Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam
- National and International Issues on
- Economic Development
- Social Development
- Industrial Development
- Energy and Environment
- Information and Communication Technology
Topic 1:Economic development
Innovate in India for Inclusiveness Project
A Loan Agreement for the “Innovate in India for Inclusiveness Project” was signed with the World Bank on 24th April, 2018 in New Delhi.
- To nurture indigenous innovation, foster local product development and accelerate commercialization process by bridging critical skill and infrastructure gaps to promote affordable and innovative healthcare products generation for inclusive development and increasing competitiveness in India.
- The project would support consortia of public, private, and the academic institutions to overcome the key market failures currently holding back the development of an innovative biopharmaceutical and medical devices industry in India.
The project consists of the following parts:
- Strengthening of pilot-to market innovation ecosystem
- Acceleration of the pilot –to-market process for specific products and
- Project Management and monitoring & Evaluation.
Read more at: PIB
Adilabad Dokra and Warangal Durries get GI tag
Two craft forms that are unique to Telangana were recently granted the Geographical Indication (GI) tag by the GI registry in Chennai.
- It is an ancient metal craft that is popular in the state’s tribal regions.
- The uniqueness of this art form is that no two sculptures are the same, as they are not made out of a pre-designed cast.
- The craftsmen of this art form belong to the Woj community, commonly referred to as Wojaris or Ohjas in the rural areas of Telangana.
- weavers create beautiful patterns and dye them using vegetable colours, which are washed in flowing water after the printing process.
- Warangal district became a renowned hub for weaving these rugs due to the availability of cotton, which is grown by farmers in the area.
About GI Tag:
- A GI is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicrafts and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory.
- These goods and products having tag are recognised for their origin, quality and reputation and gives it required edge in the global market.
- It also ensures that none can use their name, giving them exclusivity.
- The registration of a GI is valid for 10 years after which it needs to be renewed
- Violation of GI tags is punishable offence under law.
Read more at: Financial Express
Topic 1:Social development
Declaration of Scheduled Areas in respect of Rajasthan
The Union Cabinet Chaired by Prime Minister has given approval to the declaration of Scheduled Areas in respect of Rajasthan under Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India by rescinding the Constitution Order (C.O.)114 dated 12th February 1981 and promulgation of a new Constitution Order.
- The promulgation of new C.O. will ensure that the Scheduled Tribes of Rajasthan will get benefits of protective measures available under the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India.
- The Scheduled Tribes residing in Banswara, Dungarpur, Pratapgarh, and partial areas of Udaipur, Rajsamand, Chittorgarh, Pali and Sirohi districts of Rajasthan will get benefits of protective measures available under the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India.
- Due to reorganization/creation of new districts and changes in population of Scheduled Tribes as per 2011 Census, the Government of Rajasthan has requested for extension of Scheduled Areas in the State of Rajasthan.
The Fifth Schedule being a very important provision of the constitution deals with the control and administration of the Schedule Areas. Some of the important features of the Schedule are:
- It deals with provision for the constitution of a Tribes Advisory Council
- The Governor has the power to adapt laws passed by Parliament and State legislature in such a way that it suits these areas.
- It provides Governor with the power to make regulation for good governance and peace for the area.
- The Fifth Schedule also deals with the extension of direction by the Union to a State for the administration of the Schedule Areas.
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Unnat Bharat Abhiyan
The second stage of the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan a scheme of the Centre aimed at making higher education institutions provide solutions for problems of villages is set to take off with a much wider spread than its first stage.
- Both technical and non-technical institutions have been invited to build systems in villages as per their strengths.
- The idea is to have a coordinated approach where the government and institutions work together to facilitate rural development.
- The key points include helping villages achieve 100% school results, creating 25 jobs each in four sectors in each village where work would take place, increasing rural incomes, providing drinking water and sanitation to villages, disposing village garbage, among other things.
About Unnat Bharat Abhiyan:
- Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is a Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India programme to uplift rural India.
- The programme is being launched in collaboration with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) National Institute of Technical Teachers’ Training and Research (NITTTRs)and other leading Government Engineering Institutes like College of Engineering, Pune across the country
Read more at: The Hindu
Island Development Agency
The Union Home Minister recently chaired the third meeting of the Island Development Agency (IDA). The Island Development Agency reviewed the progress made towards preparation of Development Plans for identified Islands.
- The IDA was set up following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s review meeting for the development of islands.
- The meetings of the agency are chaired by the Union Home Minister.
- Members of the IDA include cabinet secretary, home secretary, secretary (environment, forests and climate change), secretary (tourism) and secretary (tribal welfare).
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Topic 3 : ICT
PM’s interaction through PRAGATI
The Prime Minister chaired twenty-fifth interaction through PRAGATI – the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation(PRAGATI).
- The Prime Minister congratulated all stakeholders on the completion of 25 PRAGATI interactions.
- The Prime Minister reviewed the progress towards handling and resolution of grievances related to the welfare of ex-servicemen
- Stressed on the importance of improving the speed of grievance disposal, so that the problems of ex-servicemen can be positively resolved in the shortest possible time.
- PRAGATI is a unique integrating and interactive platform.
- The platform is aimed at addressing common man’s grievances, and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Government of India as well as projects flagged by State Governments.
- The PRAGATI platform uniquely bundles three latest technologies: Digital data management, video-conferencing and geo-spatial technology.
Key features of the PRAGATI
- It is a three-tier system (PMO, Union Government Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries of the States)
- Prime Minister will hold a monthly programme where he will interact with the Government of India Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries through Video-conferencing enabled by data and geo-informatics visuals
- The first such programme was launched on 25th March, 2015 (Wednesday) at 3.30 PM
- Issues to be flagged before the PM are picked up from the available database regarding Public Grievances, on-going Programmes and pending Projects
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