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
Services pact at WTO
- Commerce Minister pitched for inclusion of the trade facilitation pact on services in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) saying it would help promote growth of the global economy.
- WTO will not be doing full justice to the economic development of the world unless services sectors are taken on board
- The proposed pact would help professionals move smoothly from one place to another.
Read more at: The Hindu
Topic 1:Social development
Aadhaar not mandatory for getting pension
- An Aadhaar card is not mandatory for Central government employees to get their pension stated b the government
- Aadhaar was an additional facility to enable the use of technology for submission of life certificate without the need for visiting banks
- The government has extended the deadline for providing Aadhaar to avail of various services under section 7 of the Aadhaar Act by three months to June 30, 2018.
- These schemes are mainly subsidised government services and government funded welfare schemes such as LPG and kerosene, and even scholarships.
Read more at: The Hindu
Ayya sect demands separate religious status
The followers of social reformer Ayya Vaikundar in Kanniyakumari district in Tamilnadu are demanding that their sect be declared a separate religion.
- The sect founded by Ayya Vaikundar who rebelled against the rulers of Travancore, who imposed stringent rules on the Nadar community.
- The community follow none of the rituals and worship methods of the Hindus. All they have in the sanctum sanctorum is a mirror. They do not even break coconuts in the temple.
- They follow separate marriage and death rituals,
- All the contributions to the temple come from seeking alms. The devotees seek alms for seven days and submit [them] to the temple.
- Recently the Lingayat community in Karnataka obtained the cabinet’s nod for being recognised as a seperate religion.
Read more at: The Hindu
Topic 1:Industrial development
State Startup Ranking Framework 2018
The States Startup Ranking Framework was launched by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on 6th February 2018 with the aim to foster competitiveness and to propel the States and Union Territories to work proactively towards promotion of their Startup eco-systems.
- This was targeted at facilitating States/UTs to identify, learn and replicate good practices from each other and for bringing to fore, their own progress in the regard.
- The participating States and UTs shall now be evaluated on a score of 100, against 38 action points categorized into 7 areas of interventions
- The assessment will be based on the aggregate score of the documentary proofs substantiating the implementation of action points by the State/ UT Government and also feedback from Startup ecosystem beneficiaries/components
- DIPP has appointed seven dedicated evaluation committees involving members from all relevant departments and reputed players in the ecosystem, for evaluating States’ responses in each area of intervention.
Read more at: PIB
Topic 2 : Environment
Stoves;poor-friendly and fuel-efficient
The stoves of Sai Bhaskar N. Reddy, a city-based environmental chemist’s discovery experimentation with biomass and material to produce designs that are replicable, cheap and can improve fuel efficiency by reducing smoke.
- Stoves are made from low-cost aluminium boxes in which cooking oil is conventionally sold or cast iron.
- The gasifier variety of stoves is fitted with small fans used as exhaust in computers.
- The 3G stove allows inflow of air at various levels during combustion. It also helps easy loading of biomass and allows for production of biochar.Biochar, a charcoal produced from plant material, has found in use many applications, including those of environmental decontamination to agriculture
- The low-cost solutions made available online free of cost for other purposes like treating water, sanitation and makeshift houses could greatly help the poor, refugees and the homeless and help achieve the goals of development that govt.s have been striving to achieve.
Read more at: The Hindu
Topic 2 : Energy
Charging points for EVs every 3 km
The government proposes to set up charging stations for electric vehicle severy three kilometres in cities with million-plus population and smart cities, and every 50 km on busy national highways.
- It is likely to offer fiscal incentives and facilitate land from municipal authorities for those interested in setting up the infrastructure, which is a key requirement for the proliferation of electric vehicles.
- It is expected that 30,000 slow charging and 15,000 fast-charging stations will be required to be put up in a phase-wise manner in the next 3-5 years.
- There should be at least two high-charge points and one fast-charging point at every three kilometres in cities.
- There should be electric vehicle charging station every 50 km on highways
- Public sector undertakings in the energy sector such as National Thermal Power Corporation Limited, Power Grid Corp and Indian Oil Corp are likely to initiate the process to set up charging stations at several locations in identified cities.
Read more at: ET
Topic 4: The Key Initiatives of Government
Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana
- Ministry of Communications has recently launched Sampoorna Bima Gram Yojana to give rural people affordable life insurances services
- Under the scheme, at least one village (having a minimum of 100 households) will be identified in each districts and provide with a minimum of one RPLI (Rural Postal Life Insurance) policy for each households
- Coverage of all households in the identified Sampoorna Bima Gram village is the primary objective of this scheme
- All villages under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana will be brought under its ambit.
- Project Mausam‘ is to showcase a Transnational Mixed Route (including Natural and Cultural Heritage) on the World Heritage List.
- Archaeological Society of India (ASI) is the nodal agency and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is its Research Unit and National Museum & IGNCA is its Associate bodies.
- It aims to understand how the knowledge and manipulation of the monsoon winds has shaped interactions across the Indian Ocean and led to the spread of shared knowledge systems, traditions, technologies and ideas along maritime routes.
- The project collates archaeological and historical research and document the diversity of cultural, commercial and religious interactions among the 39 Indian Ocean countries
- Goals – Reviving lost linkages with nations, Creating links to existing World Heritage sites, Redefining Cultural Landscapes, Achieving transnational nomination under World Heritage.
- The Google Tax was announced to introduce a tax on the income as accrue to a foreign e-commerce company outside of India.
- Any person or entity that makes a payment exceeding Rs 1 lakh in a financial year to a non-resident technology company will need to withhold 6% tax on the gross amount being paid as an equalisation levy or Google tax.
- This tax is only applicable when the payment has been made to avail certain B2B services from these technology companies.