Policies & Governance: Point-Wise Current-Affairs/GS Articles 2018 (Including PIB)- Download PDF

  • 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, Eco. ]

    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) [ Edu., Policy-Governance, Schemes & Proj. ]

    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, Eco., Schemes & Proj., 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 & 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, Eco., Schemes & Proj. ]

    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) [ Sci-Tech, Policy-Governance, Committees & 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, Eco., 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, Eco., Agri. ]

    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.

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    Map of Roopangarh Village in Ajmer

    Map of Roopangarh village in Ajmer

    • Food Park is set

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  • Jun 4, 2018
  • 1 🌟 Digital Initiative for Ease of Export- What is Export Inspection Council? (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Eco. ]

    Union Commerce & Industry & Civil Aviation launched Digital Initiative of Export Inspection Council (EIC) for ease export. EIC is official export certification body of GoI. It has launched major project of Digital India initiative in line w/changing dimensions of world.

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    Image of Global Export Process

    Image of Global Export Process

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  • 2 Smart India Hackathon 2018’S Grand Finale on March 30, 31st at 28 Nodal Centres [ Policy-Governance, Computers ]

    Smart India Hackathon 2018 was unique initiative to identify new & disruptive digital technology innovations for solving challenges faced by country. Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2018 (Software Edition) will be 36-hour software product development competition. It will be

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  • Jun 1, 2018
  • 1 📹 Expected Questions on Bills, Acts, Policies - 2018 (Part - 3) [ Policy-Governance, Bills ]

    Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 - A new draft law for resolution of financial firms has recently released for public consultation by the Ministry of Finance, government of India.

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  • 2 📹 Expected Questions on Bills, Acts, Policies - 2018 (Part - 2) [ Policy-Governance, Bills ]

    Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 - Provide for regular auditing: To verify the claims made by builders regarding used funds. Developers have also been mandated to upload information about the project.

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  • 3 📹 Expected Questions on Bills, Acts, Policies - 2018 (Part - 1) [ Policy-Governance, Bills ]

    DOKLAM Pact. BRICS Summit. MoU between various nations. UAE became first country. which will participate in India’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves Program – Zakum. Nagoya Protocol. “Shared Future in a Fractured World” in Davos Summit 2018.

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  • 4 🌟 Regulating of E-Cigarettes What are ENDS? (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Health ]

    Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) known as e-cigarettes emits nicotine, addictive component of tobacco products. Nicotine can have effects on development of foetus during pregnancy & contribute to heart disease.

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    Image of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

    Image of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

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  • 5 🌟 What are the Norms for National Pension Scheme? (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Eco. ]

    National Pension Scheme is contributory pension system. NPS is mandatory for all Central Govt. employees. GoI has currently made 3 changes in NPS including withdrawal norms. The Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA) relaxed the norms for partial withdrawal under t

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  • 6 New Catering Policy of Railways [ Policy-Governance, Railways ]

    New Catering Policy’s objective is to provide quality food to rail passengers, by unbundling catering services on trains. Other objective is to create primary distinction b/w food preparation & food distribution in trains.

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  • 7 🌟 What is E-Way Bill and Clarity on Movement from SEZ/FTWZ? (Important) [ Policy-Governance, Eco. ]

    e-Way Bill is electronic way bill for movement of goods which can be generated on e-Way Bill Portal. It is electronically generated for the specific consignment of goods from one place to another. CGST Rules have been amended on Central Tax with effect from March 2018.

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    Image of E-Way Bil

    Image of E-Way Bil

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  • 8 Cool EMS Service B/W India & Japan [ Policy-Governance, Eco., Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Cool EMS Service is one-way service from Japan to India. This service allows customers in India to import Japanese food items for personal use allowed under Indian regulations. Food items will be post in special cool boxes containing refrigerant to preserve quality of food items.

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  • May 30, 2018
  • 1 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 16) [ Policy-Governance, Eco., Env., Schemes & Proj. ]

    Government released India Youth Development Index & Report 2017 - India has 65 % of the population less than the age of 35 years and 50 % below 25 years of age and it is expected to be youngest in the world by 2020 with median age of 29 years.

    • The National YDI value is 0.569 wit

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  • 2 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 11) [ Policy-Governance, Eco., Int. Rel & Org. ]

    Indian China Standoff- Indo-Bhutan Ties - Standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam (located at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan) underlines India’s relationship with Bhutan, including military responsibilities.

    • June 2017: Chinese Army (People’s Liberation

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  • 3 Expected Most Important Topics for UPSC - 2018 (Part - 10) [ Policy-Governance, Int. Rel & Org., Disaster Management ]

    India and African Continent - India and South Africa are celebrating 20 years of strategic partnership this year. 2 decades of fruitful cooperation in trade, science, technology and development spanning across the knowledge chain resulted in robust networking of institutions.

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