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

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  • Aug 24, 2017
  • 1 Green Climate Fund: NABARD’S AMA with GCF [ Environment/Ecology ]

    National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) signed an Accreditation Master Agreement (AMA) with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) becoming first Indian organisation to get Direct Access Entity status of the GCF providing first step to access GCF resources.

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  • 2 Minimum Wage: New Wage Code Bill [ Bills ]

    Labour Code on Wages Bill will ensure a minimum wage across all sectors by integrating existing labour related laws. The Labour Code on Wages Bill consolidates the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, the Payment of Wages Act, 1936 and the Equal Remuneration A

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  • 3 First Floating Wind Farm Off Scotland Coast [ Economy ]

    World’s first floating wind farm known as Hywind being built off the coast of Scotland in the North on a trial basis for 20,000 homes. Floating wind farm to harvest wind power in waters too deep for bottom standing turbines usually installed in shallow waters.

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  • 4 The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 [ Bills ]

    Parliament passed The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016 dealing with cases of accidents in navigable waters or contracts related to commerce on such waters. The Bill upgrades laws related to civil matters of admiralty jurisdiction of courts, ma

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  • 5 Aarambh Mobile App for Road Maintenance [ Science/Technology ]

    The Union Ministry of Rural Development launched Aarambh mobile app for performance based maintenance contracting and community contracting for maintenance of rural roads. Uses Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping for making road inventories and condition survey.

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  • 6 India Had 3rd Highest Terror Attacks in 2016: US [ Defense ]

    According to the Country Report on Terrorism released by the US State Department, India witnessed third highest number of terrorist attacks in 2016, more than Pakistan. Several countries routinely experience terrorist attacks.

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  • 7 USS Gerald R Ford: World’S Largest Aircraft Carrier Inducted by US [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    The United States (US) Navy inducted USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78), the world’s largest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. USS Gerald Ford is first in the series of three of the futuristic ships of the Ford-class carriers ordered by US Navy. Its ope

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  • Aug 20, 2017
  • 1 SC Bans Antimony, Lithium, Mercury, Arsenic and Lead in Fireworks: Harms of These Chemicals [ Environment/Ecology ]

    According to SC directives, no firecrackers manufactured shall contain antimony, lithium, mercury, arsenic and lead in any form whatsoever. The substances cause air and noise pollution. Court asked PESO to ensure compliance by manufacturers.

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  • 2 NCBC Bill: What is National Commission for Backward Classes and Its Constitutional Status? [ Bills ]

    A Constitutional body is set up under instruction of Constitution. Government is required to set up and cannot dispense off a constitutional body when it makes difficult decisions. They require amending part of the Constitution. They constitutional bodies cannot be invalidated by

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  • 3 New ISARC for Harnessing and Sustaining Rice Production in Eastern India and Spice Park [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    International Rice Research Institute South Asia Regional Centre is to be set up to play a major role in harnessing and sustaining rice production in eastern India & similar ecologies in other South Asian and African countries.

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  • 4 Measures to Protect Women Workers Abroad [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Indian Missions in the Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries including Gulf Countries report many atrocities on women working in foreign countries. To protect them government has taken several measures.

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  • 5 TREAD Assistance Scheme Women Entrepreneurship Programme [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The focus of the Trade Related Entrepreneurship Development Assistance Scheme (TREAD) is to promote self-employment and income generation activities for women mostly from SHG groups in non-farm sector. TREAD envisages economic empowerment of women through grant upto 30 % of Loan

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  • 6 Plastic Converted to Petrol and Bio-Glue for Wound Healing [ Science/Technology ]

    CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun in collaboration with GAIL Ltd. developed a process to convert waste polyethylene and polypropylene into petrol and diesel. One kilogram of waste polyethylene and polypropylene can be converted to either about 600 - 650 ml of pet

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  • 7 Special Package to Reduce Debt Burden of Farmers [ Policy/Governance ]

    Government has taken the several initiatives to reduce the debt burden of farmers. Ensuring availability of agriculture credit at a reduced interest rate of 7 % to farmers through interest subvention scheme for short-term crop loans up to Rs. 3.00 lakh (Department of Agriculture,

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  • 8 Electronic Health Records and Intensified Mission Indradhanush [ Policy/Governance ]

    Government targets full immunization coverage by 2018 by accelerating immunization coverage and providing greater focus on urban areas and other pockets of low immunization coverage. Following measures are to be taken:

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  • Aug 20, 2017
  • 1 Swadesh Darshan and Prasad Schemes: Theme Based Religious, Wildlife, and Forest Tourism Schemes [ Policy/Governance ]

    For integrated development of Theme-Based Tourist Circuits, the Ministry of Tourism in 2014 - 15 launched Swadesh Darshan Scheme. Schemes ‘Swadesh Darshan’ and ‘PRASAD’ provide Central Financial Assistance to States and Union Territories, for tourism projects upon adherence to th

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  • 2 Ocean Observation Systems [ Science/Technology ]

    The Ministry of Earth Sciences implements Ocean Observations System programs since 1996 to acquire real-time, time series data on surface meteorological and upper oceanographic parameters from the Indian seas including from the Indian Ocean Region.

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  • 3 Women in Defense Forces [ Defense ]

    Since 1992, when the Army allowed women, numbers increased- in 22 years, their strength has grown from 50 to 1300. Women recruited to Indian Army as officers through: Short Service Commission (SSC) along with men candidates into Army Service Corps, Army Ordnance Corps, Army Educa

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  • 4 Prime Minister’S Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir [ Education ]

    The Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir being implemented since 2011 to encourage the youth to pursue higher education in educational institutions outside the state with initiatives to ensure the benefits availed by all deserving students. Scholarship for 2017 - 18 ope

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  • 5 Types of Repo Rates [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reduced short-term lending rate, or repo rate, by 25 basis points to 6 % in its third bimonthly policy review for the financial year 2017 - 18.

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  • 6 What are Sprites (Spacecraft) and Breakthrough Starshot? [ Science/Technology ]

    Breakthrough Starshot is a research and engineering project by Breakthrough Initiatives to develop a proof-of-concept fleet of light sail spacecraft, named StarChip. They are capable of making the journey to the Alpha Centauri star system, 4.37 light-years away, at speeds between

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  • 7 Gelator to Remove Oil from Spills: IISER [ Science/Technology ]

    Scientists from the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram developed hydrophobic and oleilophilic gelator that can take up oil on contact. It is a cost effective method to recover marine oil spills.

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  • 8 What is String of Pearls: Hambantota Port Deal Between Sri Lanka and China [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    A geopolitical theory on potential Chinese intentions in the Indian Ocean region building a network of Chinese military and commercial facilities and relationships along sea lines of communication extending from the Chinese mainland to Port Sudan.

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  • Aug 20, 2017
  • 1 MRSAM Defense System, Muntra and Mark IV L52 Ship [ Defense ]

    DRDO developed Muntra, India’s first unmanned, remotely operated tank at its Chennai lab, Indian Army signed MoU with DRDO for one regiment of the advanced Medium Range Surface to Air Missiles (MRSAM) defense system and Navy’s second Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mark IV L52 ship b

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  • 2 Navy’S Second LCU Mark IV L52 Ship Launched by GRSE [ Defense ]

    LCU Mark-IV vessels are designed for multipurpose amphibious operations by Indian Navy and Army for security of Andaman and Lakshadweep. LCU L52 ship second of eight Mark IV LCU vessels built by GRSE.

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  • 3 NPCI to Operate Bharat Bill Payment System [ Bills ]

    Reserve Bank of India (RBI) allows National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) to operate as Bharat Bill Payment Central Unit (BBPCU) and operate Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS). 24 Bharat Bill Payment Operating Units certified- 10 private sector banks, 3 public sector banks

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  • 4 Indian Institutes of Management Bill,2017 Declares IIMs as Institutions of National Importance [ Education ]

    Bill empowers Indian Institutes of Managements to attain global excellence in education, research, and allied areas. It provides administrative, academic, and financial autonomy to them to grant degrees.

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  • 5 India Quake App for Earthquake Parameter Dissemination [ Science/Technology ]

    Ministry of Earth Science launched India Quake application developed by the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) for automatic dissemination of earthquake parameter (location, time, and magnitude) after the occurrence of earthquakes.

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  • 6 Sagar Vani: Information Dissemination System for Coastal Community [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Ministry of Earth Science launched Sagar Vani, an integrated information dissemination system to serve coastal community, especially anglers with advisories and alerts towards safety at Sea. Developed by ESSO-Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS).

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  • 7 BharatNet Project: Phase II Approved [ Policy/Governance ]

    Second phase of the BharatNet project was approved by Union government to power the Digital India initiative. The second phase aims at covering the remaining 1.50 lakh Gram Panchayats (GPS) for a total estimated expenditure of Rs. 42,068 crore bankrolled from the Universal Servic

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