India Innovation Index - 2019

Recently, the NITI Aayog in collaboration with the Institute for Competitiveness as the knowledge partner released the first ever India Innovation Index (III) 2019.


20th Livestock Census Released

Recently, the Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying released the 20th Livestock Census report.


Global Hunger Index – 2019

On 16th October, 2019, annual Global Hunger Index (GHI), a report jointly published by Irish aid agency Concern Worldwide and German NGO Welthungerhilfe was published.


One Nation One Tag – FASTag Scheme Launched

Recently, ‘One Nation One Tag – FASTag’ was launched by theUnion Ministry of Road Transport and Highways at the Indian Mobile Congress held in New Delhi in order to roll out the process for having a unified electronic system across the country.


Second Phase Of LOTUS-HR Project Launched

On 14th October, 2019, India and Netherlands launched the second phase of the Local Treatment of Urban Sewage streams for Healthy Reuse(LOTUS-HR) plant as a part of joint collaboration in New Delhi.


WHO Launches First World Report On Vision

  • Recently, World Health Organisation (WHO) released its first world report on vision, addressing the increasing eye problems across the globe.

Assam Tea Labour Rights Violation

On 10th October, Oxfam India released a report titled - Addressing the Human Cost of Assam Tea, highlighting the issues of violation of labour rights in the tea estates of Assam.


Country Cooperation Strategy 2019–2023

On 9th October, 2019, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare launched the ‘WHO India Country Cooperation Strategy 2019–2023: A Time of Transition’.


Task Force To Prepare National Action Plan On Human Rights

Recently, the government decided to constitute a task force to prepare a National Action Plan on Human Rights (NAPHR) as mandated under the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Universal Periodic Review (UPR).


Information Fusion Centre - Indian Ocean Region

The Information Fusion Centre – Indian Ocean Region (IFC-IOR), launched in December, 2018, started working in India linking all the coastal radar chains of the countries bordering the Indian Ocean.


Catalonia

More than 100 people were detained by Police in Catalonia over controversy sparked by arrest of separatist leaders. Consider the following statements about the Catalonia:

  1. Catalonia is a semi-autonomous region in Iberian Peninsula in the north-eastern Spain.
  2. Catalonia consists of three provinces: Barcelona, Girona, and Tarragona.

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GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) Program

Consider the following statements about the GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) program:

  1. Going Online as Leaders (GOAL) is a Google program in association with Union Ministry of Tribal Affair.
  2. Under the program, digital literacy to girls from six states in India will be imparted through a dedicated digital skilling curriculum.

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Rangdum Monastery

Recently, Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) invited objections or suggestions on declaring the Rangdum monastery a monument of national importance. Consider the following statements about the Rangdum monastery:

  1. Rangdum Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery belonging to the Kagyu sect.
  2. Built in 18th century, the monastery is situated at an altitude of 4,031 m. at the head of the Suru Valley, in Ladakh.

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Van Dhan Scheme

Recently, Van Dhan Internship Programme was organised by TRIFED under Ministry of Tribal Affairs.Consider the following statements about the Van Dhan Scheme:

  1. Van Dhan Scheme was launched by the government inApril, 2018, to help increase tribal income through Value Addition.
  2. It is being implemented by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs as Nodal Department at the Central Level and TRIFED as Nodal Agency at the National Level.

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National Security Guard

Recently, the National Security Guard (NSG) celebrated the 35th raising day ceremony NSG headquarters located in Manesar, Gurugram. Consider the following statements regarding the NSG:

  1. The NSG is a counter-terrorism unit that formally came into existence in 1986 by an act of Parliament- ‘National Security Guard Act, 1986’.
  2. It is a Federal Contingency World Class Zero Error Force to deal with anti-terrorist activities in all its manifestation.

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Maritime States Development Council

Recently, the 17th meeting of the Maritime States Development Council (MSDC) was held on 15th October, 2019 in New Delhi. Consider the following statements about the MSDC:

  1. Constituted in 1998, MSDC is an apex advisory body for the development of the Maritime sector and aims to ensure integrated development of only Minor Ports in India.
  2. Its function is to assess in consultation with State Governments, the future development of existing and new Minor Ports by the respective Maritime States either directly or through captive users and private participation.

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Gujarat’s New Port Policy

Recently,the Gujarat government has revised its existing port policy.Consider the following statements about the revised policy:

  1. It allows ports of any size more than five million metric tonnes, to be set up as a commercial port.
  2. It allows the existing 32 captive jetties in the state to handle “third-party” cargo without any restrictions.

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Mamallapuram

Recently, the Prime Minister of India and the President of the People's Republic of China held their Second Informal Summit in Chennai (Mamallapuram), India.Consider the following statements about the Mamallapuram:

  1. The city of Mamallapuram was founded by the Chalukyaking RajendraChola I in the 7thcentury AD.
  2. Shore temple ofMamallapuramwas designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
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Andaman And Nicobar Islands

According to a survey conducted by the researchers from CSIR-Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are under threat from plastic.Consider the following statements about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands:

  1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are southward extension of ArakanYoma range (Myanmar).
  2. The Andaman and Nicobar islands are separated by the Ten Degree Channel.
  3. Saddle Peak is the highest peak of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Dharma Guardian

Joint Military Exercise Dharma Guardian-2019 between India and Japan will be is scheduled to take place between from 19th October to 2nd November, 2019. Consider the following statements about the Dharma Guardian:

  1. Exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN is an annual training event which is being conducted in India since 2016.
  2. The scope of this exercise covers joint training on counter-terrorism operations in the jungle and urban scenario.
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17th To 23rd February 2019

Article 370: To Be Or Not To Be?

Article 370 is a contentious provision in the Constitution which incites many sentiments of the general public and political parties alike. This article has been in the news numerous times due to its combative nature


5G In India

Recently on 5th April 2019, South Korea launched the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile networks, giving access to super-fast wireless technology to its users. However, the buzzword around 5G technology is doing the rounds since long and has pitted major superpowers against one another to gain an edge over their rivals.


India's Engagement With The World-Part 2

India's Parliament plays a lesser role in formulation and execution of foreign policy than in other parliamentary democracies. This is not what the founders of modern India envidaged. The record of discussions in the Constituent Assembly soon after Independence shows that India's founding elite wanted Parliament to be supreme in the conduct of international affairs.


G-20 Summit 2018

It is an international forum that brings together the world's 20 leading industrialized and emerging economies which accounts for 85 per cent of world GDP, 80% of total global trade volume and two-thirds of its population. It serves as a convention for deliberate economic communication between industrialized and developing countries.


Is India Winning The Space Race?

China recently became the third country to land a probe on the Moon on January 2, 2019 but its operation is a more significant issue since the probe landed on the dark side of the moon- a historic feat which no other country has achieved.


Toppers Interview

Toppers Imagge

Srushti Jayant Deshmukh

Rank-5, CSE-2018
“Manage time during Mains and attempt all questions”

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Vaishali Singh

Rank-8, CSE-2018
“Learn from your mistakes and improve on your weaknesses”

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K. Lalith

Rank- 626, CSE-2018
“Aspirants must develop an overall perspective”

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Jaijeet Kaur Hora

Rank 1, UPPCS 2016

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