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

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  • Oct 21, 2017
  • 1 Details on SAUNI Scheme- Foundation Stone Laid for Link-4 [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Link-4 of Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation Scheme (SAUNI) Yojana was inaugurated in Rajkot district, Gujarat. SAUNI Yojana is multipurpose project for solving water problems of parched Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

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  • 2 🌟 Turbine to Produce Sustainable Electricity from Ocean Currents (Important) [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), Japan in a project titled “Sea Horse, ” harnessed energy from the Kuroshio Ocean Current flowing from the eastern coast of Taiwan and around southern parts of Japan.

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  • 3 🌟 Saubhagya Scheme for Household Electrification (Important) [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    With PM Modi promising free electricity for 4 crore rural households under Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna or ‘Saubhagya’ scheme. 16,320-crore scheme to supply electricity to all households by December 2018.

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  • 4 Low-Cost Cancer Detection Method Developed by IIT-Ropar [ Health ]

    IIT-Ropar developed low-cost cancer-detection method and plans to extend the in vivo experiments for determining early skin cancer collaborating with medical institutes. Early stage cancer detection is done using Dynamic Thermal Imaging (DTI) in a simple clinical setting.

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  • Oct 16, 2017
  • 1 TFR in India: Mission ParivarVikas- Health Ministry Launches Two New Contraceptives [ Health ]

    The total fertility rate of India stands at 2.2 as of 2017. Majority of Indian states fertility rate has fallen well below the replacement level of 2.1. High focus districts are in 7 states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Assam.

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  • 2 🌟 Freedom of Religion Vs. Laws Against Religions Conversions in India (Important) [ Policy/Governance ]

    Freedom of religion in India is a fundamental right guaranteed by Article 25 - 28 of the Constitution. However Indian states have passed laws against religions conversions. Jharkhand, become seventh state to have anti-conversion law- other six states being Maharashtra, Chhattisga

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  • 3 9th BRICS Summit Was Held in Xiamen, China [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    The 9th BRICS summit was held in Xiamen, China with the theme “Stronger Partnership for brighter Future”. Second time the summit was hosted in China after 2011. BRICS leaders adopted Xiamen declaration at the culmination.

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  • 4 HDFC Bank Not Among Domestic Systemically Important Banks [ Economy ]

    HDFC Bank, the second largest private sector lender was added to The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) list of Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs). State Bank of India (SBI) and ICICI Bank were added in 2016.

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  • Oct 14, 2017
  • 1 IISc Again Ranked Highest from India in World University Rankings 2018 [ Education ]

    Times World University Rankings 2018 ranked Indian Institute of Science (IISc) top among Indian Universities, but it fared worse than last year’s position. Indian education system needs to focus more on research, research funding, and internationalization of Indian campuses.

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  • 2 🌟 Plight of Teachers and Teacher Education in India (Important) [ Education ]

    Even with many school enrollments, the teaching outcomes in India are very poor. In 2012, the Supreme Court set up the Justice Verma Commission, which listed a comprehensive list of reform proposals.

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  • 3 India, China to Not Be Global Growth Poles: UNCTAD What are Growth Poles? [ Economy ]

    UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Report (TDR) 2017 predicts with India and China at their current growth will not serve as global growth polls. Barometer for assessing the global economic climate.


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  • 4 🌟 Malnutrition in India: National Nutrition Strategy by NITI Aayog (Important) [ Policy/Governance ]

    To fight undernutrition and malnutrition, National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog launched National Nutrition Strategy. Aim is “Kuposhan Mukt Bharat”. Prevalence of underweight children in India among the highest in the world.

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  • Oct 12, 2017
  • 1 Bharat Petroleum Becomes a Maharatna [ Economy ]

    State-run oil marketing company Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) has been awarded the Maharatna from the present Navratna status. Decision to elevate BPCL to Maharatna status taken by panel headed by Cabinet secretary.

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  • 2 Indian Army to Allow Women in Combat Roles and Induct Women in Military Police [ Policy/Governance ]

    In a transformational move, the Indian Army opened up combat positions for women and is now inducting 800 women officers to military police. Process moving fast and women initially recruited to positions in military police.

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  • 3 🌟 Parali 1 Island in Lakshadweep Vanishes (Important) [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Parali 1 a biodiversity-rich uninhabited island of Lakshadweep, part of Bangaram Atoll, disappeared due to coastal erosion and 4 such islands are shrinking. With one island submerged- Lakshadweep is an archipelago of only 36 islands.

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  • 4 First Hyperloop Planned in Andhra Pradesh [ Economy ]

    India’s first Hyperloop project has been planned in Andhra Pradesh, connecting its city centers, Vijayawada and Amaravati with Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) inking MoUwith Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) for developing the project.

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  • Oct 11, 2017
  • 1 Project Insight to Curb Black Money [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Union Finance Ministry launched data mining, big data analytics ‘Project Insight’ to monitor high value transactions to detect tax evaders. Government signed contract with L&T Infotect Ltd to implement the project.

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  • 2 Work on Three River Interlinking Projects to Begin [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Government will start work on three river interlinking projects- Ken-Betwa Linking Project, Damanganga- Pinjal Link Project, and the Par-Tapi-Narmada Link projects. Envisages diversion of surplus waters of Ken basin to water deficit Betwa basin- providing irrigation in Madhya Pra

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  • 3 Saakshar Bharat Puraskaar on International Literacy Day – 2017 [ Important Days ]

    The International Literacy Day (ILD) is observed every year on 8 September to emphasize literacy to individuals, society, and communities. This year is 51st International Literacy Day.

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  • 4 दस उच्च समाचार (Top Ten News - in Hindi) Part - 2 [ News Snippets (Hindi) ]

    गूगल: - अब गूगल से भी ऑनलाइन पेमेंट (भुगतान) कर सकेंगे। गूगल जल्दी ही भारत में अपनी मोबाइल (गतिशील) पेमेंट (भुगतान) सर्विस (सेवा) लॉन्च (प्रक्षेपण) करने जा रहा है। इसका नाम ‘तेज’ है। भारत दुनिया का तीसरा देश होगा, जहांँ गूगल अपनी मोबाइल पेमेंट सर्विस लॉन्च करेगा। अभी गूगल की मो

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  • Oct 10, 2017
  • 1 India 103 in Global Human Capital Index 2017 [ Country/State Ranks/Indices ]

    India was 103 out of 130 countries surveyed in World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Human Capital Index (GHCI) 2017. In the previous version, India ranked 105th. Capacity ultimately related to past investment in formal education.

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  • 2 🌟 Vladivostok Sea Route- Countering China’S OBOR (Important) [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    With Chennai-Vladivostok sea route, India is planning to connect Chennai with key Russian port Vladivostok via sea route to harness natural resources from Northeast Asia and Western Pacific region.

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  • 3 UGC Announces Application Process for Eminence Status [ Education ]

    University Grants Commission (UGC) rolled out systematic application process for universities and higher education institutes which seek to become “Institutions of Eminence”. Institutions of Eminence is a status grated to the top universities and institutes in India.

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  • 4 🌟 Sundarbans and Environment Perspective- First Compendium of Animal Species in Indian (Important) [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) published compendium “Fauna of Sundarban Biosphere Reserve in Indian Sundarbans”. First of its kind compendium in India. Consolidates information of faunal diversity of Sundarbans.


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  • 5 🌟 Six Committees of Cabinet (Important) [ Policy/Governance ]

    Union Government reconstituted six Committees of the Cabinet. Cabinet Committees are extra-constitutional in nature and are nowhere mentioned in the Constitution. They reduce the workload of the Government.

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  • Oct 9, 2017
  • 1 🌟 The Code on Wages Bill 2017 (Important) [ Bills ]

    As part of labour law reforms, the Government has undertaken the exercise of rationalization of the 38 Labour Acts into 4 labour codes- Code on Wages, Code on Industrial Relations, Code on Social Security, and Code on occupational safety, health, and working conditions.

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  • 2 First Diesel Consignment Sent to Myanmar [ Economy ]

    With growing hydrocarbon engagement between India and Myanmar, the first consignment of 30 MT of High Speed Diesel was sent today from India to Myanmar. Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. (NRL) supplying HSD to Bangladesh, despatched the first diesel consignment to Myanmar.

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  • 3 🌟 India’S Forex Reserves Cross Record $400 Billion- Why are Forex Reserves Important? (Important) [ Economy ]

    According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI), India’s foreign exchange (Forex) reserves crossed $400 billion due to sharp rise in foreign currency assets. Increase confidence in the monetary and exchange rate policies.

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  • 4 IUCN: Snow Leopard No Longer Endangered, Mouse Deer in Telangana Forest, New Species [ Environment/Ecology ]

    International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) changed conservation status of snow leopard from “endangered” to “vulnerable” after three-year assessment. Changed 45 years after snow leopard first declared endangered in 1972.

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  • 5 🌟 Indian Citizenship to Chakma and Hajong Refugees- Comparing Them with Rohingyas (Important) [ Policy/Governance ]

    Nearly one lakh Chakma and Hajong refugees living in northeast (mostly staying in Arunachal Pradesh), who came from erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) five decades ago will get Indian citizenship.

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