2019: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

  • Jan 16, 2019
  • 1 PhD Holders from Top 500 World Universities Eligible for Direct Recruitment as Assistant Professor [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    All PhD holders who are involved w/research programmes in India or pursuing higher education in foreign universities can rejoice now. After completing their Doctoral degree, they will be eligible for direct recruitment as assistant professors in Indian universities, according to

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  • Jan 15, 2019
  • 1 Lancet Countdown 2018 Report: India Among Worst Hit by Climate Change [ International Relations/Organizations, Environment/Ecology ]

    Lancet Countdown 2018 report has asked Indian policy makers to take series of initiatives to mitigate increased risks to health & loss of labour hours due to surge in exposure to heatwave events in country over 2012 - 2016 period.

    Image of Lancet Countdown 2018 report

    Image of Lancet Countdown 2018 Report

    Image of Lancet Countdown 2018 report

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  • 2 U.S. Jury Clears Tata Consultancy of Anti-American Bias Claims [ Economy, International Relations/Organizations ]

    In victory for Indian IT outsourcing industry, California jury unanimously sided w/Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) & said that Indian consulting major has not discriminated against non-South Asian workers in US as alleged in lawsuit.

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    Image of Indian IT Outsourcing Industry

    Image of Indian IT outsourcing industry

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  • 3 Defence Acquisition Council Approval: New Frigates to Get BrahMos [ Policy/Governance, Defense ]

    Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurements worth ₹ 3000 cr. It includes BrahMos cruise missiles for 2 stealth frigates to be procured directly from Russia & armored recovery vehicles for Army’s Arjun tanks.

    Image of Sea Defence

    Image of Sea Defence

    Image of Sea Defence

    BrahMos Super

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  • 4 🌟 ‘HIV Self-Screening Test to Become Major Game-Changer in Country’ [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    1st December marked 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. This year’s theme is ‘Know your status’. There is need for active participation by both youth & ‘at risk’ population groups.

    Image of New HIV infections among adults

    Image of New HIV Infections Among Adults

    Image of New HIV infections among adults

    HIV is Still

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  • 5 🌟 The Ethics of Gene Editing [ Science/Technology, Health, Ethics ]

    World Health Organization is creating working group to study gene editing & complex ethical, social & safety issues procedure raises. Gene-editing system called Crispr-Cas9 or Crispr is simple, cheap & effective.

    Image of Gene editing

    Image of Gene Editing

    Image of Gene editing

    • Panel will help de

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  • Jan 11, 2019
  • 1 🌟 3 New PAN Rules Effective from December 5 [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    In order to prevent tax evasion, IT Dept. changed PAN card rules. Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) making tax rules mandatory for business worth over Rs. 2.5 lakh in financial year for Permanent Account Number (PAN) will come into effect on 5th December 2018.

    Image of The PAN card

    Image of The PAN Card

    Image of The PAN card

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  • 2 S-400 Missile Deal to Be Signed During Vladimir Putin’S India Visit [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    India & Russia signed USD 5.43 billion deal for India to procure S-400 Triumf missile system from Russia. Deal was signed following 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit b/w PM & Russian President & other delegates

    Image of S-400 Missile Deal with Russia

    Image of S-400 Missile Deal with Russia

    Image of S-400 Missile Deal with Russia

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  • 3 What is APIX Technology [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Computers & ICT ]

    APIX (Application Programming Interface Exchange) is a banking technology platform launched at Fintech Festival in Singapore. Fintech platform aims to connect companies to financial institutions globally & become banking solution for 2 billion people w/o bank accounts worldwide.

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  • 4 Environment Ministry Notifies Graded Response Action Plan to Combat Air Pollution in NCR [ Policy/Governance, Health, Environment/Ecology ]

    Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC) notified Graded Response Action Plan to combat air pollution in NCR Delhi region. MoEFCC amended laws & formally tasked SC-appointed panel w/implementing graded action plan for pollution control.

    Image of MoEFCC amended laws and formally

    Image of MoEFCC Amended Laws and Formally

    Image of MoEFCC amended laws and formally

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  • Jan 10, 2019
  • 1 📹 Kurukshetra December -2018 Science & Technology for Rural India (Part-3) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Prevent Soil erosion: Several other measures are mulching, minimum tillage, no-till by direct seeding, strip cropping, agroforestry, shelter belts, & reduced stocking rates & grazing intensities, Increase soil organic matter content

    • Soil Nutrient Balance & Cycles
    • Mitigating Soil

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  • 2 📹 Kurukshetra December 2018 - Science & Technology for Rural India (Part 2) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Innovative Technologies for Higher Productivity Major changes in agricultural production took place in mid-1960s w/introduction & adaptation of new production technologies which is known as “Green Revolution” technology. Agriculture is still main livelihood of approximately half

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  • Jan 9, 2019
  • 1 PSLV-C43 Successfully Launches Earth Observation Satellite HysIS and 30 Foreign Satellites [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched country’s 1st advance earth observation satellite Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite (HysIS) along w/30 other satellites from 8 countries.

    Image of Sriharikota map

    Image of Sriharikota Map

    Image of Sriharikota map

     Image of PSLV - C43

    Image of PSLV - C43

    Image of PSLV - C43

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  • 2 Arvind Saxena Appointed UPSC Chairman [ Education, Personalities ]

    President appointed Arvind Saxena as Chairman of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC conducts examination to select bureaucrats, diplomats & police officers. He will have tenure till 7th Aug. , 2020, when he attains age of 65 years.

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    Image of Appointed UPSC Chairman

    Image of Appointed UPSC Chairman

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  • 3 GSAT-11: India’S Heaviest Communication Satellite Launched Successfully from French Guiana [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    Indian Space Research & Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched India’s heaviest & most-advanced communication satellite GSAT-11 into space. It was launched on board of Ariane 5 VA-246 rocket from Kourou Launch Base, French Guiana.

    Image of The GSAT -11

    Image of The GSAT -11

    Image of The GSAT -11

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  • 4 PM Inaugurates Mahatma Gandhi Museum at Rajkot [ Culture ]

    PM inaugurated Mahatma Gandhi Museum in Rajkot. Museum is set up at Alfred High School, which was imp. part of formative years of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji studied in Alfred High School for 4 years & completed his matriculation.

    Image of First English medium school in Saurashtra

    Image of First English Medium School in Saurashtra

    Image of First English medium school in Saurashtra

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  • Jan 8, 2019
  • 1 Steel Plant in YSR Kadapa District of Andhra Pradesh [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance ]

    Steel Ministry has reviewed preparation for establishing steel plant in YSR Kadapa dist. of Andhra Pradesh. This project was envisaged under Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014.

    Image shown Map of The Kadapa

    Image Shown Map of The Kadapa

    Image shown Map of The Kadapa

    Draft Report on Steel Plant in YS

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  • 2 Workshop on Online Course on Digital Payments Launched by NITI Aayog in Collaboration [ Policy/Governance, Computers & ICT ]

    Workshop on “Online Course on Digital Payments” was organized by FICCI & NITI Aayog. Course was developed by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) & Department of Telecommunications (DoT) w/inputs form key stakeholders targeting mid-level Govt. Officers/Academicians engaged

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  • 3 🌟 What is Open Government Data (OGD) Platform India [ Education, Computers & ICT ]

    Govt. has provided 2 lac Datasets on open data platform to provide opportunity for innovation to all. It is set-up by National Informatics Centre (NIC) in compliance w/Open Data Policy. Its objective is to provide platform for proactive access to Govt. -owned shareable data.

    Image of Open Government Platform (OGPL)

    Image of Open Government Platform (OGPL)

    Image of Open Government Platform (OGPL)

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  • Jan 5, 2019
  • 1 Who is a D-Voter, What is NRC? [ Policy/Governance, Political Science ]

    Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), published recently, includes only those able to prove they were in Assam before 1971. It excludes D- voters. Some 2.48 lakh people got D-voter tag during NRC process.

    Image of Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC)

    Image of Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC)

    Image of Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC)

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  • 2 VS Naipaul, Fiery Novelist and Nobel Laureate [ Education, International Relations/Organizations, Awards, Personalities ]

    Indian origin writer & famous British novelist Sir V. S. Naipaul died in London on 12th Aug. 2018. He was 85 years old. Naipaul was known as ‘Sir Videya’ among fans. He has written insensitivity on imp. issues like colonialism, idealism, religion & politics.

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    Image of Sir Videya

    Image of Sir Videya

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  • 3 🌟 Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General, Dies at 80 [ Education, Policy/Governance, Personalities ]

    Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General passed away after a short illness. He was 80. Kofi Annan Foundation described him as “global statesman & deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for fairer & more peaceful world”.

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    Image of Kofi Atta Annan

    Image of Kofi Atta Annan

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  • Jan 3, 2019
  • 1 Submarine-Hunting Copters for Navy and New Guns for Army [ Defense ]

    Defence Acquisition Council, DAC approved approx. 46,000 cr. rupees for procurement of services. DAC clears procurement proposal worth over Rs. 46,000 cr. for services for Indian Army & Navy.

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    Image of Shaping The Procurement Policy

    Image of Shaping The Procurement Policy

    P

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  • 2 Government Begins Consolidation of Regional Rural Banks [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    Govt. has begun work on consolidation of regional rural banks along w/public sector lenders & intends to bring down number to 36 from existing 56. Centre has initiated consultations w/states as they are one of sponsors of RRBs in country. Sponsor banks are preparing blueprint for

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  • 3 🌟 Human Development Index Report 2018 [ Policy/Governance ]

    As per latest human development ranking released by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), India has climbed one spot to 130 out of 189 countries. In 2010, figures were 46 & 49 countries, respectively.

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    Image of HDI Report 2018

    Image of HDI Report 2018

    Key-Highlights of

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  • 4 ‘Robotic Skins’ Can Now Turn Inanimate Objects into Complex Robots [ Science/Technology ]

    Researchers from Yale University have developed type of skin that allows users to turn inanimate objects into movable things & everyday objects into robots. This type of skin is developed in lab of Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio.

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    Image of Type of Skins

    Image of Type of Skins

    Robot

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  • Jan 2, 2019
  • 1 What is Block Chain? Reliance Receives India’S First LC Payment Via Block Chain [ Science/Technology, Economy, Computers & ICT ]

    HSBC Holdings has executed letter of credit (LC) payment using block chain for export by Reliance Industries to US-based Tricon Energy. Block chain technology offers way for untrusted parties to reach consensus on common digital history.

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    Image of Block Chain Technology

    Image of Block Chain Technology

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  • 2 JK Lakshmipat University Opens Admissions for Pinnacle MBA 2019 [ University Entrance Upd. ]

    -JK Laksmipat University has announced admissions for the fresh batch of Pinnacle MBA 2019. The Pinnacle MBA programme has been designed in consultation with Industry with a good blend of academics, industry exposure and personal mentoring by industry professionals.

    -The foundin

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  • 3 Cabinet Approves National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems [ Education, Science/Technology, Policy/Governance, Computers & ICT ]

    Union Cabinet has approved launching of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS). It will be implemented by Department of Science &Technology under Ministry of Science & Technology for period of 5 years.

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    Image of The NM-ICPS

    Image of The NM-ICPS

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  • 4 🌟 Cabinet Approves Implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam (National Project) on River Ravi in Punjab [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Union Cabinet has approved implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam Project on river Ravi in Punjab. It has approved central assistance of Rs. 485.38 cr. (for irrigation component) over 5 years period from 2019 to 2023.

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    Image of Ravi River

    Image of Ravi River

    Image of Cabinet Approves Implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam

    Image of Cabinet Approves Implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam

    Image of Cabinet Approves Implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam

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