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

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  • Dec 26, 2019
  • 1 🌟 E-Cigarettes and Nicotine: Addiction [ Health ]

    E-Cigarettes are the battery-powered vaporizer that works by heating up nicotine liquid, called “juice. ” E-Cigarettes do not fall within the ambit of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply

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  • 2 Drug Types, Examples and Risks [ Health ]

    Drug abuse just does not affect the user; it also affects their friends and their families. Somethimes recreational drug use triggers an outright addiction. There are many underlying causes addiction- from prescription drug abuse to self-medication. There are seven different drug

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  • 3 Drug Addiction Rehabilitation [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    Drug rehabilitation is the process of medical or psychotherapeutic to remove dependence on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and street drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, heroin, or amphetamines. It enables the patient to cease substance abuse and to purs

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  • Dec 24, 2019
  • 1 2G Ethanol plant in Panipat [ Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The government is planning to set up twelve 2G ethanol bio-refinery plants in 11 states in India including Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh with an investment of 10,000 crores. Indian Oil has

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  • 2 DTE 16 to 31 December [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Junk and Packaged Foods-Monster: Junk foods are pre-prepared or packaged food with low nutritional value. Ultra-Processed foods have been reported to have extreme amounts of salt and fat that severely affect health. Junk foods contain mainly saturated fat, sugar and salt, vegetab

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  • 3 DTE 16 to 31 December The main reasons for the decline in elephant population [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Social and Emotional Intelligence of Elephants: Elephants have been observed to closely resemble humans in their emotional and social behaviour. It has been revealed that elephants can identify themselves which might be due to elephant’s excellent memory which can help recognise

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  • Dec 23, 2019
  • 1 Global Bio-India Summit [ Science/Technology, Environment/Ecology, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    First Global Bio-India Summit-2019 was organized in New Delhi from 21st to 23rd November, 2019. This Summit was organized by the Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology and co-organized by the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council. Th

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  • 2 Uttam Rake [ Railways ]

    On the 69th Foundation Day of Western Railways Uttam Rake was introduced. Uttam Rake is a non Ac local train for ladies from Churchgate to Virar in Mumbai. As a part of Make in India initiative several advanced features have been set up in the train. Two Uttam Rake were built at

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  • 3 Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) [ Agriculture/Agro Industries, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Zero budget means without using any money or credit to purchase any inputs and other expenses in farming and natural farming means farming with nature and without chemicals. Farmers use products from nature like cow dung as manure. Zero Budget Natural Farming does not involve pes

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  • Dec 19, 2019
  • 1 Plastic Waste in Development of Roads [ Health, Environment/Ecology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Non-Biodegradable plastic waste is one of the biggest threats to the environment and human health. To tackle the challenges of plastic waste the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway converting plastic waste with the Bitumen to build green, all-weather sustainable roads and High

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  • 2 Swachh-Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan [ Health, Environment/Ecology, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Swachh-Nirmal Tat Abhiyaan is launched under the Union Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to create awareness about drive and cleanliness program in 50 identified beaches. The beaches were identified from 10 coastal States/UTs these are Andhra Pradesh, Ke

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  • 3 Increase in Ex-gratia for fatal coal mine accidents [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    The central government has increased the ex-gratia amount to Rs. 15 lakh from Rs. 5 Lakh for fatal accidents in the coal mine. This compensation will cover more than 3.5 lakh families of workers of Coal India.

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  • Dec 14, 2019
  • 1 Yojana December 2019 Urbanisation Slums in India – Facts & Misconceptions [ Yojana ]

    Slums in India – Facts & Misconceptions: “Blue polygon” settlements, so termed because clusters of such homes- four poles surmounted by a blue plastic sheet-appear as blue rectangles in satellite images. UN- Habitat employs five criteria to identify slums. Each related to a livin

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  • 2 Yojana December 2019 Urbanisation Developing Natural Forest Cover [ Yojana ]

    Developing Natural Forest Cover: A Case Study from Yadadri, Telangana: W/enthusiasm generated across all sections of society to plant & protect saplings planted under ‘Telanganaku Haritha haram, ’ a flagship programme of state to create an entire forest instead of mere plantation

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  • Dec 10, 2019
  • 1 The Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Wholesale Price Index (WPI) [ Economy ]

    Retail inflation (CPI) has been increased to 4.62 % which is 16-month high and above the targeted rate of inflation. Increase in Consumer Price Index (CPI) is due to food inflation which has increased to 6.93%. This increase of inflation is higher since 2016. Recently there has b

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  • 2 Sambhar Lake [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Sambhar Lake is India’s biggest inland salt water lake and UNESCO world heritage site located at Jaipur district in Rajasthan. It is protected under the Ramsar Convention which has a global recognition to conserve wetlands. It is host to lots of migratory birds mainly Flamingo’s.

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  • 3 Pneumonia the Occasion of World Pneumonia Day [ Health ]

    Pneumonia and diarrhoea progress report card has been released recently on 12th November 2019 by International Vaccine Access Centre of John Hopkins (IVAC) on the occasion of World Pneumonia Day. IVAC helps in building knowledge and support for the value of vaccines. The report r

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  • 4 Mangroves of Sundarbans Wetland [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    The mangroves are considered as salt tolerant plants being adaptable to harsh conditions in climatic conditions in coastal regions. Mangroves can withstand higher temperature; higher humidity and can stand strong winds. It provides protection to the coastal communities.

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  • Dec 9, 2019
  • 1 India’S Noise Regulation Rules [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Noise pollution is the propagation of noise with harmful impacts on the human activity or animal life occurring mainly due to human activities. Ambient noise levels have been increasing from various sources. like industrial activity, loudspeakers, music systems, noise from the ve

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  • Dec 6, 2019
  • 1 DTE 15-30 Nov 2019 [ Down-to-Earth ]

    REDD + Potential for India: REDD refers to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. It also includes role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries. REDD mechanism was introduced under U

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  • 2 DTE 15-30 Nov 2019 Ganga Action Plan [ Down-to-Earth ]

    Two out of every three Indians drink milk adulterated with detergent, caustic soda, urea and paint. The WHO has warned India that failure to immediately check the adulteration of milk and milk products would see 87 % of Indian citizens suffering serious diseases like cancer by 20

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  • 3 DTE 15-30 Nov 2019 the Regional Comprehensive [ Down-to-Earth ]

    The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) -designed to mitigate pollution hotspots has identified 129 cities that donot comply with the particulate standards. The Chinese government adopted the approach to Unified Planning, Unified Monitoring altering and unified standards in multi

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  • Dec 2, 2019
  • 1 📹 SMART Cities and AMRUT Mission [ Policy/Governance ]

    SMART Cities and AMRUT are the two major schemes of Central Government of India for the development of Urban areas. Under the Smart Cities Mission, 100 cities with the objective of promoting area-based urban development initiatives will be covered. Under AMRUT basic services like

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  • 2 Global Innovation Index -2019 GII Preview [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    India ranked at 52nd position among the 129 nations based on 80 indicators in Global Innovation Index 2019. In 2018 India’s rank was 57. India’s rank has been consistently improving. It jumped from 57th position to 52nd in this year. Switzerland is in the first position in the in

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  • 3 Single Use Plastics Rise of Plastic Consumption in India [ Environment/Ecology ]

    Single Use Plastics or Disposable plastics include items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. Some of the examples include plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles and most food packaging. The Prime Minister of India at the S

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  • 4 Tiger Conservation in Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam and Andhra Pradesh [ Environment/Ecology ]

    The number of tigers in Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve (NSTR) in Andhra Pradesh has increased by efforts taken by Tiger Conservation Foundation (TCF). Nagarjuna-Srisailam Tiger Reserve is also the largest tiger reserve and it spreads over five districts of Andhra Pradesh

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  • Nov 29, 2019
  • 1 Dhanush Artillery Guns [ Science/Technology, Defense ]

    Dhanush is the first indigenous long range artillery gun introduced in the Indian army on 4th November, 2019. It was manufactured by the Jabalpur based Gun Carriage Factory. Indian Army which began inducting the indigenously upgraded Dhanush artillery guns entire order of 114 gun

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  • 2 Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a free trade agreement consisting of 16 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. This partnership looks after the trade agreement among its member countries by dropping tariffs and duties. RECP member’s accounts for 25 % of t

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  • 3 AYUSH, Traditional Medicine System [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    AYUSH traditional Medicine System of India consists of Ayurveda, yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy and these medicine systems are being practiced in India since ages. Ayurvedic system includes physical, psychological, spiritual and social. Indian government wants to

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  • Nov 28, 2019
  • 1 Wastelands the Land Resource Department [ Environment/Ecology ]

    The National Remote Sensing Centre prepared a wasteland Atlas being released by the Land Resource Department. Degraded forests, overgrazed pastures, drought-struck pastures, eroded valleys, hilly slopes, waterlogged marshy lands, barren land etc constitute to Wastelands.

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