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

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  • Sep 6, 2017
  • 1 🌟  Indian American Harmeet Kaur Dhillon Appointed as Important Republican Position [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    At the United States national level an Indian American Sikh woman Harmeet Kaur Dhillon (47) from California was elected to an important position in the Republican Party. And with this she elected as the most recent national committee woman, a key position of the Republican Nation

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  • 2 🌟 Approval Grated for First Phase of Ken-Betwa Interlinking (Important) [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    India’s first ever inter-State river interlinking project Crore Ken-Betwa gets approval of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL). At the meeting of NBWL which was chaired by Anil Madhav Dave Minister of State (MoS) for Environment and Forests. It will be completed at the estimat

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  • Sep 5, 2017
  • 1 NAAC’S Revised Accreditation Framework [ Education ]

    NAAC understanding the changing trends in higher education, feedback, and experience from its accreditation exercise involving more than 11, 132 institutions (518 Universities and 10614 Colleges till July 2017) came up with new accreditation framework to remain relevant and globa

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  • 2 ISRO, NASA for 2021 NISAR Mission [ Science/Technology ]

    ISRO and NASA have launched NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission to co-develop and launch a dual frequency synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite by 2021. Satellite to be most expensive earth-imaging satellite costing around $1.5 billion. Aims to study global envi

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  • 3 Strategic Partnership Policy: Big Picture of Privatization of Defense [ Defense ]

    India’s first private sector missile sub-systems manufacturing facility- Kalyani Rafael Advanced Systems (KRAS) plant was inaugurated near Hyderabad. Established under ‘Make in India’ initiative with new policy to encourage private participation in defense production

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  • 4 What is Arbitration,Arbitration & Conciliation Act 1996 [ Economy ]

    Justice Srikrishna Committee, a High Level Committee reviewing the Institutionalization of Arbitration Mechanism submitted its report. The Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1996 regulates domestic arbitration in India.

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  • 5 Crime Data Collection in India: Government Merges NCRB with BPRD [ Policy/Governance ]

    Union Home Ministry merged National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) with Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) to: improve administrative efficiency, allow optimal utilization of resources for policing, boost crime data collection, and improve policing research efforts.

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  • 6 📹 Highlights of Reforms Measures in the Economic Survey 2016-17 Volume-2 [ Economy ]

    This part of economic survey- volume 2 covers Agriculture and Food Management, Industry and Infrastructure, Social Infrastructure, and Employment and Human Development. Previous part of the survey focused on several important sectors including services.

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  • Sep 4, 2017
  • 1 Loan Pact with AIIB for Rural Roads Project [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India signed loan agreement with China led-Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) for financing of $329 million for Gujarat Rural Roads Project (GRRP). Multilateral development bank backed by China- a rival to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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  • 2 Nanotechnology-Based Drug Delivery System Developed by All-Women Team of IIT Delhi Researchers [ Science/Technology ]

    All-women team of researchers from IIT Delhi developed a new drug delivery platform based on nanoparticles with ability to boost the efficacy of antibiotics at the cellular level and improve chances of recovery from cancer-related bacterial infections.

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  • 3 IISc Researchers Develop Low-Cost, Sensitive CO Sensor [ Science/Technology ]

    Indian Institute of Science (IISc) researchers developed a highly sensitive, low cost miniature nanometre-scale carbon monoxide (CO) sensor for pollution monitoring using novel fabrication technique not involving costly lithography technology.

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  • 4 Maharashtra Government $270 Million from Green Climate Fund [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Maharashtra Government is getting help of $270 million as Green Climate Fund (GCF) from 2030 Water Resources Group (2030WRG). Amount invested in state government’s integrated watershed program- Jalyukt Shivar Yojana to augmented ground water in drought affected areas.

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  • 5 Drug Pricing in India: Committee to Make Drugs More Affordable [ Health ]

    Drug prices in India controlled using Drugs (Prices Control) Order (DPCO) - an order under Section 3 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 empowering government to fix and regulate the prices of essential bulk drugs and their formulations.

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  • Sep 3, 2017
  • 1 NSDC and Google India Launches Mobile App Development Program [ Science/Technology ]

    The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Google India jointly launched Android Skill Development program for improving mobile developer ecosystem. NSDC’s partners will design and deliver 100-hour course outside the formal education system.

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  • 2 Government Expanding Logistics Data Bank Project to South India [ Economy ]

    The Union Ministry of Shipping expanding Logistics Data Bank (LDB) project to southern region after covering the western logistics corridor. Launched at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT), Mumbai in July 2016,

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  • 3 India Ratifies 2nd Commitment Period of Kyoto Protocol [ Environment/Ecology ]

    India ratified second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol to contain the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and deposited Instrument of Acceptance of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.

    • India became 80th countr

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  • 4 What are Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties and Difference [ Economy ]

    Anti-dumping (AD) & Countervailing (CVD) duties are enforced to protect local manufactures- they are protectionist. Customs duty on the other hand is used purely for revenue. Customs duty is specific to product and unlike AD and CVD not specific to country or manufacturer.

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  • 5 ISRO Developing Hyperspectral Imaging Earth Observation Satellite [ Science/Technology ]

    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is launching a full-fledged Earth observation (EO) Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS). ISRO’s HySIS satellite can observe 55 spectral or colour bands from 630 km above ground.

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  • Sep 2, 2017
  • 1 Launch of National Cyber Coordination Centre [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) has operationalized first phase of National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC). Scans internet traffic metadata coming into the country detecting cyber threat in real-time and alert various organizations, Also look at

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  • 2 Bionic Leaf: Bacteria Can Convert Solar Energy to Liquid Fuel [ Science/Technology ]

    Scientists from Harvard University created a system that uses bacteria to convert solar energy into liquid fuel. Work produces an “artificial leaf, ” using a catalyst to make sunlight split water into hydrogen and oxygen, with a bacterium engineered to convert carbon dioxide plus

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  • 3 Degradable, Biodegradable and Compostable Plastic: NGT Bans Use of Non-Biodegradable Plastic Bags [ Environment/Ecology ]

    The National Green Tribunal (NGT) imposed an ban on use of non-biodegradable plastic bags less than 50 microns in the entire national capital Delhi with a fine of Rs. 5,000 on possession of non-biodegradable plastic bags less than 50 microns

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  • 4 State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017 and Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017 Passed [ Bills ]

    Parliament passed Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017 replacing the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 promulgated by President in May 2017. Many bank associates with SBI:

    Key Features of the

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  • 5 Venkaiah Naidu Sworn in as 13th Vice President of India [ Appointments ]

    Former Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu was sworn in as 13th Vice President of India. He was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind at a Rashtrapati Bhavan. After the swearing in he took charge as the Chairman of Rajya Sabha.

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  • Sep 1, 2017
  • 1 Education Loan and Scholarship Schemes- Vidya Lakshmi Portal [ Education ]

    All Scheduled Commercial Banks provide Education Loan to students with simple interest charged during the study period up to commencement of repayment. Accrued interest is added to the principal amount for calculating the repayment EMI (Equated Monthly Instalment).

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  • 2 Measles-Rubella (MR) Campaign Reaches 2nd Phase [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India and 10 other WHO South East Asia Region countries resolved to eliminate measles and control rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) by 2020. Costs of Indian immunization program are shown above.

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  • 3 Indian Global Positioning System [ Science/Technology ]

    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) deployed an indigenous regional positioning system- “Navigation with Indian Constellation” (NavIC). Consists of seven satellites providing Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) services in Indian mainland and surrounding region up to 1500

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  • 4 1st Meeting of Japan-India Coordination Forum (JICF) for Development of North-Eastern Region [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Japan-India Coordination Forum (JICF) for Development of North-Eastern Region in its first meeting at Delhi identified priority areas of cooperation- connectivity and road network development (especially inter-state roads & major district roads), disaster management, food process

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  • 5 Measures to Improve Quality of Education [ Education ]

    A good quality education provides all learners with capabilities to become economically productive, develop sustainable livelihoods, contribute to peaceful and democratic societies, and enhance individual well-being. Following are some government measures to improve quality of ed

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  • 6 Promoting Employment of Women and Girls in Government Organisations [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Government is making efforts to encourage the women to join Government service by providing following special facilities: Maternity leave, Childcare leave, Child adoption leave, Special allowance to women with disabilit,

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  • 7 SATH: Case Study of Competitive,Cooperative Federalism-NITI Aayog Selects 6 States [ Policy/Governance ]

    Pushing competitive, cooperative federalism, NITI Aayog has collaborated with Uttar Pradesh, Assam, and Karnataka to radically transform Health specifically improving healthcare delivery and key outcomes.

    In Education, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Jharkhand have been selected to

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