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

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  • Sep 8, 2017
  • 1 🌟 Demonetization on Black Money, Widening of Tax Base and Direct Tax Collections (Important) [ Economy ]

    Government cancelled the Legal Tender Status of Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 denomination currency notes on 8th November 2016 with several objectives: Flushing out black money. Eliminate Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN).

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  • 2 Rajasva Gyan Sangam- 2017: PM Address to Tax Administrators [ Policy/Governance ]

    Rajasva Gyan Sangam is the annual conference of senior officers of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC). In 2016, for the first time, a joint conference of the two boards was held under the umbrella of “Rajaswa Gyan Sangam” inaugur

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  • 3 🌟 Commission to Implement Sub-Categorization Within Other Backward Classes. (Important) [ Policy/Governance ]

    Panel for sub-categorization of other backward classes was created to enable equitable distribution of quota benefits. The creamy layer ceiling was raised from Rs. 6 lakh a year to Rs. 8 lakh.

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  • 4 Justice Dipak Misra Sworn in as 45th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court [ Appointments ]

    Justice Dipak Misra was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind. He will be 45th chief justice of the Supreme Court with 14-month tenure till October 2018. Takes over from chief justice J. S. Khehar.

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  • Sep 7, 2017
  • 1 Largest Volcanic Region on Earth Under Antarctica [ Science/Technology ]

    Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth two kilometers below the surface ice sheets covering West-Antarctica. Found almost 100 volcanoes with the highest as tall as the Eiger stands at almost 4,000 m in Switzerland.

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  • 2 🌟 Republic Day 2018, Not One Guest but 10 ASEAN Leaders- Act East Policy (Important) [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Giving boost to act East Policy, India to invite ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), leaders for the Republic Day 2018. First time ever so many leaders will together be chief guests at the parade displaying India’s military might.

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  • 3 New Metro Rail Policy Makes Public Private Partnership Mandatory to Seek Central Aid [ Policy/Governance ]

    Moving forward metro as modern mode of mass transportation, the Metro Rail Policy 2017 seeks to make Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mandatory for seeking central assistance. Following are other important points:

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  • 4 New Catering Policy -2017 in Railways [ Policy/Governance ]

    To improve the standard of food in trains, new Catering Policy was issued on 27th February 2017 with IRCTC mandated to unbundle distinction primarily between food preparation and food distribution. Other important elements include:

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  • 5 Triple Talaq in India and World- Supreme Court Decision Regards It as Unconstitutional [ Policy/Governance ]

    Triple talaq is a form of Islamic divorce, which allows any Muslim man to legally divorce his wife by stating the word talaq (the Arabic word for “divorce”) three times in oral, written, or more recently electronic form.

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  • Sep 6, 2017
  • 1 HIV and AIDS and STI 2017-24: Test and Treat Policy for HIV Patients [ Health ]

    ‘Test and Treat Policy for HIV patients’ was launched in April 2017 providing treatment to all “people living with HIV (PLHIV) “. PLHIV to be treated with Antiretro Viral Therapy regardless of CD4 count, clinical stage, age, or population. The National Strategic Plan for HIV and

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  • 2 Reducing the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR): Schemes and Policies [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    IMR has reduced by 58 % in India during 1990 - 2015 more than the global decline of 49 % during the same period. Full immunization coverage improved from 43.5 % in 2005 to 62.0 % in 2015 and mortality due to tuberculosis reduced from 76 per 1,00,000 in 1990 to 32 per 1,00,000 in

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  • 3 🌟 India’S Defence Procurement Procedure- Make in India in Defense (Important) [ Defense ]

    ‘Make in India’ in defence manufacturing driven by capital acquisition of defense equipment and measures for promoting indigenous design, development and manufacture of defence equipment through public and private sector like:

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  • 4 Ensuring Quality of Drugs: Schemes and Measures [ Health ]

    Government has taken number of steps to check the quality of drugs with National Drug Survey in the year 2014 - 16, found 3.16 % Not of Standard Quality (NS). Test reports of the Not of Standard Quality (NSQ) drugs forwarded to the State Licensing Authorities for appropriate acti

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  • 5 🌟 Facilities to Farmers (Important) [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare (DAC&FW) has taken initiatives for agricultural extension like Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension Reforms popularly known as ATMA Scheme and Mass Media Support to Agricultural Extension and Kisan Cal

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  • 6 🌟 Tribal Financial Schemes (Important) [ Policy/Governance ]

    National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC- Ministry of Tribal Affairs), provides concessional loan to individuals or groups of STs for undertaking Income Generation Activities through State Channelizing Agencies and PSU Banks upto Double the poverty li

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  • 7 🌟 Schemes for Fixing Quality and Dropout Rates in Schools (Important) [ Education ]

    The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for universalization of elementary education for Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 that entitles all children between the age group of 6 to 14 years free and compulsory admission, attend

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  • 8 🌟 Index of Eight Core Industries (Base: 2011-12=100) June, 2017 (Important) [ Economy ]

    The Eight Core Industries comprise 40.27 % of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP). The combined index of Eight Core Industries stands at 121.0 in June, 2017,0.4 % higher compared to the index of June, 2016 with cumulative growth of 2.4 % durin

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  • Sep 6, 2017
  • 1 🌟 Committee to Study Data Protection Issues (Important) [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Union Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MEITY) constituted an expert committee to study and identify key data protection issues and recommend methods for addressing them.

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  • 2 🌟 Distribution of Methane Hydrate- Methane Hydrate Under South China Sea Exploited (Important) [ Science/Technology ]

    China was successfully in producing natural gas from methane hydrate in the South China Sea (SCS) - total of 309,000 cubic meters of natural gas was produced from gas hydrate in 60 days. India also has rich deposits of methane hydrates.

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  • 3 🌟 Editing the Genes of Human Embryos: Moral Issues (Important) [ Science/Technology ]

    Oregon Health and Science University scientists’ successfully edited genes of human embryos correcting defective DNA that can cause inherited diseases. They used the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology to alter single-cell human embryos allowing specific sections of DNA to be a

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  • 4 🌟 New Crop Insurance Scheme Advantage (Important) [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Government of India has launched the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) with farmer friendly provisions providing farmers maximum financial protection against non-preventable natural risks.


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  • 5 🌟 Make in India Initiative in Defense (Important) [ Defense ]

    Defense sector is user driven sector with defense forces actively involved in policies & procedures related to procurement, indigenous design, development & manufacture of defense equipment, co-development & co-production with foreign OEMs- contributing towards ‘Make in India’.

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  • 6 🌟 Indian Systems of Medicines (AYUSH- Important) [ Health ]

    The National Health Policy 2017 provides for access and choice to the patients by promoting different systems of medicine, an enabling regulatory framework and encouraging cross referrals across these systems. National Policy on Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy 2002 also

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  • 7 🌟 Textile Industry in India: Institutional Mechanism for Textiles Sector (Important) [ Economy ]

    Ministry of Textiles set up institutional mechanisms to enable textile industry achieve full potential of production, exports and employment. To implement key recommendations emerging from the deliberations at Textiles India Ministry of Textiles set up the following institutional

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  • 8 🌟 Flood Forecasting and Management (Important) [ Environment/Ecology ]

    For flood forecasting Central Water Commission (CWC) uses manual as well as telemetry data. Installation of automatic data acquisition systems and satellite based data transmission system (telemetry) taken up by CWC during IX Plan.

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  • Sep 6, 2017
  • 1 🌟 3 Year Roadmap for Evergreen Revolution (Important) [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    NITI Aayog drafted three years action plan for all the sectors including agriculture. The details of the action plan may be obtained from the link http://niti.gov.in. The action plan on agriculture deals with remunerative prices for farmers and raising productivity through follow

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  • 2 🌟 2 Major Afforestation Schemes of Environment Ministry (Important) [ Environment/Ecology ]

    To achieve targets of National Forest Policy to maintain 33 % forest and tree cover the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has 2 major afforestation or tree plantation schemes: National Afforestation Programme (NAP) scheme and National Mission for a Green

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  • 3 🌟 List of NABARD Schemes (Important) - NABARD E-Shakti [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    NABARD provides institutional credit for boosting rural economy. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) constituted a Committee to Review the Arrangements For Institutional Credit for Agriculture and Rural Development (CRAFICARD) on 30 March 1979, under the Chairmanship of Shri B. Sivaraman

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  • 4 🌟 Chabahar Port: India, Iran for Early Operationalization (Important) [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India and Iran expressed commitment for early completion of Chabahar Port- considered very important from strategic and trade perspective. India ready to aid Iran in taking up operations in Chabahar Port between the actual activation of contract.

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  • 5 🌟 Renard Series for Currency Denominations (Important) [ Economy ]

    Countries use the Renard series for convenient use of currency where the ratio between adjacent denominations of currencies is 1: 2 or 1: 2.5. The denomination should be twice or two-and-half times of its preceding denomination allowing exchange of value ordinarily in a maximum o

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