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

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  • Aug 24, 2019
  • 1 Steps Being Taken to Control Spread of Fall Army Worm [ Policy/Governance, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    The Department under Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare is taking several steps to control the spread of Fall Army Worm in the country. The term “armyworm” can be referred to several species with invasive behaviour on a massive scale at larval stage.

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  • Aug 23, 2019
  • 1 Basic Savings Basic Deposit Accounts Scheme [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    A BSBD account means an account that does not require customers to maintain a minimum or average monthly balance. These accounts are aimed towards enhancing financial inclusion among the economically weaker sections of the society.

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  • 2 Tiger Census, RTE, Education Down to Earth 16th to 31st 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    MCQ Tracker – Target Prelims: Change in definition of tiger census, Phytosanitary certificate, Methyl bromide, Fall armyworm, Gaur – Vulnerable - IUCN, Green New Deal, Green Marshall Plan, Colistin, Kangech, Vitamin B12, Higher Education, RTI Act.

    Highlights Chandrayaan-2, Indi

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  • 3 Kurukshetra August 2019 : - Union Budget 2019-20 (Part 1) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Key Topics Included In This Article: - Around 3,100 FPOs are currently promoted in the country thru schemes of GoI, State Govt. and National Bank for agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD). The share of private investment in GCF shows a decline during this period. In the recent

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  • 4 Kurukshetra August 2019 : - Union Budget 2019-20 (Part 2) [ Kurukshetra ]

    Union Budget 2019 - 20: Towards A Healthy India: Figure 1: Allocation for the Health Sector in Union Budget 2019 - 20 ( Rs. Cr. ) Ideally the Union Health Budget should have been raised to approximately Rs. 70,000 Cr. in 2019 - 20 in line with the NHP 2017 target. However, an a

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  • Aug 22, 2019
  • 1 India’S First BS VI Certificate in Two Wheeler Segment Released [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) released India’s first Type Approval Certificate (TAC) for Bharat Stage - VI (BS - VI) norms for the two wheeler segment in New Delhi.

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  • 2 Swachh Survekshan 2020 to Be Launched [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister launched the ‘Swachh Survekshan League 2020 on 6thJune 2019. The parameters related to wastewater treatment, reuse and fecal sludge management have been given special attention in the survey.

    Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister p

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  • 3 National Investigation Agency Amendment Bill 2019 Passed [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    National Investigation Agency Amendment Bill 2019 was first of all passed in the Lok Sabha on 15 July 2019 and later on in the Rajya Sabha on 17th July 2019. This bill will allow NIA to probe terrorist activities against India and Indian interests abroad.

    The cases of human traf

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  • 4 Instant Triple Talaq Bill Criminalised [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Women/Minority Empowerment ]

    The Indian Parliament has passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 criminalising triple talaq. The Lower House already had passed the bill on July 25,2019 later on the bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 31 July 2019. The bill will become the law af

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  • 5 Water Crisis in Chennai, Ministry of Jal Shakti -Down to Earth 1st to 15th August 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    University Grants Commission’s (UGC) Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) recently released a new list of quality journals that will be considered for publication of all academic work. Extreme weather events displaced 10.3 million people in China, India and the Phil

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  • 6 Amalgamation of National Institute of Miners Health with ICMR-NIOH [ Policy/Governance, Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Cabinet approved the merger of National Institute of Miners’ Health (NIMH), an autonomous Institute under Union Ministry of Mines (MoM) with ICMR-NIOH (Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Occupational Health), Ahmedabad, under Union Ministry of Health & Famil

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  • Aug 21, 2019
  • 1 The Cabinet Approves Summoning of Parliament After General Election, 2019 [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Pro-tem speaker is a temporary speaker appointed to conduct the functioning in the lower house of Parliament once the General Elections are over. The 17th Lok Sabha pro-tem speaker is Virendra Kumar sworn in by the President of India

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  • 2 Two Exoplanets Found Orbiting Around 8-Billion-Year-Old Red Dwarf [ Science/Technology, Space/ISRO ]

    Astronomers at Calar Alto Observatory have found evidence of two potentially habitable exoplanets orbiting around The Teegarden’s Star. The instrument used for this purpose was Calar Alto high-Resolution search for M dwarfs with Exoearths with Near-infrared and optical Echelle Sp

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  • 3 Committee Formed to Spell Out Revival Plans for Telecom Sector [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Union Telecom Minister under the Supervision of Telecom Secretary had constituted a committee in June 2019 to spell out revival plans for the Telecom Sector acknowledging that country’s telecom industry was under financial stress for a long time.

    To sort out the issue the Un

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  • 4 Advisory on the Ongoing Heat Wave by Health Ministry [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    The Cabinet Minister of Health and Family Welfare under the newly formed cabinet has issued a health advisory for people to stay safe during the heat wave conditions prevailing in the country. A heat wave is a period of excessively hot weather accompanied by high humidity. Genera

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  • 5 Translation of Vedas into Various Indian Languages [ Culture, Newspaper Editorials ]

    Vice President of India at Tirumala proposed to translate Vedas into various Indian languages so as to make its understandibility simple and easy for the common men. As per Vice President Vedas are veritable treasure house of knowledge and research programmes should be conducted

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  • Aug 19, 2019
  • 1 Formation of Jal Shakti Ministry [ Policy/Governance, Down-to-Earth ]

    A new Ministry called ‘Jal Shakti’ has been created by the Centre comprising Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation along with the Drinking Water and Sanitation.

    All the aspects of water regulation and its management will come under one department.

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  • 2 Approval of the Muslims Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, 2019 [ Policy/Governance, Down-to-Earth ]

    Union Cabinet has approved the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 by replacing the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019 (Ord. 4 of 2019).

    The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Second Ordinance, 2019 was prom

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  • 3 Rescue & Rehabilitation of 66,169 Child Labourers Under NCLP Scheme 2018-19 [ Policy/Governance ]

    Any form of work that deprives children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school, and is mentally, physically, socially or morally harmful is known Child Labour.

    Many children aged 5–14 from poorer families during the 19th and early 20th centuri

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  • 4 Brain of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope Designed [ Science/Technology, International Relations/Organizations ]

    Scientists at Cambridge University have successfully finished designing the brain of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) which is the largest radio telescope in the world. The SKA’s Science Data Processor (SDP) consortium has concluded its engineering design work, marking the end of

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  • 5 National Defence Fund and Scholarship [ Policy/Governance, Defense ]

    The National Defence Fund was set up in 1962 to take charge of voluntary donations in cash and kind received for promotion of the national defence effort, and to decide on their utilisation.

    The Fund is used for the welfare of the members of the Armed Forces (including Para Mili

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  • Aug 18, 2019
  • 1 One Nation One Poll [ Policy/Governance ]

    The one Nation One Poll has been backed by The President and The Prime Minister of India in Lok Sabha including the state assemblies. Normal public life and essential services are disrupted due to frequent elections including the road traffic during political rallies leading to n

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  • 2 Launch of Defence Industrial Production Corridor [ Defense ]

    The projects for Defence industrial corridor were launched by Union Defence Minister along with the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in Aligarh district in August 2018. Later on in January 2019 the Defence Minister inaugurated the Tamil Nadu Defence Industrial Corridor.

    The main ide

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  • 3 MoU for Joint Collaboration on Cancer Research Signed Between DBT and DAE [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for supporting a joint collaborative research programmes in area of Cancer was signed by The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under Ministry of Science and Technology and Department of Atmoic Energy.

    The DAE is represented by its Tata Memoria

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  • 4 IAF’S AN-32 Aircraft Formally Certified to Operate on Indigenous Bio-Jet Fuel [ Science/Technology, Defense ]

    IAF’s formidable workhorse, the Russian made AN-32 aircraft was formally fleet certified to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to 10 % of indigenous bio-jet fuel. The approval certificate was received at the aero-engine test facilities at Chandigarh.

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  • 5 📹 Kurukshetra : -Rural Non Farm Sector (Part -1)July 2019 [ Kurukshetra ]

    Key Topics Included In This Article: - What is Rural Non-Farm Sector, Deendayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushal Yojana, Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana National Livelihoods Mission, Aajeevika Grameen Express Yojana (AGEY), Status of Rural Employment, Importance of Rural Non-Farm Sector, Mapp

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  • 6 📹 Kurukshetra :- Rural Non-Farm Sector (Part -2) July 2019 [ Kurukshetra ]

    Rural Tourism: An Asset to Non-Farm Sector: More than one-fifth of rural households w/self-employment in agriculture have income less than poverty line. Interventions to enhance farm productivity are easier said than done, as they require consistent long-term efforts. A NITI Aay

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  • 7 📹 Kurukshetra :- Rural Non-Farm Sector (Part -3) July 2019 [ Kurukshetra ]

    DAY-NRLM-Reducing Poverty thru Livelihood Diversification: -Deendayal Antodaya Yojana- National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) is aimed at alleviation of rural poverty thru building sustainable community institutions of poor. It seeks to sustainable livelihood opportunities

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  • Aug 17, 2019
  • 1 24-Hours Timeframe to Bring Back Payment Data Processed Out of India [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Reserve Bank of India has directed all the payment entities along with all other banks operating in India to restore payment data processed out of India. The RBI reiterated its stand of last year’s on compulsory localisation of payments data.

    WhatsApp has set up its data sto

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  • 2 Auto-Immune Diseases [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    A condition in which one own immune system mistakenly attacks one’s body. The immune system acts as a guard against germs like bacteria, fungi, viruses etc. In other words the immune system protects our body from disease causing organisms by releasing antibodies to counter it.

    I

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