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

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  • Aug 16, 2019
  • 1 The Volcanic Eruption in Papua New Guinea [ Environment/Ecology, Disaster Management, Geography ]

    Papua New Guinea has the most active volcanoes in the South West Pacific. The Ulawun Volcano being one of the world’s most hazardous erupted on 26th June 2019. Earlier in the month of June 2019 two massive volcanic eruptions took place in Papua New Guinea

    A massive spewing lava h

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  • 2 Price for Sovereign Gold Bonds Fixed at Rs3443 Per Gram by the Centre [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The government of India has fixed the new series of Sovereign Gold Bonds at Rs3443 opening on July 8. SGBs are government securities denominated in grams of gold. They are substitutes for holding physical gold.

    Investors have to pay the issue price in cash and the bonds will be

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  • 3 Resident’S Award for NALCO for CSR [ Awards, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    An Odisha based Navaratna Company - National Aluminium Company Limited was selected for President’s award on 30th June 2019. NALCO made the best utilisation of Corporate Social Responsibilty fund in social development.

    NALCO was selected for its Aliali Jhia Scheme.

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  • 4 The physical and chemical nature of ancient plasterwork decoded [ Science/Technology ]

    IIT Madras’s Researchers have uncovered the microstructure of the binding materials used in plasterwork during the Mughal period in between 13th to 16th century. Ornamentation done on interior or exterior wall structure or along ceilings and walls is known as Plasterwork.

    Monume

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  • Aug 15, 2019
  • 1 Currency Monitoring List & Its Impact [ Economy, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The United States in May 2019 removed India and Switzerland from the currency monitoring lists. The Countries such as China, Japan and Germany are still in the list of US Currency Monitoring. The Currency Monitoring actually is a way of observing a strict vigil upon the currency

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  • 2 Plastic Cleaning Mushrooms [ Environment/Ecology ]

    In a major breakthrough in the field of Science & Technology, the Scientists have developed such mushrooms that can eat plastics. These mushrooms are capable of living without oxygen and can flourish even at the bottom of a landfill for instance.

    These mushrooms could be used to d

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  • 3 Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) Appointed Manoj Kumar Nambiar as Its New Chairman [ Economy, Appointments ]

    Manoj Kumar Nambiar Managing Director of Arohan Financial Services is elected as new chairman of Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN) at the 6th annual general meeting of MFIN. He is also the Director on Boards of IntelleCash Microfinance Network Company.

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  • 4 SEBI Tightens Its Regulations to Safeguard Investors in Terms of Mutual Fund Investment [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    SEBI’s latest reforms is expected to have a massive impact on India’s trillion mutual fund industry which has to comply with the new sectorial caps from September 2020. The advisory committee formed by the SEBI made these significant reforms. Through this move of SEBI and other m

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  • 5 India’S First Braille Laptop for Visually Impaired Developed [ Science/Technology, Computers & ICT ]

    IIT-Delhi has developed India’s first Braille laptop named ‘Dot Book’ for visually impaired persons. Laptop was developed on the basis of multiple user trials taking care of preferences and needs of the use community.

    This affordable device will help to provide equal opportuniti

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  • Aug 13, 2019
  • 1 Assam Chief Secretary Directed of Having No Right to Be in Office [ Policy/Governance ]

    T he Supreme Court came down heavily on Assam Chief Secretary for his submission that the state government is not bound by any decision of foreigner’s tribunals declaring a person as an illegal migrant.

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  • 2 India’S Unemployment Rate Hit 45-Year High [ Economy ]

    The assessment by the National Sample Survey Office conducted between July 2017-June2018, showed the unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent, the highest since 1972 - 73. The data released by Labour Ministry showed 7.8 % of all employable urban youth being jobless, while the perce

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  • 3 India, Indonesia Set US $50 Billion Trade Target by 2025 [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India and Indonesia set an ambitious US $50 billion target to boost bilateral trade over the next six years. At the G20 Osaka Summit in Japan PM of India and Indonesia President discussed ways to boost cooperation in trade and investment, defense and maritime fronts.

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  • 4 Lok Sabha Passed the Special Economic Zones Amendment Bill [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    The Special Economic Zones amendment bill passed on 26th June 2019 will allow trusts to set up units in Special economic zones. This amendment bill of 2019 will replace the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Ordinance.

    This bill was became the first legislation to be passed in t

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  • 5 A Big Non-Banking Lender Failure Can Cause Huge Losses [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Non-Banking Financial Companies gross bad loans increased from 5.8 % in 2017 - 18 to 6.6 % in 2018 - 19. RBI expressed a concern of greater surveillance on large entities in India’s shadow banking sector as their failure could lead to losses that are similar to those of big b

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  • Aug 12, 2019
  • 1 RBI Financial Stability Report 2019 [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    The Reserve Bank of India released the 19th issue of the Financial Stability Report (FSR) . The FSR reflects the collective assessment of the Sub-Committee of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) on risks to financial stability, as resilience of the financial sy

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  • 2 World Resources Institute [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research non-profit organization that was established in 1982 with funding from the MacArthur Foundation under the leadership of James Gustave Speth. They aintain offices in the United States, China, India, Brazil, and Indonesia. Missio

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  • 3 Famous Space Landers to Explore the Moon’S Mysteries [ Science/Technology ]

    Luna 9: -internal designation Ye-6 No. 13, was unmanned space mission of the Soviet Union’s Luna programme. This was the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the Moon and send images to Earth. This spacecraft was launched by the S. P Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation on

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  • 4 National Company Law Tribunal and Its Proceedings [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The National Company Law Tribunal is a quasi-judicial body established under the Companies Act 2013 being constituted on 1 June 2016 by the Indian Government. This tribunal is based on the recommendations of the Justice Eradi Committee and looks into the issues relating to the In

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  • 5 Chennai Water Crisis & the Mismanagement [ Disaster Management ]

    Chennai is facing a massive drinking water crisis with Tamil Nadu registering 41 % rainfall shortage this summer. Vast scale development projects and illegal encroachments over decades have covered the huge areas of water bodies resulting in this crisis.

    Hospitals in its third-l

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  • 6 North - East National Gas Grid [ Science/Technology ]

    To transport natural gas among north eastern states and West Bengal a 9000 crore rupees gas-grid project has been approved by the Union petroleum and Natural Gas minister in March 2019. There is an abundant amount of natural gas available in Assam, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and

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  • Aug 9, 2019
  • 1 Robots Can Check Pipelines for Leakage [ Science/Technology ]

    IIT Madras has developed a robot to check pipelines for leaks and other faults named Endobot. This robot is to be marketed by an IIT Madras incubated startup, Salinas Integrity. According to Centre for Nondestructive Evaluation in IIT Madras since water pipes typically have an in

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  • 2 India’S Rare Life-Sized Stucco Sculpture Unearthed in Telangana [ Science/Technology ]

    Indian archaeologists unearthed a rare life-sized stucco sculpture from a Buddhist site at Phanigiri in Suryapet, Telangana. This is biggest stucco sculpture found in India till date. As per archaeologists, life-size figurine represents a Bodhisattva in Jathaka Chakra. It was cr

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  • 3 The Pakistani Fishing Boats with 100 Kilograms of Heroin Apprehended by Indian Coast [ International Relations/Organizations, Defense ]

    The Indian coast guards gave an Intelligence input about a suspicious vessel likely to be engaged in drug trafficking in area off Indo-Pak International Maritime Border Line (IMBL) off the Gujarat Coast on 19 May 2019.

    Similar inputs were also received from Directorate of Revenu

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  • 4 Air Conditioning is the World’S Next Big Threat [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Air conditioning has played a significant role in driving global prosperity and happiness over the past few decades by letting people work even in extreme hot conditions. According to the International Energy Agency because of the combination of population growth, rising incomes,

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  • 5 One Nation One Ration Card to Be Implemented by July 2020 [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    One Nation One Ration Card idea is an effort of the government to benefit crores of beneficiaries by July 2020. The Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution unveiled the government efforts towards the same scheme.

    Ration Cards are official documents issue

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  • Aug 8, 2019
  • 1 NASA’S Dragonfly to Explore Saturn’S Moon for Origins and Signs of Life [ Science/Technology ]

    National Aeronautics for Space Administration announced to launch Dragonfly drone helicopter to Saturn’s largest moon Titan in search of building blocks of life in 2020 to explore the unique and richly organic World Titan. Mission aims to reveal clues to how life may have arisen

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  • 2 International Day for Biological Diversity Celebrated Across the Country [ International Relations/Organizations, Environment/Ecology ]

    The International Day for Biological Diversity (or World Biodiversity Day) is a United Nations–sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. It is currently held on May 22. The International Day for Biological Diversity 2019 celebrations focuses on biodiv

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  • 3 Vayoshrestha Samman-National Awards for Senior Citizens 2019 [ Awards, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Department of Social Justice And Empowerment had invited nominations for Vayoshrestha Samman- National Awards for Senior Citizens 2019 for individuals/institutions to be sent by 31st May, 2019.

    Department of Social Justice And Empowerment as part of celebration of the Internatio

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  • 4 India Conducts Firing Trials of ATAGS Howitzer in Rajasthan [ Defense ]

    In the Jaisalmer of Rajasthan, final firing tests of the indigenously developed Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) begun at Pokhran. Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) and senior army officers were present at the trials. Indian Army has begun finalising the

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  • Aug 7, 2019
  • 1 Induction of 400 Experts from Private Sector in Bureaucracy [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Department of Personnel & Training has been asked to prepare a proposal for filling vacant positions laterally. This hiring will comprise 400 domain experts for Deputy Secretary/Director Posts along with the 54 private sector employees. The main motive is to boost efficiency

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