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

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  • Oct 4, 2019
  • 1 ISRO Wants Chandrayaan 2 to Land on Moon’S South Pole [ Science/Technology ]

    In a significant development towards the field of Space and Technology, ISRO’s Chandrayaan 2 successfully entered into Moon’s orbit on 20 August 2019. The next target of ISRO is to make Chandrayaan 2 landing on the South Pole of the Moon. Chandrayaan 2 was launched on 22 July 201

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  • 2 Fit India Movement Launched [ Sports, Health ]

    The nation-wide Fit India movement was launched on 29th August 2019 by the Prime Minister of India the occasion of National Sports Day, at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. The National Sports Day (observed on 29 August) observed to commemorate birth anniversary of hoc

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  • Oct 3, 2019
  • 1 National Animal Disease Control Programme to Launched [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    In a significant step towards doubling farmer’s income along with their empowerment, the National Animal Disease Control Programme was launched on Sept 11,2019 in Mathura (Uttar Pradesh). The main aim of the NADCP is to eradicate Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis in th

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  • 2 Steps Taken to Implement the Institutions of Eminence (IoE) Scheme [ Education, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The Ministry of HRD along with the Ministry of Human Resource Development issued orders to 5 public Universities (IIT Madras, Banaras Hindu University, IIT Kharagpur, University of Delhi AND University of Hyderabad) conveying their declaration as Institutions of Eminence (IoE). T

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  • 3 National Genomic Grid to Be Set Up for India-Specific Cancer Research [ Science/Technology, Health ]

    In a significant development towards Health and Family Welfare so as to take cancer research to the next level and make treatment viable for people of different economic classes, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare announced to set up a National Genomic Grid. The Gen

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  • Sep 30, 2019
  • 1 Second Double Decker UDAY Express for Business Travellers [ Policy/Governance, Railways ]

    In a significant development, the Indian Railways has decided to run UDAY or Utkrisht Double Decker Air-Conditioned Yatri Express which is also going to be the second luxury double-decker train. This Express will run between Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada. The UDAY or Utkrisht Dou

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  • 2 Down to Earth 16 - 30 Sept 2019 - Kigali Amendment and Amazon Rainforest [ Down-to-Earth ]

    1. First Food Benefits: Food connects nature and nutrition with livelihoods. The food coming out from the biodiversity also ensures employment to people. Cooking and eating gives us pleasure and a good health. The Centre for Science and Environment published the first edition of

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  • 3 Down to Earth 16-30 Sept 2019 - Kigali Amendment and Amazon Rainforest Part 2 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    9. The Supreme Court, The NGT and the Karnataka High court’s recent grants and permissions: To complete the construction of the Rohtang Highway Tunnel, the Supreme Court (SC) has granted permission to divert 2.2 hectares of forestland in Himachal Pradesh to Paras Stone crusher to

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  • Sep 28, 2019
  • 1 Special Protection Group and Its History [ Defense ]

    The Special Protection Group came into being in the year on 8th April 1985 immediately after the assassination of the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In 1988, the SPG Act was passed which specified the role of SPG towards protecting the Prime Minister of India.

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  • 2 206 Officers to Be Sent to Field Units from Army Headquarters [ Policy/Governance, Defense ]

    In a significant step towards the field of defence and security, 206 officers belonging to the Indian Army will be sent to field units from Headquarters, Vigilance Cell and Human Rights Section formed. The aim is to increase the efficiency and war-waging capabilities under the le

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  • Sep 27, 2019
  • 1 Agreement Signed Between India and Peru on Cooperation in the Field of Medicinal Plants [ International Relations/Organizations, Health ]

    An agreement between the National Medicinal Plants Board, Ministry of AYUSH, and the National Institute of Health, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Peru was signed on August 28,2019 for cooperation in the field of medicinal plants. This agreement is expected to enhance the b

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  • 2 Lab Grown Meat Developed by IIT Guwahati Researchers [ Science/Technology ]

    In a significant development towards the field of Science and Technology, the researchers from IIT Guwahati have developed lab grown meat on August 25,2019. This meat will have the essential nutrients and is being considered as an important step towards cruelty-free food.

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  • 3 50 Hectares of Degraded Land to Be Restored by 2030 [ International Relations/Organizations, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change announced India has set target to restore 50 lakh hectare of its degraded land by 2030.14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noid

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  • 4 India’S Biggest Dabba Trading Case Taken Up by Enforcement Directorate [ Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Enforcement Directorate has started investigations into the high profile Nagpur Dabba Trading case. The Nagpur’s “Dabba Trading” case was cracked in 2016. The enforcement case information report was registered by the Enforcement Directorate based on the First Information Repo

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  • Sep 26, 2019
  • 1 Ban on Single Use Plastic Materials by the Indian Railways [ Policy/Governance, Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    All regional offices have been asked by the Union Ministry of Railways to ensure complete removal of single-use plastics from all railways stations effective from 2 October 2019. The main aim is to shield the environment from menace of plastic. All plastic material with less than

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  • 2 Janaushadhi Sugam-a Mobile Application Launched [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    A mobile application Janausadhi Sugam was launched by the Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers on Aug 27,2019. It was also announced that “Jan Aushadhi Suvidha Oxo-Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin” will now be available at only One Rupee per pad. The Janausadhi Sugam will en

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  • Sep 25, 2019
  • 1 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 Way Forward [ Yojana ]

    Way Forward: PMAY-G aims to achieve objective of “Housing for All” by 2022. A total of 1.54 cr rural homes have been completed in last 5 years. In 2nd Phase of PMAY-G, during 2019 - 20 to 2021 - 22,1.95 cr houses are proposed to be provided to eligible beneficiaries.

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  • 2 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 Inland Waterways [ Yojana ]

    Inland waterways: Ministry is augmenting capacity of NW-1 under jal marg Vikas project. Project will enable movement of large vessels of 1.500 - 2.000 tones on inland waterway. Logistics: Logistics mngt. includes design & administration of system to control flow of material, wo

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  • 3 Success of Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) [ Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs while inaugurating the ‘Housing for all 2022’ (NAREDCO 15TH National Conference) announced about the success of Real Estate Regulatory Authority on 20th Sept 2019. The stakeholders have begun to accept the regulators. The government has

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  • Sep 23, 2019
  • 1 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 [ Yojana ]

    On The Path of Progress: India is a unique combination of urban-rural, agricultural-industrial and formal-informal skill components and as such India’s development plan or its trajectory is unique in terms of interventions, ideas as well as approaches. With initiatives such as th

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  • 2 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 Rural Development [ Yojana ]

    The sharing pattern under Programmes for non Himalayan States became 60: 40, and 90: 10 in Himalayan States. Under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G), instead of a 75: 25 sharing earlier, it became 60: 40 leveraging a total of Rs. 45,000 crore in 3 Years as State share,

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  • 3 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 Poverty of Households [ Yojana ]

    National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP) was requested to assess the impact of Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana-Gramin (PMAY-G) on Income and Employment. MoRD, we estimate that the scheme could have generated about 52.47 crore person-days are for skilled labour and the

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  • 4 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 India’S Journey Towards [ Yojana ]

    India’s Foreign Policy Approach: The new approach is reflected in the foreign policy pillars of Panchamrit - Samman (dignity and honour), Samvaad (engagement and dialogue), Samriddhi (Shared Prosperity), Suraksha (regional and global security) and Sanskriti evam Sabhyata (Cultur

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  • 5 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 Water Conservation [ Yojana ]

    Water Crisis – A Major Impediment: India has just 2.4 % geographical area of the world while harbouring nearly one sixth of the global population and the world’s highest owner of livestock. Although the mother Earth is predominantly (70%) covered by water, only 2.5 % is freshwat

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  • 6 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 Developing a Knowledge [ Yojana ]

    Developing a Knowledge – based Society: The budget allocation for the S&T Sector is less than 08 % compared to about 3 - 5 % by developed countries, including China. For all these to be achieved, the investment in human resource development aiming at enabling the youth power w/th

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  • 7 Yojana September 2019 Resurgent India 2019-20 Skills for a $5 Trillion Economy [ Yojana ]

    Skills for a $5 Trillion Economy: According to the Economic Survey, ‘the working-age population in the country will grow by roughly 97 lakh per year during the coming decade and 42 lakh per year in the 2030s’. It has projected that, “If we assume that the labour force participati

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  • Sep 22, 2019
  • 1 Thar Link Express Suspended [ Policy/Governance, International Relations/Organizations ]

    The weekly Jodhpur-Munabao Thar Link Express has been suspended by the government of India over the arising tensions with Pakistan due to the abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir. Prior to this India also cancelled Samjhauta Express from its end after Pakistan’s announcement of

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  • 2 Down to Earth Summary 1-15 September 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    1. The Dictum of Desertification: The United Nation’s Convention emphasized land and water by preventing land degradation and water scarcity. To prevent the world from deadly impacts of the climate change. Building wealth for the poorest and improving their livelihoods. Mitigati

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  • 3 Down to Earth Summary 1-15 September 2019 Part-2 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    6. More than 100 countries are at the risk of desertification. The risk is likely to displace 700 million people worldwide by 2050. The desertification has resulted in a number of social and economic stressors such as food security, wealth and productivity. Sudan was under mil

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  • 4 Down to Earth Summary 1-15 September 2019 Part 3 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    11. Asia is most severely affected by land degradation, desertification and drought Economic appraisal (cost of restoration vs. benefit of restoration) in the ELD Asia study report says that if all Asian countries invest and develop sustainable land management technologies on its

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