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Essay Competition

CHRONICLE ESSAY COMPETITION, published in the CSC English Magazine is an initiative to give our readers a chance to test their essay writing skills and win a prize money of Rs. 1000/-. Many readers across the country have shown interest and have been participating in the competition for several years now. The best essay gets published in the magazine and on the website every month.

‘Role’ more than ‘Rule’ is important for today's Civil Servant

Last Date for Submission of the Essay: 31st of July, 2021

Mail your essay to with the mail subject as "Essay Competition : < Essay Topic >". You can also send your entries by post to Chronicle Publications (P) Ltd, A-27D, Sector 16, Noida –201301 (U.P.)

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e-RUPI: A Digital Payment Solution

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Philippines: First Country to approve Golden Rice for Planting

The Philippines has become the first country in the world to approve commercial cultivation of vitamin A-rich Golden Rice.

KASEZ: India’s First Green Industrial City”

Kandla Special Economic Zone (KASEZ), the oldest export zone in the country, has become the “first green industrial city” in India to receive a platinum rating under IGBC Green Cities Rating for existing cities in the industrial cities category.

Indian Scientists Develop Self-Healing Materials

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, teaming up with IIT Kharagpur, have developed piezoelectric molecular crystals that repair themselves from mechanical damages without need for any external intervention.

Kakatiya Rudreswara Temple: India’s 39th ‘World Heritage Site’

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Liverpool stripped of ‘World Heritage’ Status

The English city of Liverpool was removed from UNESCO's list of world heritage sites on 21 July 2021 because new buildings undermined the attractiveness of its Victorian docks, making it only the third site to be removed from the prestigious list.

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NIFTEM Bill Passed by the Parliament

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INDRA 2021 to be held at Volgograd (Russia)

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Exercise Cutlass Express 2021

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Marathi poet Satish Kalsekar Passed Away

Renowned Marathi poet Satish Kalsekar has passed away on 24 July 2021.Kalsekar was awarded with Sahitya Akademi Award in 2014 for his collection of essays ‘Vachanaryachi Rojanishee’. His popular collections ...

Bhageerathi Amma: Kerala’s Oldest learner Passed Away

Kerala’s oldest learner, Bhageerathi Amma has passed away on 22 July 2021 at the age of 107.She returned to education at the age of 105. She was honoured with the ...

Bangladesh’s Folk Musician Fakir Alamgir Passed Away

Folk music legend and freedom fighter Fakir Alamgir has passed away on 23 July 2021.Singer, musician and songwriter, Fakir Alamgir was a leading exponent of Gono Sangeet or songs of ...

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Current Questions

Consider the following hydrogen production options:

  1. Blue hydrogen is made from CH4 where CO2 is captured and stored.
  2. Green Hydrogen is made from renewable energy and no CO2 is emitted.
  3. Brown Hydrogen is made from coal where CO2 is emitted to the atmosphere.
  4. Grey hydrogen is made from CH4 and CO2 is captured and liquefied.

Which of the above statements are correct?

1, 2 and 3 only
1, 2 and 4 only
2, 3 and 4 only
All are correct

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Government initiatives for “Nasha Mukti” of Women

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DAHD sets up Dairy Investment Accelerator

The Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying (DAHD), Government of India, with a view to provide dedicated focus towards promoting & facilitating investments in the Indian Dairy sector, has setup ...

India: World Leader in the Energy Transition

The Union Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy, Shri RK Singh addressed the conference of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on “Aatmairbhar Bharat - Self Reliance for Renewable ...

Modifications in CSS of Financing Facility under ‘Agriculture Infrastructure Fund’

On 8th July 2021, the Union Cabinet gave its approval to the modifications in Central Sector Scheme of Financing Facility under ‘Agriculture Infrastructure Fund’.The modifications in the Scheme will help ...

India Joins OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework Tax Deal

On 1 July 2021, majority of the members OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (including India) adopted a high-level statement containing an outline of a consensus solution ...

NTPC declares its Energy Compact Goals towards Sustainability

NTPC Limited, India’s largest power generating company under Ministry of Power has become first energy company in energy domain in India to declare its Energy Compact goals as part of ...

Amendment in Food security (Assistance to State Government Rules) 2015

The Department of Food & Public Distribution has issued a notification on 18th June, 2021 to ensure right quantity to beneficiaries in distribution of subsidized foodgrains as per their entitlement ...

Parliament Q & A
Measures Taken To Stabilize Prices Of Essential Food Items

The prices of food items are inter-alia affected by mismatch in demand and supply, shortfall in production owing to adverse weather conditions, seasonality, increased transportation costs, supply chain constraints etc.

Govt. Initiatives Towards Informal Workers

Question by: Bhagwanth Khuba

  1. whether the Government is aware of the fact that more than 20 per cent of informal workers are still jobless;
  2. if so, the details thereof; and
  3. the steps taken by the government in this regard?

Two-Child Policy To Control Population

Question by: Shri Adala Prabhakara Reddy, Dr. Beesetti Venkata Satyavathi, Shri Uday Pratap Singh

  1. whether the Government intends to bring in a two child policy in the country in order to control rising population and if so, the details thereof;
  2. if not, the reasons therefor; and
  3. the details of other such measures being taken by the Government including bringing in a legislation to control rising population levels?

Upliftment Of Villages

Question by: Mohanbhai Kalyanji Kundariya, Dipsinh Shankarsinh Rathod, Anil Firojiya

  1. whether the principle of self-reliant village that formed the basis of strong Indian Economy and its reputation as a golden bird, has been destroyed due to colonialism;
  2. if so, whether any steps have been taken to rectify/improve this situation;
  3. whether with the passage of time, the decline in agricultural profit, the dazzling lights of cities, need for modern education and lack of modern amenities have turned villages into were residential centres of Indian housing; and
  4. if so, whether any corrective steps have been taken by the Government in this regard?

Poverty Alleviation Programmes

Question by: Bhola Singh, Vinod Kumar Sonkar

  1. whether the Government has any estimation of the population in the country that is poor and if so, the details thereof;
  2. whether the Government has evaluated the outcome of different poverty alleviation programmes launched during the last three years and if so, the details and the outcome thereof;
  3. whether the level of inequality has been rising in the country and if so, the details thereof along with the overall income, wealth and consumption inequality reported/noted during each of the last three years;
  4. whether there has been imbalance in development of various regions in the country and if so, the details thereof; and
  5. the other steps being taken by the Government to reduce poverty, inequality and regional disparity in the country?

Definition Of Poverty Line

Question by: P.R. Natarajan

  1. whether the Government is having any official definition and norms fixed for urban/ rural poverty line across the country;
  2. if so, the details thereof;
  3. whether any review has been taken by the Government on the norms and cap for poverty line; and
  4. if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?

Agricultural Census

Question by: Gajanan Chandrakant Kirtikar, Arvind Ganpat Sawant, Dhanush M Kumar, C.N. Annadurai, Gautham Sigamani Pon

  1. the rules for conducting an agriculture census in the country along with the time when an agriculture census was conducted;
  2. whether the Government has recently conducted any census to ascertain the number and condition of farmers/cultivators in the country;
  3. the challenges faced by the Government while conducting such a census;
  4. whether according to the latest Agriculture Census about 45.70 per cent of the Net Area Sown is irrigated and if so, the steps taken by the Government to overcome this problem?

Essay Competition
Phani Kondeti (Miyapur, Hyderabad)

Winner Of CSC August 2021 Essay Competition

India’s Policy Options in Middle-East

Monika Dash (Nalco Nagar, Angul, Odisha)

Winner Of CSC June 2021 Essay Competition

The Idea of Self-Reliant India


Winner Of CSC April 2020 Essay Competition

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