2018: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Oct 5, 2018
  • 1 🌟 International Team of Scientists Including 18 Indian Scientists Decode Complex.. (Important) [ Science/Technology ]

    Team of international researchers including 18 Indian scientists for 1st time has decoded wheat genome. In this research, DNA sequence of bread wheat was successfully ordered. It represents highest quality genome sequence generated to date for such wheat variety.

    Interl. Team of Scientists Including 18 Indian Scientists

    Interl. Team of Scientists Including 18 Indian Scientists

    Image of International Team of Scientists Including 18 Indian Scientists

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  • 2 Successful Flight Test of ATGM ‘HELINA’ [ Defense ]

    Indigenously developed Helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) ‘HELINA’ was successfully flight tested from Indian Army Helicopter at Pokhran range. Weapon system was tested for its full range.

    Map of Successful Flight Test of ATGM ‘HELINA’ in Pokhran Range

    Map of Successful Flight Test of ATGM ‘HELINA’ in Pokhran Range

    Map of Successful Flight Test of ATGM ‘HELINA’ in Pokhran Range

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  • 3 Cyclone Warning Centre to Be Set Up in Thiruvananthapuram Within a Month [ Govt. Schemes/Projects, Geography ]

    Union Ministry of Earth Sciences has announced to set up Cyclone Warning Centre in Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram. It proposed to set up C-band Doppler weather radar at Mangalore, Karnataka. This comes in view of recent heavy rainfall & concerns over extreme weather activiti

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  • 4 NITI Aayog Launches 5 Thematic Reports on Sustainable Development in Indian Himalayan Region [ Country/State Ranks/Indices, Political Science, Women/Minority Empowerment ]

    NITI Aayog has released 5 Thematic Reports on Sustainable Development in Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) recognizing uniqueness of Himalayas & challenges for sustainable development.

    Image of NITI Aayog Launches 5 Thematic Reports

    Image of NITI Aayog Launches 5 Thematic Reports

    Image of NITI Aayog Launches 5 Thematic Reports on Sustainable Development in Indian Himalayan Region

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  • 5 India’S First ISTS Connected Wind Power Project Commissioned [ Environment/Ecology, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    126 MW wind power capacity, part of India’s 1st inter-state transmission system (ISTS) auction, was commissioned in Bhuj, Gujarat. It was part of India’s 1st ISTS auction was conducted by state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI) in February 2017.

    Image of inter-state transmission system (ISTS) - Bhuj, Gujarat

    Image of Inter-state Transmission System (ISTS) - Bhuj, Gujarat

    Image of inter-state transmission system (ISTS) - Bhuj, Gujarat

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  • 6 Dr G. Satheesh Reddy Appointed Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman, DRDO [ Defense ]

    Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) appointed distinguished missile scientist Dr. G Satheesh Reddy as Secretary of Department of Defence R&D (DDR&D) & Chairman of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).

    Image of ministry of defence

    Image of Ministry of Defence

    Image of ministry of defence

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  • Oct 4, 2018
  • 1 🌟 ASI Discovers 254 Copper Coins Belonging to Medieval Period in Premises of Khirki Mosque (Imp.) [ Culture ]

    Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) discovered collection of 254 Copper Coins n premises of Khirki Mosque during course of conservation of monument. This mosque lies on southern periphery of village Khirki, New Delhi.

    Image of ASI Discovers 254 Copper Coins

    Image of ASI Discovers 254 Copper Coins

    Image of ASI Discovers 254 Copper Coins

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  • 2 🌟 G20 Member Nations to Promote Policies That Bridges All Forms of Digital Divide (Important) [ Economy, International Relations/Organizations ]

    At G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Meeting in Argentina, G20 ministers & senior officials issued declaration that reflects G20’s commitment towards promoting policies & actions that catalyze digital transformation.

    Image of G20 Member Nations to Promote Policies

    Image of G20 Member Nations to Promote Policies

    Image of G20 Member Nations to Promote Policies

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  • 3 🌟 India’S First Biofuel Powered Flight Undertakes Maiden Voyage (Important) [ Environment/Ecology ]

    India’s 1st first-ever environment friendly biofuel powered flight b/w Dehradun & Delhi was propelled by blend of oil from jatropha seeds & aviation turbine fuel. 43-minute flight was operated by Spice Jet’s Bombardier Q-400 aircraft, w/20 officials & 5 crewmembers on board.

    Image of Processing of Biodiesel using jatropha seeds

    Image of Processing of Biodiesel Using Jatropha Seeds

    Image of Processing of Biodiesel using jatropha seeds

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  • 4 Govt. of India & the World Bank Sign $300 Million Agreement to Help Scale-Up India’S Energy [ Economy, Environment/Ecology ]

    Union Govt. (Finance Ministry) inked $220 million Loan Agreement w/World Bank to scale-up India’s Energy Efficiency Program. It also signed $80 million guarantee agreement w/World Bank.

     Image of WRI India

    Image of WRI India

    Image of WRI India

    • Loan will be provided to EESL by World Bank thru

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  • 5 Cabinet Approves Umbrella Scheme “Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling [ Science/Technology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Geography ]

    Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved implementation of umbrella scheme ‘Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling, and Science (O-SMART) ’ during 2017 - 18 to 2019 - 20 at overall cost of Rs. 1623 cr.

    Image of 0-SMART Benefits

    Image of 0-SMART Benefits

    Image of 0-SMART Benefits

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  • 6 NCCCM: Technology for Detecting Contamination in Water [ Science/Technology, Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    National Centre for Compositional Characterisation of Materials (NCCCM), has developed visual detection kits for detection of Fluoride, Chromium (VI) & Iron. Technology is introduced in country thru. technology transfers to private entrepreneurs.

    Image of Technology for Detecting Contamination in Water

    Image of Technology for Detecting Contamination in Water

    Image of Technology for Detecting Contamination in Water

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  • 7 CSIR’S New Patented Clot Buster, PEGylated Streptokinase Set to Revolutionize Treatment of Strokes [ Science/Technology ]

    New Clot buster, PEGylated Streptokinase - Novel Biological Entity developed by CSIR-Institute of Microbial Technology (CSIR-IMTECH), Chandigarh is all set to revolutionize treatment of ischemic strokes.

    Image of CSIR’s New Patented Clot Buster

    Image of CSIR’s New Patented Clot Buster

    Image of CSIR’s New Patented Clot Buster

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  • Oct 3, 2018
  • 1 Vehicle Registration Numbers Likely to Be Linked with Aadhaar [ Policy/Governance ]

    Panel setup by ministry of home affairs (MHA) to improve road safety & for tracking vehicles that violate rules has suggested that central body be set up to maintain data on motor vehicles by linking their registration numbers to Aadhaar numbers of their owners.

    Image of Unique Identification

    Image of Unique Identification

    Image of Unique Identification

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  • 2 Ayushman Bharat 10,000 Jobs to Be Created Under National Health Protection Scheme [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    At least 10,000 new jobs will be created w/implementation of Centre’s ambitious Ayushman Bharat-National Health Protection Mission (AB-NHPM). It aims to provide cover of Rs. 5 lakh per family annually to 10 cr. poor families, according to government official.

    Image of health Protection Scheme

    Image of Health Protection Scheme

    Image of health Protection Scheme

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  • 3 Global EoIs (Expression of Interests) [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    In last 3 years 7 Global Expression of Interests (EoIs) are floated by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) had approved procurement of 957 nos of Muzzle Reference System (MRS) for TI-ESSA in T-90 Tanks from Opto-Electronic Factory (OLF) Dehradun.

    DAC

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  • 4 Increase in Lifestyle Diseases in India: Causes, Prevention, and Solution [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) & other Institutes conduct studies on lifestyle disease. According to ICMR India State-Level Disease Burden Study report “India: Health of the Nation’s States”, estimated proportion of all deaths due to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) ha

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  • 5 Development of Waterways Transport: Directions to Major Port Trusts [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Govt. has been issued directions under Section 111 of Major Port Trusts Act, 1963 to 5 Major Port Trusts on 18th April 2018. These 5 major ports are: Paradip Port Trust, Mormugao Port Trust, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, New Mangalore Port Trust, Deendayal Port Trust.

    Image of 5 major ports

    Image of 5 Major Ports

    Image of 5 major ports

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  • Oct 2, 2018
  • 1 📹 UPSC GS Paper 1 – Set 1 2017 (Part - 2) [ IAS Upd. ]

    Q. “Inspite of adverse environmental impact, coal mining is still inevitable for development”. Discuss (150 words): We are moving for renewable resources but coal is important for thermal power plants – those cannot be abandoned.

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    IAS Mains 2017 GS Paper 1 D

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  • 2 📹 UPSC GS Paper 1 – Set 1 2017 (Part - 1) [ IAS Upd. ]

    Q. How do you justify the view that the level of excellence of the Gupta numismatic art is not at all noticeable in later times? (150 words): Gupta Age – Golden Age of coins in India, Known for gold coins (abundance led to “rain of gold” phrase).

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    IAS Mains 2

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  • 3 Demonetization and Its Impact on Tax Collection and Formalization of the Economy [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    Reserve Bank has released its reports 2 times stating that demonetized Notes of Rs. 500 & Rs. 1000 are substantially deposited in Banks. Because most of currency came back into Banks, object of Demonetization has not succeeded.

    Image of Demonetization and its impact on Tax collection

    Image of Demonetization and Its Impact on Tax Collection

    Image of Demonetization and its impact on Tax collection

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  • 4 🌟 Hague Convention Treaty:(NCPCR) to Constitute ‘Mediation Cell’ for Cases of Child Custody (Imp.) [ Bills, Women/Minority Empowerment ]

    In order to protect interests of child whose parents living abroad have separated, govt. directed National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to form “Mediation Cell”.

    Image of Mediation Cell for Cases of Child Custody Dispute

    Image of Mediation Cell for Cases of Child Custody Dispute

    Image of Mediation Cell for Cases of Child Custody Dispute

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  • 5 RFCTLARR Act: National Monitoring Committee on Land Acquisition to Look into Displacement [ Women/Minority Empowerment ]

    Department of Land Resources in Ministry of Rural Development is nodal agency for matters relating to land acquisition. Acquisition of land for various projects is done by concerned State Govt. / UT Administrations as per provisions laid down in Land Rehabilitation Act, 1894 as w

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  • 6 🌟 National Policy on Women’S Safety (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Women/Minority Empowerment ]

    Ministry of Women & Child Development has been furnished Action Plan, which covers legal & schematic interventions to enhance safety of Women. Ministry of Home Affairs has set up Division on Women’s Safety to give focused attention to safety of women in country.

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    Image of Crimes Against Women

    Image of crimes against women

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  • 7 🌟 What is Shangri-La Dialogue? PM Modi 1st Indian PM to Deliver Keynote (Important) [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    PM Modi became 1st Indian PM to deliver keynote speech at Shangri-La Dialogue, when he addressed gathering in. Chinese Foreign Ministry welcomed PM’s remarks on India-China relations, delivered at Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, on 1st June 2018.

    Image of PM Modi 1<sup>st</sup> Indian PM to Deliver Keynote

    Image of PM Modi 1st Indian PM to Deliver Keynote

    Image of PM Modi 1st Indian PM to Deliver Keynote

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  • 8 Steps for Reducing Tax Litigations [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    GoI has decided to increase threshold monetary limits for filing Departmental Appeals at various levels, be it Appellate Tribunals, High Courts & Supreme Court in the following manner.

    Table contain shows the Appeal Fora and Present limit for filing appeal

    Table contain shows the Appeal Fora and Present limit for filing appeal

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  • Oct 1, 2018
  • 1 Dipa Karmakar Becomes First Indian to Win Gold at Gymnastics World Cup [ Sports, Awards ]

    Dipa Karmakar, one of India’s leading gymnasts, scripted history by becoming 1st Indian gymnast to win gold medal in vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey on 8th July, 2018.

    Image of Dipa Karmakar, one of India's leading gymnasts

    Image of Dipa Karmakar, One of India’s Leading Gymnasts

    Image of Dipa Karmakar, one of India’s leading gymnasts

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  • 2 Stack Dwarf Container Service from Rajkot Division of Western Railway [ Railways ]

    Indian Railways launched 1st double stack dwarf container service from Rajkot Division of Western Railway. This freight train was flagged off on 7th July, 2018 from Rajkot railway station of Western Railway during its 1st commercial operation.

    Map of Rajkot & Kanalus-based Reliance Rail Siding to Rewari

    Map of Rajkot & Kanalus-based Reliance Rail Siding to Rewari

    Map of Rajkot & Kanalus-based Reliance Rail Siding to Rewari in haryana

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  • 3 CCI Passes Lesser Penalty Provisions Against Broadcasting Service Providers [ Economy ]

    Case was taken up by Competition Commission of India (‘CCI’) under Section 19 of Competition Act, 2002 (‘the Act’) based on disclosure by Globecast India Private Limited & Globecast Asia Private Limited under Section 46 of Act read w/Competition Commission of India Regulations, 2

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  • 4 CIPET: (CSTS)- Foundation Stone Laid for New CIPET Building at Doiwala, Dehradun [ Education, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    CIPET: Centre for Skilling & Technical Support (CSTS) was inaugurated at ITI Building. Foundation stone of new Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET) Building at Doiwala, Dehradun was also laid.

    CIPET:(CSTS)- Foundation Stone Laid for new CIPET Building

    CIPET: (CSTS) - Foundation Stone Laid for New CIPET Building

    Map of CIPET: (CSTS) - Foundation Stone Laid for new CIPET Building

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