2019: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

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  • Jul 31, 2019
  • 1 GST- Goods and Services Tax [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    The Goods and Services Tax is an indirect tax which is a comprehensive multistage, destination based tax imposed in India on the supply of Goods and Services. “One nation, One indirect tax” is the dictum of GST which is expected to make India one unified common market.

    The idea

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  • 2 Bihar Encephalitis Outbreak [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    Brain-fever or Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) outbreak in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district has killed more than 60 children below age of 10. Nearly 150 children have died and many more are still under critical condition in a recent outbreak of AES locally known as Chamki Bukhaar.

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  • 3 PRASAD Scheme Cites [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    To develop pilgrimage and heritage destinations in the country, Government has included Gangotri, Yamunotri in Uttarakhand, Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh and Parasnath in Jharkhand under Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASAD).

    The number of si

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  • Jul 30, 2019
  • 1 Brief on SIMBEX-19 [ International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    With the successful completion of naval exercise IMDEX-19, the Kolkata Class Destroyers Indian Naval Ships namely INS Kolkata and INS Shakti participated in SIMBEX -2019. SIMBEX- 2019: India-singapore bilateral Maritime exercise.

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  • 2 Radio Rib Antenna of RITSAT-2B [ Science/Technology, Defense ]

    Radial Rib antenna (RRA) is a world class technology demonstrated in-orbit on 22.05. 2019 at 2: 20 pm IST in the RISAT-2B spacecraft. This 3.6 metre antenna was folded & stowed during launch and later successfully unfurled & deployed in-orbit. The deployment was completed in 7 mi

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  • 3 National Training Workshop of Master Trainers for 7thEconomic Census [ Policy/Governance ]

    National Training Workshop of Masters Trainers is a comprehensive training strategy to impart training to trainers engaged in upcoming 7th Economic Census held at Indian Habitat Center, New Delhi.

    Ministry of Statistics & Program Implementation (MoSPI) organised this event.

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  • 4 Campaign Launched to Raise Awareness on Illegal Wildlife Trade [ Environment/Ecology, Geography ]

    An awareness campaign named ‘Not all animals migrate by choice’ was launched ahead of International Day of Biological Diversity celebrated on May 22. This campaign was displayed at major airports across India.

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  • 5 The Teenage Climate activist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize [ International Relations/Organizations, Environment/Ecology, Awards, Newspaper Editorials ]

    Greta Thunberg is a Swedish school girl who has inspired an international movement to fight climate change. She has been nominated as a candidate to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

    She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by three Norwegian Lawmakers.

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  • Jul 29, 2019
  • 1 Inauguration of India’S Navy Service Selection Board at Kolkata [ Defense ]

    Indian Navy’s Services Selection Board Inaugurated at Diamond Harbour, near Kolkata. It is Spreaded over an area of 27 acres on the banks of the river Hooghly, SSB (Kolkata) has the capacity to screen approximately 5000 officer-candidates annually.

    • This is the fifth Service Sele

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  • 2 Protecting Ongole Cattle Breed [ Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    Vice President of India called for protecting and promoting the indigenous Ongole cattle breed which became popular all over the World. He released a Compendium on Ongole breed of cattle at the Swarna Bharat Trust in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.

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  • 3 ‘SPARROW-CBIC’ Project for Online Writing of APAR [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    This Project leverages modern technology for enhancing the overall efficiency and morale of the huge workforce working in Central GST and Customs formations of CBIC. The Project is an important milestone in the journey towards digitisation and paper less working. It includes ove

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  • 4 WTO Ministerial Meeting of Developing Countries [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India will be hosting a World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial meeting of developing countries in New Delhi on 13 - 14 May 2019. The main aim of the Ministerial Meeting was to discuss various challenges being faced by multilateral rules-based-trading system.

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  • Jul 24, 2019
  • 1 DRDO Successfully Conducted the Flight Test of ABHYAS [ Science/Technology, Defense ]

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted successful flight test of ABHYAS - High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) from Interim Test Range, Balasore, Chandipur in Odisha.

    Various RADARS and Electro Optic Systems were used to track the flight test.

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  • 2 Heat Wave AES Down to Earth 1-15 July 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Heat Wave: IMD – declares 40 degree Celsius and more as heat wave: - Kerala – recovering form flood to discomforts of heat in March: - 125-odd days, heat waves swept 23 states and Union Territories (UTs); each enduring at least one spell. Since then, there have been 86 spells of

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  • 3 📹 Circular Economy Rwanda Vs. USA Trade Issues Down to Earth 16-30 June 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Clothing – The Real Picture: - Globally, clothing production doubled between 2000 and 2015. During the period the number of garments purchased each year increased by 60%, Average number of times a garment was worn before disposal declined by 36%. More than US $500 billion worth o

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  • 4 The GOI & IIT-Delhi to Set Up a Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies [ Science/Technology, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for setting up a Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies.

    This includes implementation of susta

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  • 5 FTII -Pune Has Been Granted Approval for Five Courses Under Applied Arts and Crafts Category [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The All India Council for Technical Education has given approval to the Film and Television Institute of India for launching five courses. sFTII is the first and only institute in the country to receive such recognition in this category.

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  • Jul 23, 2019
  • 1 Mediation Work to Resolve Ayodhya Dispute [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Ayodhya (Ram-Mandir Babri-Masjid) dispute has been referred to a panel of three mediators by a Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court. The panels’s main objective is to ensure the Supreme Court whether there can be a resolution to the dispute other than the court verdict o

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  • 2 Bilateral Exercise Between India and France Varun Conducted Off Goa Coast [ International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    The first part of the joint naval exercise, ‘Varuna’, was conducted from May 1 - 10 off the Goa coast. The first phase of a mega naval exercise off the coast of Goa aimed at developing inter-operability between the two forces in dealing with various security challenges.

    The seco

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  • 3 ICAT - a World Class Automotive Testing Centre [ International Relations/Organizations, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), Manesar is located in the northern automotive hub of India. It is a leading world class automotive testing, certification and R&D service provider under the aegis of NATRiP (National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastruc

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  • Jul 22, 2019
  • 1 Yojana July 2019 - Citizen Centric E-Services (Part 1) [ Yojana ]

    Key Topics Included In This Article: - BPO Movement, National Policy on Software Products, Key NCoG Projects, Pan India Network, Data Centres: A Host to e Governance Applications, Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), Geospatial Technology, Video Conferencing, Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digi

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  • 2 Yojana July 2019 - Citizen Centric E-Services (Part 2) [ Yojana ]

    Digital Infrastructure: Core of Governance: -Pan India Network: NICNET, Pan India communication network for exclusive use of Govt. has continuously evolved since 1980s in terms of its geographical expansion, state of art technology, reliability as well as security architecture.

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  • 3 Yojana July 2019 - Citizen Centric E-Services (Part 3) [ Yojana ]

    Fostering Right Ecosystem-A Software Products –Led Approach: Preamble: - 181 billion dollar IT BPM industry has been services led & exports driven. It has reaped remarkable results driven & in turn, our industry has becomes a global powerhouse in IT services sector. NASSCOM Stra

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  • 4 Yojana July 2019 - Citizen Centric E-Services (Part 4) [ Yojana ]

    ICT Enabled Farm Centric Agricultural Services: Agricultural Commodity Value System (AVS) of a farmer & India has been blessed w/about 400 Agricultural Commodity Value Systems. Indian agricultural system is confronted, inadequate factors of production, weather uncertainties, mult

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  • 5 Lokpal - Powers & Bills [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The public interest in the Republic Of India is represented by an anti-corruption wing or body of ombudsman better known as The Lokpal. Lokpal has authority to inquire into allegations of corruptions subjected to the central government and its public functionaries.

    Pinaki Chandr

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  • Jul 20, 2019
  • 1 The BJP Was Committed to Passing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Political Science ]

    The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 provided for according Indian Citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after 7 years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the current norm even if they do

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  • 2 China Builds Rail Line in Sri Lanka Under Its Belt and Road Initiative [ International Relations/Organizations, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Geography ]

    China’s Belt and Road Initiative Programme is to connect Asia with Africa and Europe via land and maritime networks along six corridors. The aim is to improve regional integration increasing trade and stimulating the economic growth.

    This was the first rail line to be built in S

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  • 3 Panama Papers (Important) [ Economy, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Panama Papers are the leaked documents of 11.5m files from the database of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca revealing the financial confidential details of the Politicians and Public figures. Panama is a country in Central America situated between

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  • Jul 19, 2019
  • 1 Enforcement Directorate & the Income Tax Department [ Economy, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Enforcement Directorate is a part of the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, and Government of India whose primary task is to enforce economic laws and counted the economic crime in India. It is a law enforcement agency and economic intelligence agency of officers fro

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  • 2 India’S Big Data Election [ Political Science ]

    India has a Parliamentary system of Government under the Constitution of India. The power is distributed between the union, or central government and the states. Lok Sabha Polls of 2019 were about Big Data, algorithms, analytics and artificial intelligence (AI).

    The Election Com

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