2018: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Feb 8, 2018
  • 1 📹 Economic Survey 2018 - Vol. 1, Ch. 6: Climate, Climate Change, and Agriculture [ Economy ]

    📹 Introduction- The last few seasons have witnessed a problem of plenty: farm revenues declining for a number of crops despite increasing production and market prices falling below the Minimum Support Price (MSP).

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  • 2 Economic Survey 2018 - Vol. 1, Ch.5: Is there a “Late Converger Stall” in Economic Development? [ Economy ]

    Introduction- Economic convergence, the process of poorer countries “catching-up” with richer countries and closing gaps in standards of living, has been a big driver of some of these developments.

    • Since the mid-1980s, the process of catch-up has broadened; the rate of catch-up

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  • 3 Economic Survey 2018 - Vol. 1, Ch.4: Reconciling Fiscal Federalism & Accountability [ Economy ]

    What is taxation? - Taxation is not just for raising state revenue but can be critically important for economic and political development. Taxation is the economic glue that binds citizens to the state in a necessary two-way relationship.

    Direct Taxes and Indirect Taxes

    • Direct

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  • 4 Economic Survey 2018 -Vol. 1, Ch.3: Investment & Saving Slowdowns & Recoveries: Insights [ Economy ]

    Investment (gross fixed capital formation) rate and gross domestic saving rate, at present are actually above the levels that prevailed throughout the 1990s. The investment decline has been so gradual, the magnitude of the shortfall so far is relatively less severe – it remains a

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  • 5 Economic Survey 2018 - Vol.1,Ch.2: a New,Exciting Bird’S-EYE View of Indian Economy Through the GST [ Economy ]

    As an information repository, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) embodies and heralds a radical alteration and enlargement in the understanding of the Indian economy. The distribution of the GST base among the states is closely linked to their Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP)

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  • 6 📹 Economic Survey 2018 - Vol.1, Ch. 1:State of the Economy: Analytical Overview and Outlook for Policy [ Economy ]

    Overview: short term: - 1. GST 📹. The past year has been marked by some major reforms. The transformational Goods and Service Tax (GST) was launched in July 2017. With a policy change of such scale, scope, and complexity, the transition unsurprisingly encountered challenges of po

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  • 7 The Economic Survey - 2018 [ Economy ]

    The Economic survey can be divided in to 2 volumes. The details of each and every chapter will be covered in detailed in separate sections. These are really important for your answer writing as some of the questions are directly clear from the sections for example, cooperative co

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  • Feb 7, 2018
  • 1 📹 International Court of Justice & Election of Judges [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Next Week! ! Economic Survey 2017 - 18 📹 - Why this Topic? Dalveer Bhandari representing India has been re-elected as ICJ judge. His reelection would lend support to Kulbhushan Jadhav case currently pending before the court.

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  • 2 Photovoltaic Road Tested in China [ Science/Technology ]

    China successfully tested its first photovoltaic (solar) highway based on home-grown technology in country’s eastern Shandong province and became the second country in the world to construct a photovoltaic highway. The road provides wireless charging systems for electric vehicles

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  • 3 🌟 What are UAY and IMPRINT? Schemes for Providing Research Facilities (Important) [ Education, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Government is focused on improving quality of education and research in Higher Education Institutions and has taken number of steps in this direction. Establishment of Inter University Centers (IUCs) that provide state-of-the art equipment and facilities.

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    Image of UAY and IMPRINT

    Image of UAY and IMPRINT

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  • 4 Warning Labels Compulsory on Fast Food [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    To help consumers make an informed choice, FSSAI has decided to revise its labelling regulation making it mandatory to declare total fat, added sugar, salt, trans fat and energy per serving along with its contribution to Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) on front of pack label.

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  • 5 🌟 Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017 (Important) [ Economy, Bills ]

    The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 (FRDI Bill) replaces existing resolution regime to provide a comprehensive resolution regime which ensures, in the rare event of failure of a financial service provider, a system of quick, orderly and efficient resolution

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  • 6 🌟 Recommendations of Shekatkar Committee (Important) [ Defense, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    A Committee of Experts (CoE) constituted by Ministry of Defence under the chairmanship of Lt Gen (Retd) DB Shekatkar recommend measures to enhance combat capability and rebalance defence expenditure of the armed forces.

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    Image of Recommendations of Shekatkar Committee

    Image of Recommendations of Shekatkar Committee

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  • Feb 6, 2018
  • 1 🌟 What is Ash Content in Indian Coal? Difference Between Drift Theory & in-Situ Coal Seam (Important) [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance, Geography ]

    Quality of Coal (ash content in the coal) is one of the important factors, which directly affects the power generation in the thermal power plant. Poor quality of coal or high ash content in coal reduces the efficiency of the steam power plant.

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    Image of Drift Theory & In-situ Coal

    Image of Drift Theory & In-situ Coal

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  • 2 Construction, Operation and Maintenance of 2-Lane Bi-Directional Zojila Tunnel [ Defense, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Cabinet Committee gave approval for the construction, operation, and maintenance of 2-lane bi-directional Zojila Tunnel with Parallel Escape (Egress) Tunnel on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode.

    Image of All-Weather Road

    Image of All-Weather Road

    Image of All-Weather Road

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  • 3 What is a Jute Year? What is ICARE? Government Schemes for Boosting Jute Industry [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Recently Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave approval for mandatory packaging of food grains and sugar in the jute material for the Jute Year 2017 - 18 to sustain the core demand for the jute sector and support the livelihood of the workers and farmers dependent on the sec

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  • Feb 5, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Jal Marg Vikas Project for Enhanced Navigation on the Haldia-Varanasi Stretch (Important) [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs gave approval for Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) for capacity augmentation of navigation on National Waterway-1 (NW-1) at cost of Rs. 5369.18 crore with the technical assistance and investment support of the World Bank. The Project is expe

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  • 2 🌟 What is Jadhva Committee? Jadhav Guidelines for Allocation of Funds (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Jadhav guidelines were supposed to be followed for calculating due allocations for SCs and STs for the current year. The allocation is done as per the guidelines of Dr. Narendra Jadhav Committee constituted by the erstwhile Planning Commission.

    Chart of ST SC budget allocation

    Chart of ST SC Budget Allocation

    Chart of ST SC budget allocation

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  • 3 Government Initiatives for Eradication of Begging (Child Protection Services) [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    India is making efforts to eradicate begging, there are over 4 lakh beggars who are spread across the country. CNCP are defined under section 2 (14) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 (JJ Act) respectively.

    Map poverty rates In India 2012

    Map Poverty Rates In India 2012

    Map poverty rates In India 2012

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  • 4 First Digital Online Oncology Tutorial [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    The first digital Online Oncology Tutorial Series designed by the Tata Memorial Center in collaboration with the Health Ministry was launched as part of a national program to be rolled out across the country by Tata Memorial Centre in collaboration with state governments.

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    Image of Oncology in India Stats

    Image of oncology in India stats

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  • 5 🌟 What is the Commercial Arm of ISRO? What is Commercial Use of Space? (Important) [ Space/ISRO ]

    Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), the commercial arm of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), successfully launched 209 foreign satellites from 29 countries under a commercial arrangement.

    Image of Commercial Satellite Manufacturing in 2016

    Image of Commercial Satellite Manufacturing in 2016

    Image of Commercial Satellite Manufacturing in 2016

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  • Feb 4, 2018
  • 1 Sabarimala Temple Cleanliness (PPP CSR Cleanliness Initiative) [ Policy/Governance, Environment/Ecology ]

    In 2015, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited joined hands with the organizers of the Sabarimala pilgrimage to support an initiative to clean up waste accumulated during the pilgrimage period.

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    Image of Cleaning of Sabrimala Temple

    Image of Cleaning of sabrimala temple

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  • 2 Mahram and Muslim Women on Haj [ Policy/Governance ]

    A mahram is a kin with whom marriage would be considered haram (illegal in Islam) or people from whom purdah is not obligatory or legal escorts of a woman during journey longer than a day and night (24 hours).

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    Image of Mahram

    Image of Mahram

    • According to the Ministry of Min

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  • 3 What is Bombogenesis? [ Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    Bombogenesis is a popular term that describes a mid-latitude cyclone that rapidly intensifies. It means rapidly deepening extra tropical cyclonic low-pressure area. Other names for Bombogenesis: Explosive cyclogenesis.

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    Image of Bombogenesis

    Image of Bombogenesis

    • Weather bomb

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  • 4 🌟 What are Poll Bonds? Life of 15 Days, Donor Name Secret but KYC Must (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Political Science ]

    Electoral Bond is a financial instrument for donating to political parties. These are issued by Scheduled Commercial banks upon authorization from the Central Government to intending donors, but only against cheque and digital payments- it cannot be purchased by paying cash. Thes

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  • 5 🌟 What is NRC? 1.9 Crore Legal Citizens in First National Register of Citizens Draft (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Political Science ]

    Total of 1.9 crore names were released by Assam in the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) from total number of applicants 3.29 crores. The rest of the names after verification will be out in another draft.

    Image of Assam releases a list of 1.9 crore legal citizens

    Image of Assam Releases a List of 1.9 Crore Legal Citizens

    Image of Assam releases a list of 1.9 crore legal citizens

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  • Feb 1, 2018
  • 1 Launch of E-HRMS by Government [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    What is e-HRMS? : e-HRMS is an electronic tool for human resource management system, An online platform for central government employees to apply for leave and access their service-related information.

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    Image of EHRMS Features

    Image of eHRMS Features

    • Enables employees to see

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  • 2 What is Blue Flag Certification? Launch of Blue Flag Pilot Project for Beach Clean-Up [ Environment/Ecology, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has launched pilot project ‘Blue Flag’ to develop and enhance standards of cleanliness on beaches. Increase upkeep and basic amenities at beaches.

    Image of Blue Flag Certification

    Image of Blue Flag Certification

    Image of Blue Flag Certification


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  • 3 Successful Launch of Chinese Remote Sensing Satellites of Yaogan-30 Project [ Science/Technology ]

    China launched remote sensing satellites from Xichang Satellite launch centre in the southwest Sichuan province. This launch was the third batch of the Yaogan-30 project. The launch is the 260th mission of the Long March rocket family.

    Launches remote sensing satellites of Yaogan-30 project

    Launches Remote Sensing Satellites of Yaogan-30 Project

    Launches remote sensing satellites of Yaogan-30 project

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  • Jan 31, 2018
  • 1 📹 Yojana January 2018 Summary: Banking Reforms (Part - 2) [ Yojana ]

    📹 📝 Resolving Insolvency: India improved ease of doing business world ranking by 30 places to 103rd position than previous 136th rank in 2017. Insolvency and Bankruptcy code with Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India in 2016 – insolvency arises when firm cannot pay its dues t

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