2019: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles

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  • Oct 14, 2019
  • 1 A New Species Cryodrakon Boreas Identified [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology ]

    A new species named Cryodrakon Boreas has been identified by the Paleontologists in Western Canada. This species is believed to have flown over the heads of dinosaurs. Paleontologists are the person who studies fossil animals and plants. The Cryodrakon boreas has a wingspan of 10

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  • Oct 11, 2019
  • 1 Maldivian Civil Servants to Undergo Special Training in India [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations ]

    In a major step towards promoting the India Maldives ties, the Indian Govt. has decided to train Maldivian Civil Servants at the hill town Mussoorie (Uttarakhand) New Delhi from 16 to 28 September 2019. A delegation consisting of a 32-member has arrived in India for taking part

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  • 2 Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maan Dhan Yojana Launched [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    In a significant step towards the development of the agricultural sector, the Prime Minister of India launched an ambitious pension scheme for farmers in Ranchi (Jharkhand) on Sept 12,2019. The scheme is expected to connect Ranchi with India and the World.

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  • Oct 9, 2019
  • 1 Six Indian Universities Among the Top 500 Universities [ Education, International Relations/Organizations ]

    In a recent announcement regarding the World University Rankings 2020, Six Indian Universities have made it among the top 500. Among Indian institutes, IIT Ropar was ranked first alongside IISc Bangalore, beating IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi. However no Indian institute secured a ran

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  • 2 UGC Scholarships to Be Effective from October 1, 2019 [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    In a significant step towards making the disbursal of the scholarship easier the University Grants Commission has decided to disburse the scholarship under various schemes through online system. This online system is being developed by the Canara Bank in integration with the Publ

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  • 3 Blackest of All Materials Created by MIT Engineers [ Science/Technology, International Relations/Organizations ]

    A material being claimed to be 10 times blacker than anything has been created by the Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The material has been created from a vertically aligned carbon nanotubes, or CNTs microscopic filaments of carbon that the team grew

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  • Oct 7, 2019
  • 1 Inauguration of India’S Longest Railway Tunnel [ Policy/Governance, Railways ]

    The Country’s longest electrified railway tunnel was dedicated between Cherlopalli and Rapuru in Andhra Pradesh on Aug 31,2019. The Vice President also inaugurated electrified railway line between Venkatachalam and Obulavaripalli at Gudur railway station apart from flagging off

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  • 2 Indian Institute of Skills Foundation Stone Laid in Mumbai [ Education, Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The foundation stone for Indian Institute of Skills (IIS) at Mumbai, Maharashtra was laid down by the Union Minister of state for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) on 11th Sept 2019. This concept of establishing IIS was brought in from Singapore on Indian Prime Minist

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  • Oct 4, 2019
  • 1 ISRO Wants Chandrayaan 2 to Land on Moon’S South Pole [ Science/Technology ]

    In a significant development towards the field of Space and Technology, ISRO’s Chandrayaan 2 successfully entered into Moon’s orbit on 20 August 2019. The next target of ISRO is to make Chandrayaan 2 landing on the South Pole of the Moon. Chandrayaan 2 was launched on 22 July 201

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  • 2 Fit India Movement Launched [ Sports, Health ]

    The nation-wide Fit India movement was launched on 29th August 2019 by the Prime Minister of India the occasion of National Sports Day, at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. The National Sports Day (observed on 29 August) observed to commemorate birth anniversary of hoc

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  • Oct 3, 2019
  • 1 National Animal Disease Control Programme to Launched [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    In a significant step towards doubling farmer’s income along with their empowerment, the National Animal Disease Control Programme was launched on Sept 11,2019 in Mathura (Uttar Pradesh). The main aim of the NADCP is to eradicate Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis in th

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  • 2 Steps Taken to Implement the Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme [ Education, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Ministry of HRD along with the Ministry of Human Resource Development issued orders to 5 public Universities (IIT Madras, Banaras Hindu University, IIT Kharagpur, University of Delhi AND University of Hyderabad) conveying their declaration as Institutions of Eminence (IoE). T

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  • 3 National Genomic Grid to Be Set Up for India-Specific Cancer Research [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    In a significant development towards Health and Family Welfare so as to take cancer research to the next level and make treatment viable for people of different economic classes, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare announced to set up a National Genomic Grid. The Gen

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  • Sep 30, 2019
  • 1 Second Double Decker UDAY Express for Business Travellers [ Policy/Governance, Railways ]

    In a significant development, the Indian Railways has decided to run UDAY or Utkrisht Double Decker Air-Conditioned Yatri Express which is also going to be the second luxury double-decker train. This Express will run between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada. The UDAY or Utkrisht Dou

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  • 2 Down to Earth 16 - 30 Sept 2019 - Kigali Amendment and Amazon Rainforest [ Down-to-Earth ]

    1. First Food Benefits: Food connects nature and nutrition with livelihoods. The food coming out from the biodiversity also ensures employment to people. Cooking and eating gives us pleasure and a good health. The Centre for Science and Environment published the first edition of

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  • 3 Down to Earth 16-30 Sept 2019 - Kigali Amendment and Amazon Rainforest Part 2 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    9. The Supreme Court, The NGT and the Karnataka High court’s recent grants and permissions: To complete the construction of the Rohtang Highway Tunnel, the Supreme Court (SC) has granted permission to divert 2.2 hectares of forestland in Himachal Pradesh to Paras Stone crusher to

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  • Sep 28, 2019
  • 1 Special Protection Group and Its History [ Defense ]

    The Special Protection Group came into being in the year on 8th April 1985 immediately after the assassination of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In 1988, the SPG Act was passed which specified the role of SPG towards protecting the Prime Minister of India.

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  • 2 206 Officers to Be Sent to Field Units from Army Headquarters [ Policy/Governance, Defense ]

    In a significant step towards the field of defence and security, 206 officers belonging to the Indian Army will be sent to field units from Headquarters, Vigilance Cell and Human Rights Section formed. The aim is to increase the efficiency and war-waging capabilities under the le

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  • Sep 27, 2019
  • 1 Agreement Signed Between India and Peru on Cooperation in the Field of Medicinal Plants [ International Relations/Organizations, Health ]

    An agreement between the National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, and the National Institute of Health, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Peru was signed on August 28,2019 for cooperation in the field of medicinal plants. This agreement is expected to enhance the b

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  • 2 Lab Grown Meat Developed by IIT Guwahati Researchers [ Science/Technology ]

    In a significant development towards the field of Science and Technology, the researchers from IIT Guwahati have developed lab grown meat on August 25,2019. This meat will have the essential nutrients and is being considered as an important step towards cruelty-free food.

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  • 3 50 Hectares of Degraded Land to Be Restored by 2030 [ International Relations/Organizations, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change announced India has set target to restore 50 lakh hectare of its degraded land by 2030.14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noid

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  • 4 India’S Biggest Dabba Trading Case Taken Up by Enforcement Directorate [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Enforcement Directorate has started investigations into the high profile Nagpur Dabba Trading case. The Nagpur’s “Dabba Trading” case was cracked in 2016. The enforcement case information report was registered by the Enforcement Directorate based on the First Information Repo

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  • Sep 26, 2019
  • 1 Ban on Single Use Plastic Materials by the Indian Railways [ Policy/Governance, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    All regional offices have been asked by the Union Ministry of Railways to ensure complete removal of single-use plastics from all railways stations effective from 2 October 2019. The main aim is to shield the environment from menace of plastic. All plastic material with less than

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  • 2 Janaushadhi Sugam-a Mobile Application Launched [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    A mobile application Janausadhi Sugam was launched by the Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers on Aug 27,2019. It was also announced that “Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin” will now be available at only One Rupee per pad. The Janausadhi Sugam will en

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  • Sep 25, 2019
  • 1 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 Way Forward [ Yojana ]

    Way Forward: PMAY-G aims to achieve objective of “Housing for All” by 2022. A total of 1.54 cr rural homes have been completed in last 5 years. In 2nd Phase of PMAY-G, during 2019 - 20 to 2021 - 22,1.95 cr houses are proposed to be provided to eligible beneficiaries.

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  • 2 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 Inland Waterways [ Yojana ]

    Inland waterways: Ministry is augmenting capacity of NW-1 under jal marg Vikas project. Project will enable movement of large vessels of 1.500 - 2.000 tones on inland waterway. Logistics: Logistics mngt. includes design & administration of system to control flow of material, wo

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  • 3 Success of Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs while inaugurating the ‘Housing for all 2022’ (NAREDCO 15TH National Conference) announced about the success of Real Estate Regulatory Authority on 20th Sept 2019. The stakeholders have begun to accept the regulators. The government has

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  • Sep 23, 2019
  • 1 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 Water Conservation [ Yojana ]

    Water Crisis – A Major Impediment: India has just 2.4 % geographical area of the world while harbouring nearly one sixth of the global population and the world’s highest owner of livestock. Although the mother Earth is predominantly (70%) covered by water, only 2.5 % is freshwat

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  • 2 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 Developing a Knowledge [ Yojana ]

    Developing a Knowledge – based Society: The budget allocation for the S&T Sector is less than 08 % compared to about 3 - 5 % by developed countries, including China. For all these to be achieved, the investment in human resource development aiming at enabling the youth power w/th

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  • 3 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 Skills for a $5 Trillion Economy [ Yojana ]

    Skills for a $5 Trillion Economy: According to the Economic Survey, ‘the working-age population in the country will grow by roughly 97 lakh per year during the coming decade and 42 lakh per year in the 2030s’. It has projected that, “If we assume that the labour force participati

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