Policies & Governance: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles 2019 (Including PIB)- Download PDF

  • Jul 12, 2018
  • 1 🌟 What is Oxytocin- Uses and Misuses: Regulation of Manufacture, Sale and Import of Oxytocin [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    To check misuse of Oxytocin, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has restricted manufacture of Oxytocin formulation for domestic use to public sector and banned import of Oxytocin & its formulations.

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    Image of Oxytocin

    Image of Oxytocin

    • Govt. regulations w/regard to manufac

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  • 2 🌟 Schemes for Promoting E-Learning (Important) [ Education, Policy/Governance ]

    Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has launched many schemes for promoting e-learning. Objective is to take best teaching learning resources to all, including most disadvantaged. Main e-learning initiatives by MHRD are discussed below.

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  • Jul 11, 2018
  • 1 Mission Mode Plan for Elimination of Unmanned Level Crossings in Indian Railways [ Policy/Governance, Railways ]

    Railway Ministry decided that unmanned level crossings (UMLC) across railways will be eliminated on a priority basis. Review meeting was done in presence of GMs of 5 critical zones (NR, WR, NER, NWR, ECR) w/significant number of UMLCs.

    Map of Kushinagar location

    Map of Kushinagar Location

    Map of Kushinagar location

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  • 2 First Meeting of Think Tank on Framework for National Policy on E-Commerce [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    Minister of Commerce & Industry chaired 1st meeting of think tank to frame national policy on e-commerce on 24th April, 2018. Promote & diversify exports thru Plan schemes, policies & strategies.

    Image of Prabhu to chair ecommerce

    Image of Prabhu to Chair Ecommerce

    Image of Prabhu to chair ecommerce

    Objective

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  • Jul 9, 2018
  • 1 🌟 MNRE Issues National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Environment/Ecology ]

    Union Ministry of New & Renewable Energy on 14th May 2018 issued National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy in New Delhi. Scheme for new hybrid projects under policy is expected shortly. It aims to reduce variability in renewable power generation & achieve better grid stability.

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    Image of Wind And Solar Hybrid Power Systems

    Image of Wind And Solar Hybrid Power Systems

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  • Jul 7, 2018
  • 1 🌟 License for Liquid Chlorine to Facilitate Quality Product with Standard Mark (Important) [ Policy/Governance ]

    Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has granted First Licence to Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd for Liquid Chlorine on all India basis as per Indian Standard (IS) 646: 1986. This is 1st Licence granted on All India basis. Licence is made operative w/effect from April 2018 for one

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  • Jul 6, 2018
  • 1 🌟 India Receives 1st Cargo of ADNOC Crude Oil for Mangalore Strategic Petroleum Reserve (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    India received first cargo of UAE crude oil for filling up one of two Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) caverns built by Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve Ltd (ISPRL) at Mangalore.

    Map of 1<sup>st</sup> and 2<sup>nd</sup> Crude Oil location

    Map of 1st and 2nd Crude Oil location

    Map of 1st and 2nd Crude Oil location

    Indian Strategic

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  • Jul 5, 2018
  • 1 What is NAA? Functions of National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA) [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    To keep check on benefits of tax reduction after GST & that should be passed to ultimate beneficiaries, govt. decided to set up National Anti-profiteering Authority (NAA) under new indirect tax regime.

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    Image of Application By Consumer

    Image of Application By Consumer

    NAA is

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  • Jul 4, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Creation of Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) in Department of Commerce (Important) [ Policy/Governance ]

    Department of Commerce on 17th May 2018 created Directorate General of Trade Remedies (DGTR) in Union Ministry of Commerce & Industry. Office of DGTR is created w/aim to dispose-off cases related to unfair trade practices & to provide level playing field to domestic industry.

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  • Jul 3, 2018
  • 1 Rightsizing the Competition Commission of India [ Policy/Governance ]

    Rightsizing the Competition Commission of India (CCI) is approved from One Chairperson & 6 Members to One Chairperson & 3 Members. Rightsizing will be done by not filling existing 2 vacancies of members & one more additional vacancy which is expected in September 2018.

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    Image of Competition Commission of India

    Image of Competition Commission of India

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  • Jul 2, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Restructured National Bamboo Mission Aims, Objectives and Benefits: Cabinet Approval (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved centrally sponsored scheme ‘National Bamboo Mission’ (NBM) under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) on 25th April, 2018 for remaining period of 14th Finance Commission (2018 - 19 & 2019 - 20).

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    Image of Holistic Development of Bamboo Sector

    Image of Holistic Development of Bamboo Sector

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  • Jun 30, 2018
  • 1 Optimizing Locomotive Scheduling & Deployment: Around Rs. 720 Crore to Be Saved by Indian Railways [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    The Indian Railways has turned to technology to modernize processes. In an effort to increase the productivity of locomotives, and streamline operations, the Indian Railways is all set to use mathematical formulas to calculate the number of locomotives required for each train.

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    Image of Indian Railways Vision 2020

    Image of Indian Railways Vision 2020

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  • 2 AAI Signs MoU with Assam to Develop Kamrup District [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Airport Authority of India (AAI) signed an MoU with Assam government under its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR) initiative for sustainable development of human settlements at villages in Kamrup district.

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    Map of AAI Signs MoU with Assam to Develop Kamrup District

    Map of AAI Signs MoU with Assam to Develop Kamrup District

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  • Jun 28, 2018
  • 1 Cadre Review and Formation of Group ‘a’ Service of the Technical Cadre of (PESO) [ Policy/Governance ]

    Union Cabinet approved formation of group ‘A’ service of technical cadre of Petroleum & Safety Organisation (PESO) to be known as Indian Petroleum & Explosives Safety Service. Measure will enhance capacity & efficiency of organisation & it will enhance career progression of its G

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  • Jun 27, 2018
  • 1 Parivara and Talawara Communities Included in ST List in Karnataka [ Policy/Governance ]

    The Union Cabinet has given approval for inclusion of communities ‘Parivara and Talawara’ (synonym of Nayaka) in the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) of Karnataka fulfilling demand of these communities.

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    Image of Stringent Act

    Image of Stringent Act

    Background on ST Declaration

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  • Jun 26, 2018
  • 1 Railways to Have European Train Controlling System Level-II & Automatic Train Protection [ Policy/Governance, Railways ]

    In a bid to improve speed and line capacity, the Indian Railways is planning to implement Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system namely European Train Controlling System (ETCS) Level-II signaling on its entire broad gauge network of about 60, 000 km. This will provide technologi

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  • 2 Steps to Reduce Drug Abuse: 1800-11-0031 – National Toll Free Drug De-Addiction Helpline Number [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    A 24 x 7 National Toll Free Drug De-addiction Helpline Number 1800 - 11 - 0031 has been set up to help the victims of drug abuse. The last National Survey on the extent, pattern, and trend of drug abuse was sponsored by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and conducted by

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  • Jun 21, 2018
  • 1 Draft Guidelines on Food Fortification of Salt, Milk, Wheat Flour, Rice and Edible Oil [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued the draft guidelines on fortification for five food items – salt, milk, wheat flour, rice and edible oil – to boost production and consumption of fortified foods.

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    Image of Commonly Fortified Foods

    Image of Commonly Fortified Foods

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  • Jun 19, 2018
  • 1 DEPwD to Organise Cochlear Implant Awareness Programme [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    Department of Empowerment of Persons w/Disabilities (DEPwD) under Union Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment Organised ‘Cochlear Implant Awareness Programme’ on 6thMay, 2018 at Huda Convention Centre in Faridabad, Haryana.

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    Image of Cochlear Implants Work

    Image of Cochlear Implants Work

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  • Jun 18, 2018
  • 1 EPFO Launches New Facilities for UAN- Aadhaar Linking [ Policy/Governance, Economy ]

    The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation introduced a UAN-Aadhaar linking facility for members using EPFO Link in the UMANG mobile app. In addition to the existing web facility already available at EPFO’s website- it will provide convenience to UMANG Mobile App users.

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    Image of Bank Account - Aadhaar Card Link

    Image of Bank Account - Aadhaar Card Link

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  • Jun 11, 2018
  • 1 🌟 National Academic Depository (NAD) - (Important) [ Education, Policy/Governance, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Union Cabinet approved establishment of National Academic Depository (NAD). All degrees, certificates & awards in country will be made digitally available for verification on single spot under NAD.

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    Image of National Academic Depository

    Image of National Academic Depository

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  • Jun 10, 2018
  • 1 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 24) [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Govt. Schemes/Projects, Bills ]

    FoSCoRIS – FSSAI launches online platform: To bring in transparency in food safety inspection and sampling, food regulator Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has put in place a nationwide online platform called ‘FoSCoRIS’.

    • It has asked states to adopt this syst

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  • 2 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 23) [ Policy/Governance, Bills, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Delimitation: The constitution was amended to freeze the delimitation till 2026, This led to a situation where many states have representation in parliament that is disproportionate to their population.

    • Delimitation literally means the act of fixing the boundaries of constituen

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  • 3 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 22) [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Govt. Schemes/Projects ]

    Youth Parliament Scheme: Shri S. S. Ahluwalia distributes Prizes for the: 29th National Youth Parliament Competition, 2016 - 2017 for Kendriya Vidyalayas, 51st Youth Parliament Competition, 2016 - 17 for Delhi Schools.

    • Aims: At inculcating among younger generations the spirit o

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  • 4 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 20) [ Science/Technology, Policy/Governance, Committees/Govt. Bodies ]

    Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART) - Chaired by the Union Minister for Rural Development. Launched for sustainable development of rural areas.

    • An autonomous body registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860.

    • Works as a nodal agency

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  • Jun 8, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Main Aims of National Health Policy 2017 (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Health ]

    National Health Policy, 2017 aims attainment of highest possible level of health & wellbeing for all at all stages thru preventive & promotive health care orientation in development policies, & universal access to good quality health care services w/o anyone having to face financ

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  • 2 🌟 First Meeting of the NITI Forum for North East in Agartala (Important) [ Policy/Governance ]

    1st meeting of Newly constituted NITI Forum for North East was held in Agartala, Tripura on 10th April, 2018 to give boost to development projects in region by identifying constraints & streamlining resources.

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    Image of NITI Forum for North - East

    Image of NITI Forum for North - East

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  • Jun 7, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Effects of Iodine Deficiency : Ban on Non-Iodized Salt (Important) [ Policy/Governance ]

    Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, has banned sale of common salt for direct human consumption. As per Regulation, ’no person shall sell or offer or expose for sale or have in his premises for purpose of sale, common salt.

    Current Status of Household Coverage of IODISED Salt In India

    Current Status of Household Coverage of IODISED Salt In India

    Current Status of Household Coverage of IODISED Salt In India

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  • Jun 5, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK) (Important) [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Railways ]

    Ministry of Railway asks Finance Ministry to contribute its share towards Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh (RRSK). RRSK was created in 2017 - 18. Indian railways have utilized a quarter of the safety fund.

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    Image of Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh Funding

    Image of Rashtriya Rail Sanraksha Kosh Funding

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  • 2 Rajasthan’S 1st Mega Food Park in Ajmer [ Policy/Governance, Economy, Agriculture/Agro Industries ]

    1st Greentech Mega Food Park will be inaugurated at Roopangarh village in Ajmer, Rajasthan. Park is being set up at coast of Rs. 113.57 cr. & will benefit around 25, 000 farmers in Ajmer.

    Map of Roopangarh village in Ajmer

    Map of Roopangarh Village in Ajmer

    Map of Roopangarh village in Ajmer

    • Food Park is set

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