2019: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

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  • Sep 17, 2019
  • 1 ISRO Technical Liaison Unit at Moscow [ Science/Technology, International Relations/Organizations ]

    In a significant development towards the field of Science and Technology, the Union Cabinet has approved setting up of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Technical Liaison Unit (ITLU) at Moscow, Russia.

    This ISRO unit is mandated to collaborate with Space agencies and ind

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  • Sep 15, 2019
  • 1 Liquidity Infusion of Rs 10,000 Crore to Be Provided to HFCs [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    With an aim to boost lending and accelerate growth, the housing sector regulator (National Housing Bank) has opened a liquidity infusion facility of Rs. 10000 crore for Housing Finance Companies (HFCs). This is expected to improve liquidity in sector.

    This would also enable comp

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  • 2 20 Institutions of Eminence Released [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    A list of 20 institutes-10 public and 10 private have been recommended recommended for Institutions of Eminence or IoE status under the supervision of the University Grants Commission or UGC which is also the higher education regulator.

    The private institutions proposed under IO

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  • 3 Framework to tax big Tech Companies [ International Relations/Organizations, Newspaper Editorials ]

    The govt. of India is likely to set a revenue threshold of Rs. 20 crore and a limit of 500,000 users above which non-resident technology companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter will have to pay direct taxes on profits earned locally.

    These limits are to be introduced as p

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  • 4 Offer of E-Tourist Visa Fee Based on Tourist Footfall [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Indian government has planned to offer a flexible e-tourist visa regime for more than 160 countries based on tourist footfall. The e-tourist visa fee would be higher for peak season of July to March whereas the fee would be lower during lean period of April to June. The main

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  • 5 Defence Procurement Procedure to Be Reviewed by a New Committee [ Defense, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    To strengthen ‘Make in India’ initiative, a new committee has been approved by the Union Minister of Defence. This new committee shall review the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2016 and Defence Procurement Manual (DPM) 2009 as both the procurements have been withstanding for

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  • 6 Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha Drive Launched for School Students [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    To create awareness among the school students across the country, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) launched Samagra Shiksha-Jal Suraksha drive on 9th August 2019. A similar scheme known as Jal Sanchay was launched by the Prime Minster of India as part of Jal Sha

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  • Sep 13, 2019
  • 1 SDG Dashboard Launched [ Science/Technology, International Relations/Organizations, Health ]

    India’s first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) dashboard was launched by Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) in a bid to effectively track country’s progress on Agenda 2030 adopted by UN. The Dashboard was launched on occasion of National Statistic

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  • 2 Tamil Yeoman Tamil Nadu’S State Butterfly [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Butterfly species Tamil yeoman (Cirrochroa thais) has been officially declared as state butterfly of Tamil Nadu. Earlier this species was notified by an order on lines of the State Tree (Palm), Bird (Emerald Dove), Flower (Gloriosa) and Animal (Nilgiri Tahr). Cirrochroa thais is

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  • 3 Setting Up of Chief of Defence Staff Post [ Defense, Appointments ]

    In a significant development in the field of Defence, the Prime Minster of India on 15th Aug 2019 announced the institution of the office of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). This Chief of Defense Staff will be above the three service levels Army, Navy and the Airforce. This announce

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  • 4 Agricultural Mechanization for in-Situ Management [ Policy/Governance, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    In a significant development in the field of Agriculture, Agro Industry & Allied Activities, a special scheme has been approved to support the efforts of the Governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and NCT of Delhi to address air pollution. This includes subsidization of

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  • Sep 11, 2019
  • 1 Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Ethics ]

    The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012 was formulated in order to effectively address sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children. The Act ensures to put children first emphasizing child-friendly reporting, recording of evidence, investigation a

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  • 2 New Lizard Species Named After Lord Indra [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology ]

    A new lizard species has been found in micro raptor stomach and it has been named after Lord Indra. This lizard represents a new species-Indrasaurus Wangi unlike any previously known. Microraptor is a genus of small, four-winged paravian dinosaurs who would normally eat fish, mam

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  • 3 Yojana August 2019 : Citizen Centric e-Services (Part - 1) [ Yojana ]

    Key Topics Included In This Article: Macro economic Outlook, Measures for attracting Foreign/Domestic Investment, InFinance Act, 2019 (Interim Budget), Jal Shakti Abhiyan, Har Ghar Jal, Mission for Urban Rejuvenation, Metro Projects: Connecting City, Swachha Bharat Mission (Urba

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  • 4 Yojana August 2019 : Citizen Centric e-Services (Part - 2) [ Yojana ]

    Transforming Urban India: -Missions for Urban Rejuvenation: Govt. embarked on one of most comprehensive programmes of planned & systematic urban development w/launch of various flagship missions to bring about a transformative change in lives of people w/inclusive participative

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  • 5 Yojana August 2019 : Citizen Centric E-Services (Part - 3) [ Yojana ]

    Budget 2019 - 20: Some Reflections: -A few of these basic facts are summarized below: Budget aims at 7 % GDP growth rate. Average growth rate during last five years has been 7.5 %. There is a declaration of an intent to become a 5 trillion economy by 2024. Survey also informs th

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  • 6 Yojana August 2019 : Citizen Centric E-Services (Part - 4) [ Yojana ]

    Welfare & Empowerment of Marginalized Thru. Budgetary Interventions: Current Govt. has clearly visualized development w/following visions to make it real: Building physical & social Infrastructure;

    Digital India reaching every sector of economy; Pollution free India w/green Mot

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  • 7 Agri-Business Incubation Centre in Chhattisgarh [ Policy/Governance, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    Union Agriculture Ministry has set up an Agri Business Incubation Centre in Chhattisgarh. The centre is set up by Agriculture Ministry Indira Gandhi Agriculture University of Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Agri Business Incubation Centre is set up under National Agriculture Development Sc

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  • 8 Jaipur Shortlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site [ Culture ]

    The Pink city of India Jaipur, known for its iconic architectural legacy and vibrant culture, made an official entry into UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage Site list. The decision was taken at 43rd session of UNESCO World Her

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  • Sep 11, 2019
  • 1 The Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill 2019 [ Health, Bills, Down-to-Earth ]

    The Minister of Labour and Employment introduced The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2019 in Lok Sabha. All establishments employing at least 10 workers along with mines and docks comes under this Code Bill Policy. For certain types of establishments and

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  • 2 Centre Educational Institutions Bill, 2019 Passed [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    The Parliament of India has passed the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill, 2019 has been passed by the Parliament. The bill was passed in Lok Sabha on 1st July 2019 later on 3 July 2019 the same was passed by the Rajya Sabha. The Bill has repla

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  • Sep 9, 2019
  • 1 Addition of 500GW of Renewable Energy to Electricity Grid by 2030 [ Policy/Governance ]

    The government of India plans to add 500 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy to its electricity grid by 2030. The objective is to clean up air in its cities and mitigate the over dependency on coal. The plans were revealed by ministry of new and renewable energy secretary at the 1

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  • 2 Organic Farming in India [ Down-to-Earth, Geography ]

    India accounts for just 2.59 percent (1.5 million hectares) of the total organic cultivation area of 57.8 million hectares globally according to World of Organic Agriculture report 2018. Organic farming is defined as a technique, which involves cultivation of plants and rearing o

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  • 3 The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill [ Policy/Governance, Bills ]

    The Minister of Law and Justice introduced the Arbitration Bill 2019 in Lok Sabha on July 3,2019. This bill aims at establishing autonomous and independent institutions in India for better management and arbitration. The Bill aims at providing establishment of the NDIAC to conduc

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  • 4 Global Innovation Index 2019 [ International Relations/Organizations, Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    India has improved its ranking in the Global Innovation Index 2019 by five places to 52nd in 2019 from 57th position in 2018. The Global Innovation Index ranking was announced by the Commerce and Industry Minister. This was for the first time that the GII is being launched in an

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  • 5 New Species of Duck-Billed Dinosaurs Identified [ Science/Technology ]

    A new species of duck-billed dinosaurs has been identified by the Scientists from US and Spain. This species is believed to have had roamed the Earth around 80 million years ago. This dinosaur has been named for its aquiline nose and wide lower jaw, shaped like two trowels lay si

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  • 6 Territorial Army [ International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    The Territorial Army is defined as the second line of defence which is not at all a source of profession, occupation or employment. Every year the volunteers belonging to the Indian Army serve in uniform for few days to prepare themselves in times of emergency. Those who are alre

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  • 7 Decline in Paddle Stubble Burning by 41% (Policies and Governance, Environment) [ Policy/Governance, Environment/Ecology ]

    As per the Union Minister there has been a reduction of 41 % in stubble burning cases in UP, Punjab, Haryana in 2018 as compared to 2016. Various government efforts were put in for consideration under Central Sector Scheme (CSS) on ‘Promotion of Agricultural Mechanization for In-

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  • Sep 6, 2019
  • 1 Renovated National Food Laboratory Inaugurated at Ghaziabad [ Health, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    In a significant step towards promoting health and welfare, the Union Health Minister of India on August 23,2019 on the occasion of 13th anniversary of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 launched renovated National Food Laboratory at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.

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  • 2 Inauguration of a National Centre for Avian Ecotoxicology in Coimbatore [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural Sciences hosted the inauguration of the National Centre for Avian Ecotoxicology on 24th August 2019 in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu by the Union Environment and Forest Minister of India. The centre is expected to explore the

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