April 10,2018

Quiz-April 9,2018
April 10, 2018
April 11,2018
April 11, 2018

Current Affairs for Engineering Services Exam (ESE)

Video Lectures for Engineering Services Exam (ESE)

Topics list:

  1. National and International Issues on
    1. Economic Development
    2. Social Development
    3. Industrial Development
  2. Energy and Environment
    1. Energy
    2. Environment
  3. Information and Communication Technology
    1. Technology
    2. Application

Topic 1:Economic development

Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework

Eleven public sector banks have been brought under the central bank’s Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) framework

Highlights:

  • It aims to check Non Performance Assets
  • PCA norms allow the regulator to place certain restrictions such as halting branch expansion and stopping dividend payment.
  • It can even cap a bank’s lending limit to one entity or sector.
  • Other corrective action that can be imposed on banks include special audit, restructuring operations and activation of recovery plan.
  • Banks’ promoters can be asked to bring in new management, too.
  • The RBI can also supersede the bank’s board, under PCA.

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 1:Social development

Minchina Nondani programme

The Minchina Nondani (quick registration) programme organised by the Election Commission on Sunday to register fresh voters

Highlights:

  • the commission had organised the programme to include names to make elections more inclusive.
  • It was especially meant for persons with disabilities, women and primitive tribes.
  • Apart from receiving 4.9 lakh fresh applications, the commission has also received over 1.55 applications for rectifications of name, age and address among other things.

Read more at: The Hindu

“Satyagraha se Swachhagraha” campaign

To commemorate the launch of Champaran Satyagraha over a century ago on 10th April, 1917, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, in coordination with the Government of Bihar, is working to spread the message of Swachhata across the country by initiating the “Satyagraha se Swachhagraha” campaign.

Highlights:

  • Swachhagrahis from different parts of the country were invited to Bihar, where they worked with 10,000 Swachhagrahis from Bihar to “trigger” behaviour change throughout the 38 districts of the State and build momentum of the jan andolan further.
  • April 10th, 2018 marks the end of the centenary year celebrations of the Champaran Satyagraha, and is going to be celebrated through the “Satyagraha se Swachhagraha” campaign, which is aimed at achieving freedom from filth.

About Swachh Bharat Mission:

  • Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Gramin, launched on October 2, 2014 is the largest behaviour change campaign ever attempted in the field of sanitation in the world.
  • It aims to build an ODF (Open Defecation Free) and Swachh Bharat by October 2, 2019 as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary.

Read More at: PIB

Topic 1:Industrial development

‘Thottara Rice’ brand to hit the shelves soon

The Thottara organic rice brand harvested from Thottara Puncha, a vast expanse of paddy field spread over Amballoor and Edakkattuvayal in Ernakulam district, will hit the market.

Highlights:

  • The district administration’s efforts to revive the rice bowl of Ernakulam were ably assisted by the agriculture and irrigation departments, KLDC, KSEB, local bodies, land owners, Padashekhara Samitis, and the local community at large.
  • The Agriculture Technology Management Agency had offered training to farmers.
  • The Kudumbasree Mission had helped the farmers to enhance the cultivation of paddy

About Kudumbaaree Mission:

  • Kudumbashree is the women empowerment and poverty eradication program, framed and enforced by the State Poverty Eradication Mission (SPEM) of the Government of Kerala.
  • The Mission aims to eradicate absolute poverty within a definite time frame of 10 years under the leadership of Local Self Governments formed and empowered by the 73rd and 74th Amendments of the Constitution of India.
  • The Mission launched by the State Government with the active support of Government of India and NABARD has adopted a different methodology in addressing poverty by organizing the poor in to community-based organizations

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 2 : Environment

World’s first microfactory to help tackle e-waste hazard

An Indian-origin scientist in Australia has launched the world’s first microfactory that can transform the components from electronic waste items such as smartphones and laptops into valuable materials for re-use.

Highlights:

  • A microfactory is one or a series of small machines and devices that uses patented technology to perform one or more functions in the reforming of waste products into new and usable resources.
  • The e-waste microfactory that reforms discarded computers, mobile phones and printers has a number of small modules for this process and fits into a small site
  • The discarded devices are first placed into a module to break them down. The next module may involve a special robot for the identification of useful parts
  • Another module then involves using a small furnace which transforms these parts into valuable materials by using a controlled temperature process developed via extensive research.
  • the e-waste microfactory has the potential to reduce the rapidly growing problem of vast amounts of electronic waste causing environmental harm and going into landfill.
  • It can also turn many types of consumer waste such as glass, plastic and timber into commercial materials and products
  • E- waste computer circuit boards can be transformed into valuable metal alloys such as copper and tin while glass
  • Plastic from e-devices can be converted into micromaterials used in industrial grade ceramics and plastic filaments for 3D printing.
  • It is a cost-effective solution to one of the greatest environmental challenges

Read more at: the Hindu

Topic 2 : Energy

Solar panels on water bodies, dams
In a desperate attempt to boost the dwindling production of solar energy in the State, Maharashtra will allow private players to install panels on water bodies, rivers and dams.

Highlights:

  • Due to the shortage of land the government aims to construct solar panels on water bodies
  • Placing the panels on water bodies will also free up land for agriculture, but the panels will need water proofing.
  • The idea is to increase the percentage of solar to 40% of the total renewable energy generation for Maharashtra

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 3 : ICT

UIDAI’s digitally-signed QR code with photo for eAadhaar

  • The UIDAI has brought in a digitally-signed QR Code on e-Aadhaar that will now contain photograph of the Aadhaar holder
  • This is  in addition to demographic details
  • To facilitate better offline verification of an individuals.

Read more at: The Hindu

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.