Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam
- National and International Issues on
- Economic Development
- Social Development
- Industrial Development
- Energy and Environment
- Information and Communication Technology
- The Key Initiatives of Government
Topic 1:Economic development
E-Pension Payment Order
Furthering the Digital India-initiatives of Govt. of India, Principal Controller of Defence Accounts(Pensions), Allahabad has started issuance of electronic-Pension Payment Orders (e-PPOs) to the pensioners along with their Pension Disbursement Agencies.
- Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (Pensions), Allahabad is the sole agency under Ministry of Defence which sanctions Pensions for the Defence Services
- The shift from manual system to e-PPO system is expected to minimize delays in pension disbursement and further revision as and when needed.
- This initiative also eliminates the occurrence of human errors in data entry at multiple levels.
- This initiative by PCDA (P) will facilitate better implementation of One Rank One Pension (OROP)
Read more at: PIB
Topic 1:Social development
Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP)
The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched Mobile App of the Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP)
- The programme endeavours to develop green skilled workers having technical knowledge and commitment to sustainable development.
- It will help in the attainment of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), National Biodiversity Targets (NBTs), as well as Waste Management Rules (2016).
- The GSDP aims to get 80, 000 people imparted green skills and in filling the skill gaps in the environment sector.
- The objective of GSDP is skilling the youth of India, especially dropouts and in increasing the availability of skilled workforce.
- Under the programme t more than 30 programmes have been identified, which will be conducted in 84 institutions across the country.
- The number of people to be employed under GSDP will be increased to cover 2.25 lakh people next year and to about 5 lakh people by the year 2021
About Green Skill Development Programme:
The pilot project of GSDP was launched in June, 2017, for skilling Biodiversity Conservationists (Basic Course) and Para-taxonomists (Advance Course) of 3 months duration each at 10 locations, spread over 9 bio-geographic regions of the country
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Topic 1:Industrial development
A meeting of stakeholders on Samarth – Scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector under the Skill India Mission was held in New Delhi.
- The broad objective of the new scheme is to skill the youth for gainful and sustainable employment in the textile sector covering the entire value chain of textiles, excluding spinning and weaving.
- The Scheme is intended to provide demand driven, placement oriented National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) compliant skilling programmes to incentivize and supplement the efforts of the industry in creating jobs in the textiles sectors.
- The scheme targets to train 10 lakh persons (9 lakh in organised and 1 lakh in traditional sector) over a period of 3 years (2017-20)
Read more at: PIB
Topic 2 : Environment
Centre’s draft on Cauvery water management Scheme
The Centre will have the final say in inter-State disputes over Cauvery water. The decision of the Centre will be “binding.”
- Cauvery water management scheme filed in the Supreme Court
- Centre as the final arbiter of inter-State Cauvery disputes, the draft scheme does not mention if an aggrieved State can approach the Supreme Court in appeal against the Centre’s decision itself.
- The Centre wants the Cauvery authority to be headquartered in Bengaluru.
- The authority would also decide the “distress formula” in water-sharing
- The Centre was open to any nomenclature — Board, Authority or Committee.
- The proposed authority to have 10 members of which 6 will be from centre
- Authority to be assisted by Cauvery water Regulation Committee
- Regulation committee to meet once in 10 days in June and October and at least once a fortnight after the advent of monsoon
- Reservoirs to be operated by states concerned in an integrated manner under the authority overall guidance
- Decision will be based on majority of members
Read more at: The Hindu
The Centre has demanded more tests for genetically modified mustard, a year after clearing the crop for “commercial cultivation.”
- The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, the apex regulator of genetically modified crops mentioned the need for more tests.
- Applicant may be advised to undertake field demonstration on GM mustard in an area of 5 acres at 2-3 different locations with a view to generate additional data on honey bees and other pollinators and honey, and on soil microbial diversity
- Dhara Mustard Hybrid (DMH -11), the transgenic mustard in question, had been developed by a team of scientists at Delhi University under a government-funded project.
Read more at: The Hindu
Topic 2 : Energy
National Wind-solar Hybrid Policy
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has issued National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy.
- The objective of the policy is to provide a framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV hybrid system for efficient utilization of transmission infrastructure and land.
- It also aims at reducing the variability in renewable power generation and achieving better grid stability.
- On technology front the Policy provides for integration of both the energy sources i.e. wind and solar at AC as well as DC level
- The Policy also provides for flexibility in share of wind and solar components in hybrid project, subject to the condition that, rated power capacity of one resource be at least 25 per cent of the rated power capacity of other resource for it to be recognised hybrid project.
- The Policy seeks to promote new hybrid projects as well as hybridisation of existing wind/solar projects
- The Policy provides for procurement of power from a hybrid project on tariff based transparent bidding process for which Government entities may invite bids.
- Policy permits use of battery storage in the hybrid project for optimising the output and further reduce the variability.
- It mandates the regulatory authorities to formulate necessary standards and regulations for wind-solar hybrid systems.
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Topic 4: The Key Initiatives of Government
- A secure dedicated personal electronic space for storing the documents of resident Indian citizens will be created
- It is to provide citizens a shareable private space on a public cloud
- The space can be utilized for storing personal documents like University certificates, PAN cards, voter id cards, etc., and the URI’s of the e-documents issued by various issuer departments.
- It is a platform for issuance and verification of documents & certificates in a digital way, thus eliminating the use of physical documents.
- There is also an associated facility for e-signing documents.
- It is an ambitious programme to provide network infrastructure with affordable broadband connectivity on a non-discriminatory basis to all households in the country
- It aimed to realize the vision of Digital India, in partnership with States and the Private Sector.
- The programme was previously called as the National Optical Fibre Network, approved in October 2011
- All the Service Providers like Telecom Service Providers (TSPs), ISPs, Cable TV operators etc. will be given non-discriminatory access to the National Optic Fibre Network and can launch various services in rural areas.
- It is funded from Universal Service Obligation Fund
- Bharat Broadband Network is the nodal agency to oversee the work.
- The project was intended to enable the government of India to provide e-services and e-applications nationally like e-health, e-education and e-governance etc.
Niryat Bandhu Scheme
The objective of the Niryat Bandhu Scheme is to reach out to the new and potential exporters and mentor them to get into international trade and boost exports from India.