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

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  • May 9, 2020
  • 1 Tyler Prize for the Environment Awarded to Indian Economist Who Formulate Green Economy [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Two pioneers have been awarded Tyler prize for economic value quantification of our environment. Tyler prize is considered as “Nobel prize for Environment”.

    • These pioneers are Pavan Sukhdev and Gretchen C Daily.

    • Despite working in very disparate areas of research, both the exp

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  • 2 China Confirms Human to Human Transmission for Corona Virus [ Down-to-Earth ]

    In China, human to human transmission has been confirmed for a new strain of coronavirus. It has generated fears of a SARS like virus.

    • 14 helpers of coronavirus infected patients have caught the infection from the patients.

    • In Guangdong province of Southern China two people ha

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  • May 8, 2020
  • 1 Cold Trap Severe Winter Keeps Killing as Govt Drags Feet on Policy [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    In Uttar Pradesh 30 people are reported to have died due to recent cold wave. Nagaland witnessed a surprise rainfall in December 2019, after a long gap of 40 years. December 28,2019 was recorded as second coldest day of Bihar’s Patna in the decade.

    • On 31stDecember 2019, Tikamga

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  • 2 India 117th Among 190 Countries in Empowering Women [ Down-to-Earth, Women/Minority Empowerment ]

    India has been ranked 117th among 190 countries on Women Business and law-2020 index, released by World Bank. The index measures economic empowerment of the women. India’s score is 74.4 which is on par with Gambia and Benin and way below Rwanda and Lesotho.

    • The global average i

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  • 3 A Drug for Schizophrenia like Disease [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Researchers at NCCS, Pune have made a breakthrough discovery which will help in deeper understanding of mechanism underlying disorders and diseases of nervous system. The researchers have succeeded in capturing 3 Dimensional view of GluD1 receptor protein.

    The discovery is impor

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  • 4 CBI Books Frost International Limited in Bank Fraud Case [ Economy ]

    Mumbai based Frost International Limited. A Merchant trading company has been booked by Central Bureau of Investigation for allegedly defrauding a consortium of 14 banks led by Bank of India of Rs. 3,592.48 crore. Company’s directors along with 11 others have also been booked by

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  • 5 No Election Tickets for Candidates with Criminal Background [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Election Commission of India has told the apex court that its 2018 directions regarding declaration of criminal antecedents by the candidates has not been successful in curbing the criminalization of politics. The poll panel has rather suggested that Supreme Court should ask

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  • 6 Number of Cities in Centres Clean Air Program Inadequate [ Environment/Ecology ]

    According to a recent report by Greenpeace India, the pollution levels of 80 % of Indian cities exceed Particulate Matter standard. Jharia (a neighbourhood in Dhanbad District) in Jharkhand has been listed as the most polluted city in terms of PM10. The report also reveals that t

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  • May 5, 2020
  • 1 MGNREGA Scheme Faces Fund Crunch [ Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    MGNREGA scheme has been in news recently due to the shortage of funds it is facing. In the budget 2019 - 20, Rs. 60,000 crores were allocated for the scheme. 96 % of the allocated money has already been spent.

    • 15 states have been identified where dues are pending.

    • Rajasthan ha

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  • 2 Annual Fishing Ban to Protect Olive Ridley in Gahirmatha [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    The forest Department of Odisha has banned fishing in Gahirmatha Marine Sanctuary for seven months, starting from November 1,2019 to May 31,2020. The objective of the ban is to protect Olive Ridley Turtles who come to the Odisha coast every year in November for mating and breedin

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  • 3 Measles AMR 2020: a Big Challenge [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    Last year incidence or widespread outbreak of measles was reported in at least 187 countries. Many of these countries had already acquired “elimination certificate” for measles from World Health Organization. WHO said that data reveals a 300 percent increase in reported cases in

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  • 4 Bru Reang Agreement [ Bills ]

    A tripartite agreement has been signed in January 2020 between governments of Tripura and Mizoram, Centre and the representatives of Bru Reang Tribal communities. This agreement envisages an end to 23 year old Bru Reang crisis. The agreement is critical for ensuring peace and eco

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  • 5 Adulteration in Milk [ Economy, Health ]

    A food is considered adulterated if a harmful substance is added to it or a nutritious substance is removed from it. Recently FSSAI released the first-of-its-kind National milk sample safety quality survey report to assess the level of adulteration in milk.

    • This comprehensive s

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  • 6 107th Indian Science Congress [ Science/Technology ]

    The 107th Indian science Congress was held on January 3 - 7,2020 at the University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bengaluru. The theme of 107th ISC is “Science and Technology: Rural Development”. The summit witnessed participation of academians, policymakers, scientists, policym

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  • May 4, 2020
  • 1 Turtle Rehabilitation Centre [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    The State government of Bihar came up with first-of-its- kind rehabilitation centre for freshwater turtles. It will be located in Bihar’s Bhagalpur Forest Division and is to be spread over half a hectare. Centre will be able to host 500 turtles at a time.

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  • 2 Scientists Find a New Way to Fight TB [ Health, Down-to-Earth ]

    A joint study by Translational Health Science and Technology, New Delhi, IIT Indore and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Identification of a panel of single stranded DNA aptamers that are Mycobacterium tuberculosis malate synthase specific. Short nucleotide seq

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  • 3 NCCS Scientists Find New Microbial Species in Sambhar Lake [ Down-to-Earth, Geography, Environment/Ecology ]

    The Scientists at National Center for Cell Science, Pune have discovered a novel archael species. The species has been named Natrialba swarupiae after Renu Swarup, Secretary and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

    • She has played a pivotal role in simplifying Biodi

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  • 4 IIT Madras Scientist to Improve Algorithms in Lattice Cryptography [ Science/Technology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Recently Swarna Jayanti Fellowship has been awarded to 14 researchers including Shweta Agarwal from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Her current work involves constructing advanced cryptographic protocols. These protocols are believed to be resistant to quantum computers.

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  • 5 Carbon Capture Technology [ Environment/Ecology, Down-to-Earth ]

    Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a range of technologies that aim to prevent the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere by heavy industries, power stations and other large polluting point sources.

    • Its objective is to mitigate the harmful effect of carbon dioxide on th

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  • 6 Andhra Pradesh Disha Bill Act [ Bills, Education ]

    Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly has passed the Andhra Pradesh Disha Act, 2019 or Andhra Pradesh Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2019. The unanimous passing of Disha Act has made Andhra Pradesh the first state in India to award death sentence to the guilty for rape and gang rape

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  • May 2, 2020
  • 1 Verbal Autopsy [ Health, Bills ]

    Verbal autopsy is a research method for ascertaining and attributing causes of death where there was no medical record or formal medical attention given. In VA, health information and events prior to death are acquired from interview of person (s) familiar with the deceased. The

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  • 2 Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology [ Science/Technology, Computers & ICT ]

    Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) uses electromagnetic field to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. RFID has three components- RFID tag (smart label), an RFID reader and an antenna.

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  • 3 One Nation One Card [ Policy/Governance ]

    One nation one ration card scheme will allow portability of food security benefits. Under the initiative eligible beneficiaries would be able to avail their entitled food grains under NFSA from any Fair Price Shop in the country using the same ration card.

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  • 4 Global Poverty Index 2019 [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Global Poverty Index measures the number of people living in poverty under regional, national and subnational levels and sheds light on inequalities across countries and among poor themselves. Multidimensional poverty index is published by United Nations Development Program (UNDP

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  • Apr 30, 2020
  • 1 Parliament & State Legislature -Article 370, Article 35A [ Govt. Schemes/Projects, Bills ]

    Basis of Jammu and Kashmir’s accession to the Indian union. The original draft Article 306A (now 370) was passed in the Constituent Assembly on May 27,1949. The Indian-administered region jurisdiction is allowed to make its own laws in all matters except, finance, defence, foreig

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  • 2 Right Issues: Maratha Reservation, Waqf Properties [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Bills ]

    Maratha Reservation

    Maharashtra government’s law on reservation for Marathas has been recently upheld by the Bombay High Court. The law proposed reservation benefits in education and public employment on the Maratha community. Creation of a group called Socially and Educationally

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  • 3 Official Secrets Act, Rafale Deal Case [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Bills ]

    Official Secrets Act

    Stolen documents’in Rafale case. Imperative to understand the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

    Key Features

    • Spying or espionage which is dealt with in Section 3 of the Act.

    • Disclosure of other secret information of the government which is dealt with in Section

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  • 4 International Issues: Zero Chance & Brazil's Dirty List [ International Relations/Organizations ]

    Zero Chance

    It is being launched by the Australian government. To raise awareness among people trying to enter the country illegally by boats. As per the Australian government the immigrants will be turned back from Australia if they attempt to come illegally by boat.

    • Applicati

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  • 5 The States: Presidential Order Amending Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954 - Executive Order, Reservation Bill [ Bills ]

    The Centre’s executive order. Challenged in the J&K high court.

    Executive Order

    • Approval of the proposal of the J&K Governor’s administration to amend the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954.

    • The President of India issued an executive order amending the

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  • 6 The Union: Privilege Motion [ Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Breach of privilege motion was moved against PM and Defence Minister. Misleading of the Parliament on the Rafale fighter jet deal issue. The members of Parliament, individually and collectively can enjoy certain rights and immunities.

    • Enables them to effectively discharge their

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