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Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam

Video Lectures for ESE General Studies

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:Social development

New Defence panel

The new permanent higher defence management committee headed by the National Security Adviser can help improve India’s defence planning in the long term. It gives the NSA an unprecedented role in the process of planning India’s security strategy.


  • Defence Planning Committee (DPC) would prepare a draft national security strategy,
  • develop a capability development plan,
  • work on defence diplomacy issues,
  • Work on improving defence manufacturing in India.


  • The National Security Adviser (NSA) is the chief executive of the National Security Council (NSC), and the primary adviser to the Prime Minister of India on national and international security.
  • They had either belonged to the Indian Foreign Service Indian Police Service.
  • The incumbent is Ajit Doval

Read more at: The Hindu

Kayakalp awards

Is to felicitated Public Health Facilities for maintaining high standards of sanitation and hygiene. Kayakalp – Award to Public Health Facilities” was  instituted as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on 15th May 2015 as a National Initiative to give Awards to those public health facilities that demonstrate high levels of cleanliness, hygiene and infection control focuses on promoting cleanliness in public spaces. The initiative was started with District Hospitals and 10 Central Government Institutes in 2015. In 2016, CHC, SDH, PHC, and 6 new AIIMS were added. Last year, urban health facilities along with 21 Central Government Institutes also joined the mission of Swachhta.

  • Under the Central Government Hospitals A category, the first prize of Rs2.5 Crore was given to the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi
  • ICT based application ‘MeraAspataal (My Hospital)’  captures patients’ feedback about their experience in the health facilities on the services that they received or sought to receive

Read more at: PIB

Topic 2:Environment

Draft forest policy 2018

The last date for receiving public’s comments on the draft forest policy was on April 14, 2018. It’s meant for replacing the 1988 national forest policy with the new one, syncing it with the country’s forestry-related climate action targets under the Paris Agreement.

  • the draft policy seeks to introduce a community forest management (CFM) mission as an offshoot of participatory forest management such as joint forest management (JFM), Van Suraksha Samitis etc.
  • Earlier such participatory models have failed to devolve decision-making and control over forests in communities who have historical rights over forests, as these bodies remain dominated and controlled by the forest bureaucracy
  • proposes involvement of private parties in regeneration of forests

Read more at: ET

Mountain erosion may add CO2 to atmosphere

This goes against a long-standing hypothesis that more mountains mean more erosion and weathering, which means an added reduction of CO2

The source of this extra CO2 is not entirely geological. Instead, it is the byproduct of tiny microbes in mountain soils that “eat” ancient sources of organic carbon that are trapped in the rock says researchers at Woods Hole oceanography Institution in the US

Read more at: ET

Topic 3 : ICT

Vehicles to come with high security plates


From January 1, 2019 onward, all classes of motor vehicles hitting the roads will come fitted with tamper-proof high security registration plates (HSRP) that have a host of in-built security features


  • HSRPs will have in-built security features, such as a self-destructive sticker with the engine and chassis numbers.
  • The plates will be fitted on the front and the rear of the vehicles, and windscreens will have a number plate tag with hologram
  • A chromium-based hologram will be applied by hot stamping on the top left corner of the plates
  • A permanent identification number with a minimum of 10 digits will be laser-branded

Read more at: The Hindu

MTC app to provide real time data on buses

The Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) Chennai has completed the process of collating geographic location-specific data for bus stops and route systems in the city. The next stage would be to create an easy-to-access passenger information system.This is the first time an attempt has been made by the MTC to put real time bus movements in the palms of the commuters through an app. Private parties like Ridlr and Metrocommute (www.metrocommute.in/) had attempted this project but had failed due to lack of data.


  • Geo-coding is the process of converting addresses into geographic coordinates of latitude and longitude for a computerised codification process, by which passengers would be able to know when the next bus is due.
  • passengers can search for the nearest bus stop and look for travel options from these locations through an app or a website

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 5: General Knowledge

NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

  • TESS is expected to find thousands of new exoplanets orbiting nearby stars
  • two-year survey mission
  • TESS will be watching for phenomena called transits. A transit occurs when a planet passes in front of its star from the observer’s perspective, causing a periodic and regular dip in the star’s brightness.
  • The brightness of these target stars will allow researchers to use spectroscopy, the study of the absorption and emission of light, to determine a planet’s mass, density and atmospheric composition. Water, and other key molecules, in its atmosphere can give us hints about a planets’ capacity to harbor life.

Read more at: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-planet-hunter-on-its-way-to-orbit

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