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Current Affairs for Engineering Service Exam

Video Lectures and Test Series for ESE 2019

 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
  4. The Key Initiatives of Government
  5. General Knowledge

Topic 1:Economic development

Ocean Services, Technology, Observations, Resources Modelling and Science (O-SMART)

The scheme encompasses a total of 16 sub-projects addressing ocean development activities such as Services, Technology, Resources, Observations and Science.


  • Implementation of O-SMART will help in addressing issues relating to Sustainable Development Goal-14
  • aims to conserve use of oceans, marine resources for sustainable development.  
  • This scheme (O-SMART) also provide necessary scientific and technological background required for implementation of various aspects of Blue Economy.
  • The State of Art Early Warning Systems established under the O-SMART Scheme will help in effectively dealing with ocean disasters like Tsunami, storm surges.
  • The technologies being developed under this Scheme will help in harnessing the vast ocean resources of both living and non-living resources from the seas around India.

Read more at: PIB

Motivating & Attracting Youth in Agriculture (MAYA)

  • Youth plays a vital role in transforming Agriculture in India.
  • There are emerging challenges of empowering the youth to improve their skills and to enable them to stay in the agricultural enterprise in rural situation.
  • Realizing the importance of rural youth in agricultural development, ICAR had initiated a program on “Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agriculture (ARYA) during 2015-16.
  • Under this scheme, special efforts are being taken up to attract the rural youth under the age of 35 years in agriculture so that the increase in the migration of rural youth towards cities is controlled.
  • A two-day conference on Motivating and Attracting Youth in Agriculture (MAYA) is conducted by ICAR.

Read more at: PIB

Demonetisation and its impact

The Reserve Bank has twice released its reports stating that the demonetised Notes of `500 and `1000 have been substantially deposited back in the Banks.  


  • Most of the currency came back into the Banks

But helped in,

  • Changing from a Tax Non-compliant society to a compliant society.  
  • This necessarily involved the formalisation of the Economy
  • Post demonetisation about 1.8 million depositors have been identified for this enquiry
  • The Income Tax returns have increased by 19% and 25%.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 1:Social development

Innovation Cell and Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)

Innovation cell is MHRD’s initiative and has been established at AICTE premises with a purpose to systematically foster the culture of Innovation in all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country.

  • The primary mandate of Innovation Cell is to encourage, inspire and nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas and processes.
  • Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) is to encourage healthy competiveness among Higher Educational Institutions.

MHRD Innovation Cell (MIC)

The major programs are

  1. Network of Innovation Clubs (NIC)
  2. Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)
  3. Smart India Hackathon (SIH) 2019
  4. National Student Startup Policy (NSSP)

Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)

  • to systematically rank education institutions and universities primarily on innovation related indicators.
  • ARIIA considers all major indicators which are commonly used globally to rank most innovative education institutions/ universities in the world.
  • More than quantity, ARIIA will focus on quality of innovations and will try to measure the real impact created by these innovations nationally and internationally.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 1:Industrial development

Inland Water Sector (IWT) movement

One of the longest hauls in Inland Water Sector (IWT) movement in the country – To Pandu Inland port in Assam from Kahalgaon in Bihar. Kahalgaon is on NW-1, river Ganga and  Pandu on NW -2 ,river Brahmaputra.

  • In July, IWAI launched a dedicated portal ‘FOCAL” to connect cargo owners and shippers with real time data on availability of vessels.

Read more at: PIB

MOVE: India’s First Global Mobility Summit 2018

‘Mobility Week’ from 31 August to 6 September 2018 is in the run up to MOVE: The Global Mobility Summit 2018

  • Mobility Week events will facilitate interactions with various stakeholders across the mobility domain.
  • Participants include OEMs, battery manufacturers, charging infrastructure providers, technology solution providers, representatives from the Indian government as well as foreign governments, various inter-governmental organizations, academia, and policy think tanks.

Read more at: PIB

Topic 2 : Environment

Tackling disasters – The Odisha Way

The 245-member team from the Odisha Fire Service was rushed to Kerala for flood rescue operations.  

  • It took along boats and advanced disaster-response equipment and put them to effective use.
  • The team has been hailed for its deft rescue and relief operations
  • In less than two decades since the catastrophic super cyclone of 1999 that claimed more than 10,000 lives, Odisha is now a global model in disaster preparedness and management.
  • Adopting a ‘Zero Casualty’ and a policy of fast reconstruction and rehabilitation, the state has been able to develop resilience with continuous focus on infrastructure, manpower, alertness and community involvement
  • Earlier this year, a Union Home Ministry panel had suggested that states follow the Odisha model to reduce risk of damage from disasters and enhance management.
  • The Kerala floods have underpinned the necessity to act fast to tackle nature’s wrath that is increasingly becoming more ferocious and unpredictable.

Read more at: The new Indian Express

Topic 3 : ICT

World’s Biggest Open Innovation Model – ‘Smart India Hackathon- 2019’

The third edition of World’s Biggest Open Innovation Model – Smart India Hackathon 2019 was launched by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi today.

  • SIH-2019 is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of pressing problems we face in our daily lives
  • And for the 1st time, it will also include problem statements from industry as well as NGOs.
  • Smart India Hackathon- 2019 would also have 2 sub-editions – Software edition (a 36-hour software product development competition) and Hardware edition (a 5 days long hardware product development competition).

Read more at: PIB

Weather Information Portal for Indian Power System

Power System Operation Corporation limited (POSOCO) developed the document in collaboration with IMD to facilitate enhanced utilization of Weather Portal in all spheres of Power Sector.

  • POSOCO manages the Inter-State Transmission of Power to utilities across India.
  • POSOCO also operates Electricity markets

Read more at: PIB

Topic 5: General Knowledge

Exercise KAKADU 2018

  • Exercise KAKADU was started in 1993, hosted by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and supported by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
  • Exercise KAKADU derives its name from Kakadu National Park
  • KAKADU 2018, the 14th edition of the exercise would see participation from 23 warships, one submarine, 45 aircraft, 250 marines and approx 52 foreign staff from over 25 different countries.

First-Ever Observation of Higgs Boson Decay

  • The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in 2012 has   found the Higgs boson, the subatomic particle responsible for giving mass to fundamental subatomic particles.
  • Today, physicists have another exciting announcement- : They have made the first unambiguous observation of Higgs bosons decaying into a matter-antimatter pair of bottom quarks.
  • Surprisingly, the Higgs bosons decay most often in this way.
  • The new announcement shows a strong agreement between the theoretical predictions and the experimental data

Read more at: Live Science

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