2019: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

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  • Jul 8, 2019
  • 1 Virat Kohli Named ‘Leading Cricketer’ for the Third Successive Time by Wisden [ Sports ]

    Virat Kohli was named leading cricketer of the year for 3rd successive time by The Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack. Kohli was picked as one of the five Wisden Cricketers along with England’s Tammy Beaumont, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Rory Burns.

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  • 2 Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu Won Record Fifth Term in Office [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won the elections of 2019 for the fifth time after being backed by a majority of Parliament members to form a new government, after the April 9 election.

    Altogether 97 percent of the votes were counted; neither of his rivals was able to capt

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  • Jul 5, 2019
  • 1 🌟 International Conference on Primary Health Care, Kazakhstan [ International Relations/Organizations, Important Days ]

    The Astana Declaration of 2018 held on Oct 25 and 26 aimed to refocus efforts on primary health care to ensure that everyone everywhere is able to enjoy the highest possible attainable standard of health.

    The Declaration of Astana reaffirms the historic 1978 Declaration of Alma-

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  • 2 Kumbh Sanitation Plan [ Environment/Ecology, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Kumbh Mela of 2019 succeeded in a big way to send out a message of sanitation to the society. Kumbh Mela is being held in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj from January 15 to March 4. Nearly lakhs of pilgrims attend this fair over the course of approximately 55 auspicious days to bat

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  • 3 Indian Railways Launched “Mission Satyanistha” a Program on Ethics in Public Governance [ Policy/Governance, Railways ]

    Programme on Ethics in Public Governance was organised by Indian Railways and on this day the Mission Satyanistha was launched by Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Railways & Coal.

    Abou

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  • Jul 3, 2019
  • 1 World’S First Malaria Vaccine Launched in Malawi [ Space/ISRO ]

    Government of Malawi’s launched the world’s first malaria vaccine on World Malaria Day on 25th April. It was launched as pilot programme. Vaccine known as RTS, S will be made available to children up to 2 years and below in 3 African countries Malawi, Ghana and Kenya.

    According

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  • 2 The Southernmost Polling Booth of India Witnessed Zero Voters [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Southernmost Polling Booth of India is situated at Shompen Hut in the Great Nicobar Island of the Andaman and Nicobar Lok Sabha Constituency. The booth is around 20km from the southernmost point of the Indian Subcontinent Indira Point.

    Not a single voter turned up to the pol

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  • 3 The Prime Minister Conferred with Russia’S Highest State Decoration [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations ]

    Moscow awarded Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Russia’s highest state decoration, Order of St Andrew. He was awarded for his exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries.

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  • 4 Quetta Blast in Pakistan [ International Relations/Organizations, Disaster Management ]

    In an improvised explosive device attack targeting the minority Hazra Community as many as 16 people lost their life. The attack took place in a green grocer’s shop. The explosive device was planted in a gunny sack filled with potatoes.

    As many as 30 people were injured in this

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  • 5 Event Horizon Telescope [ Science/Technology ]

    It is a large Telescope array consisting of a global network of radio Telescopes. It combines data from several very long baseline interferometry stations around the Earth. The Event Horizon Telescope project is an international collaboration launched in 2009 after a long period

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  • Jun 27, 2019
  • 1 Electricity Production Using Falling Snow [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    Device has been designed as only a first of its kind 3D Printed Device that can produce electricity from falling snow by the researchers at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) .

    The device is called snow based triboelectric Nano-generator or snow TENG. It generates char

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  • 2 Artificial Atoms Created for Quantum Computing [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    Scientists have created artificial atoms that generate single photon, to develop all-optical quantum computing. An artificial atom is an object with discrete energy levels for electrons. Semiconductor quantum dot is example of this.

    Quantum dots are tiny semiconductor particles

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  • 3 The Israel’S Spacecraft Crashed on Moon Moments Before Landing [ Space/ISRO ]

    The Israel’s Spacecraft named Beresheet crashed on moon just few moments before its landing. The same spacecraft was previously known as sparrow later on in 2018 it was renamed as Beresheet.

    This spacecraft was sent with an aim to take pictures and conduct experiments.

    This Spa

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  • Jun 26, 2019
  • 1 World’S First 3D Printed Heart Unveiled by Israeli Scientists [ Science/Technology ]

    In a major breakthrough in the field of Science & Technology Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue. Scientists are hopeful that very soon they would be able to produce hearts suitable for transplant into humans along with the patches to regenerate

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  • Jun 25, 2019
  • 1 Cassini-Space Research Mission Of NASA Reveals Lakes of Liquid Methane On Saturn’s Moon [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    Cassini - Space research mission is a joint space project between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Italian Space Agency to study the planet Saturn and its system, including its rings and natural satellites.

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  • 2 First Earth Sized Alien World Discovered by NASA’S Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is a space telescope for NASA’s Explorers program. This satellite has been designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method in an area 400 times larger than that covered by the Kepler mission.

    This Earth Sized Alien World has b

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  • 3 Indonesia Votes for Its President in World’S Biggest One-Day Election [ Policy/Governance ]

    The President Joko Widodo contested re-election against the former General Prabowo Subianto in 2019. The President Widodo already defeated Subianto in 2014 elections by a narrow margin.

    • The President Joko Widodo is a furniture businessman who entered politics 14 years ago as a

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  • Jun 22, 2019
  • 1 Lithium-Ion Batteries Recycling Process Improved by the Researchers [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance ]

    Introduction: A lithium-ion battery or Li-ion battery is a type of rechargeable battery, first proposed by chemist M Stanley Whittingham at Exxon in the 1970s. Lithium-ion batteries are commonly used for portable electronics and electric vehicles and are growing in popularity for

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  • 2 Kurukshetra June 2019 Water Issues (Part-1) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Key Topics Included In This Article: Water Availability in Rural Areas, Govt. Initiatives, Community & water Quality mgmt. , Availability of Safe & clean Water, Drinking Water Situation in Rural India, Water & public Health, Drinking Water Quality Monitoring, Role of Gram Pancha

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  • 3 Kurukshetra June 2019 Water Issues (Part-2) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Community & Water Quality Management: Community has an important role in maintaining not only hygiene near drinking water sources, in improving ways & means by which water is collected & storage to avoid contamination during collection storage & use.

    NITI Aayog had recommended

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  • 4 Kurukshetra June 2019 Water Issues (Part-3) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Broadly these practices could be classified into following three categories: Obstructing/diverting flow of stream/river, Storage in wells/step wells/below ground level storage structure, Collection & use of rainwater on surface, Annual cleaning of ponds, conservation of forests,

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  • 5 Kurukshetra June 2019 Water Issues (Part-4) [ Kurukshetra ]

    definedSystem such as headworks, treatment plant, machinery & equipment, conveying mains, service reservoirs & distribution system etc. , effectively by various technical personnel as a routine function.

    • Maintenance is as act od keeping structures, plants, . Machinery & equipme

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  • 6 Kurukshetra June 2019 Water Issues (Part-5) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Anicut: It is a structure constructed across a stream. It uses an earth fill section w/a spillway & is designed to hold sufficient water to submerge a substantial upstream area during rainy season.

    Dysfunctional State of TRH Structures

    • Main reasons for dysfunctional state of T

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  • 7 Kurukshetra June 2019 Water Issues (Part-6) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Promoting Yoga: Features & Benefits: Yoga is journey of self, thru self, to self. “- Bhagavad Gita Awareness about yoga techniques have amplified after announcement of holding International Day of Yoga (IDY) every year on 21th June. IDY was suggested by India at 69th session of

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  • Jun 21, 2019
  • 1 Indian Govt.’S Vision – SAGAR in 33rd Edition of India-Indonesia Coordinated Petrol [ International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    33rd edition of India Indonesia Coordinated Petrol was commenced at Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands to be held from 19 Mar to 04 Apr 2019 aiming to underscore India’s peaceful presence and unanimity w/friendly Maritime neighbor countries to ensure good order in the maritime

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  • 2 Exercise SEA Vigil – Coastal Defence Exercise [ Defense ]

    The maiden national level Coastal Defence Exercise conducted from 22 - 23 Jan. 2019 by Indian Navy witnessing simultaneous activation of coastal security apparatus across the country including maritime stakeholders at the Centre & all 13 Coastal States & Union Territories.

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  • 3 IN Ships to Participate in International Fleet Review at Qingdao, China [ Defense ]

    In the International Fleet Review as a part of 70th anniversary celebrations of PLA (People’s Liberation Army) Navy IN ships Kolkata & Shakti are scheduled to arrive Qingdao, China on 21st April 2019. The harbour stay of IN ships will be marked by interaction between personnel of

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  • Jun 19, 2019
  • 1 Parallel Taxi Track Operation by All Women Crew [ Women/Minority Empowerment ]

    For IAF, “OTTERS” squadron of Western Air Command has undertaken Parallel Taxi Track (PTT) Operations with full women crew in Dornier 228 aircraft. The pilots, Sqn Leader Kamaljeet Kaur & her co-pilot Sqn Leader Rakhi Bhandari carried out successful parallel taxi track landing &

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  • 2 MoU Between IBBI & SEBI for Better Implementation of IBC [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    IBBI & SEBI signed a MoU pursuing effective implementation of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (Code) with its redefined rules & regulations of debt-equity relationship. MoU aiming to promote entrepreneurship & debt market. The MoU was signed by Executive Director, SEBI and E

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  • 3 Indo-Shri Lanka Joint Exercise Mitra Shakti – VI [ International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    Mitra Shakti Exercise is annually conducted as part of military diplomacy & interaction between armies of India & Shri Lanka aiming to build & promote close relations between armies of both countries & to increase the ability of joint exercise commander to take military groups of

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