Sign MoU for Implementing Ayushman Bharat

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  • 6 Banking Structure in India [ Economy ]

    Banking structure in India starts with RBI. As of now 26 public sector banks in India out of which 21 are Nationalised banks and 5 are State Bank of India and its associate banks.

    Image of Reserve Bank of India

    Image of Reserve Bank of India

    Image of Reserve Bank of India

    Reserve Bank of India (RBI)

    RBI

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  • 7 Fast Tracking Rail Renewal [ Railways ]

    Railways claims to have carried out renewal of 4, 405km of old tracks in 2017 - 18, highest ever in financial year so that travel by trains is set to become safer. This is highest ever progress of track renewal (primary) & exceeds target of 4, 389km (revised to 4, 400km) for year

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  • Aug 14, 2018
  • 1 Cabinet Approvals with Foreign Countries [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Union Cabinet approved following MOUs w/diff. countries on 23rd May, 2018 B/W India & Angola, B/W India & France, India & Morocco, India & Singapore and India & Turkey. Cabinet Apprised of Mou B/W India & Angola for Promoting Bilateral Cooperation in Field of Electronics & Inform

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  • 2 21st June 2018: 4th International Yoga Day Celebrations Main Event Held in Dehradun [ Sports, Important Days ]

    Union Ministry of AYUSH held the main event of 4th International Yoga Day celebrations (IDY-2018) on 21st June 2018 at Dehradun, U’Khand. 1st International Yoga Day (IYD) was celebrated across world on 21st June 2015.

    Image of Yoga Benefits

    Image of Yoga Benefits

    Image of Yoga Benefits

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  • 3 4 MoUs Signed Under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ Scheme [ International Relations/Organizations, Culture ]

    4 MoU are signed under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ scheme & 6 more are at advanced stage- Ministry of Culture. Scheme, implemented by Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture & Archaeological Survey of India, is reported to be making good progress. Around 31 more Adarsh Monuments are enli

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  • 4 3,000 Additional Atal Tinkering Labs [ Education ]

    NITI Aayog announced creation of 3000 additional Atal Tinkering Labs under Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) on 12th June, 2018. NITI Aayog selected 3000 additional schools for establishment of Atal Tinkering Labs (ATLs), bringing total number of ATL schools to 5441.

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    Image of 3, 000 Additional Atal Tinkering Labs

    Image of 3, 000 Additional Atal Tinkering Labs

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  • 5 I&B Sets Up Panel to Frame Regulations for Online News Portals [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    I & B ministry has decided to constitute committee to frame rules to regulate news portals & media websites. There are no norms or guidelines to regulate online media websites & news portals.

    Image of most popular news properties in India

    Image of Most Popular News Properties in India

    Image of most popular news properties in India

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  • Aug 13, 2018
  • 1 Govt Releases First Draft of Passengers Charter [ Bills ]

    Union Ministry of Civil Aviation notified Draft Passenger Charter defining rights for air passengers for public consultation on 22nd May, 2018. Draft Passenger Charter lays down benefits that passengers will be entitled to enjoy, if airline is found to be at fault. Charter will e

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  • 2 Zoological Society of London’S (EDGE):Genital-Breathing ’Punk Turtle’ Joins Endangered Species List [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Australian river turtle w/bright green ‘hair’, spikes under its chin & ability to breathe thru its genitals is featured on new list of endangered reptiles. Mary River turtle, native to Australian state of Queensland, is placed at 30th on Zoological Society of London’s Evolutionar

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