Point-Wise Current-Affairs & GS (Includes Important PIB Updates) 2020 with Maps & Data- IAS, SSC Etc

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  • Mar 16, 2017
  • 1 National Deworming Day [ Important Days ]

    National Deworming Day is celebrated all over India on 10th of February. It is a government mission held on 10th of February aimed to reduce cases of worm infection among kids all over India. It is a day dedicated to deworm all school going children of country to give them a heal

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  • 2 Union Commerce Ministry Approves Revenue Insurance Scheme for Plantation Crops [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry has launched pilot Revenue Insurance Scheme for Plantation Crops (RISPC). It is for protecting growers from risks such as pest attacks, yield loss and income decline caused by fall in prices.

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  • 3 India to Pitch Trade Facilitation in Services at WTO [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India is going to make a presentation on proposed Trade Facilitation in Services (TFS) Agreement to World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Roberto Azevedo and India Inc. It aims to ease norms including those relating to movement of foreign skilled workers and professiona

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  • 4 India Ranks at 43rd in 5th Annual International IP Index of USCC [ Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    India ranked at 43rd position out of 45 countries in 5th Annual International Intellectual Property (IP) Index of US Chamber of Commerce (USCC). 2017 International IP Index, named as ‘The Roots of Innovation’, was released in February 2017.

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  • 5 RBI Announces Setting Up of Standing Committee on Cyber Security [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to set up a Standing Committee on Cyber Security. The priority of committee is to examine various threats and to suggest measures to deal with. RBI instructed banks to mandate cyber security preparedness for addressing all cyber risks.

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  • 6 Government to Open 56 Post Office Passport Seva Kendra [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Government has decided to open 56 Post Office Passport Seva Kendras (POPSK) at different locations in various states. It is for delivering passport related services to people. States include Assam, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi (UT), Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana and West Bengal.

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  • 7 India & Austria Signs Protocol to Amend Bilateral Taxation Treaty [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India and Austria signed a Protocol amending existing Convention between two countries. It is for Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income. Protocol will broaden scope of existing framework of exchange of tax related informatio

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  • 8 AAD Interceptor Missile Successfully Test-Fired [ Defense ]

    India successfully test fired its homegrown Advanced Air Defence (AAD) interceptor missile. Missile ashwin launched from pad-III of Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha coast. Two-stage PDV missile is part of two-layered Ballistic Missile Defence System.

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  • Mar 16, 2017
  • 1 National Women’S Parliament Begins in Andhra Pradesh [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Three day National Women’s Parliament (NWP) being organized by Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly. It has theme of ‘Empowering Women - Strengthening Democracy’. Main objective is to generate new ideas, concepts, theories and ideologies for women empowerment.

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  • 2 Union Minister Launches New Service to Provide Employment to Unemployed Youth in Rural Areas [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Labour and Employment Minister launched National Career Service (NCS) and JeevanPraman facility to the EPFO pensioners. Current Union Labour and Employment Minister is Bandaru Dattatreya. The facility was launched for 95 Head Post offices.

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  • 3 Frank-Walter Steinmeier Elected President of Germany [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected as new ceremonial head of Germany. He received a large majority of votes. He won 931 out of 1,239 valid votes. Current post holder of Germany is President Joachim Gauck.

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  • 4 FSSAI Sets Up Panel to Finalize Laws on Food Fortification [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Food regulator FSSAI has set up a scientific panel to frame final regulations on fortification of foods and prepare strategies to address malnutrition problem. FSSAI has already issued draft guidelines on fortification for five food items.

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  • 5 Sandeep Jajodia Appointed Assocham President [ Appointments ]

    Sandeep Jajodia has been elected President of industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham). Assocham will continue to play a transformational role both nationally and globally.

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  • 6 INS Sarvekshak Goes Green [ Defense ]

    Indian Navy’s survey vessel INS Sarvekshak has gone green by installing a solar power system on board. System, equipped on ship, works using sunlight and though it is 100 % reliable for power source. System becomes maintenance free.

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  • 7 MSRA Between Reliance Defence &Engineering Limited and US Navy [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) signed between Reliance Defence &Engineering Limited (RDEL) and US Navy. This makes the Reliance Shipyard at Pipavav in Gujarat the first Shipyard in India which can undertake servicing and repairing works for the vessels of US Pacific Command’

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  • 8 India and United States Agree to Sustain Defence Partnership [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India and US agreed to maintain pace and momentum of their partnership, particularly their defence ties. Both committed to build upon tremendous progress in bilateral defense cooperation made in recent years.

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  • Mar 16, 2017
  • 1 Lok Sabha Passed Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017 [ Bills ]

    Lok Sabha passed Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Bill, 2017. Bill replaces Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Ordinance, 2016. Ordinance was promulgated by President Pranab Mukherjee on 30 December 2016.

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  • 2 Hindustan Motors Sells Iconic Ambassador Car Brand to French Company Peugeot [ Economy ]

    Indian car brand Ambassador is being sold to French carmaker Peugeot. Ambassador was first car made in India, was once considered a status symbol. Hindustan Motors had suspended production of Ambassadors way back in 2014. The “brand and certain related rights” have been sold for

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  • 3 World Radio Day [ Important Days ]

    World Radio Day is observed every year on 13th February. It is to celebrate radio as medium for entertainment, information and mode for communication. This year theme for Radio Day is “Radio is you”. It is observed globally by UN Member States.

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  • 4 ‘Thubber’ for Use in Soft, Stretchable Electronics [ Science/Technology ]

    Researchers from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University have created a novel rubber material which has high thermal conductivity and elasticity. The material nicknamed as ‘Thubber’. It will be helpful in developing soft and stretchable machines and electronics.

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  • 5 Indian Tabla Player Sandeep Das Wins 2017 Grammy Award [ Awards ]

    Indian tabla player Sandeep Das won Grammy in World Music category. Sandeep Das was part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble Sing Me Home. The album was released to accompany a documentary on Ma’s project.

    Highlights

    • Indian tabla

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  • 6 Nilesh Vikamsey Appointed New President of ICAI [ Appointments ]

    Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) elected Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey as president and Naveen N D Gupta as vice-president. They have been elected for year 2017 - 18. Council has 32 elected members and eight are nominated by Central government.

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  • 7 Centre Allocates Rs. 500 Crore to India Post Payments Bank [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Government allocated an amount of Rs. 500 crore to India Post Payments Bank for financial year 2017 - 18. It is to help in setting up several branches across country. Government is setting up 246 offices and 200 outlets for providing better access to communication and financial s

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  • 8 ISRO Successfully Launched Record 104 Satellites Including Cartosat-2 in Single Mission [ Science/Technology ]

    India’s space agency ISRO launched a record 104 satellites from single rocket. Rocket was launch from Dhawan Space Centre from Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. India has become first country to successfully carry so many satellites in a single mission.

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  • Mar 16, 2017
  • 1 Government Appoints 5 New Judges to Supreme Court [ Appointments ]

    President Pranab Mukherjee cleared appointment of five high court judges to Supreme Court. Those elevated to the apex court are five high court judges, including four chief justices of state high courts.

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  • 2 Cabinet Approves Merger of SBI, 5 Associate Banks [ Economy ]

    State Bank of India has received Cabinet approval to merge its five subsidiaries. It will make bank among top 50 banks in world. Merger is an important step towards strengthening banking sector through consolidation of Public Sector Banks.

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  • 3 Agreement Between India and Croatia on Economic Cooperation [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Union Cabinet chaired by PM Narendra Modi has given its approval of an Agreement between India and Croatia on Economic Cooperation. Step to improve India’s trade relations with eastern and central European countries.

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  • 4 IAF Inducts Indigenous Early Warning System NETRA [ Defense ]

    The IAF has formally inducted first indigenously built Airborne Early Warning and Control System Netra. It is developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It was handed over to Indian Air Force (IAF) on first day of Aero India 2017.

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  • 5 AIIMS Delhi Wins Rs 5 Crore Kayakalp Award [ Awards ]

    All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi won first prize under Central Government Hospitals category of Kayakalp awards. AIIMS was rewarded with Rs. 5 crore, for maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene.

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  • 6 Government Launches TAMRA Portal and Mobile App [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Ministry of Mines has launched Transparency, Auction Monitoring and Resource Augmentation (TAMRA) Portal and Mobile Application. Its aim is to ensuring transparent award of statutory Clearances for mining operations. It is an interactive platform to speed up mining activity.

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